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Honolulu Coconut Rhnoceros Beetle Eradication 2014

October 16, 2014

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Modified by CombineZPThe coconut rhinoceros beetle is a large scarab beetle that is a major pest of coconut palms.  Adult beetles bore into the tops of  coconut palms, injuring young tissue and feeding on sap. You can tell that a beetle has ravaged through developing coconut palm leaves by the distinctive V-shaped cuts in the leaves that are left behind.

This beetle is native to Southeast Asia and is distributed through the Western Pacific Region. When first detected in Honolulu at Joint Base Pearl Harbor in December 2013, a response was launched to eradicate the beetle pests. This giant tree-killing invasive species threatens the future of our iconic coconut palms and has stirred fears it might repeat its costly invasions of India, the Philippines, Fiji, Samoa, Guam and several other Pacific islands.

The damage caused by the beetles kills the trees directly, and also leaves them vulnerable to secondary infections. After feeding, the adult beetles — which only live for about three months — ditch the trees and go breed in piles of trash, compost or other organic materials.

Adult rhino beetles are large (2-inch long) black beetles. The life stages of the beetle includes: eggs, larvae, pupae and adults.  Eggs are laid and develop inside rotting coconut logs, mulch or compost. Adult beetles emerge four months later. Adult rhino beetle are active at night and can fly. The larvae are white in color, C-shaped, and grow to about 3.5 inches long.

Adult male and female rhino beetles have distinctive horns. The Oriental flower beetle is often mistaken for the rhino beetle. Oriental flower beetles are only about one inch long, and have molted white patches on their backs. They have been in Hawaii since at least 2002 and are considered widespread. Larval stages of both beetles look similar, but rhino larvae try to crawl on their sides, while Oriental beetles wiggle on their backs.

The United States Department of Agriculture, Hawaii Department of Agriculture. University of Hawaii, and cooperators are working together to eradicate the rhino beetle from Hawaii. Crews are surveying potential breeding sites and suspected beetle damaged coconut trees. Pheromone traps are also being used to capture adults beetles.

If you suspect a coconut rhinoceros beetle infestation, you are urged to not remove any potentially infested materials such as compost or palm trimmings. You can best help by reporting any sightings of rhino beetles or rhino beetle damage to the State Pest Hotline, 643-PEST (643-7378).

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Tropical Storm Ana

October 15, 2014

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Tropical storm Ana continues to strengthen and is forecast to become a hurricane early Wednesday morning. Ana’s effects on the City and County of Honolulu are uncertain right now but could include southeast shore high surf, winds 30-50 mph and rainfall 5-10 inches beginning sometime Saturday.

Tropical Storm Ana is 680 miles southeast of Hilo, Hawaii. Ana is moving toward the west near 9 mph, and the National Weather Service says, “this general motion is expected to continue today, with a gradual turn toward the west northwest expected tonight or early Thursday, and this motion is expected to continue through late Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 70 mph with higher gusts. Ana is forecast to gradually intensify through Thursday night, and it may become a hurricane later today or tonight. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 65 miles, 100 km from the center.

Remember, all residents should have enough disaster supplies (non-perishable food, water, flashlight, radio, spare batteries, medications, etc.) to last a minimum of five to seven days. In addition residents are highly encouraged to monitor local media and emergency management social media feeds for updated information.

Don’t forget to sign up at nixel.com for the latest in emergency management updates via text or email.

2014 Pet Walk

October 10, 2014

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For many of us, our pets are as special to us as our human family members. They can provide companionship, comfort, joy, and in the case of service animals can even play a vital role in everyday life activities and personal safety.

Please help support the important work of the Hawaiian Humane Society and join thousands of like minded, pet loving residents at the 2014 Pet Walk this Sunday, 10/12 at Magic Island. The walk begins at 8am followed by live entertainment, food, giveaways, a pet float contest and parade, and a pet costume contest!

