HONOLULU — Two boaters who were in possible distress off Kalalau Beach, Kauai, were located safely ashore Tuesday.
The Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center received the initial report at 6:30 p.m. Monday from a concerned hiker who observed two people in a small inflatable boat with an outboard engine striking a reef just off the beach. The boaters then attempted to hand paddle their black 8-foot inflatable boat out to sea toward Haena Beach Park. The boaters were observed unsuccessfully attempting to restart their engine. They were later able to restart their engine and returned to shore.
Coast Guard Station Kauai coordinated efforts with the Kauai Police and Fire Departments to check boat ramps and landing areas along the coast. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point was launched at 10:30 p.m. and began searching. The Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island, home ported in Honolulu, arrived on the Napali Coast at 6 a.m. Tuesday to join the search effort.
The Coast Guard advises all mariners to carry safety equipment to include a VHF radio, flares and lifejackets. For more information about boating safety, visit www.uscgboating.org.
HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie has asked the Hawaii State Legislature to expand the agenda for the upcoming special session to include measures relating to health services on Kauai and the funding of two recent collective bargaining agreements.
Along with a revised Marriage Equity Bill, the Governor today provided three additional measures addressing an emergency $2.5 million appropriation for Hawaii Health Systems Corporation services on Kauai and funding of collective bargaining agreements achieved with Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA) Bargaining Units 10 and 13.
“In addition to convening the Legislature in special session to primarily consider marriage equity in Hawaii, there are several other items that require legislative attention,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “These important matters include continuation of essential regional health care services on Kauai, as well as funding of two agreements reached in good faith with members of HGEA Bargaining Units 10 and 13.”
Nearly two months ago, the Governor’s Office shared an initial draft of a marriage equity bill with legislators, news media and the public – including posting it on the Governor’s website – to facilitate public input. The bill provided today to the Legislature includes several updates aimed at further balancing equal protection and religious freedom, based in part on input received from various stakeholders.
The bills are expected to be posted on the state Legislature website at: www.capitol.hawaii.gov
The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a FLASH FLOOD WATCH for the STATE OF HAWAII, in effect through Tuesday afternoon.
A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is very dangerous. Remember that it does not have to be raining heavily where you are for flash flooding to occur. Please monitor the latest forecasts and be prepared to take immediate action if Flash Flood Warnings are issued.
EFFECTS: Unstable conditions will continue across the State through Tuesday. While localized heavy rainfall and thunderstorms are possible at any time, the greatest risk for flooding rain will occur during the daytime hours as the land is heated. Very high rainfall rates of 2 to 4 inches per hour are possible.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: RAINFALL AND RUNOFF WILL ALSO CAUSE HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS DUE TO PONDING, REDUCED VISIBILITY AND POOR BRAKING ACTION. DO NOT CROSS FAST FLOWING OR RISING WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE OR ON FOOT. TURN AROUND…DON’T DROWN.
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 Radio broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. NOAA Weather internet service 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.
HONOLULU – The Department of Land and Natural Resources is now accepting applications for a workshop series designed for forestry and natural resource consultants interested in writing forest management plans in conjunction with the Hawaii Forest Stewardship Program (FSP). The first of these two-day workshops will be held on the islands of Oahu and Hawaii during the first week in November.
The Hawai‘i Forest Stewardship Program provides technical and financial assistance to private landowners and land managers committed to the stewardship, conservation and restoration of important forest resources across the state.
Through the support of natural resource consultants, the program is able to guide private landowners in the sustainable management and stewardship of Hawaii’s forest resources. These private properties provide a variety of public benefits for the residents of Hawaii, including but not limited to: groundwater production, decreased soil erosion, wildlife habitat, timber production, recreational and educational opportunities, and local jobs.
The assistance provided by the Forest Stewardship Program enables private landowners to develop and implement long-term, multi-resource management plans to conserve, restore and maintain forested areas on their property.
Workshop participants can expect to gain knowledge on important forestry management topics; access to pertinent references for planning for a variety of natural resources concerns or objectives; training on and access to the U.S. Forest Service’s SMART planning and mapping software; guidance on how to assist landowners that are participating in the Forest Stewardship Program and other financial assistance programs; and introduction to becoming a Technical Service Provider under U.S. Department of Agriculture; among other topics.
All forestry and natural resource consultants interested in writing Forest Stewardship management plans are strongly encouraged to participate in the workshop series.
