KAHULUI – Subaru Hawaii announced that its “Share the Love” sales event raised $7,500 for SPCA Maui. A check presentation was held today at Island Subaru in Kahului.
The “Share the Love” event donated $250 for every new vehicle sold by Subaru Hawaii dealers from November 1 to December 31, 2013. In total, the “Share the Love” event raised $30,000 in support of four great nonprofits: $7,500 for Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii, $7,500 for American Red Cross – Hawaii State Chapter, $7,500 for SPCA Maui and $7,500 for Hawaii Island Humane Society. Doing the math, they sold 120 cars during the campaign – an average of two per day!
The public also had an opportunity to vote for their favorite participating nonprofit organization on Subaru Hawaii’s Facebook page. At the end of the sales event period on December 31, Hawaii Island Humane Society was the winner with 55 percent of all the votes earning them an additional $5,000.
“We are thrilled to give back to the community by supporting our local nonprofit partners,” said Glenn Inouye, Senior Vice President, Servco representing Subaru Hawaii. “The Facebook contest, in particular, generated lots of interest and participation from the public. It was an extremely close and exciting race right up to the very end. SPCA Maui knows the solution to ending “homeless cats and dogs” is to “fix” them though with the rising costs of spay and neuter procedures it is unaffordable for many of Maui’s pet parents,” said SPCA Maui executive director Peter Tierney. “Subaru Hawaii’s Share the Love program helps us provide affordable “fixes” for Maui’s dogs and cats that everyone can afford. Mahalo Subaru Hawaii.”
The mission of SPCA Maui is to create a “no more homeless pets” Maui and stop the killing of companion animals as a means of population control. The immediate vision of SPCA
Maui is to provide spay/neuter education and services to all pet lovers in a convenient and affordable manner. Our long-term vision includes a Mobile Spay/Neuter Unit and establishing a new, state-of-the-art animal sanctuary to assist the community when re-homing is necessary and providing a lifelong home when that is not possible. Learn more at spcamaui.org or call 808-280-0738.
Lahaina – This year, the whales are inviting you to a special Valentine’s Day event, “Whale Love.” Whale Tales 2014, one of the most recognized international whale research and education events hosted right here on Maui, is opening on Friday, February 14 with a reception and presentation under the stars.
Give your Valentine a special surprise this year, and come join us for some fun and networking with world-renowned personalities in whale research. The featured presenters at Whale Tales 2014 include international scientists, photographers and conservationists that are leaders in their field; presenting their latest findings and groundbreaking research at the 8th annual Whale Tales event to be held February 14-17 at The Maui Theatre.
New this year, Whale Tales kicks off with a reception on Friday, February 14, at Sugar Cane Maui Restaurant from 4 – 5:30 PM at 736 Front Street. $20 a ticket will support the Whale Tales beneficiaries and includes light pupu and cash bar. Taste for yourself the buzz about Chef Philippe Chin, who comes to Maui with a long list of culinary accolades. Chin brings “farm to table” to this Gastro Pub on Front Street, with his use of local indigenous island ingredients combined with an adventurous contemporary style and French flair.
Whale Tales continues at “Second Friday” Town Party in Lahaina. Head to Campbell Park at dusk for a FREE presentation under the stars titled “Whale Love” by National Geographic photographer Flip Nicklin and Whale Trust Maui cinematographer Jason Sturgis. Video and still photos will show our Maui humpback whale couples and what they may be up to. A FUN Valentine’s Day interpretation!
Flip Nicklin is a world-renowned National Geographic underwater photographer and co-founder of Whale Trust Maui. Through 20 National Geographic feature articles from 1982 to the present, he has worked closely with top whale researchers from around the world.
Jason Sturgis has been an avid diver for over 25 years, as well as a cameraman and documentary filmmaker. Jason’s work has been featured on the National Geographic channel, Animal Planet, Discovery Canada, NDR Germany, Dan Rather Reports, ABC’s Pacific Adventures and NBC’s Today show.
For more information visit WhaleTrustMaui.org. To buy tickets for the Valentine’s Day “Whale Love” Opening Reception online, visit http://www.whaletrust.org/get-involved/make-a-gift/ or call (808) 572-5700. “Like” Whale Trust Maui on Facebook for regular event updates!
The National Weather Service in Honolulu has ISSUED a HIGH SURF ADVISORY for NORTH & WEST FACING SHORES of MOLOKAI and NORTH FACING SHORES of MAUI, in effect until 6:00 a.m. Tuesday. The HIGH SURF WARNING is CANCELLED.
A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.
EFFECTS: Surf is slowly subsiding along north and west facing shores. The current northwest swell continues to diminish.
Surf for north facing shores will be 12 to 18 feet overnight. For west facing shores, surf will be 8 to 12 feet overnight.
Forecast surf heights are estimates of the height of the face or front of waves.
EXPECT STRONG BREAKING WAVES, SHORE BREAK AND STRONG RIP CURRENTS MAKING SWIMMING DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: SWIMMERS AND SURFERS SHOULD HEED ALL ADVICE GIVEN BY OCEAN SAFETY OFFICIALS AND EXERCISE CAUTION. BOATERS SHOULD EXPECT RECREATIONAL SURFERS AND BODY BOARDERS UTILIZING THE HARBOR CHANNEL TO ACCESS SURFING AREAS.
