HONOLULU — College life in Hawaiʻi just got more affordable with the launch of Island Air’s new College Student Standby Program. With this new pilot program the airline is offering students enrolled at University of Hawaiʻi campuses on Oʻahu and Maui the opportunity to stand by for any flight on any day for the wallet-friendly price of just $35* each way.
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard, Navy, and good Samaritans aboard the fishing vessel Capt. Kenneth coordinated the rescue of the sailing vessel Honey Cutter crew in the Pacific Ocean 402 miles northeast of Oahu Wednesday night.
The crew of the 77-foot Capt. Kenneth took the Honey Cutter in tow shortly after 11 p.m. and are en route to Honolulu.
“This case underscores the valuable partnerships we have with our sister service and the goodwill of fellow mariners,” said Lt. j.g. Chris Sena, of the Coast Guard 14th District command center. “This crew was ready with multiple methods of communication, means to keep the vessel afloat, and abandon ship if necessary which are key when making long distance voyages safely. Emergencies arise it pays to be prepared! ”
Watchstanders at the Coast Guard command center in Honolulu received an SOS activation on a GPS device registered to the master of the Honey Cutter at 11:43 a.m. The initial message indicated the vessel had suffered a keel fracture and was taking on water at a rate of two gallons per hour. On board pumps were keeping up with the flooding.
The watchstanders immediately identified available resources to assist the Honey Cutter including good Samaritans aboard the fishing vessel Capt. Kenneth, 80 miles from the sailing vessel, and a Navy P-3 Orion crew based on Oahu.
The Orion crew arrived on scene at 5 p.m. and established contact with the Honey Cutter crew who indicated they were prepared to abandon ship and were manually dewatering the vessel at this point, but planned to stay with the vessel as long as possible while awaiting the arrival of the Capt. Kenneth.
The Capt. Kenneth arrived on scene and took the Honey Cutter in tow. The Orion crew remained on standby on scene until the fishing vessel arrived and maintained communications. The Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island has departed Honolulu and is en route to rendezvous with the Capt. Kenneth to assume the tow, expected to arrive on scene Thursday early afternoon.
Weather on scene was reported as 3-foot seas and winds of 23 mph. The Honey Cutter is a 36-foot vessel. The crew was on a voyage from Hawaii to San Diego.
The crew of the Honey Cutter was involved in another Coast Guard case Aug. 30 when family members reported the crew overdue on a voyage from Oahu to Maui. A search ensued and the crew reported in safe once they came back into cell phone service range. They had been delayed by weather and did not hear Coast Guard call outs over VHF-FM radio because they were not tuned to Channel 16, the international hailing and distress frequency.
Three man were located safe aboard their 36-foot sailboat, the Honeycutter, today. They had been reported missing Friday evening after being overdue from a sailing trip from O’ahu to Maui.
Found are father and son, Frank “Jon” Gogolski and Joshua Gogolski, with Jerome Pascual.
What might be described as a rash of burning sensations erupted around the state on the Fourth of July. On the Big Island, O’ahu and Kaua’i – fire crews were faced with dozens of brush fires charring hundreds of acres.
On Maui, there were at least five notable blazes Saturday and at least two are being termed “suspicious.”
At 2:01 p.m Saturday, firefighters responded to a reported brush fire near Moi Place and Piilani Highway. Kihei firefighters were on scene at 2:10 p.m. and worked to contain a brush fire between Kaiola Place and Piilani Highway. Moi Place bordered the fire area to the south. There were five fire units from Kihei, Wailea and Kahului on scene mopping up a two to three-acre brush fire. Piilani Highway was briefly closed while crews battled the fire. This fire’s cause is still under investigation.
At 4:05 p.m. Saturday, emergency dispatchers received a call for another brush fire starting up about 150 yards to the south of where crews were mopping up at the first fire. Firefighters disconnected fire hoses and drove down the street to attack the second fire, which was about 40 feet wide and around 400 feet long. There were several homes surrounding the fire so crews worked quickly to contain it about 15 minutes later.
Cause is still under investigation, but it does appear suspicious. There’s considerable distance between the two fires, so we do not think it was an ember from the first fire. The southbound lane of Piilani Highway was closed for firefighter safety while they were working on the highway shoulder.
It is unknown if fireworks played a roll in either of the fires – or any of the dozens of blazes that flared across the state.
Also on Saturday, a fire caused about $100,000 damage in Happy Valley – displacing a family who had escaped unharmed. Another fire flared up in Lahaina Saturday afternoon and a small fire was quickly doused in Pa’ia.
HONOLULU — Powered only by the sun’s rays, the Solar Impulse 2 airplane brought its messages of innovation and clean energy to Hawaii as it neared the halfway point of its around-the- world flight without using fossil fuel.
The Swiss-made aircraft landed safely at Kalaeloa Airport Friday, completing a five-day trans-Pacific crossing from Japan, the longest leg of the historic flight. Solar Impulse 2 incorporates a host of innovative solutions into its design that make it lighter and allow it to consume far less energy than a traditional airplane.
“It is fitting that Solar Impulse 2 made its first U.S. stop in Hawaii, which is becoming one of the world’s leading test beds for clean energy development,” said Mark Glick, Hawaii State Energy Office administrator. “We understand the value of the research and development that went into Solar Impulse 2 as we work to attract investment and create a clean energy sector that we believe has tremendous economic potential for Hawaii”
Solar Impulse 2 began its epic journey on March 9, departing from Abu Dhabi, where it will return. Over the course of its mission Solar Impulse 2 will fly for nearly 500 hours, travel
19,000 nautical miles and cross two oceans and four continents. The highly efficient solar panels and lightweight lithium batteries developed specifically for the Solar Impulse 2 are examples of technological advances that can have a direct impact on efforts to reduce fossil fuel use in the electricity sector.
“Solar Impulse 2 utilizes pieces of technology that are a significant part of Hawaii’s energy portfolio,” Glick said. “The solar cells that cover the wings of the Solar Impulse 2 are a familiar sight here in Hawaii, which leads the nation in installed PV capacity per person.”
The Solar Impulse project is supported by several global technology companies, including ABB Inc., a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility, industry and transport companies to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 140,000 people worldwide.
“ABB is pleased to join our technology and innovation partner, Solar Impulse, on this historic ‘around the world’ journey and extremely pleased to cross the Pacific Ocean and bring our message of building a better world to the United States,” said Greg Scheu, president, Americas region, ABB. “We’d like to say a special thank you to Hawaii, a state bursting with natural beauty and resources, for being an excellent example of why ABB’s focus on efficient and sustainable technologies is so important. We can power world the world without consuming the earth.”
The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft, a larger version of a single-seat prototype that first flew five years ago, has a wingspan of about 235 feet, larger than that of the Boeing 747. Built into the wings are 17,248 ultra-efficient solar cells that transfer solar energy to four electrical motors that power the plane’s propellers. The solar cells also recharge four lithium batteries that power the plane at night.
One Marine died Sunday when an MV-22 Osprey experienced a “hard landing mishap” at Bellows Air Force Station in Hawaii.
Twenty-one other Marines were also on board the military aircraft. They were taken to area hospitals for assessment and treatment, according to a statement from the Marine Corps.
The tilt-rotor aircraft from the 15th Expeditionary Unit with 22 Marines aboard made a hard landing around 11:40 a.m. at the training area near Waimanal, Oahu.
It said the Marines were conducting “routine sustainment training” at the time.
The cause of the incident was not immediately clear. An investigation is under way.
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