|Kaʻū District Gym in Pāhala is the location of one of two EV chargers in Kaʻū, the other at Punaluʻu Bakeshop in Nāʻālehu.|
Hawaiian Electric is calling for more locations. Photo from Big Island EV Association
MORE FAST CHARGING STATIONS FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES are the plan of Hawaiian Electric Co. In Kaʻū, HECO operates a charging station next to the gym at the school campus in Pāhala and another at Punaluʻu Bakeshop in Nāʻālehu. Ocean View and Volcano are without EV charging stations.
Statewide, HECO operates 25 public stations and is seeking approval from the Public Utilities Commission to construct more of them and to make them permanent. Increasing EV infrastructure by 700 percent would help take care of expected demand over the next decade and help meet the State of Hawaiʻi's targets for renewable energy.
"Building reliable, convenient, public EV charging infrastructure will accelerate clean transportation and encourage more drivers to go electric," said Aki Marceau, Hawaiian Electric director of electrification of transportation. "Transitioning to EVs will reduce emissions and allow us to use more renewable energy."
In Hawaiʻi, transportation uses nearly two-thirds of imported petroleum and discharges over half of the state's greenhouse gas emissions. Providing utility-owned public chargers establishes a critical foundation
when replacing fossil-fuel powered vehicles with cleaner, more efficient EVs. Currently, there are more than 13,000 registered EVs in Hawaiʻi, says a statement from Hawaiian Electric.
The company has programs to support more EV and has given away electric vehicles to Native Hawaiian educational programs.
|An aerial showing the location of the EV charging|
station next to the gym in Pāhala at the school campus.
Photo from Big Island EV Association
|Six grade students are already back on campus at Kaʻū High|
& Pāhala Elementary, working their classroom jobs.
Photo from Vice Principal Jason Britt
this transition.” Kishimoto said that union leaders in the Hawaiʻi Government Employees Association, Hawaiʻi State Teachers Association and United Public Workers are aware of the Department’s plans to ramp up in person instruction and are supportive of these efforts.
"This will ensure our dedicated teams working in our schools are supported and continue to feel safe as we make this transition,” Kishimoto added. “Mahalo to Gov. David Ige, Lt. Gov. Josh Green, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, House Speaker Scott Saiki and our union leaders for supporting me in
prioritizing the best interests of our students.”
DOE employs teachers, librarians, counselors and registrars represented by the Hawai‘i State Teachers Association; educational officers, educational assistants, office assistants, school security attendants, school health assistants, school food service managers, occupational/physical therapists and school psychologists represented by the Hawai‘i Government Employees Association; and the United Public Workers, which represents blue collar school custodians, building maintenance workers, school bakers, school cooks and cafeteria helpers. The new protocol includes:
Advance notice: Schools shall provide a minimum seven calendar days before an increase to in-person schooling.
Remote work during quarantine: In the event of a classroom, workspace and/or building being closed due to COVID-19 and students being sent home and/or being directed to quarantine, employees identified as close contact needing to quarantine in accordance with CDC/DOH school guidance shall continue to work from a remote location when available.
Mitigation strategies: Regardless of the level of community transmission, all schools shall use and layer mitigation strategies to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes wearing masks, staying home if you’re feeling sick, washing hands, physical distancing, and more.
WOMEN LEADERS IN HAWAIʻI HISTORY are being honored by Congressman Kai Kahele. In the last week he noted Jean King, Jennifer Doudna, Ah Quon McElrath and Isabella Abbot, leaders in politics,
labor and STEM.
Kahele wrote, "Jean King is a true trailblazer who paved the way for women in Hawaiʻi to pursue a career in Politics. She was the first Asian American and first woman to sere as Lieutenant Governor for the sate of Hawaiʻi. Before taking office as Lt. Gov. in 1979, King served in the state House and Senate. She advocated for peace, women't rights and the environment."
The Congressman wrote, "Dr. Jennifer Doudna is a biochemist and 1981 graduate of Hilo High School who won the prestigious Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2020. She shares the award with Emmanuelle Charpentier for their pioneering work in CRISPR gene editing, which has been credited as one of the most historical biological discoveries, leading to advanced research and treatment for multiple disease."
Kahele said, "Ah Quon McElrath helped create the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Chapter in Hawaiʻi (ILWU), Hawai`'s first multiracial union. She fought for the development of comprehensive health plans and better education for union members and their families."
The Congressman said that Dr. Isabella Abbot, "the first Native Hawaiian woman to receive a PhD in science, was an educator, psychologist, and ethnobotanist who became a leading figure in studying Pacific marine algae During her career, she served as a top tier professor at Stanford University and has been credited with discovering over 200 species."
AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT EXTENDS UNEMPLOYMENT insurance and assistance benefits in Hawaiʻi State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations Director Anne Perreira-Eustaquio said, “We are relieved that Congress has acted to continue to provide unemployment insurance benefits and assistance to claimants as Hawai‘i residents continue to struggle from the effects of COVID-19 disruption in our community. We will automatically enroll claimants in the appropriate extension, so claimants will not need to take any extra steps to receive benefits. Claimants will see a new benefit amount in the online
portal and receive a written monetary determination in the mail.”
DLIR reported that it does not expect a gap in benefits for most claimants as long as they remain eligible. Like the recent extension of the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, the department will batch process extensions so some claimants may have short delays in the ability to file claim certifications. Once a claimant’s monetary determination has been established, claimants will be able to file weekly claim certifications and will receive a monetary determination by mail.
The Department of Labor & Industrial Relations made the announcement today. Unemployment was down from 10.3 percent in December to 10.2 percent in January. Statewide, 67,000 people were unemployed in January. Nationally, the unemployment rate stands at 6.3 percent for the same time period. "Like many other states, Hawai‘i has dealt with higher unemployment rates due to the COVID-19 pandemic," said the statement from DLIR.
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for Kaʻū District from South Point to Volcanoes National Park with the following directions:
· Stay away from streams, drainage ditches, and low lying areas prone to flooding.
· Rainfall and runoff may cause hazardous driving conditions due to ponding, reduced visibility, and poor braking conditions.
· Do not cross flowing or rising water. Turn around, don't drown.
A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for Hawaii Island.
KAʻŪ ART GALLERY IS OPEN TO IN-PERSON TRAFFIC in Nāʻālehu, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. It features and sells works by local artists and offers other gift items.
Kaʻū Art Gallery's website has 24/7 access online and is frequently updated to show current inventory items. "We are always looking to collaborate with local artists in our community," said assistant Alexandra Kaupu. Should anyone have an interest in being featured at Kaʻū Art Gallery and Gift Shop, contact gallery owner and director Corrine Kaupu at email@example.com
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