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  • Photos of the Foreign TripPhotos of the Foreign Trip

    President Donald J. Trump, joined by First Lady Melania Trump, stops to speak with the White House Press Corps, Friday, November 3, 2017, prior to their departure from the South Lawn at the White House to begin their trip to Asia. President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump receive traditional Hawaiian leis upon their arrival to Joint Base Hickam AFB, Friday, November 3, 2017, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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  • Rainbow Wahine win home opener behind Toeaina, AtwellRainbow Wahine win home opener behind Toeaina, Atwell

    HONOLULU — The University of Hawai’i women’s basketball team turned in a stellar offensive performance in an 84-68 win over Northern Arizona University to open the Bank of Hawai’i Classic on Friday. The ‘Bows (2-1) shot a season-best 46.1 percent from the field in the home-opener, and were able to slow down an NAU (0-3) offense which entered the game averaging 88.0 points per game. Point guard Tia Kanoa tallied seven assists to orchestrate a balanced Rainbow Wahine attack that resulted in four UH double-figure scorers. Redshirt-freshman Amy Atwell led the Rainbow Wahine with 17 points, many of which came off of her four steals, and added eight rebounds. She hit 8-of-15 attempts from the field in 27 minutes off the bench. Senior Sarah Toeaina contributed 16 points, shooting 4-of-5 from the free throw line and adding seven rebounds. Junior Lahni Salanoa hit 4-of-7 from the field, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range, to add 11 points for UH, and sophomore Julissa Tago added an efficient 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting. NAU’s Olivia Lucero dominated the game with 23 points, going 11-of-11 at the free throw line to lead all scorers. Kenna McDavis and Kaleigh Paplow added 14 points each for the Lumberjacks. NAU shot 37.3 percent from the field and hit just 1-of-7 from 3-point range after hitting 8.0 3-pointers per game heading into Friday’s contest. UH held a 43-37 advantage in rebounding and outscored NAU in the paint 44-32. After coughing up nine first-half turnovers, UH took better care of the ball in the second half, finishing with 14 turnovers while forcing the Lumberjacks into 22. The Bows will face San Diego on Nov. 19 at 5:00 p.m. USD’s win over Boise State earlier Friday makes Sunday’s game a true championship for the Bank of Hawai’i Classic title.

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  • Maui Humane Society seeks donations for animals in needMaui Humane Society seeks donations for animals in need

    The Maui Humane Society needs your help in providing hope for animals in need like Kibo. He was found on the side of the highway after being hit by a car. He suffered fractures to his front and back leg and underwent surgeries to fix them. The treatment cost thousands of dollars which was paid for by the humane society’s “hope fund.” “For animals that need care above and beyond. There are a lot of animals that need help and by us doing the work here it takes care of their major problems and so it just makes them a lot more adoptable when people can adopt them they don’t have to address all these major issues they’re already taken care of and go on to live a happy life,” said Dr. Kim. The Hope fund helped 180 animals last year. The Maui Humane Society says it’s on track to help more this year. With funds running low they’re hoping you can help by donating. For more information, log onto http://www.mauihumanesociety.org/content/5170563cb691d/Hope_Fund.html  

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  • Rainbow Wahine Basketball Wins Home-Opener Over NAU ... - KITV HonoluluRainbow Wahine Basketball Wins Home-Opener Over NAU ... - KITV Honolulu

    KITV HonoluluRainbow Wahine Basketball Wins Home-Opener Over NAU ...KITV HonoluluThe University of Hawai'i women's basketball team turned in a stellar offensive performance in an 84-68 win over Northern Arizona University to open the Bank ...and more »

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  • What can you do if someone impersonates you or a loved one online?What can you do if someone impersonates you or a loved one online?

      What should you do if someone is impersonating you online? That’s the question one mother had after she learned someone was pretending to be her daughter on the internet. The mother reached out to KHON2 saying the online impersonator created social media profiles with her daughter’s name and picture to threaten others. We wanted to know is it illegal and what if you become the target of online attacks? Unfortunately there’s not much you can do to stop someone from creating a fake profile under your name or to keep someone from threatening you, but depending on the case, it is possible the impersonator could face charges. Cyber security expert Chris Duque tells KHON2 he deals with online impersonation, also known as catfishing, regularly in his line of work. “For financial fraud, online, I see it on a weekly basis,” Duque said. “Cyberbullying or cyber harassment, pretty much every other day I get someone coming to me.” Whether it’s an email account or a social media profile, Duque says it’s not illegal to impersonate someone online although it could result in a civil lawsuit. However, if that online account is used to make threats to others, it’s possible criminal charges could be filed against the impersonator. “They say they’re going to hurt you, physical property damage, yea it’s a threat, terroristic threatening,” Duque said. “Say that, if you don’t do this, I’ll do this to you, I’ll post some pictures of you or whatever, I’ll say this, I’ll ruin your character – that’s extortion.” We’re told electronic harassment is another charge police could pursue but it depends on the evidence. “You have to warn them first, you document it, the person disregards your warning, then we got a criminal case,” he said. “The investigator should contact Instagram or Facebook or whoever the service provider is with the date, time and a copy of the threat, send a preservation letter to Facebook or Instagram to freeze the account. So what if you’re being impersonated or you become the victim of online attacks? Duque says time is of the essence. He says send a warning to whoever is behind the account to stop harassing you and take screenshots of the fake account and the threats if any are made. You should also call police and notify the service provider, such as Facebook or Instagram, about the impersonation or harassment. If a criminal investigation is started, a warrant can be issued to the service provider to hand over the IP address of the account that’s sending out threats. Duque says that gives police a good chance of tracking the person down but it’s important to act fast. We’re told accounts can be deleted and it’s up to service providers on how long they keep records of IP addresses.  

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  • 7-year-old with ukulele melts hearts with original song7-year-old with ukulele melts hearts with original song

    A 7-year-old from Maui is putting smiles on people’s faces as her recent performance makes the rounds on social media. Gretchen Losano shared a clip of her daughter, Kalikookalani, performing a song she wrote and composed herself. Video of the performance is gaining popularity on 808 Viral. Kaliko won third place in her age category at the Maui Youth Ukulele Contest in Kaanapali. We aired the video on our “Wake Up 2day Take 2” morning show, and Losano says she brought Kaliko to her grandmother’s house to surprise her. “What in the world, oh my gosh, my video is on. Oh my God, why’s my video on TV?” Kaliko exclaimed. The second-grader started playing the ukulele a year ago, and is also learning to pay the piano and violin.

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  • Hawaii police officers get pay raises under new contractHawaii police officers get pay raises under new contract

    Police officers across the state are getting a pay raise. Members of the SHOPO (State of Hawaii Police Officers Union) board of directors gathered Friday to announce the contract that will be in place for the next four years. “Today we are making it official. On behalf of the state board of directors to our members out there that they deserve it, and we’re happy 18 months later, we are finally here,” said SHOPO president Tenari Maafala. The contract increases officers’ pay each of the next four years by 2 or 2.25 percent. Along with pay raises, also in the contract is a firearm allowance, which goes up to $1,000 per year from the previous $500. Maafala says SHOPO is happy with the outcome. “One that separates us from many other labor organizations, not within the first responders community, is that the decision we have to make a split-second decision many times to take a life or save a life,” he said. Hawaii County legislators say the contract is fair and adds that there will be a meeting held in Honolulu to discuss funding. Earlier this year, Hawaii County raised property taxes by six percent. According to Hawaii County managing director Will Okabe, some of that money will go to pay officers’ salaries. “This contract is very similar to all the contracts already negotiated previously this year,” he said.

