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|Denby Fawcett: ‘Hero To Animals’ Defended Them To The EndCivil Beat / 2 h. 56 min. ago more|
Pam Burns deserves the thanks of the people of Hawaii for many reasons.
Burns was president and CEO of the Hawaiian Humane Society for the last 27 years. She died peacefully at her home after an illness Sept. 18. She was 65.
Burns should be thanked for saving the lives of thousands of unwanted animals by finding them new homes. And thanked, if they could thank her, by all the lost cats, dogs and pet rabbits she joyfully reunited with their owners.
Pam Burns frequently sought the Legislature’s help to protect animals.Courtesy of Hawaiian Humane Society
The list of her accomplishments goes on and on.
But to animal welfare advocates and crime fighters, Burns’ legacy will be the laws she forged to change the way animals are viewed by law enforcement and the courts.
She was focused and fearless in her quest to get animal abuse taken more seriously by the Legislature. She believed the worst abusers should go to jail.
Her crusade had a central theme: The law must look at pets as more then mere property; they are to be regarded as living, feeling beings entitled to some of the same legal protections as human beings.
“She felt a misdemeanor was not enough for people responsible for the suffering of many animals.” — Deputy Prosecutor Janice Futa
Honolulu Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro called Burns “a hero to animals.” He said, “She was tireless and persistent and never gave up. She was never offended when a bill she knew was needed failed to pass. She just came back to try again and again.”
Burns realized early on that it was not enough to urge people to be kind to animals, there also had be stiff fines and jail terms for criminals who neglected, tortured or killed them.
“We really think the Legislature is an important way of increasing the protection of animals,” she told the Star-Advertister in 2012.
Working with state lawmakers and the Honolulu prosecutor’s office, Burns helped push through dozens of laws to make life safer for animals, including a measure to add a felony provision to the animal cruelty law.
In 2007 the legislature added a felony first-degree cruelty to animals charge. In addition, the Legislature amended the misdemeanor second-degree cruelty to animals charge to make it a felony if 10 or more animals were involved.
The Law Shows Its Teeth
On July 14, James Montgomery was slapped with the felony provision for animal cruelty and was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Shirley Kawamura to serve nine months in jail and four years of probation, during which he is prohibited from owning animals.
“We were pleased that justice was served along with one of the stiffest penalties I’ve seen in my career for a crime against an animal,” said Deputy Prosecutor Janice Futa.
“A felony provision to the law was very important to Pam,” Futa said. “She worked hard to get it. She felt a misdemeanor was not enough for people responsible for the suffering of many animals.”
Montgomery, a former Kaiser High School teacher, was convicted of running a puppy mill in his Kahuluu house where in July 2016. Investigators rescued 33 dogs from a home reeking with the odor of feces and urine, according to Allison Gammel, Humane Society community relations director.
One of the 33 dogs rescued from a puppy mill in Kahuluu in 2016. James Montgomery was convicted of felony animal abuse.Courtesy of Hawaiian Humane Society
In a trash can outside, investigators found a dead dog and another small, filthy dog still clinging to life, Gammel said.
It was the second time Montgomery had been convicted of animal cruelty. In January 2005, the Humane Society rescued 64 dogs from his home, where they were similarly mistreated, living in feces and covered with flies and mosquitos. In that case, Montgomery pleaded guilty to 55 counts of animal cruelty.
After the animals were seized, the Humane Society had to care for them for more than a year at a cost of $269,000 while Montgomery awaited trial. The law then did not allow the society to take immediate ownership of the animals to put them up for permanent adoption.
At Montgomery’s trial in 2006, District Court Judge Rhonda Nishimura granted him a deferred acceptance of a guilty plea and gave him back the dogs, which she ordered him to sell in 21 days. Montgomery was able to make a profit off of the animals he had abused.
“It was all backwards. He had harmed the animals yet he was still allowed to make money off of them. Pam felt this was wrong,” said Keoni Vaughn, who at the time was an investigator for the Humane Society.
But it didn’t happen the second time, when Montgomery was given jail time.
Burns had finally succeeded in getting a forfeiture law, which was signed by Gov. David Ige on July 6.
The new law allows any organization for prevention of cruelty of animals to petition the court for full custody of animals immediately after they are rescued from inhumane conditions.
“The new forfeiture law has made a huge difference, especially during large-scale animal rescues,” Futa said. “Pam pushed so hard for the law. We really need to allow the courts to deal quickly with the animals as opposed to waiting until after the disposition of the trial.”
Now that the forfeiture new law is in place, many abusers transfer ownership of their animals to the Humane Society even before a special court hearing is requested for forfeiture.
“It allows the suffering animals to be put in permanent loving homes quickly,” Vaughn said.
She Had More To Do
Futa said Burns was helpful to the prosecutor’s office because “she made sure her investigations were done in the right manner. She put a lot of effort and expense to training her investigators to do through investigations to reveal facts that would stand up in court.”
Burns championed another new law to include the protection of pets in temporary restraining orders when there are accusations of spouse abuse.
“Pam helped put the spotlight on the connection between pet abuse and spouse abuse,” said Nanci Kreidman, executive director of the Domestic Violence Action Center. “Many women will not leave their abusers because of their responsibility and connection to their pets and their fear that their pets will be hurt by their abusers. It is not uncommon for people who abuse their spouses and children to also abuse their pets.”
“She tried unsuccessfully, year after year, to get a law passed to regulate animal breeders.” — Mary Steiner
Jacque Vaughn, former community relations director for the Humane Society, said, “That law meant a lot to Pam because it is known that abusers will often use a family pet as leverage in an abuse situation, threatening to kill the pet if the abused spouse leaves.”
Kreidman said Burns also created a program at the Humane Society to find foster care for the pet of a owner fleeing from abuse.
Mary Steiner, a longtime friend of Burns and one of her advisors on public policy, said there was still so much more Burns wanted to do to better protect Hawaii’s animals.
“I hope we see a law coming up in Pam’s name,” Steiner said. “She tried unsuccessfully, year after year, to get a law passed to regulate animal breeders by limiting the number of animals they could breed at any time and setting conditions for the animals’ welfare such as the kinds of enclosures they could be kept in. In the puppy mills that have been closed down, the animals were suffering great pain in their feet from standing all their lives on wire in their cages, sleeping in their own filth and never getting outside for exercise.”
The bill would require periodic inspections of facilities and set minimum standards of care.
“If we could something passed along that line, it would a dream come true,” said Steiner. “I know Pam would favor that.”
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|University of Hawaii Gets $6.4 Million For Work On Ebola VaccineCivil Beat / 2 h. 56 min. ago more|
The University of Hawaii Manoa has received a $6.4 million federal grant to continue development of a promising Ebola vaccine.
Other Ebola vaccines are also being developed around the world, but this one would be thermostable, or heat-resistant, and doesn’t have to be refrigerated. It would also protect against the three most common strains of Ebola virus, while other vaccines being developed can only fight one type.
Thermostable vaccines are easier to produce, store and transport because they don’t have to be kept at a lower temperature.
Axel Lehrer, head of the UH project, has been working on an Ebola vaccine for 15 years.John A. Burns School of Medicine
No Ebola vaccines are on the market yet, and the others under development must be kept cool and are based on weakened, live viruses with the ability to replicate. This vaccine would be unable to infect humans because it doesn’t use the whole viral protein and cannot replicate.
The $6.4 million awarded to UH by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will be distributed over five years. A private company, Hawaii Biotech, will receive $1.5 million to provide proteins for the vaccine and aid in the development stage. Another $700,000 will go to Soligenix, a biopharmaceutical company that specializes in creating thermostable vaccines.
A Stronger Vaccine
The Ebola vaccine under development is “trivalent,” which means it would have the ability to counteract the three most common Ebola virus strains, said Hawaii Biotech CEO Elliot Parks. Four of the five types of Ebola virus can infect humans.
This vaccine could be more easily transported to other parts of the world that might not have readily available refrigeration.
“I have no doubt whatsoever that we can manufacture (the vaccine),” Parks said, adding he’s confident it will be safe. “The question is, when we go into the clinic, how effective will this be in humans?”
Hawaii Biotech patented the antigen, which causes an immune response, for the trivalent vaccine and licensed UH with the ability to use it.
The most common types of Ebola found in humans are known as Zaire, Sudan and Marburg.Trust for America’s Health
UH’s project is spearheaded by Axel Lehrer, an assistant professor in the Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology at the John A. Burns School of Medicine.
Lehrer has worked at UH for about four years and previously worked for Hawaii Biotech. He’s been working on this Ebola vaccine for 15 years.
Now, the vaccine’s formula is being refined so studies can be completed on animals through a partnership with the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Animal testing shows whether the vaccine can cause an immune system response and protect from disease.
Lehrer said a vaccine against three Ebola viruses and with a long shelf life could be readily accessible in the event of an outbreak.
Vaccines that rely on live viruses don’t survive long when stored at a high temperature. Producing a heat-resistant vaccine may cost more initially, but transportation is cheaper since refrigeration isn’t necessary.
The current formulation can be stored for three months at temperatures up to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, Lehrer said. Tests on non-human primates have shown three doses of the vaccine can provide almost total protection from Ebola.
Eventually Lehrer hopes to further refine the vaccine formula and test it in humans to determine whether it can protect them from the three most common types of Ebola — and possibly the fourth, less common type that can also infect humans.
He said it’s all about determining, “How far can we push the envelope? How many of these diseases can we prevent against?”
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|China’s Leverage Is Key To Avoiding Nuclear War In East AsiaCivil Beat / 2 h. 56 min. ago more|
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un are playing a dangerous game of brinkmanship while also trading personal insults.
Most recently, Trump blasted the “Rocket Man” in his inaugural speech to the United Nations, promising to “totally destroy” North Korea if it threatens the U.S. or its allies. The Trump administration also added new sanctions aimed at strangling its ability to work with banks.
Kim, for his part, resorted to calling Trump “mentally deranged” and a “dotard,” while his foreign minister threatened to test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific.
With tensions escalating, it is important to be realistic about how we can get out of this mess.
North Korean troops during a public march.North Korean Central News Agency
In short, any nonmilitary solution will rely on China choosing to apply its massive economic leverage over the North Korean regime. In a positive sign, China’s central bank recently told Chinese financial companies to stop doing business with North Korea.
Overall, however, it appears that China has increased its trade with North Korea in recent years while doing fairly little to forestall North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. China’s foremost objective seems to be promoting greater stability from its volatile neighbor, in part because it fears being faced with a massive humanitarian crisis should the regime collapse.
But while the poor quality of the data hinders a detailed analysis, a quick look shows just how much leverage China has, if it wishes to use it.
North Korea’s Primary Patron
In general, exports from one country to another can be mostly explained by the distance between them and the sizes of their markets, a pattern that holds for China and North Korea.
Geographically, they share a long border, which makes China a natural, though not inevitable, partner for trade. As a case in point, North Korea also shares a long border with South Korea, but these countries have almost no trade between them. In addition, North Korea shares a small border with Russia, with whom it has little, though ever-increasing, trade.
China’s large market, proximity and – most importantly – willingness to trade with North Korea has led to a situation in which North Korea has become highly dependent on trade with what has become its primary patron. About half of North Korean exports and imports go directly to and from China and most of the rest of its trade is handled indirectly by Chinese middlemen.
North Korea’s dependence on its neighbor has grown alongside China’s increasing economic dominance of East Asia, which gained momentum 15 years ago when China joined the World Trade Organization. Since then, both Chinese gross domestic product as well as its annual trade with North Korea have increased nearly tenfold, to around $11 trillion and $6 billion, respectively.
North Korea imports nearly everything from China, from rubber tires to refined petroleum to pears, with no single category dominating. Meanwhile, coal constitutes about 40 percent of North Korean exports to China.
Time To Use That Leverage?
However, recent events – such as the use of front companies by Chinese firms to evade sanctions imposed on North Korea and China’s reluctance to cut off energy supplies to the country – have led to some uncertainty about the extent to which China is willing to use this economic leverage to rein in North Korea’s military ambitions.
On one hand, China previously claimed to have stopped coal imports from North Korea as part of recent efforts to punish the regime for missile tests and the suspected assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. This was an important signal of China’s willingness to support U.S. concerns about the missile program since oil represents about a third ($930 million) of North Korea’s import revenue.
On the other hand, there is evidence that coal shipments in fact never ceased. And, in any case, China may have increased its imports of iron ore from North Korea to offset the lost coal revenues.
This is consistent with the idea that China carefully considers the resources and revenue that are available to the North Korean regime at any moment, and uses trade as a lever to control them. In this way, China walks a fine line between providing too many resources, and thus allowing the regime to prosper, and not enough resources, such that North Korea is in danger of collapsing. Ultimately, trade may be used as a lever to do some light scolding, but China’s overwhelming concern is preventing North Korea’s collapse.
Further evidence that China has tight control over the North Korean economy comes from a recent report from C4ADS. The research group found close, and often common, ownership ties between most of the major Chinese companies who do business with North Korea. This suggests that trade with North Korea is highly centralized and thus easily controlled.
