HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the nominations of James A. Gomes to the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) and Kamanamaikalani Beamer, Ph.D. and Milton D. Pavao to the Commission of Water Resource Management (CWRM). Their 4-year terms are effective July 1, 2013, subject to state Senate confirmation.
“Each of these nominees are not only accomplished in their respective fields and occupations; they are also deeply invested to the future of these islands and our natural resources,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “I have the utmost confidence in their ability to serve the people of Hawaii in the responsible management of our land and water resources, which are critical to the future security and vitality of our state.”
James A. Gomes is the operation manager for Ulupalakua Ranch Ltd. He has served on the Maui County Liquor Commission since 2000, including as vice-chairman and chairman; on the board of the Maui Cattlemen’s Association since 2006; and as director of the Central Maui Soil and Water Conservation District since 2007 (recently re-elected to serve a 5-year term). Previously, he served as director of Wailuku Mill Yard, a member of Mayor James Apana’s Community Advisory Board, and a delegate to the Hawaii Cattlemen’s Council. Gomes earned a liberal arts degree at UH Maui College. Born on Maui, he is a resident of Kula.
“Kamana” Beamer is the director of the First Nations Futures Program and an assistant professor at the University of Hawaii Hawaiinuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge and William S. Richardson School of Law. A graduate of Kamehameha Schools, Beamer is fluent in Hawaiian language and earned bachelor’s degrees (double major) in Hawaiian Studies and Philosophy as well as a master’s degree and Ph.D. in geography at the University of Hawaii. Beamer also earned an associate’s degree from Marymount College and a First Nations Futures Institute Certificate from Stanford University. Beamer is a resident of Oahu and Hawaii Island.
Milton D. Pavao retired in 2011 as manager and chief engineer for the Hawaii County Department of Water Supply. He is a licensed professional engineer and earned the Engineer of the Year Award in 1999 from the Hawaii Society of Professional Engineers. He is also the co-founder of the Kona Water Roundtable. Pavao earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Hawaii. He is a resident of Keaau.
The BLNR is composed of seven members, three at-large and one from each of the State of Hawaii’s four land districts. CWRM consists of seven members with five members appointed by the Governor. The chairperson of the BLNR serves as the CWRM chairperson, and the Director of Health serves as an ex officio voting member.
WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai`i – Mayor Alan Arakawa announced today that due to the amount of confusion and concern that has been expressed regarding the status of County-funded residential drop box recycling sites, there will be no changes to the current level of service until further analysis can be done.
“There will be no disruption to the public’s ability to recycle household items, as we work on transitioning the County out of the recycling business so that the private sector can step in,” Mayor Arakawa said. “The residential drop box program will continue, although at some point the locations of the bins may change. We’ve heard from the public that they are passionate about recycling, and while I am an avid recycler myself, the public needs to understand exactly how much it costs to haul, process and transport the materials off-island.
“It’s important to note that the Budget proposal that was sent to the Council contains the same amount of funds for Recycling as we had in there this year, not a penny less,” the Mayor continued, saying that “recycling will continue to be an important component in the County’s overall sustainability strategy as we move closer to being able to turn our trash into energy. We will do our best to serve the needs and wishes of the community in a fiscally responsible manner.”
The County began offering recycling as a new service in 1993; the State implemented the HI-5 redemption program in 2005 by contracting with private vendors, some of whom pay concession fees to operate their private HI-5 redemption centers on County land. The Mayor’s proposal seeks to transition the County-subsidized residential drop box operations to private vendors.
Flyers had been circulated at a residential recycling drop-off center recently by employees of a private vendor that the County pays to haul residential recyclables for processing.
“These flyers have provided only partial information, and ensuing rumors have spawned a great deal of misinformation,” the Mayor noted. “While we plan to work with vendors to privatize this service, it will take some time for a transition to take place. In the meantime, we will make sure the public can still recycle at the drop boxes as they always have.”
Mayor Arakawa also asked the public for its kokua in keeping costs down— by recycling conscientiously and cutting down on the amount of material that needs to be recycled in the first place.
“According to Environmental Management Director Kyle Ginoza, it costs the County 15 times as much to recycle items as it does to landfill them, which comes as a shock to many,” the Mayor said. “Currently, it costs us more than $300 a ton per recyclable to move the material from the drop box bins to a processor and process the materials; it costs the processor even more to then ship it to a recycler in Asia or on the mainland.”
