|This image from University of Hawaiʻi indicates the impacts of Climate Change.|
Illustration from U.H.
“It’s unfortunate that this ruling limits the federal government's ability to act strongly on climate change. We have a moral imperative to address climate change due to impacts we already see to natural resources. Sea level rise is eroding our beaches and shorelines. Coral bleaching is damaging our reefs. Warmer temperatures are forcing disease-carrying mosquitoes into higher elevations where the avian malaria they infect native birds with, is on the verge of causing the extinction of two honeycreeper species in as little as two years. Right now, we are experiencing the impacts of drought statewide, and this has already caused more frequent and more intense wildfires.
“As Gov. Ige said, Hawai‘i has shown great progress and leadership in addressing both the causes and impacts of climate change and we will continue to work with other leaders at all levels of government who remain committed to addressing what is the greatest existential threat facing the planet.”
The Land Board statement says, "The Climate Commission promotes ambitious, climate-neutral, culturally responsive strategies for climate change adaptation and mitigation, in a manner that is clean, equitable, and resilient." The Climate Commission was created by Act 32 in 2017. The commission is administratively attached to Department of Land & Natural Resources.
The 95th Police Recruit Class began training on December 16, 2021. The recruits started off as strangers who had come together from a variety of backgrounds and previous career paths. In the end, after six and a half months of intensive training, they graduated with a class of nine police recruits.
|Hawai‘i Police Department's 95 Recruit Class: Left to Right: Collin|
Roberts, Melani Cline, Grant Kunihiro, Rylan Fujii, Derek Okabayashi,
Mikhail Watkins, Troyson Reilly, Marcus Sosa, Edward Petrie.
Photo from HPD
Other members of the class are Rylan Fujii, Grant Kunihiro, Derek Okabayashi, Marcus Sosa, and Mikhail Watkins.
Special recognition was given to those recruit officers who achieved outstanding performance during the course of academic training. The Academic Award was awarded to Officer Edward Petrie who attained and upheld the highest grade point average on weekly and certification examinations.
Officer Collin Roberts was presented with the Firearms Award for his interest and proficiency in the use of firearms and for attaining the highest rating in firearms training. Recipients of the academic and firearms awards will have their names engraved on a perpetual plaque, which is displayed in the department's training room.
Officer Grant Kunihiro was recognized with the Physical Fitness Award for excelling and maintaining his level of physical conditioning. Officer Collin Roberts received the Overall Outstanding Recruit Award for his performance and motivational qualities.
The newly graduated officers will undergo four months of on-the-job field training with veteran police officers before they are qualified to work alone.
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|Fencing to keep ungulates out of native forests in Hawaiʻi|
Volcanoes National Park. NPS photo
July 6 and 7 between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. to support vegetation monitoring between 6,000-ft and 8,000-ft. elevation in the Kahuku Unit.
July 13 between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. to support vegetation monitoring between 6,000-ft and 8,000-ft. elevation on Mauna Loa.
July 18 between 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for sling loads of fence material and gear to the Koa Unit of ʻŌlaʻa, between 3,500- and 4,000-ft. elevation.
July 19 between 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. for ungulate survey in Kahuku between 4,000- and 6,000-ft. elevation.
July 19 and July 21 between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. for Hawaiian petrel monitoring on Mauna Loa between 8,000- and 9,000-ft. elevation. July 20 and 21 between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. to support vegetation monitoring between 6,000- and 8,000-ft. elevation on Mauna Loa.
July 21 between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. for survey and control of invasive guinea grass in the coastal Keauhou area, between sea level and 2,500-ft. elevation.
In addition, USGS will start a schedule of low-level helicopter flights in early July that will cover Kīlauea volcano over a three-week period. (Visit the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website for more information). The USGS may conduct additional flight operations over Kīlauea and Mauna Loa to assess volcanic activity and maintain instrumentation.
The statement from the Park says it "regrets any noise impact to residents and park visitors. Dates and times are subject to change based on aircraft availability and weather. Management of the park requires the use of aircraft to monitor and research volcanic activity, conduct search-and-rescue missions and law enforcement operations, support management of natural and cultural resources, and to maintain back-country facilities."
SPONSOR A BUCKLE, VOTE FOR RODEO QUEEN ahead of the Saturday, July 9 Rodeo organized by Kaʻū Roping & Riding Association and ʻO Kaʻū Kākou. Event to be held on the rodeo grounds behind Nāʻālehu Park. Call 808-854-7917.
BECOME A SPONSOR AT THE 3RD ANNUAL EXPERIENCE VOLCANO FESTIVAL on Saturday, July 30th and Sunday, July 31st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Last year, over 2,500 visitors attended and over 40 events were featured during the EVH festival. Sign up as a sponsor at experiencevolcano.com.
SIGN UP FOR KAʻŪ COFFEE TRAIL RUNS with a change of date from July 3 to Sept. 17. Registration deadline for the annual event is Sept. 14. Organized by Hawaiʻi Island Racers, the 50K begins at 6 a.m., Half Marathon at 7 a.m., and 5K at 7:15 a.m., all starting from Kaʻū Coffee Mill at 96-2696 Wood Valley Road in Pāhala. Proceeds go to support ʻO Kaʻū Kākou. For more details on the event and registration fees, visit https://www.kaucoffeetrailruns.com/.
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