WAILUKU, Maui, Hawaii – The County of Maui has been informed that a rockslide in the Oheo Gulch area – popularly known as Seven Sacred Pools – has killed an 8-year-old girl.
The rockslide happened at approximately 1 p.m. At this time it is unclear as to whether anyone else besides the victim was injured during the event.
Maui police department described the victim as a local girl from Lahaina. No other information is available at this time.
Haleakalā National Park will be conducting hazardous tree and limb removal throughout Hosmer Grove beginning June 6, 2011.
This popular and heavily forested area is susceptible to drought and high winds which contribute to natural hazards such as weak or dead limbs, standing dead trees or partially fallen trees; all of which pose hazards to unaware visitors.
Contractors will begin work in the public parking lot and campground area. Closure of these areas begins at noon on Monday, June 6th and continues through Wednesday, June 8th or until work is complete. Entry into these areas will be prohibited during the closure to ensure public safety.
Removal of hazardous trees and limbs will continue until June 18th in various locations within Hosmer Grove. Portions of the trail may be closed temporarily during this period of work. Visitors to the area may expect commercial vehicles, equipment and noise from chainsaws and other equipment from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. each day of work.
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) has awarded the Liko A’e Native Hawaiian Scholarship Program a $100,000 grant to provide non-traditional Native Hawaiian students in higher education opportunity for scholarships. This grant is in alignment with OHA’s strategic education plan to provide assistance to Native Hawaiians in educational opportunities at all levels.
“These funds will help Liko A’e to disburse another 40-50 more students who might not have had a chance to apply to any other funders in the beginning of the year,” says Malia Davidson, statewide s\director of Liko A’e. “Funds are tight for many families and we are grateful that OHA has recognized the need in our communities.”
Liko A’e Native Hawaiian Scholarship Program began in 2003 with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Native Hawaiian Education Act. The program is based at University of Hawai‘i Maui College with satellite centers at Hawai‘i, Kaua‘i, and Leeward Community Colleges.
The program has successfully funded thousands of Native Hawaiian students throughout the country from associate to professional degree programs. The goal of Liko A’e is to sustain and provide support to Hawaiian students in higher education. Scholars also support organizations or persons needing their assistance as a community service requirement. Last year over 5000 hours were performed while maintaining a satisfactory grade point average.
The application period will open June 1 and close June 30. Applicants are required to provide Liko A’e with an official transcript from the school last attended and their Student Aid Report (SAR) provided from the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information on the requirements of the scholarship or to apply, visit likoae.org. For questions, contact (808) 984-3366 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HONOLULU – In an effort to highlight the health impact of increased consumption of sugar sweetened drinks, the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) is launching a new public-awareness campaign through the Kauai and Maui District Health Offices’ Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative.
The CPPW initiative is funded by a $3.4 million federal grant awarded last year. Grant activities include implementing a media campaign; promoting the consumption of locally grown produce in schools, grocery stores and restaurants; encouraging more physical activity by expanding Kauai’s walking, biking and hiking trails; finding ways for children to safely walk or bike to school; and providing fitness programs for people managing chronic disease.
“On average, Americans now consume 200 to 300 more calories each day than we did 30 years ago. Nearly half of these extra calories come from sugar-sweetened drinks,” said DOH Kauai District Health Officer Dr. Dileep G. Bal. “Research points to the strong correlation between consumption of sugar-loaded beverages and obesity with its many associated health problems. We know from our experience with anti-tobacco efforts that targeted media campaigns work and are a key component not only in raising awareness, but in changing social norms.”
The media campaign, which warns consumers “Don’t Drink Yourself Fat,” is an important component of a comprehensive approach to reduce obesity and chronic disease in Hawaii. A 2004 study found that sugared soft drinks are the single largest contributor of calorie intake in the United States. On average, one U.S. adult consumes approximately 46 gallons of sugar-sweetened beverages annually. Systematic reviews of evidence conclude that greater consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with increased calorie intake, weight gain, diabetes, and obesity.
