By Lt. William Juan, MPD Public Information Officer
The Maui Police Department is honored to announce the promotion of Dean Rickard to Assistant Chief of the Support Services Bureau, effective January 16th, 2014.
Under his command, he is responsible for the administrative support and internal control functions comprised of the Technical Services Division, Communications Section, Community Relations Section, Plans, Training, Research and Development Section; and I.T. Technical Support Unit.
Assistant Chief Rickard graduated from Chadron State College in Nebraska with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He began his career in 1987, after graduating from Recruit Academy; Rickard was assigned to the Lahaina Patrol District, serving on the Crime Reduction Unit in 1988. In 1994, he was assigned to the Vice Division, in the Narcotics Section. In 1999, he was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the Receiving Desk, Wailuku Patrol District, Criminal Investigation Division and Criminal Intelligence Unit. In 2006, he was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned as Commander in the Plans, Training, and Development Section. In 2009, he was promoted to Captain and assigned as the Commander of the Molokai and Wailuku Patrol Districts and Criminal Investigation Division.
Assistant Chief Rickard attended the FBI National Academy and graduated in 2012.
He is married to Stephanie and has three children, two daughters Tekiri and Teani, and a son Teanu.
Hawaii Energy, the energy conservation and efficiency program for Maui, Hawaii and Honolulu counties, presented an incentive check for $202,048 to the award-winning Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, for its commitment to become even more energy-efficient.
Grand Wailea recently installed 37 new variable frequency drives and pump equipment designed to seamlessly adjust the water flow for its Wailea Canyon Activity Pool that includes nine separate pools and various waterslides, white water rapids, whirlpool and the world’s first “water elevator.”
The new equipment requires less electricity to operate and is estimated to save the hotel more than 1.2 million kilowatt hours and more than $380,028 in annual electricity costs based on $0.309/kWh.
To learn more about energy efficiency incentives available for your home or business, visit www.hawaiienergy.com.
Hawaii Energy is a ratepayer-funded conservation and efficiency program administered by Leidos Engineering, LLC, under contract with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, serving the islands of Hawaii, Lanai, Maui, Molokai and Oahu. Hawaii Energy offers cash rebates and other incentives to residents and businesses to help offset the cost of installing energy-efficient equipment. In addition to rebates, the program conducts education and training for residents, businesses and trade allies to encourage the adoption of energy conservation behaviors and efficiency measures. The program plays an important role in helping to achieve Hawaii’s goal of reducing total electric energy usage by 30 percent or 4.3 billion kWh by 2030. For more information, visit www.HawaiiEnergy.com.
Grand Wailea is nestled on 40 acres of lush tropical gardens fronting Wailea Beach, providing open spaces for the active vacationer, beauty for the romantic getaways and fun for the whole family. Built to portray the richness of Hawaii’s culture, people, and nature, Grand Wailea is the ultimate Hawaiian resort providing an extensive selection of amenities and activities. Since opening in 1991, Grand Wailea consistently ranks among the world’s best resorts by leading travel consumer reports and industry peers. For more information, call 800.232.4604 or visit www.grandwailea.com
Honolulu – Mirroring nationwide attitudes, a newly released poll shows sharp increases in support for overhaul of Hawaii marijuana laws. The new poll, commissioned by Hawaii’s Drug Policy Action Group showed voter support for reform of Hawaii’s policies on marijuana trending upward across the board. Prominent local polling firm QMark Research conducted a statewide, statistically significant poll of 400 Hawaii voters between January 17, 2014 and January 23, 2014. The results were released today by the Hawai’i office of the American Civil Liberties Union. Among its findings:
· Today, 77% of Hawaii voters think that jail time is inappropriate for marijuana possession, an increase of 8 percentage points over 2012.
· Furthermore, 66% of voters are in favor of outright legalization for adult use (an increase of 9 percentage points over 2012).
· A large majority of 85% of voters continue to support Hawaii’s medical marijuana program (up 4 percentage points from 2012) while support for a dispensary system so patients do not need to use the black market to find their medication increased sharply to 85%, a 7 percentage point increase over 2012.
