The success of movies like “The Descendants” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” and TV shows “Lost” and “Hawaii 5-0″ have state lawmakers looking at ways to draw more productions to Hawaii.
The goal is to find the right combination of incentives and support to grow what some lawmakers hope can become a billion dollar industry in Hawaii.
“I don’t think we’re doing enough,” said Sen. Pohai Ryan, D-Lanikai-Waimanalo. “I think it’s a major industry. I think it could be bigger than tourism.”
Ryan spoke at a Senate Ways and Means Committee hearing Monday, where members discussed a multifaceted bill intended to draw more film, television and digital media production to Hawaii.
A significant difference between Senate Bill 2111 and existing motion picture tax credits is a new emphasis on job creation.
Hawaii is the healthiest state in the nation, according to data from The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which found that adult obesity in the United States may be slowly declining.
The data found that Hawaii led the nation with the highest well-being index score of 70.2 percent in 2011. The Aloha State scored the highest for emotional health with an 84.1, and for healthy behaviors with a score of 68.9.
Nationally, the healthy behaviors score, which measures smoking, eating and exercise habits, was 63.4, while the emotional health index, which gauges happiness, sadness and depression levels, was 79.
“Increased well-being is vital to improving the physical, emotional and financial health of Americans,” Daniel Witters, lead Well-Being Index researcher at Gallup, said in a statement. “It is an effective predictor of healthcare costs, job performance and productivity. These data can help identify needs and guide interventions to improve the well-being of the nation.”
The data also showed the obesity rate in the United States in 2011 fell to 26.1 percent, from 26.6 percent in 2010.
There’s been a shakeup in the Hawaii Solar Energy Association’s leadership.
Mark Duda, who had been the president for the past three years, has been voted off the board, completely.
The new board has yet to be seated but its past vice president, Myron Thompson, founder and president of 21st Century Technologies, has assumed the president’s role.
Other board members include Rick Reed, president of Solaray Corp., Gary Ralston, owner of Hawaiian Island Solar, Rolf Christ, president and CEO of R&R Solar Supply, Andrew Yani, principal at Bonterra Solar, Yvette Maskrey, district manager for Honeywell Utility Solutions, Gabriel Chong, special projects manager at Sunetric, and Cully Judd, board member emeritus and founding member of HSEA.
According to Reed, officers won’t be decided until the trade group’s next meeting, which could happen in the next couple of days.
Duda, who is also a principal at RevoluSun, one of the top producing photovoltaic companies in Hawaii, told PBN on Monday that last Thursday night, seven board and executive office members were voted in — not including him.
Duda said he has mixed feelings about the board’s recent decision, saying that the industry has become dramatically better off since he became the president.
“I think I really did a fair job — not giving any sector any advantage,” he said. “I enabled the market to grow by putting the conditions in place.”
Some in the PV industry had complained about having the president of the HSEA being from one of PV companies.
It even went as far as accusing Duda for making decisions in his company’s best interest.
“Anybody that says that, hasn’t paid any attention to what I’ve done over the last three years,” he said. “I did everything I could do to separate those roles.”
Despite being ousted from the HSEA, Duda said he won’t stop advocating for the solar industry.
He expects to focus his attention on the nonprofit, Hawaii PV Coalition.
“It’s kind of dormant, but we will get things sorted out this week,” he said. “It’s available to be conformed to policy needs of today and I’ve already gotten companies wanting to join.”
HONOLULU – The State Commission on Water Resource Management (CWRM) is partnering with island county water departments and the Hawai‘i Rural Water Association, to launch together “Detect-A-Leak Week,” from March 11 to 17, 2012, to encourage all Hawai‘i residents to check for water leaks at their homes, properties and workplaces.
“Nurturing and protecting Hawai‘i’s natural resources are ancient traditions in the islands, and water is the most valuable of these resources.” said William J. Aila, Jr., CWRM Chairperson. “We must ensure that future generations have enough clean, fresh water to use. We can all do our part by conserving water and eliminating waste by finding and repairing leaks in our homes and places of work.”
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American home can waste more than 10,000 gallons of water every year from running toilets, dripping faucets and other household leaks. This can be significantly reduced in Hawai‘i if all residents statewide check their plumbing fixtures for leaks.
“For more than 20 years, the Detect-A-Leak Week program has served as an excellent reminder to our customers to check for and repair leaks in their homes and on their properties, which helps preserve our water supply,” said Ernest Lau, Board of Water Supply Manager and Chief Engineer. “Practicing water conservation by detecting and fixing leaks at home also helps to lower water and sewer bills.”
“Leak detection is an important part of protecting our most precious resource. Join us in our efforts to find and fix leaks by doing your part at home and in your yard,” said Quirino Antonio, Hawai‘i Department of Water Supply Manager and Chief Engineer.
“With water rates going up, it is ever more important to deal with the leaks while they are small,” said David Craddick, Kaua‘i Department of Water Manager and Chief Engineer.
