'Aina Akamu was recently named the Complex Area Teacher of the Year by Complex Area Superintendent Chad Farias (R).
Akamu has spearheaded creation of the new Global Learning Lab, to bring project-based learning to Kaʻū High School.
Read more about the Global Learning Lab at https://sites.google.com/k12.hi.us/khpesgll/home.
See community volunteer day poster for July 31 below.
|Kalani Ka‘anā‘anā , new HTA chief brand officer.|
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|Caroline Anderson, HTA Director of Planning.|
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IN RESPONSE TO ALLEGATIONS OF MISMANAGEMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LAND FUNDS from the legislature, Hawaiian Homelands Commission Chair William Ailā, Jr. has issued a statement. In pushing back on on the opinion of state Sen. Kurt Fevella, Ailā announced today,
|Hawaiian Homelands Commission Chair William Ailā, Jr.|
Ailā said that in 1995, DHHL started using "Act 14's financial settlement to develop over 4,000 new homestead lots and now has over a half a billion dollars in private lending contingent liability that it is responsible for. It is our fiduciary kuleana to be sure the trust has enough money in its reserve to mitigate this risk against the State. This Commission, as well as previous Commissions, has acted prudently in its fiduciary responsibility of this trust to ensure that homestead lots are developed in perpetuity."
At the close of the 2021 legislative session, DHHL was allocated $78 million for Capital Improvement Projects. While short of the $460 million requested, "the allocation represents the largest legislative budget for Capital Improvement in the history of the program," noted Ailā.
|HSTA announced that it could favor requiring|
vaccinations to participate in school sports.
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teachers and staff should not be required to be vaccinated if students are exempt. However, HSTA does agree with mandating vaccinations for participants in sports.
DOH states that COVID-19 vaccines are a “core essential strategy,” and that social distancing is key to mitigation. DOH recommends universal mask wearing at schools at all indoor situations and outdoors, when in groups. While students or teachers will not be required to be vaccinated, more on-campus vaccination clinics will be held around the state, reported the DOH. For the full Guidance for Schools from the Department of Health, see https://health.hawaii.gov/coronavirusdisease2019/resources/school-guidance/
|Mayor Mitch Roth today called the|
vaccine "the number one stopping force."
Vaccinations will be offered free at community test clinics Tuesdays at Kona Aquatics in Kailua-Kona and Wednesdays at Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo. Both are 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Mayor Mitch Roth said, “With the rise in COVID-19 positive cases on our island and prevalence of the Delta variant, it is of the utmost importance that we make vaccinations and testing readily available to all those who need them in our county. The vaccine is the number one stopping force against the virus and the only way that we will be able to protect our friends and family as we begin the return to school, sports, and overall normalcy. Unfortunately, we know that almost all state hospitalizations and deaths have occurred in unvaccinated individuals, and we would like to continue to encourage those who are unvaccinated to consider doing so for the health and safety of us all.”
Some 59.8% percent of the this state's population is fully vaccinated, while 66.3% received at least one vaccine dose.
THE DUI COUNT IN OUT for the week of July 19, 2021, through July 25. Hawai‘i Island police arrested 20 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Nine drivers were involved in a traffic accident. One was under the age of 21. So far this year, there have been 659 DUI arrests compared with 504 during the same period last year, an increase of 30.8 percent. There have been 435 major accidents so far this year compared with 441 during the same period last year, a decrease of 1.4 percent. To date, there were 13 fatal crashes, resulting in 13 fatalities, compared with 11 fatal crashes, resulting in 11 fatalities for the same time last year. This represents an increase of 18.2 percent for fatal crashes, and 18.2 percent for fatalities. The Police Department promised that DUI roadblocks and patrols will continue island wide.
GOLF & MEMBERSHIPS for Discovery Harbour Golf Course and its Clubhouse: The Club offers Social Memberships, with future use of the clubhouse and current use of the pickleball courts as well as walking and running on specified areas of the golf course before 8 a.m. and after 3 p.m. to enjoy the panoramic