Mayor Arakawa called on the public to step up efforts to “pre-cycle” by reducing consumption and reusing items whenever possible. “These are cheap and efficient ways to extend the life of our landfills,” he said. “We live in a disposable society, and it’s time we all take a harsh look inside the bin to see how much it really costs taxpayers to deal with the things they don’t want anymore.”
An overnight fire severely damaged a pavillion at the end of the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge boardwalk in North Kihei.
At 2:26 A.M. today, Maui Fire Department Crews from the Kihei and Kahului Fire Stations responded to the Kealia Wildlife Refuge for a report of a structure fire. Fire units arrived at 2:35 a.m. to find an open pavilion on the Western most side of the property fully engulfed with flames. The pavilion was a 20′ x 20′ open wood structure built with timber and recycled plastic planks. The fire was brought under control by 3 a.m. and called extinguished at 3:30 a.m. The structure was unoccupied.
The cause of the fire is undetermined. Damages were estimated to be at $20,000.00. No injuries were reported.
Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Manager, Glynnis Nakai, issued the following press release:
Early Thursday morning the Kīhei and Kahului Fire Stations responded to a fire at the Keālia Coastal Boardwalk off North Kīhei Road between Kīhei and Mā‘alaea. The fire was concentrated at the end of the boardwalk, at the last kiosk overlooking the flats and Mā‘alaea Bay. “The fire destroyed everything: wood, plastic deck and railing, and even the colorful interpretive panels” said Glynnis Nakai, Refuge Manager for the Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge. “Although the cause of the fire is unknown, it seems suspicious because the surrounding vegetation was not affected and there wasn’t anything on the boardwalk that would cause a fire to start on its own.”
Only this last kiosk has been blocked off from access for safety reasons; the rest of the boardwalk is still open to the public. “The damage impacts the full experience of walking 2,185 ft and coming to the last kiosk where the tradewinds blow on your back as you look out over the bay and watch whales, or view birds in the mudflats” said Nakai.
The entire wood roof will need to be dismantled and removed with the rest of the charred material, and given the condition and instability it will remain inaccessible until repairs can be made. When those repairs will be completed is unknown at this time.
The public is still welcome to walk the boardwalk as well as visit the new Visitor Center located at milepost 6 on Mokulele Highway (Highway 311).
Hawaiian Airlines has started allowing passengers at Honolulu International Airport to weigh and check their luggage themselves when they print their boarding passes, and says it’s the first U.S. airline to move its hub to a completely self-tagging system.
Hawaiian, a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: HA), moved to the self-tagging system in Honolulu earlier this month and plans to implement it at its check-in lobbies in Neighbor Island airports later this year. The airline said the new system should reduce check-in time to less than five minutes.
“Every minute saved in the check-in process improves our customers’ experience substantially, so this is a significant enhancement,” Louis Saint-Cyr, Hawaiian’s vice president for customer
service, said in a statement. “The kiosks reduced our customers’ check-in time to eight minutes. The ability to self-tag bags reduces the check-in time even further — by nearly half.”
Under the previous system, passengers had to wait for a customer service agent to tag their luggage and complete the check-in process.
The airline said those agents will still be available to assist passengers, but that allowing passengers to tag their own bags will free those agents to assist passengers with oversize luggage or other special baggage needs.
(Report Provided by Pacific Business News)
A fire caused an estimated $600,000 in damages to the Plantation House Restaurant in Napili Wednesday night.
At 9 p.m., Maui Fire Department Fire Crews from Napili, Lahaina, and Kahului responded to Plantation Club Drive, The Plantation House Restaurant, for a report of a structure fire. Units arrived to find a 5′ x 5′ section of the roof on fire at the clubhouse and also fire in the attic area. Fire was called under control at 10:30 p.m. and extinguished at 1 a.m.
The Restaurant was still open for business when the fire occurred. All guests and employees were evacuated.
Damages were estimated to be $500,000.00 to the structure and $100,000.00 for the contents. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.
HONOLULU – The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) has closed the Na Pali Coast State Park and Kalalau trail until further notice due to flooding caused by a weather system on Kauai. Hanalei bridge is closed. Hikers have been rescued at Hanakapiai stream.
Hikers should be aware of weather condition before going out on a trail. If you experience flash floods DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS FLOODED STREAMS, people have died trying. Remain, or get to higher ground immediately and wait for conditions to abate before crossing.
For updates on status of Na Pali Coast State Park please check the State Parks website at www.hawaiistateparks.org
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