Russia: North Korea’s Other ‘Friend’
China is not the only country that North Korea trades with, though the others currently pale in comparison. Other top export destinations include India ($97.8 million), Pakistan ($43.1 million) and Burkina Faso ($32.8 million). In terms of imports, India ($108 million), Russia ($78.3 million) and Thailand ($73.8 million) currently sell the most to North Korea.
Russia in particular may soon complicate U.S. efforts to isolate the regime. While still small, Russian trade with North Korea increased 73 percent over the first two months of 2017 compared with the same period of the previous year.
But whereas China is legitimately worried that an economic crisis in North Korea could lead to a flood of refugees or all-out war, Russia likely sees engagement with North Korea in much simpler terms, namely as an additional way to gain geopolitical advantage relative to the U.S.
A Way Out?
Nearly all experts agree that there is no easy way to “solve” the North Korea problem. However, one plausible approach is to encourage South Korea and Japan to begin to develop nuclear weapons programs of their own, and to only discontinue these programs if China takes meaningful steps to use its trade with North Korea to rein in the regime.
Threatening to introduce new nuclear powers to the world is clearly risky, however stable and peaceful South Korea and Japan currently are. But China is highly averse to having these economic and political rivals acquire nuclear capabilities, as it would threaten China’s ongoing pursuit of regional control. In short, this is a sensitive pressure point that could be used to sway the Chinese leadership.
One way or another, China must become convinced that the costs of propping up the North Korean regime through trade are higher than the costs of an increased probability that the regime will collapse.
This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.
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|The Big Island’s First Legal Homeless Camp: Safe Zone Or Shanty Town?Civil Beat / 2 h. 56 min. ago more|
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii Island — When Big Island officials cleared 68 people from a homeless encampment in Old Kona Airport Park in early August, Mayor Harry Kim thought it best to offer those displaced with a new home.
“We’re not going to clean up a park to get the homeless out and all we do is shuffle them someplace else,” Kim said.
In three days, Lance Niimi, an executive assistant to the mayor, scrambled to create Camp Kikaha. On a stretch of concrete in an industrial part of Kailua-Kona, county officials set up portable toilets, a shower, and canopy tents. In the weeks following the sweep, about 30 people set up tents at the site.
The location, next to a homeless shelter and transitional housing units, is temporary. Mayor Kim wants to relocate the encampment to 5 acres of state-owned land 3 miles from Kailua-Kona.
He envisions the legal encampment accommodating up to 100 people.
Sonia Soares grew up in Kona but became homeless after her parents died. She’s worried county officials are shooing homeless away from the business district into an uninhabitable industrial area.Cory Lum/Civil Beat
And Kim aims to create large “safe zones” in towns across the island.
“This is only Kona. We still have to do Hilo and Puna,” Niimi said. “There are so many other areas that maybe (are) not as visible but there are a lot of homeless.”
January’s point in time count found 953 homeless people live on Hawaii Island, with 71 percent 0f those not residing in shelters or other transitional housing.
Police, who now ticket people for camping on the city’s sidewalks and in parks, don’t fine people camped within Camp Kikaha’s 90-foot diameter. A 24-hour security guard handles conflicts that might arise among the camp’s residents. Doctors come to the camp to treat wounds and do free HIV/AIDS tests, and those camped there can get lunch at a resource center on the same property.
Legal encampments for the homeless are becoming more popular across the country, despite criticism from the federal government and some advocacy groups.
Proponents say the encampments offer a secure area with access to social services.
“What really Camp Kikaha is in essence is a shelter without walls,” said Scott Morishige, who praised the Big Island camp for its proximity to Hope Services’ homeless resource center.
But there are plenty of critics of the project.
Residents of a Hawaiian Home Lands community near the proposed site don’t want the encampment in their backyard, Niimi said. And Village 9 is a good distance from Kailua-Kona, raising concerns that the camp will be too far from jobs and services like medical care.
“You’re going to have all the Hawaiian people in one area, you’re going to have all the homeless in one area” said Sonia Soares, who grew up in Kailua-Kona and now lives on the streets.
Kona resident Alii Keanaaina, whose cousin lived at Old Kona Airport Park, added, “If you’re gonna put them in a lava field you’ve got to plant some trees and have facilities.”
Honolulu Dismantled Its Tent City
In 1990, Honolulu city officials erected a huge, 16-family tent for homeless people in Aala Park. They also allowed camping in the downtown park.
Seven months after the tent went up, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin reported that of the 54 families that had lived in the big tent, most moved on to transitional shelters or permanent housing.
Other articles painted a darker picture at Aala Park: used needles littered the ground, one man stabbed another in a dispute over a sleeping spot, and a group of teenagers whose families lived in the camp led a crime spree in the area.
Within three years, city officials dismantled the tent city and evicted campers.
Still, some state lawmakers seem keen to retry Oahu’s safe zone experiment. This year, the Legislature passed a bill giving the Hawaii Interagency Council on Homelessness $25,000 to study safe zones.
Critics of safe zones, including the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, argue public money is better spent on permanent housing.
“My biggest concern is that it becomes accepted that we have these shanty towns existing around our towns and cities,” said Eric Tars, a senior attorney at the law center. “And we shouldn’t accept that in America, we have the resources.”
Safe zones fail, critics say, when people settle in legal encampments while elected officials use the camps as an excuse to criminalize homelessness elsewhere.
“Putting us out of sight and out of mind,” said Bonnie McIver, who lives in Camp Kikaha.
But Kamehameha Kane prefers Camp Kikaha to staying at the old airport park where “it was hot, harsh and it wasn’t organized.”
County officials are still deciding what Village 9 will look like, and hope to deliver a plan to the county council for approval by December.
The camp may offer a parking lot where people can live in their cars without being ticketed, which normally carries a $250 fine, said Mitchell Kanehailua, an assistant chief at the Hawaii Police Department.
Kamehameha Kane on his cot at Camp Kikaha outside Kailua-Kona. He said he prefers living there to an earlier homeless encampment where it was “hot” and “harsh.”Cory Lum/Civil Beat
Most likely the camp will provide a place for people to pitch their tents under large canopies.
Niimi is also looking at igloo-shaped shelters that he said could serve as permanent housing. But at $7,500 to $12,500 per structure, the shelters might be too pricey for the county’s budget.
County officials are already alarmed at the cost of running Camp Kikaha, the prototype for Village 9.
Camp Kikhaha cost just $2,000 to set up, but runs up a monthly tab of more than $23,000 to operate, Niimi said. That’s $905 per person each month for the 26 people living in the camp last Thursday.
Security, which runs about $15,000 per month, is the camp’s largest expense.
Police are called daily to Camp Kikaha, mostly to break up fights. There have been five or six arrests since the camp opened two months ago, Kanehailua of the police department said.
About 30 people sleep within Camp Kikaha’s 90-foot diameter boundary. Resident Bonnie McIver said it’s hard to find privacy in the camp.Cory Lum/Civil Beat
On a humid day in September, a group gathered in the shade under an awning of a building used by Hope Services.
“We can’t be hanging out here folks,” a Hope Services employee told the crowd before they dispersed.
Irritated by the interaction, Landa Hoopai, walked just outside the property and sat on a rock under a small palm tree.
“This place is just too much for us,” she said.
As guests on public land leased by Hope Services, Linda Vandervort, who manages Camp Kikaha, says rules are essential to keeping order on the 1-acre property shared by about 80 people, many of whom have drug abuse or mental health issues.
But she said she’s trying to cut back on security.
Regulating a legal homeless encampment requires a delicate balance between enforcing rules and allowing residents to practice self governance, acknowledges Tars of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty.
“You want some element of security there so people feel safe,” he said. “But they shouldn’t feel like they’re in a jail camp.”
There’s a growing sentiment among Kona’s homeless that the number of acceptable places to sleep are shrinking as enforcement increases.
For example, a series of trespassing tickets landed Peter Finnegan, a homeless man living in Kona, in jail for 30 days. He had been living at the old airport park.
“Oh, you got a sleeping ticket,” Finnegan remembers a friend joking about his tickets.
Peter Finnegan, a veteran, said he lost everything in a fire six years ago. He lived at Old Kona Airport Park before the sweep in August.Cory Lum/Civil Beat
Village 9, local lawmakers say, will remedy that problem. As police clear out homeless encampments near town, people can relocate to the county’s safe zones.
Many national experts say that’s not the way to go about addressing homelessness.
These are many reasons why a particular area might not accommodate the needs of a homeless person, Tars said. If a safe zone is too far from a person’s job, it’s not feasible to set up camp there. A victim of abuse might not feel safe at a site if the abuser lives there.
Issuing tickets for sleeping elsewhere will only hinder the path to permanent housing, said Katy Miller of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.
“Folks are having to address these criminal measures that are going to keep them from being able to afford rent,” she said.
Kanehailua of the Hawaii Police Department said he is worried the new camp will place a strain on law enforcement. Kona police routinely deal with situations more suited for social workers or mental health professionals, who are in short supply.
Village 9 is “an idea. I don’t know if it’s a good one. It remains to be seen,” Kanehailua said. “It’s an attempt to try something.”
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|Technology, Shared Mobility And The Rail SystemCivil Beat / 2 h. 56 min. ago more|
Thanks to the hard work of Hawaii’s elected officials and civic leaders, Honolulu is on track to realizing a high-capacity, mass transit system — one that has been planned for decades and will be an important part of Honolulu’s future. Even with 120,000 passengers shuttling back and forth across Oahu on the rail system by 2030, there will still be plenty of cars on the road.
Rail is critical to, but only part of, the mobility and transportation future for Hawaii. That future will also include electric and driverless cars on our streets and highways. With the advent of app-based ride-sharing services and even autonomous shuttles, this future is also trending to a significant reduction in car ownership.
Some people have suggested that such technological innovations, however, will make our rail system irrelevant or obsolete. In such a transportation future, however, our city’s driverless, electric trains will be even more important and more relevant than ever.
The rail guideway along Kamehameha Highway near the Aloha Stadium with a Waikiki Trolley in the foreground. Rail is just one part of Honolulu’s multi-modal transportation future.Cory Lum/Civil Beat
Complementing Public Transportation
Under the emerging shared mobility ecosystem, people will be able to choose from a variety of transportation systems that best meet their needs. For many trips, the combination of walking or biking and public transit will often be the most economical, reliable and comfortable transportation option.
Much of Honolulu’s population already lives and works within a narrow urban corridor sandwiched between the mountains and the ocean. This is where we are building the rail line, and most people will be able to get to a rail station simply by walking, biking or taking a short bus ride.
As rail stations come online and become the major hubs in each community, travel patterns will shift accordingly. By focusing public transit and even shared-ride services at these stations, communities will be able to support more frequent service — making it more competitive to the personal automobile.
On-demand ride-sharing services and autonomous vehicles will be able to provide mobility options that will complement traditional public transit routes. Several companies are developing small, driverless shuttles that can carry up to a couple of dozen people over short distances.
In the future, such technologies could provide convenient services to and from the rail stations, especially during off-peak hours when demand is lower. These “first-mile, last-mile” services will work together with rail to increase mobility options and improve overall public transit service.
Indeed, a recent study by the American Public Transit Association has found that as more people use shared transportation modes like car-sharing or ride-sharing services, they are also more likely to use public transit. Furthermore, households who do take advantage of these shared modes tend to own fewer cars and spend less on transportation overall.
Not A Congestion Solution
Whether or not cars are driven by people or computers, automobile congestion will continue to be one of the biggest challenges to mobility on our island. Our roadway network and parking lot infrastructure has a finite capacity, and fleets of driverless cars will not be able to reduce congestion or travel times during peak commute periods as Honolulu’s population continues to increase.
The city estimates that Oahu’s population will increase by 14 percent by 2030, to about 1.1 million residents. With our limited streets and parking lots, mass transportation will need to be part of the congestion solution.
The Honolulu rail system can move more than 7,200 passengers per hour per direction.
Rail transit remains the best solution for providing frequent, reliable transportation across the island.
Each of Honolulu’s driverless trains will be able to carry more than 600 people at a time, and will arrive every 5 minutes during rush hour. The rail system can move more than 7,200 passengers per hour per direction, and the driverless technology enables this capacity to be greatly expanded simply by adding more frequent trains.
Throughout the world, cities in China, India, Europe and elsewhere are continuing to build new urban metro systems while expanding existing lines. The great majority of these systems continue to be built using steel-wheel on steel-wheel technology, and this remains the technology of choice.
After more than 50 years of planning, our community is continuing on the right path to improve islandwide mobility for everyone. Emerging paradigms for shared and autonomous transportation will supplement the new rail system and offer attractive and economical mobility options for Honolulu’s future.
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|Chad Blair: @OahuDemocrats Is A Must-Read For PoliticosCivil Beat / 2 h. 56 min. ago more|
I follow just 204 people on Twitter, but that includes a lot of retweets from others.
It can be a challenge to keep up with all the traffic, in particular with the social media flood that continually flows from the Twitterer In Chief.