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  • From KHON2’s archives: Jason Momoa lands coveted role on ‘Baywatch Hawaii’From KHON2’s archives: Jason Momoa lands coveted role on ‘Baywatch Hawaii’

    Editor’s Note: This story originally aired on KHON2 on May 12, 1999. Three local residents were welcomed today to the cast of “Baywatch Hawaii.” The trio survived what had been a long, painstaking selection process, but the payoff could be huge. This morning, Stacy Kamano, 24, Jason Momoa, 19, and Kalai Miller, 26, are officially cast members of “Baywatch Hawaii.” Their selections end a process that began last month, when 1,300 hopefuls responded to an open casting call. During the process, some familiar names popped up. Former Miss Universe Brooke Lee auditioned, as well as surfer-model Malia Jones, and Playboy playmate Kona Carmack. “That’s definitely some competition, but everybody’s great, great actresses. They’re beautiful, and I’m just very, very happy they chose me,” Kamano said. “It’s a tough decision, and by the way, that’s not to say those ladies, especially Brooke and Malia, won’t be in the show, because they will. We’re going to do an episode at least with each of them,” said co-executive producer Greg Bonann. Producers admit the physical look was an important criteria in the selection process. Jason Momoa bulked up an extra 10 pounds and has been working out by lifting and running heavy stones in waters off Makaha. Finalists also took acting workshops to prepare for the next stage, the screen test. “Look, I trained to be a county lifeguard, not some second-rate cabana boy,” Miller said. Finally, the producers asked all the finalists to pass a variety of swimming tests. The three new cast members were informed days ago they had won the roles, but were asked to keep it hush-hush. “My reaction, I was completely shocked. I don’t think I’ve ever been that happy in my life,” Momoa said. “I was running all around the place.” “It was so hard to keep a secret,” Kamano said. “I think I knew about it for six days now, and I was so excited.” The three will earn about $2,200 to $2,300 per episode. However, the real payoff will be in exposure. Baywatch is shown in 148 countries, and reaches 5.7 billion people a year. “Their lives will not be the same, nor will it be the same for the rest of their lives,” said Bonann. “They’ll always be the Baywatch kids.” There will be little time for rest for Hawaii’s three new stars. Shooting begins on July 12, and the first episode of “Baywatch Hawaii” is scheduled to air on Sept. 20. Editor’s Note: This story originally aired on KHON2 on Aug. 10, 1999. There’s been no rest for the cast of “Baywatch Hawaii.” The cast has been filming since July 9, but production is running a bit behind schedule. Still, cast members appear unfazed as they bask in the glow of Hollywood’s bright lights. On set, the atmosphere is light, despite a demanding work schedule. For Hawaii cast members Stacy Kamano and Jason Momoa, it has meant a definite change in lifestyles. “Five o’clock report time in the morning, maybe get off at 7 or 8 o’clock at night,” Kamano said. “Long days. You go home and read your lines for the next day, get a good night sleep, and you’re up in the morning again, do it all over again.” The two say they bonded quickly with their fellow cast members despite their lack of acting experience. But they’re learning. “I love the acting,” Momoa said. “They haven’t complained yet, so obviously I’m doing something right.” “They’ve both been learning by leaps and bounds every day. You can see their eyes widen when they learn something new,” said co-executive producer Greg Bonann. Bonann says Kamano and Momoa have star potential, something both actors are hesitant to comment on. “I haven’t gone to see the dailies yet. It’s a little scary, so we’ll see,” Kamano said. “After I see that, then I’ll comment on that.” Brooke Burns, who’s entering her second year on the show, says there is one thing the Hawaii contingent can count on: fame. “It’s like a roller coaster ride,” she said. “You don’t know what’s coming up next, and there’s some definite highs and some definite lows. You just have to be prepared for all of it and take life as kind of an adventure and go, ‘Woo hoo! It’s going to be fun.'” Their first real taste of stardom may come once the show hits the air, and that time is soon. The first episode of “Baywatch Hawaii” premieres on Sept. 25, right here on Fox 2.

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  • Hawaii native Jason Momoa to make a splash on the silver screenHawaii native Jason Momoa to make a splash on the silver screen

    “Justice League” opens this weekend, and one of its stars is Hawaii-born Jason Momoa. The role has pretty much solidified his status as an A-list actor, but it wasn’t long ago that we saw Momoa first hit the screen with his big break on “Baywatch Hawaii.” Younger fans will know him as Aquaman, but nearly 20 years ago, Momoa was fresh on the scene as baby-faced lifeguard Jason Ioane. Momoa was one of three locals to get a starring role on the show, beating out thousands of hopefuls. “My reaction, I was completely shocked,” Momoa told KHON2 in 1999. “I don’t think I’ve ever been that happy in my life. I was running all around the place.” Related Coverage: From KHON2’s archives: Jason Momoa lands coveted role on ‘Baywatch Hawaii’ Before he was picked, Momoa admitted he wasn’t a perfect candidate for the role physically. “Basically I need to work out, a little too thin,” he said. To add some muscle, Momoa lifted and ran heavy stones in the waters off Makaha. He gained 10 pounds of bulk. But really, compared to now, is that even the same person? Momoa was only on “Baywatch Hawaii” for two seasons, but it gave him the exposure he needed. “Their lives will not be the same, nor will it be the same for the rest of their lives,” said co-executive producer Greg Bonann. “They’ll always be the Baywatch kids.” Since the show, he’s been Conan the Barbarian, Khal Drogo in “Game of Thrones,” Ronon Dex in “Stargate Atlantis,” and now Aquaman. “I love the acting. They haven’t complained yet, so obviously I’m doing something right,” he said. Momoa’s star isn’t done rising. Aquaman has his own solo movie coming out next year.

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  • Black Friday shopping - Downtown Honolulu style - KITV HonoluluBlack Friday shopping - Downtown Honolulu style - KITV Honolulu

    KITV HonoluluBlack Friday shopping - Downtown Honolulu styleKITV HonoluluWhile hundreds pack big-box stores, businesses in downtown Honolulu will offer their own discounts. The Downtown Shop Around kicks off at 7 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving. More than 30 locally owned shops will offer bargain bins. The Andersonville ...

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  • Waikele Premium Outlets to charge for parking on Thanksgiving, Black FridayWaikele Premium Outlets to charge for parking on Thanksgiving, Black Friday

    Thanksgiving officially kicks off the holiday shopping season, and at least one popular center will charge a fee for premium parking. Parking in Waikele Premium Outlets will cost you $5 on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Valet will cost you $8. A spokeswoman says the fee is being implemented for safety during the two busiest days of the season. Waikele is one of the only malls open all day on Thanksgiving, and the center gets extremely crowded. Related Coverage: 2017 Thanksgiving, Black Friday shopping hours “We want to keep it safe for all,” said Janna Harrington, Waikele Premium Outlets. “How will customers know where to pay?” KHON2 asked. “We will have signs up front and attendants, cash only,” Harrington said. Parking in lower Waikele Center will still be free.

