HONOLULU –Governor Neil Abercrombie today ordered that all national and Hawai’i flags at State offices and agencies as well as the Hawai’i National Guard are to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Saturday, September 1, 2012, as a mark of respect for the memory of former State Legislator Mary Jane McMurdo.
McMurdo served in the State Senate from 1984 to 1994 and State House of Representatives from 1994 to 1996. She is credited for successfully leading an initiative that gained voter approval in 1984 to save moderate-income housing in the Date-La’au Street area. She was one of the leaders of the Save Sandy Beach Initiative that stopped development of this east O’ahu coastline in 1988. McMurdo also worked to preserve Fort DeRussy as open space and championed efforts to restore and protect the Waikiki Natatorium.
“Mary Jane was a dear friend who exemplified what it meant to be a public servant,” stated Governor Abercrombie. “First and foremost a community leader, Mary Jane became a powerful force in the State Senate who put Waikiki at the center of Legislation. She is among the legacy of great women who participated in the Hawai’i State Legislature during a time that included Pat Saiki, Kinau Kamali’i, Mary George, and Lehua Fernandes Salling. After serving in the Legislature, she remained active and was an inspiration in public service involvement.”
Memorial services for McMurdo will be held on September 1. The Governor’s proclamation can be viewed here: http://hawaii.gov/gov/newsroom/proclamations/McMURDOMaryJane.pdf
Kahului, HI (August 29, 2012) Dr. George Martin of Carden Academy of Maui was selected to receive the prestigious 2012 Palaka Award at a gala luncheon at The King Kamehameha Golf Club August 24th.
The sold out event, sponsored by The A&B Foundation, was emceed by Leslie Mullens, Rotarian and Palaka Event Chair. Dr. Martin was selected from a field of 12 outstanding nominees who exemplify the highest ideals of volunteer service to a nonprofit organization and Rotary’s motto “Service Above Self.”
“The community’s support of this annual event is extraordinary and speaks to the incredible work done every day by Maui non-profits” said Kahului Rotary President Robert Kawahara. “More than $21,000 was raised this year for scholarships thanks to the generous support of Maui businesses and individuals.”
Dr. Martin’s nomination cited his “above and beyond” selfless sacrifice over an eight year period to bring Carden Academy from the brink of closure to a thriving K-8 independent school. From 2001 to 2009, Dr. Martin led a Herculean effort, mustering a top-notch board and administrative leadership team that transformed the organization top to bottom. His actions led to a new governance board, a more focused and successful staff, an improved curriculum and student experience, fiscal stability, and a permanent campus that allows for continued growth.
A fund-raising golf ball drop was successfully held prior to the luncheon. Entertainment was provided by 4 time Grammy Award winner George Kahumoku, Jr. and students of UH-Maui Institute of Hawaiian Music.
The Palaka Award honors Mike Lyons’s legacy of commitment to community and is named for the signature palaka shirts he wore. Mike was the epitome of a Rotarian and a prominent, tireless community service leader, also serving as Rotary Club of Kahului President. The annual event helps fund Rotary Club of Kahului ‘s Michael H. Lyons II Scholarship Fund, providing college scholarships to exceptional Maui youth.
HONOLULU – Total expenditures by visitors who came to Hawai‘i in July 2012 rose 17.8 percent (or +$193.8 million) compared to the previous year to $1.28 billion1, according to preliminary statistics released today by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. Higher daily spending and a 7.8 percent growth in total arrivals (to 720,355 visitors) contributed to this increase.
Among Hawai‘i’s top visitor markets, arrivals by air from U.S. West grew 3.4 percent from July 2011 to 299,072 visitors, the ninth consecutive month of growth. Total U.S. West visitor expenditures increased 10.3 percent to $436.7 million. Arrivals from U.S. East in July 2012 were similar to last July at 166,944 visitors. However, increased daily spending boosted U.S. East total visitor expenditures (+15.1%) to $347.8 million.
Japanese arrivals rose 21.5 percent to 135,764 visitors in July 2012, but remained lower than the July 1997 record of 203,827 visitors. Higher daily spending also contributed to a 31.6 percent jump in total Japanese visitor expenditures to $248.8 million. Canadian arrivals totaled 25,489 visitors, relatively unchanged from July 2011; while total visitor expenditures increased 1.8 percent to $46.3 million. Total visitor expenditures (+29.9% to $203.4 million) and arrivals (+24.6%) from all other markets also showed strong growth compared to July 2011.
No visitors came to Hawai‘i by cruise ship in July 2012.
For the first seven months of 2012, total visitor expenditures rose 20.8 percent to $8.40 billion, led by double-digit growth from Japan (+27.1% to $1.41 billion), Canada (+11.7% to $636.8 million) and all others (+68.2% to $1.59 billion). Total arrivals grew 9.8 percent to 4,652,621 visitors. Arrivals from all other markets climbed 28.1 percent from the first seven months of 2011. Total visitor expenditures increased on all Hawaiian Islands compared to year-to-date 2011.
