Ma’alaea, Maui, HI – Maui Ocean Center released six juvenile green sea turtles, honu, into the ocean on the morning of Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. from the shores of Ka’anapali Beach fronting Ka’anapali Beach Hotel. Many of the Aquarium’s employees, who have spent two years feeding, cleaning and caring for the honu, were joined by staff of the Department of Land and Natural Resources-Division of Aquatic Resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel to witness the turtles’ introduction into the open ocean. Maui TV News was there and will have full high definition coverage of the event as soon as production is complete at www.mauitvnews.com.
“These two year old turtles are healthy and ready for life in the open ocean” said John Gorman, Curator at Maui Ocean Center. “Maui Ocean Center has been a part of Sea Life Park Hawaii’s Hawaiian green sea turtle Educational Loan Program since we
opened in 1998. This is our third release from shore, the second on the west side, and we are very happy to have the community and visitors participate in this event.” According to Gorman, the turtles will weighed around 20-30 pounds each at release. Through Sea Life Park Hawaii’s Hawaiian green sea turtle Educational Loan Program, Maui Ocean Center has released 48 green sea turtles over the past 15 years to the open ocean.
The event began at 9:00 a.m. with festivities and educational opportunities including presentations by prominent local marine biologists, researchers and community members, informational booths, a turtle encounter, a blessing of the turtles and live music. Presentations include Cheryl King of the Hawksbill Recovery Project, Ka’au Abraham of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, Author and Researcher Peter Bennett, Mike Donohoe of the Pacific Whale Foundation, and more.
Several organizations were on hand to share information and answer questions including the Hawksbill Recovery Project, Hawaiian Isla nds Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, Hawaii Wildlife Fund, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Ka’anapali Makai Watch, Pacific Whale Foundation, and Maui Ocean Center. A highlight of the morning was the chance to experience an up-close and personal encounter with the honu and Maui Ocean Center’s Curatorial staff. At 10:30 a.m., the honu each received a blessing by Kahu Dane Maxwell, Maui Ocean Center’s Hawaiian Cultural Advisor, prior to being released to the ocean. Throughout the event, 9am-12pm, live music was by performed by Maui’s own Marty Dread.
“We are honored to work with the agencies and individuals that help make this possible and for the opportunity to bring people together for this significant event” stated Kate Zolezzi, the Aquarium’s General Manager. “In Hawaiian culture, green sea turtles are one of several species important for sustenance and considered na ‘aumakua, a family’s ancestral god or deity that takes the form of an animal. The remarkable history of the Hawaiian people and their profound connection to the sea is at the heart of who we are at Maui Ocean Center.”
Shortly after the turtles arrived at the Aquarium and their unique personalities began to stand out, a turtle naming contest was held. Each turtle was appropriately named; 1. Lawakua (of strong physique), 2. Kai Kama (ocean child), 3. Mimo (quiet, capable yet unassuming), 4. Ana’ole (insatiable, never satisfied), 5. Miki Iki (small and active), and 6. Waha lina (fussy, finicky about food). The turtles were marked in white with “MOC” and the numbers 1 through 6 on their shells. Maui residents and visitors are urged to keep an eye out for these turtles. If you encounter one, please note the day, time and location, and contact Maui Ocean Center at (808) 270-7000 or email@example.com to help with tracking the turtles.
The shore release was made possible with the dedicated and generous assistance of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, other organizations participating in the event, and many more.
New research by climate scientists from UH Mānoa and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego attributes the attenuation of a worldwide temperature increase to a cooling of eastern Pacific Ocean waters, one that counteracts the warming effect of greenhouse gases.
When the climate cycle that governs that ocean cooling reverses and begins warming again, the researchers predict that the planet-wide march toward higher temperatures will resume with vigor. The study does not consider when the reversal might happen, but it brings scientists closer to understanding how to look for signs of it.
Prior to 2000, global temperatures had risen at a rate of 0.13º C per decade since 1950. The hiatus has transpired while levels of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas produced by human activities, continued a steady rise, reaching 400 parts per million for the first time in human history in May 2013.
The disconnect led some climate watchers to speculate that increases in the concentration of carbon dioxide are not as strongly coupled to global warming even though the heat-trapping properties of carbon dioxide have been identified for more than a century.
Climate scientists conclude, however, that natural variability in the form of eastern Pacific Ocean cooling is behind the hiatus. They arrived at the conclusion by using innovative computer modeling methods to simulate regional patterns of climate anomalies. This enabled them to see global warming in greater spatial detail, revealing where it has been most intense and where there has been no warming or even cooling.
