Hawaiian Airlines is adding Brisbane, Australia, back to its flight schedule. The announcement was followed by a statement from Mike McCartney, CEO of the Hawai’i Tourism Authority:
“Hawaiian Airlines’ new route re-opens Brisbane as a gateway to Hawai‘i, creating 41,184 additional air seats and is anticipated to generate up to $79 million in direct visitor spending and $8.6 million in tax revenue per year. Maintaining and increasing airlift continues to be important for our visitor industry to flourish, and we continue to work with our industry partners to develop healthy air access from emerging markets like Australia and New Zealand.
“Oceania is one of Hawai‘i’s fastest growing visitor markets reporting year over year growth with 209,976 visitors in 2011, a 30.4 percent increase from the previous year. In 2012, the HTA forecasts reaching 264,866 visitor arrivals and $601 million in visitor expenditures. We anticipate this momentum to continue into 2013 with the launch of new service from Oceania including Hawaiian Airlines’ Auckland-Honolulu route next March.
“Congratulations to Hawaiian Airlines on their growth and international expansion. We appreciate their efforts in helping us to connect the Hawaiian Islands with new global markets. We look forward to continuing to support them and our other airline and marketing partners in order to build upon the positive momentum that continues to benefit Hawai‘i’s tourism economy.”
Honolulu, HI (November 27, 2012) – The American Red Cross and countless other charities are inviting Americans to take part today in #GivingTuesday, an online call to action to celebrate giving this holiday season. Charities, individuals, retailers, online organizations and others are joining together in a substantial effort help make giving back easier.
The Red Cross will celebrate #GivingTuesday by partnering with donors, social media communities, and the public to encourage everyone to Give Something that Means Something. Your donation can help provide infant care kits for babies in emergency shelters, phone cards for deployed military heroes to call home, hot meals and blankets to provide warmth and security for disaster victims in shelters, comfort kits for wounded warriors, or lifesaving measles vaccinations for children around the world.
“As the holidays ramp up, it’s easy to overlook those who need our help as we focus on ourselves and our loved ones. #GivingTuesday allows us to pause during this hectic time and focus on giving in a meaningful way,” said Coralie Matayoshi, Chief Executive Officer of the Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross.
People can use the hashtag #GivingTuesday to follow the conversation on Twitter and Facebook. Those who want to donate to the Red Cross can visit redcross.org/gifts to shop the holiday giving catalog or text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10.
The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a HIGH SURF ADVISORY for EAST FACING SHORES of MAUI and MOLOKAI, in effect from 6:00 a.m. Tuesday until 6:00 a.m. Wednesday.
A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.
EFFECTS: The combination of a north swell along with breezy trade winds
will cause very rough surf along east facing shores. Surf heights will be 6 to 10 feet.
Forecast surf heights are estimates of the height of the face or front of waves.
A high tide of approximately 2.8 feet is expected between 2:14 a.m. and 3:32 a.m. tomorrow morning. The next high tide of approximately 1.6 feet is expected between 12:56 p.m. and 2:14 p.m. tomorrow afternoon.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: BEACH GOERS ARE URGED TO STAY OUT OF THE WATER AND WELL AWAY FROM THE SHORE BREAK DUE TO THE HAZARDOUS WAVE ACTION AND STRONG RIP CURRENTS.
INFORMATION: Maui County Civil Defense will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts for any updates. NOAA Weather Broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. NOAA Weather Internet services can be found at www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl.
Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200.
UPDATE: Power has been restored to all customers as of 8:20 a.m. today.
Maui Electric Company would like to inform the public that the following areas are experiencing a power outage: Areas of Pukalani bounded by Iolani St., Loha St., Pukalani St., Halekakala Hwy., Liholani St., Hiolani St., Pukalani Terrace Subdivision, and laterals. MECO is working to identify the cause and restore electrical service as quickly and safely as possible.
An update will be provided as soon as more information becomes available. We thank you for your patience and understanding.
HONOLULU — The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and NOAA Fisheries announced today that since the beginning of 2012, NOAA Fisheries, DLNR, and partners have responded to 14 seal hooking incidents involving 11 individual Hawaiian monk seals.
