A traffic accident late last night closed a portion of Lower Honoapi’ilani Highway. Shortly before midnight, a section of the road between Nahono Place and Kameeiu Place was sealed off while police and first responders attended to the situation.
The road was reopened about 30 minutes later. No word yet on the cause of the extent of the accident or the extent of any injuries.
Kahului, HI- Beginning on April 30, Willie Nelson’s birthday, the fuel at Pacific Biodiesel’s retail pump on Maui will be sold as BioWillie™ Biodiesel. The branding is the brainchild of superstar Willie Nelson, a Maui resident whose involvement in, and support of, community-based biodiesel production began in the islands when his wife Annie bought their first diesel car in 2003 and filled up at Pacific Biodiesel. The Maui biodiesel fuel pump, located at 40 Hobron Avenue in Kahului, is open to the diesel-driving public 24 hours a day.
To celebrate Willie’s birthday, customers who fill up April 30 between 8am and 5:30 pm, with a minimum 5-gallon purchase will receive a free BioWillie™ bumper sticker and can enter a drawing to win a Pacific Biodiesel cap autographed by Willie Nelson himself. Although there had been a previous attempt to use the brand several years ago, a new agreement with Pacific Biodiesel focuses on the fuel quality as well as sustainability aspects.
The BioWillie™ brand specifies that the fuel must meet or exceed standards for biodiesel established by the American Society of Testing and Materials, and feedstock sources are known and can be confirmed as meeting the best practices described by the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance. In addition, BioWillie™ Biodiesel must be produced in America, from American feedstock, and used in America within a reasonable region.
Founded in Maui in 1996 by local businessman Robert King, Pacific Biodiesel has built 13 plants in the U.S. and Japan, and is recognized worldwide as a pioneer and advocate for the establishment of sustainable community-based biodiesel. The company was the first to operate a retail biodiesel pump in the U.S. and is the most experienced biodiesel company in America. At this writing, the Pacific Biodiesel pump station in Kahului boasts the least expensive diesel fuel of any retail pump in the County.
Willie Nelson is a founding member of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance and his advocacy for locally produced biodiesel is documented in the film Revolution Green, narrated by actor Woody Harrelson, another Maui resident who drives on biodiesel. Willie’s mainland tour buses run on biodiesel whenever possible, sourced by the SBA to make sure their feedstock origins are sustainable. Next month Nelson will release Heroes, his first album for Legacy Recordings which will showcase new songs and deep country classics with guest artists including Merle Haggard, Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, Billy Joe Shaver, Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson.
HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Senate today confirmed Adrianne N. Heely as judge for the District Family Court of the Second Circuit, located on Maui.
“Judge Heely’s diverse professional experience as an attorney in various aspects of government operations and within the Judiciary is highlighted by her strong integrity and credibility,” said Senate President Shan Tsutsui, who represents District 4 (Wailuku, Waihee, Kahului, Paia, and Lower Paia). “I am confident that she will serve with honor and fairness on the bench of Maui’s Family Court.”
“Judge Heely has demonstrated the ability to analyze complex issues from all sides, which is a characteristic fundamental to a fair and just jurist,” said Senator J. Kalani English, who represents District 6 (Hāna, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i, and Kaho‘olawe). “She is highly respected in our community and I have no doubt that she will serve Maui proudly.”
“Judge Heely’s attitude, intellect and leadership will serve her well in handling the demands of district court. Also, over the course of her career, she has displayed decisiveness and fairness in her decision making that will serve her well as a judge, and bodes well for the community,” said Senator Roz Baker, who represents District 5 (South and West Maui). “Maui County is fortunate to have someone so well-qualified and interested in public service as Adrianne.”
A Kamehameha Schools graduate, Heely earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Heely currently serves as a Deputy Corporation Counsel for the County of Maui, where she is team leader for the Counseling and Drafting Section’s Finance, Public Safety, and Human Resources Team. Active in providing pro bono services to the legal community and the community as a whole, she was recently appointed to the Board of Examiners of the Hawaii Supreme Court. Heely serves as Vice President for the Maui County Bar Association and was the immediate past chair of the Hawaii State Bar Association’s Government Lawyer’s Section.
HONOLULU- A Senate and House Conference Committee passed House Bill 1984 Senate Draft 1, Conference Draft 1, requiring the use of the Hawaiian language this morning. The conference draft will now go before the full Senate and House for a floor vote.
The bill designates the month of February as “ʻŌlelo Hawai‘i Month” to celebrate and encourage the use of Hawaiian language. The measure further requires that all letterheads, documents, symbols, and emblems of the State and other government departments include accurate and appropriate spelling and punctuations of Hawaiian names and language.
In 1978, the Hawaii Constitution was amended to recognize the Hawaiian language as one of the two official languages of the State. Since then, great strides have been made to bring about a renaissance of the Hawaiian language.
