HONOLULU – Senate Bill 2783, relating to public trust lands, was passed out of the House of Representatives today. The bill will make its way to the Governor next.
“This is an historic day for the State of Hawaii, as many have waited decades for a resolution to this issue regarding ceded lands,” said Senate President Shan Tsutsui. “I commend all parties involved for their hard work and commitment to shepherding the passage of this bill.”
“The passage of this landmark legislation is a major step in the right direction for the Native Hawaiian community and Hawaii as it brings closure to a long-standing dispute,” said Sen. Brickwood Galuteria, chairperson for the Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs. “I thank the House for moving this bill forward and for supporting this measure.”
Senate Bill 2783 would convey Kaka‘ako Makai lands to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA). The State and OHA agreed that an approximately $200 million settlement represents a reasonable compromise of the disputed claims. To satisfy that $200 million amount, the State is conveying contiguous and adjacent parcels in Kaka‘ako Makai. The parcels are near Kaka‘ako Waterfront Park, including Fisherman’s Wharf.
If the measure is approved by the Governor, all disputes and controversies relating to OHA’s portion of income and proceeds from the public trust lands will be extinguished and discharged as well as bar all claims, suits, and actions for the period November 7, 1978 through June 30, 2012.
(Fri., March 30, 2012)—Mayor Peter Carlisle announced today that the City and County of Honolulu will transfer three retired buses to Maui County to augment their existing fleet. The vehicles being transferred are Gillig buses that first went into service in 1994 and can carry up to 45 seated and 20 standing passengers.
The three 40-foot transit buses are being retired from TheBus to make way for new replacement buses, which are part of a fleet management plan to maintain the average age of TheBus fleet at a desired target age. The retired buses being transferred toMauiCountyare fully operational, but are at the end of their planned service life with TheBus fleet. If they were not transferred toMaui, these buses would be sold at an auction.
“This is a win-win deal for both the City and County of Honolulu and for Maui County,”Carlislesaid. “The transfer provides a useful home for our older but still productive buses and allows ourMaui neighbors to augment their bus fleet to address a pressing need.”
“The Maui Bus system is one of the fastest growing public transit systems in the nation right now,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa. “We have more passengers waiting at our bus stops every day and no room on our buses. This transfer from the City andCountyofHonoluluis helping us to address that problem. We wish to thank Mayor Carlisle and the Oahu residents for rescuing our Maui Bus riders from being stranded. We truly appreciate their aloha.”
Maui Countyhas been procuring new buses for their transit system, but has seen a recent spike in service demand due to cruise ship activity on West Maui. The transfer of buses from Honolulu Countywill help by adding to Maui’s existing bus fleet.
The passage of a $200 million settlement between the state and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs settles a decades-old dispute. It also opens new opportunities.
The settlement transfers about 30 acres of prime Kakaako real estate to OHA, which will then waive all claims on revenue from former crown lands dating back to 1978.
After the historic Friday vote, OHA Chairwoman Collette Machado said the quasi-state agency has yet to come up with a formal plan because it would have been premature to look at the big picture while the settlement was still pending.
Now the only thing left is Gov. Abercrombie’s signature. The governor said the bill signing will most likely take place at a ceremony at Washington Place, the former home of Hawaii’s last reigning monarch, Queen Liliuokalani.
WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai`i – The Maui County website has been awarded a “Sunny Award” for having one of the “most transparent government websites in America” according to the Editors of Sunshine Review.
Sunshine Review President Mike Barnhard informed Maui County Council Chairman Danny Mateo about the award in a March 5 letter. In the letter Barnhard states that the Maui County website scored an “A” on the Sunshine Review’s Transparency Checklist.
“This year, only 214 of the more than 6,000 government websites ranked by Sunshine Review earned a Sunny Award,” wrote Barnhart. “We hope the Maui County website will continue to serve as an example of transparency in the future. Again, congratulations on your award.”
Mayor Alan Arakawa said the award shows that County government is working diligently to be more open to the public.
“Whether it’s the Maui County website, our Facebook or Twitter pages or better communications between our civil servants and members of the public, I’m very proud of our Maui County workers who are helping to make government more accessible to all,” said Mayor Arakawa. “Let’s keep up the good work.”
Wailuku, HI – (March 30, 2012). The Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross is holding its annual Hats Off event on March 30, 31 and April 1, 2012. Off duty firefighters, military, Lions Clubs, and other volunteers will take their hats off and ask the public to fill their hats with donations for the Red Cross. Donations may also be made online at www.hawaiiredcross.org. This fundraiser is specifically to help the “local” efforts of the Red Cross to provide critical programs and services to the community.
Volunteers will collect donations on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, March 30, 31 and April 1, at Kahului Walmart. The larger event will be held on March 31st with volunteers also collecting donations at Walmart, Pukalani Superette, Kahului Longs at Maui Mall and Hasegawa General Store in Hana. On Saturday, Lion’s Club members will be volunteering in support of Red Cross at Kahului Walmart and members of HGEA will be volunteering at the Kahului Longs.
“In Maui County, our Red Cross volunteers respond to everyday disasters like house fires and floods, providing emergency assistance and emotional support to those affected,” said Michele Liberty, Maui Red Cross County Director. “Whether it’s an earthquake or winter storm, the Red Cross will be there. Because we are not a government agency, we rely on the generosity and aloha from the people in Maui County to provide these critical services for our community.”
Other Ways to Help Go to www.hawaiiredcross.org to donate or volunteer. Call 739-8109 for credit card donations or send a check to the American Red Cross, 45 North Market Street, Suite A, Wailuku, HI 96793.
An investigation into a drug trafficking ring between Hawaii and California possibly involving employees of Delta Air Lines and the federal Transportation Security Administration has resulted in the arrests of five people.
Hawaii News Now reports a criminal complaint filed by the Honolulu office of the U.S. Homeland Security Investigations said the drugs were flown from California to Hawaii, and then money was flown back.
Hawaii News Now reports the TSA said no workers from Hawaii were involved, but court records show that at least one person worked for Delta. Hawaii News Now reports that Delta issued a statement saying the Atlanta-based airline is cooperating with authorities.
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