HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie yesterday afternoon announced the release of $500,000 in capital improvement grant funds to the Lanai Community Health Center (LCHC). Identified by the state Legislature, these funds will go toward the construction of a new facility to accommodate the island’s health care needs.
LCHC serves 1,190 patients, which is approximately 40 percent of the Lanai’s estimated population of 3,100 residents.
“We recognize the crucial role the Lanai Community Health Center plays in serving the uninsured and underinsured citizens of Lanai,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “Providing the necessary facilities in order to allow the health center to continue its mission will help eliminate barriers to health care services and raise the standard of living for many of our residents.”
The new facility will be located in the heart of Lanai City, is nearly five times larger than the existing clinical facility, and will contain nine exam rooms (compared to the current three), a procedure room, dental x-ray, dental and general lab facilities, conference and general administrative office facilities, and a community activity room.
LCHC is a non-profit organization that provides medical and dental services for low-to-moderate income residents of Lanai. Special emphasis is placed on targeting the uninsured and underinsured men, women, children and families who have few or no alternatives for affordable health care.
LCHC carries out its mission by directly providing health services (primary care, dental, behavioral health, and limited specialty services), providing activities and services through partnerships with local organizations, and by working collaboratively to provide space for partners who can provide needed services for Lanai.
HONOLULU – After conducting a detailed analysis of Senate Bill 2682 (Relating to Financial Disclosure Statements), Gov. Neil Abercrombie today sent a letter to Senate President Donna Mercado Kim and House Speaker Joe Souki stating that he will let the measure become law without his signature. He placed the bill on his intent-to-veto notice to legislators last week to allow for more review time.
In the letter, Gov. Abercrombie stated:
“When it comes to the role of volunteer participation in the policy and decision-making process of governing in a democracy, the power of government to intrude in people’s lives becomes far more than a technical issue. It goes beyond labels of left and right. The whole rationale of democratic governance, after all, is to ensure the protection of individual rights, particularly in matters of personal information and dignity.
“There are tough issues to be considered in this bill with competing values: Legitimate inquiry into possible conflicts regarding the public interest versus legitimate concerns about personal information on family, finances, credit history and medical records becoming cannon fodder in political battles.
“It seems reasonable in these circumstances then, to allow this bill to become law with the object of reviewing the disclosure documents to determine what information serves the public interest, what limitations are relevant and most importantly, what constitutes conflict. The issue then, is not about disclosure, but to what end and by what means.”
Analysts say it is likely too soon to tell if the governor’s decision will change the minds of two members of the UH Board of Regents – including Maui’s Saedene Ota – who resigned from the board rather than disclose personal an unrelated financial information without cause.
HONOLULU — Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $3.03 million for various capital improvement grants to Hawaii-based nonprofit organizations whose missions benefit island communities. Maui Economic Opportunity (MEO) was among the beneficiaries.
“We recognize that nonprofit organizations are the state’s partners in providing services that are important to the people of Hawaii,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “Through this collaboration, we are better able to address issues that range from pediatric health care, foster care and elderly assistance; to support for the arts and preservation of Hawaii’s most treasured landmarks.”
Allotment of funds for the following projects were identified by members of the state Legislature and approved by the Governor:
$1,500,000 – Friends of Shriners Hospital, Oahu – Final construction of the capital improvement project for the Hale Ohana Family Center that will provide temporary housing needs for needy families residing outside the urban area of Honolulu accompanying their children for treatment at the hospital (The facility is part of the national network of children hospitals specializing in orthopedic and burn care. The Honolulu hospital is a 24-bed pediatric orthopedic hospital, providing care for children with bone, joint and neuromuscular conditions in Hawaii and throughout the Asia/Pacific region. It serves a geographic area larger than the continental United States with health care services to children from such locations as American Samoa, Chuuk, Fiji, Guam, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Saipan.)
$435,000 – Hale Opio Kauai, Inc., Kauai – Renovation and upgrading of Hale Opio’s three-story administration building, including renovating the broken air conditioning system, replacing the current windows with energy efficient ones, upgrading the lighting system, and installing a photovoltaic system on the roof to reduce energy costs (Hale Opio administers more than 20 residential and community-based programs, including therapeutic foster homes, emergency shelters, intake and assessment, Kauai Teen Court, violence prevention, First Job Academy, teen programs, and truancy prevention.)
$500,000 – Maui Economic Opportunity Transportation Center, Maui – Construction of a centralized facility to provide a one-stop service for bus washing and vacuuming (MEO provides county-subsidized on-demand transportation services to the elderly, low-income individuals, persons with disabilities, and medically needy residents, as well as to preschool children and disadvantaged youth in Maui County.)