But one local Twitter account has been elevated above the pack in recent months: @OahuDemocrats (721 followers, 545 following, 909 likes and 5,114 tweets and counting).
It’s the account of the Oahu County Democrats, and it’s edgy, informed, literate, aggressive, au courant and sometimes sassy.
It’s also thoroughly biased against Donald Trump, his administration, the Republicans in Congress and conservatives in general.
But that is precisely the point.
A recent and typical screen shot from the Twitter feed of @Oahu Democrats.
In just the past few days @OahuDemocrats has disparaged the nation for being obsessed with national anthem protests even as Puerto Rico is suffering a major humanitarian crisis because of Hurricane Maria; called Milo Yiannopoulos “a silly right-wing queen who doesn’t yet realize that his 15 minutes are up”; and observed that “while Trump snipes at pro athletes, Angela Merkel wins 4th term and ascends to the leadership of the free world.”
It has also described Donald Trump Jr. as a “pseudo-patriotic concern troll fronting for the Kremlin edition”; posited that Rick Santorum “shoves his head up his own rear and insists that the view is quite lovely”; and described the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal as not an aberration but rather “more like the distilled essence of everything wrong with modern Republicans.”
As well, the account has the dead commenting about the living: quoting William Shakespeare on Mike Pence (“Lord, what fools these mortals be!”), Friedrich von Schiller on Jeff Sessions (“Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain”) and Franklin D. Roosevelt on Chuck Grassley (“A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward”).
Then there are these quotes from Martin Luther King. Jr. pertaining to Fox contributor Tomi Lahren (“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity’) and Jimmy Kimmel on Fox’s Brian Kilmeade (“This is a guy, Brian Kilmeade, who whenever I see him kisses my ass like a little boy meeting Batman”).
Oh, and the account also called the new Bobby Riggs-Billie Jean King biopic “smartly engaging and depressingly relevant,” a movie that ” holds important lessons for the future.”
A Time For Candor
The man behind @OahuDemocrats is Donald Koelper, 57, a consultant to nonprofits and the party’s chair for the region that runs from Kalama Valley to Diamond Head.
“I want people to be candid,” he told me. “The times we live in call for candor.”
Preferring to let his words represent him, the man behind the tweets declined to be photographed for this column.
Koelper, who spent 20 years working for the Hawaii Legislature, says it’s his duty to to get attention, even if it means being a little acerbic. He especially wants to reach younger Democrats, those who rely most on social media.
“It’s about elevating your game here,” he said. “The best way that I can serve the party is to sometimes call people out.”
The account is especially critical of all things Trump, as seen in this tweet referencing Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s penchant for private travel at taxpayer expense.
He does it religiously, first in the morning and later in the day. As of Monday at midday, he had already tweeted 20 times.
Followers include U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, Gov. David Ige, former Govs. Ben Cayetano and Neil Abercrombie, Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui, state Reps. Chris Lee and Della Au Belatti, state Sens. Les Ihara and Will Espero, former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, Honolulu City Councilmen Ernie Martin, Ikaika Anderson and Stanley Chang, and a bunch of local reporters and former reporters.
“The best way that I can serve the party is to sometimes call people out.” — Donald Koelper
Koelper inherited the Twitter account when Oahu County Committee Chairman Rich Halverson couldn’t find anyone to take over from Teri Heede, who is perhaps best known for her activism in favor of medical marijuana. She had handled the account since its inception in 2013.
“Teri did a pretty good job, and I had a couple of volunteers take over last month, but nobody was doing much,” said Halverson. “I had really liked Don’s tweets, so I said to him, ‘How would you like to do this for the Oahu County Democrats and see how it goes?’”
Halverson said he’s pleased with the results, although he said one complainant expressed the desire that Koelper “tone it down a bit,” as he but it.
No ‘Stinkin Badges!’
That seems unlikely.
Koelper, who talks 100 miles a minute and consumes a lot of news (in particular the Los Angeles Times and the U.S. edition of The Guardian), is very upset by the direction the country is going and what he sees as the mainstream media’s failure to report what’s really going on.
That includes focusing way too much on the emails of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign and way too little on the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
(When the news broke Monday that other senior aides to Trump besides Jared Kushner had used private email accounts in the White House, including Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon, Koelper tweeted, “And this particular revelation should shock and surprise us — why, exactly?”)
In addition to dishing out Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, Koelper also loves to quote from famous movies.
In addition to national and international news, the Twitter account of @Oahu Democrats also opines on local stories.
Two recent ones came from “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” in reference to the Graham-Cassidy bill lacking a Congressional Budget Office evaluation (“Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges. I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!”) and “Network” to underscore the gravity of the Puerto Rico crisis (“All I know is first, you’ve got to get mad. You’ve got to say, ‘I’m a HUMAN BEING, Goddamnit! My life has VALUE!’”).
Heede, who has her own unique style, said it’s important for the party to “get the message out there.”
“I see a lot of interaction, and I see a lot of work,” she said of Koelper’s management of the account. “I like that he is really trying, that he’s trying to meet a certain demographic, and that he is trying to get people to feel that their vote means something.”
Heede’s tweets were informed by her experiences growing up during the 1960s and the Vietnam War, and she hopes that same spirit of involvement can rise again.
“I really like that the younger generation is becoming active instead of just setting in front of their TV and yelling, because Trump is really pushing the limit. People can feel like they don’t have a voice. That’s what Don is trying to do on social media.”
Said Koelper, “If I see something interesting, I will post it. And I hope the articles I put on there that people will want to read it. Because this is stuff that you should know.”
Here’s a selection of recent tweets from @OahuDemocrats:
Personally, I’d prefer that voters say, “Get that son of a bitch out of the White House right now. Out! He’s fired.” https://t.co/uWQC6bNdB9
— Oahu Democrats (@OahuDemocrats) September 24, 2017
Making the case for a progressive foreign policy, Bernie Sanders rocks it big time. Definitely worth a read. https://t.co/8SAZXY48cs
— Oahu Democrats (@OahuDemocrats) September 23, 2017
Help us, Obi-wan Kenobi! You’re our only hope. https://t.co/E03yqRVN61
— Oahu Democrats (@OahuDemocrats) September 20, 2017
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|University study finds Hawaii's doctor shortage worsening - Fresno BeeGoogle News / 6 h. 31 min. ago more|
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|Pro-Tec recalls multisport helmets due to risk of head injuryHawaii 24/7 / 7 h. 55 min. ago more|
Name of product:
The buckle on the helmet fails to meet current federal safety standards, posing a risk of head injury.
September 25, 2017
Pro-Tec toll-free at 844-368-3695 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or online at www.protecbrand.com and click on CPSC Safety Recall for more information.
This recall involves Pro-Tec City Lite and Pro-Tec Street Lite adult multisport helmets. The helmets have chin straps secured by plastic buckles and were sold in sizes S, M, L, and XL. The same buckle was used on all sizes of both helmets. The buckle bears the markings “ERGO-LOK” and the “UTX D-FLEX” logo. A label on the inside of the helmet reads “Pro-Tec City Lite” or “Pro-Tec Street Lite.” The recalled helmets have a date code inside on the EPS liner in the format MM/DD/YYYY-090EO. There are two vent holes in the back of the helmet. The left vent hole has either an LED light or a plastic insert. The City Lite helmet was sold in rubber black and gloss white, and the Street Lite helmet was sold in rubber black, rubber red and gloss white.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled helmets and return them to Pro-Tec for a full refund.
McCully Bicycle & Sporting Goods, Quality Bicycle Products, Uncle Funky’s Boards, and other sports specialty stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com and ProtecB2C.com from February 2016 through January 2017 for about $80 for the City Lite helmet, and about $60 for the Street Lite helmet.
Pro-Tec, a division of Bravo Sports, of Santa Fe Springs, Calif.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to help ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to www.SaferProducts.gov or call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain news release and recall information at www.cpsc.gov, on Twitter @OnSafety or by subscribing to CPSC’s free e-mail newsletters.
|Strong quake in Fiji Islands area, no tsunami threatHawaii 24/7 / 8 h. 25 min. ago more|
TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT NUMBER 1
NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
0426 UTC TUE SEP 26 2017
…PTWC TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT…
PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE PARAMETERS
* MAGNITUDE 6.5
* ORIGIN TIME 0420 UTC SEP 26 2017
* COORDINATES 23.8 SOUTH 176.4 WEST
* DEPTH 104 KM / 65 MILES
* LOCATION SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS
* AN EARTHQUAKE WITH A PRELIMINARY MAGNITUDE OF 6.5 OCCURRED
SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS AT 0420 UTC ON TUESDAY SEPTEMBER
* BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA… THERE IS NO TSUNAMI THREAT
FROM THIS EARTHQUAKE.
* NO ACTION IS REQUIRED.
NEXT UPDATE AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
* THIS WILL BE THE ONLY STATEMENT ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS
ADDITIONAL DATA ARE RECEIVED OR THE SITUATION CHANGES.
* AUTHORITATIVE INFORMATION ABOUT THE EARTHQUAKE FROM THE U.S.
GEOLOGICAL SURVEY CAN BE FOUND ON THE INTERNET AT
EARTHQUAKE.USGS.GOV/EARTHQUAKE… -ALL LOWER CASE-.
* FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THIS EVENT MAY BE FOUND AT
PTWC.WEATHER.GOV AND AT WWW.TSUNAMI.GOV.
* COASTAL REGIONS OF HAWAII… AMERICAN SAMOA… GUAM… AND
CNMI SHOULD REFER TO PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER MESSAGES
SPECIFICALLY FOR THOSE PLACES THAT CAN BE FOUND AT
* COASTAL REGIONS OF CALIFORNIA… OREGON… WASHINGTON…
BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA SHOULD ONLY REFER TO U.S.
NATIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER MESSAGES THAT CAN BE FOUND
USGS: How large does an earthquake have to be to cause a tsunami?
Magnitudes below 6.5
Earthquakes of this magnitude are very unlikely to trigger a tsunami.
Magnitudes between 6.5 and 7.5
Earthquakes of this size do not usually produce destructive tsunamis. However, small sea level changes may be observed in the vicinity of the epicenter. Tsunamis capable of producing damage or casualties are rare in this magnitude range but have occurred due to secondary effects such as landslides or submarine slumps.
Magnitudes between 7.6 and 7.8
Earthquakes of this size may produce destructive tsunamis especially near the epicenter; at greater distances small sea level changes may be observed. Tsunamis capable of producing damage at great distances are rare in the magnitude range.
Magnitude 7.9 and greater
Destructive local tsunamis are possible near the epicenter, and significant sea level changes and damage may occur in a broader region.
Note that with a magnitude 9.0 earthquake, the probability of an aftershock with a magnitude exceeding 7.5 is not negligible. To date, the largest aftershock recorded has been magnitude 7.1 that did not produce a damaging tsunami.
|North Kona water restriction remains in effectHawaii 24/7 / 9 h. 16 min. ago more|
North Kona water restriction area.
This is an Emergency Water Restriction Notice for North Kona District customers for Monday, September 25 at 5:30 p.m.
The North Kona Water Restriction remains in effect. ALL residents in North Kona must continue to restrict water use to health and safety needs (drinking, cooking, and hygiene purposes). Civil Defense and the Department of Water Supply sincerely appreciates your efforts.
Repairs to the deepwells remain a top priority for the Department. For more information, go to www.hawaiidws.org and click on the links on the front page. Water tankers and drinking water stations are now situated within the affected area for the public’s use.
To report any observed wasteful use of water, call 961-8790.
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|Honolulu Police Commissioner Resigns Over Chief Selection ProcessCivil Beat / 9 h. 50 min. ago more|
(AP) — A member of the Honolulu Police Commission is resigning after raising concerns about a lack of diversity in the process of selecting the department’s next chief.
Luella Costales, appointed to the commission in 2012, submitted her resignation Monday. She told The Associated Press she’s resigning after complaining there’s not enough diversity among members of a panel who scored the written exam that was given to candidates vying for the job.
There were no women on the panel, and all four members are from law enforcement backgrounds, she said.
Honolulu Police Commission member Luella Costales discussing the selection process for the next chief at a May 17 meeting. She resigned Monday, saying she was dissatisfied with that process.Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat
“The scoring panel lacks diversity in basic key areas, including gender, profession, residence, and cultural and ethnic background,” her resignation letter said. “As one who has spent decades advocating for diversity and equity in representation, and whose commission appointment was supported by community members who share in these values, I hope you can understand why I have chosen not to continue to be a part of the selection process.”
Costales’ letter noted that she has raised her concerns at recent commission meetings.
The commission hasn’t released the names of the semifinalists. A new chief is needed for the beleaguered department after Louis Kealoha agreed to retire amid a federal investigation. A federal grand jury is looking into allegations of civil rights abuses and corruption. Kealoha’s attorneys have denied any wrongdoing.
“I understand Luella’s concerns and agree that leadership should have provided more information regarding the consultant and the process he would use. But at this point we are well into the selection,” said Loretta Sheehan, another commission member. “We can audit the consultant’s work by reading the tests that were administered and the answers that were provided by all of the applicants.”
