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  • Blood Bank of Hawaii unveils new technology to optimize donationsBlood Bank of Hawaii unveils new technology to optimize donations

    The Blood Bank of Hawaii unveiled Tuesday two historic firsts for the state. The first is a portable collection system that can be used during mobile blood drives. The second is the ability to collect two doses of red blood cells in one sitting. Blood is made up of red and white blood cells and platelets suspended in plasma. The technology works by separating the red blood cells while putting the rest back into your body. Officials say this is especially helpful when getting blood from the universal type O donors. “This technology addresses a problem we always have in Hawaii, which is the shortage of universal red cell type,” said Dr. Kim-Anh Nguyen, Blood Bank of Hawaii president and CEO. “Here’s the issue. Hawaii has the same need as the mainland, but we have half the type O blood donors that the mainland does. How do we get to the same number with half of the donors? If there’s a way that we could collect two doses from each donor, each donation, we could get there, and that’s what this technology allows us to do.” The blood bank is always looking for donations of all blood types. Click here for more information.

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  • Man who died in Waialua pedestrian accident identifiedMan who died in Waialua pedestrian accident identified

    A 20-year-old man who died after he was struck by a vehicle in Waialua has been identified as Manuel C. Dominguez of Honolulu. A 20-year-old man who died after he was struck by a vehicle in Waialua has been identified as Manuel C. Dominguez of Honolulu.

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  • Hawaii urges Congress to allow marijuana industry access to banking systemHawaii urges Congress to allow marijuana industry access to banking system

    Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin and 18 other attorneys general urged Congress to advance legislation that would provide a legal “safe harbor” for banks that provide a financial product or service to the marijuana industry.  “Banks and other depository institutions are currently hindered by federal law from providing financial services to cannabis businesses. This encourages a cash-only, grey market that hurts law enforcement and tax collections,” Chin said in a statement. The group said…

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  • Woman accused of stealing diabetic test strips pleads not guiltyWoman accused of stealing diabetic test strips pleads not guilty

    A former pharmacy worker accused of stealing more than half-a-million dollars in medical supplies pleaded not guilty. Stacie-Lynn Pihana, 47, is accused of ordering more than 2,000 cases of diabetic test trips while working at Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center. She then allegedly resold the strips to a source, who sold them on the black market. The health center lost more than $695,000. “She’s scared to death. You get indicted, you get scared,” said Pihana’s attorney, Michael Green. “She doesn’t have a criminal history. It’s not like she’s been in and out of jail most of her life. It’s a first offense for her, from what I could understand.” Pihana was charged with first-degree theft. Her trial is set for the week of March 19. She remains free after posting $250,000 bail.

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  • Rolovich rounds out coaching staff with three hiresRolovich rounds out coaching staff with three hires

    HONOLULU – University of Hawai’i football head coach Nick Rolovich has announced the addition of three veteran coaches who have a combined 85 years of coaching experience. Joining the staff are Mark Weber as offensive line coach, Ricky Logo as defensive line coach, and Andre Allen as wide receivers coach. Along with recent additions defensive coordinator Corey Batoon and assistant head coach/linebackers coach Mark Banker, Rolovich has completed his staff of 10 assistant coaches. Remaining on staff are associate head coach/offensive coordinator Brian Smith, passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coachCraig Stutzmann, special teams coordinator Mayur Chaudhari, cornerbacks coach Abe Elimimian, and safeties coach Jacob Yoro. “We’d like to welcome our final three coaches – Mark Weber, Ricky Logo, and Andre Allen – that completes our 2018 coaching staff,” Rolovich said. “During this hiring process, what I didn’t plan on getting was this amount of experience from these five new coaches. An added bonus is they bring a familiarity of the Mountain West. But no doubt in my mind what’s most important is we’re fortunate to bring in five men who have great values; love the game of football; and have a desire to mold great men on and off the football field.” Weber has 36 years of collegiate coaching experience most recently in his second stint with Fresno State in 2016. He has stops at four Mountain West schools – Fresno State (2004-05, ’16), Utah State (2013-15), UNLV (1994-96) and Nevada (1993) as well as Pac-12 members UCLA (1997-2003) and Oregon State (1987-90). A respected offensive line coach, he has mentored a number of All-Americans and all-conference linemen who went on to play in the NFL, including Logan Mankins at Fresno State and 1998 Outland Trophy winner and All-American Kris Farris at UCLA. Weber has been a part of 16 bowl teams – six with BYU, where he coached prior to USU and five with UCLA – and was a member of five conference championship teams. The 1999 UCLA squad captured the Pac-10 title and appeared in the Rose Bowl while Idaho State went on to win the NCAA Division I-AA National Championship in 1981. Logo spent the past three years at Colorado State as defensive line coach, helping lead the Rams to three bowl appearances. Prior to that, he coached the defensive line at Houston (2012-14), Furman (2011), Vanderbilt (2007-10), Troy (2002-06), Western Carolina (2002), and UT Chattanooga (1995-2001) during his 23-year coaching career. At Troy, he coached a pair of NFL All-Pro linemen – Osi Umenyiora of the New York Giants and Demarcus Ware of the Dallas Cowboys – and also served as co-defensive coordinator for two seasons before leaving for Vanderbilt. Logo has been a part of 11 bowl teams – seven as an assistant coach and four as a player at North Carolina State, where he was a third-team All-American as a senior. Allen has coached the wide receivers at City College of San Francisco since 1991 and has mentored every Top 10 receiver in the program’s history including leading receiver Easop Winston. He served as offensive coordinator for the past 13 years and during that time, the Rams won three national titles and captured eight Northern California Championships. In 26 years at CCSF, Allen coached 64 players who earned FBS scholarships. He also coached the tight ends and was passing coordinator for eight years. In total, Allen was a member of eight national championship teams and 21 conference championship teams. The Weber File Hometown: Van Nuys, Calif. Education: Cal Lutheran, B.S. in Physical Education (1980); Idaho State, Master’s in Physical Education (1981) Coaching History 2016: Fresno State (Run Game Coordinator/Offensive Line) 2013-15: Utah State (Associate Head Coach/Offensive Line) 2007-12: BYU (Offensive Line) 2006: North Carolina (Offensive Line) 2004-05: Fresno State (Offensive Line) 1997-2003: UCLA (Offensive Line) 1994-96: UNLV (Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line) 1993: Nevada (Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line) 1991: Missouri Western State College (Defensive Line) 1987-90: Oregon State (Offensive Line) 1985-86: West Texas State (Assistant Coach) 1983-84: Eastern New Mexico (Assistant Coach) 1982: Snow College (Assistant Coach) 1980-81: Idaho State (Graduate Assistant) 1979: Los Angeles Valley College (Assistant Coach) The Logo File Hometown: Santa Ana, Calif. Education: North Carolina State, Bachelor’s in Sociology (1992) Coaching Experience 2015-17: Colorado State (Defensive Line) 2012-14: Houston (Defensive Line) 2011: Furman (Defensive Line) 2007-10: Vanderbilt (Defensive Line) 2005-06: Troy (Co-Defensive Coordinator, Defensive Line) 2002-04: Troy (Defensive Line) 2002: Western Carolina (Assistant Head Coach, Defensive Line) 2001: UT Chattanooga (Defensive Coordinator) 1995-2000: UT Chattanooga (Defensive Line) The Allen File Hometown: Balboa, Calif. Education: Ashford, Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts (2014) Coaching Experience 2005-17: City College of San Francisco (Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers) 1997-2004: City College of San Francisco (Passing Coordinator/Wide Receivers) 1991-96: City College of San Francisco (Wide Receivers) #HawaiiFB  

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  • McDonald's to go all in on recycling by 2025McDonald's to go all in on recycling by 2025

    McDonald’s plans to recycle packaging at most of its restaurants worldwide by 2025. The Oak Brook, Illinois-based fast food chain said Tuesday that in addition to recycling its packaging waste, it will commit to making all of its packaging from renewable, recycled or certified sources that have no deforestation by 2025. “As the world’s largest restaurant company, we have a responsibility to use our scale for good to make changes that will have a meaningful impact across the globe,” Francesca…

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  • Hawaii State Hospital escapee pleads not guilty, trial set for MarchHawaii State Hospital escapee pleads not guilty, trial set for March

    A patient who left Hawaii State Hospital and flew to San Jose has pleaded not guilty to escape. Randall Saito appeared Tuesday via closed circuit from Oahu Community Correctional Center. His bail was set at a half-million dollars, which needs to be paid in cash only. Prior to Tuesday’s ruling by Judge Colette Garibaldi, Saito could have posted a bond in the amount of $500,000 with only 10 percent of the bail amount, or $50,000 in cash. Saito had fake IDs, cell phones, and thousands of dollars in cash when he took a charter flight to Maui, then boarded a Hawaiian Airlines flight to the mainland last November. By the time a public alert was issued, Saito was already in California. He landed in San Jose and had made his way to Stockton before he was captured by the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office. “The escape is obvious. It’s a question of trying to work something out, and then dealing with whether or not he should remain confined when the escape case is over, whether he should return to the state hospital, and whether he’s still in need of mental health care and treatment,” said Saito’s attorney, Michael Green. Saito has been a patient at the state hospital since 1981, after he was acquitted of murder by reason of insanity. “That was 37 years ago. I can’t tell if his mental condition has changed since then,” Green said. “He had free range to walk anywhere he wanted in the facility. So until I read those reports and I look at the psychiatric reports, I’ll have a better idea.” Since his escape, Saito has said numerous times that he wasn’t crazy. “I’m not a sex offender. I’m not a psychopath, okay?” he told reporters while in lockup in California. “I have never been on any psychotropic meds, ever, in 37 years. I have never harbored weapons or drugs or been caught taking drugs. “Necrophilia is my fault,” he added. “I used that as an excuse to get into the state hospital from the get-go in 1979.” Saito’s trial is set for the week of March 19. Officials say he’ll be held as a pretrial felon at OCCC until his trial, unless he posts bail. If he does post bail, officials say he’ll be sent back to Hawaii State Hospital instead of being released into the public.

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  • Larry Nassar's abuse victims, in their own words - KITV HonoluluLarry Nassar's abuse victims, in their own words - KITV Honolulu

    Los Angeles TimesLarry Nassar's abuse victims, in their own wordsKITV Honolulu(CNN) -- One by one the women stepped forward to the podium, some fighting back tears, to face their abuser. They were among dozens of victims testifying at the sentencing of Dr. Larry Nassar, a former doctor at Michigan State University who has been ...Simone Biles - TwitterTwitterLarry Nassar's sexual abuse victims finally get their days in courtCNNall 474 news articles »

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  • Oahu solar PV permits down 35% in 2017Oahu solar PV permits down 35% in 2017

    If compared to two years ago, Oahu's 2017 solar PV numbers represent a 60 percent decline, down from 7,493 in 2015.

