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Hawaiʻi Police Department Hilo Department, Area I Detective Wendall Carter Phone: (808) 961-2383 Report No. C17025312/PN-FIRE Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police report a fire occurred on (September 9), at approximately 6:10 p.m., at a residence located on Nahelenani Street in Volcano. The owner of the home has been identified as Kris Anderson, 64-years-old, who was airlifted to the Straub Burn Center in critical condition. He succumbed to his injuries on (September 14). The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental, and the victim was the homeowner. The fire Battalion Chief determined that the fire was started by children playing with matches under the structure. The victim sustained injuries while re-entering structure to check to see if any children were still in the house.
A new distance education option for a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa bachelor of social work (BSW) degree will launch in fall 2018, providing increased accessibility for students statewide to pursue the degree. Developed by the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work in partnership with Outreach College, the online degree is designed for eligible students who have completed the General Education Core Requirements and BSW prerequisites. Courses are offered in a five-week, asynchronous format that allows for flexibility and busy schedules. Students take the online courses sequentially as a cohort, and practice real world skills under the supervision of social work professionals in community agencies. Students and community members are invited to attend informational sessions regarding the online bachelor of social work option. Maui UH Maui College, September, 20, 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Transfer and College Fair, Ka Lama Building Outreach College on Maui, September, 20, 2–3 p.m., hosted..
The fourth annual Maui Paddle for a Cure is scheduled for Oct. 8, 2017.
Former Hawai‘i Island resident and soldier, Eugene Tiwanak, has published a book on his experiences in the Vietnam War in the 1960’s. Almost a Hero is Tiwanak’s compelling personal journal, giving readers the opportunity to step outside of their comfort zones and understand what the word “hero” really means. Tiwanak, along with having been a soldier, is a former St. Francis Healthcare executive, started his own strategic management planning and development firm, among many top positions. From 1984-1987, he served as the Managing Director of the County of Hawai‘i under Mayor Dante Carpenter. During his family’s time on the Big Island, his son Mark attended Waiakea High School. His experiences that are documented in Almost a Hero have greatly shaped his leadership, perspective, and his community involvement in the state of Hawaii. The book, in its electronic form, is now available online. The official launch date for the publication is Oct. 5, 2017.
The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Admissions and Enrollment Management office is asking faculty and staff to assist with identifying prospective local students in a new recruitment effort. “There are many of us having conversations with our keiki on the next steps following middle and high school. Whether this is a son, daughter, niece, nephew or grandchild, as elders to our younger generations, we hold an invaluable responsibility to prepare our next generation for success,” said Roxie M. Shabazz, assistant vice chancellor for enrollment management and director of admissions. “While this is an effort to increase our local student enrollment, all referrals are welcome.” Faculty and staff are being invited to fill out prospect cards, so current middle and high school students and their parents can receive information such as admissions updates, fun facts and tips on the college enrollment process. This is the latest in a number of marketing promotions led by Admissions and Enrollmen..
Long gone are the days when the best you could hope for was a disposable razor or a tiny tube of toothpaste. Many hotels have upped their game and are prepared with everything from flat irons to phone chargers. The post Surprising Free Hotel Amenities appeared first on SmarterTravel.
The massive earthquake rattled through Mexico City at about 1 p.m. local time Tuesday, razing buildings and rousing thick clouds of dust. As residents left their offices and homes, at least 44 of which sustained severe damage or collapsed entirely, the sun was glaring high in the sky. It was midday, and the children were still in school. Roughly 24 hours later, the quake-racked city is still digging through the rubble for signs of survivors — but one school in particular has drawn the desperate attentions of rescue workers. At Enrique Rebsamen, a school attended mostly by elementary-school age children, an entire wing of the three-story structure had fallen in the temblor. "We ran outside because things started to fall," one neighbor told Imagen Noticias . "And once we ran out to the patio, to the street, we saw the cloud of dust." In a span of minutes, dozens of students and their teachers had been trapped or buried between pancaked sheets of concrete and stone. At least 21 children
Courtesy photo. The personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s most and least diverse states in America. To determine where the most idea and identity exchanges have occurred at the highest level in the U.S. — and where the population is relatively more homogeneous — WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states across five key categories: socio-economic, cultural, economic, household and religious diversity. Diversity in Hawai‘i (1=Most Diverse, 25=Avg.): 3rd – Income Diversity 27th – Educational-Attainment Diversity 1st – Racial & Ethnic Diversity 9th – Linguistic Diversity 14th – Birthplace Diversity 22nd – Industry Diversity* 30th – Occupational Diversity* 4th – Worker-Class Diversity* 2nd – Generational Diversity 3rd – Household-Size Diversity *Includes civilian employed population aged 16 and older To view the full report, visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/most-least-diverse-states-in-america/38262/
Hawaiʻi Public Radio begins its semi-annual, on-air fundraiser on September 27. The local nonprofit is currently supported by 14,000 member donors, as well as nearly 200 local businesses and foundations. During the anticipated ten-day campaign, the station seeks to break its own pledge drive record by enrolling a thousand new individual members and growing the rolls of those who contribute monthly from 45 to 50 percent. In the last three years, despite steadily increasing costs, HPR has been able to lower its fund drive goals as more of its donors have opted to become monthly Sustaining Members. This fall’s target of $875,000 continues this downward trend, and returns the station to a goal level not seen since the fall of 2013. HPR President and General Manager José Fajardo states, “A larger base of donors is essential to weather the uncertain future of federal funding for public broadcasting. We are confident that more and more of HPR's listeners have come to realize how much the..