The consultant selected the panel members, Sheehan said.
Steven Levinson, another commission member, said the resignation comes as a surprise, even though Costales voiced concern about the demographics of the panel at a recent meeting. “I did not see a problem where she saw a problem,” he said.
Commission Chairman Max Sword issued a statement Monday evening saying he was “sincerely disappointed” about the resignation but adding that “I do stand firm in our decision to move ahead with the selection process.”
Sword said that “the next phase will include interviews with a diverse local panel made up of men and women in law enforcement. They will rank the current nine remaining candidates before they come before the Commission, who will then name the finalists from which the new chief will be chosen.”
He said the commission is aiming to choose a chief by the end of October.
The commission is made up of seven members appointed by the mayor and affirmed by the City Council. The volunteer commission appoints and can remove the police chief and investigates allegations from the public about police misconduct.
Costales’ term expired in 2016. But Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell asked her to stay on, possibly beyond the selection of the new chief.”Given the issues before the commission at this time, it is helpful to have a full commission, as well as a commissioner with the experience and background knowledge you gained during your tenure,” Caldwell wrote in his request to her.Costales is director of development for Kupu, a nonprofit that provides youths with training in conservation, sustainability and environmental education. Costales’ departure leaves the commission with five members. Commissioner Marc Tilker resigned in May.”What it means is that collaboration is going to be required as we can’t select the new chief unless we get four votes in favor of someone,” Sheehan said.
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|Drought conditions persist in leeward Kohala and Ka‘u areasHawaii 24/7 / 10 h. 51 min. ago more|
On September 19, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported that 90.65 percent of the State was abnormally dry or drier. Hawaii continued to experience warmer- and drier-than-normal weather. Lihue, Kauai, posted daily-record highs of 89°F on September 12, 15, 17, and 18. Although Hawaii’s drought depiction was largely unchanged, there was some further deterioration (mainly, expansion of severe drought, or extreme drought) on the lower leeward slopes of the Kohala Mountains on the Big Island due to declining pasture conditions. Complete information provided by the Drought Monitor can be found on their website at droughtmonitor.unl.edu. For the week ending on September 24, 2017, the state rainfall averaged 0.43 inches.
The Waimea Irrigation Systems level at the Puukapu reservoir was marked at 50.00 feet (51.70 MG) as of Friday, September 22, 2017, up 2.00 feet from the previous Friday reading. The Puu Pulehu reservoir was marked at 18.50 feet (106.75 MG) on September 22, unchanged from the prior week. A mandatory ten percent conservation remained in effect.
The Honokaia Reservoir was at 8.00 feet (1.00 MG) as of September 15, same as the previous Friday reading.
The water level at the Paauilo reservoir was marked at 21.00 feet (10.00 MG) on September 22, same as the previous Friday reading. The Paauilo and Honokaia Reservoirs feed into the Lower Hamakua Irrigation System where no conservation measures were in effect.
The Waimanalo Irrigation System water level was marked at 52.50 feet (42.60 MG) as of September 22, 2017, up 1.50 feet from the previous Friday reading. No conservation measures were in effect.
The Molokai Irrigation System water level was marked at 30.25 feet on Friday, September 22, 2017, down 0.25 feet from the previous Friday reading. Conservation measures urged all non-homestead water users to cutback water consumption by ten percent.
The Waikamoi reservoir #1 water level was marked at 0.00 MG on Friday, September 22, 2017, down 0.80 MG from the previous Friday reading. The Waikamoi reservoir #2 water levels was marked at 0.00 MG on the same day, down 2.90 MG from the previous Friday reading. Each reservoir has a 15.00 MG capacity.
The Kahakapao reservoir #1 was marked at 38.30 MG on Friday, September 22, 2017, down 3.40 MG from the previous Friday reading. The Kahakapao reservoir #2 water levels was marked at 38.10 MG on the same day, down 3.40 MG from the previous Friday reading. Each reservoir has a 50.00 MG capacity.
The Piiholo reservoir was recorded at 40.30 MG on Friday, September 22, 2017, up 3.20 MG from the previous Friday reading. This reservoir has a capacity of 50.00 million gallons.
|Puna man taken into custodyHawaii News / 11 h. 5 min. ago more|
Hawaii Island police have located and taken into custody a 28-year-old Puna man wanted on an outstanding bench warrant and questioning in an unrelated assault investigation. Police ask anyone with any knowledge about this investigation to call the Police Department's non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Detective Christopher Ragasa at 961-8843 or via email at Christopher.Ragasa@hawaiicounty.gov .
|Monday morning fire destroys home in NanawaleHawaii 24/7 / 11 h. 55 min. ago more|
By Hawaii 24/7 Staff
Fire/rescue responded to a 3:41 a.m. alarm Monday (Sept 25) to Forest Road in Nanawale area for a structure fire.
Crews arrived to find a single-story un-permitted house engulfed in flames. Firefighters had the blaze under control by 4 a.m. and it was declared out at 4:30 a.m.
There were no injuries reported in the blaze, the Red Cross is assisting the family who was displaced by the fire.
The home was destroyed and the loss was estimated to be about $4,000.
|Ka‘u brushfire consumes over 1,645 acresHawaii 24/7 / 12 h. 12 min. ago more|
By Hawaii 24/7 Staff
The brushfire in the Ka‘u district near South Point as of 2 p.m. Monday (Sept 25) was about 80 percent contained on the fourth day of firefighting efforts. The fire area extends from Waikapuna Bay to within 3/4 miles of Green Sands Subdivision and has over a dozen spot fires outside of the main fire area. On Sunday these spot fires range from 100 square feet to several acres.
As of 6 p.m. Monday (Sept 25) the brushfire had grown to about 1,645 acres of uneven land.
Crews have three bulldozers cutting fire breaks Sunday, helicopters doing water drops and ground crews fighting the fire and watching the the perimeter of the blaze at night.
Due to this fire, the following advisories are issued:
There are no roadway closures at this time. Area motorists should be on the lookout for emergency vehicles.
Smoke from the fire may affect visibility for driving and air quality for Waiohinu area including Green Sands, Mark Twain Estates, and Discovery Harbor.
The public is requested to stay out of the active fire area.
|Police charge man in shooting case Friday (Sept 22)Hawaii 24/7 / 14 h. 6 min. ago more|
On (September 22), North Hilo Patrol Officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Highway 19 near the 24 mile marker, after it was reported by the victim that the suspect, 47-year-old Aljune Soria, shot at him several times with a rifle after he was involved in a previous argument with the victim.
After an independent witness corroborated what the victim reported, Aljune Soria was arrested for the offense of Reckless Endangering in the first degree.
Detectives from the Area 1 Criminal Investigation Section continued the investigation and after conferral with the Prosecutor’s office, Soria was charged with the offenses of Reckless Endangering in the first degree, Terroristic Threatening in the first degree, and Place to Keep loaded firearm.
His bail was set at $9,000 and his initial court appearance is set for (September 25).
|Parks director, deputy resignHawaii Tribune-Herald / 14 h. 28 min. ago more|
Hawaii County Parks Director Charmaine Kamaka and her deputy, Ryan Chong, have resigned their posts.
|Police charge man in connection with auto theft and break-in casesHawaii 24/7 / 14 h. 57 min. ago more|
Hawaiʻi Island police report that Kawika Buckland, 20-years-old, was arrested for the offense of Theft 2 after Puna Patrol officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in the driveway of a residence in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision.
Responding officers observed Buckland sleeping in the driver’s seat of the vehicle which was determined to be stolen. Other items that were observed in the vehicle were stolen from several other vehicles that were reported to have been broken into during the early morning hours of (September 21), in the Orchidland subdivision.
On (September 22), Detectives from the Area 1 Criminal Investigation Section conferred with the Prosecutor’s office and Kawika Buckland was charged with the offenses of Unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, 3 counts of Unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, 2 counts of Unauthorized control of Personal confidential information, 2 counts of Fraudulent Use of a credit card, 1 count of identity theft in the 3rd degree, 2 counts of theft in the 3rd degree, and 3 counts of theft in the 4th degree.
Buckland is being held at the Hilo cellblock in lieu of $16,750 bail pending his initial court appearance scheduled for (September 25), in District Court.
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|Parks and Recreation Director and Deputy resign Friday (Sept 22)Hawaii 24/7 / 16 h. 41 min. ago more|
Department of Parks and Recreation Director Charmaine Kamaka and Deputy Director Ryan Chong have submitted their resignations, effective September 22, 2017.
Mayor Harry Kim has thanked them and praised them for their very good and hard work.
“We are very grateful for all that Charmaine and Ryan have done for the community,” the Mayor said. “They took on a very difficult task and did good work.”
Roxcie Waltjen, the Department’s Culture Education Administrator, has been asked to fill in as the interim Director of Parks and Recreation, the Mayor said in a statement. A letter to the County Council for Ms. Waltjen’s confirmation will be drafted this week.
|Average gas prices in Hawaii fall 2 cents per gallon the past weekHawaii 24/7 / 16 h. 44 min. ago more|
Hawaii, HI, September 25- Average retail gasoline prices in Hawaii have fallen 2.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.36/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 355 gas outlets in Hawaii. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.55/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
Including the change in gas prices in Hawaii during the past week, prices yesterday were 59.2 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 3.0 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 19.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 34.7 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices on September 25 in Hawaii have ranged widely over the last five years:
$2.77/g in 2016, $2.89/g in 2015, $4.22/g in 2014, $4.29/g in 2013 and $4.41/g in 2012.
Areas near Hawaii and their current gas price climate:
Alaska- $3.03/g, down 3.3 cents per gallon from last week’s $3.07/g.
Anchorage- $2.84/g, up 1 cent per gallon from last week’s $2.83/g.
Honolulu- $2.92/g, down 1 cent per gallon from last week’s $2.93/g.
“For the second straight week, almost every state saw average gasoline prices fall notably as refineries continue to heal after Harvey and work on restoring production of motor fuels ,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy. “While oil prices have gained momentum in the last few weeks, it will not be enough to stymie the continued decline at gas pumps, which will bring the national average down another 5-10 cents in the week ahead. Impressively, some gas stations in areas of the Great Lakes have dropped their prices by as much as 30-65 cents per gallon in the last two weeks, even as the national average has dropped just half of that, thanks to intense price wars and undercutting. But for those motorists in those states- Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky- prices may temporarily bounce back up in the next day or two as stations reset their prices. Nationwide, many motorists have asked why all gas prices haven’t come back down to pre-Harvey levels, and while the answer is complex, in short, it will take weeks or months to see gasoline inventories recover fully, but prices will continue to slowly drift lower as inventories slowly improve.”
For Hawaii Island gas prices and trends visit — www.hawaii247.com/gas
|Puna man is arrested on a warrant and an assault investigationHawaii 24/7 / 16 h. 48 min. ago more|
Daniel S.K. Valente-Akau
Hawaiʻi Island police have located and taken into custody a 28-year-old Puna man wanted on an outstanding bench warrant and questioning in an unrelated assault investigation.
Police arrested Daniel S.K. Valente-Akau late Thursday evening (September 21), in lower Puna. He was held at the Hilo cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Friday (September 22), at 1 p.m.
Detectives with the Juvenile Aid Section are continuing the assault investigation.
Police ask anyone with any knowledge about this investigation to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Christopher Ragasa at (808) 961-8843 or via email at Christopher.Ragasa@hawaiicount….
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|After North Korea Tests More Powerful Nuke, Hawaii Takes Planning for It to the Next Level - GoverningGoogle News / 1 d. 0 h. 58 min. ago more|
After North Korea Tests More Powerful Nuke, Hawaii Takes Planning for It to the Next LevelGoverningHawaii has ratcheted up its planning for a possible -- but still very unlikely -- North Korean nuclear attack on the isles to 100 kiloton yield from 15 kiloton as the threat from the rogue nation seems to escalate by the week. The Associated Press ...
|Brush fire smolders in Ka‘uHawaii Tribune-Herald / 1 d. 2 h. 52 min. ago more|
NAALEHU — Firefighters on Sunday continued to douse hot spots and flareups from a brush fire that scorched about 1,600 acres in Ka‘u.
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Kanoelehua Robinson remembers getting a phone call on a hot day last summer while waiting in line for shave ice.
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Manaola Yap’s introduction to the world of fashion was a bit different than most other designers.
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It’s just a three-letter acronym on a sticky note affixed to an official Hawaii County hiring document.
|Hawaii Must Prepare As Trump And Kim Continue Their Dangerous GameCivil Beat / 1 d. 2 h. 56 min. ago more|
It is both bizarre and ludicrous that the fate of the world may hinge on name-calling and deranged rhetoric between the “Rocket Man” and the “Dotard.”
And yet that is precisely the position we find ourselves in as the “dear leader” and the “leader of the free world” continue their dangerous exchange of taunts over nuclear tests and America’s threat to “totally destroy” North Korea.