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  • Rail Board OKs Preliminary Step To Push Route Past Ala MoanaRail Board OKs Preliminary Step To Push Route Past Ala Moana

    The board that oversees the Honolulu rail project voted Friday to ask the Honolulu City Council for the power to lay the groundwork to extend the rail line beyond its currently planned Ala Moana Center terminal. The move is meant to ensure that the rail line, if officials decide to go farther, has a viable route beyond its planned end point, said Andrew Robbins, executive director of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation. Robbins stressed there is no current plan to take the $9 billion project beyond Ala Moana. “Right now we’re just trying to get out of this box and make sure we have a potential path,” Robbins said. Andrew Robbins, executive director of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, said HART wants to ensure it is not boxed in with no chance to expand.Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat Current funding for the 20-mile line calls for the elevated train to run from East Kapolei to Ala Moana Center. However, a plan approved by the City Council in 2007 has never been amended and still calls for a more ambitious project: a line that extends to the University of Hawaii Manoa, with a separate branch running to the western edge of Waikiki. That plan is known as the “locally preferred alternative.” The problem is the extended route is supposed to go down Kona Street, a smaller lane that runs parallel to Kapiolani Boulevard amid Ala Moana Center’s ever-growing maze of buildings, parking decks and bridges. That route, Robbins said, is no longer viable. HART thus needs to come up with alternative pathways and may need to acquire land to make sure that the line has a clear corridor beyond Ala Moana in case it wants to expand, he said. The Honolulu rail line’s original pathway east of the Ala Moana Center terminal, shown in pink, is no longer viable, so HART wants to find and secure a new path to ensure rail can expand in the future.Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation After a staff presentation Friday, Robbins told reporters that HART is considering multiple routes but declined to provide specific draft plans. He did say one possible route would go down Kapiolani Boulevard. Robbins also stressed that the area under study was within a half mile of Ala Moana Center and did not include the entire preferred alternative route to Manoa. The agenda for Friday’s HART board meeting suggested the agency was planning a more expansive request to the City Council concerning the preferred alternative route. The agenda indicated staff wanted the council’s blessing to “Conduct Planning and Engineering Activities, and Acquire the Right-of-Way to Allow the Development of the Locally Preferred Alternative at a Future Date.” In the end, the HART board more clearly defined the scope of what it’s asking the council. Following a closed door meeting with their attorney, board members approved a revised request to the council specifying that HART would be looking at planning, engineering and land acquisition within a half-mile radius of the planned Ala Moana terminal. Although the item before the HART board appeared to ask the City Council to give HART the authority to acquire rights of way to secure a pathway for the train, Robbins said any actual land acquisition would have to be approved separately by the City Council and the Federal Transit Administration. An original agenda item said HART wanted to examine the Locally Preferred Alternative route, part of which is shown in pink, which extends to UH Manoa and Waikiki. The measure passed by the board Friday specified HART would look only at an area within a half-mile of the Ala Moana station.Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation The post Rail Board OKs Preliminary Step To Push Route Past Ala Moana appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.

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  • Honolulu Marathon Cultivates a Growing Number of Elite Runners - KITV HonoluluHonolulu Marathon Cultivates a Growing Number of Elite Runners - KITV Honolulu

    KITV HonoluluHonolulu Marathon Cultivates a Growing Number of Elite RunnersKITV HonoluluThe very first Honolulu Marathon race debuted in 1973. The catalyst wasn't exactly athletic warfare or competition, but more as a way for a maverick cardiologist to show the benefits of long-distance running, primarily for his cardiac patients. 34 ...

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  • Hospital escapee tells California judge: ‘I really don’t want to go back to Hawaii’Hospital escapee tells California judge: ‘I really don’t want to go back to Hawaii’

    Hawaii State Hospital patient Randall Saito appeared before the San Joaquin County Court Friday. He left the hospital Sunday morning and was arrested Wednesday in Stockton, Calif. During his extradition hearing, the judge asked Saito how he felt about being sent back to Hawaii to face an escape charge. “Well, uh, first of all, the waive extradition thing, uh, I really don’t want to go back to Hawaii,” he replied. “I don’t trust the administration. I don’t feel safe. I have no faith in the Department of Health in Hawaii.” Saito was acquitted of a 1979 murder by reason of insanity. He has been at the hospital since he was initially committed in 1981. Speaking to the media from the county jail Thursday, he admitted to killing Sandra Yamashiro and said he was desperate to leave. “The hospital was never going to release me. They were never going to give me a chance, wo whether this worked out or not, or whether it made things worse, what does it matter?” Saito said. The California public defender assigned to Saito asked the judge for more time, so his hearing was pushed back to Nov. 27, the Monday after Thanksgiving. Some legal experts say Saito’s escape and jailhouse interview can actually work in his favor. Experts say the last few days could prove that Saito is legally sane, so if he serves time for the escape charge, it’s possible that he could then be released from the state hospital. “There’s a strong argument that by him escaping, he’s going to talk his way out of being in the state hospital. It can happen. That’s just the way the law is,” said defense attorney Michael Green. Green says if Saito is found guilty of the escape charge and serves his sentence, he could then make the case against returning to the state hospital by saying he’s no longer criminally insane. Green says Saito’s meticulously planned escape along with his demeanor on camera can support that. “He’s clearly, in my view, seems very lucid, very stable,” Green said. “He’s able to conclude various things. He expresses why he did things 37 years ago. He remembers all of this, why he did it. He prays everyday for the victim. This guy is very, very slick.” Whether Saito planned this all along is hard to say, but he would still have to prove that he’s not a danger to society. University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law assistant professor Ken Lawson says that would be critical in keeping Saito in the state hospital. “So it would make sense for the state to say even if he serves that five years, to say he is still a danger to the community and he should be back at the state hospital?” KHON2 asked. “Yeah. He understood his actions when he escaped,” Lawson said. “We’re not saying that he’s not guilty by reason of insanity on this one, but he still can’t be released because he hasn’t been restored to sanity. The reason why? He’s still a danger. So the fact that he’s not back on the street doesn’t mean that he’s mentally insane anymore, legally insane anymore. It just means that you haven’t been restored enough to where we think the community is safe when you’re on the street.” If Saito asks the court to declare him legally sane, a panel of three doctors would have to examine Saito and make a recommendation to the judge. The judge would then determine whether Saito should be released from the state hospital. We reached out to the state attorney general’s office about this, and a spokesman did not want to comment. In a new interview from jail, Saito admitted he used a fake ID to get to California. “I got a fake ID and I used it, and it worked. A pretty good one. I was surprised,” he said. Lawmakers say Saito’s fake ID could have helped authorities catch him quicker if they were notified. When asked how he obtained one, Saito replied, “No, no, no, I can’t tell any of it, but I can tell you it was pretty good. I mean, I was surprised it actually worked. I was expecting, almost every leg of the way, I was expecting for them to be right around the corner, just coming at me.” State Rep. Matt LoPresti, vice chair of the House Committee on Public Safety, says Saito should have been caught at the airport. “It doesn’t matter if someone has a fake ID or traveling under an alias. If you give TSA the information, they can still stop the person from fleeing,” he said. LoPresti got an answer from TSA: Airport authorities weren’t alerted until Tuesday, two days after Saito escaped. LoPresti got a hold of TSA through the Hawaii State Fusion Center, which helps coordinate and communicate between federal, state, and local agencies in the interest of public safety. The center says it wasn’t notified of Saito’s escape. It took 10 hours for Hawaii State Hospital employees to alert law enforcement. By that time, Saito had already left the state. “If we get the word ‘escapee,’ it’s going to be standing operating policy. We’re going to get that to TSA, as well as the airport duty manager, as well as the airlines. We have partners as well,” said Paul Epstein with Hawaii State Fusion Center. The health department said Hawaii State Hospital is taking corrective actions since Saito’s escape. U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D, Hawaii, who recently flew in from Washington D.C., says Hawaii State Hospital has a history of personnel-related matters, as detailed in an extensive report presented to the state legislature in 2014. “How did it fall through the cracks like it did? That you now need retraining? Clearly, that’s something that should not be a response at this stage, not after all those studies and reports,” she said.