Pamela Lichty, President of the Drug Policy Action Group, said: “Around the country and here in Hawaii, voters are fed up with marijuana laws that seem to have been written after watching 1930’s propaganda films like ‘Reefer Madness’. Voters today want reasonable, modern policies that acknowledge marijuana’s value as a medicine, and which address public health and safety, but do not overstate marijuana’s risks as a recreational drug. In 2014, and with 85% of voters in support, we are hopeful Hawaii will establish sensibly controlled dispensaries to ensure safe access to medicine for our medical marijuana patients unable to grow their own, minimizing government interference between a patient & their doctor, and assuring legal access to the most effective treatments for their condition(s).”
Vanessa Chong, Executive Director of the ACLU of Hawaii, added: “Hawaii is ready to choose incremental, sensible policies like decriminalization over extremely harsh ones that add to the nationwide glut of arrests for possession of small amounts of marijuana — further taxing an over-crowded criminal justice system. The signs have never been clearer that Hawaii’s voters want political leaders to find new ways forward on marijuana policy.”
Patients, doctors, caregivers and the public are urged to join the confidential support network “The Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawaii” founded by the Drug Policy Action Group and the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii and follow the latest news at www.mcchi.org.
HONOLULU– Council chairs from all four Hawaii counties today jointly announced their support for legislation that would repeal the cap on distribution of hotel room tax revenue to the county governments.
Council Chairs Gladys Baisa of Maui County, Jay Furfaro of Kauai County, Ernie Martin of the City and County of Honolulu and J Yoshimoto of Hawaii County said they are testifying in support of House Bill 1671 (2014), which is before the House Committee on Tourism on Monday, Feb. 3, at 9:30 a.m.
Revenue from the state’s hotel room tax, known as the transient accommodations tax or TAT, is partially remitted to the counties. Citing the state government budget shortfalls, the legislature imposed an artificial cap on the counties’ annual remittance three years ago, resulting in millions of dollars in lost revenue to each county.
The council chairs said county residents and county governments earn TAT revenue by supporting the visitor industry in countless ways, including by funding tourism promotion, providing police, fire and lifeguard services and maintaining roadways, beach parks and other public infrastructure. They say the revenue should be proportionally returned to the counties, under an established formula.
According to Mike McCartney, CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, more than 8.2 million visitors traveled to Hawaii in 2013, a 2.6 percent increase from 2012, generating a total of $1.5 billion in state tax revenues.
Of the TAT revenue that’s returned to the counties, Kauai County receives 14.5 percent, Hawaii County 18.6 percent, Maui County 22.8 percent and the City and County of Honolulu 44.1 percent. Eliminating the artificial cap on distribution would mean the counties would realize additional annual revenue of more than $10 million each.
“In any given day, 21 percent of the population on Kauai is visitors,” Kauai County Council Chair Furfaro said. “It is one of our primary economic engines. If we want them to return to our island, we have to meet their high demands and expectations.”
Kauai County’s annual TAT revenue distribution is currently capped at $13.4 million. With the cap eliminated, Kauai County would expect to get $10.4 million in additional TAT revenue, based on Fiscal Year 2013 projections.
“Over the past few years, Honolulu contributed millions of dollars to upgrade and renovate several areas of Waikiki to enhance the visitor experience,” Honolulu City Council Chair Martin said. “The additional TAT revenues the counties receive would go a long way in maintaining our beaches and parks, to continue to promote our state as a premium visitor destination and, specifically for Honolulu, to avoid enacting poorly conceived revenue-enhancing measures that would negatively infringe upon our well-deserved and longstanding image as one of the most desired tourist destinations in the world.”
The City and County of Honolulu’s projected TAT revenue would be about $72.8 million ($31.8 million more than the current capped amount of $41 million) if the legislature removes the distribution cap.
“We stand united and humbly ask the state legislators to lift the cap they imposed upon our counties three years ago,” Hawaii County Council Chair Yoshimoto said. “We ask that the State legislators allow the counties to receive our fair share of the TAT revenues so that we can provide the necessary services and meet our obligations to residents and visitors alike. “The economy has improved.”
Hawaii County’s capped TAT revenue is $17.2 million. The TAT revenue distribution for Hawaii County would rise to more than $30 million (based on a projected increase of $13.4 million) if the cap is eliminated.
Maui County’s TAT revenue distribution is projected go up by $16.4 million if HB 1671 is enacted. TAT revenue is currently capped at $21.2 million for Maui County.
“As promised, county officials will have a stronger and united lobbying effort this year to ensure that our constituents and visitors get what they deserve,” said Maui County Council Chair Baisa, noting the Hawaii Council of Mayors and Hawaii State Association of Counties also support repealing the cap. “We encourage the public to join us in supporting this measure by submitting testimony.”