“The passage of this bill further codifies the Hawaiian language as one of the official languages of the State,” said Sen. J. Kalani English, who is a member of the Conference Committee that passed this bill.
The Senate has passed similar bills in the past six years, but it has stalled in the House.
“For years we have asked for parity in the appropriate use of Hawaiian language as one of two official languages, I am elated that this measure is moving forward and will soon become law,” said Sen. J. Kalani English, represents District 6, (Hāna, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i, and Kaho‘olawe). “This is a great day for those of us who carry on the language of our Grandparents’ parents.”
If the measure is passed by both the Senate and the House and it is signed into law by the Governor, the measure will take affect on January 1, 2013.
To view Sen. J. Kalani English’s explanation of the bill:
Honolulu- The Hawaii State Senate today confirmed Lynn Decoite to the Board of Agriculture. She will serve until June 2016.
Decoite has many years of agricultural experience. She is the current owner and ranch handler for V-8 Ranch on Moloka’i, where she handles breeding, branding, irrigating, and the overall maintenance and management at the ranch. She is also the owner and manager of L&R Farm Enterprises, LLC, overseeing the daily operations of planting, harvesting, irrigating, and marketing produce.
“Ms. Decoite’s extensive and diverse knowledge of farming and agriculture makes her a well-qualified member of the Board of Agriculture,” said Sen. J. Kalani English, who represents District 6 (Hāna, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i, and Kaho‘olawe). “As a former member of the Molokai Irrigation System Water Users Advisory Board, her experience with complex water issues facing the agricultural industry on Molokai will be valuable to the Board.”
Decoite is a Hawaiian homestead farmer who has also established a value-added sweet potato chip business that utilizes the sweet potato grown on her farm.
HONOLULU (April 24, 2012) — The Department of Land and Natural Resources and NOAA Fisheries announced this week that a three-year old male monk seal was found dead Sunday on a northeast Kaua‘i beach. The death has been classified as “suspicious.” The DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement and NOAA Office of Law Enforcement are investigating the case. It is the latest in a number of suspicious monk seal deaths that began in November 2011 on Moloka`i.
Spurred on by the previous deaths, community groups have rallied in recent months to increase education about the plight of the Hawaiian monk seal, Hawai‘i’s official state marine mammal, and to help promote co-existence with this critical endangered species in Hawaiian waters. A coalition of nonprofit organizations, identified as the Aloha Kanaloa Coalition, recently developed a public service announcement to help promote their message of nonviolence and co-existence. “Traditional Hawaiian values taught us the importance of sharing and living together sustainability; we simply want people to remember and embrace our traditional values when it comes to how we treat and behave towards the monk seals,” explained Trisha Kehaulani Watson, a member of the Coalition.
DLNR supports this group’s efforts. “Monk seals are a vital part of Hawai‘i’s marine and cultural environment,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairperson. “We must all come together to share the message that harm to seals is unacceptable and that humans and seals must learn to co-exist peacefully together. Only then can there be hope for the future of the monk seal, including a new pup just born this week on Kaua‘i. That message is featured in a new public service announcement now being aired on local television stations and online at http://www.alohakanaloacoalition.org/
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust announced continued support of the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement’s work to combat poaching and designated wildlife-related crimes by sponsoring a toll-free, confidential reward tip line, 1-855-DLNR-TIP.
The tip line allows individuals statewide to confidentially report information about poaching crimes to law enforcement.
The first case under the new reward program and tip line was announced in January and involved three monk seal deaths on Moloka‘i. A fourth monk seal was later found dead on Kaua‘i. Necropsies performed on three of the four seals confirmed the deaths were suspicious. These cases, along with the newest reported death on Kaua‘i, remain under investigation. Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call the confidential reward tip line.
The HSUS, Conservation Council for Hawai‘i and the Center for Biological Diversity have again posted a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the monk seal deaths. Earlier standing contributions from these groups, the Marine Conservation Institute and a generous anonymous local donor bring the reward total from $30,000 to $40,000, or $10,000 per confirmed incident.
“We thank the HSUS for their continued sponsorship of this program, which helps protect Hawaii’s precious wildlife,” said Randy Awo, DOCARE chief.
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Monk Seal Facts:
Hawaiian monk seals are one of the world’s most endangered animals, with population estimates less than 1,100. Hawaiian monk seals are endemic to Hawai‘i and therefore found nowhere else in the world.
In June 2010, the Legislature passed Act 165, specifically to increase penalties for taking (which is defined to include harassing or killing) a monk seal. It’s a Class C felony (up to 5 years imprisonment). Someone convicted under this law could face a maximum fine of $50,000. Monk seals are also protected under the federal Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act, which makes it a crime to kill or harm a Hawaiian monk seal.
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