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  • 2017 Thanksgiving, Black Friday shopping hours2017 Thanksgiving, Black Friday shopping hours

    The following is a list of extended hours for stores on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. This list may be modified as new information becomes available. Select stores and eateries may operate different hours from mall listings. Contact individual stores to confirm. Ala Moana Center Thursday, Nov. 23: 6 p.m.-12 a.m. (select stores) Website Coach 6pm–12am Cole Haan 9pm–12am Foot Locker 6pm–12am GEN Korean BBQ House 10am–11pm Jade Dynasty Seafood & Restaurant 10:30am–10pm Kids FootLocker 6pm–12am Lucky Strike Social 10am–12am Macys 5pm–12am Nagasaki Champon by Ringer Hut 6pm–11pm Old Navy 3pm–1am (11/24) Panda Express 6pm–12am Patisserie La Palme D’Or 9:30am–2pm Rokkaku Hamakatsu 6pm–10pm Sbarro 6pm–12am Sera’s Surf ‘n Shore 8pm–1am (11/24) Sobaya 6pm–11pm Sunglass Hut 6pm–2am (11/24) Sunglass Hut 6pm–2am (11/24) Sunglass Hut 6pm–2am (11/24) Target 6pm–12am Friday, Nov. 24: 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Bloomingdale’s 7am–10pm Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. 9am–11pm Bulgari 9:30am–9pm California Pizza Kitchen 9am–10:30pm Eggs ‘n Things 6am–12am Freaky Tiki Tropical Optical 12am–9pm GEN Korean BBQ House 10am–12am kate spade new york 12am–9pm Lucky Strike Social 7am–2am (11/25) Macy’s 12am–10pm Mai Tai Bar 10am–1am (11/25) Neiman Marcus 8am–8pm Nordstrom 6am–9pm Old Navy 5am–10pm Rokkaku Hamakatsu 11am–10pm Samantha Thavasa 12am–9pm Shirokiya Japan Village Walk 6am–10pm Target 6am–11pm Best Buy Thursday, Nov. 23: 5 p.m.-1 a.m. (Friday) Friday, Nov. 24: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. View preview ad here Downtown Shop Around Friday, Nov. 24 starting at 7 a.m. Website Ka Makana Alii Thursday, Nov. 23: Closed, however select stores will be open. Friday, Nov. 24: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Website Kahala Mall Thursday, Nov. 23: Closed, but select stores will be open. Website The Compleat Kitchen: 10am–5pm Core Power Yoga: 7:30am–11am Game Stop: 5pm–9pm IL Gelato: 9am–5pm Jeans Warehouse: 10am–5pm Kahala Theatre: 10am–10:45pm Long’s Drugs: 5am–5pm Macy’s: 5pm–2am Pure Barre: 6am–11am ROSS Dress for Less: 6pm–12am Starbucks: 4am–midnight Whole Foods Market: 6am–4pm Friday, Nov. 24: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. with select stores opening earlier 33 Butterflies: 5am–8pm The Apple Store: 8am–9pm Cinnamon Girl: 5am–9pm Fun Factory: 7am–10pm Longs Drugs: 5am–11pm Macy’s (Thanksgiving Day: 5pm–2am Friday, Nov. 24.  6am–10pm, Friday, Nov. 24) Ross Dress For Less: 7am–11:30pm Starbucks: 4am–12am Whole Foods Market: 7am–10pm Pearlridge Center Thursday, Nov. 23: 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday, Nov. 24: 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Website Prince Kuhio Plaza (Hawaii Island) Thursday, Nov. 23: 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, Nov. 24: 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Website Queen Kaahumanu Center Thursday, Nov. 23: Bath & Body Works – 6pm – 12am Ben Franklin – 6pm – 12am Bird of Paradise Spa – 9:30am – 5pm Charlotte Russe – 5pm – 2am Claire’s – 6pm – 12am Forever 21 – 6pm through Friday, 9pm Fun Factory – 10am – 12am Gamestop 4pm – 10pm Hot Topic – 6p -12am Jeans Warehouse – 5pm – 12am Journey’s – 6pm – 12am Koho Grill & Bar – 7am – 9pm Local Motion 8pm – 12am Macy’s (anchor) – 5pm – 2am One Eight Board Shop – 8pm – 12am Sears – 6pm – 12am Shades of Maui – 5pm – 2am Shapers 8pm – 12am Starbucks – 4:30am – 5pm Zumiez – 9pm – 2am Friday, Nov. 24: 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Website Royal Hawaiian Center Thursday, Nov. 23: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Royal Hawaiian Center is open 365 days a year. Website Waikele Premium Outlets Thursday, Nov. 23: 9 a.m. to midnight Friday, Nov. 24: Midnight to 11 p.m. Website Walmart Most stores are open 24 hours, however Black Friday deals go into effect online at 7:01 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22 (12:01 a.m. ET Thursday, Nov. 23), and in-store at all stores at 6 p.m. HST Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23 Website Windward Mall Thursday, Nov. 23: 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, Nov. 24: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Website

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  • How Brian Schatz Is Becoming The Senate’s Chief Science NerdHow Brian Schatz Is Becoming The Senate’s Chief Science Nerd

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Taking on complex topics that others choose to avoid has become an important way the Hawaii Democrat can make a difference in a legislative chamber dominated by Republicans. Supporters said he learns the nuances of difficult topics through diligent efforts to understand various political perspectives. Internet expert Gene Kimmelman, president and chief executive officer of Public Knowledge, a nonprofit group that supports an open internet, described Schatz’s approach to Civil Beat in an email: Like all issues, he seems to approach tech policy by carefully studying the issues and talking extensively to all relevant stakeholders to make sure he knows all the facts. He’s one of the most studious and conscientious members of the Senate who cares passionately about freedom of expression and consumer protection. At a confirmation hearing Nov. 1, Schatz criticized Jim Bridenstine, the presidential nominee to head the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, for his lack of a science background, suggesting this made him unqualified for the job. Bridenstine, a former naval aviator and space enthusiast who was director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum, does not have a science or engineering degree. “This is a science agency,” Schatz said of NASA. “I get that you don’t have a science-centric background, and I don’t begrudge you that. I don’t have a science background, but you know what I do do: I defer to scientists.” Long-Distance Health Care Schatz is not a doctor, either, but his father was, and health care technology is another of his major interests. For the past several years, Schatz has sponsored bipartisan legislation to expand telemedicine, which allows people to get medical care remotely without the need to visit a doctor in person. 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He recalled visiting a community health center in Lanai in August, and seeing first-hand how important it is for the 3,000 residents there to be able to get health care — a diabetes check, a dentist visit, or to see a psychiatrist — without getting on a plane. “Members of Congress care about telehealth, but there haven’t been many members of Congress other than Brian Schatz from Hawaii who have really rolled up their sleeves.” — Health care consultant Krista Drobak Even busy urban professionals would appreciate an expansion of telehealth, he told the audience. “Telehealth helps people get on with their lives,” Schatz said. “Workers can keep working instead of taking time off to go to the doctor, home-bound patients will be spared the trek to the doctor. Telemedicine will change lives and save money and improve the quality of care.” He urged conservatives to investigate the idea and support bipartisan efforts to expand the technology and reimbursement for the costs of it. “My pitch to you is this is the opportunity to unleash the power of the private sector, the power of science, the power of technology, in a way that is consistent with progressive values — I want to increase the availability and quality of care — and conservative values — because conservatives want to make sure we are spending every penny wisely,” he said, earning polite applause. Applauding his efforts a lot more loudly are telehealth activists and lobbyists for the technology firms that will provide the software for the services. In an interview with a health care blog, Health Care Pit Stop, Krista Drobak, a partner in Sirona Strategies, a health-care consulting company,  said that she believed Schatz was the single most important person pressing for the expansion of telehealth. “Members of Congress care about telehealth, but there haven’t been many members of Congress other than Brian Schatz from Hawaii who have really rolled up their sleeves, dug in and said, ‘This is an important issue and we need to get this done,’” she said in the interview. Climate Change And The Islands Schatz declined interview requests from Civil Beat to talk about the ways he is making himself a science specialist. He has had a busy week — first jetting off to Bonn, Germany, with four other Democratic senators to observe the climate change talks, participating in an interview on climate change with Democracy Now, and then speaking at the CATO Institute soon after his return from Bonn. 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  • Hokulea’s Voyage To Hana Is A Homecoming For Young CaptainHokulea’s Voyage To Hana Is A Homecoming For Young Captain