INFORMATION: Maui County Civil Defense will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts for any updates. NOAA Weather Broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. NOAA Weather Internet services can be found at www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl .
Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200.
He’s back…way back. He’s HOME! Maui superstar Shane Victorino is back home in the islands and will be honored in a special ceremony tomorrow – Tuesday, January 28, in the House Chambers of the state Capitol in Honolulu.
The House will be commending Victorino, a native of Maui, for his career of baseball excellence and for the contributions through the Shane Victorino Foundation.
Victorino is a two-time major league all-star, two-time world-series champion, four-time golden glove recipient, a Lou Gehrig Memorial Award recipient, and a Branch Rickey Award recipient. He along with his wife, Melissa, have started the Shane Victorino Foundation which has worked selflessly to support underserved youths in our communities across the country.
The event will be covered by Honolulu media and the ceremony is free – open to the public. Shane will likely return home to Maui for some quality time with his mom and dad, Maui County Councilmember Mike Victorino and his mom, Joycelynn. So far, there are no announced public plans to honor Shane while he’s on Maui.
HONOLULU – The nominating committee for the state Commission on Water Resource Management (Water Commission) is still accepting applications for one position on the commission, starting July 1, 2014. The nominating committee will review the applications and send the names of not less than three qualified individuals to the Governor, who will nominate one person for the vacant position. Appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.
The Water Commission is composed of seven members. The commission has jurisdiction and final authority on matters relating to the State Water Code (Hawaii Revised Statutes, Chapter 174C). The Governor appoints five members. The chairperson of the Board of Land and Natural Resources and the director of the Department of Health are voting ex-official members.
State law requires that each member have “substantial experience in the area of water resource management.” Commission members serve without pay except for reimbursement for expenses. Each serves a four-year term.
Applications and resumes may be sent to:
Commission on Water Resource Management
1151 Punchbowl St., Room 227
Honolulu, HI 96813
Applications should be postmarked no later than Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.
To apply online, visit the State of Hawaii Boards and Commissions website at http://boards.hawaii.gov/apply/apply-for-a-board/. More information can also be found on the commission’s website at http://state.hi.us/dlnr/cwrm/aboutus_commission.htm.
By Jeff King
What will be the economic impact of same-sex couples marrying and/or honeymooning in Hawai’i? The University of Hawai’i Economic Research Organization (UHERO) has just released their projections of the lifestyle modification and how it will impact business in the Aloha State.
Currently in the legislature are bills that propose (http://hawaii.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=e7975035c9ae9aa762625c6f5&id=275614e174&e=ca42acaa28) to redefine the legal definition of marriage to extend to same-sex couples, and to grant those couples the same rights and benefits of marriage that opposite sex couples currently receive. Sumner La Croix and Lauren Gabriel’s paper, “The Impact of Marriage Equality on Hawaii’s Economy and Government” examines the potential effects that would occur from the passage of these bills.
How many Hawai’i same-sex couples will marry?
– 2010 U.S. Census survey shows 3,262 self-declared same-sex couples in Hawai′i.
– UHERO estimates that 50 percent of Hawai‘i same-sex couples will either marry or remain in civil union by the end of 2016 if same-sex marriages begin in Hawai‘i in 2014.
Will marriage equality affect Hawai‘i tourism?
– There could be large increases in visitor spending by same-sex couples visiting Hawai’i to marry, by out-of-state guests for both resident and non-resident same-sex marriage ceremonies and celebrations, and by out-of-state same-sex couples visiting Hawai’i to honeymoon. UHERO estimates of total additional spending, including multiplier rounds of spending, range from $46 million to $258 million over the 2014-2016 period.
– The increase in visitor spending will be much larger if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns California’s Proposition 8 and same-sex marriages resume again in California. This is because the proportion of Hawai‘i’s visitors from states with same-sex marriages would increase from 17 percent to 53 percent.
– The increase in visitor spending will be much larger if the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings in the DOMA cases lead to federal recognition of same-sex marriages. This assumes that any U.S. same-sex couple marrying in Hawai‘i would gain federal rights adhering to marriage.
Will marriage equality affect the number of people covered by private and public employer-provided health insurance plans?
– Passage of same-sex marriage legislation is likely to lead to very small increases in the number of beneficiaries—fewer than 100 people—added to a spouse’s employer-provided health insurance and is not likely to lead to substantial increases in employee health insurance expenditures by either public or private employers.
Will enactment of marriage equality lead to increases in state and county G.E.T. revenues?
– Passage of same-sex marriage is likely to lead to substantial increases in state and county general excise tax revenues.
Will enactment of marriage equality increase incomes of same-sex married couples?
– If the US Supreme Court’s rulings in the DOMA cases lead to federal recognition of marriage, there will be substantial tax benefits to some married same-sex Hawai‘i couples who have a same-sex spouse as a beneficiary on the other spouse’s employer-paid health insurance and to other married same-sex couples who become eligible to draw spousal benefits from some federal programs.
These stats, projections and suppositions were assembled by Sumner La Croix (http://hawaii.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?=e7975035c9ae9aa762625c6f5&id=8e0a3530dc&e=ca42acaa28), Professor, Department of Economics, University of Hawai’i-Mānoa Professor, Global Public Health and Population Studies Program, UH-Mānoa Research Fellow, University of Hawai’i Economic Research Organization. La Croix can be reached by E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org .
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