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  • Servco unveils name for new car-share programServco unveils name for new car-share program

    A new car-share program from Servco Pacific and Toyota will be called Hui, the Hawaii-based dealership group said on Tuesday. Servco Pacific Inc., which owns and operates several car dealerships across the Islands and in Australia, announced the launch of its car-share program in cooperation with Toyota Connected North America last summer. Hui recently completed its employee-only pilot test with Servco employees and is moving on to its next phase with a closed pilot test in Honolulu, according…

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  • Hawaii Volvo dealership files lawsuit against manufacturer for breach of contractHawaii Volvo dealership files lawsuit against manufacturer for breach of contract

    Envy Hawaii, which operated the only Volvo dealership in Hawaii, is suing Volvo Car USA LLC, accusing the manufacturer of breach of contract and bad faith. The Honolulu-based dealership, which closed in mid-December, filed the lawsuit against the U.S. distributor for the Swedish automaker in the First Circuit Court of Hawaii on Friday. The lawsuit claims Volvo’s termination of the franchise contract was done without good cause and that Volvo was under a duty imposed by the state to act in “good…

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  • New coalition partners with the Trump administration to combat U.S. tourism dipsNew coalition partners with the Trump administration to combat U.S. tourism dips

    U.S. trade groups have launched a coalition in order to combat recent dips in tourism through partnering with the Trump administration. According to the Visit U.S. coalition, which was launched by the U.S. Travel Association, while global travel volume increased 7.9 percent from 2015 to 2017, the U.S. market share fell from 13.6 percent to 11.9 percent in the same period—the first drop after more than a decade of growth. The U.S. was one of only two destinations in the top dozen global markets…

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  • Maverick Helicopters expands operations to second Hawaii locationMaverick Helicopters expands operations to second Hawaii location

    Maverick Helicopters will open its second Hawaii location, and sixth permanent location, on Kauai later this year. The helicopter company, which is a division of Las Vegas-based Maverick Aviation Group, opened on Maui nearly three years ago. The Kauai flights will depart daily from the company’s facility at Port Allen Airport, located one mile southwest of Hanapepe, beginning in the second quarter of 2018. “Maverick Helicopters is thrilled to offer our customers an unforgettable experience…

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  • A look back at the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom - KITV HonoluluA look back at the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom - KITV Honolulu

    KITV HonoluluA look back at the overthrow of the Hawaiian KingdomKITV HonoluluThousands are expected to attend a ceremonial gathering and rally on O'ahu to observe the anniversary. The 'Aupuni Mo'i 'o Hawai'i, or the Kingdom of Hawai'i ruled the islands for close to a hundred years. But in January 1893, it would all come ...

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  • White House doctor: 'No concerns' about Trump's cognitive ability - KITV HonoluluWhite House doctor: 'No concerns' about Trump's cognitive ability - KITV Honolulu

    KITV HonoluluWhite House doctor: 'No concerns' about Trump's cognitive abilityKITV HonoluluWhat the world knows about President Donald Trump's general health is not much as of now -- and what the public learns about his health after a medical exam on Friday, January 12, 2018 might not be much, either. By Kevin Liptak CNN White House Producer ...and more »

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  • Here's exactly how Dick Durbin destroyed Kirstjen Nielsen's 'shithole' explanation - KITV HonoluluHere's exactly how Dick Durbin destroyed Kirstjen Nielsen's 'shithole' explanation - KITV Honolulu

    Here's exactly how Dick Durbin destroyed Kirstjen Nielsen's 'shithole' explanationKITV Honolulu(CNN) -- When Department of Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, she could have never imagined she would find herself in the middle of a, well, shitstorm over "shithole." But, that ...and more »

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  • Ige appoints brigadier general to head review of false missile alertIge appoints brigadier general to head review of false missile alert

    Hawaii Gov. David Ige Monday issued an executive order in which he appointed Brigadier General Kenneth Hara, the deputy adjutant general, to oversee the comprehensive review of the state’s emergency management enterprise.  Hara will also immediately implement necessary changes, the governor said in a statement.  Ige, who apologized for Saturday's false missile alert, said Hara will provide him with an initial action plan within 30 days and a formal report in 60 days. "I will not stand for…

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  • Google laying 3 new underwater cables to speed up the InternetGoogle laying 3 new underwater cables to speed up the Internet

    Alphabet's Google is commissioning three new submarine cables in hopes of speeding up Internet service across the globe and competing more aggressively against cloud providers Amazon.com and Microsoft Corp. The company has four submarine cables online, with another seven in the works. The latest three, dubbed Curie, Havfrue and HK-G, are expected to go online in 2019, the company said in a post on Tuesday. More than 90 percent of the world’s Internet bandwidth is transmitted via a network of…

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  • This airline is offering up to $45K signing bonuses for pilotsThis airline is offering up to $45K signing bonuses for pilots

    Envoy Air, the largest regional carrier of American Airlines Group Inc., is offering signing bonuses of up to $45,000 for experienced pilots to fuel an expansion push. Irving-based Envoy’s High Value Aviator program is geared toward new pilots who join the team with a solid record of commercial airline experience. Envoy is making the move to address what some in the airline industry see as a pilot shortage. The shortage is mostly affecting regional airlines and ultra-low cost carriers. Envoy…

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  • Japan public TV sends mistaken North Korean missile alertJapan public TV sends mistaken North Korean missile alert

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s public broadcaster mistakenly sent an alert warning citizens of a North Korean missile launch and urging them to seek immediate shelter, then retracted it minutes later, days after a similar error in Hawaii. NHK television issued the message Tuesday on its internet and mobile news sites as well as on Twitter, saying North Korea appeared to have fired a missile at Japan. It said the government was telling people to take shelter. The false alarm came two days after Hawaii’s emergency management department sent a mistaken warning of a North Korean missile attack to mobile phones across the state, triggering panic. NHK deleted its tweet after several minutes, issued a correction and apologized several times on air. It said a mistake in using the alert system caused the error.

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  • Man suffers massive heart attack during false alert - Honolulu Star-AdvertiserMan suffers massive heart attack during false alert - Honolulu Star-Advertiser

    Honolulu Star-AdvertiserMan suffers massive heart attack during false alertHonolulu Star-AdvertiserSean Shields suffered a massive heart attack minutes after saying his last goodbyes over the phone to his 10-year-old daughter and grown son following the false missile alert. Shields, 51, started violently throwing up while at Sandy Beach on East Oahu ...Honolulu's 911 system overwhelmed during false alarm panicEMS1.comall 5 news articles »

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  • 8 Tips That Will Help You Get Involved In The Legislature8 Tips That Will Help You Get Involved In The Legislature

    The 2018 legislative session officially kicks off Wednesday. That means lawmakers will begin reviewing thousands of measures and soliciting public input on bills. Engaging in the political process might seem intimidating or overwhelming, so here are some tips to keep you on track this session. Whether you can make it to the Capitol or not, you can make your opinion known on pending legislation.Cory Lum/Civil Beat 1. Know Your Lawmakers If you don’t already know who your elected representatives in the House and Senate are, type your street name into this box at the upper right corner of the Capitol website: capitol.hawaii.gov.           Here’s a list of names and contact information for big players in the House and Senate: Position Name Phone Number Email  Senate President Ronald Kouchi 808-586-6030 senkouchi@capitol.hawaii.gov Senate Majority Leader Kalani English 808-587-7225 senenglish@capitol.hawaii.gov Senate Ways and Means (Budget) Committee Chair Donovan Dela Cruz 808-586-6090 sendelacruz@capitol.hawaii.gov House Speaker Scott Saiki 808-586-6100 repsaiki@Capitol.hawaii.gov House Majority Leader Della Au Belatti 808-586-9425 repbelatti@Capitol.hawaii.gov House Minority Leader Andria Tupola 808-586-8465 reptupola@Capitol.hawaii.gov House Finance (Budget) Committee Chair Sylvia Luke 808-586-6200 repluke@Capitol.hawaii.gov For a list of all lawmakers’ contact information, click here. 2. Find Bills If you’re interested in a specific issue, search for bills by keyword (such as “education”) or bill number (such as “HB1 for House Bill 1”) in the upper left corner of the Capitol’s homepage. To see all bills introduced by a particular lawmaker, go to their homepage by clicking a name on this list. Once you click on a bill, you can see the full text, testimony on the bill, its introducers, committee votes on the bill and more. 3. Follow Hearings A list of all upcoming hearings can be found here. These public meetings offer a chance for the public to give testimony on a bill and hear what lawmakers have to say on the issue. Olelo broadcasts certain hearings online and on TV. Videos are also available in the Olelo archives, but it can take weeks for files to be uploaded. The Hawaii State Public Access Network, an on-demand video service, is available on Channel 50 for Spectrum customers. 4. Testify If you exceed your allotted testimony time limit, you might see a sign like this.Cory Lum/Civil Beat                   Your opinion does matter. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ll have been looking through testimony on a bill and it highlights a question that I might not have picked up because I don’t know enough about it,” said Sen. Laura Thielen at a Civil Beat event last week. “So please keep your testimony coming in. Don’t get cynical, it is very helpful.” To submit written testimony online, create an account on the Capitol site and follow these instructions — whether you plan to speak at a hearing or not. If you don’t know what to say, here’s a template. Be sure to send it in 24 hours before the hearing. If you’re testifying before the committee, first state your name and group affiliation, if any. Committee chairs tend to limit testimony to a few minutes, and even less time may be allowed in crowded hearings. For neighbor island constituents wishing to testify online, it’s not quite so easy. The Senate has a videoconferencing program, but it’s only available for select hearings in a certain room. The program isn’t utilized much, a Senate spokeswoman said, but more information can be found here. 5. Understanding Jargon Lawmakers don’t always speak in plain English. Check out this glossary to understand what’s actually going on. Acronyms are explained here. The Legislative session can be hard on a lot of folks — even staffers.Cory Lum/Civil Beat 6. Mark Your Calendars Don’t lose track of important dates. Keep checking this calendar to keep tabs on what’s next. Jan. 24, for example, is the last day that new bills can be introduced. The first “decking” date, March 2, is the final day that bills can be submitted for a floor vote. 7. Still Confused? The Capitol’s Public Access Room is a great resource whether you’re charging your laptop or writing testimony. If you’re looking to learn more about a particular bill, call the office of a lawmaker who introduced it. For more on committee decisions or amendments, call the chair’s office. Click here for more information on all committees. To find the Public Access Room, look for the potted plants and colorful fliers on the fourth floor of the Capitol.Courtney Teague/Civil Beat 8. Be Alerted To set up email alerts, create an account on the Capitol site. Log in and you’ll see this menu: Click “hearing notification” to track committees and be notified of important dates. To track changes in certain bills, click “measure tracking” and type in the bill number. If you’re into social media, follow Civil Beat on Twitter and Facebook. To make sure you see more of our posts, follow this guide to add us to your “See First” Facebook list. On Twitter, you can track the hashtags #HILeg, #HIgov and #HInews for more information. For all of Civil Beat’s coverage on the 2018 Legislative session, click here. The post 8 Tips That Will Help You Get Involved In The Legislature appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.

