The lights went out in portions of Wailuku and Kahului this morning around 7:30 a.m. Maui Electric Company sent crews to determine the situation.
Approximately 1,300 customers in Kahului lost power when a bird came in contact with a lightning arrester. Power was restored shortly after 8:00 once the equipment was cleared.
As of 8:09 a.m., most customers had power restored. MECO expects all customers to be online shortly – if not already.
Honolulu – In observance of the 60th anniversary of the conclusion of the Korean War, the Hawaii House of Representatives recognized several Korean War veterans and organizations on the House floor.
On June 25, 1950 a civil conflict between North Korea and South Korea divided the country as soldiers from the North Korean Communist army crossed the 38th parallel and invaded South Korea. In response, President Harry Truman, with support of the United Nations (UN) Security Council, ordered the United States Army to provide aid and support to the South Koreans. Over five million Americans risked their lives and served throughout the following three years of the Korean War which ended on July 27, 1953.
Since the conclusion of the Korean War, veterans of the conflict have established the 20th chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association; since 1996, Hawaii Chapter 1 has furthered the expansion of nationally chartered Korean War Veterans chapters on all islands, including the Big Island Chapter, West Hawaii Chapter, Maui No Ka Oi Chapter, Kauai Chapter, and the Aloha Chapter in Honolulu; Hawaii Chapter 1 has taken the leadership role in all of the Korean War Veterans events in Hawaii and has been recognized by Honolulu’s Korean community as the key Korean War Veterans organization in the State.
Introduced by Representative K. Mark Takai (Aiea), HR30 recognizes those special individuals whose initiative, professionalism, and dedication to the United States Armed Forces have strongly influenced the lives of those they touch with courage, bravery, and brotherhood.
“As a member of the armed forces, I truly understand the commitment and sacrifice of those who have chosen to serve our country over the course of our nation’s history,” said Representative Takai. “I am proud to honor and express my deep appreciation to all Korean War Veterans for their dedicated service to our nation.”
Veterans who were honored today include:
HONOLULU — The Department of Public Safety is looking to fill Adult Correction Officer (ACO) vacancies on Hawaii, Kauai and Maui. The recruitment will open on the Department of Human Resources and Development (DHRD) jobseekers webpage tomorrow morning and will end on Tuesday, February 27 at midnight.
To qualify, you must meet all of the requirements listed on DRHD’s webpage. The qualify applicants must be a high school graduate or have a GED. Applicants must have one year of responsible work experience which shows that the applicant possesses the ability to relate effectively with people in following the instructions of a supervisor and giving or exchanging information. If selected, applicants will move on to the Basic Corrections Training.
For a full list of requirements and information on how to apply to become an ACO, please go to the DHRD Jobseeker listings by clicking on the links below:
Jocelyn Bouchard has resigned as CEO of the Maui Humane Society. After 20 years at the central Maui facility, Bouchard has accepted a position with the Hawaii Humane Society, based on O’ahu. Bouchard released the following public statement:
“It is with mixed feelings that I announce my resignation as CEO of Maui Humane Society. I have been offered a truly wonderful opportunity with the Hawaiian Humane Society on Oahu that will challenge me and enable me to learn new skills while still allowing me to do what I love…the advocacy and protection of animals. After much consideration and soul-searching, I have decided to accept the position. Despite my excitement at what the future holds I will sincerely miss the Maui Humane Society and all the people associated with it. It has been my honor and privilege to work at the Maui Humane Society for 20 years, serving as the CEO for this amazing organization for over 10 years now. I credit the success and growth of MHS to all the people involved with this organization–board, staff, volunteers, donors, adopters. EVERYONE has played a major role in making the Maui Humane Society what it is today. I am confident that MHS is in good hands with its current leadership and will continue to grow and do amazing things long after I am gone. The Maui Humane Society will always have a special place in my heart. A hui hou!”
