HONOLULU – The Omidyar Fellows program was launched today by the newly created Hawai‘i Leadership Forum. Omidyar Fellows offers selected participants a rigorous, comprehensive leadership development curriculum designed to equip and inspire emerging leaders with the skills needed to affect positive, lasting change in Hawai‘i.
The inaugural class will include up to 15 leaders with diverse backgrounds, selected from across the state. Interested candidates can apply for the Omidyar Fellows program through June 30, 2012, at www.OmidyarFellows.org. The 2012 class will be announced in September, and the program will begin in October.
Omidyar Fellows is the first program of the Hawai‘i Leadership Forum. The Forum was created to serve as a catalyst and convener for initiatives that improve leadership throughout the state.
“Hawai‘i has a lot to offer the world, but we are often isolated from what the world has to offer us. The Omidyar Fellows program brings proven leadership practices to Hawai‘i’s most promising individuals, with the goal of using that knowledge to benefit our community,” said Pierre Omidyar, founder and chairman, eBay, and founder, Omidyar Fellows. “The problems we face here at home and around the world are great, and growing. In order to ensure a healthy, productive Hawai‘i tomorrow, we must prepare and support the next generation of leaders today.”
The curriculum, in development for over a year, is customized for emerging leaders in Hawai‘i and features a combination of actionable skills, networking with peers, self-reflection and personal growth opportunities.
“The Omidyar Fellows program is a unique opportunity for up-and-coming leaders to test and expand their abilities across many development areas — all of which are needed to benefit our communities,” said Kalei Stern, director of Omidyar Fellows. “Hawai‘i is full of smart, talented people. The Omidyar Fellows program offers participants a world-class curriculum and aims to inspire them to think about how they might contribute to improving quality of life for the people of Hawai‘i.”
Created by Bill Coy, director of leadership and learning for the Hawai‘i Leadership Forum, the 15-month Omidyar Fellows program encompasses many areas of leadership development and uses the diverse perspectives of participants as part of the learning process.
“The Hawai‘i Leadership Forum developed what we believe will be a powerful model for the Omidyar Fellows program. The approach is simple yet comprehensive, and relies heavily on learning through experience,” said Coy. “The three-phased approach focuses on the personal evolution of the individual, developing sustainable relationships, and refining collaboration and leadership skills. We believe these areas are essential for preparing emerging leaders with the next-generation competencies they will need to navigate a world that is only growing more complex.”
At the outset, Fellows will participate in a series of orientation activities and a multi-day kickoff event. Throughout the program, participants will be required to attend one full-day session each month in addition to conversations with leaders and executive coaching.
Participants will finish the formal program prepared for a lifelong commitment to create positive change for Hawai‘i. They will be equipped to apply the knowledge and network gained to not only help the next generation of leaders be individually more effective, but to collectively have an impact on Hawai‘i’s future. For more information about Omidyar Fellows and the application process, please visit www.OmidyarFellows.org.
About Omidyar Fellows and Hawai‘i Leadership Forum
Omidyar Fellows is the first initiative of the Hawai‘i Leadership Forum. Omidyar Fellows is a rigorous leadership development program designed to equip selected participants from across the state with the skills they need to forge Hawai‘i’s future. The Hawai‘i Leadership Forum is a newly created organization designed to catalyze efforts that support Hawai‘i’s emerging leaders. The Forum receives funding from the Omidyar ‘Ohana Fund at the Hawai‘i Community Foundation. For more information about the Omidyar Fellows and Hawai‘i Leadership Forum, please visit www.OmidyarFellows.org.
About Pierre Omidyar
Best known as the founder and chairman of eBay, Pierre is an active philanthropist guided by his belief that people are inherently capable and basically good. Pierre has committed more than $1 billion to create opportunities that help individuals improve their lives and ignite change across a variety of sectors and geographies. In 2011, Pierre and his wife Pam received the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in recognition of the lasting impact of their work and generosity. In 2009, Pierre and Pam made an historic $50 million commitment to the Hawai‘i Community Foundation to establish the Omidyar ‘Ohana Fund, which is being used to launch several community initiatives. Pierre is also the CEO and publisher of CivilBeat.com, a Honolulu-based news service dedicated to public affairs and investigative journalism. To learn more about Pierre’s efforts in Hawai‘i and around the world, please visit http://www.omidyargroup.com.
HONOLULU – Total expenditures by visitors who came to Hawai‘i in April 2012 climbed 26.8 percent over the previous year (or $246.5 million) to $1.17 billion according to preliminary statistics released today by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. This was the highest total expenditures on record for April*. There were 647,194 visitors in April 2012, an 11.3 percent increase in total visitor arrivals. This was also a new record in arrivals for the month of April, surpassing the previous high of 618,230 visitors in April 2006. Higher daily spending (+10.4% to $194 per person) also contributed to the record total visitor expenditures.
Among the top four visitor markets, arrivals by air from U.S. West rose 3 percent compared to April 2011 to 277,809 visitors. Total U.S. West visitor expenditures were up 13.1 percent to $401.1 million in April 2012, the eighth straight month of growth since September 2011.
Japanese arrivals continued to rebound with an increase of 36.2 percent to 86,685 visitors, though well below the April 1997 record of 157,640 Japanese visitors. Total Japanese visitor expenditures in April 2012 jumped 45.8 percent to $153.7 million.