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  • The Hawaiian Nation’s Overthrow 125 Years OnThe Hawaiian Nation’s Overthrow 125 Years On

    On Jan. 17, 1893, the Hawaiian Nation was wrongfully overthrown by a small group of haole businessmen with the support of the U.S. minister and troops. On the same day, Queen Liliuokalani, the constitutional sovereign of the Hawaiian islands, drafted a letter of protest temporarily conceding to “the superior force of the United States of America” until the facts were reviewed by the U.S. and the queen’s authority reinstated. An investigation was launched into the overthrow and on Dec. 18, 1893, President Cleveland acknowledged to Congress that the overthrow was a “substantial wrong” committed to a friendly nation that the U.S. should “endeavor to repair.” U.S. troops lower the Hae Hawaii (Hawaiian flag) on Aug. 12, 1898, at Iolani Palace.Hawaii State Archives Unfortunately, what followed was the unlawful annexation of Hawaii (through a U.S. congressional resolution rather than by treaty) and the seizure of nearly 2 million acres of Hawaiian national lands by the U.S. On Aug, 12, 1898, the Hae Hawaii (Hawaiian flag) was lowered at Iolani Palace and the American flag raised. It was a day of mourning for the Hawaiian people, many of whom wept in the streets. Despite an apology 100 years later by the U.S. for the role they played in the overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation, the “substantial wrong” that had been done to the queen and the Hawaiian people to this day has never been rectified.  A Time Of Mourning Wednesday marks the 125th anniversary of the overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation. Thousands of Hawaiians and supporters will be marching from the Royal Mausoleum at Maunaala starting at 9 a.m. to Iolani Palace where the Hae Hawaii will be raised once more. The event will be followed by music and inspirational speeches by past and present Hawaiian leaders such as Kaleikoa Kaeo, Mililani Trask, Jamaica Osorio, Kahookahi Kanuha, and Kekuhi Kanahele at the Palace Bandstand. Despite the challenges of U.S. colonization and occupation, we are still here and over half a million strong. The commemoration of 125 years since the overthrow for many of us is a time of mourning for a traumatic event whose ripple effects can still be felt today with the Hawaiian people owning some of the worst socio-economic statistics and over-represented among the houseless and incarcerated populations in Hawaii. For others it’s a time of celebration, that despite the challenges of U.S. colonization and occupation, we are still here and over half a million strong spread throughout Hawaii and the continental U.S. No matter what emotion the overthrow evokes, the events of Jan. 17 are clearly part of the collective historical experience of the Hawaiian people. It is this collective experience that united 40,000 Hawaiians and supporters 25 years ago at the 100th anniversary of the overthrow, and it is this experience that calls Hawaiians from all walks of life, political corners and cultural backgrounds to converge once again at Iolani Palace. During weeks leading up to the 125th Overthrow Commemorative March and Gathering, there has been a lot of discussion and contention on the topic of “unity.” Thousands converged on Iolani Palace on Jan. 17, 1993, on the 100th Anniversary of the Overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation.Ed Greevy There is a fallacy that Hawaiians as a collective have never been unified enough to rise to power in our own homeland, to determine for ourselves our political status, and to pursue social and cultural development as one people and nation. This fallacy has been used time and again as an excuse by the U.S. and its agents to hold back any serious attempt at justly reconciling the wrong that was done to the Hawaiian people in 1893 at the time of the overthrow. The truth of the matter is that Hawaiians are more unified than not. Bound together by a common genealogy tying us to this aina (land), an ancient culture and shared experiences no matter what we call ourselves and wherever we go, we are connected to this special place and this historical moment. The march and the gathering commemorating the overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation is not about some unachievable idea of “unity’ but rather a call to all Hawaiians and supporters to onipaa (stand firm) until the wrong that was done 125 years ago has been made right.  Mahalo to Hui Ku Like Kakou and the many organizers of this important event. For more information on the 125th Commemoration of the Overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation go to www.onipaakakou.org. The post The Hawaiian Nation’s Overthrow 125 Years On appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.

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  • Denby Fawcett: Saving Manoa’s MonkeypodsDenby Fawcett: Saving Manoa’s Monkeypods

    I may sound like a dreamer but the day might be coming when Hawaii’s land developers start to value mature shade trees as assets to draw people into shopping areas rather than detriments to be obliterated. This has not always been the case. In 2014, Kobayashi and MacNaughton Groups and General Growth cut down 26 healthy large canopy shade trees to make way for the Park Lane residential development at Ala Moana Center. But during the same period, International Market Place developers saved the 160-year-old Indian banyan tree at the entrance to the Waikiki shopping complex as well as several large monkeypod trees throughout the project. Alexander & Baldwin now is considering ways to save nine trees it planned to either cut down or relocate in the Manoa Marketplace. The company says it will give serious consideration to a new plan from the Outdoor Circle to preserve seven mature monkeypod trees between Safeway and Longs the developer says it needs to cut down, and keep in place another two large shade monkeypod trees it now plans to relocate to the Woodlawn entrance to the shopping complex. The company is scheduled to meet with the Outdoor Circle and representatives from other Manoa community groups Wednesday to review the proposal to save the trees. Alexander & Baldwin had planned to destroy iconic monkeypod trees at Manoa Marketplace but now says it will reconsider.Cory Lum/Civil Beat Monkeypod trees have flourished in Hawaii for more than a century. In her book “Trees of Hawaii,” field biologist Angela Kay Kepler says: “Even back in 1915, naturalist W.A. Bryan commented that they ‘occupied every yard and square about Honolulu’ and that specimens spreading shade over a space 150 feet across were common on all the islands.” A&B’s plan to remove the monkeypod trees prompted an outcry from the Manoa community that sparked a petition now signed by more than 14,000 people. Some of the most adamant critics say they are willing to resort to civil disobedience if they have to to preserve the large shade trees. “If A&B keeps violating the wishes of the community, it will turn into a very emotional response. This is a deep, deep emotional issue for the people who live here,” says Manoa resident Nancie Caraway. Supporters of the shopping center trees say they create a cool, shady look iconic to Manoa that attracts people to the shopping center. In a statement emailed to Civil Beat Friday, A&B said it’s evaluating the Outdoor Circle’s proposal to save the trees “along with other design concepts and are encouraged about the possibility of saving some or potentially all of the trees while addressing the safety concerns in the parking lot. We look forward to our next meeting with the Outdoor Circle.” “We understand the trees are a prominent feature of the shopping center and that the residents have a lot of attachment to them,” says A&B spokesman Darren Pai. A&B informed the Manoa Neighborhood Board Dec. 6 that it needed to remove the healthy monkeypod trees because the trees’ roots had become a safety hazard, uplifting asphalt and creating cracks in the parking lot which people were tripping over. “The aggressive root systems of some trees have broken through the pavement, making the area potentially dangerous to pedestrians,” Pai says. Yellow paint covers the protruding roots of monkeypod trees. The roots are a public hazard, the shopping center owner says.Cory Lum/Civil Beat Outdoor Circle president and landscape architect Steve Mechler gave A&B his sketch last week to show how all safety concerns can be addressed while at the same time preserving all the trees. “The trees make the shopping center a unique and special destination for Manoa residents as well as the rest of the community,” says Mechler. In Mechler’s plan, the asphalt around the trees would be removed and replaced with a green belt with the current parking relocated closer to a largely unused, pedestrian area in front of the shopping center building. It rains so frequently in Manoa that the uncovered pedestrian area is usually empty. Mechler says benches could be installed in the planted areas around the trees to make gathering places for the community. Mechler is responsible for the landscaping of many Oahu shopping centers including Ala Moana Center in its first remodeling before it was sold to General Growth Partners and the Koko Marina Shopping Center “My plan for Manoa Marketplace addresses A&B’s safety concerns by moving the asphalt from the top of the trees’ roots which currently is creating a negative element and instead creates a positive impact by moving the parking,” he says. A&B’s real estate subsidiary, A&B Properties, purchased the 40-year-old Manoa Marketplace two years ago. The property is suffering from years of deferred maintenance and, besides removing the tree hazards, the company says it will restripe the now-unevenly marked parking area to end up with more parking spaces. Mechler says his plan also adds more parking stalls for a total of 152 parking places, eight fewer than what the marketplace will end up with after A&B restripes the lot. Outdoor Circle President Steve Mechler has come up with a plan he says will work for both the tress and the developer.Cory Lum/Civil Beat “It isn’t the only solution but it is a solution that meets all the variables that need to be addressed such as preventing pedestrians from tripping on uplifted asphalt and adding additional parking,” says Mechler. Outdoor Circle executive director Winston Welch says: “We believe we have come up with an elegant solution to address safety concerns, save the trees, provide green space and more parking. We know the company has a responsibility to keep people safe but it also has a responsibility to be a good neighbor.” Melcher’s plan comes after 14,521 people to date have signed a petition urging A&B to keep all the trees in place at the Manoa Marketplace. Manoa resident Neil Bond of the group called Manoa Alliance launched the on-line petition Jan. 1. Bond says he’s overwhelmed by the response to the petition which is averaging 2,000 new signatures each day. “The issue has become a lightning rod. It’s really galvanized the people. The trees in Manoa Marketplace are a cherished symbol of the valley,” says Bond. “The trees make the shopping center a unique and special destination for Manoa residents as well as the rest of the community.” — Steve Mechler, Outdoor Circle president In another new development, the directors of the community group Malama Manoa voted unanimously Wednesday to ask A&B to preserve all nine trees. “Besides being beautiful, big trees, they are the essence of Manoa,” says Malama Manoa board member Lowell Angell. “Without the trees, the parking lot will look barren like Costco in Iwilei. It is horrible to think of cutting large shade trees it took 40 years to grow.” Malama Manoa plans to send a letter this week to its 3,700 members to urge them to write letters, email and call A&B CEO Chris Benjamin to let him know the Manoa community wants the shade trees kept in place. “It is something we feel passionate about,” says Angell, whose family has lived in Manoa Valley for three generations. A&B is scheduled to meet with the Manoa Neighborhood Board Feb. 7 at Noelani Elementary School to give an update on its plans for the trees. The post Denby Fawcett: Saving Manoa’s Monkeypods appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.

