In a strong show of support by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 142, union officials have already announced their endorsement of Mayor Alan Arakawa for his 2014 re-election bid.
The ILWU sent a letter of endorsement out to the Friends of Alan Arakawa on April 16, 2012. Even though the mayoral election is two years away the ILWU knows that the right man for the job is already on the job.
“The ILWU Maui Division, with 7,000 plus members, are in strong support of Mayor Alan Arakawa,” said ILWU Maui Division Director William Kennison. “He has shown tremendous leadership in leadingMauiCountyforward during this difficult and trying times.
“The Maui Division along with the Longshore Division feel that he understands what is needed to keep our people employed.”
“I am humbled and very grateful for their endorsement at this early stage,” said Arakawa. “Thank you to ILWU and their members for their trust, encouragement and assurance that we are Getting It Done!”
“Getting It Done” is Arakawa’s theme for his re-election campaign in 2014. The Friends of Alan Arakawa feel that this is a great sign and a beginning for more good news to come.
“We are working tirelessly with groups like the ILWU in order to build a diverse coalition of Maui Nui residents who are truly committed to growing our local economy with family wage jobs,” said Arakawa Campaign 2014 Chair Lynn Araki-Regan. “It’s a coalition that includes business leaders and the working men and women of organized labor.
“We are thrilled to have and sincerely appreciate ILWU’s support.”
To make a contribution to Mayor Arakawa’s 2014 campaign, donate online at www.arakawa2014.com or write to Friends of Alan Arakawa P.O. Box 1222 Wailuku, HI 96793.
HONOLULU — The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD) is holding community meetings statewide in May, starting next week, to provide opportunity for public input on the development of the 2012-2017 State Historic Preservation Plan.
“Historic sites are tangible evidence of a colorful, rich heritage and provide the community with a sense of continuity,” said Pua Aiu, SHPD administrator. “The programs and services offered by SHPD are designed to promote the use and maintenance of historic properties for the education, inspiration, pleasure and enrichment of Hawai‘i’s citizens and visitors. Community input is essential to help set priorities for the State Historic Preservation Plan and will guide actions over the next five years.”
The meetings will begin with a presentation on historic preservation issues in present-day Hawai‘i. Attendees will be invited to share their own perceptions, including feedback on strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges for historic preservation.
Specifically, participants will have the opportunity to contribute to discussion on a variety of topics, including:
Priorities for historic preservation in Hawai‘i and individual communities
Existing community resources
Identifying what other resources are needed
The development and implementation of a comprehensive statewide historic preservation plan is one of the responsibilities of SHPD, under grant funding it receives from the National Park Service (NPS).
“When meetings in every county are completed, we will have a clearer perspective of historic preservation issues and concerns throughout the state,” said Faith Sereno Rex, president of SMS Consulting, which is the lead contractor responsible for completing the 2012-2017 State Historic Preservation Plan. “We also hope to re-energize the community to be more active in historic preservation activities. When people are involved in the planning process they are more likely to stay active through implementation.“
The meeting schedule follows:
Light refreshments will be served.
Community members may also share their thoughts through the following options:
For more information, visit www.hawaiihistoricpreservation.com
HONOLULU – Total expenditures by visitors who came to Hawai‘i in March 2012 rose 18.9 percent (or $185.8 million) to $1.17 billion, according to preliminary statistics released today by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. This marked the 22nd consecutive month of year-over-year growth in total visitor expenditures since May 2010. A 12.9 percent growth in total visitor arrivals to 714,973 visitors and an increase of 6.2 percent in daily visitor spending ($177 per person per day) contributed to this gain.
Among the top four visitor markets, arrivals by air from U.S. West grew 11.4 percent compared to March 2011 to 264,956 visitors. Total U.S. West visitor expenditures in March 2012 rose 16.9 percent to $364 million, the seventh consecutive month of growth since September 2011. One year after the disaster in Japan stunted Japanese travel, arrivals by air in this March reached 114,055 Japanese visitors, a 27 percent gain compared to March 2011. March 2012 also exceeded arrivals for March 2008, 2009 and 2010. Total Japanese visitor spending in March 2012 rose 25.3
percent to $186.8 million, the tenth straight month of growth since June 2011.