U.S. East arrivals by air grew 1.8 percent to 122,792 visitors. However, lower daily spending (-4.9% to $174 per person) resulted in a 2 percent decline in total U.S. East expenditures to $206.2 million. Canadian arrivals increased 3.3 percent to 45,937 visitors, while total Canadian visitor expenditures rose 5.5 percent to $84 million, continuing a trend of year-over-year growth since January 2011.
Also contributing to the strong growth in April 2012 was a doubling of visitors who came by cruise ships (to 30,972 visitors). All Hawaiian Islands saw growth in total visitor expenditures and arrivals for April 2012.
Total visitor expenditures for the first four months of 2012 rose 16.7 percent (or $682.1 million), from the same period last year, to $4.78 billion. Total arrivals grew 9.4 percent to 2,632,149 visitors in the first four months of 2012, with increases from all visitor markets compared to a year ago.
•Total visitor expenditures on Maui climbed 23.9 percent to $306.6 million in April 2012. Arrivals to Maui rose 4 percent while daily spending was noticeably higher (+20.8%) compared to April 2011. An increase in arrivals from Japan (+44.4%), U.S. East (+3.2%) and U.S. West (+1.4%) contributed a significant portion of Maui’s growth. For the first four months of 2012, total arrivals to Maui grew 5.9 percent while total visitor expenditures increased 17.5 percent to $1.3 billion.
•Among the larger Hawaiian Islands, O‘ahu (+12.9%) had the strongest growth in arrivals for April 2012. O‘ahu’s higher daily spending (+6.5%) also contributed to a 31.5 percent jump in total visitor expenditures to $589.8 million. The growth in arrivals was fueled by a 30 percent increase in visitors coming directly to Hawai‘i on international flights. For the first four months of 2012, arrivals to O‘ahu rose 10.2 percent and total visitor expenditures grew 19 percent to $2.3 billion.
• Total visitor expenditures on Hawai‘i Island grew 23.7 percent to $141.4 million in April 2012. Arrivals increased 7.3 percent compared to April 2011, led by a 67.9 percent growth from Japan and an 8.5 percent increase from Canada. The average daily spending on Hawai‘i Island was much higher (+17.6%) compared to last April. Total arrivals to this island increased 8 percent in the first four months of 2012, while total visitor expenditures grew 12.2 percent to $627.6 million.
• In April 2012, a 4.6 percent growth in arrivals to Kaua‘i and higher daily spending (+1.9%) contributed to a 10.2 percent increase in total visitor expenditures to $109 million. This was the 17th consecutive month of positive growth in total visitor spending for this island. Arrivals to Kaua‘i increased largely from the U.S. East (+5.7%). For the first four months of 2012, arrivals to Kaua‘i rose 9.2 percent while total visitor expenditures grew 9.4 percent to $436.6 million.
[*] Total visitor expenditure statistics presented in this press release are not adjusted for inflation (nominal dollars). When adjusted, total visitor expenditures in April 2012 was still the highest on record. Total visitor expenditures were adjusted using the U.S. Consumer Price Index.
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Around sunset Wednesday, a hiker was reported missing in Iao Valley. Maui Fire and Rescue crews responded. After a search of about an hour, the 35 year-old made out out safely on his own. No medical attention was required.
The man rported he has been living on Maui for about a year.
A Nahike house fire was reported just before midnight Wednesday.
Maui Fire Units E-7, T-7, and M-7 from Hana responded to the fire. The 900-square foot wooden structure was fully engulfed upon arrival. The fire was called under control at 2 a.m. and extinguished at at 6:33 this morning. The home was totally destroyed by the fire. The house was at Hana Highway Mile post marker 29, right behind the Nahiku Marketplace.
No one was home at the time of the fire. Fire cause determined to be the oven after MPD made contact with the female owner who stated that she had left the oven on.
Damages to the structure and contents were estimated to be $250,000.00.
The University of Hawaii at Manoa has received approval from the university’s Board of Regents to begin offering Hawaii’s first graduate degree program in marine biology.
The marine biology PhD and master of science program anticipates the need for scientifically-trained professionals in the public and private sectors for problems related to ocean and coastal resources, the university said in a statement.
The Marine Biology program will have provisional status until a required review is conducted during the 2017-18 academic year.
The program will offer training in the marine biological sciences, including fisheries, coral reef biology, marine ecology and evolutionary genetics, marine biosensory and physiological processes and marine resources management, the university said.
The program will be jointly administered by the university’s College of Natural Sciences and the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, the university said.
Previously, graduate students who wished to major in marine biology were able to add it as a supplement to a graduate degree in microbiology, oceanography, botany or zoology.
This afternoon around 4:42 p.m., Maui Fire Units E-7 Responded to the Red Sand Beach for a 62 year old male visitor who fell approximately 15′ off of the Red Sand Beach Trail.
The male suffered a 2″ laceration to his forehead and a broken femur.
E,The -7 Crew packaged the victim and hiked him out to the road with the assisstance of Maui Police Department personnel. Medic -6 then transported the victim to the landing zone set up at the Hana Ballpark. Medic and Fire personnel loaded the victim into Maui Medevac where he then was flown to Maui Memorial Medical Center.
The male was alone and staying in Kaanapali. No information from where he came from, nor any word on his condition at this time.
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