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  • Chad Blair: Is David Ige’s Political Nene Cooked?Chad Blair: Is David Ige’s Political Nene Cooked?

    The state appeared threatened, the people panicked, and citizens and the media looked to Hawaii’s governor for assurance that things would be alright. The assurance came, with the governor saying that the state was doing “everything possible” to protect the public and that the state would “respond quickly to any potential impacts.” Cynics warned that the governor, who was in a tough re-election battle, might use the crisis to his political advantage. As it turned out, Hurricanes Iselle and Julio would not cause nearly as much damage as had been warned in August 2014, though the Puna district on the Big Island got walloped nonetheless. And the governor, Neil Abercrombie, ended up losing the primary by the largest margin of any sitting governor in U.S. history.  Gov. David Ige held a press conference that was broadcast live on all three Hawaii television stations to announce a review of what led to the false missile alert.Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat The man that beat him, Gov. David Ige, does not find himself in quite the same situation as his predecessor. The primary this year is seven months away, not mere days, and the crisis was manmade, not caused by Mother Nature. And public opinion polls showed that Abercrombie was well on his way to a landslide defeat before the storms moved in. His leadership in handling the storm seems not to have been a factor in his loss. But many questions are being raised as to whether Ige’s political nene is cooked. A story in Monday’s New York Times said that a “black eye” looms for both Ige and Hawaii, and there were plenty of local critics quoted. “I deeply apologize for this false alert that created stress, anxiety and fear of a crisis in our residents and guests.” — Gov. David Ige Colin Moore, a University of Hawaii political scientist, said that the false alert and the response to it was “one of the worst things that could happen to an incumbent governor who has already been criticized for his lack of leadership.” Ige’s challenger in the 2018 Democratic primary, U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, suggested the delay may be perceived as a matter of incompetence. “The governor and his administration did not handle this correctly,” she said. Glenna Wong, the communications director for the Ige campaign, fired back: “It is unfortunate that she is using (the) event to draw attention to herself while offering no solution.” But the knives are out, perhaps none sharper than from Abercrombie himself, who described the state’s perceived sluggishness in responding to the incident as “a monumental example of failure of leadership — incredible. It’s beyond incompetent. It is stunning. It should have been rescinded instantly.” Saying Our ‘I Love Yous’ No question that the alert should have been pulled immediately. But I am not sure that Ige is to blame for that. He took responsibility and responded appropriately. Changes have been implemented. Ige has also made clear his regret over the incident, saying on Saturday following meetings and debriefings with leaders at the Department of Defense and Hawaii Emergency Management: Today is a day most of us will never forget. A terrifying day when our worst nightmares appeared to become a reality. A day where we frantically grabbed what we could, tried to figure out how and where to shelter and protect ourselves and our ohana, said our “I love yous,” and prayed for peace. Those are some fine words, not quite Peggy Noonan, yet fitting and sincere. But Ige has to be aware of the optics of all this, and his administration has been working in overdrive since Saturday morning. A Monday night press conference broadcast live on all three local TV stations and Facebook Live showed the governor and his team trying to control the narrative. That’s when he apologized once more, issued an executive order to start a review process of the incident and named a “top brass official,” his press team said, to lead it. Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Vern Miyagi and Gov. David Ige speak to reporters during a press conference at the Diamond Head Emergency Operating Center on Saturday.Cory Lum/Civil Beat Asked several times about the criticism from Hanabusa and others and whether his campaign was in trouble, Ige dodged all three times, explaining that he was focused on public safety and fixing the emergency system. But his campaign is in clear damage-control mode, sending out an email this weekend to supporters: “Governor Ige immediately investigated the cause and addressed the public to express his apologies and reiterate an assuring message.” The governor showed his remorse in that email, too, saying, “I deeply apologize for this false alert that created stress, anxiety and fear of a crisis in our residents and guests.” The email concluded by, regrettably, including a link for those wishing to donate to Ige’s campaign. Let’s Talk To North Korea Will Ige’s response be enough? Will voters remember in August that parents stuffed their kids into storm drains along streets and cowered under mattresses in bathtubs? Keep in mind that there were also a lot of people who did not overreact to the false alert. Many did not have smart phones or ones properly enabled. There was also no siren (or at least none that were widely heard). Some of us figured out that there had been a mistake before the all-clear signal came. A lot can happen between now and August, when the primary is held. A joint state House and Senate hearing on the false alert has already been scheduled for Friday at the Capitol. Lawmakers will be sure to call for heads to roll. House Speaker Scott Saiki has said there will be “consequences” while Senate Majority Leader J. Kalani English said he is “outraged” and is calling for legislative oversight. One wonders just how long Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Vern Miyagi will keep his job. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, meanwhile, reported Monday that the non-unionized state employee at the center of Saturday’s false alert has received “dozens of death threats by fax, telephone, social media.” Colleen Hanabusa, who formally launched her campaign for governor of Hawaii last week, is highly critical of Gov. Ige’s response to the false missile alarm.Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat Ige has made attempts to direct our attention where it should be: On Donald Trump and North Korea. The reason we set up an alert system is because of the heightened tensions, fueled by Kim Jong Un’s remarkably improved missile technology but also by the U.S. president’s bellicosity. “We must also do what we can to demand peace and a de-escalation with North Korea, so that warnings and sirens can become a thing of the past,” said Ige. He reiterated the point at Sunday’s press conference, saying he hoped there would come a time when sirens and warnings “become a thing of the past.” I will broadcast on Facebook LIVE https://t.co/MF3bfjbtvM this evening at 6:00 p.m. to address the people of the State of #Hawaii on Saturday’s #false #missilethreat alert. #FalseMissileAlarm #FalseAlarm #FalseMissileAlert pic.twitter.com/FZ83DwFo3t — Governor David Ige (@GovHawaii) January 15, 2018 The points about dialogue and de-escalation were made as well by Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who demanded immediate talks between the U.S. and North Korea. And yet, the drums of war keep beating, enabled by the media. The Sunday New York Times had this story, with a headline that says it all: “Military Quietly Prepares For A Last Resort: War With North Korea.” Hawaii can prepare all it wants, but unless we start a dialogue — as North and South Korea are now attempting — a nuclear catastrophe may be unavoidable. Ige, by the way, was among the Hawaii residents who received the missile alert on his cell phone. The first thing he did was wake up his wife, Dawn. Then he started making calls — many did not go through — and following, as he put it, “protocol” that took him to the emergency control center at Diamond Head Crater. The post Chad Blair: Is David Ige’s Political Nene Cooked? appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.

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  • A Hiroshima Native’s View: ‘More Missiles Will Not Save Us’A Hiroshima Native’s View: ‘More Missiles Will Not Save Us’

    At 8:07 on Saturday morning, Hawaii residents woke up to an emergency alert on their cellphones: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” Until a second message called it a false alarm 38 minutes later, the people of Hawaii contemplated the end — the end of their lives, of their families, of essentially everything they know and love. I am originally from Hiroshima. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Park was within walking distance from my grandfather’s house. It’s time to take steps to prevent nuclear annihilation, the author argues.Flickr: The Official CTBTO Photostream As a family physician, I cared for Marshall Islander survivors of nuclear testing. Disaster medicine is one of my academic interests. The war of words between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un brings the world perilously close to nuclear Armageddon. As North Korea tests nuclear devices and delivery systems, the U.S. conducts military exercises and draws up plans for pre-emptive strikes. Existential Moment As adversaries go on hair-trigger alert, the potential for a mistakenly launched nuclear exchange increases. The probability of nuclear war thus approaches the probabilities that during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The standoffs at the Russian border and in Syria are other reasons why the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists have placed the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock at two-and-a-half minutes to midnight. Under these circumstances, the people of Hawaii had good reason to fear that the threat was real. Many surely had an existential moment. We should all pause to contemplate how each of us lives each day. Since on any given day the wind might pick up a roof tile from a Copenhagen building and drop it on one’s head, Kierkegaard suggested that we should live each day in a manner such that we would not regret sudden annihilation. We should all pause to contemplate how each of us lives each day. A 100 kiloton blast over Honolulu would be expected to cause 156,000 fatalities and 139,000 injuries. Hawaii schools have issued guidance to shelter-in-place “[i]n the event of a nuclear attack.”  The air raid siren is now being tested monthly. Many argue for more robust missile defense for Hawaii. Nine of 18 flight tests, however, of the missile defense system have failed. Technical experts express grave doubts about the ability of the system to defend against missile attack. More missiles will not save us. Escalating military threats serves to increase the risk of a nuclear holocaust. The only rational response is prevention. As pediatrician Helen Caldicott taught us, we must “eradicate nuclear weapons because they are medically contraindicated.” Her observation is not simply that nuclear war will ruin your day. Rather, her insight is that it is our duty as health workers to work to prevent nuclear war. As Caldicott noted, the German physician, writer and politician Rudolph Virchow said: “Medicine is a social science and politics is medicine writ large,” and I’ve realized in this work that the only way to stop the nuclear arms race is to educate the politicians that nuclear war is medically contraindicated and, if they don’t believe us, remove them from office for the public health of the people of the world.” We need to revive the social movement to oppose the manufacture of nuclear weapons. We must first call for taking the weapons off of hair-trigger alert. We learned this Saturday that it is easy to make mistakes. Hawaii’s governor noted that an “employee pushed the wrong button.” In this arena, pushing the wrong button has unacceptable consequences. My Kierkegaard moment this Saturday morning has convinced me that I am not doing enough to prevent nuclear war. I will work on correcting that. The post A Hiroshima Native’s View: ‘More Missiles Will Not Save Us’ appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.

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  • Pod Squad: Why Doug Chin Wants To Be Our CongressmanPod Squad: Why Doug Chin Wants To Be Our Congressman

    Attorney General Doug Chin is about to step down to focus on his run for the 1st Congressional District. He recently talked with Pod Squad host Chad Blair about numerous significant issues facing the country and why he believes he is uniquely qualified to represent Hawaii. Attorney General Doug Chin, center, dropped by Civil Beat for a Pod Squad session.Cory Lum/Civil Beat Subscribe to the Civil Beat Pod Squad on iTunes or Stitcher. The post Pod Squad: Why Doug Chin Wants To Be Our Congressman appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.

