HONOLULU – The Department of Public Safety (PSD) today announced the appointment of Robin Nagamine as State Sheriff. Nagamine will be in charge of the department’s Sheriff Division, effective June 3, 2013.
“Robin will bring valuable experience in his new role as Sheriff,” said PSD Director Ted Sakai. “He knows the Sheriff Division and the issues we face. He will provide sound leadership and professionalism and ensure that the division operates efficiently.”
Nagamine has been a deputy sheriff for 27 years and has worked in all sections within the Sheriff Division. This includes the Airport, Patrol, Courts, Receiving Desk, Special Operations, K-9 Training, Warrants and Administration. He also served as Acting Sheriff and Acting First Deputy at various times in his law enforcement career.
Nagamine has had training in Critical Incident Management, Advanced Incident Management Systems, Active Shooter Situations, Crisis Intervention, Event Security Planning for Public Safety Professionals, and SWAT.
“We are fortunate to have someone like Robin who has participated in and worked through all the growth and changes within the Sheriff Division over the years,” said Shawn Tsuha, the previous State Sheriff who Gov. Neil Abercrombie last week named PSD Deputy Director for Law Enforcement. “Most importantly, he will provide institutional knowledge on the structure and operations of the Sheriff Division. We are proud to have him advance in this role.”
WAILEA, MAUI – Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea has been named by Travel + Leisure as one of the Top Hotels in Hawaii in the World’s Best Service awards for its quality service. The hotels recognized in the 2013 World’s Best Service awards are those that earned top scores for service in Travel + Leisure 2012 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey.
The Maui resort is a perennial favorite with magazine readers and is a frequently recognized inTravel + Leisure awards. “We are proud to have received this honor,” said Thomas Steinhauer, regional vice president and general manager, Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. “We are blessed with an amazing location and superb facilities, but beyond that our staff deserves the recognition for their dedication and attention to detail. Every day, they provide unforgettable experiences to our valued guests.”
Examples of the ways in which the resort provides exceptional services are represented by such resort programs as the summertime “WeTime/MeTime,” which provides an array of complimentary amenities for kids and parents and the fall “Couples Program” highlighting resort services designed to let partners reconnect and rekindle their romance.
The resort is Maui’s first and only Forbes Five-Star property as well as a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® 2013 top award winner and recipient of the Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Service Award as posted on www.TravelandLeisure.com and featured in the June issue of Travel + Leisure on newsstands now.
Nestled on 15 acres of the breathtaking Wailea Coast, the 380-room oceanfront property is world-renowned for its comfortable opulence, impeccable service, luxurious amenities, and for living in harmony with its environment and community. The resort is also home to one of the nation’s top-rated spas committed to wellness and three of Hawaii’s most acclaimed restaurants – Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante, Spago Maui and DUO, a premium steak and seafood restaurant.
This sophisticated home away from home caters to the needs and interests of all generations offering world-class activities and one-of-a-kind Unforgettable Events, a museum quality art collection, and three pools overlooking the azure-blue Pacific Ocean including an adults-only Serenity Pool with exclusive Missoni-designed cabanas. Four Seasons Resort Maui is a Hawaiian vacation destination geared to action adventurers, those guests wishing to practice the fine art of doing nothing at all, and everyone in between.
WAILUKU – – It’s time to start growing your garden to compete in the 2013 Maui Fair horticultural contests. This year, we will have several contests so everyone can enter … even if you live in an apartment!
Now is the time to plant your seeds for the Giant Pumpkin Contest.
The Atlantic Giant needs at least a 10-foot radius area to get maximum growth. Please make sure you have a large enough space before picking up the seed. Seeds will be distributed this month and should be planted as soon as possible for maximum growth. Growing instructions will be provided.
There are 2 contests in which the pumpkins will be judged:
Contest 1: Largest circumference: The pumpkin that measures the largest length around the center wins.
Giant Pumpkin Contest 2: Best Journal: Document your experience growing the pumpkin with pictures and notes on a display poster.
Entries will be divided into two age categories: Junior – up to Grade 12 and Senior: beyond Grade 12
Upcoming contests will be announced over the few next months and seeds will be distributed at the time they need to be planted. They include:
· End of June
· End of July
Seeds can be picked up at the UH Cooperative Extension Office next to the UH Maui Campus. Please contact Mae Nakahata at (808) 281-9716 or Robin Shimabuku at (808) 244-3242 if you have questions. Happy Growing!!!