$250,000 – Friends of Iolani Palace, Oahu – Restoration, repair and refinishing of interior and exterior walls, ceilings, flooring and windows at Iolani Palace, Iolani Barracks and the Kanaina Building; funds will also be used to address termite damage, complete electrical system improvements, and install security cameras and other security improvements (The nonprofit organization has been managing and maintaining Iolani Palace, which is the only royal palace in the United States; approximately 61,000 visitors tour the palace each year.)
$230,000 – Waikiki Community Center, Oahu – Repairs and improvements to three of the center’s buildings to enhance public safety, including replacing damaged exterior face boards, eaves, flashing and roof support beams; applying waterproof membranes and sealants onto new roofing materials to prevent leakage and reduce the interior heat by 10 degrees; installing and replacing damaged gutters and re-positioning misplaced drainage downspouts; and repairing small structural cracks and painting the exterior of the buildings (The nonprofit center serves as a “one-stop” center for health and human services, social support, counseling, lifelong education and wellness, and community building for Waikiki’s children, families and elderly as well as a gathering place for the community.)
$120,000 – Honolulu Academy of Arts, Oahu – Planning for a new Teacher Resource Art Center adjacent to the Art School for the Museum (Due to space constraints, the current art school cannot meet the demands of the local constituencies requesting art classes. As such, the “Our Museum, Our Community, Our Future” planning project will include plans for a new facility for studio art classrooms, teacher training, a community library/knowledge center, and additional art storage.)
HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the following appointments: Grant Y.M. Chun to the Board of Education (BOE); Doreen Napua Gomes to the Hawaiian Homes Commission; Aaron D. Mahi to the Land Use Commission (LUC); and Brian T. Tamamoto to the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA), Kakaako District. The interim appointments are effective immediately and subject to state Senate approval.
“These individuals represent a cross-section of Hawaii residents’ diverse backgrounds, offering vital perspectives, input and leadership to the future of Hawaii,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “Good government depends on individuals getting involved and taking responsibility as leaders to work collaboratively toward solutions, and I am confident in their ability to do so on behalf of the people of Hawaii.”
Grant Y.M. Chun, a resident of Wailuku, will represent Maui on the BOE. Chun is currently vice president of A&B Properties Inc. and the former managing director of the County of Maui. He is a practicing attorney and
brings a strong background in administration and law to the position. Active in the community, Chun serves on the board of directors for A Keiki’s Dream, Alexander and Baldwin Foundation, Maui Chinese Cultural
Society, Maui Economic Development Board, and Maui Economic Opportunity, as well as on the executive board of the Boy Scouts of American Maui County Council, on the Maui Regional Board of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, and on the Chancellor’s Advisory Council for UH Maui College. He is also a life member of the Maui Young Business Roundtable. Chun earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and public relations from the University of Southern California. He also holds a law degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law.
Doreen Napua Gomes, a resident of Kula, assumes the Maui seat on the Hawaiian Homes Commission. Employed by Palekana Permits since 2009, Gomes was previously a Health Unit Assistant at Kula Hospital. She is president-elect of the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce, serves as a commissioner for the County of Maui Department of Fire and Public Safety, and is a member of the Ahahui Kaahumanu Society. Gomes also served as director of Hui No Ke Ola Pono Inc. from 2009 to 2011 and on the Maui Police Department Commission from 2005 to 2010. In addition, Gomes is an advocate for the American Cancer Society and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and she has been a Maui County Health Volunteer since 2007. Gomes earned an associate’s degree in general studies from the University of Phoenix.
Aaron D. Mahi, a resident of Honolulu, fills the LUC Hawaiian Specialist seat. Mahi has worked as a cultural consultant for the Malama Aina Foundation since 2011 and as an assistant cultural specialist for the Partners in Development Foundation since 2009. From 2005 to 2009, he served as chief manager of the Ka Waihona Mele Noeau, a division of the Abigail K.K. Kawananakoa Foundation, for the collection, research and preservation of Hawaiian music, literature and oral history as part of the establishment of a Hawaiian culture repository. From 1981 to 2005, he directed the Royal Hawaiian Band as bandmaster. Mahi is a past district
representative on the Oahu Island Burial Council and is first vice president of the Koolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club board. Mahi earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Hartford in Connecticut and attended the University of Loma Linda for orchestral conducting.