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  • What We’ll Be Watching At The Hawaii LegislatureWhat We’ll Be Watching At The Hawaii Legislature

    The Legislature is set to open its 2018 session Wednesday with a focus on housing and homelessness, two perpetual problems in Hawaii that are only expected to get worse in the coming years. But with 76 lawmakers representing diverse districts, competing demands from the public and special interest groups and the many requests from Gov. David Ige’s administration and the counties, there will be a lot going on in the 2018 session.  Nearly 3,000 bills from last session are still alive and hundreds of new bills likely will join them before the deadline for new bills passes Jan. 24. Speaker Scott Saiki and House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke listen to questions at a Civil Beat Editorial Board meeting last week at the Capitol.Cory Lum/Civil Beat Ige is slated to lay out his agenda Monday when he delivers his annual State of the State address to the Legislature. His administration’s package of bills are due by Jan. 22. The House minority caucus — down to just five Republicans, led by Rep. Andria Tupola — will be announcing its bill package Friday. Here’s what Civil Beat’s reporters will be watching for before the session wraps May 3.  Musical Chairs Rep. Scott Nishimoto became head of the House Judiciary Committee last year and Sen. Brian Taniguchi has taken over the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee this year. After the money committees, chaired by Rep. Sylvia Luke and Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz, these are two of the most important committees. Hundreds of bills must pass through them before the full chamber can cast a vote, which gives the chairs incredible influence over what becomes law. State Sen. Brian Taniguchi, left, is the new Senate Judiciary chair.Cory Lum/Civil Beat On the House side, Majority Leader Della Au Belatti said chairs will be given autonomy to decide which bills from last session are revived. The Senate will take the same approach. We’ll be watching to see how their priorities differ from their predecessors, how they run their committees and how inclusive they are of their colleagues’ efforts to pass meaningful legislation. Consolidated Power Since 2015, House and Senate lawmakers have shifted their allegiances to install a new speaker, Rep. Scott Saiki, and new president, Ron Kouchi, while replacing Sen. Jill Tokuda with Dela Cruz as head of the Ways and Means Committee. New members are being courted constantly to further fortify the power structure in each chamber. The House has as strong and big of a leadership bloc as it has had in years, with Saiki and Luke at the helm. We expect the speaker and president and major committee chairs to hold onto their roles in relative comfort this session but that others will be jockeying for better positions next year. Election Year With the full House and half the Senate up for election this year, priorities tend to change. Controversial issues often get shoved aside early in the session. Behind closed doors, the focus becomes what political bacon lawmakers can bring home to voters. Ige, who’s also facing a tough re-election, has asked the Legislature for a $1.5 billion boost in the capital improvement projects budget for fiscal 2019, which begins July 1. Typically, the vice chairs of the money committees — Sen. Gil Keith-Agaran and Rep. Ty Cullen — handle the bulk of the work in deciding what projects should be funded. It’s an election year. That’s sure to have an effect on how lawmakers behave.Cory Lum/Civil Beat Lawmakers have said in the past, under different chairs, there has been horse-trading and threats to deny funding to a certain district without a favorable vote on a certain bill. We’ll be watching for any shenanigans in how the CIP pie gets served. Issues We’ll Be Tracking Two major reports, ordered by the Legislature, came out last month and have multi-billion-dollar implications. One examines Hawaii’s vulnerability to sea-level rise and the other focuses on the 88,000 cesspools that threaten the state’s drinking water supply, coral reefs, public health and the overall economy. Yet there has been little talk from lawmakers about what they plan to do, if anything, in response to these longstanding problems. We’ll also be watching for ways the Legislature tries to improve — or not — government transparency, ethics and overall accountability to the public. Police reform and the criminal justice system remain a concern. Lawmakers have considered but still not yet passed a bill to create a statewide standards and training board for law enforcement, among other things. Hawaii is the only state without a statewide standards board. Foster care and elder care will also continue to be on our radar. The state’s rapidly aging population is increasingly seeking long-term care in smaller facilities in neighborhoods rather than nursing homes but this burgeoning industry receives less scrutiny from regulators. Most inspections, for instance, are announced and health officials have said they are perpetually understaffed. We’ll also be looking for any moves the Legislature may make to lower the cost of living in Hawaii, which has been linked to numerous problems in the state. High teacher turnover rates, for instance, are often due to educators moving to the mainland in search of more affordable housing. Climate change is an important issue but lawmakers have been largely silent about a new major report on sea level rise in Hawaii. This picture shows erosion at Sunset Beach in December.Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat Leadership Priorities Housing and homelessness have emerged as key issues to be taken up by the Legislature this session. Lawmakers say they will be looking at ways to increase housing specifically for local residents — not investors. One option, according to Saiki, the House speaker, is to revisit a statute allowing high-rise developers to hold back half of the units from the public. Those units may be going to buyers overseas. Legislators are expected to take another shot at the regulation of online vacation rental brokers such as Airbnb, which has been criticized for exacerbating the housing crisis by filling neighborhoods with tourists. Short-term rentals make up one in five Kahuku homes and one in 10 Hauula homes, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Ige, who vetoed one such measure in 2016, had been working behind the scenes to draft an agreement with the rental giant. That deal has since been scrapped and the administration will defer to the Legislature for a resolution, said Luke, chair of the House Finance Committee. Hawaii land-use laws tend to limit landowners’ ability to rent properties as short-term rentals, but county laws are supposed to ensure neighborhoods don’t become overrun with tourists. Senate Ways and Means Chair Donovan Dela Cruz says transit-oriented development along the rail line will be a priority.Cory Lum/Civil Beat Housing and homelessness will also be major issues under consideration for the Senate, said Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz, chair of the Ways and Means Committee. Senators will take up transit-oriented development along the rail line, he said, and growing Hawaii’s economy to ensure residents can “live, work and play.” The chamber is also expected to take a critical look at the island’s visitor capacity, impacts of tourism in public places such as beaches or hiking trails, and criminal and juvenile justice reform, Dela Cruz said. Sen. Russell Ruderman has already confirmed to the Hawaii Tribune-Herald that he plans to introduce a measure to legalize cannabis for recreational use. A measure to legalize medical aid in dying, also called death with dignity and physician-assisted suicide, will likely resurface. Multiple bills have failed in past years, despite public support in multiple polls. The bill that stalled in the House Health Committee after easily clearing the full Senate is still alive. Lawmakers also plan to take up mail-only voting again this year in an attempt to resuscitate voter turnout. Hawaii has ranked dead last for voter turnout the past five presidential elections, hitting a historic state low of 35 percent turnout in last year’s primary election. Also left on the cutting room floor last session were bills to fund public education via visitor accommodations taxes and another to create an “Airport Authority,” effectively removing airports from the Department of Transportation’s purview. The Women’s Legislative Caucus plans to introduce broad-based legislation on domestic violence, according to Sen. Laura Thielen. She noted that measures looking at consequences for abusers, services to change offender behaviors and early intervention programs would be up for consideration. The Hawaii State Association of Counties’ legislative asks include bills to regulate drones, change the distribution of the hotel room tax, use identification cards to indicate a disability and create a 25 percent tax credit for fire suppression systems in residential properties. Maui County has again requested legislation to loosen the state’s open meetings law for county council and board members. The post What We’ll Be Watching At The Hawaii Legislature appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.

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  • General Will Review Why Hawaii Sent Out False Nuke AlarmGeneral Will Review Why Hawaii Sent Out False Nuke Alarm

    A brigadier general with the Hawaii Army National Guard will conduct an evaluation of the state agency in charge of emergency preparedness after the agency sent out a false missile warning that caused a statewide panic. At a Monday evening news conference, Gov. David Ige announced he had signed an executive order authorizing Brig. Gen. Kenneth S. Hara to review “the current emergency response system, including notifications and warnings, and make recommendations for improvement.” The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency sent the emergency alerts warning as text messages to tens of thousands of cellphones at about 8:07 Saturday morning. It took the agency 38 minutes to send a second alert letting the public know that the first emergency alert was a false alarm. Brig. Gen Kenneth S. Hara was appointed to head a review of Hawaii’s Emergency Management Enterprise after the state issued an erroneous alert of a ballistic missile attack.Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat State officials said a worker triggered the false alarm by clicking a mouse on the wrong item on a computer screen while performing a routine internal test of the system. The worker also reportedly clicked on a second warning prompt that asked if he really wanted to carry out the action. The worker has been reassigned. Hara, who serves as deputy adjutant general for Hawaii’s Department of Defense, said the evaluation will examine not just the state’s relatively new missile warning system, but also the broader emergency response system that includes tsunami and hurricane warning systems. He said the evaluation will include various modes of communications and community outreach. An interim report is due in 30 days and a final report in 60 days. According to the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, this is the screen where an operator mistakenly set off the false ballistic missile alert. He clicked PACOM (CDW) — STATE ONLY, rather than the drill warning, the agency said.Hawaii Emergency Management Although the Hawaii Department of Defense adjutant general oversees the Emergency Management Agency, state law says the DOD’s oversight is “subject to the direction and control of the governor.” The evaluation also will seek to answer the particularly troubling question of why some mobile phones received no alert, Ige said. Ige also apologized again to the public “for the fear, anxiety and heartache the false alert on Saturday created for you.” “It was terrifying for all of us – our families, visitors, and especially the children of Hawaii,” Ige said. Ige stressed that the agency already has implemented safeguards to ensure that there’s not another false missile alarm. And it has created a process that will allow the agency to send out a notice alert immediately if there’s another false alarm. Related Cory Lum/Civil Beat False Alarm Fallout: Worker Reassigned And Trump Weighs In January 14, 2018 Cory Lum/Civil Beat False Missile Threat Mistakenly Triggered As Part Of Internal Drill January 13, 2018 Saturday Morning Panic: Reactions To Hawaii’s False Alarm January 13, 2018 In addition, Ige said the agency has established better lines of communications across its emergency management network. Finally, Ige said he has directed the emergency management agency to cease the internal missile warning system tests until officials conclude their review of what happened. Ige also confirmed that death threats have been made to the employee who accidentally sent the missile alert. He said the threats are “unacceptable and not how we do things here.” The governor said it was not fair to scapegoat emergency management personnel. It is still not clear what underlying causes led to the monumental mistake. Although Ige said the state’s emergency systems are continuously evaluated and improved, the emergency management agency’s administrator, Vern Miyagi, said the system has been operating only since November. The employee who made the error had received the same training as the rest of the staff, he said. Jodi Leong, a spokeswoman for Ige, said she could not immediately provide training materials, checklists or policies and procedures used by staff to guide their work and prevent errors. Officials have said the 38-minute delay in notifying the public that the alert was a false alarm was a result of needing approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to issue the alert. However, Ige acknowledged that delay was preventable. “If we had prepared for it, there would not have been a delay,” he said. Although it was more than half an hour before the agency sent the false alarm message, it did quickly send messages via Facebook and Twitter.  Officials such as U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard also were quick to point out the false alarm on social media. Still, residents were left scrambling for shelter. Ige himself described his actions that morning, saying he awakened his wife and quickly headed out from Washington Place toward Diamond Head, according to protocols. Asked if he checked his social media apps before embarking, he said, “I did not check Twitter before I left.” Ige’s announcement Monday evening came just a day after the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission announced the federal government had launched its own investigation into what he called an “unacceptable” error. “The false emergency alert sent yesterday in Hawaii was absolutely unacceptable,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement. “It caused a wave of panic across the state — worsened by the 38-minute delay before a correction alert was issued.” The post General Will Review Why Hawaii Sent Out False Nuke Alarm appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.