Maui: In July 2012, noticeably higher daily spending (+14.6% to $191 per person) and growth in arrivals (+1.8%) resulted in a 14.9 percent growth in Maui’s total visitor expenditures to $314.4 million. Increased arrivals to Maui from U.S. West (+3.1%) and Japan (+12.7%) offset lower arrivals from U.S. East (-3.4%) and Canada (-3.8%).
• Total visitor expenditures rose 21.4 percent from the first seven months of 2011, to $2.2 billion. Of the total 1,364,721 visitors (+5.4%) through July 2012, six out of ten visitors stayed on Maui exclusively.
Read the entire report here.
Retired NBA coach Don Nelson, who has become an entrepreneur on Maui since retiring from basketball, is set to be inducted unto the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame next week in Springfield, Mass.
The Associated Press reports that Nelson, 72, who owns rental properties and a new shaved ice stand in Paia, had been left off the Hall of Fame list for years after a 31-year career with the Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks.
PBN recently reported that Nelson is making improvements to the commercial properties he owns in Paia, which include installing photovoltaic panels on the building next to the Paia Bay Cafe. Nelson is also part of a tight-knit circle of friends (and part-time Maui residents) who gather often to play cards – friends like Willie Nelson, Owen Wilson and Steven Tyler – to name a few.
The University of Hawaii has filed a bid protest with the Department of Defense after losing a multi-million dollar contract to continue running the Maui High Performance Computing Center to Virginia-based Science Applications International Corp.
The Air Force awarded the $27.5 million contract to SAIC on Aug. 1. Hawaii News Now reports that the University of Hawaii had operated and managed the facility at the Maui Research and Technology Park in Kihei since October 2001 under a contract worth as much as $181 million.
Hawaii News Now reports that the university, one of four bidders for the contract, had partnered with Lockheed Martin, which operates four other supercomputer centers for the Pentagon on the Mainland, in its unsuccessful bid for the contract, along with Hawaii-based contractors Pacific Defense Solutions and Referentia Systems Inc.
(Report Provided by Pacific Business News)
(WAILUKU, MAUI, Hawaii) ̶ The Maui Regional System Board of Directors, Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (MRSB) is exploring alternatives to facilitate a new public-private partnership with potential to improve the quality and delivery of health care services on the island of Maui. The Maui Region includes: Maui Memorial Medical Center (MMMC), Kula Hospital & Clinic and the Lanai Community Hospital.
“We have been continuously looking at new ways to improve MMMC so that we can ensure that Maui residents receive the highest level of healthcare,” said Clay Sutherland, Chairman of the MRSB. “Over the past seven years, the current administration of MMMC has been working diligently on new initiatives. Recent improvements include a new Heart Program that provides cardiovascular care and treatment on the island of Maui, the addition of the 75,000 sq foot Representative Bob Nakasone Kahului Tower, new helipad, and an expanded Emergency Department.”
As one of three acute care hospitals operated by the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC) in the state, MMMC is the only full-service acute care hospital on the island of Maui. Founded more than 125 years ago, MMMC services all of Maui County, which includes the islands of Lanai and Molokai, and is the only hospital outside of Oahu that provides a full range of cardiac services.
“Despite our successes, we realized that there are numerous challenges facing rural community hospitals on the neighbor islands, including capital shortfalls, budgetary restrictions, declining government and third-party payer subsidies and a lack of scale that affects operations and the inability to keep up with Health Care Reform,” said Wesley Lo, Maui Regional Chief Executive Officer, HHSC.
“An important tool that paved the way for us to explore innovative ways to improve healthcare for Maui was the adoption of Act 182 (Senate Bill No. 1673, SD2 HD2 CD1) in 2009,” said Lo.
Act 182 allowed MMMC, along with other public hospitals under the jurisdiction of HHSC, to establish autonomy from HHSC through a variety of alternatives.
With new healthcare reform and changes to the healthcare provider landscape, MMMC and its administration understood the need for a paradigm shift to focus on providing world-class healthcare services on Maui. Dedicated resources and funding are essential in providing such services to the community and the administration has been exploring its options allowed under Act 182.
“As part of this process, we have recently started discussions with Banner Health, one of the largest non-profit hospital systems in the country,” said Sutherland. “Talks are very preliminary at this point. As we continue to gather more information, we will keep the community informed.”
Banner Health is based in Phoenix, Ariz. They currently operate 23 acute-care hospitals and health care facilities in seven states. Earlier this year, Banner was recognized as one of the top five large health systems by Thomson Reuters.
“As we continue to move forward with ongoing projects and initiatives at MMMC our goals remain the same — to provide high-quality acute care service on Maui. And that’s why we are excited about the possibility of partnering with a quality organization like Banner Health,” said Lo.
Maui Memorial Medical Center is Maui’s only full-service, acute medical care facility. Located in central Maui in Wailuku, the center has 1,400 employees and is licensed for213 acute care beds, and provides comprehensive healthcare for Maui County, including Lanai and Molokai. MMMC is the only hospital outside of Oahu also providing a full range of cardiac services, including open-heart surgery and angioplasty. For more information about MMMC, visit www.mauimemorialmedical.org.
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