    HANA – Hana Bay was packed with well-wishers when the Hokulea glided past Queen Kaahumanu’s birthplace on Friday morning to anchor in the heart of a community celebrating Hawaii’s resurgent native culture. At the invitation of the 9th annual Limu Festival’s organizers, the venerable voyaging canoe is making Hana the second of an estimated 40 stops throughout the islands during a two-year Mahalo, Hawaii sail that began last summer. A confluence of canoe, community and culture inspired master navigator and veteran captain Nainoa Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, to tap Hana’s own Nakua Konohia-Lind to take command of Hokulea for the first time, setting his hometown’s “coconut wireless” afire. Thompson said choosing Konohia-Lind, who sailed on more than half of Hokulea’s 33 legs on its “to care for island earth” tour, “was a very easy choice.” Nakua Konohia-Lind, here leading a chant on the deck of the Hokulea in Panama, will be the youngest captain of the storied canoe when it sails into Hana.Justyn Ah Chong/Polynesian Voyaging Society “There isn’t anybody better on this earth to bring Hokulea to Hana than Nakua, because he’s earned it,” said Thompson. “Every member of the (2014-17) Malama Honua crew saw Nakua as a unifying force, a hard worker, and very physically strong. We needed his strength.” “Captains picked crew members who could secure them, support them, who they could trust. If you look at all the miles traveled … on all the boats on the worldwide voyage, Nakua has the most miles,” Thompson said. “He sailed the most because the captains picked him the most because he was trusted the most.” Konohia-Lind hadn’t expected the honor. “I was very surprised to be chosen to captain Hokulea into Hana at this moment in time,” he said.  “I realized sometimes the only way for leadership to be established is throwing someone into the deep end of the pool to see if that someone will sink or swim.” Raised With Strong Hawaiian Values About three-fourths of East Maui’s 1,200 inhabitants living between Keanae and Kaupo claim Native Hawaiian ancestry. Polynesia’s largest religious site, Piilanihale Heiau, dates from the 13th century and includes stones from Hana Bay, seven miles south of its location in Kahanu Garden, part of the National Tropical Botanic Garden system. King Kamehameha I’s favorite wife, Kaahumanu, was born in a cave under Kauiki Hill at the entrance to Hana Bay. Limu, marine algae commonly called seaweed, along with taro and fish, has been a staple of the Polynesian diet for millennia and is a favorite ingredient in poke. Once plentiful where fresh mountain water flows into subtidal pools, is imperiled by development, overharvesting, climate change and polluted seas. The Limu Festival “is part of a grassroots network to protect shoreline resources,” said Jan Elliott, a festival co-chair. “Limu is woven all throughout Hawaiian culture and is the foundation of a healthy ocean food chain and ecosystem.” Konohia-Lind, his five brothers and sister were “raised on local foods and with the strong family values of Hawaiian culture,” said his mother, Shannon Konohia-Lind. “They walked in our footsteps and learned to aloha everybody. They’ve worked in the taro patch, catch fish, gather and hunt, and have respect for the land and their elders.” Third child Nakua “never grumbled about using hand-me-down clothes,” she said. “He was the one who always got asked to the prom, our “go-to” guy because he always made things work, and was always OK with whatever was handed to him.” A favorite Hawaiian expression of his is “eat what get.” His father, Kepa Lind, described him as “the one who gets everybody going in the right direction. He is willing to do anything – cook, pick up the house, get the kids organized. He is always learning and passing it along to the others.” Harolen Kaiwi, board chairwoman of the Hana Cultural Center, said her community is “very proud of Nakua for caring so much about his Hawaiian culture.” “He was a good boy, and now he’s come back after becoming captain of Hokulea,” she said. “Before, Hana didn’t really feel like we had a part in of all of this (voyaging), but now, with Nakua, we do.” Nainoa Thompson and Nakua Konohia-Lind aboard the Hokulea in Haverstraw, N.Y.Kaipo Kiaha/ Polynesian Voyaging Society / ʻŌiwi TV Many of Konohia-Lind’s East Maui contemporaries are reclaiming their culture through rehabilitation of ancient taro fields, pursuing legal avenues to recover traditional water rights from corporations, and improving healthy diet by growing and eating more “canoe foods.” Native Hawaiians such as Konohia-Lind are emerging as a new generation of leaders. Among those cheering his arrival at Hana Bay will be his alma mater’s nearly 330 current K-12 students, many of whom consider the 2011 Hana High School graduate a role model. When Principal Rick Paul heard the voyaging canoe was coming, he and his staff decided, “Hana School will do our annual school evacuation in conjunction with the arrival of Hokulea… and Hana’s own kapena (captain) Nakua.” Paul described his former student as “soft spoken, extremely respectful and always helpful. His positive actions naturally result in making him valuable to his organization, in this case it’s the crew of Hokulea. This is a big deal for Hana.” Limu Festival Friday, November 17, 5.30 p.m. : Hana’s 9th annual Limu Festival kicks off at Helene Hall  with the “E Walaʻau Kākou – Talk Story” Saturday, November 18, 10 a.m – 3:30 p.m. :  Family-friendly festivities in Hana Bay that highlight the importance of limu (seaweed) in marine ecosystem health and Hawaiian culture and diet. Other engagements such as school visits are planned; for additional information, visit the festival website. It’s also a big deal to Thompson, who remembers being “stunned by the way Nakua greeted me, by his smile and friendliness,” at their accidental meeting five years ago at Honolulu Community College. Konohia-Lind was then studying to be a marine mechanic. “I sailed with his great-grandfather, Sam Kalalau, on the 1976 voyage to Tahiti, and he was the most respected of all the crews by the navigator Mau (Piailug of Satawi, Micronesia). That’s because Sam was a very dedicated ocean man who understood the importance of this (Hokulea’s voyage) effort, of unity and trusting and working together as a team. Sam came from a place of kindness, compassion and strength. He was a mirror of the community of Hana.” Sam “Boy” Kalalau, Jr., the great-grandfather of Nakua Konohia-Lind, was a crew member on the 1976 Hokulea voyage to Tahiti.Leslie Eade/ copyright Hana Cultural Center Thompson said he saw those same qualities in Kalalau’s great-grandson, which is why he chose him, at age 24, to become Hokulea’s youngest captain. He also selected Konohia-Lind as one of six canoe crew members to attend a recent Stanford University leadership immersion program. He is currently working toward an online bachelor’s degree. “I tell Nakua all the time, ‘You need to get your doctorate, forget worrying about it, we will help you find a way.’ We need him to help generations of kids learn what matters, what is important in life. “He is going to be a wonderful, valuable teacher who will open the pathway,” Thompson said. “Nakua’s story is an important and inspirational one for all young people in Hawaii. I’m just helping him to see it.” The post Hokulea’s Voyage To Hana Is A Homecoming For Young Captain appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.