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  • Will there be a possible political shake up post false missile alert?Will there be a possible political shake up post false missile alert?

    In the wake of this weekend’s false alarm, many people around the state are criticizing the Ige administration for what happened, and for how long it took to notify the public that the alert was sent out by mistake. “They want someone to stand up and take responsibility and they want to see consequences,” Dr. John Hart of Hawaii Pacific University said. Governor Ige again made a statement Monday, offering a personal apology for what happened. Hart was asked if this weekend’s events will affect the Governor’s chances of reelection this November. “I think there is potential for political fallout here. In other words, does this become the representative act of what a governor would say is low-key, but what his opponent will argue is ineffective behavior?” Hart said. The Governor’s campaign gave us a statement saying in part, “… we are confident Governor Ige will continue to lead and make the right decisions for the right reasons.” The question, according to Hart, becomes whether or not this weekend’s events will become a rallying point for Ige’s opponents. “In other words, does this transcend this moment to be the representative example of the administration. It’s like George Bush looking at his watch during the debate, those individual events that for some people symbolize what’s wrong, and if this becomes the event for the governor, it’s not good politically,” Hart said.

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  • How to avoid tax scamsHow to avoid tax scams

    Tax season’s coming up. It’s a time when scammers are lurking, targeting businesses and tax preparers. In this Action Line Consumer Alert, this is a warning to keep you from becoming a victim. Traditionally during tax season it’s individuals who are usually the targets. But over the last few years, accounting and payroll departments, as well as tax professionals have been hit. What the scammers are doing is they’re sending emails, pretending to be the CEO or someone from the corporate office requesting an electronic copy of all the employees’ W-2s. “A lot of identity theft starts with getting your address, your Social Security number, a lot of personal data that is contained on tax forms and at this time tax forms are being passed around, maybe being sent through email, through the internet,” said Jason Kama, Hawaii Better Business Bureau Director of Marketing. Once the employee sends the data, the scammer has access to all that information. Tax preparers are also getting similar requests but instead the email looks to be from the IRS, asking them to update their account by clicking on a link, then taking them to a bogus site that steals their username and password. Ultimately your financial security and identity are at risk. “Also the scammers are getting really, really authentic looking. They’ve stepped their game up too. It’s not as easy to determine if it’s a scam or not,” explained Kama. The IRS recommends you file your taxes as soon as possible in order to prevent someone from posing as you and filing a return in your name. Be aware of who has access to your W-2 forms. Businesses and tax professionals should always double check any suspicious requests for sensitive information. If you have a consumer concern or are interested in becoming an Action Line volunteer, give us a call at 591-0222 weekdays between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. or send an email to actionline@khon2.com.

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  • Polynesian Bowl Team Mauka & Team Makai rosters are announced in WaikikiPolynesian Bowl Team Mauka & Team Makai rosters are announced in Waikiki

    Festivies for the second annual Polynesian Bowl got underway Monday, headlined in the evening with the draft at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel. Team Mauka captained and coached by San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman DeForest Buckner and Dick Vermeil announced their roster, alongside Team Makai led by Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Danny Shelton and Terry Donahue. DeForest Buckner & Dick Vermeil The Polynesian Bowl is a premier high school football all-star game, organized by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame (www.PolynesianFootballHOF.org) that features 100 of the world’s elite football players. A majority of players in the game will be of Polynesian ancestry. The 2018 Polynesian Bowl will be played on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Aloha Stadium on O`ahu, Hawai`i during the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend. 2018 POLYNESIAN BOWL ROSTERS Legends Dick Vermeil and Terry Donahue will serve as Head Coaches; Cleveland Browns NT Danny Shelton and San Francisco 49ers DL DeForest Buckner will be the Honorary Team Captains; and NFL players Michael Bennett, Marcus Mariota, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Ronnie Stanley have been named Ambassadors for the game.      

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  • The Latest: Passenger who died after boat fire identifiedThe Latest: Passenger who died after boat fire identified

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  • U Penn student reportedly stabbed more than 20 timesU Penn student reportedly stabbed more than 20 times

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  • Ige: False missile alert won't happen again; 'you have my promise'Ige: False missile alert won't happen again; 'you have my promise'

    PHOTOS: False missile warning causes wave of panic across Hawaii Slideshow: PHOTOS: False missile warning causes wave of panic across Hawaii...

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  • Feds say state didn’t need to wait on them for missile-alert correctionFeds say state didn’t need to wait on them for missile-alert correction

    The state said Saturday that waiting for federal approval was one of the reasons it took so long to issue a cancellation message on the same system that had carried the false alarm. But Always Investigating learned directly from the feds that wasn’t true. FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, told KHON2 not only is their permission and approval not needed for messages, but that it’s been that way ever since the state applied to use the wireless emergency alert system about six years ago. Now the state tells us it was really seeking FEMA advice, not approval, before sending out the all-clear to all cell phones 38 minutes later. FEMA provides a system called IPAWS — the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System. Think of it as a backbone that local authorities, like the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) then latch on to, but first have to build or buy their own software interfaces to write and broadcast alerts directly to your cell phone. That’s how messages, whether things like tsunami warnings or Saturday’s false missile threat, blare on your cellular handset. But what about retractions or all-clears? The state said Saturday, and wrote on their timeline of false-alarm events, that they had to wait for federal approval to text false alarm through the same IPAWS mass alert system that carried the first alert. Here’s how Vern Miyagi, HI-EMA administrator, described it Saturday: “At 8:45 a.m. after getting authorization from FEMA’s IPAWS Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, HI-EMA issued a civil emergency message that verbally alerted people that this was false. a missile was not incoming. This was false alarm.” KHON2 went directly to FEMA documentation of the IPAWS system and found messaging is locally, not federally, controlled. So we checked directly with FEMA whose spokesperson told Always Investigating: “FEMA approval was not required to send the retraction message.” FEMA told us Hi-EMA didn’t have to wait. “The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency possesses the authority to cancel or retract Hawaii Emergency Management Agency-initiated warnings, without intervention or approval from FEMA,” Eileen Lainez, FEMA spokesperson, told Always Investigating. Approval was not needed per FEMA, yet that’s where the state told us Saturday they lost a lot of time. We showed those responses to U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz who said, “This is deeply frustrating. That’s quite bad, but even if there were some rule that required you to go back to FEMA, somebody should have used their judgment to just go ahead and retract it.” KHON2 asked HI-EMA, why the discrepancy? “I’m not going to say it was needed,” HI-EMA spokesperson Richard Rapoza said. “At this point that’s part of our investigation to see if it was absolutely required, but the answer wasn’t clear to us at the time.” KHON2 asked, why cast it as an authorization and approval needed on Saturday? “I think there was actually some confusion at the time,” Rapoza said. “When Vern and the governor and various people spoke Saturday, we were right on the heels of a big event. And so getting all of our information straight, making sure everybody understood exactly what was going on, was a bit of a challenge. So people might have used words, they may have used nomenclature, that may have characterized things in a way that was fast or convenient as opposed to absolutely carefully worded.” HI-EMA now tells Always Investigating they called FEMA for guidance on how to distribute the all-clear, asking for help, not permission, on how to send a correction. “Because it wasn’t built into the system it wasn’t absolutely clear what appropriate channel of IPAWS was to send the message out,” Rapoza said. KHON2 asked: Why even take the time to even ask what’s “appropriate” again when the most inappropriate thing had just happened? “At that point there’s an argument made that we didn’t want to add insult to injury and start running around just trying one thing after another,” Rapoza said. “It’s important to do it properly.” “The state called us that morning to discuss the false alert and to ask for technical guidance, which we provided during that call,” FEMA’s spokesperson told KHON2. “Confidence is close to zero, so the only way you’re going to be able to rebuild confidence is to be totally truthful about what happened. There are no excuses there is no way to make this sound better than it really is, we just have to work on fixing this,” Schatz said. FEMA tells me they are “in contact with the State of Hawaii, FEMA Region IX, and the FCC, gathering more details to understand how this occurred, and how to prevent such occurrences in the future.” FEMA tries to head these kinds of mistakes off with standard guidance, such as a 2015 field guide for states and agencies to build their front-end interfaces with an “easily accessed ‘Cancel’ function. Yet despite that advice from FEMA in black and white, dating back years, HI-EMA had no cancel button before Saturday. “It’s outrageous the idea they had difficulty retracting this message that caused everybody to panic shows that they hadn’t really thought this thing through,” Schatz said. “FEMA instructed our state agencies on how to set this thing up, they were not ready for prime time, and that’s what this thing was.” As to why other agencies here who knew it was false couldn’t just trigger an IPAWS correction while HI-EMA waited? We found out Hawaii is one of only a handful of states and territories that have only one agency signed up to use IPAWS. In the vast majority of states, the counties, police, sheriffs, even some private agencies can use the FEMA IPAWS system to write and send alerts to all of their region’s cellular handsets. Online resources: FEMA: Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS) FEMA: Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) FCC: Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)

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  • Transcript: Governor Ige’s address on false missile alertTranscript: Governor Ige’s address on false missile alert