Brian T. Tamamoto of Honolulu brings to the HCDA more than 24 years of experience in labor relations, business operations, and development. He is currently the executive vice president of Resort Holdings LLC, a subsidiary of Kobayashi Group. Previously, he worked as director of labor relations for Hawaiian Telcom, as managing director for Human Resources Solutions, and as director of human resources/labor relations for Aloha Airlines. Tamamoto has served as the Hawaii president of the Society for Human Resource Management, chair of the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii, and as a commissioner for the State Foundation on the Culture and Arts. He also volunteers for River of Life Mission?s homelessness program. Tamamoto earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Hawaii.
The Office of the Governor oversees more than 180 boards and commissions established by the state constitution, statutes or executive orders.
HONOLULU – The State House of Representatives voted tonight to pass SB1
HD1 Relating to Equal Rights.
Gov. Abercrombie stated:
“I commend the House of Representatives for taking this historic vote to
move justice and equality forward.
“After more than 50 hours of public testimony from thousands of testifiers
on both sides of the issue, evaluating dozens of amendments, and
deliberating procedures through hours of floor debates, the House passed
this significant bill, which directly creates a balance between marriage
equity for same-sex couples and protects our First Amendment freedoms for religious organizations.
“I applaud Speaker Souki, Judiciary Chair Rhoads, Finance Chair Luke,
Majority Leader Saiki and the rest of the leadership team for their
patience, fairness and hard work in shepherding this bill through the
“I am confident that the Senate will address the bill in the same spirit.
I look forward to a successful conclusion to this major step in affirming
everyone?s civil rights.”
HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $12.7 million for capital improvement projects (CIPs) ranging from priority work at state health centers and correctional facilities, to upgrades for Hawaii’s statewide data network. Some of those funds will go to upgrading the facilities at the Maui District Health Office and ther Wailuku District Health Office.
“These projects will provide an immediate return in terms of jobs and boosting our economy, while delivering long-term benefits by improving our facilities and data network infrastructure,” Gov. Abercrombie said.
Allotment of funds for the following priority projects, identified by members of the state Legislature, has been approved by the Governor:
$9,423,000 – Department of Health Waimano Ridge Buildings and Site Improvements, Oahu – Design and construction to convert the former hospital and buildings at Waimano Ridge into office space for staff displaced from the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) Building and Ala Moana Health Center (The AAFES building was recently transferred to OHA, and DOH intends to transfer 325 employees from the Environmental Health Administration – 260 from AAFES and 65 from the Ala Moana Health Center – to various facilities at Waimano Ridge and the Halawa Vector Control facility).
$364,000 – Department of Health Facilities, statewide – Additional design for health and safety improvement projects at various DOH facilities, including Lihue Health Center on Kauai; Diamond Head, Lanakila, Leeward Health, and Windward Health Centers on Oahu; Maui District Health Office and Wailuku Health Center on Maui; and Hilo Counseling Center and Keawe Health Center on Hawaii Island.
$1,000,000 – Oahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC), Oahu – Removal and replacement of refrigerated and frozen food storage facilities in OCCC’s main kitchen area (Due to normal wear and tear, the customized refrigeration boxes need to be rebuilt, and refrigeration systems need to be replaced).
$369,000 – Waiawa Correctional Facility, Oahu – Design and construction to replace malfunctioning boiler systems at the KASHBOX buildings (KASHBOX, which stands for Knowledge, Attitudes, Skills, Habits, Behaviors, Opinions, and the X – or unknown factor, is a substance abuse treatment program that occupies 240 of the facility’s 334 beds).
$650,000 – Kulani Correctional Facility, Hawaii Island – Reconstructing the controlled entryway/detention recreation yard, replacing the existing furnace for the detention cells, relocating the dental office, and various electrical upgrades (The renovations and improvements are needed to ensure the facility is suitable for a projected 200 inmates and that current code requirements are met; the facility was formerly occupied by the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Academy).
$386,544 – Financial Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System, statewide – Design, development and implementation of a network infrastructure to support the additional data traffic flows, capacity, security and redundancy required to improve the state’s information technology environment.
$246,942 – Financial Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System, statewide – Planning to explore available options for a public-private partnership alternative that could reduce the upfront costs and time required to acquire the new state data centers.
$200,000 – Kalanimoku Building Data Center Optimization and Energy Efficiency, Oahu – Planning for the data center optimization and energy efficiency improvement project (The project will optimize the functionality and increase energy efficiency within the Information and Communications Services Division facility).
$109,650 – Aiea Public Library, Oahu – Additional construction for a replacement facility for the library on the site of the former Aiea Sugar Mill (The library serves the Aiea, Halawa, Waiau, Pearlridge , Newtown, and Royal Summit communities).
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