A statement from the MHS Board of Directors says, “We were surprised to receive Jocelyn’s resignation, but we understand that she has taken a position with the Hawaiian Humane Society that offers her more responsibility and potential for career growth. Jocelyn has been a steadfast leader for the Maui Humane Society these past ten years, and our agency has seen tremendous growth under her guidance. She is highly qualified and respected in the animal welfare industry on a national level, and we were fortunate to have her at the helm of MHS for this long. We will miss her. Maui’s loss is Oahu’s gain.”
Bouchard has presided over the growth of the MHS – including some turbulent times involving animal control and euthenasia issues. Her departure is receiving mix responses from the community. On MauiWatch, one post read, “Here’s to a better future for MHS.” Other posts wished her well and expressed hope that another qualified leader will fill that position.
WAILUKU – The Department of Parks and Recreation announced that all Maui Pools will delay opening on Friday, Feb. 21 for Maui County Lifeguard training. Lahaina Aquatic Center will open at 10:30 a.m.; all other County pools will open at 10:00 a.m.
Early morning swim at Sakamoto and Kihei pools will be held at the regular time of 6:30-7:30 a.m.
The Department apologizes for any inconvenience, and asks the public to call the Aquatics Division pool information line, 270-8208, for daily pool schedules after 9:00 a.m.
By Jeff King
After more than four decades on the job, University of Hawai’i Maui College Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto announced today that he will retire at the end of October, 2014.
Sakamoto has served in the UH System for 41 years and has been the chief executive officer of the Maui campus since 1991. Sakamoto has overseen the growth of the former Maui Community College from a cluster of steamy bungalows to a state of the art university campus with career-developing curricula.
Sakamoto has also served as dean of instruction at the Maui campus and was executive director of Projects 2 & 4, which brought baccalaureate development to UH community colleges.
Sakamoto oversees a $10 million federal Rural Development Grant and has helped secure more than $13 million in rural development funds since 1997. He also helped secure a $3 million grant for the Native Hawaiian Scholarship Program, obtained and administered grants related to telecommunication infrastructure, gender equity, Hawaiian education and sustainable technologies.
Sakamoto has helped secure more than $147 million in extramural funds for UH Maui College since 1997.
When he assumed responsibility for leading UH Maui College in 1990, the Fall enrollment was 2,346. The student population in the Fall of 2013 was 4,076 — a 74% enrollment increase under Chancellor Sakamoto’s leadership. The number may not seem huge in time comparisons, but the careful orchestration of planned and achievable growth has made UH-MC a recognized institution of higher learning for many seeking a full four-year degree program. Sakamoto has never lost sight, however, of the need for Associate Degree and other two-year vocational programs that have launched countless careers on the Valley Isle, allowing local residents to grow and learn “at home,” then offer the fruits of their learned skills to benefit their community.
UH Interim President David Lassner said, “Clyde has been the singular face of higher education on Maui for decades. He has always been an innovator and visionary, with one example being his pioneering leadership in developing distance learning for the tri-isle Maui County that became a model for UH’s work throughout the State.
“Clyde’s legacy includes the beautiful UH Maui College campus, a robust suite of educational programs that support economic development, and a county-wide understanding of the importance of higher education to the community. After 41 years of working tirelessly for the people of Maui County, we wish Clyde and his wife Gerianne all the best for an amazing retirement together, said Lassner.
“I am continually and deeply grateful to have been given an opportunity to contribute to higher education in Maui County and Hawai’i. On behalf of our students and community, our college’s progress reflects a commitment from our campus staff and faculty, community and political leadership in Maui County,” Sakamoto said.
“I thank all of you who have contributed to improving higher learning in Maui County. Through your support and assistance, we built a firm foundation for continual and future leadership to prepare learners for the global and local opportunities presented by needs and problems. I am especially grateful for my faculty, staff and administrative colleagues who inspire learners by addressing unmet needs, persevering through complicated and transparent processes without complaint, and adding value to our students’ access to careers that will sustain themselves and their families.”
“I greatly appreciate the many years of leadership and contributions that Chancellor Sakamoto has provided to UH Maui College and the community college system,” said Vice President of Community Colleges John Morton. “Our task now is to begin the process of finding someone who can continue Chancellor Sakamoto’s legacy of service and dedication to the residents of Maui County as the next Chancellor.”
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