    Governor’s Address on False Alert January 15, 2018 I want to begin by offering my personal apology for the fear, anxiety and heartache the false alert on Saturday created for you. It was terrifying for all of us – our families, visitors, and especially, the children of Hawaiʻi. My number one priority is the safety and security of the people of Hawaiʻi and our visitors. Our everyday heroes are protecting our state, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. I thank them for their dedication and sacrifice. I will not stand for scapegoating of our emergency management personnel when a number of unfortunate errors caused this event. Death threats are completely unacceptable and not how we do things here. I am the governor and these good, decent emergency personnel work for me. I am ultimately responsible. I wish I could say there was a simple reason for why it took so long to get the correction to the false alert out. While we got to Twitter, TV and Facebook fairly quickly, we were hamstrung by a number of factors making it difficult to get a timely cancellation out to cell phones. It is clear what happened Saturday revealed the need for additional safeguards and improvements to our state system. I already directed the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency to cease their ballistic missile defense internal warning drill until a full review of the facts and circumstances surrounding the false alert is concluded. We created an immediate process with a pre-scripted cancellation and false alert message. We imposed a two-step, two-person rule for all TV, radio and wireless activation. And we established better protocols and lines of communication across our emergency management network. Moving forward, there is much to fix, plan for and do. Today, I signed an Executive Order appointing Brigadier General Kenneth Hara, the Deputy Adjutant General, to oversee a comprehensive review of our emergency management enterprise and to immediately implement needed changes. He will be working closely with General Miyagi and the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency team. General Hara is also tasked with helping us, government, businesses, families and individuals know what to do, where to go and how to prepare. Children going down manholes, stores closing their doors to those seeking shelter and cars driving at high speeds cannot happen again. We will do a better job of educating the public. General Hara will give me an initial action plan within 30 days and a formal report in 60 days. We’ve already made a number of fixes. On Saturday, we went to work immediately to implement improvements to our emergency management system, staffing, and procedures to fix these problems. Let me be clear, false notifications – and waiting for what felt like an eternity – will not happen again. You have my promise on this. I have also been pushing for the ability to test the cellular alerts, just as we do the monthly siren test. But it has been blocked nationwide. This has prevented us from testing the cell phone warning alert system. Long before Saturday, I signed a formal opt-in agreement with FirstNet. This is a nationwide broadband network for the first responder community being built across the state. FirstNet makes it possible to exchange critical information instantly among all of Hawaiʻi’s responder community. They will have the latest and most accurate information and will be able to respond more quickly. FirstNet will continue to function should telephone circuits and cell systems be overloaded. I look forward to partnering with the legislature and our Congressional delegation to make sure we provide you with the tools and resources you need to keep you and your families safe. We are a resilient community. We look out for and help each other. Hawaiʻi knows how to stand strong and defend itself. But we must also work for a more peaceful world. We must demand a de-escalation with North Korea, so sirens and warnings become a thing of the past. In the words of Martin Luther King, Junior, who we remember today, “The time is always right to do what is right.” Thank you and aloha. EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 18-01 By the authority vested in me as Governor by the Constitution and laws of the State of Hawaii, in order to provide alerts, response, and relief for emergencies, damages, losses, and suffering, and to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the people, I, DAVID Y. IGE, Governor of the State of Hawaii, hereby determine and order as follows: WHEREAS, Hawaii, with a population of approximately 1.4 million residents across eight inhabited islands, are susceptible to a myriad of natural and man-made hazards; and WHEREAS, Hawaii is located in the most remote location on Earth separated by great distances and travel time from the continental United States; and WHEREAS, Hawaii’s location in the Pacific makes it a highly strategic location for government and military interests which necessitates additional emergency management coordination and preparation; and WHEREAS, Hawaii’s location and vulnerability to multiple hazards has helped Hawaii continue to develop an emergency management system intended to protect the public from all natural and man-made hazards; and WHEREAS, as part of Hawaii’s preemptive and protective measures, Hawaii officials have been actively working on warning and response plans that include alerting the public as early as possible in order to maximize preemptive and protective actions to protect the public; and WHEREAS, on January 13, 2018, an emergency warning of an actual ballistic missile launch was inadvertently issued during a shift change drill conducted by the State Warning Point; and WHEREAS, this false alarm resulted in significant response actions at all levels and sectors in Hawaii; and WHEREAS, while Hawaii’s emergency management system is highly evolved, this recent false alarm reinforces the need for continued improvement of all emergency management plans and operations. NOW, THEREFORE, I, DAVID Y. IGE, Governor of the State of Hawaii, pursuant to the powers delegated to me by the Constitution and the applicable laws of the State of Hawaii, including chapter 127A and section 121-11, Hawaii Revised Statutes, hereby authorize and direct Brigadier General, Kenneth S. Hara, currently serving as the Deputy Adjutant General of the State of Hawaii, Department of Defense, to review the current emergency response system, including notifications and warnings, and make recommendations for improvement with such review to include: 1. Facilitating efforts to identify capability and resource gaps and develop an action plan that recommends prioritization for resources required to enhance resilience, preparedness, and response capabilities. 2. Identifying actions to strengthen and expand government, private, and public partnerships for preparedness for all hazards. 3. Revising and recommending emergency notification procedures to ensure immediate notification, confirmation, or cancellation of threats 4. Strengthening information sharing, collaboration, and communication. 5. Improving public education to help the public know what to do when an alert goes out. 6. Produce an initial action plan no later than 30 days of this executive order, a final report no later than 60 days of this executive order, and identify any portions of these documents that should not be released to the public for security or other legal reasons. Done at the State Capitol, this 15th day of January, 2018. ______________________________ DAVID Y. IGE, Governor of Hawaii APPROVED: ____________________________ DOUGLAS S. CHIN Attorney General State of Hawaii Doug Chin

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  • Glowing Red Lava Rolls Down Slopes of Philippine VolcanoGlowing Red Lava Rolls Down Slopes of Philippine Volcano

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  • With minutes to decide, what should you do in a real missile alert?With minutes to decide, what should you do in a real missile alert?

    The false missile alarm caught many people off guard. Some people were at home when they received the false alarm. Others were in their vehicles or enjoying the weekend outdoors. If we ever are targeted – officials say you have just 15 minutes to prepare. So that’s why their message is simple – shelter in place. If you’re already at home, officials say stay home and away from windows. If you’re outside, seek shelter in a nearby building preferably a concrete structure. If you’re outside and nothing like that is nearby, look for the best cover available. Put as much mass as possible between yourself and the blast. If you’re in a car, pull to the side of the road and find a nearby building. If you can’t, then stay in your car. Concrete is the best protection, but if your home is made of wood, going to the center of your home will provide you the best protection. In a large apartment or office building, get to the bottom into the basement if possible. In Honolulu, city bus drivers were told via text message to pull over and help passengers seek refuge in a building. Many did, but we learned some passengers were kicked off. So we asked Oahu Transit Services and were told those reports are being investigated. “I’m not here to say there weren’t miscommunications that is something, we are going to look out in terms of our protocols to make sure that our instruction sent out via text message are as clear as they possibly can be,” Roger Morton of OTS said at a conference that took place on Saturday. We also found there was confusion at places like Walmart and City Mill. City Mill tells us it received reports of one person being turned away. “In one of our stores we had a sales associate who was not clear of the procedures and was planning to shut the whole store down send the employees home including customers and himself, but I think he was not aware of the immediacy of this particular emergency,” the company said. City Mills says since Sunday the company has a new nuclear emergency plan. Walmart sent KHON2 this statement: “We can’t imagine the panic, chaos and fear that Hawaii residents, including our associates and customers, experienced during the false emergency alert last week. Our store and club associates are trained to respond to a broad range of emergency situations and, despite the unprecedented nature of this alert, their quick response helped many people find immediate shelter inside our buildings. We understand that in the confusion some associates may have misunderstood the direction and evacuated customers rather than sheltering in place. For this we apologize. As a result of this unusual occurrence, we will review our emergency response training with associates and reinforce proper procedures to help ensure all of our associates are prepared for any similar situations in the future.” Following the blast, the radioactive fallout could last up to 14 days. So stay inside until you’re told to leave or for two weeks, whichever comes first. It is crucial to have enough supplies to last 14 days. Your hurricane kit should already be packed with enough supplies to last that long. And remember to have a battery powered radio packed too, that is how the State will keep us informed if the worse happens.

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  • Sen. Schatz: Scrap missile alert system and build a new one from scratchSen. Schatz: Scrap missile alert system and build a new one from scratch

    While federal agencies investigate, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz tells us he wants Hawaii’s missile alert system scrapped so a new one can be put in its place. Schatz says that even though the state has already made improvements to prevent a similar incident, we’re better off starting from scratch. State officials emphasized that there would now be two people in charge of issuing a missile alert notification and a cancellation notice is now on standby. “Is that enough or is that even close to enough?” KHON2 asked. “This idea of having two people at the button is fine, but it assumes that the rest of the system is a smart system and I just don’t know that. I think we have to scrap this thing start all over and justify every piece from the beginning,” Schatz replied. As a ranking member of the Congressional subcommittee on telecommunications, Schatz is calling on the FCC to not only find out what went wrong, but also recommend a better system. He tells KHON2 that we already have a reliable way of notifying the public about natural disasters, so that will provide a good base for a missile alert scenario. “Obviously in the case of a military attack it has to be slightly different, but we should use all of the infrastructure that we already have to notify the public,” Schatz said. Schatz says other federal agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and Pacific Command will need to provide some input. He adds that there is no urgency to get it done right away. “The truth is as much as anybody is concerned about North Korea, we’re not facing anything imminent we have time to get our system right,” Schatz said. And if a missile is actually launched toward Hawaii, which is highly unlikely, he added that our military defense system is very capable of intercepting it. “So obviously it behooves everybody to stay prepared, but there is no reason to worry about this every morning,” he said. KHON2 also checked with the military on the sirens that went off on Saturday morning. A spokeswoman from Hickam says the sirens on base were activated, but they were state sirens so someone from the state had to have turned them on. We’ll be following up to find out how that happened.

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  • Amid panic, Kualoa Ranch took action to protect visitors and communityAmid panic, Kualoa Ranch took action to protect visitors and community

    We’ve heard the stories of panic, but we’re also hearing stories of people who came together to protect each other during Saturday’s false missile alarm. Hundreds of people were at Kualoa Ranch when that alert went out. After the initial shock and confusion, staff members realized they needed to act fast. They immediately rounded up visitors and took them to what’s likely one of the safest places on island. “We filled all of our guests up in our movie buses, our minibuses, our jeeps, any vehicle we had. We sprinted into action and just had everybody go up to the bunker,” Rachel Aveiro said. The bunker was built by the Army in 1943. It’s a long corridor that runs through the mountain. Brent Belanger was one of hundreds of visitors and staff transported there. “We walked into the visitor center and the employees were like they’re busing people, go to to the back, they’re putting people on buses and taking them to the bunker. And we didn’t even have to ask,” Belanger said. “Some people were crying, you definitely felt that emotion with everyone, but pretty much our concern was staying calm for our guests especially,” Aveiro said. Residents who live near the ranch were also fleeing for safety. Kualoa Ranch CEO John Morgan was down by the road letting people in through a private gate. “They were gonna go up anyway, they were trying to climb the gate. So when I opened it. They were very grateful for that, but they were definitely distraught,” Morgan said. Once the alert was deemed a false alarm, there was a huge sigh of relief. “Our staff did an amazing job and we got a lot of positive comments from the public that thought the staff did great. I’m grateful for them,” Morgan said.