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  • Chad Blair: A Trip Back To Hawaii Journalism In The ’60sChad Blair: A Trip Back To Hawaii Journalism In The ’60s

    When 23-year-old David Butwin of Minnesota boarded a plane in 1963 to go to Hawaii, he knew only a few facts about the place. It’s where Pearl Harbor is located. “From Here To Eternity” was filmed on Oahu. There was a television detective series called “Hawaiian Eye” starring Robert Conrad, Connie Stevens and Troy Donohue. An aunt and uncle brought back a plastic ukulele after a trip in the early 1950s, and he managed to play a few chords. And that’s about it. A friend from Butwin’s school days, however, urged him to relocate. “Get out here, it’s pretty neat,” he advised. He did, and what followed is chronicled in “Barefoot Days, Electric Nights: A Kid Reporter Lands in ’60s Honolulu.” (Copies can be ordered at davidbutwin.com.) Butwin’s book centers on his work as a reporter for the morning Honolulu Advertiser, which competed with the afternoon Honolulu Star-Bulletin. He captures a Honolulu of a bygone day — a two-newspaper town! an afternoon paper! — one where phone numbers “were five or six digits,” television programs arrived by commercial jet from the mainland and aired a week later, there were no freeways “and some drivers were still using arm signals like semaphores.” It sounds idyllic. He drove a nifty sports car and smoked grass. He rented an apartment in a house near Kapiolani Park for $60 a month, parking and utilities included. But Hawaii was also changing. Tourism was becoming big business, there was a war in Vietnam and there was an evolving “pecking order” that defined what was a supposedly harmonious multicultural milieu that embraced a so-called Aloha Spirit: I saw the haoles as mostly well off and vain, represented by the still powerful missionary families from the early 19th century, but there were divisions within that division, and down at my level I was a coast haole, set apart from the long residing or the even more blessed island-born haoles. These latter types called themselves kamaaina. It was said you could claim kamaaina (“comma-eye-na”) status after seven years, but no locally born haole would buy that, and it certainly didn’t apply to Asians or other ethnicities. A third generation Chinese, no matter how influential or wealthy, was not a kamaaina. Butwin has a frank way of addressing ethnicity that may upset some readers and ring authentic to others. Another example: “Each ethnic group had a pet name, often disparaging in tone. A Japanese was a Japanee, Ricehead or Buddhahead; never Jap. The Portuguese, who had come from the Canary Islands to work the fields, were Portugees. Chinese were known by the Hawaiian word Pake (pah-kay), also meaning cheap.” Butwin says the Chinese stereotype reminded him of the stereotype for American Jews (“valued education, made good money, married inside the clan”). He laments that police officers considered Filipinos as “a volatile even violence-prone group….If a domestic row involving Filipinos resulted in a death, the cops called it a misdemeanor homicide.” From Twigg-Smith To Sinatra Butwin’s journalism career brought him in close contact with storied newspaper staff, names that will be familiar to longtime local readers — George Chaplin (“a Serious Man,” Butwin opines), Thurston Twigg-Smith (“a Yalie and every inch a WASP”), Buch Buchwach (“cackled with laughter when his hunch paid off in a scoop”), Bob Krauss (“cheery, indefatigable”), Chuck Frankel (“a free thinker”) and Eddie Sherman (“wrote ellipses-spaced items of light concern”). Of the Advertiser staff, Butwin observes that it was not diverse: The reporters were mostly haole and the photographers mostly Asian. He also points out that a number of employees were Jewish, “though they didn’t make much of it, nor did I, a kid brought up in a culturally Jewish, politically left house in St. Paul without much use for practiced religion.” Field of dreams: The intrepid reporter, who also served in the U.S. Army Reserves, in an Oahu pineapple field circa the 1960s.Courtesy He goes on to say, “Hawaii had a strong churchly presence, as Minnesota had. But religion never mattered much to the ink-stained wretches on our little island, the city room of the morning rag.” Butwin also dated Denby Fawcett (“bright, attractive Punahou girl”), who today is a Civil Beat columnist, and knew Bob Jones (“a swarthy lothario”) who today writes for “MidWeek.” Fawcett and Jones are now married. Butwin’s book depicts a Hawaii inhabited by the likes of union leader Jack Hall, progressive politician Tom Gill, songwriter Kui Lee, industrialist Walter Dillingham, radio personality Hal (Aku) Lewis and veteran Dan Inouye, of whom Butwin writes, “lost an arm in battle and, it was said around the newspaper office, showed up at campaign events sporting the empty sleeve for better political effect.” But Butwin also met or interviewed in the islands Frank Sinatra, Martin Luther King Jr., John Steinbeck, Marine Gen. Victor (Brute) Krulak, George Lincoln Rockwell (the “American Nazi”) and Joan Baez. Particularly amusing is a conversation captured with Rat Pack members Peter Lawford and Sammy Davis Jr. on whether Ronald Reagan had a future in politics. ‘Dronelike Species, Reporter’ Butwin is an old-school journalist, the kind fast fading away in the internet age. Here’s what he has to say about his then colleagues: We were a mishmash of personalities and backgrounds at our tucked-together desks. … In the city room we all belonged to a dronelike species, reporter, although there was sometimes a distinction made between reporter and writer, the former a driven soul who had the push and moxie to work his sources, happy to spend hours poring over ledgers and piles of clippings, and in a nervy moment could peer across a source’s desk and read a document upside down. The writer fancied himself a wordsmith, a deadline poet, a specialist at the feature or color story. You can almost hear the typewriters clacking, smell the cigarettes burning and detect a bottle of booze stashed in a desk drawer. One gripe: Butwin tells of his love life, the highs and lows, and at times is a bit too graphic. A woman named Samarra, for example, is a “beautiful, zaftig, dark-haired creature, perhaps a little on in years (upper thirties?) … Was she a true exotic? From the Levant? Or Perhaps Down Under … I was reading John O’Hara at the time, and I liked to crack to friends that I craved an appointment in Samarra, though of course it was out of the question.” There are also minor errors — milihinis (newcomers) rather than malihini. And he reprints perhaps too many excerpts from his own reporting of the time. But then, what writer doesn’t love their own copy? Butwin’s eye is sharp, his recall seems pretty good and he admits it when it isn’t. I admire how he frequently follows up on the people he used to know to see what happened to them, still exercising his investigative chops. Barefoot In Jersey The author, 77, lives in Leonia, New Jersey, with his wife, and they have a summer home in Owls Head, Maine. “Those formative years in Hawaii mean I go barefoot in almost all weather and teriyaki everything,” he said via email. Not retired: David Butwin in a recent photo.Courtesy After leaving Hawaii in 1968, he was travel editor of the Saturday Review magazine and then did freelance writing for the Christian Science Monitor, Esquire, Travel & Leisure, Gourmet and Cosmopolitan. Butwin says he is “by no means retired as I will probably sweat out another book, on a subject I have not quite chosen yet.” He adds, “There were many working visits to Hawaii — summed up in the last chapter of the book, ‘The Years After.’ On those trips I came to love Hawaii all the more for seeing its fragile beauty, its threatened equilibrium. It’s all in those closing pages …. I keep up the best I can from 5,500 miles away.” I asked Butwin his reaction to the recent financial woes that have lead to buyouts at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. He replied, “Of course, as one with printer’s ink still flowing, I worry for Honolulu’s single-newspaper status; and a shrinking newspaper it is.” Yes, sadly. To employ a term familiar to print journalists like Butwin, I will end this column appropriately: —30— The post Chad Blair: A Trip Back To Hawaii Journalism In The ’60s appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.