We hope that Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump (or “Little Boy” and “Fat Man,” as one comedian describes them, evoking the code names of bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki) ultimately staunch the fear-mongering and engage in meaningful diplomacy to settle differences.
The blast radius from a hypothetical 150-kiloton weapon’s airburst over Pearl Harbor. The innermost ring represents the fireball radius, followed by the radiation radius, the air blast radius and the thermal radiation radius. Go to NuclearSecrecy.com/nukeblast to see how other cities could be impactedhttp://nuclearsecrecy.com/nukemap/
In the meantime, the people of Hawaii would do well to have a plan should — however horrible it is to imagine — an intercontinental ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead come our way.
All residents and visitors (or hotel operators) should heed the advice of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency and other survival information (such as this recent Business Insider article), which includes this advice:
First, have up to a 14-day supply of food and water.
Because electrical devices and utilities are likely to be disrupted, a battery-powered or hand-cranked AM-FM radio should be part of a basic survival kit.
Outdoor sirens and warnings on radio, television and cellphones should come within minutes of a North Korean launch.
Cell phone and internet access will likely be damaged by a blast. Don’t depend on them.
Once a warning comes, residents and visitors must immediately seek shelter. There will be less than 15 minutes to do so before missile impact.
There are no designated blast or fallout shelters in Hawaii, but concrete structures like schools, commercial buildings or underground or closed-in parking structures are preferable.
Basements, especially ones shielded by soil and concrete, are preferred locations to ride out the attack.
A car is not adequate shelter, and forget about driving from town to Kailua over the Pali Highway in an attempt to escape the blast and fallout.
Since North Korea’s targeting technology is not precise, neighbor islands are not necessarily in the clear.
If you are in a car when the warning comes, get out and, if shelter is not near, lie flat on the ground.
Do not look at the flash of the explosion. A missile attack is not an Instagram moment.
Stay sheltered indoors until there is official notice that things are safe, or when two weeks have passed.
No Time For Secrets
The advice on what to do came last week in a public hearing at the Hawaii State Capitol. Unwisely, Hawaii lawmakers decided to meet in secret earlier in the week to discuss a possible North Korean attack.
Such closed-door proceedings do nothing to help residents and in fact may alarm them.
State officials said the legislative briefing was closed because it included classified information such as what areas of Hawaii might be targeted. Not only does it seems unlikely that significant top-secret information would be readily shared in a meeting with dozens of lawmakers and staff members, but isn’t that the kind of information the public would want to know, too?
Officials say a nuclear attack on Hawaii is unlikely. But experts worry that the escalating crisis over North Korea means that, as The Hill reported this weekend, “a previously unthinkable nuclear conflict is fast becoming a real possibility.”
The time to prepare is now. Besides, it is much the same as preparation for hurricanes and earthquakes, which recent events in the Western Hemisphere show us are all too common.
Public outreach and online information is available to all Hawaii residents from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency’s website, via email (HawaiiEma@hawaii.gov) and phone, (808) 733-4300. Here are additional contact numbers:
Kauai Emergency Management Agency (808) 241-1800
Honolulu Department of Emergency Management (808) 723-8960
Maui Emergency management Agency (808) 270-7285
Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency (808) 335-0031
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|Retail Shops On Hawaii Farmland: Kauai Dispute Could Set A PrecedentCivil Beat / 1 d. 2 h. 57 min. ago more|
When LBD Coffee requested a permit to build a facility to sell cigars and coffee on its Kapaa agriculture land in 2014, it might have seemed like a straightforward request.
Two years before, the Legislature had adopted a state law to economically boost agriculture by letting farmers do just what the company was proposing: operate a retail establishment selling farm products on agriculture land.
Although the law left room for the counties to pass ordinances tweaking their rules for such so-called accessory agriculture uses, Kauai County hasn’t adopted one.
LBD Coffee, which grows tobacco used in its Kauai Cigar Co. brand cigars, wants to open a retail operation on agriculture land.LBD Coffee
To LBD, that meant the company could move ahead with plans for a retail shop selling coffee and cigars made from Hawaii-grown tobacco and coffee beans. But the matter has proved to be anything but simple.
Three years later, Kauai County still hasn’t issued LBD’s requested zoning permit, and LBD has filed a lawsuit asking a state court essentially to require the county to permit the retail operation.
“All we’re looking for here is for enforcement of the law the Legislature passed; we want it to mean something,” said Jake Delaplane, LBD’s attorney. “It doesn’t appear the county’s respecting state law.”
Kim Tamaoka, a spokeswoman for Kauai County, said the county had not seen the suit and therefore declined to comment.
How the court resolves the flap may have significant implications for the relative power of state and local governments, as well as the use of agricultural land.
Marti Townsend, director of the Sierra Club of Hawaii, said the organization has concerns about the 2012 statute both in terms of county sovereignty, or “home rule,” and the conservation of farmland.
Although Townsend said it’s important to find solutions to help farmers bring products to market, she said, “It definitely does not serve Hawaii’s sustainable food goals to turn valuable agricultural districts into faux-farm amusement parks.”
The Kauai dispute shows that “complex, even competing state laws and county ordinances, create unnecessary challenges for legitimate farming practices to remain compliant and successful,” she said.
Law Encourages Commercial Activities
The dispute appears to turn on the extent to which Kauai must defer to the state’s land-use statute.
In Hawaii’s unique land-use regime, a form of statewide zoning, land is divided into four categories: urban, rural, agricultural and conservation. State law then outlines uses allowed in the various districts.
But counties also get a say in how land can be used through local zoning laws, such as Kauai’s Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance. When it comes to ag land, the state and counties jointly regulate use. The question is how much leeway the court gives the county.
One point seems clear: Legislators wanted to encourage agriculture-related commercial activities on farmland when they adopted Senate Bill 2375 in 2012.
Some of LBD’s Kauai Cigar Co. products. It would like to sell them at a retail outlet on farmland.LBD Coffee
Agriculture is so important to Hawaii’s aina-oriented culture and island economy that the state constitution requires the state government to “conserve and protect agricultural lands, promote diversified agriculture, increase agricultural self-sufficiency and assure the availability of agriculturally suitable lands.”
Accordingly, the state keeps a substantial amount of Hawaii’s property set aside for agriculture. In fact, ag lands make up 47 percent of the state’s land area, according to “Regulating Paradise: Land Use Controls In Hawaii,” a legal treatise by University of Hawaii law professor David Callies.
Policymakers such as the 2012 bill’s sponsor, Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz, have sought ways to use such lands for economic development. The purpose of the bill, according the Senate Committee on Agriculture, was “to allow for agricultural-based commercial operations in agricultural districts.”
It amended the state land use law to allow agriculture-based commercial operations on ag land, including retail activities to display and sell produce grown in Hawaii as well as “value-added products that were produced using agricultural products grown in Hawaii, logo items related to the producer’s agricultural operations, and other food items.”
Dela Cruz’s bill was supported by farmers and Kamehameha Schools, the state’s largest private landowner, which said it could help farmers make money and thus continue to farm.
But opponents said it could lead to excessive development.
Among them was David Tanoue, then director of the Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting. Tanoue testified the measure could have the unintended consequence of encouraging out-of-state producer-operators to buy ag land for retail purposes and drive local farmers out.
“The effect of this could be land speculation, driving up the general price of all agricultural lands,” Tanoue said. “The rural character of an area could change from green open spaces to paved parking lots supported by traffic congestion.”
Despite the opposition, the Legislature adopted the measure and then-Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed it into law in June 2012.
LBD Coffee grows beans at its organic Blair Estates farm on Kauai.Courtesy of LBD Coffee
No County Law To The Contrary
About two years later, LBD’s complaint says, the company asked the Kauai Planning Department for a zoning permit to build a warehouse, storage, packaging, retail and visitor center on agriculture land the company had bought for that purpose.
LBD grows coffee and tobacco and sells products under the brands Coffee Times, Blair Estate Farm and the Kauai Cigar Company. LBD also has announced plans to start growing corn and to open a distillery.
Company owner Les Drent referred questions to LBD’s attorney, Delaplane, who said the company’s position was stated in the lawsuit.
The suit provides a detailed description of talks and correspondence between LBD and the county.
Central to the dispute is whether LBD is entitled to an over-the-counter “zoning permit” for purposes generally allowed by Kauai’s ordinance, or whether it must obtain a “use permit,” a more laborious process in which the county has more discretion.
A table in Kauai’s zoning law describes which activities require which type of permit when conducted on agriculture land, but doesn’t say anything about retail activity on ag land.
The ordinance does say single-family homes and warehouses for plant products qualify for the easy-to-get zoning permits, while the harder-to-get use permit applies to commercial activities like golf courses, day care centers and “any other use or structure” that the county planning director finds is similar to the ones that require the use permit.
Relying on this part of the ordinance, Kauai County has decided that a retail store needs a use permit, correspondence quoted in the complaint indicates.
In response, LBD asks why it should have to go through the laborious use-permit process when the outcome is set by state statute: Kauai must allow retail operations, and it has not passed ordinances further defining what restrictions can be placed on such operations, as the statute allows.
“It seems antithetical to the idea of efficient and effective governing to require folks to expend the time, energy and resources to go through the formal permitting process when this type of use is expressly permitted by Statute,” LBD says in the suit.
Lbd coffee v. kauai dept. of planning from Honolulu Civil Beat
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|Vietnam On Our MindsCivil Beat / 1 d. 2 h. 57 min. ago more|
For a lot of folks in my generation, “boomers” or a little older, Vietnam means an “era,” not just a country or even a war. It’s what William Butler Yeats meant when in 1919 he wrote:
… Things fall apart: the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned …
I admit I am no fan of either the president or the ignorance I believe is a primary driver for his supporters.
But wait. I have friends, people who are neither stupid nor malevolent, who still support Donald Trump because they simply don’t trust either the powers-that-be or that layer of society they see as the élite looking down their noses at average men and women.
There is a sizable sector of the population, especially in the old industrial Midwest, the shut-down mills of North Carolina or in the mines of Appalachia, for whom the late 20th century and where the economy is now have only meant a steady slide into poverty and despair.
The Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C., February 2016.Cory Lum/Civil Beat
Bear in mind that these are our fellow citizens and they find themselves at the center of the “opioid crisis,” among other social dead-ends.
What did/does Vietnam have to do with any of this?
It’s because those of us who lost our innocence during that era, either fighting the war or fighting against the war — whether on the left or on the right — deeply share one thing: We no longer believe what we’re told by people in positions of authority.
The Most Dangerous President
Americans were lied to. They were lied to systematically. It wasn’t random, it wasn’t accidental. They were lied to on purpose.
They were lied to by John Kennedy and Robert McNamara on the way in. They were lied to by Lyndon Johnson as things started to fall apart. They were lied to by Richard Nixon, who connived to scuttle the Paris Peace Talks to help his chances in the 1968 elections.
Americans were lied to. They were lied to systematically.
In Vietnam, General William Westmoreland blatantly ignored what he was being told by his own intelligence services and, day in and day out, lied to the troops getting shot up in the field while he sat in the officers’ mess at Long Binh eating sirloin and shrimp cocktails.
And in the times that followed Americans were still being lied to.
Ronald Reagan was going to lower taxes how? By going a whole lot deeper in debt, that’s how. Bill Clinton was supposed to be the friend of Main Street and he turned out to be the friend of Wall Street and deregulated the financial sector – it took a while, but it ultimately led to the great recession of 2008.
George W. Bush, aided by Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney, cooked up phony reasons to invade Iraq and destabilize the Middle East for a generation or more. And on and on and on.
So, while people may decry the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — and he is without a doubt the most ignorant, unstable and downright dangerous chief executive in at least a century or even (given his power to “totally destroy North Korea” and kill 20 million people in the process) in all of our nation’s history — they cannot lose sight of the fact the “establishment” (and that includes the corporate establishment as well as the government and, one could add, all those charlatans preaching feel good prosperity gospels of one kind or another) has become so distrusted that a demagogue like Donald Trump can keep on shouting “fake news” and a whole lot of Americans nod their heads in agreement.
I encourage you all to view Ken Burns new documentary, The Vietnam War, on PBS.
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|Wanted man arrestedHawaii Tribune-Herald / 1 d. 4 h. 47 min. ago more|
Wayne Eric Alfred Gonsalves Jr., subject of a local police wanted bulletin, was arrested Tuesday on Oahu on a Big Island warrant by the Honolulu Police Department.
|Police arrest 24 for DUIHawaii Tribune-Herald / 1 d. 4 h. 50 min. ago more|
During the week of Sept. 11-17, Hawaii Island police arrested 24 motorists for DUI. Eight of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident and one of the drivers was younger than 21.
|Wyoming vs. Hawaii: Three things we learned - Casper Star-Tribune OnlineGoogle News / 1 d. 14 h. 56 min. ago more|
Casper Star-Tribune OnlineWyoming vs. Hawaii: Three things we learnedCasper Star-Tribune OnlineA week after seeing 95 plays against Oregon, the most in a Wyoming regular-season game since 2004, the Cowboys' defense was on the field for 39:05 on Saturday against Hawaii's offense. The Rainbow Warriors ran 78 plays, including two in overtime.Wyoming beat Hawaii in overtime 28-21 on INTNews & ObserverWyoming beats Hawaii in overtimeHonolulu Star-Advertiserall 40 news articles »
|Police have located a woman reported missingHawaii 24/7 / 1 d. 16 h. 20 min. ago more|
HAWAII POLICE DEPT: Grace E. Miller, 77 was located in good health in Hilo.
