HONOLULU –A Chinese Maritime Safety Administration ship is scheduled to make a historic first visit to the United States during a port call in Honolulu Tuesday.
Representatives from the 14th Coast Guard District will host the crew of the Haixun 31 who will arrive in Honolulu Harbor and remain in port until September 8. The arrival will be followed by a ceremony hosted by Rear. Adm. Charles Ray, commander 14th Coast Guard District, and attended by Hawaii Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz and Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle. The Chinese delegation will include Chinese Vice Consul General Sun Dewei from Los Angeles, Chinese Guangdong Maritime Safety Administration Director General Liang Jianwei, Chinese Guangdong Deputy Director General Cao Desheng and Capt. Chen Qingli, commanding officer of Haixun 31.
The Haixun 31 will be escorted into Aloha Tower at 3 p.m. by a parade of ships that will include the Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island and the Honolulu Fire Department fireboat Moku Ahi.
The Coast Guard and Chinese Maritime Safety Administration are scheduled to conduct a joint search and rescue table top exercise and on water exercise in Honolulu. These exercises will serve as the building blocks towards a cooperative partnership and facilitate discussions of maritime search and rescue and environmental protection measures that are of mutual interest to both agencies.
“This historic engagement further improves the coordination of search and rescue operations at sea,” said Rear. Adm, Charles Ray, commander 14th Coast Guard District. “This is the first visit to the United States by the Haixun 31 and is an opportunity to strengthen our relationship on a number of common maritime missions.”
The U.S. Coast Guard and the Chinese Maritime Safety Administration have been engaging since 1987 on many maritime issues. This visit represents a continuing opportunity to collaborate on search and rescue to improve competencies and cooperation.
Second-quarter foreclosure sales in Hawaii fell 44 percent when compared to the same period in 2011, with declines seen in three of the state’s four major counties, according to RealtyTrac.
There were a total of 364 foreclosure sales during the second quarter, which was 43.74 percent fewer than the number of sales during the second quarter of 2011.
Sales of homes that were in some stage of foreclosure or bank-owned accounted for 9.23 percent of all home sales statewide during the second quarter, compared to 19 percent during the same quarter last year, according to the report by Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac.
Nationally, foreclosures accounted for 23 percent of all U.S. residential sales during the quarter, compared to 19 percent of all sales during the second quarter of 2011.
Hawaii, Maui and Honolulu counties each recorded large declines in the number of foreclosure sales, while Kauai saw an uptick of 14 percent,
There were 132 foreclosure sales on Oahu, which was 5 percent of all residential sales and 47 percent fewer than the second quarter of 2011.
Maui County had 110 foreclosure sales, which was 17 percent of all sales and 44 percent fewer than last year.
The Big Island had 82 foreclosure sales, which was 14 percent of all sales and 50 percent fewer than last year.
The 40 foreclosure sales on Kauai were 16 percent of all sales.
(Report Provided by Pacific Business News)
With a so-called “blue moon” set to rise in the night sky this Friday (Aug. 31), you may find yourself wondering: Just what is a blue moon, exactly? And where does the term come from?
Somewhat confusingly, the answers have nothing to do with the moon’s color. The “blue moon” tale is a convoluted one, with much of the action taking place in the relatively recent past.
In 1946, “Sky and Telescope” magazine traced the term to the “Maine Farmer’s Almanac,” where it apparently referred to the third full moon in a season that contains four full moons instead of the usual three.
The Pledge of Allegiance during the closing session of the Republican National Convention will be led by a Hawaii delegate.
The Hawaii Republican Party says Dylan Nonaka will lead the pledge Thursday in Tampa, Fla., on the same night presidential nominee Mitt Romney is expected to deliver a speech.
The party says Nonaka is a former Marine who was a member of the first American troops to cross into Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
He’s also the former executive director of the Hawaii Republican Party.
More than 400 supporters and well-wishers gathered Wednesday night at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort to celebrate the career and accomplishments of United States Senator Daniel K. Akaka.
The event hosted by the Democratic Party of Maui featured remarks by Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee Carmen ‘Hulu’ Lindsey, union representatives, a presentation of a Congratulatory Certificate by Maui County Council Chairman Danny Mateo, a Proclamation by Mayor Alan Arakawa presented by Managing Director Keith Regan and an introduction by Hawaii Senate President Shan Tsutsui. Akaka was welcomed with a standing ovation and thanked the crowd for their support through the years.
Akaka, who has tirelessly worked for the people of Hawaii for more than three decades, has made extensive contributions towards helping veterans and their families, protecting the rights of Native Hawaiians, and strengthening our education system.
First elected to the U.S. House in 1976, Congressman Akaka was appointed to the Senate when Senator Spark Matsunaga passed away, subsequently winning election to the office in 1990, and re-election in 1994, 2000, and 2006. He will be retiring in January after 36 years of congressional service.
Honolulu, HI (August 29, 2012) – Thirty (30) local volunteers remain on standby to deploy to the Gulf Coast to assist in the American Red Cross Isaac relief operation. Thirteen (13) Hawaii Red Cross volunteers from Oahu, Maui and the Big Island deployed last night and today to pre-position in Texas so that they can get to affected areas more quickly once the storm has passed. Most will be assigned to work at emergency shelters. Michele Liberty, Maui County Director, is one of the local Red Crossers there and said, “The Hawaii volunteers have arrived in Houston and we are standing by and ready to be deployed where help is needed.” More Hawaii Red Cross volunteers are expected to be sent to the Gulf Coast over the next few days.
Hurricane Isaac is hammering communities along the Gulf Coast and the Red Cross is responding across multiple states – providing thousands of people with a safe, dry place to stay and something to eat. The Red Cross is focused now on people’s emergency needs – last night more than 5,200 people stayed in as many as 80 Red Cross or community shelters in 6 states and we expect many more people coming to shelters today.
This is a very large relief response that will last a long time and is estimated to cost millions. The Red Cross will be there for weeks helping people recover, and after a difficult summer of responding to wildfires, power outages and floods, Red Cross resources are stretched. People can click or text to donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Coralie Matayoshi, Chief Executive Officer of the Hawaii State Chapter said, “Having Hawaii volunteers travel to disasters on the mainland will provide them with valuable experience to bring back to our State so that when, not if, the next major disaster strikes Hawaii, we will be better prepared.”
The Red Cross has more volunteers, equipment and supplies poised ready to help people in the affected areas after the storm passes.
Those affected can let loved ones know they are safe by either downloading the Red Cross Hurricane App and using the “I’m Safe” button to post a message to their social media accounts, or registering on the Red Cross Safe and Well website. The Red Cross Safe and Well website is a secure and easy-to-use online tool that helps families connect during emergencies. To register, visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). This site also connects with the Twitter and Facebook accounts of users.
If people need to find a shelter, they can download the Red Cross Hurricane app, visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or check in their local state media outlets. The hurricane app can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross. It also provides important safety information and a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and alarm.HOW YOU CAN HELP Tropical Storm Isaac is predicted to trigger a large and prolonged disaster response with major flooding across several states. People can call, click or text to donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. They can also send a check to American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter, 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816 or call: (808) 739-8109.
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