Cumulatively, the counties would receive an estimated $72 million in annual revenue under HB 1671, which was co-introduced by all six members of the House of Representatives from Maui County, including Speaker Joseph M. Souki. During the Jan. 15 opening of the legislature, Speaker Souki expressed support for lifting the TAT cap during his remarks, saying, “It’s time.”
Rep. Tom Brower chairs the House Committee on Tourism. Testimony for HB 1671 is accepted at the legislature’s website at www.capitol.hawaii.gov.
By Melen Agcolicol
The Maui Filipino Chamber Foundation will hold its Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at The Dunes at Maui Lani. The tournament provides funds for the Maui Filipino Chamber Foundation’s scholarship programs.
Since 1995, the Chamber has awarded scholarships to 102 High School seniors and 2 students at the Maui Culinary Academy. “Fourteen students were awarded scholarships in 2013 through the Foundation’s generous partners and because of the success of last year’s Scholarship Golf Tournament” said Bill Ruidas, chairperson of the Golf Tournament.
There are three different levels of sponsorship: Platinum ($1,100 for six golfers); Gold ($500 for three golfers); and Team ($375 for three golfers). Silver/Tee Sponsors are also available at $100.00. The deadline for the three person full scramble tournament is February 28, 2014 but those who submit their paid application by February 15, 2014 will be eligible for an early bird drawing.
Applications may be downloaded on-line at www.mauifilipinochamber.com or you may call Ruidas at 873.8605.
The Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawai`i Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, is the charitable and educational arm of the Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce. The Maui Filipino Chamber was established in 1994 and its mission is to promote, represent and advocate the interests of the business community in the County of Maui. The Maui Filipino Chamber Foundation’s events include seminars and workshops, awarding of scholarships, the annual scholarship golf tournament, and the Maui Fil-Am Heritage Festival.
HONOLULU – From a competitive field of 20 high school teams from across the state, Maui High School prevailed at the 21st annual Hawai‘i Science Bowl competition on January 25. The victory earned Maui High School the opportunity to once again represent Hawai‘i at the National Science Bowl® competition hosted near Washington D.C. on April 24 – 28, 2014. Mililani High School, Punahou School and Hanalani School rounded out the top four.
Hosted by Honolulu Community College, more than 100 students and coaches converged on the campus this past Saturday with the goal of walking away with the title and an all-expense paid trip to the national competition in Maryland. As America’s largest and most prestigious science competition for high school students, the National Science Bowl® hosts more than 14,000 students nationwide each year.
Maui High’s winning team consisted of senior team captain Bryson Galapon, senior Riley Camp and juniors Christopher Kim, Joyce Cebricos, and Thomas Sturm. Coached by retired instructor Ed Ginoza, this year’s team prevailed over Mililani High School in the final round. In addition to the all-expense paid trip to the National Science Bowl®, the students will receive team jackets and the Maui High School science department received a cash award of $500.
“I’m really proud of our team for all of their hard work,” said team captain Bryson Galapon, who along with Camp and Kim, were returning members of the winning team of last year’s bowl. “We would also like to give a huge thanks to our coach Mr. Ginoza for working with us for hours on end every day of the week. He is the reason for our success.”
Mililani High School took second place, winning an all-expense paid neighbor island science trip and a $400 cash award for their science department. Punahou School earned a $300 cash award for their third place finish and fourth place finisher Hanalani School from Central O‘ahu secured a $200 cash award for their science department. Hawai‘i Island’s Kealakehe High School won the Wild Card competition and received a $50 cash award for their science department.
“Every year, we are amazed by each and every participant for his and her commitment, dedication, and passion for math and science,” said Steve Golden, President of the Hawai‘i Science Bowl executive committee. “For more than two decades this event has served as a stepping stone for our Hawai‘i high school students to excel and further their education. Special thanks go to the coaches, who have spent hours of their own time preparing their teams, and all the volunteers who donate their time each year to make the event a success.”
The National Science Bowl® is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Hawai’i Science Bowl is co-sponsored by: HAWAI’IGAS, Hawai‘i Electric Light Company; Hawaiian Electric Company; Hawaiian Telcom; Honolulu Community College; Maui Electric Company; Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training; State of Hawai‘i Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism; State of Hawai‘i Department of Education; U.S. Coast Guard; U.S. Department of Energy; and Hawai‘i Alpha Delta Kappa.
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