Maui Department of Water Supply Deputy Director Paul Meyer offered some practical advice: “Is your toilet running needlessly? Flapper valves wear out and it’s sometime hard to tell if you are wasting water. The DWS has free dye tablets with instructions for testing for leaking toilets. It’s easy to test for leaks and takes just a few minutes. Just turn off all your water uses and check your meter. If the dial is spinning, you have leaks that can be wasteful and expensive.”
There are three types of leaks that should be checked: toilet, property and underground leaks. For more information on how Detect-A-Leak Week is being observed on each island and for more tips on how to check for leaks at home, visit:
County of Maui Department of Water Supply: www.mauiwater.org
Board of Water Supply, City and County of Honolulu: www.boardofwatersupply.com
County of Hawai‘i Department of Water Supply: www.hawaiidws.org
County of Kaua‘i Department of Water: www.kauaiwater.org
Hawai‘i Rural Water Association: www.hawaiirwa.org
HONOLULU – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis and representatives from the Republic of the Marshall Islands will exercise a bilateral agreement to enforce the fisheries laws of the region during a joint operation following a visit to the island of Majuro Monday. Shipriders from the Republic of the Marshall Islands will embark on the Jarvis to assist in patrolling the Republic of the Marshall Islands’ exclusive economic zone against illegal fishing activities.
A Marshall Islands Sea Patrol officer and a Marshall Islands Marine Resources Administration representative will conduct unified surveillance and interdiction operations while aboard the Jarvis. This partnership will exercise the U.S. and Republic of the Marshall Islands’ bilateral agreement concerning cooperation to enforce the Republic of the Marshall Islands exclusive economic zone. The objective of the bilateral agreement is to strengthen ongoing cooperative maritime surveillance and interdiction activities between the two parties for the purposes of identifying and preventing illicit transnational maritime activity. This effort is aimed at sustaining the international tuna fishery.
Rear Adm. Charles W. Ray, commander of the 14th Coast Guard District, and the crew of the Jarvis, are scheduled to conduct community outreach and official engagements during their visit to Majuro. The Jarvis’s crew plans to visit local elementary and high schools and take part in games of basketball and volleyball.
Ray will meet with Republic of the Marshall Islands government officials and agency representatives, including members of the Port Security and Search and Rescue Committees, Marshall Islands Marine Resources Agency and Ambassador Martha Campbell. Two key items of discussion will be search and rescue cooperation and the shiprider agreement between the U. S. and Republic of the Marshall Islands.
The Jarvis is a 378-foot high endurance cutter homeported in Honolulu. By implementing the bilateral agreement, the Jarvis and its crew will be ensuring the prosperity of the region by protecting the marine ecosystems and natural resources important to the national economy and essential to the livelihood and way of life for coastal communities. The agreement that allows shipriders to patrol their country’s exclusive economic zone aboard Coast Guard vessels and aircraft is part of the 14th Coast Guard District’s ongoing Fight for Fish initiative to deter illegal fishing activities. More information about the Fight for Fish can be found at the following link: http://www.d14.uscgnews.com/go/doc/800/1030367/FEATURE-RELEASE-The-Fight-for-Fish-
PBS Hawaii today received the 2012 EDGE Award for HIKI NŌ, the Nation’s First Statewide Student News Network. The award was presented by the Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) at its annual Public Media Summit in Washington DC. The EDGE Award recognizes a public television station that uses digital technology, groundbreaking partnerships and educational technologies to deliver innovative services to their communities.
Amidst sustained applause from other PBS station executives, PBS Hawaii President and CEO Leslie Wilcox and HIKI NŌ Executive Producer/VP Creative Services Robert Pennybacker accepted the award for HIKI NŌ at this morning’s event.
“HIKI NŌ serves as an example of a transformative school-community partnership, with media and education working together to create a better future for Hawaii’s children,” said Patrick Butler, president and CEO of APTS. “Providing workforce skills to Hawaii students, which will help them succeed in life, in exactly the kind of essential public service which makes public television stand out as a critical partner in the local community. Leslie Wilcox’s inspirational leadership of PBS Hawaii and HIKI NŌ provides perspectives from the local communities that can only be seen and heard on public television.”
PBS Hawaii’s Wilcox said, “The word we often hear from students and teachers is ‘life-changing.’ Students are acquiring the skills they need to be responsible citizens and engaged members of the evolving workforce. It’s a game-changer for us at PBS Hawaii as well. This program wouldn’t exist if we hadn’t challenged our own critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, fired up our imagination and curiosity, and taken calculated risks.”
HIKI NŌ premiered in February 2011 with 54 participating public, private and charter middle and high schools throughout Hawaii. Now in its second year, 73 schools have joined HIKI NŌ, including two public elementary schools.
Established in 1979, APTS (www.apts.org) is a nonprofit membership organization that conducts advocacy, planning, research and communications activities to support strong and financially sound noncommercial television and advanced digital services for the American people.
Hawaii’s only public television station, PBS Hawaii, reaches viewers across the island state. Locally owned and independent, the non profit media organization is evolving on-air and online to best serve the people of Hawaii. Through quality programming and community interaction, PBS Hawaii connects with citizens of all ages to share trustworthy information, culture and the arts, and lifelong learning.
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