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  • Honolulu Officials Consider Restricting Large-Scale Homes - U.S. News & World ReportHonolulu Officials Consider Restricting Large-Scale Homes - U.S. News & World Report

    Honolulu Officials Consider Restricting Large-Scale HomesU.S. News & World ReportThe City Council on Thursday heard public comment both for and against two measures on the large homes, Hawaii News Now reported . Resident Ninjin Miao said the homes are used by multi-generational families that can't afford condominiums being built.and more »

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  • Police ID woman hit, killed by car while in Hilo crosswalkPolice ID woman hit, killed by car while in Hilo crosswalk

    Police have identified an elderly woman who was killed after being struck by a vehicle while walking in a crosswalk in September. The incident occurred on Sept.

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  • Escaped State Hospital Patient Aimed To Show He Could Be OutsideEscaped State Hospital Patient Aimed To Show He Could Be Outside

    (AP) — A Hawaii psychiatric patient who acknowledges killing a woman nearly four decades ago said Thursday he escaped from his hospital and flew to California to prove he could live responsibly in the community. Randall Saito told San Francisco television station KGO-TV in an interview that the Hawaii State Hospital wouldn’t give him a chance. He says every time he applied for release, officials made him “sound like a bad guy.” “I decided I needed to escape and prove that I’m on my own,” Saito said in an interview at a jail in Stockton, California. “That I can be out here and act appropriately. Even though I escaped to do it.” Randall Saito’s booking photo.San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office The 59-year-old Saito was arrested on Wednesday for investigation of felony escape. He walked out of the hospital in suburban Honolulu on Sunday, got a taxi to the airport and took a charter plane to Maui, where he caught another flight to San Jose, California. Saito told KGO he flew to San Jose because it was the cheapest ticket. He said he used fake IDs featuring his photo and another person’s name to get past the Transportation Security Administration checkpoint. He wouldn’t say who helped him in the escape. Saito was acquitted of murder by reason of insanity for the 1979 killing of Sandra Yamashiro. He said he fabricated mental illness — he was diagnosed with sexual sadism and necrophilia — to get into the hospital. But he said he regretted doing so. He also regretted killing Yamashiro. “I regret the murder. Let’s just make that clear. I do have remorse about it. I am absolutely contrite. No one else can be more contrite than I. Because no one is more responsible. What do they want me to do? I can’t turn back time,” Saito said. He said he was a substance abuser for three years before the killing. “I was in bad shape. I was paranoid,” he said. Saito is one of 17 people who have escaped from the 202-bed hospital in the past eight years. Most happened when a patient broke “curfew” and didn’t return after being allowed to leave for a period of time. Saito didn’t have privileges to leave the hospital grounds without an escort. Repeated attempt by Saito to win such passes were rejected by the court. He was allowed to roam the hospital grounds unattended. Saito was captured Wednesday in Stockton after authorities got a tip from a taxi driver. It took the hospital at least eight hours to notify law enforcement that Saito was missing. Hawaii Gov. David Ige has said the public and authorities should have been notified much sooner. The state has placed seven hospital employees on unpaid leave while it investigates the escape. It’s also begun reviewing patient privileges and public visitation polices and has ordered more fencing. Janice Okubo, spokeswoman for the Hawaii State Department of Health, told the AP last year the majority of those who escape are returned within a few days. However in 2009 one person escaped and was missing for nearly three years before being arrested. The post Escaped State Hospital Patient Aimed To Show He Could Be Outside appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.

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  • Hawaiian Airlines CEO To Retire In March, Replacement NamedHawaiian Airlines CEO To Retire In March, Replacement Named

    (AP) — Hawaiian Airlines said Thursday that longtime CEO Mark Dunkerley will retire in March and be replaced by the airline’s chief commercial officer, Peter Ingram. Ingram, 51, joined Hawaiian as chief financial officer in December 2005, six months after the airline emerged from bankruptcy reorganization. Since 2011, he has overseen marketing and sales, network planning and other functions. Among Ingram’s challenges will be new competition. Southwest Airlines, the biggest domestic carrier, plans to begin flying from the U.S. mainland to Hawaii in late 2018 or early 2019, and it is considering adding flights between islands, a market dominated by Hawaiian. Mark Dunkerley has been CEO of Hawaiian Airlines since 2005.Courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines Dunkerley, 54, joined Hawaiian in late 2002 and has been CEO since 2005 — among the longest-tenured CEOs in the airline industry. He had been an executive at British Airways and an aviation consultant before that. When Dunkerley arrived, Hawaiian depended almost entirely on traffic from the U.S. mainland and among Hawaii’s islands. As CEO, he tried to grab a bigger share of Asian tourists to Hawaii by adding flights from new destinations in Japan, China, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. International travel now accounts for about one-fourth of the airline’s revenue. Like other airlines, Hawaiian has benefited recently from strong demand for travel and relatively lower fuel prices. After losing money as recently as 2011, Hawaiian’s net income has risen each of the last three years. It was $235 million in 2016, and analysts expect close to $300 million this year, according to a FactSet survey. Hawaiian’s stock price increased six-fold from the beginning of 2014 through 2016. But it has been one of the worst airline stocks this year, with shares falling 32 percent so far in 2017. Shares of Hawaiian Holdings Inc. had a banner day Thursday, however, leading a broad rally in airline stocks by jumping $1.77, or 4.8 percent, to close at $38.85. That was before the news of Dunkerley’s retirement. They were up 5 cents more in late trading. The post Hawaiian Airlines CEO To Retire In March, Replacement Named appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.

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  • Ex-band director's lawyer says client denies assault claimsEx-band director's lawyer says client denies assault claims

    The former Hawaii private school band director who is accused of sexually assaulting a minor denies all allegations against him, his lawyer said. Peter Rucci, 61, appeared in court Wednesday and is expected to plead not guilty to all nine sexual-assault counts at his upcoming arraignment, Hawaii News Now reported .

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  • Caldwell Nominates Former TV Executive For Police CommissionCaldwell Nominates Former TV Executive For Police Commission