Grace E. Miller
Missing Person: Grace E. Miller, 77, Caucasian female, 5’9″ tall, weighing 120 pounds, short grey hair.
Last seen: On Koula Street in Hilo on September 23, 2017 at around 3 pm. and was last seen wearing blue jeans, a long sleeve shirt that is either flannel or blue and possibly wearing a gray/tan colored ball cap with a honu design.
She recently had a surgical procedure done and may have a bandage on her right ear.
Police and her family are concerned for her welfare.
If you have information that can assist in helping safely locate Ms. Miller, please contact police at 935-3311.
|About Town: 9-24-17Hawaii News / 1 d. 16 h. 23 min. ago more|
Kiwanis Club of Kailua-Kona will hold it's annual installation dinner for new officers on at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Makalei Golf Club, 72-3890 Hawaii Belt Road, Kailua-Kona, 325-6625. On Saturday eccentric turning magician Mark Safiri will be hosted by West Hawaii Woodturners from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the former PacRimGlass building, top of Kohanaiki Industrial road.
|Harbors are for soaking taxpayerHawaii News / 2 d. 1 h. 14 min. ago more|
In a prior article, we reported that last December, administrative rules were finalized that wrought significant increases in fees charged by the Department of Transportation, Harbors Division. Those fees increased 17 percent beginning on Feb. 1; they will increase another 15 percent on Oct. 1; they will increase another 15 percent on July 1, 2018; and they will increase on July 1 of each year thereafter, by either 3 percent or the consumer price index rate, whichever is higher.
|Hawaii Pregnancy Clinics Say New Law Interferes With Faith - U.S. News & World ReportGoogle News / 2 d. 10 h. 55 min. ago more|
Hawaii Pregnancy Clinics Say New Law Interferes With FaithU.S. News & World ReportUnder the new law, limited-service pregnancy centers are required to display a written statement in clear viewing areas that says in part: "Hawaii has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning ...and more »
|More money, more medicineHawaii News / 2 d. 11 h. 52 min. ago more|
And the root cause of the system's affliction is as clear as it is familiar - money. Or, rather, the lack of it.
|ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker – Quarterly CommentaryHawaii Reporter / 2 d. 17 h. 17 min. ago more|
What a fast paced information packed session this was! We touched on what a forensic audit is and why we need one for the Rail. And the sooner the better!! Otherwise we will continue to make the same mistakes over and over again. Also discussed the foreign bank account reporting deadline (many need to file […]
|Hawaii Island lane closures for the week of September 23-29, 2017Hawaii 24/7 / 2 d. 17 h. 45 min. ago more|
Lane closure schedules may change at any time without further notice.
All projects are weather permitting.
— MAMALAHOA (HWY 190) —
1) PUUANAHULU (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK)
Alternating lane closures on Mamalahoa Highway (Route 190) in both directions between Mile Marker 20 and Mile Marker 22, over a twenty-four hour period, seven days a week for drainage improvements. Trucks/trailers that exceed statutory size-weight limits will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis upon application of their respective oversize-overweight vehicle permits. Maximum width for any vehicle with permit passing through the project area is 10-feet.
— HAWAII BELT ROAD (ROUTE 19) —
Alternating lane closures on Hawaii Belt Road (Route 19) in both directions at Mile Marker 16 on Monday, Sept. 25, through Friday, Sept. 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., for bridge rehabilitation work on Umauma Bridge. Travel speed on Umauma Bridge is reduced to 20-mph.
— SADDLE ROAD (ROUTE 200) —
1) UPPER KAUMANA
Alternating single lane closures on Saddle Road (Route 200) in both directions between Mile Marker 5 and Mile Marker 7 on Monday, Sept. 25, through Friday, Sept. 29, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily, for grading of the new Daniel K. Inouye Highway, East Side alignment.
|Astronauts Celebrate Autumn Equinox 2017 With One Last Aloha FridayHawaii News / 3 d. 14 h. 21 min. ago more|
Crewmembers on the International Space Station celebrate "Aloha Friday." From left to right: Joe Acaba, Alexander Misurkin, Mark Vande Hei, Cmdr.
|Police are searching for a man reported missingHawaii 24/7 / 3 d. 15 h. 3 min. ago more|
Hawaiʻi Island Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Andrew Miles.
He is 30-years-old, 6-feet, 210 pounds with short black hair and is unshaven.
He was last seen wearing a two-tone gray long-sleeve T-shirt and black basketball shorts.
Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.
Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at (808) 961-8300. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.
|North Korea attack plan tweakedHawaii News / 4 d. 1 h. 49 min. ago more|
About 100 members of the public attended an informational briefing at the state Capitol on Thursday to learn more about the threat to Hawaii of a North Korea nuclear attack. The meeting, organized by the Senate's Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs, followed a closed meeting on Tuesday attended by about 15 state lawmakers, including Kona Sen. Josh Green and Naalehu Rep. Richard Creagan.
|East Hawaii residents receive hospital billing errorsHawaii News / 4 d. 14 h. 43 min. ago more|
Nearly 200 patients served by Hawaii Health Systems Corp. received the "incorrect billing statements" in the mail from a third-party billing vendor called Healthcare Resource Group, Hilo Medical Center spokeswoman Elena Cabatu said. But a few of them, she said, also went to patients served by Ka'u Hospital and Hale Hoola Hamakua during a three-day period in September.
|Maui's heavenly Hana is more than just a road tripHawaii News / 4 d. 17 h. ago more|
Hana, on the east side of the island of Maui, might not be literally a one-horse town, but it is tiny, with a population of 1,258. We saw only one horse, looking over the fence at us next to the Hasegawa General Store.
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|Tearing down statues ignores our foundingHawaii News / 5 d. 0 h. 6 min. ago more|
They caught fish, grew their food and gave a portion to the king. It was a pure and simple way of life.
|Pro, anti-telescope arguments aim to sway Hawaii land boardHawaii News / 5 d. 13 h. 37 min. ago more|
This Aug. 31, 2015, file photo shows telescopes on the summit of Mauna Kea on Hawaii's Big Island. Hawaii's land board will hear arguments over a judge's recommendation that a construction permit be granted for a giant telescope planned for a Hawaii mountain summit that some consider sacred.
|Hawaii immersion school proves worth, wants to add languagesHawaii News / 6 d. 5 h. 56 min. ago more|
An immersion school on the Big Island is turning out bilingual students at a high rate, and wants to add more languages. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Tuesday that Ke Kula 'o Nawahiokalani'opu'u, or Nawahi, is a Hawaiian language immersion school in Keaau, where students are instructed entirely in Hawaiian through fifth-grade.
|Hawaii firm harnesses WeChat to target Chinese visitorsHawaii Star / 8 d. 16 h. 13 min. ago more|
Hawaii-based iTravLocal has set its sights on the growing Chinese travel market, hoping to connect local vendors with visitors who are accustomed to buying products and services via WeChat, the most popular mobile app and commerce platform in China.
The company says there were 120 million outbound travelers from The People’s Republic of China (PRC) last year, and predicts there will be 200 million travelers by 2020. Hawaii is a key location for the Chinese traveler, and iTRAVLocal Limited (ITL) says it has found a niche to capture this lucrative market.
Founded earlier this year, iTravLocal describes itself as a destinations and activities solution provider that works in collaboration with WeChat, “the Chinese social media platform and super app.”
WeChat boasts more than 963 users and its users spend more than 30 percent of their smartphone time within the platform. WeChat users communicate with friends and colleagues, share files, shop online, pay bills, and more. The platform has over 963 million users with over 50% of these users spending 90 minutes a day. WeChat is owned by Tencent, one of the largest companies in the world in terms of market capitalization.
iTravLocal hopes to find Hawaii companies looking to draw Chinese visitors and help them implement WeChatPay and AliPay, also a digital wallet provider, or develop mini-programs within WeChat that can target and market to the Chinese traveler more effectively.
“People conduct their personal and professional lives differently in China — mobile apps are everything.” explains iTravLocal co-founder and COO Alex Wong. “The majority pays using a digital wallet in China, from street vendors and local wet markets to convenience stores and medical offices.”
Wong says approximately 94% of this market is dominated by mobile payments.
“The fastest growing segment in tourism is the Chinese,” Wong says. “I’m encouraging Hawaii vendors to implement WeChatPay and potentially develop WeChat mini programs… the key benefit would be increasing business to mainland Chinese customers, who spend more than any other nationality when traveling.”
The profit potential is huge, Wong adds, citing a study by consulting firm iResearch that show China mobile payments hit $5.5 trillion — roughly 50 times the size of America’s $112 billion market.
“There are an estimated 200,000+ Chinese visiting Hawaii every year [and] research shows they spend far more than Japanese visitors,” he says. “In 2016, Chinese from mainland China spent $260 billion on overseas travel — an increase of $11 billion from 2015.”
Wong will be the moderator for the Social Mobile Trends session of the Hawaiian Tourism Authority Global Summit China on September 20, 2017. iTravLocal and Tencent/WeChat is also hosting an invitation-only gala event aboard the Star of Honolulu cruise ship the next day.
|ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg BakerHawaii Reporter / 8 d. 17 h. 53 min. ago more|
We have amazing talent and experience right here in Hawaii if we only take the time and look for it. Sometimes we get too caught up with what is happening on the mainland (which we have no control over) and we lose sight of what is happening right here in our own backyard (which we […]
|Lead Story – 100th Battalion Helped to Transform AmericaThe Hawaii Herald / 15 d. 2 h. 35 min. ago more|
“We in this room all understand that if the 100th had failed in what it had to do, the history of our community, the history of our nation and the history of the world would be very different.” — Dr. Mitchell Maki
Dr. Mitch Maki: “Because of You, Our Nation is What It is Today”
Editor’s note: The following is the text of Dr. Mitchell Maki’s speech to the veterans of the 100th Infantry Battalion and their families and friends at the One Puka Puka’s 75th anniversary banquet. The gathering, which was attended by seven 100th Battalion veterans, was held July 23 at Dole Cannery’s Pömaika‘i Ballroom. Maki is the president and CEO of the Los Angeles-based Go For Broke National Education Center, which is committed to perpetuating the legacy of the Nisei soldiers who fought in World War II.
The 100th Infantry Battalion was formed in June 1942, just six months after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. It was originally made up of 1,432 prewar draftees who had served in the Hawai‘i National Guard. The unit lost its first member, Sgt. Shigeo “Joe” Takata, when he was killed in action on Sept. 29, 1943, just one week after the men entered combat in Italy. Less than an hour after Takata’s death, Pvt. Keichi Tanaka was killed by machine gun fire. In the spring of 1944, the 100th lost many of its men in the bloody battle to wrest the abbey at Monte Cassino from the Nazis — so many that soldiers from the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, who were just completing training, were sent in as replacements. The One Puka Puka would later become the 1st Battalion of the 442nd, but was allowed to keep its original name. To learn more about the 100th, visit www.100thbattalion.org.
The Herald thanks Dr. Maki for allowing us to share his speech with our readers.
Good afternoon everyone . . .
I’d like to start off my comments by acknowledging why we are here — and that is the veterans of the 100th Infantry Battalion. Can we give them a round of applause? They are truly our heroes.
First of all, I’d like to thank the board of directors and the members of the 100th Infantry Battalion Veterans for inviting me here today. I’d like to also acknowledge the members of the 100th Battalion of the U.S. Army Reserves for what they’re doing for us here today. I’d like to also acknowledge our distinguished guests — people like Governor (David) Ige, (retired U.S.) Senator (Daniel) Akaka, (retired) General (David) Bramlett. Thank you for being here today.
But, most importantly, I want to thank the members — the family members and the veterans — that are here today. Thank you very much for inviting me.
When I walked into the room this morning and I looked around, I couldn’t help but think of my grandmother. I’d like to start off my comments today by telling you a story about my grandmother. You see, if there is any word that would describe the life of my grandmother, that word would have to be “hard.” She came to this country as a young girl, worked on the plantations of Hawai‘i, got married at a young age and, by the time she was 30, had six children. My grandmother never lived much above the poverty line. So whatever hopes and dreams she had for a better tomorrow rested squarely on the shoulders of her children and of her grandchildren.
