|Kawa, a popular surf spot in Ka`u, could become home of the Ka`u High School Trojans surfers. Photo by Julia Neal|
DOE Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi said that “surfing will be an exciting addition for our students as we continue to expand and improve educational programs to increase student achievement. School sports teach critical life lessons such as teamwork and goal-setting while helping students stay active and healthy.”
|Gov. Neil Abercrombie (r) with surfer celebrating the|
new high school sport. Photo by Ricki Li
State Board of Education member Keith Amemiya, a former executive director of the Hawai`i High School Athletic Association, said surfing will allow students to learn about their environment and themselves. He said it also will engage the community by fostering relationships and partnerships with a new group of individuals and groups. “Surfing is a unique sport that often attracts athletes that may not necessarily be interested in more traditional sports such as football, basketball, baseball, and soccer. Therefore, we’re confident that surfing will increase athletics participation numbers,” Amemiya said. “In our view, the more students that engage in athletics and other after school activities, the higher our student achievement rates will become,” said Amemiya.
KA`U STATE REP. BOB HERKE’S new dispute resolution program to help ensure due process during foreclosure proceedings is up and running. Owner-occupants can meet directly with lenders should their homes be subject to non-judicial foreclosures. The hope, said Herkes, is for lenders to work directly with homeowners to modify loans and payments to help prevent evictions. The state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs is overseeing the program that began yesterday and runs through Sept. 30, 2014. Lenders can file non-judicial foreclosure notices online after registering with the state.
|State-owned land in Ka`u can be seen in the dark green. Map|
courtesy of Atlas of Hawai`i, University of Hawai`i Press
Dela Cruz, who chairs the Senate Committee on Water, Land & Housing, said, “We must strive to make our state competitive in the global economy, which it lacks at this time. Before we can put tax increases on the table, we must look at all of our assets and determine if we have maximized revenue opportunities with our state facilities.”
He said the new Public Land Development Corp. will “identify public lands that are suitable for redevelopment, administer marketing analysis to determine the best revenue-generating program for the public lands, enter into public-private agreements to appropriately redevelop the public lands and provide the leadership for the redevelopment, financing, improvement or enhancement” of the properties.
The new law setting up the corporation tasks the corporation to “administer a culturally appropriate sensitive program.”
Nearly a third of the 922 square miles in the District of Ka`u is owned by the state.
|This image by Deitrich Varez was created for the Kahuku|
Unit of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park.
Alternatives developed by the park planning team are based on previous public comments, federal law and NPS policy, as well as the professional knowledge of park staff. The alternatives detail a menu of topics including conservation of the park’s natural resources and cultural significance, location of visitor and operations facilities, new or connecting trails, sustainable and climate-friendly operations, education, research, and visitor access and services at the Kahuku Unit. Wilderness-eligible lands in Kahuku are also discussed.
A newsletter describing the preliminary alternatives and wilderness study is available at nps.gov/havo/parkmgmt/gmp.htm or at Hawai`i Island libraries.