Honolulu – The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), along with the Conservation Council for Hawaii, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Monk Seal Foundation are now rewarding $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the illegal killing of a baby monk seal in Anahola, Kauai on November 30, 2014. That’s double the initial reward offered by HSUS after the killing was announced Tuesday.
William J. Aila, Jr. Chairperson of the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) said, “The support these organizations are providing to help identify, arrest and convict the individual(s) responsible for this heinous act, is invaluable in raising public awareness and generating information about this killing and previous ones.”
The four organizations are also offering $10,000 rewards for information that leads to arrest and conviction in each of four previous illegal monk seal deaths in 2011 and 2012.”
Call the DLNR Tipline with information at 1-855-DLNR-TIP. All information is held in confidence.
HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed four additional cases of measles on Maui and Kaua’i, bringing the total number of confirmed measles cases in these two separate clusters in Hawaii to seven.
“We are very concerned. These additional cases are an example of how contagious this disease is and how quickly it can spread,” said Dr. Sarah Y. Park, state epidemiologist. “However, we also want to reassure the public that DOH staff continue to work closely with healthcare providers and facilities as well as CDC’s Honolulu Quarantine Station to identify and notify all persons who may have been exposed, to make sure they have appropriate monitoring or treatment as needed.”
Measles is so contagious that it will infect 90 percent of the contacts who are not immune. The best way to prevent measles is to get vaccinated. “We are asking everyone to check their immunization status and contact their healthcare provider if they need to be vaccinated,”said Ronald Balajadia, Immunization Branch chief. “Although not routinely recommended for children under 12 months of age, infants aged 6-11 months travelling internationally to areas with active measles transmission should be vaccinated. Talk to your child’s doctor before
The symptoms of measles generally begin about 14 days (range 7 to 21 days) after a person is infected and can include:
For more information, visit http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/home/imm/.
For a list of pharmacies vaccinating adults, visit this link.
HONOLULU — A Coast Guard aircrew flew approximately 400 miles to airdrop 10 critical units of blood to a cruise ship northeast of the Oahu, Tuesday.
Personnel aboard the cruise ship Carnival Miracle contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu at 4:21 p.m., Sunday regarding medical assistance for an ailing passenger.
The ship had originally departed Vancouver, British Columbia en route to its next port of call in Nawiliwili, Kauai.
The ship’s onboard doctor was treating the 76-year-old man for internal bleeding. A Coast Guard flight surgeon was consulted and recommended a 12-hour communications schedule with the cruise ship. If the man’s condition worsened, the air station would conduct an airdrop of blood.
The aircrew successfully dropped the blood received from Tripler Army Medical Center via parachute to medical personnel aboard the Carnival Miracle.
The cruise ship will maintain communication with the Coast Guard until its scheduled arrival in Nawiliwili, Wednesday.
Coast Guard aircraft are equipped to drop lifesaving equipment to individuals in distress. Life rafts, radios, emergency rations and medical supplies are the most common, but flexibility in operations is necessary in order to save lives at sea.
For more information, contact the 14th Coast Guard District public affairs office at (808) 535-3230.
HONOLULU – Two sailors are safe and receiving medical care after a late night injury off Kauai prompted a call for help to the Coast Guard Tuesday night. This is the second dramatic ocean rescue off Kaua’i in the last three days.
At 8:06 p.m., watchstanders at Sector Honolulu Command Center received a distress call on VHF Channel 16 from an individual aboard a 50-foot sailing vessel eight miles southwest of Port Allen, Kauai.
The master of the sailing vessel Morning Star was struck in the head by the boom and was unable to operate the vessel. The passenger aboard was suffering from seasickness, unfamiliar with operating the vessel and unable to safely navigate to shore. A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew launched from Station Kauai to locate and provide assistance. The crew arrived on scene at 10:30 p.m., assessed the condition of the crewmembers and safely took the vessel in tow.
Both crewmembers were safely transported to awaiting EMS upon arrival in Port Allen.
“Preparation played a key role in the resolution of this case,” said command duty officer Lt. j.g. Chris Sena. “The vessel had all of the proper safety equipment aboard and, as a result, they were able to request help via Channel 16 which led to our ability to get to them quickly before the situation escalated.”
The rescue follows another ocean drama off Kaua’i that happened Sunday. A boat that capsized Sunday night off Kauai, forcing its owner, his son and an injured guest to swim to shore, has been recovered.
The Garden Island reports the 19-foot boat belonging to Zack Romanak was dragged onto a beach at Kekaha and lifted by crane onto his trailer. Romanak, his 10-year-old son Noah, and guest Brad Warren were trying to reach Kikiaola Small Boat Harbor when a large wave struck the stern and threw them into the ocean.
Warren’s prosthetic hip and leg broke. After continuing to get pounded by waves, they managed to swim a half hour to shore.
Maritime accidents can occur quickly and without warning to even the most experienced mariners. For this reason all mariners should ensure they have appropriate, functioning safety equipment aboard and know how to use it. For more information on recommended safety equipment visit www.uscgboating.org.
Contact your nearest Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla to schedule a courtesy Vessel Safety Check or for more information, mariners can visit http://www.cgaux.org/vsc/.
HONOLULU — The Department of Public Safety is looking to fill Adult Correction Officer (ACO) vacancies on Oahu, 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 Friday, October 10 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.
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 link below.
Department of Human Resources and Development (DHRD) – http://dhrd.hawaii.gov/job-seekers/.
HONOLULU — One hiker is dead and another medevaced to safety by a Coast Guard helicopter crew after an accident on a remote Na Pali Coast trail Thursday.
Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center received a medevac request from the Kauai Fire Department for a 25-year-old male hiker who had fallen from the Kalalau Trail.
The Coast Guard launched an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Air Station Barbers Point at 11:45 p.m. and rerouted an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew.
The Dolphin crew arrived on scene at 12:04 a.m. Friday and lowered a rescue swimmer. After an initial assesment, the rescue swimmer conducted CPR for 30 minutes. The flight crew communicated that the patient was unresponsive and the Coast Guard flight surgeon directed the rescue swimmer to stop CPR. The rescue swimmer remained with the other four members of the hiking party while the helicopter departed to refuel in Lihue.
The helicopter returned to the scene and safely hoisted the rescue swimmer as well as a hiker who sustained a leg injury. The injured hiker was safely transported to awaiting EMS at Lihue Airport at 2:30 a.m.
A Kauai Fire Department helicopter hoisted the remaining three hikers Friday and KFD personnel hiked in to recover the deceased hiker.
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