Due to early reporting, seven of the 12 live cases ended successfully with intervention from authorized federal and state agency monk seal responders. Three of the cases ended in deaths. The most recent instance which was not immediately reported resulted in serious injury to the seal.
On Wednesday, November 14, a 15 year old female Hawaiian monk seal, known by her flipper tags as “R5AY,” was reported seen with a hook in her cheek. NOAA Fisheries mounted an extensive search, and on Saturday, November 17, she was located hauled out on Sunset Beach on the North Shore of O‘ahu, at which time she was safely captured by NOAA Fisheries staff and transported to Waikiki Aquarium for further evaluation and supportive care.
At the time she was captured, she was weak, severely emaciated, and covered in algae. She had a large swelling within and around her mouth and an ulua hook lodged in her cheek. Attached to the hook was a monofilament leader and “pigtail” connector, a type of gear frequently used in “slide bait” shoreline fishing. Exams showed severe necrosis (dead or dying tissue) of her tongue.
On Monday, November 19, R5AY was transported to the Honolulu Zoo where reconstructive surgery was conducted. About one-third of her tongue had to be removed, because the tissue could not be saved.
As of today R5AY is alert and mobile. Her tongue is healing and she has started to eat live and dead fish. She is still in guarded condition but NOAA Fisheries continues to be hopeful of a speedy recovery and release. A physical exam will be conducted today, and based on the findings, a tentative release date will be considered in consultation with NOAA Fisheries staff and veterinarians.
NOAA Fisheries joins DLNR in urging fishermen and all ocean users to report hooking and other interactions with monk seals as soon as possible. R5AY was near death when she was found and she apparently had been hooked for several days.
“Monk seals are a vital part of Hawai‘i’s marine and cultural environment,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR Chairperson. “It is important to acknowledge the contributions of the Waikiki Aquarium and Honolulu Zoo in helping to treat and care for R5AY and several other seals in the past. The support of these partner organizations is very much appreciated.”
Aila continued, “DLNR and NOAA seek to address all adverse impacts on Hawaiian monk seals. Early reporting gives monk seals an increased chance of survival. We want to partner with the fishermen to further reduce impacts. Following the guidelines and reporting hookings can help make a relatively small impact become even smaller.”
The guidelines are available at the following link: http://www.fpir.noaa.gov/Library/PRD/Hawaiian%20monk%20seal/HMS-fishing_guidelines-FINAL-PUBLIC.pdf
NOAA Fisheries Service data indicate that a total of 84 hooking-related interventions have occurred over the past 10 years, with a total of nine incidents in 2011 and 14 incidents thus far in 2012.
The agencies offer guidelines, titled “Hawaiian Monk Seals and Fishing Interactions: Guidelines for Prevention, Safety and Reporting,” that describe actions fishermen can take to avoid seal hookings and entanglement, and to reduce fishing gear and bait loss. The guidelines also stress the importance of reporting all fishing interactions.
The toll-free, 24/7 reporting hotline for all fishing interactions and other marine mammal incidents is: 1-888-256-9840. NOAA and DLNR urge all fishermen and other ocean users to write down this hotline and/or save it in their mobile phones for timely use whenever a seal is hooked or entangled.
A fire today damaged an ‘ohana structure at a Maui Meadows home in Kihei. At 3:40 this afternoon, Maui Fire Departmenmt Units Engine 14, Ladder 14, Emgine 6, Rescue 10 and H-10 were dispatched to a structure fire at 3500 Kehala Drive. Upon arrival at 3:45 p.m., Fire personnel related a working fire in a 700 square foot wooden cottage located on this property. With the assistance of L-14 and E-6 the fire was brought under control at approximately 3:56 p.m.
A Fire Inspector was called out to scene and initiated an investigation. Damage estimates were $35,000.00 to the structure and $10,000.00 for the contents. The fire was classified as accidental wih the fire originating in the living room from smoldering debris within a trash can. The cottage was a rental and a male party who lived there was displaced. The American Red Cross was activated and provided shelter, food and clothing assistance to this victim. There were no reported injuries.
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