Marshall Islands, Micronesia: aerial view of Majuro Atoll and Lagoon; Delap, Uliga and Darrit areas Randon Jack In University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Professor Jackie Johnson’s theatre class last spring, she shared with her students a performance piece called Undesirable Elements by Ping Chong and Company. Student Randon Jack was moved by the performance and felt inspired to create a work in the spirit of Ping Chong’s work when he prepared for the course’s final exam. Jack, who was born and raised in Majuro, Marshall Islands, created a work is called Ta in “Marshall Islands?” “Randon used the style and spirit of that (Ping Chong) effort to create his own version, reflecting on life in his atoll,” explains Johnson. “While very serious in nature, it begins with a true look at life on Randon’s atoll, sketches the lifestyle and traditions he holds dear, then reflects on the fragility of it all if/when sea level rise destroys his land.” Johnson says the powerful final performance was the hig..
Hurricane Maria's first victim was Dominica, and it was clear from a flight Wednesday over the island nation that the storm showed absolutely no mercy.
You can catch at least some fall foliage just about anywhere—often by just going out your front door. But many travelers want to head for someplace where the foliage viewing is especially good, and that desire generates a lot of “best fall foliage” lists. One such list from Homes.com should really be called the “Seven Best Unexpected Cities for Fall Foliage,” because these mainly urban centers don’t usually top anyone’s foliage tour considerations. They won’t outdo such traditional leaf-peeping areas as Vermont or Great Smoky Mountain National Park, but as advertised, they’re in the mix. Best Cities for Seeing Fall Foliage Charlottesville, Virginia, provides access to some spectacular foliage spreads in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the town is also an attractive regional destination in itself. Greenville, South Carolina, shows that fall foliage doesn’t require mountains: The city’s center, with its river walk and adjacent parks, provides numerous opportunities. Then there’s Boston. ..
Maui Business Brainstormers will celebrate American Business Women’s Day on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, with a special event.
Goodwill expanded its selection of merchandise, stocking the floor with thousands more new and donated items, including Halloween costumes and decor.
The contest that birthed one of the founding members of Volta, the largest free electric car charging network in the nation, is calling for more entrepreneurial breakthroughs. The University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa’s Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE) is inviting entrepreneurs to enter the UH Breakthrough Innovation Challenge to help solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. This year’s UH Breakthrough Innovation Challenge, in partnership with the College of Engineering, William S. Richardson School of Law and College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, will focus on food, energy and water. UH students and faculty should submit entries for ideas that aim to solve these global issues, by sharing innovative solutions to end world hunger and provide systems for sustainable food supply, generating or storing energy, and enabling all global citizens to have access to clean water. Also related to these themes are innovative solutions for problems in public transpo..
The Federal Reserve on Wednesday said it will hold short-term interest rates steady for the time being. But the central bank said that in October it will begin to unwind the extraordinary stimulus it used to battle the Great Recession. Fed Chair Janet Yellen has said the process will be gradual. But over the long run, the plan will put upward pressure on consumer interest rates, including for car loans and mortgages. The Fed has already signaled the economy is strong enough to absorb higher short-term rates. It has raised them four times since the end of 2016. Wednesday's move to unwind its massive bond holdings is yet another sign of the Fed's confidence in the economy. In November 2008, in the midst of the financial crisis, former Fed Vice Chair Alan Blinder says, the central bank had already exhausted its main tool to fight recessions. "[Fed Chair] Ben Bernanke and company were then literally at a crossroads," he says. The Fed had reduced its benchmark interest rate to nea..
This week, we’ve been looking at the tourism industry throughout the state, in our series “Traveling Money: Managing Hawai‘i’s Tourism Future.” Today we get an update about Hawai'i Island, where tourism is the best it’s been in a decade. HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken has more from Kona.
Early Wednesday, Spanish police raided government offices in Catalonia and detained at least a dozen separatist leaders — just 10 days before a planned referendum vote on Catalonian independence. Catalonia, a region in northeast Spain, has its own language and culture. Separatists have long advocated for independence; a vote in 2014 overwhelmingly supported splitting away from Spain, although turnout was low. Madrid did not recognize that vote, calling it illegal — and considers the upcoming referendum, slated for Oct. 1, to be equally unconstitutional. According to El Pais , the Spanish Civil Guard raided multiple Catalan government offices, including the headquarters of the region's departments of Economy; Foreign Affairs; and Labor, Social Affairs and Families. The government arrested 14 people, the newspaper reports, and "among the detained, there are high-ranking officials" from the Catalan government, including the region's secretary of the economy and secretary of the ..
A dispute over a $75 speeding ticket has climbed through the levels of Iowa's court system, reaching the lofty heights of the Iowa Supreme Court for oral arguments . Marla Leaf got a speeding ticket because a camera allegedly caught her driving 68 mph in a 55-mph zone on an interstate freeway through the city of Cedar Rapids in February 2015. It's not typical for the state's top court to hear small-claims cases. But in her case against the city of Cedar Rapids, Leaf argues that her constitutional rights and state law were violated because the city delegated police powers to the private company that maintains the speed cameras. Opponents of automated traffic enforcement may view such cameras as "unduly intrusive, unfair and simply amounting to sophisticated speed traps designed to raise funds for cash-strapped municipalities by ensnaring unsuspected car owners in a municipal bureaucracy under the circumstances where most busy people find it preferable to shut up and pay r..
Final oral arguments in the contested case hearing for the Thirty-Meter Telescope land use permit will be heard today in Hilo. Parties to the contested case will make their case before the state Board of Land and Natural Resources. HPR’s Ku’uwehi Hiraishi tells us what we can expect.