|Wood Valley Temple resident and Tibetan Buddhist monk Teva travels to O`ahu to meet the Dahlai Lama.|
Photo by Lobsang Wangyal
Statewide electric rates are three times more expensive than average rates on the mainland and almost five times more expensive than the cheapest rates of any other state. In paying the most for electricity, Hawai`i is followed by Alaska, Connecticut, New York and Vermont. The least expensive is North Dakota, followed by Idaho, Louisiana, Washington state and Arkansas, according the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s data collected for January.
Recent reasons given by the electric company for raising rates again, include a demand in Japan for more fossil fuel after shutting down its nuclear plants, following the tsunami and nuclear plant meltdown last year. Hawai`i Electric Industries, which also owns American Savings Bank, announced in February that its earnings rose 39 percent in the fourth quarter last year, mainly due to its utilities business.
|Sen. Jill Tokuda. Photo from wcfonline.org|
Teachers union chief Will Okabe saw it differently. He posted a statement on the union website yesterday, saying: “This is a tremendous win for teachers, students and all the people of Hawai`i. This sends a clear message that collective bargaining is alive and well in Hawai`i, and fundamental issues that affect the livelihood of teachers should be addressed at the bargaining table.”
The union leader said teachers “made it clear that you were not afraid of evaluation, but wanted a system that included your voice.” He urged the teachers to wear the color red on school campuses on April 18, the day the union goes back to the bargaining table with the state. Teachers have been working with pay cuts and other measures imposed on them by the administration, without a union contract.
|Dalai Lama in 1994 at Wood Valley Temple.|
Photo from www.nechung.org
ATLAS RECYCLING will be at South Point U-Cart tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
DIETRICH VAREZ will sign his collection of over 250 Hawaiian prints and books he has written and/or illustrated, including the new release Pele and Hi`iaki. All are welcome to the free event on Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Park entrance fees apply. For more call 967-7565 or visit volcanoartcenter.org.
SUPPORT FOR KA`U BOYS & GIRLS can be raised by buying tickets through KTA to the Harlem Globetrotters basketball demonstration game on Sunday, May 13 at 2 p.m. at the Hilo Civic Auditorium. KTA has offered to give a percentage of income from the tickets to Big Island Boys & Girls Club, which manages the Ka`u Boys & Girls Clubs in Na`alehu and Pahala.
|Karla Casco works with on many agricultural projects at|
her university in Honduras. In Ka`u she has worked on the
coffee berry borer problem and gives a report on Monday.
Photo from Karla Casco
|Patricia Kaula. Photo from nps.gov|
IMAGES FROM THE EDGE, a photo contest sponsored by Friends of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, is accepting entries through this Monday, April 16. The contest is open to anyone with an original photograph taken in the park within the last three years. Photos may be color or black and white and can cover any subject matter. All images will be considered for inclusion in a slideshow on Saturday, April 28 at Kilauea Visitor Center, and all finalists’ photographs will be exhibited from June 9 to 17 at Volcano Art Center Gallery.
For full contest rules and to enter, visit fhvnp.org. The entry fee for up to three photos is $25, payable online by credit card.