My grandmother didn’t speak much English and I don’t speak much Japanese. In fact, my favorite memory of her was of her chasing me around. “Bakatare! Bakatare!” I used to hear that term so often as a child I thought it was a term of endearment. “I thought she was saying, “My dear grandson! My dear grandson!” […]
For those of you who don’t know who Sgt. Kazuo Masuda was, he was a young Japanese American who served in the 442nd. His family was incarcerated in Gila River, Arizona, and he was asked, ‘Why are you doing this? Why are you fighting for a nation that incarcerated your family and denied them the liberties and the freedom that you are fighting for?’ Sgt. Masuda’s answer was the answer that I think many, if not all of the Nisei soldiers were giving at that time, which was: Because this is the only way that I know that my family can have a chance in America. Agree with him or not, right or wrong, Sgt. Masuda and all of the Nisei soldiers understood that in 1942, 1943, 1944 and 1945, loyalty needed to be demonstrated in blood.
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100th Battalion Veteran, Moriso Teraoka
100th Battalion Veteran, Jack Nakamura
100th Battalion Veteran, Sonsei Nakamura
100th Battalion Veteran, Thomas Nikaido
100th Battalion Veteran, Kazuto Shimizu
100th Battalion Veteran, Masaharu “Bull” Saito
100th Battalion Veteran, Akiyoshi Kuriyama
100th Battalion veteran Kazuto Shimizu and 100th Infantry Battalion Veterans president Harry Nakayama cut the 75th anniversary cake with a sword as veteran Moriso Teraoka supervises the cutting.
|Spotlight – Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Collection Finds New Home at JCCHThe Hawaii Herald / 15 d. 2 h. 35 min. ago more|
A model of the Challenger space shuttle and the spacesuit worn by Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise are among the artifacts in the Ellison Onizuka Remembrance.
Karleen C. Chinen
Beloved Hawai‘i astronaut Ellison Onizuka’s 71st birthday was remembered and celebrated on June 24 with the opening of “The Ellison Onizuka Remembrance” at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. The collection is now part of the center’s “Okage Sama De: I am what I am because of you” permanent exhibit.
The remembrance includes a collection of photographs and artifacts celebrating the life of Hawai‘i’s first astronaut — and America’s first astronaut of Japanese and Asian ancestry. Among the artifacts are a nine-foot model of the Challenger space shuttle, a spacesuit worn by Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise, a piece of moon rock and a bust of Onizuka, who inspired countless children to dream big and work hard to realize those dreams.
Onizuka and his six Challenger crewmates were killed instantly when their space shuttle exploded 73 seconds after lifting off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Jan. 28, 1986.
For more than 24 years, the collection had been displayed in the Ellison Onizuka Space Center at Kona International Airport on Hawai‘i island. However, plans to expand the airport forced its closure in March 2016. (Earlier this year, the airport was officially renamed the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keähole.) The artifacts were placed in storage while the Onizuka Memorial Committee searched for a new venue to share Ellison’s story with the public.
With the late astronaut’s Hawai‘i family members in attendance — brother and Onizuka Memorial Committee chair Claude Onizuka and sister Shirley Matsuoka, along with other family members — the remembrance was opened to the public at JCCH.
The Onizuka-JCCH relationship was facilitated by JCCH’s Hawai‘i island board member Daniel Kamitaki; University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa American Studies professor Dr. Dennis Ogawa; businessman Duane Kurisu, a Big Island native; and Mililani optometrist Dr. Ron Reynolds.
In a phone interview with the Herald, Reynolds said he was dismayed to learn that the Ellison Onizuka Space Center was being shuttered, so he called Kurisu, his longtime friend. “It’s not right that they’re not going to have anything on Ellison Onizuka for the kids,” he told Kurisu.
Empathizing with Reynolds’ disappointment, Kurisu contacted Ogawa, who had gotten to know the Onizuka family intimately while writing the book, “Ellison S. Onizuka: A Remembrance,” with the late Glen Grant. Ogawa, in turn, contacted Claude Onizuka. The four met and agreed that they needed to find a new home to display the tangible reminders of Ellison’s life, passion and work. They felt the JCCH would be the ideal place and approached its president and executive director Carole Hayashino, who was very interested in accepting the collection for JCCH.
Everyone whose kökua (help) they sought came through, said Reynolds — the Shiotsuka family, owners of Kona Trucking, which stored the collection until it was ready to be shipped to Honolulu; Young Brothers, who shipped the crates to O‘ahu; Hawaii Air Cargo owner Brian Suzuki, who stored the crates in his warehouse until they were ready to be transferred to JCCH — all because they believed in the project. The Sekiya of Fukuoka/Hawai‘i Endowment Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation and the HouseMart Family Foundation provided additional funding for the design and installation of The Ellison Onizuka Remembrance.
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Former Gov. George Ariyoshi holds the photograph of his family that Ellison Onizuka took aboard his ill-fated Challenger mission in 1986. NASA returned to the photo to Ariyoshi, cleaned and framed, after the Challenger tragedy.
|Community Focus – Donations Sought For Fukuoka Typhoon ReliefThe Hawaii Herald / 15 d. 2 h. 37 min. ago more|
The Hawai‘i Fukuoka Kenjin Kai has launched a monetary relief drive to aid residents of Fukuoka, Japan, after the prefecture was devastated by flooding, landslides and even loss of lives resulting from Typhoon Nanmadol on July 5. The kenjinkai’s board of directors approved sending $25,000 for use by the Fukuoka government agency coordinating the relief effort.
In addition to sending the funds to Fukuoka, the kenjinkai is also spearheading a relief drive among Hawai‘i residents.
In a KZOO radio interview, former Hawai‘i Gov. George Ariyoshi, who has family roots in Fukuoka, said “there is a close relationship between Hawai‘i and Fukuoka and Governor Ogawa of Fukuoka will welcome any and all contributions from the people of Hawai‘i.”
Checks can be made payable to “2017 Fukuoka Relief Fund” and mailed to 2017 Fukuoka Relief Fund, c/o Hawaii Fukuoka Kenjin Kai, 94-1022 Kikepa St., Waipahu, HI 96797. The donations, which are not tax deductible, will be collected and deposited in a Bank of Hawaii account which will then be forwarded to the Fukuoka Prefectural Government.
For more information, contact kenjinkai president Fusayo “Fussy” Nagai at email@example.com or Myles Nomura at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Community Focus – Japanese Language Taught at UH-Manoa Outreach CollegeThe Hawaii Herald / 15 d. 2 h. 37 min. ago more|
The UH Mänoa Outreach College is offering classes in Japanese language for three levels of learning: beginner, intermediate and advanced. The classes (10 classes per season) are held three times a year (spring/summer/fall).
Classes will be held every Saturday from 9 to 11:45 a.m. Each session is split into two parts, consisting of grammar, reading comprehension, writing and listening, followed by time to interact one-on-one with a Japanese volunteer.
Each class is open to individuals from age 18 and up. If you studied Japanese in the past, would like to improve your use of the language or are looking for an opportunity to use Japanese in a job, this class will teach you both the basics of Japanese as well as the culture and traditions through lessons and personal conversations with volunteers. It will also help those who are taking the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.
Class dates are Sept. 9 through Dec. 2 (classes will not be held on Saturdays, Oct. 14 and 21 and Nov. 25). The class fee is $180. To register, contact the UH Outreach College office at (808) 956-7221 or email@example.com.
|Community Focus – Participants Sought for 2018 Okinawan Youth Festival in PeruThe Hawaii Herald / 15 d. 2 h. 38 min. ago more|
Organizers of the Sixth Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival (“Wakamono Taikai”) are seeking participants for next year’s festival, set for Feb. 6-10, in Lima, Peru. Participants must be between the ages of 18 and 35.
Hawai‘i yonsei Collin Hoo participated in the second and fourth festivals, which were held in the U.S. and the Philippines, respectively. “To be able to meet people from halfway around the world and talk to them about what it’s like growing up in their countries as Okinawan — it was a very perspective changing experience for me,” he said.
The festival is an opportunity for Uchinanchu youth to come together and exchange ideas aimed at preserving and promoting the culture of Okinawa. It is also an opportunity to grow in leadership, bond with fellow young Okinawans and find a community back home — in short, to enjoy the experience of a lifetime.
The 2018 festival will include international performances, a sports competition, youth symposium, and the study of Ryükyüan language and other dialects spoken in Okinawa. There will be also be an opportunity to learn about Okinawan immigrants in Peru through study tours, a Peruvian cooking class and participation in Peru’s annual Okinawan Festival.
“There’s so much potential to create an even stronger global Uchinanchu network by working and connecting with Okinawans in South America, across the U.S., throughout Asia and even Europe,” Hoo added. “In turn, we can help to make the future for Okinawa, our homeland, a lot brighter.”
The registration fee is $350, which includes lodging, transportation to all festival-related activities and meals on the main festival days. Participants are responsible for their own round-trip airfare, overseas travel insurance, transaction and application fees related to registration requirements and personal expenses. The registration application deadline is Sept. 30.
For online registration form and more information, visit http://eventregist.com/e/wyuf-peru2018-english. Participants must be between the ages of 18 and 35, in good health and take full responsibility for their overseas travel. English-speaking staff is available to answer any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Community Focus – United Japanese Society Installs Sheree Tamura as 2017-2018 PresidentThe Hawaii Herald / 15 d. 2 h. 40 min. ago more|
The 2017-2018 officers and directors of the United Japanese Society of Hawaii were installed on June 24 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. Two celebratory dances were performed at the start of the program: “Kotobuki Samba,” a Japanese dance, which was performed by Bando Michie II, and the auspicious Okinawan dance, “Kazadihuu,” was performed by sisters Lisa Nakasone Nakandakari and Julia Nakasone Okumura, both shihan (teachers) with Hooge Ryu Hana Nuuzi no Kai Nakasone Dance Academy.
The annual installation banquet is also UJSH’s opportunity to recognize people who have advanced and supported the organization’s mission through its Kenjin Kai Outstanding Member awards. Selected by their respective kenjinkai (prefectural club) were: Carol Koga, Central Oahu Kumamoto Kenjin Kai; Yoshiko Matsuoka, Hawaii Ehime Kenjin Kai; Eileen Yasuko Masuda, Hawaii Fukuoka Kenjin Kai; Kazuko Tarumi, Hawaii Kagoshima Kenjin Kai; Masumi Na-kagome, Hawaii Miyagi Kenjin Kai; Yumiko Yamamoto, Hawaii Miyazaki Kenjin Kai; Kasumi Tanaka, Hawaii Oita Kenjin Kai; Tom Yamamoto, Hawaii United Okinawa Association; Hisao Baba, Hawaii Yamagata Kenjin Kai; Janet Yoda, Hawaii Yamanashi Kyoyu Kai; Kanzo Nara, Hokkaido Club Hawaii; Joni Keiko Kaneshiro, Honolulu Fukushima Kenjin Kai; Thomas Sakamoto, Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai; Laureen M. Kai, Honolulu Kumamoto Kenjin Kai; Gregg Hideki Hirohata-Goto, Honolulu Niigata Kenjin Kai; Lorelei K. Fukuda, Honolulu Yamaguchi Kenjin Kai; and Katherine Fujii, Wahiawa-Waialua Hiroshima Kenjin Kai. Kanzo Nara of Hokkaido Club Hawaii spoke on behalf of the honorees, thanking UJSH for recognizing their work.
Outgoing president Dean Asahina presented the UJSH Member of the Year award to Sheree Tamura, his successor as president. Citing the numerous health challenges he faced during his year as president, he said, “When I was down, she took my place,” said Asahina. Tamura accepted the award, saying, “I’m not supposed to be recognized. I was just doing my job.”
The UJSH Award for Contributions to the Japanese Community and Hawaii was presented to Hanae Miura-Sensei, who has taught the martial art of Jikishinkage-Ryu naginata since settling in Hawai‘i in 1972.
The second highlight of the day was the installation of Sheree Tamura as UJSH’s 2017-2018 president. Serving with Tamura are Faye Shigemura, president-elect; vice presidents Terrence Kai, Kalei Kini, Frances Nakachi Kuba, Rev. Akihiro Okada and Cheryl Sora; secretaries Wendy Abe, Annette Matsumoto and Mariel Moriwake; treasurers David Jones, Christopher Kanehiro and Norman Nakasone; and auditors James Sato and Michael Sato, along with 27 directors and nine counselors. Consul General of Japan Yasushi Misawa will serve as honorary advisor.
In his outgoing president’s message, Dean Asahina called his term “a most memorable year.” “I experienced a lot,” he said. The year 2016 marked the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which prompted a visit to Hawai‘i and the Arizona Memorial by President Barack Obama and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe. UJSH was involved in the activities associated with the prime minister’s visit.
Asahina also thanked his siblings, Gene and Audrey, for their support during the year. He concluded his outgoing president’s message thanking UJSH’s members. “UJSH is about its members,” he said.
Sheree Tamura has been involved in UJSH for many years. The adopted — and only child — of the late Sadao and Hatsuko Tamura, she developed a deep interest in Japanese culture from a young age, even training in Japan. Tamura is a longtime member of the Hanayagi Mitsusumi Dance Studio. Besides Japanese classical dance, she enjoys singing Japanese songs and continues voice training with the Dennis Oshiro Music Studio. She is also an aikidö and naginata student. And, she is mom to daughter Sheera Yoshimi Hai Bao Tamura, whom she adopted from China as a young child. Tamura raised Sheera as a single parent with the help and encouragement of her parents. This past spring, she watched with pride as Sheera graduated from Pacific Buddhist Academy. When not doing her cultural and community activities or tending to her daughter, she works as the student service and English language learner coordinator at Momilani Elementary School in Waimalu.