To reserve your space, contact Malia Nanbara with the Division of Forestry and Wildlife at (808) 587-4176 or email@example.com, with name, company (if applicable), the workshop(s) location of interest, and education background before Oct. 21, 2013.
Participation in the Forest Management Plan Workshops is limited to 20 people per workshop, and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. For a complete agenda, please contact Ms. Nanbara.
For participants from Kauai, Molokai, Lanai or Maui, travel awards may be available. If interested in a travel award, please include the requested amount, and justification of need when contacting Ms. Nanbara.
Kapolei, Hawai‘i – U.S.VETS – Barbers Point (U.S.VETS-BP), based in Kapolei, has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the Department of Labor under the department’s Homeless Female Veterans and Veterans with Families Program (HFVVWF) program. The grant will expand current service in Oahu in addition to bringing much needed employment services to female veterans and veteran families living on the neighbor islands of Maui, Hawai‘i and Kaua‘i. The grant targets enrollment of 120 veteran households with a yearly employment placement goal of 84 veterans.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service awarded a total of 22 grants, totaling more than $5 million, to provide about 1,900 homeless female veterans and veterans with families with job training to help them succeed in civilian careers.
U.S.VETS-BP recently completed its 10th year of serving veterans experiencing homelessness in Hawaii. The agency has operated transitional and permanent housing programs in Barbers Point (Kalealoa) for disabled, homeless veterans since 2003 as well as the Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program (HVRP) since 2005 which provides employment assistance and training to homeless, unemployed veterans in the rural areas on the island of O‘ahu.
The agency’s new Women-focus employment grant will provide services which include job placement, on-the-job and classroom training, career counseling, life skills and money management mentoring to homeless female veterans and veteran families. With its 8 years of experience providing workforce development assistance to veterans in need, U.S.VETS-BP is eager to expand its services on the island of O‘ahu and neighboring islands.
Since 2009 when President Obama and Secretary Shinseki announced the federal government’s goal to end veteran homelessness by 2015, U.S.VETS – Barbers Point has made a concerted effort to diversify its programs in order to serve the greatest number of veterans. This HVRP HFVVWF grant, along with the newly awarded $1.0 million SSVF grant, allows U.S.VETS to expand its effort and impact in Hawaii.
For more information about HVRP or any of the programs operated by U.S.VETS – Barbers Point, please contact Kim Cook, Psy.D. at (808) 682-9010 or the local U.S.VETS site at (808) 672-2977 or visit the website at www.usvetsinc.org.
LIHU‘E – A large colony of Hawaiian ‘ua‘u kani (wedge-tailed shearwaters) located along a coastal path on the south shore of Kaua‘i has been decimated in two attacks this summer by dogs and feral cats.
Recently, several more freshly killed birds were found in the area, suggesting that the colony is still being hit hard by dogs and cats. At the same time state biologists searching wedge-tailed shearwater burrows in the area known to have been active this year, found that the burrows were now abandoned, many with dead eggs inside.
Earlier, in July and August, more than 80 of the native seabirds (many of them actively breeding) have been found slaughtered in their nesting area. Injuries sustained by the birds showed that they were killed by dogs and feral cats.
“It appears that the entire colony in this area has been severely depleted, and it is likely that very few breeding birds now remain,” said Thomas Kaiakapu, Kaua‘i wildlife manager for the state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW).
The wedge-tailed shearwater, also known as “matori” to local fishermen, is one of the more familiar seabirds on Kaua‘i, with large concentrations of the birds seen off shore in the late afternoon as they gather to return to nest sites at night. At this time of year, the birds are either sitting on eggs or raising very small chicks, making them particularly vulnerable to dogs and cats.
“Large feeding flocks of matori, or ‘ua‘u kani, help fishermen to locate feeding schools of tuna,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairperson. “The birds use tuna to drive their prey (small fish and squid) to the surface where they can catch them. We ask that fishermen speak to their neighbors about keeping their dogs and cats under control so that these important friends to fishermen can survive.”
“There are signs placed along the south coast path asking dog owners to keep their dogs on leashes and their cats indoors. No matter how friendly or docile you think your dog may be, if it gets near a nesting seabird the dog will kill it – it’s as simple as that. We ask the general public to act responsibly in these areas with their pets to prevent similar instances from happening again.”
“While this large kill of shearwaters is particularly alarming, we unfortunately get reports of mass kills of this species every year on the island,” said Kaiakapu. “As these birds breed in dense colonies along the coast, they are particularly vulnerable to dogs that have been let off of their leashes or feral cat colonies located near the breeding areas.”
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