HONOLULU – Coast Guardsmen, members of the Honolulu Fire Deptartment and Ocean Safety responded to a 62-foot recreational sailing vessel on fire approximately one mile south of Waikiki, Thursday.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu were notified that the sailing vessel Ke Ao Lele was on fire at 1:35 p.m. Crewmembers aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and a 25-foot Response Boat-Small from Station Honolulu responded. The Coast Guard established a safety zone around the vessel.
The Honolulu Fire Department responded with members from Honolulu Fire Rescue Company #1, the 120-foot fire boat Moku Ahi, a 24-foot rescue boat and a helicopter carrying two rescue swimmers. Ocean Safety also assisted in the response with members aboard two jet skis.
The two individuals aboard the sailing vessel donned life jackets and abandoned the vessel, swimming approximately 50 yards. They were located and rescued by the passenger vessel, Snoopy V and taken to Kewolo Basin with minor injuries. They were treated and released by emergency medical services.
“The Coast Guard, fire department and Ocean Safety continue to work in cooperation to respond to incidents on the water,” said Capt. Terry Selig, public information officer for the Honolulu Fire Dept.
The fire was reportedly out by 2 p.m. but the wreckage was left smoldering. The Ke Ao Lele Ana reportedly sank at 3:10 p.m. in 800 feet of water approximately three miles south of Pearl Harbor.
HONOLULU—The Hawai‘i State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) announced today that it would receive $2.92 million in Federal grant monies to implement the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) program in Hawai‘i. The grant will allow the state and counties to improve the accessibility and accountability of Hawai‘i’s public workforce development system for persons with disabilities. The DLIR will build upon the promising practices the state and counties have implemented over the past several years, while studying the effects of innovative ideas to improve employment outcomes for adults with disabilities.
“Obtaining this grant will allow us to collaborate with community and other government partners to create a streamlined pathway to gainful employment for participants,” said DLIR Director Dwight Takamine. “We are focusing on creating meaningful employment opportunities for the wellbeing our disabled population as part of the New Day Plan in both investing in people and improving the workforce.”
“This is the kind of results oriented action that the Hawai‘i Fair Share Initiative supports – we’re here to help jump start our local economy and so bringing in nearly $3 million to help prepare all segments of our workforce to be job-ready is right on the mark,” said Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz, whose office runs the Fair Share Initiative that assists in securing additional Federal and private funds for the state.
Other partners that collaborated in the DEI grant development process and participating in the initiative include the UH Center on Disabilities, the County’s Local Workforce Investment Boards and One-Stop Centers, Department of Human Services, the Hawaii Disability Rights Center, Department of Health, the Hawaii Business Leadership Network, and community and non-profit services providers. The grant will serve two of the four counties, which the U.S. Department of Labor will choose by lottery.
In total, seven states obtained grants under the Disability Employment Initiative totaling $21 million. All projects under this initiative build upon the Department of Labor’s Disability Program Navigator Initiative by hiring staff with expertise in disability and workforce issues. The grants also support extensive collaboration across multiple workforce and disability service systems in each state, including vocational rehabilitation services, mental health and developmental disability agencies, Medicaid Infrastructure Grant supported activities, independent living centers, business leadership networks, and other community and nonprofit organizations.
The first confirmed sighting this season of a humpback whale in the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary was made Monday off Hawaii island, federal officials reported.
Sea Quest tour captain Tony Roensch witnessed Monday two tail slaps from a humpback whale yearling in Honaunau Bay, the first confirmed whale sighting in the sanctuary this season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday.
Humpback whale season in Hawaii generally runs from November through May, although whales may be encountered in limited numbers during other months. As many as 12,000 humpback whales winter in Hawaiian waters each year.
Endangered humpback whales are protected in Hawai’i. Federal regulations prohibit approaching within 100 yards of whales when on the water, and 1,000 feet when operating an aircraft. These and other regulations apply to all ocean users, including vessel operators, kayakers, paddle boarders, windsurfers, swimmers and divers throughout the Hawaiian Islands.
“It’s important for everyone to be extra vigilant during whale season, for their own safety and the protection of these magnificent animals,” Paul Wong, operations coordinator for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, said in a news release.
People who come across an injured or entangled marine mammal are asked to maintain a safe distance and call the NOAA Marine Mammal Hotline at 1-888-256-9840 immediately, or the U.S. Coast Guard on channel 16. If reporting a suspected approach zone violation, please call the NOAA Fisheries Enforcement Hotline at 1-800-853-1964. Additional guidelines and safety tips can be found at http://hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov.
TOKYO >> A Japanese airline says one of its jets nose-dived and rolled almost upside down earlier this month because the co-pilot hit the wrong controls while trying to open the cockpit door so the captain could return from a restroom break.
Two flight attendants were slightly hurt and four passengers got airsick when the All Nippon Airways Boeing 737-700 with 117 people aboard descended sharply, veered off course and went belly up over the Pacific on its way from southern Japan to Tokyo on Sept 6.
ANA said today that the co-pilot is believed to have mistakenly hit the rudder controls instead of the door lock to allow the pilot back in the cockpit. It said the crew managed to stabilize the plane after the co-pilot’s error and land it safely.
Japan’s Transport Safety Board is investigating.
Hawaii saw more than $20 billion in federal spending last year, nearly double the amount generated by the state’s largest industry, tourism.
Honolulu Civil Beat reports that a Census Bureau report showed that federal spending in Hawaii more than doubled since 2001, when the federal government spent $9.7 billion in the Islands.
Civil Beat also reports the government spent a total of $10 billion last year for the military in Hawaii, meaning the state received the most money, per capita, for defense.
A fire briefly closed Mill Street in Wailuku this afternoon. The first report camed in at 12:08 p.m. and Mill Street was closed between Mission and Kaniela Streets.
The fire was extinguished and the road reopened at 12:25 p.m. No word on the cause of the fire or any damage.
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