Congratulatory messages were offered by Alvin Katahara, director of external affairs in the governor’s office, representing Gov. David Ige, and Gary Nakata, director of community services, representing Mayor Kirk Caldwell.
Consul General of Japan Yasushi Misawa assured Asahina that his presidency “has been a successful one.” He noted that the biggest event of the year for him was the visit of Prime Minister Abe. He thanked UJSH members for their support and assistance. “I truly appreciate it very much,” Misawa said.
He said newly installed president Tamura is “multitalented” and “the right person to be president for next year’s 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Gannenmono.”
Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai member and UJSH past president Kenneth Saiki offered a kampai toast.
A full program of entertainment followed, including Japanese and Okinawan dances and singing. Newly installed president Sheree Tamura also shared her talents, singing “Chichibu Yo Matsuri.”
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|Legacy of the Sansei – The Sansei Legacy: Never Again!The Hawaii Herald / 15 d. 2 h. 43 min. ago more|
Cleaning the Manzanar Monument on the first pilgrimage in December 1969. (Photo by Robert A. Nakamura)
Karen L. Ishizuka
Special to The Hawai‘i Herald
Karen L. Ishizuka
When pressed, Sansei give lip service to the obvious fact that we are now old. But we don’t really believe it. In the cosmology of Issei, Nisei, Sansei — Issei are old, Nisei are middle-aged and Sansei are forever young. But here I be, with the honor of having been asked to write on the “Legacy of the Sansei.” The juxtaposition of those two words — Sansei + Legacy — is an undeniable clue that Sansei = Old. Old enough to leave a legacy. A legacy of Never Again!
I was raised by three sets of grandparents, a father, a mother, a stepmother, and 15 aunts and uncles, as well as an entire community who spent over three years behind barbed wire. Although I was too young to have been in camp, I inherited it. Unintentionally yet unconditionally, they bequeathed me the immensity of camp.
In 1994, I curated the exhibition, “America’s Concentration Camps: Remembering the Japanese American Experience” for the Japanese American National Museum. By that time, I had written a master’s thesis, a stage play and a short narrative film about the wholesale incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. It was part of my effort to crack the code — to not only understand what camp was about but, once exposed, to come to grips with the immensity I had inherited. Despite the fact they had done nothing wrong, my entire family and community had been convicted of being a threat to national security — potential terrorists in today’s parlance — without any due process of law and summarily incarcerated in 10 concentration camps from California to Arkansas for the duration of World War II.
Why? Because of the color of their skin. Even though the U.S. was also at war with Italy and Germany, besides Japan, and that some Germans and Italians were detained, only the Japanese — men, women, elderly and children — were subjected to mass incarceration.
Growing up, Nisei never talked about camp, but they were constantly talking around it. Therefore, although we Sansei didn’t know what this thing called “camp” was, we knew it was a thing. They spoke in code: What camp were you in? Where did you go after camp? Before camp, we lived in Los Angeles. After camp, we lived in Cleveland, Ohio. Before camp, I went to college to become an engineer. After camp, I became a gardener. Before camp (fill in the blank), after camp (fill in the blank). Their lives were forever after dichotomized into “before the war” and “after the war” with this thing called “camp” in-between.
It was as if everything about my parents’ lives had been informed by camp, including their child-rearing practices. While I didn’t grasp the broader sociopolitical implications of camp, I nonetheless got the message that I needed to be 200 percent American in order to retroactively prove, as my mother said, that it was wrong for the U.S. to have put Japanese Americans “in camp.”
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Karen L. Ishizuka is the author of “Serve the People: Making Asian America in the Sixties,” (2015), “Lost and Found: Reclaiming the Japanese American Incarceration,” (2006), and co-editor of “Mining the Home Movie: Excavations in Histories and Memories” (2008). Ishizuka is an award-winning documentary writer/producer and museum curator who helped establish the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. She received a master’s degree in social work from San Diego State University and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles. A third-generation American of Japanese ancestry, Ishizuka lives in Culver City, Calif., with her husband, filmmaker Robert A. Nakamura, and has two children and three grandchildren.
|Review – “I Am Not Your Negro”The Hawaii Herald / 15 d. 2 h. 44 min. ago more|
Academy Award-Nominated Film is an Insightful Essay on Race Relations in America
Special to The Hawai‘i Herald
In 1979, the great American writer James Baldwin sent a short letter to his literary agent Jay Acton, outlining an ambitious project that would require the author to undertake a long-delayed journey back into his anguished past. Baldwin, who was at the nadir of a brilliant literary career at the time, intended to write a book about three of his friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — all of whom had been assassinated before they had reached the age of 40. It was his hope that by exploring their lives and deaths, side-by-side, he would begin to understand more clearly the Gordian knot of race relations in America. Baldwin would pass away eight years later at the age of 63 from stomach cancer and finish only 30 pages of the book that had long haunted him.
Baldwin’s unfinished elegy has always been one of literary America’s chimeras, along with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Last Tycoon” and Ernest Hemingway’s “The Garden of Eden” — unkept promises that tease us with what might have been if their authors had lived long enough to fulfill their possibilities.
In 2008, the Haitian-born movie director Raoul Peck, whose love for Baldwin’s work stretched back to his youth, began his odyssey to turn the author’s words into film. Peck would use Baldwin’s unrealized dream to weave together the disparate strands of his next movie. Peck, who has given us such remarkable works as “Lumumba,” his earlier film about the short-lived rule of Patrice Lumumba in the Congo, has submitted his most mature and riveting effort yet with the 2017 Academy Award-nominated documentary, “I Am Not Your Negro.”
Using Baldwin’s 30-page manuscript as a jumping off point, Peck interweaves personal interviews, feature film clips, archival photographs and popular culture television shows with additional excerpts from the author’s other writings to create an unsparing film filled with revelation and heartbreak that never takes a wrong turn. What makes “I Am Not Your Negro” so satisfying is that Peck goes beyond the usual carnival of academicians and Greek chorus voices to craft a documentary that is instead personal, human and utterly original. Using actor Samuel L. Jackson as the voice of Baldwin’s inner world, Peck employs only the author’s words to inform the entire narrative of his film.
Born in New York City in 1924, Baldwin grew up amidst a vibrant flowering of African American music, writing and performing arts. The Harlem Renaissance featured world-class artists such as novelist Zora Neale Thurston and poet Langston Hughes, who would expose Baldwin to the beauty and power of a rich and dynamic culture that percolated all around him. Nurtured and encouraged by Orilla Miller, a white school teacher, he would ultimately go on to produce novels, plays, short stories, literary criticism and political essays that would eventually catapult the young writer to the forefront of the burgeoning civil rights movement that was cresting in the late ‘50s and ‘60s.
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Alan Suemori teaches Asian American history at ‘Iolani School. He is a former Hawai’i Herald staff writer.
|ThinkTech: Native Hawaiian, Woman Owned, SBA Success StoryHawaii Reporter / 17 d. 15 h. 14 min. ago more|
Aloha – So good to be back and in the saddle again. Had a fantastic show with Lia Hunt Young of Goldwing Supply Service and Dennis Wong from Hawaii National Bank. Two very dynamic individuals. Lia’s company is a Native Hawaiian, women owned, 2nd generation and SBA Certified small business success! Very impressive story of […]
|New massage style launched in HonoluluHawaii Star / 32 d. 13 h. 17 min. ago more|
iMages by Ryan Sakamoto (www.ryansakamoto.com)
Honolulu massage therapist Charisma Koffman has introduced a new type of bodywork called “Sarga Bodywork,” which puts a new spin on an ancient technique. It’s a barefoot massage, but it differs from other techniques in that it incorporates a silk cloth to let the therapist provide deeper pressure and a stronger connection to the client.
The technique is performed by wrapping the cloth around the massage table and the therapist’s neck, shoulders, and arms. The tension from that bind gives the therapist stability, which allows more specific targeting of the muscles. Furthermore, pulling up on the cloth creates tension that translates to deeper pressure. The cloth replaces what normally would be overhead bars for support.
The word sarga can mean a type of tapestry in Spanish, but also has Sanskrit roots as well, Koffman explains. In that language, it refers to a creation.
“This is deeply meaningful to me as a therapist because I use ‘Sarga Bodywork’ to create a healing energy for my client,” Koffman said. “There is normally an exchange of energy between therapist and client, and here, it’s amplified because the sarga literally wraps us together.”
Koffman is one of only a dozen certified “Sarga Bodywork” providers in the world. The technique is so new, its founders only began offering courses this year. Koffman offers “Sarga Bodywork” to clients in Kaimuki at BAM Body and Mind Studio.
Koffman has a passion for working with people in a healing capacity. She earned her massage therapy license in 2012 from the Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai, where she underwent an intense, year-long training to learn traditional Thai massage and Thai foot reflexology. She loved the experience so much, she continued her education and became certified as an instructor. Now she is excited to show clients the healing powers of “Sarga Bodywork.”
“The body is a vessel,” Koffman continues. “I am honored to work with people to help them find better health, both in the physical form as well as the spiritual one.”
Learn more about Charisma Koffman at www.bambodyandmind.com, on Facebook at B.A.M-Body And Mind, and on Instagram at @bambodyandmind.
ABOUT SARGA BODYWORK
State of Hawaii licensed massage therapists Jivatma Massageur and Daniel Tsukayama developed Sarga Bodywork as a practical matter. As they explain on their website, “While we love the bold, steady contact of massaging with feet, this type of work often requires that the therapist holds on to overhead support such as a rope or bar for balance. Over time, the combination of engaging the arms overhead while looking down with the head can make for a real pain in the neck!” They now offer training courses around the Islands.
Photo courtesy iMages by Ryan Sakamoto.
|Firms partner to ship Ikea products to HawaiiHawaii Star / 37 d. 14 h. 13 min. ago more|
Local freight forwarding company Ship To Hawaii has partnered with software development firm Sudokrew Solutions to make it easlier for Hawaii residents to ship Ikea products to the Aloha State.
Social media in Hawaii recently buzzed with the news that Ikea products would be available through Amazon, but island Ikea fans celebrations were shortlived as it was revealed that available items were limited to small items such as bags and lightbulbs, rather than modular Swedish furniture.
Local shoppers looking for a Malm bed frame, complete with modular storage, or a BESTÅ shelf unit, now have a new option.
Ship to Hawaii has launched a new online service offering that was developed in partnership with Sudokrew Solutions, which specializes in making web and mobile applications for Hawaii businesses.
“I just really wanted to get a bed frame,” jokes Sudokrew co-founder Spencer Toyama. “We knew there was a demand because of the adwords campaign results we helped [Ship To Hawaii] with.”
“It was really a matter of finding the right solution for this business, that served Ship to Hawaii’s core focus in providing a valuable freight forwarding service to the local community,” Toyama added. “This is still the first iteration of the service, or what we call a Minimum Viable Product, so we’re hoping to get feedback from users to improve it over time.”
Ship to Hawaii unveils this new offering with the same values that has served their business for many years, said company spokesman Jerry Tamamoto: “treating local customers like family.”
“We knew the people of Hawai‘i have been requesting this bridge for some time, and we’re just happy to serve our community with this new service,” he said.
The new service can be accessed through Ship to Hawaii’s new online portal. Buyers need to simply add the Article number for the item they need shipped, and the web application provides quote and shipping instructions to allow the buyer to order the item from the Ikea online catalog.
|ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker – The Very Busy World of Senator GreenHawaii Reporter / 37 d. 15 h. 29 min. ago more|
Aloha – Senator Green is a busy guy! And if (correction – when) he wins the next Lieutenant Governors election he will be busier than ever! Such a down to earth and articulate guy. Headed to Washington DC late next week for the annual US Small Business Administration (SBA) Board of Directors meeting for […]
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Healthcare in Hawaii is huge and growing. As our population grows older and lives longer the need will escalate and qualified staff will become an acute problem. The time to fix this is now, not when it becomes critical. If we wait much longer this will just be one more reason for our elders to […]
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Millennial Success Story – Impressive Example!! I talked with a very impressive young man this week: Kendrick Chang. Perfect example of how you can be successful regardless of your age. From Kaiser High School to George Washington University to anywhere he wants to go. Not all university students are as confused as they appear on TV; […]
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Homeless in Hawaii – Very powerful and informative video!
Holding Hawaiian education hostage
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OHA is poised to award vital education monies to a non-profit with non-existent expertise in supporting the mission of Hawaiian education and a track record of strong-arming the Hawaiian community into supporting its political views.
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State house reorganizes amid Rail session
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An open letter to Rep. Hanabusa RE: Israel Anti-Boycott Act
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Israel lobby’s targeting of BDS would have a chilling effect on political dissent
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