    Mayor Kirk Caldwell has nominated former TV executive Dick Grimm to serve on the Honolulu Police Commission to replace Eddie Flores, who is quitting at the end of the month before his full term is up at year’s end. In a statement released Thursday, Caldwell said that if Grimm’s nomination is approved by the City Council, he will finish out Flores’ term before his own five-year stint begins in January. The mayor, who’s been relatively silent about the many problems facing the Honolulu Police Department, thanked Flores for sticking with the commission and helping select new Police Chief Susan Ballard during what Caldwell described as a “tumultuous time for HPD.” The Honolulu Police Commission is in a transition phase with the recent appointments of new members.Cory Lum/Civil Beat “I also want to thank Dick Grimm for agreeing to serve on the all-volunteer panel as I believe his decades of media experience will help usher in a new era of openness and dialogue between the commission, HPD leadership and the public,” Caldwell said. In an interview with Civil Beat, Grimm agreed with Caldwell’s assessment that he’d help bring more transparency to the commission. “You can see through me,” he joked. But he also said that, if he’s confirmed for the position, he’ll want to spend some time gathering insight and information from community members about their perceptions of HPD. Those perceptions are important, he said, because they reflect of the reality of the relationship the department has with the people it polices and protects. “We have to know where we stand before we can take a step forward,” Grimm said. Grimm is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, where he boxed and played football. He served as a U.S. Marine in Japan and the Philippines. He spent 35 years in TV news as a general manager, president and sales manager for KGMB, KITV and KHON. After retiring in 1998, he went on to work at the Hawaii Foodbank and retired from there in January. Dick Grimm is Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s latest nominee to the Honolulu Police Commission.City and County of Honolulu Grimm has also served on a number of community boards, including the Board of Advisors to the President of Kamehameha Schools, the Chaminade University Board of Regents, the State of Hawaii Sports Task Force and Clean Hawaii. He would be the sixth member of the seven-person Police Commission appointed by Caldwell. Grimm’s nomination comes during a time of significant transition for both the commission and the department, which with nearly 2,000 sworn officers is the 20th largest in the country. Former police chief Louis Kealoha was recently indicted along with his wife, Katherine, a city prosecutor, in connection with a federal investigation into public corruption and abuse of power. They face numerous charges related to conspiracy, bank fraud and obstruction of justice. The charges stem from allegations that the Kealohas framed a family member for the theft of their mailbox along with the help of several officers who were part of an elite unit within HPD that performs surveillance and other covert operations to thwart organized crime and terrorism. Four of those officers, Derek Hahn, Daniel Sellers, Minh-Hung “Bobby” Nguyen and Gordon Shiraishi, have been named as co-defendants. A fifth, Niall Silva, has already pleaded guilty to felony conspiracy. When the FBI launched its investigation into the alleged frame job in December 2014, Caldwell described the incident as “a private matter.” The Police Commission also refused to take action, and at one point its chairman said it had no knowledge that an investigation was even underway. The lack of action, combined with numerous other instances of officer misconduct, took a toll on the commission’s credibility. Last year voters approved a charter amendment to give the agency more authority to perform investigations. Two of Caldwell’s appointees have sought to change the culture of the commission. Loretta Sheehan, a former assistant U.S. attorney, and Steven Levinson, a retired associate justice on the Hawaii Supreme Court, have taken a harder stance when it comes to oversight, and have pushed to bring more accountability to HPD. For instance, Sheehan was the only commissioner to vote against a $250,000 severance package for Louis Kealoha after he was named as the target of the U.S. Justice Department’s corruption probe. Mayor Kirk Caldwell has appointed a majority of the Police Commission during his time in office.Cory Lum/Civil Beat Levinson has stood up to the city’s attorneys on numerous occasions when it comes to providing taxpayer-funded legal counsel to officers accused of misconduct. He has said the commission has been applying the wrong legal standard for many years, possibly resulting in officers picking up their own legal tabs when state law requires the city to foot the bill. Levinson and Sheehan have also criticized the commission’s long standing practice — again with approval of city attorneys — of holding discussions related to legal fees behind closed doors, possibly in violation of the public and media’s First Amendment rights. Other commissioners appointed by Caldwell include Chairman Max Sword, Karen Chang and Jerry Gibson. Chang and Gibson attended their first meeting this week. Commissioner Cha Thompson, the vice chair, was appointed by former mayor Peter Carlisle. Her five-year term expires Dec. 31. The post Caldwell Nominates Former TV Executive For Police Commission appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.

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  • 17 escapes from Hawaii hospital since 201017 escapes from Hawaii hospital since 2010

    Many of the 17 escapes between 2010 and this year happened when a patient broke "curfew" and didn't return to the Hawaii State Hospital after being allowed to leave for a period of time, according to information obtained by The Associated Press from police and the state Department of Health. More than a dozen escapes have occurred over the past eight years at a Hawaii psychiatric hospital where a patient described as dangerous walked off the grounds and made it to California before he was captured this week.

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  • Making Hawaii Student Testing More MeaningfulMaking Hawaii Student Testing More Meaningful

    As the minutes drag by, warm stagnant air permeates the classroom. Drops of sweat bead up on my forehead.  I crank up the fans one more notch. The doors, normally open to let the fresh air flow in, are tightly closed. Anxious teachers dutifully shush students as they pass by our classroom on their way to lunch. Both doors have bright yellow “DO NOT DISTURB Testing In Progress” signs taped to them warning passersby of the serious business ensuing inside. But what is happening inside these doors? Twenty-seven desks arranged neatly in rows each have a freshly charged computer sitting open on top. Twenty-seven young bodies slump languidly in their seats. Some students are fidgeting. Some lean toward the computer screen with squinting eyes. One is cradling his head with both hands making his chestnut brown hair stick out in funny angles. Another stares blankly out the window with both knees pulled up to her chest strangely resembling a fetal position. Occasionally a hand shoots up and a student whispers hopefully “Mrs. Peroff, I don’t get it….” I roll out my stock answer: “Please reread the question to help you understand what it’s asking.” Even this I am not totally sure I am allowed to say. After a year of building relationships with students and families, designing meaningful learning experiences based on individual student interests, collecting relevant qualitative and quantitative data, providing appropriate supports, is this how we, as educators, want to measure learning? As we focus on preparing our students for a rapidly changing future, educators are obligated to constantly reexamine not only what we are teaching and how we are teaching it but how we choose to assess student learning. Currently, in addition to specific skills assessed on the test, what it appears we are also testing is a young person’s ability to sit still and stare at a computer screen for literally hours. We are testing their ability to read lengthy directions and then read a passage that may have no connection with their life or personal experience. Presently, testing does not assess skills essential for the work to be done in our future such as the ability to communicate and collaborate with peers. Also absent is an opportunity for students to apply their learning to solve real problems in their local community. The test does not contain any way to measure social or emotional growth which is crucial to develop mindsets and habits that will help our children navigate and innovate in an uncertain future. Testing does not assess skills essential for the work to be done in our future such as the ability to communicate and collaborate with peers. The mandated state testing looks little like the authentic assessments teachers so thoughtfully craft to measure student learning. On a nontesting day students wouldn’t be sitting at their desks completing an assessment of their ability to calculate the perimeter of a school garden. Students would actually be in the school garden with measuring tape in hand physically calculating the garden perimeter in order to plan their next crop cycle to distribute to local homeless shelters. Other students would be applying their knowledge of area and perimeter to design and build innovative structures to house the homeless. When students have such rich learning experiences as part of their daily school curriculum, it is easy to imagine how students and teachers alike might view the mandated testing as a disturbance rather than an opportunity. Another area of concern is school atmosphere during testing time. When asking students about testing a common theme emerged. Student after student reported the test being “really long” and “feeling tired.” One student lamented that  she “couldn’t take normal breaks.” Behind The Times With all the recent research on the benefits of brain breaks and movement to increase attention, the testing experience seems to be behind the times. Students taking these lengthy tests are truly mini-adults who feel stressed, anxious, bored and confused just like grown-ups do. There are so many contextual factors that influence their “success” on these assessments that need to be taken into consideration. A student who went to bed late, missed breakfast, or had a fight with mom, may not have a test score that reflects his or her true ability.  We may not be able to change everything. And perhaps not everything about testing should be changed. Data collected through testing is important to ascertain areas of need and create systems to support students. Additionally, testing data can serve as a useful way for parents to monitor their child’s growth and need areas. Tests  provide longitudinal data to show student and school growth. It also provides a way for states across the nation to compare scores and rank not only students but schools. One teacher recently shared with me that without supports created in response to data collected from the mandated state test many of her students would be “left in the dust.”  Some students also report gaining a sense of pride from improving their test scores. When questioned about testing, one student told me, “In some parts (of the test) I felt like I knew it all. I was on top of the world.” No matter what your opinion is on mandated state testing, the reality is that it is not going away anytime soon. The question therefore becomes, how to make it better? A Teacher’s Voice It is our responsibility as educators to start hard conversations about how to improve the testing experience for students, teachers and the whole school community. In addition to examining and transforming school testing culture, teachers are in a position to ask questions, think deeply and engage in conversations with each other, principals, superintendents and local policymakers about how we choose to collect and analyze data to measure student learning. Teacher voice is essential to inform and improve policy around how we measure student learning.  I think we should take the advice on the door seriously as our future is in the hands of these eager, vibrant, energetic, little humans enclosed in the testing room doors for days at the end of each school year. Testing should not be a roadblock stalling the joyride of learning at the end of the year. It should be meaningful and impactful. It should be relevant. 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