“Specifically the model reproduced the seasonal variation of the hiatus, including a slight cooling trend in global temperature during northern winter season,” said Shang-Ping Xie, a meteorology professor at UH Mānoa’s International Pacific Research Center and the first Roger Revelle Chair in Environmental Science at Scripps. “In summer, the equatorial Pacific’s grip on the Northern Hemisphere loosens, and the increased greenhouse gases continue to warm temperatures, causing record heat waves and unprecedented Arctic sea ice retreat.”
Yu Kosaka of Scripps and Xie co-authored the study, “Recent global-warming hiatus tied to equatorial Pacific surface cooling,” which appeared online in the journal Nature on August 28, 2013. The National Science Foundation, the National Basic Research Program of China, and the NOAA Climate Program Office supported the research.
For a full description of the study, please visit the Scripps news website: https://scripps.ucsd.edu/news/13251
HONOLULU – Hawai’i State Tourism Authority CEO Mike McCartney, had glowing words about the performance of Maui County in the latest release of visitor statistics.
McCartney stated, “Hawaii’s tourism economy has done well and we are pleased with year-over-year increases in visitor expenditures and arrivals. While 2012 was a record year, 2013 arrivals are up 5.5 percent and expenditures up 5.7 percent year-to-date. Our overall economy is recovering with low unemployment and a strong state budget, which is a direct result of the collective efforts of our visitor industry and good will from our community.
“Visitors from around the world continued to choose the Hawaiian Islands during the first seven months of 2013. So far this year, visitors spent an average of $41 million per day – $20 million on Oahu, $11 million in Maui County, $5 million on Hawaii Island and $4 million on Kauai, which supports more than 167,000 jobs and has provided $911 million in state tax revenue year-to-date.
“In order for us to maintain this momentum, it is important that we continue to invest in our destination and we are grateful for the renewed funding from the Hawaii State Legislature to achieve this. Maintaining and increasing air access, distributing visitors across all of the Hawaiian Islands, and diversifying our market mix by increasing our Meetings, Conventions and Incentives (MCI) business, will be priorities as we look to the second half of the year. In the long term, it is important that we support the development and redevelopment of our communities to improve the infrastructure and quality of life in master planned regions, such as Ko Olina, Banyan Drive in Hilo, Wailea, Princeville and Kona.
“We anticipate continued growth for our tourism economy during the second half of the year. However, we must be cognizant of the strengthening dollar and the overall rising cost of a Hawaii vacation. We must be innovative and work harder to remain price competitive, while offering a quality and authentic visitor experience that best highlights our people, place and culture.
“We must remember that it is our collective efforts that have led to our recovery. It is important for us to continue to work together to maintain this momentum and build upon the success of our visitor industry to further Hawaii’s economic recovery into 2014.”
Read the entire report here.
Honolulu – Yesterday, Senator Brian Schatz received the Hawaii Climate Champion Award from Organizing for Action, the grassroots arm of Obama for America.
The group cited the Senator’s leadership role with the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative and his commitment to the expansion of Hawaii’s clean energy economy as the primary reasons for this accolade.
“Climate change is an urgent, real issue for Hawai’i and our nation,” said Senator Schatz. “That is why as Lieutenant Governor, I led the efforts to expand our clean energy economy and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. I will continue to work with President Obama and my colleagues in Congress to build the clean energy sector, which would help to protect our environment, increase our national security, and create the jobs of tomorrow.”
HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today provided state legislators and news media a marriage bill drafted by the state Attorney General. The bill is based on Senate Bill 1369, introduced in the 2013 regular session, and was drafted in collaboration with legislators, staff and stakeholders.
“We are doing our due diligence to remain open, transparent and accessible on this important issue of equality,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “Over the coming days, I along with the Lt. Governor, Attorney General and staff will be available to legislative caucuses. Next week, it is my hope to meet with House and Senate leadership to discuss the possibility of a special session.”
Link to the draft bill here:
WAILUKU – Mayor Alan Arakawa and the County of Maui Department of Finance recently recognized Property Technical Officer Marcy Martin for earning the first “Assessment Administration Specialist” (AAS) designation in the state.
The AAS Martin earned required more than 200 hours of instruction and seven exams. It was awarded by the International Association of Assessing Officers, which is the internationally recognized professional membership organization for government assessment officials.
“Marcy began working on the AAS designation in 2005, and she has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to public service by pursuing this important designation,” said Finance Director Danny Agsalog.
Real Property Assessment (RPA) Division Administrator Scott Teruya noted that Martin’s achievements have benefited the division’s work through the years.
“Marcy’s years of service and countless hours of dedication to her professional practice have been an integral part of RPA’s efforts to serve our community with excellence,” Teruya said.
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