U.S. East arrivals by air grew 2.2 percent to 162,931 visitors. However, lower daily spending (-1.9% to $167 per person) resulted in a 0.7 percent drop in U.S. East spending to $261 million. Canadian arrivals rose 6.6 percent to 72,882 visitors, while total spending by Canadian visitors increased 8.3 percent to $134.1 million, and continued a trend of successive growth since January 2011.
First Quarter 2012 Highlights:
The extra leap-day in February 2012 inflated total visitor spending and arrivals for the first quarter of 2012. Factoring out the leap-day, average daily census* for the first quarter of 2012 (215,287 visitors per day) still showed that actual arrivals growth was up 7.8 percent compared to the first quarter of 2011. Total visitor expenditures for the first quarter of 2012 grew to $3.6 billion, a 13.7 percent (or $435.6 million) increase compared to the same period last year. Even after adjusting for the leapday, total visitor spending† would still be 12.5 percent greater.
The first quarter of 2012 also witnessed growth in visitors throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Visitor arrivals on Kaua‘i (+10.9%), O‘ahu (+9.4%), Hawai‘i Island (+8.2%) and Maui (+6.5%) were all greater in the first three months of 2012 than the same period in 2011. These islands also saw corresponding growth in visitor spending.
Local filmmaker Ann Marie Kirk tells the story of her grandfather, Colonel Oliver Homealani Kupau, in the PBS Hawaii Presents premiere of Homealani tonight at 9:00 pm on PBS Hawaii.
Born the year that he died, Kirk never knew her grandfather in life. The moving image archive that Colonel Kupau left behind, however, convinced Kirk that his love for film had been passed on to her. In Homealani, Kirk recounts Kupau’s life as he witnessedHawaii’s annexation and became one of the Army’s highest ranking officers of Native Hawaiian ancestry. The documentary uses film footage recorded by her grandfather, transporting viewers back to a bygone era of Hawaii’s history.
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After recent deaths among divers, the State is holding public meetings to determine if stricter power-driven vessel laws should be enacted. Today the DLNR issued the following schedule:
Pursuant to Chapter 91, HRS, notice is hereby given that the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), will hold public hearings on proposed adoption of Title 13, Section13-244- 15.5, HAR, Operation of Power Driven Vessels. The proposed new section requires that operators possess a certificate of completion from a State of Hawaii and National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) approved course on the safe use and operation of
certain power driven vessels. The meetings will be held as follows:
Aiea Elementary School
99-370 Moanalua Road, Aiea
May 30, 2012 from 6:00 – 8 pm
Honokohau Harbor, Kona
May 30, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Maui Waena Intermediate School
795 Onehee Ave, Kahului
May 31, 2012 from 6:00 – 8:30 pm
State Office Building
75 Aupuni Street, Hilo
May 31, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School
4431 Nuhou Street, Lihue
May 31, 2012 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
All interested parties are invited to attend and to present their views, either orally or in writing. Written statements may be submitted at the public hearings or to the Chairperson at 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 130, Honolulu, HI 96813, up to one week following the hearing date.
The rule can be reviewed online at http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dbor/bordraftrules.htm or can be reviewed in person at any small boat harbor from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday, except holidays. If unable to review online or in person, a copy can be mailed after payment of the required fees for postage and paper (per 91-2.5 HRS) upon verbal or written request to: the Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation, 333 Queen St., Suite 300, Honolulu, HI 96813, Ph:
587-0142. The meeting locations are disability accessible. If special needs are required, i.e., large print, taped materials, sign language interpreter, etc., call Rebecca Alakai 587-0142 at least one week prior to the designated date and time of the public hearings.
Costco has started rolling out a full-service mortgage lending program, allowing shoppers to get discounts on financing a home along with bulk quantities of cereal and toilet paper.
CNN Money reports Costco (Nasdaq: COST) has partnered with First Choice Bank, a community bank based in New Jersey, and 10 other lenders who have issued more than 10,000 mortgages to members under the program. CNN reports Costco expects that number to grow as the company markets the service to its members both in its warehouse stores and through its weekly publication.
Costco has eight warehouse stores in Hawaii, including four on Oahu and one on Maui.
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