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  • Manti Te’o extends Aloha to Saints teammate after ‘Minnesota Miracle’Manti Te’o extends Aloha to Saints teammate after ‘Minnesota Miracle’

    Marcus Williams sat sobbing in front of his cubicle in the silenced New Orleans locker room, his face buried in a folded white towel. Deep inside Minnesota’s stadium that erupted in victorious euphoria a few minutes earlier, Williams was having a hard time grappling with what had just happened. The rest of his Saints teammates were, too, after a 61-yard touchdown pass by Case Keenum to Stefon Diggs burned Williams on the game’s final play and gave the Vikings a 29-24 victory for a place in the NFC championship game . “You can’t let it beat you down,” Williams said, his eyes still reddened by the tears. “I’m going to take it upon myself to do all I can to never let that happen again. If it happens again, then I shouldn’t be playing.” Williams, the rookie free safety and second-round draft pick from Utah who was one of several new players who helped the Saints transform a once-lagging defense, was the last man in coverage when the Vikings sent Kyle Rudolph, Jarius Wright and Diggs on routes toward the sideline with no timeouts remaining. Diggs was the deepest, and as he jumped to catch the ball, Williams went low to try to undercut him with an awkwardly executed attempt at a tackle. “It was just my play to make,” Williams said. “The ball was in the air. I can go attack it.” New Orleans linebacker, Punahou graduate Manti Te’o who recorded 10-tackles and a sack against Minnesota was quick to show support for his rookie teammate following the game. “He’s going to have so many opportunities and make so many great plays in the future. Everybody makes mistakes. It wasn’t even him. It wasn’t just him. He didn’t lose that game. I could have done a whole lot of things better. I could have made more tackles. I could have ran through gaps and made some TFL’s. I could have done a lot of stuff. It wasn’t Marcus. Marcus is a great player, he’s a young player and has a bight future ahead of him. He’s going to make more great plays than mistakes and I’m just excited for the kid. He’s going to come back, he’s going to get better and you add a lot of motivation to that and sky is the limit for him and I’m glad that he’s my safety.” WHAT.AN.ENDING!#BringItHome pic.twitter.com/VWakbeWdcL — Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) January 15, 2018 Diggs, who made sure to note right before the catch that Williams was the only one behind him, kept his balance as he landed and deftly kept his feet in bounds. Then he spun around and kept on running into the end zone to queue up the celebration. “As a safety back there, you’ve got to be the eraser,” Williams said. “Last play of the game, you’ve got to go do it. You know you’ve got to save the game.” The Saints were both defensive and supportive of their first-year teammate, who could play another decade in the NFL and not experience a similar devastation with the stakes so high and the chance for failure so low. “He’s got to keep his head up,” said cornerback and fellow rookie Marshon Lattimore. “I’m not going to say he’s not feeling bad about the play, but we’ve got his back. We’re young, and we’re trying to come back next year. Marcus is a special player. You can’t let that one play, as big as it was, turn you against him. He’s been playing great all year. Just didn’t get the tackle this time.” Defensive end Cameron Jordan tried to take on some of the blame. “Had I been a half-step faster and been able to get off the tight end and the tackle and completely take over that play,” Jordan said, he could have sacked Keenum before the “Minneapolis Miracle,” or the modern-day “Immaculate Reception,” ever made it to the air. The Vikings finished with 403 total yards, though the defense recovered well enough from a 17-0 deficit to give Drew Brees the opportunity to throw for three touchdown passes over the final 16:16 of the game and drive the Saints in position for Wil Lutz’s go-ahead field goal with 25 seconds left. Williams intercepted Keenum earlier to set up the second touchdown drive, and the Saints sacked Keenum twice. In the end, though, all that mattered was the failure to tackle Diggs on the fateful final play. “You work so hard for a goal. It’s right there, and you come up short,” Te’o said. “You can imagine anybody, how they would feel. It’s just a learning opportunity for all of us.”

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  • 2018 Narcissus Queen crowned at Hawaii Theatre2018 Narcissus Queen crowned at Hawaii Theatre

    Despite the pandemonium that occurred on Saturday due to a false incoming missile alert in Hawaii, the Narcissus Queen pageant went on and crowned a new winner. Jami Zhong, 21, of Salt Lake, was crowned the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii's 69th Narcissus Queen on Saturday evening at Hawaii Theatre in Honolulu.

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  • Homelessness, housing top agenda as lawmakers reconveneHomelessness, housing top agenda as lawmakers reconvene

    Policies to alleviate Hawaii's persistent homelessness problem and chronic housing shortage are expected to top the agenda when state lawmakers open a new legislative session this week. "But our House members know that these are priorities and that we have to put the resources behind them.

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  • Death threats pile up for 'warning officer' who triggered bogus missile alert - Honolulu Star-AdvertiserDeath threats pile up for 'warning officer' who triggered bogus missile alert - Honolulu Star-Advertiser

    Honolulu Star-AdvertiserDeath threats pile up for 'warning officer' who triggered bogus missile alertHonolulu Star-AdvertiserThe state “warning officer” at the center of Saturday's bogus alert of an imminent missile attack that caused widespread panic is a 10-year veteran and non-union, exempt employee who has received “dozens of death threats by fax, telephone, social media ...and more »

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  • Crews Free Entangled Humpback Whale Near MauiCrews Free Entangled Humpback Whale Near Maui

    WAILUKU, Maui (AP) — A humpback whale spotted near Maui has been freed of braided line caught in its mouth. A joint statement from state and federal agencies says the entangled whale was freed on Friday. It was first spotted on Thursday by the captain of a fishing vessel. Rescue teams then went to the scene and began to remove the more than 285 feet of braided line that the whale was trailing. This Friday image provided by NOAA’s Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program shows an entangled humpback whale with line running from both sides of its mouth, spotted off Makena Beach on Hawaii’s island of Maui.AP The agencies say the whale was active on Thursday, and with sunset approaching, crews put a tracking buoy on the line and came back to finish the job on Friday. The agencies say the whale has an excellent chance of survival. It was found off Makena Beach. The gear will be analyzed to determine where it came from. The post Crews Free Entangled Humpback Whale Near Maui appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.

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  • AP Reporter Recounts Moments After Hawaii Missile AlertAP Reporter Recounts Moments After Hawaii Missile Alert

    Editor’s note: Associated Press correspondent Caleb Jones was with his daughter at their Honolulu home when state emergency officials mistakenly sent out a cellphone alert warning of a missile heading for Hawaii. He recounts the panic that he, like other islanders, felt not knowing for several minutes if the threat was real. (AP) — It was a beautiful Hawaii morning: nice breeze, blue skies, birds chirping. Then terror struck. We were up early, my daughter and I, because this Saturday morning was her first day of ice skating lessons, a day we had been talking about and looking forward to for months. We were also having construction done in our Honolulu apartment, which sits atop a hill overlooking the Nuuanu Valley and, in the distance, Pearl Harbor. So, I had been frantically clearing out the living room and covering our things with sheets so they wouldn’t be smothered in sawdust. Associated Press correspondent Caleb Jones’ 7-year-old daughter looks out toward Pearl Harbor from their home in Honolulu on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. Jones was with his daughter at their home on Saturday when an emergency alert warning of a missile strike was sent out to mobile devices across the state. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)AP We got her skating clothes on and tacked up the living room, and I was just about to hop in the shower when, around 8:07 a.m., my phone started the aggressive, long pulsating tone that normally accompanies a flash flood or other warning. Emergency Alert: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” “Not a drill?” I thought. I looked out over the valley toward Honolulu International Airport and Pearl Harbor and envisioned a nuclear blast spreading over the landscape and funneling up the Pali Highway and into my thin-walled home. It’s literally a direct line to the most likely military target. There was no concrete structure, no basement, not even an interior room that would make sense to wait in. I wasn’t prepared with water or food. I panicked. Related Stories Cory Lum/Civil Beat False Alarm Fallout: Worker Reassigned And Trump Weighs In January 14, 2018 Cory Lum/Civil Beat False Missile Threat Mistakenly Triggered As Part Of Internal Drill January 13, 2018 Saturday Morning Panic: Reactions To Hawaii’s False Alarm January 13, 2018 Getty Images Tad Bartimus: When There’s A Nuke Headed Your Way, ‘Do What You Gotta Do’ January 13, 2018 As a journalist, I knew what officials recommended. I have covered the drills, the warnings, the siren tests. According to emergency officials, it could take between 12 and 15 minutes for a missile to strike. I knew more than probably most people in Hawaii: Shelter in place, take cover, tune in and await instructions. But fight or flight kicked in. All the nuclear threat models that state officials run use Pearl Harbor and its adjoining military base as ground zero. I also knew there wouldn’t be any rush hour traffic on a Saturday morning. I chose flight, which in retrospect may have been the wrong decision. But maybe not. “We’re going,” I thought. I had 12 minutes to get my daughter out of the blast zone and over the mountain range. “Get your shoes on, we have to go,” I told the 7-year-old girl who I protect and cherish with my life. She asked why, and I first told her I wasn’t quite sure but we had to go. I was watching my clock. Eleven minutes. Around the same time I started making calls for work. After my daughter, my priority was informing the world about what was happening. Text messages started coming in from colleagues. Planning started happening. Calls were being made. Nine minutes. “What’s happening, Daddy?” she asked repeatedly. I decided to be honest and maintained a calm tone. “I don’t know yet, Honey, but you know the siren tests you had at school. It’s like that, and we just need to go somewhere safe.” “There’s a missile?” she asked, a question I never imagined my young daughter would have to ask. My plan was to make it to a Target in Kailua and shelter there. Plenty of food, strong structure, far from a likely ground zero. I had my laptop and everything I needed for work and figured I would be able to do my job and hopefully protect my daughter. We jumped in my car and drove away from Honolulu. Others had the same idea, it seemed. People were driving extremely fast away from the center of town, but traffic was still light enough that cars were flowing over the highway that connects the east side of Oahu to Honolulu. You could see the panic on people’s faces, blatantly using their cellphones while driving — something we’ve learned through hefty traffic fines not to do. I got to the top of the Pali Highway and to the other side of the mountain range pretty quickly, looking in my rear-view mirror to see if there was a mushroom cloud. This Saturday photo provided by Jhune Liwanag shows a highway median sign broadcasting the all-clear message in Kaneohe.AP By that time, one of my colleagues had gotten in touch with officials who told her it was a false alarm. She texted the news to me. Still, there was no official notice of an all-clear, and the people around me continued to panic. Once I knew we all weren’t going to die, my panic and fear for my daughter’s safety turned to energy to get the story out. I turned around and returned home, making calls along the way. Some calls failed as the wireless system became overwhelmed. We made it to her 9:30 a.m. skating lesson, in which she nailed the teacup maneuver and skated backward with her classmates. I interviewed other parents about what happened, sent in quotes and gathered some video. After her class, for the next eight hours, my daughter and I sat in the Associated Press bureau working to get the story out. She was visibly shaken but in good spirits. She made me and my colleagues laugh throughout the afternoon, scooting around on a rolling chair and asking over and over again if we could do something more fun. Today, as the sun rises over our view of Pearl Harbor, we feel relief that we can, indeed, do something more fun. After I write this story. The post AP Reporter Recounts Moments After Hawaii Missile Alert appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.

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