Some 200,000 visitotrs have graced Maui each month so far this year. That bodes noting but good for the Valley Isle. While growth in arrivals and spending was more moderate in April than in past months, Hawaii Tourism Authory is pleased that our results so far in 2013 have remained steadfast and ahead of 2012 pace. We experienced strong incremental growth in 2012 during our traditionally slower shoulder period, which is the base for measuring 2013 growth.
Year-to-date we have welcomed an average of 23,300 visitors per day (+6.1%) who spent an average of $42 million per day (+6.3%), benefitting all of the major islands. This translates into almost $300 million more into Hawai‘i’s economy and provided $32 million more in tax revenue compared to the same period in 2012. This increase in spending was enough to support more than 3,000 new jobs.
In April 2013, arrivals to Maui grew 2.4 percent to 190,464 visitors. However, lower daily spending (-5% to $202 per person) resulted in a 1.7 percent decrease in Maui’s total visitor expenditures to $295.6 million. During the first four months of the year, arrivals and spending continue to pace ahead of last year, reaching more than 800,000 arrivals and $1.4 billion in visitor spending.
The leveling off experienced in April was due to numerous factors, including currency exchange rates and travel costs, as well as competition from other destinations.
HTA expects to continue to see reductions in the average length of stay and per person per day spending as visitors exercise caution in reaching their budgeted spending limits. We anticipate this trend to continue through May and the first half of June, until we head into the summer travel season. We are also cognizant of airlines adjusting their routes to meet demand, resulting in reduced service to the Hawaiian Islands during the second half of the year.
Our core markets have helped to sustain us, and we are pleased to see arrivals from our developing international markets increase by double-digits, including Australia, New Zealand, China and Korea, as we continue our efforts to diversify our tourism profile.
We will continue to work collaboratively with our marketing partners and the visitor industry to balance our efforts in order to ensure that we continue to make 2013 a successful year for our tourism economy.
Department of Water Supply personnel will install two main line valves in Wailuku for system improvement purposes tonight, May 30. The project will begin at 9:30 p.m. and should be completed by 5:00 a.m. Friday morning. The valves will be installed on Mission Street and on Vineyard Street, and during the project customers will be without water on the following streets:
Traffic should not be affected but motorists are advised to drive with caution in the area.
Customers may want to flush their waterlines for a short time on Friday morning to ensure that no sediment has accumulated in their waterlines during the project.
Affected customers are advised to store water for the night if needed. In addition, customers are requested to call the 24-hour service line (270-7633) only if a water problem occurs.
HONOLULU– The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) is seeking public input regarding the status of, and recommendations on, management priorities for the Hawaiian sandalwood species, ‘iliahi.
In order to capture this information, DOFAW has created an anonymous online survey focused on sandalwood and invites the public to participate. Comments are requested by June 10, 2013. It is important to collect the opinions of a wide range of stakeholders in this survey in order to ensure that the public is being accurately represented on this issue.
“Historically, ‘iliahi was used by native Hawaiians for medicinal purposes, to scent tapa cloth, for lei-making as well as other important cultural resources,” said William J. Aila, Jr. DLNR chairperson. “Today, ‘iliahi is highly valuable and demonstrates potential as a commercial forest resource as well as continuing to serve an important cultural and ecological role in Hawai‘i,” Aila said.
“However, there is currently limited information about the general health and status of ‘iliahi in Hawai‘i. As a first step in understanding this important resource, DOFAW would like to gather as much information about ‘iliahi as possible in order to understand what the public and stakeholders want for this resource,” he added.
The survey may be especially relevant for landowners and interest groups who are either growing sandalwood actively or are aware of sandalwood on their property, cultural practitioners who have an interest in this forest resource, and users of the timber.
Participants are not required to share any private information during the course of the survey and information will remain anonymous. The results of this survey will be used to inform DOFAW staff on what future actions, if any, should be taken to assess the current status of sandalwood and how to best manage this important resource. The results will also be presented at the Hawaii Conservation Conference (July 16-18 2013) in a poster format. The survey will close on June 10, 2013.
The survey may be found at the following link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M977YNM
Interested persons with questions regarding the survey, may contact: Hannah Bergemann DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife, 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 325, Honolulu, HI 96813. Or email Hannah.A.Bergemann@hawaii.gov .
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