Honolulu, Hawaii – Representative Angus McKelvey (West Maui, Maalaea, North Kihei) issued the following statement on the release of $100,000 for the expansion of the Kapalua West Maui Airport’s Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) station;
“The health and safety of our traveling residents and visitors is always a priority in the operation of our airports. This funding impacts the safety of travelers by supporting the firefighting and rescue efforts at Kapalua Airport, ensuring that our public safety officials will be well prepared in the case of any emergency.”
WASHINGTON – Vice President Joe Biden will keynote the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) 19th Annual Gala Awards Dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel on Wednesday, May 8. The dinner takes place during a celebratory week that brings thousands of Asian American and Pacific Islander community, government and business leaders to the nation’s capital.
APAICS president and former state legislator Floyd Mori welcomed the announcement, praising Vice President Biden’s commitment to addressing the concerns of the nation’s fastest growing racial group.
“Vice President Biden has spoken out on important issues that affect millions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, more than any vice president in history,” said Mori. “We’re honored to have him at our annual gathering, especially at this pivotal moment for Asian Pacific Americans fast on the rise.”
Mori said this year’s celebration will honor Asian American and Pacific Islander pioneers who have inspired a growing new generation of leaders to get more involved in the political process. President Barack Obama, who addressed last year’s APAICS gala dinner, appointed an unprecedented number of AAPIs to senior positions in his Administration and the federal courts.
A woman in Honolulu briefly escaped from Police custody – but was captured in about 30 minutes.
Hawai’i Department of Public Safety spokesperson Toni Schwartz, said that – at approximately 2:25 p.m. today, Elloise Ysaol and five other females were being moved into courtroom 7C at Honolulu District Court. They were in the hallway on the secured side, between the holding cells and the courtrooms when Ysaol bolted into an emergency exit. She was wearing shackles. Sheriff Deputies secured the building and began the search. Ysaol was caught in the stairwell at the 11th floor at approximately 3 p.m.
She was an overnight arrest from HPD. Her charge was Unauthorized Entry of a Motor Vehicle (UEMV). She will also be charged with Attempted Escape.
WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai`i – The County of Maui Solid Waste Division announced a missed route affecting some areas in Lahaina today due to mechanical problems.
Parts of Launiupoko and half of the area by Lahainaluna Road were not picked up. The pickup is expected to be made mid-morning tomorrow along with the start of tomorrow’s route.
The Department apologizes for the inconvenience and appreciates the community’s understanding and cooperation.
Maui led the record-setting pace of a rebound in visitor spending and arrivals tghrough the first quarter of 2013. Mike McCartney, Hawai’i Tourism Authority President and CEO, release the following statement:
” The first quarter of 2013 surpassed last year’s record-breaking visitor spending numbers, pouring $279 million more into Hawai‘i’s tourism economy and contributing $29 million in state tax revenue. Every day, an average of $44 million was spent in the state from January through March: $21 million on O‘ahu, $12 million in Maui County, $6 million on Hawai‘i Island and $4 million on Kaua‘i.
“In March 2013, arrivals to Maui rose 3 percent to 221,568 visitors, with increases from U.S. West (+5.1% to 96,465) and Canada (+4.4% to 39,767), offsetting declines from U.S. East (-3.1% to 58,625) and Japan (-5.7% to 5,753). However, lower daily spending (-11.3% to $179 per person) and a slightly shorter length of stay (-1.1% to 9.45 days) resulted in a 7.1 percent decrease in Maui’s total visitor expenditures to $328.5 million for the month. Through the first three months of the year, arrivals to Maui increased 5 percent to 617,052 visitors, while total expenditures increased slightly (+2.5%) to $1.05 billion.
“While we are pleased that we continue to see growth in visitor expenditures and arrivals month-over-month, we anticipate seeing more moderate growth later in the year. Spending and arrivals have been on the upswing, but there has been a decrease in visitor average length of stay for markets like U.S. West and Canada, which could be an indication that visitors may be reaching their spending threshold. Furthermore, the reduction of service from the U.S. East and U.S. West and the weakening Japanese yen could also have an effect on arrivals and spending this year.
“Due to the fragile nature of the tourism economy, the HTA understands the importance of sustaining and diversifying global market share in an industry based on discretionary spending. Therefore, the HTA continues to focus efforts on enhancing meetings, conventions and incentive (MCI) business and distributing visitors across all of the Hawaiian Islands particularly during off-peak seasons. While we will continue to strengthen our core North America and Japan markets, we will also focus on growing and supporting airlift from developing markets like Oceania, Korea, China and Taiwan, to maintain Hawai‘i’s competitive advantage.
“”Maui offers a wide variety of festivals and events during the summer, including the HTA-supported 22nd Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival and North South East West Festival, which showcases our rich culture and drives demand for travel to the island.
By stimulating commerce and growth for the state’s number one industry, tourism continues to support more than 166,000 jobs for Hawai‘i’s residents. The HTA continues to work with its global marketing contractors and industry partners in order to monitor and sustain smart growth of our state’s tourism economy.”
WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai`i – Mayor Alan Arakawa announced today the selection of Anaergia Services of Carlsbad, California for Maui County’s Integrated Waste Conversion and Energy Project (IWCEP) out of a field of 20 proposals received. The IWCEP is a consolidated effort in waste management to divert the waste generated by Maui’s residents and businesses and instead use it to produce renewable fuels.
“Living on an island we are always looking for ways to preserve our aina and make better use of our natural resources,” said Mayor Arakawa. “That is why this IWCEP project is so important. We are looking at reducing waste in our landfill, cutting down the emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, producing a clean bio-fuel for industrial consumers as well as greatly expanding the recycling of materials in our community.
“If we succeed we will have turned our trash into a treasured resource and kept our landfill from taking up more space on our beautiful island.”
The basic principle behind the Anaergia proposal is to take Maui’s various waste streams, including municipal solid waste, green waste, sewage sludge, fats, oils, and grease, and landfill gas and produce two renewable fuels, namely refuse derived fuel (RDF) and liquefied natural gas, through mechanical treatment and anaerobic digestion methods. These two renewable fuels may be used for energy onsite or offsite locally in Hawaii as a replacement to existing imported fossil fuels.
The selection of Anaergia Services for the IWCEP is a first step in the process toward project implementation. “Over the next few months, we will be asking the Council and the public to help provide feedback on the project,” Mayor Arakawa noted. “We will also be conducting a thorough environmental review to carefully assess the project’s impacts and benefits to our island’s sustainability.”
According to Environmental Management Director Kyle Ginoza, the Anaergia solution will result in an avoided emissions equivalent of taking 25,000 cars off the road through maximizing recycling, while minimizing emissions. In addition, the project is expected to divert roughly 85 percent of waste from the Central Maui Landfill and provide a significant number of construction jobs and full-time operations jobs.
For more information, contact Kyle Ginoza, Environmental Management Director, or IWCEP contract administrator Mike Miyamoto, Deputy Director of Environmental Management at 270-8230.
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