Adult obesity in Hawaii has almost doubled between 1995 and 2009 (from 10.8 percent to 22.9 percent respectively). The costs associated with obesity-attributable health problems result in an increase in medical expenditures in obese individuals, which has broad ramifications and costs for the State. According to a national model for predicting obesity-attributable medical expenditures, Hawaii spent $290 million in 2003 alone on obesity-related medical costs.
CPPW is a comprehensive prevention and wellness initiative funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and administered through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its aim is to create healthy communities through policy, systems and environmental changes that will help prevent heart attacks, strokes, cancer, diabetes, and other serious health problems on a broad scale.
There were 44 CCPW grants awarded nationwide to provide communities with the resources to create healthy choices for residents, such as increasing availability of healthy foods and beverages and improving access to safe places for physical activity. DOH will continue to seek new funding to support comprehensive efforts to address obesity in Hawaii.
“This grant is all about making healthy choices be the easy choices,” said State Health Director Loretta J. Fuddy, A.C.S.W., M.P.H. “This will help us in giving the people of Hawaii more opportunities to choose healthier options and enhance the overall well being of our communities and islands.”
DOH works in partnership with coalitions, business groups, communities, healthcare providers, government agencies, broadcast media and others to educate, encourage and promote healthier choices to enhance the overall well-being of the people of Hawaii. Questions about the media campaign and the Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative on Kauai and Maui may be directed to the project’s office at (808) 241-3251.
WAILUKU, Maui, Hawaii – The Maui Fire Department is pleased to announce the promotion of two fire fighters to the rank of Captain this month.
Derrick Chai is a 20 year veteran who joined MFD in 1990 and began his career working for the Wailuku Fire Station.
In 2004 he was promoted to Firefighter 3 and assigned to the Lahaina Fire Station. His new job as Fire Captain begins on June 1st at the Napili Fire Station.
Along with his new duties, Chai is also program director for the Fire Apparatus Driver Operator Program and serves as Vice President of the Maui County Fire Fighters Relief Association. He and his wife Michelle live in Wailuku and have two children, Taytum and Caleb.
Willie Barut is a 17 year veteran with MFD whose first assignment was at the Makawao Fire Station.
After a decade working in Makawao Barut was promoted to Fire Apparatus Operator first at the Napili station and then later on at the Wailuku station. His new career as a Fire Captain begins on June 1st at the Kaunakakai Fire Station on Molokai. He and his wife Rhonda live in Makawao with their son Stephen.
HONOLULU – Total expenditures by visitors who came to Hawai‘i in the first four months of 2011 rose 17.8 percent, compared to the same period last year, to $4.1 billion. Total visitor days for all visitors increased 10.9 percent, and total arrivals grew 8.9 percent to 2,405,194 visitors, according to preliminary statistics released today by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority.
U.S. West (+13.2%), U.S. East (+19.5%) and Canada (+35%) had double-digit growth in total visitor expenditures in the first four months of 2011, boosted by higher average daily spending and increased arrivals. The devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11 resulted in a 4 percent decline in Japanese arrivals for the first four months of 2011, but total Japanese visitor spending continued to increase (+9.6%) compared to year-to-date 2010.
For the month of April 2011, total visitor spending rose 20.2 percent ($154.9 million) from April 2010, to $920.7 million. Total arrivals grew 5.3 percent to 581,324 visitors. The average daily spending by all visitors in April 2011 was $176 per person, up from $159 per person in April 2010.
Total arrivals by air in April 2011 increased 5.9 percent to 567,574 visitors. Arrivals from Canada climbed 33.7 percent and arrivals from U.S. West rose 10 percent, while arrivals from U.S. East (+0.7%) were stable compared to last April. One month following the tragic events, arrivals from Japan decreased 23.5 percent compared to April 2010.
Arrivals by cruise ships in April 2011 fell 13.3 percent to 13,750 visitors compared to the same month last year.
Read the entire report here: April 2011 Visitor Stats News Release.
(Report Provided by the Hawai’i Tourism Authority)
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