|Applications for 11 positions on the new Maunakea Stewardship & Oversight Authority are open|
through July 28, as management transitions from University of Hawaiʻi. Photo from UH
MAUNAKEA STEWARDSHIP & OVERSIGHT AUTHORITY is accepting applications for management of the Mauna. There will be 11 members of the Authority. Deadline to send in recommendations and apply for the positions is July 28.
The new Authority replaces University of Hawaiʻi as the manager of Maunakea. The decision to make the switch was made by the 2022 Hawaiʻi Legislature, with the signature of Gov. David Ige, who said, “I encourage people who have the expertise and commitment needed to shift to a community-based governance model for one of the state’s great natural resources to apply as quickly as possible. Together, we can continue Hawai‘i’s momentum toward a strong and sustainable future." The 11 positions on the Authority will be:
Chairperson of the Board of Land & Natural Resources, or chairperson’s designee;
Hawaiʻi County mayor, or mayor’s designee;
Chairperson of the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaiʻi, or chairperson’s designee (needs state Senate confirmation);
ʻAina (land) resource management expert with and experience with Hawaiʻi island‑based management (must be confirmed by state Senate);
Expert in the fields of p-12 public education or post-secondary education (must be confirmed by state Senate);
|Maunakea will be managed by a diverse group of Native Hawaiians,|
educators, scientists and other experts. Photo from Center for Maunakea Stewardship
Individual with business and finance experience who has previous administrative experience in managing a large private-sector business (must be confirmed by state Senate);
A lineal descendant of a practitioner of Native Hawaiian traditional and customary practices associated with Maunakea (must be confirmed by state Senate);
A recognized practitioner of Native Hawaiian traditional and customary practices (must be confirmed by state Senate); and
Two individuals appointed by the governor from a list of three names submitted for each appointment by the president of the Senate and speaker of the House (must be confirmed by state Senate).
To apply, click on the “Department of Land & Natural Resources” tab on the board and commissions website: https://forms.ehawaii.gov/pages/board-survey/. Scroll down to and click on Department of Land & Natural Resources. A drop-down menu appears; select the appropriate box next to the Mauna Kea Stewardship and Oversight Authority; hit SUBMIT at the bottom of the page An application form then appears; fill it out in its entirety. Finally, sign and submit.
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Congressman and candidate for Governor Kai Kahele said he couldn't even describe overcrowding and conditions in Hawaiʻi prisons and called it a "total disaster." He said the private prisons where some 2,000 prisoners from Hawaiʻi stay on the mainland should be terminated. He talked about "place based solutions, pua honua and reconnecting people who have lost their way with the 'āina." He said there would be much collaboration with the legislature to change the prison system and noted that the governor has three critical appointments to make: Attorney General, Director of Public Safety and the paroling board that could change the course of the prison system.
He also noted that some 40 percent of prisoners are Native Hawaiians who have been imprisoned, incarcerated, and had their their sense of place, loss of 'āina, for over 100 years." He noted that as a young man, he was kicked out of Waiākea High School, arrested at 16 years of age and went to Olomana Boys Home. He spent hundreds of hours of community service, thousands of dollars in restitution for people he affected. He was arrested for assault at age 18.
Gubernatorial candidate and Lt. Gov. Josh Green did not attend. Also attending the forum were gubernatorial candidates Heidi Tsuneyoshi and Gary Cordery. See the entire Hawaiʻi Justice Forum at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t43r1exd-bUTo read comments, add your own, and like this story, see www.facebook.com/kaucalendar. See latest print edition at www.kaucalendar.com. See upcoming events at https://kaunewsbriefs.blogspot.com/2022/04/upcoming-events-for-kau-and-volcano.htm
HAWAI'I ISLAND POLICE ISSUED A WARNING FRIDAY ABOUT A CRYPTOCURRENCY SCAM. It says thieves are using the promise of cryptocurrency to commit financial crimes. Police report that individuals have received text messages from persons claiming to be from their financial institution
Customers are then directed to a bitcoin ATM and instructed to deposit their money, obtain a receipt, and to send a picture of the transaction to the person claiming to represent the bank. The information on the receipt contains account information that scammers can use to electronically steal money from the person’s bank account.
Hawai‘i Police Department reminds the public that cryptocurrency is not backed by the government and is not an approved U.S. currency. Cryptocurrency funds are not regulated and typically are not reversible once removed.
Members of the public who receive such a text message, are asked to report it to their financial institution and contact the police department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311. Also available is Lt. Todd Pataray at (808) 961-2213.
The islandwide inspections are scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., however, exact times and routes will depend on weather conditions. Inspections will be conducted in a Manuiwa Airways helicopter and require the aircraft to fly low and slow which may cause some noise disturbances.
Hawaiian Electric issued a statement to thank the community for patience and understanding. With questions or concerns, please call 969-6666.