Don’t Forget!
• Parking is available at the Marina Parking Garage (behind Red Lobster Waikiki), $5 for 5 hours. Mention you’re attending PetWalk.
• Bring your sunscreen, hat and beach/lawn chair.
• All pets must be leashed.
• No beach access for animals.
• Bring cash for ono food featuring Aloha PopsHawaiian Waffle Dog Co., Il GelatoPaul’s Poppers and baked goods by Coldwell Banker.
• Invite your friends on Facebook to join you at PetWalk.
• Set up a rendezvous location for your team members.
• Decide if you’ll be taking the short or long course

Allegiant Travel Company is giving away 2 round-trip tickets from Honolulu to Las Vegas. Enter to win at PetWalk at the Humane Society’s information booth. Winners will be announced that day and must be present to win.

Hotel Renew by Aston Hotel offers a special 20% discount and waiving pet fees for kamaaina all of October. Book a room at this boutique Waikiki hotel for as low as $150 per night for PetWalk weekend today!

For more information visit the Hawaiian Humane Society’s WebsiteMaka

Hispanic Heritage Festival and Health Fair

October 9, 2014

Check out this weekend’s Hispanic Heritage Festival and Health Fair in Waikiki! Don’t miss authentic Hispanic cuisine with tons of Latin food booths, traditional entertainment including headliners “Ballet de Folkloric Costa de Oro”, crafters, cultural exhibits, community health agencies, and even a keiki section! You can Zumba with Carolina Enriquez, or dance to the sounds of DJ Ever and DJ Jose, or any of the other entertainers in the line up. It’s sure to be a FANTASTICO event, free and open to the public. For more information check out their website.

When: Saturday, 10/11; 10am-6pm

Where: Kapiolani Park Bandstand – Waikiki

NEW Prescription Discount Card

October 7, 2014

A discount card program is now available to help Oahu residents cope with the high cost of prescription drugs.  At no cost to residents, Prescription Discount Cards are made possible via a program sponsored by the National Association of Counties (NACo).

Caremark Rx, Inc. administers the discount card program.  These cards can be used by anyone regardless of age, income or existing health coverage and offers an average savings of 20 percent off the retail price of medications.  Using the prescription discount card is easy.

There is no enrollment form, no membership fee and no restrictions or limits on frequency of use.  Cardholders and their family members can simply use the card when their prescriptions are not covered by insurance.  It offers significant savings for the uninsured and underinsured.  For people with prescription coverage, the card can be used on drugs that not covered by their health plan.

Save on prescriptions for pets, too!  If a pet is prescribed a medicine that is also used to treat human conditions, an owner may use the Prescription Discount Card.  The process is the same as for any prescription purchased through the program.  The pet owner simply presents the card with a veterinarian’s prescription at a participating pharmacy.  Also, the pricing works the same way as the pet owner will pay either a discounted price or the retail pharmacies regular price, whichever is lower.

Cards are accepted at retail pharmacies that are part of the nation-wide Caremark network (over 59,000 stores in 50 states).

For more information, see the City and County of Honolulu’s website.

Kaimuki Public Library

October 6, 2014

Check out what’s new at Kaimuki Library:

SPOOKY STORIES

Daniel A. Kelin, II, Director of Drama Education with the Honolulu Theatre for Youth, will present spooky stories in the Young Adult Room on Monday, October 27, at 6:00 p.m.—just in time for Halloween!  Recommended for ages 9 and up.  Sponsored by Friends of the Library of Hawaiʻi.  If necessary, please call the library as soon as possible to request a sign-language interpreter or other special accommodations.

SUNDAY STORY TIMES

Story time will be every Sunday, from September 7 through December 14, at 10:30 a.m.  Listen to stories and make crafts.  Children through age 7 accompanied by an adult are welcome.  Please call the library 2 weeks prior to the program to request a sign-language interpreter if needed.

STEEL DRUM CONCERT IN NOVEMBER—MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Learn about the history of the steel drum and enjoy music of various genres performed by 15-year veteran steel-drum  players Greg and Junko MacDonald  in the Adult Reading Area on Sunday, November 2, at 2:00 p.m.  CD recordings of the MacDonalds’ music will be available for purchase ($15.00, cash or check) with the assistance of the event’s sponsor, Friends of Kaimuki Public Library.

FRIENDS OF KAIMUKI PUBLIC LIBRARY MEETING

Friends of Kaimuki Public Library (FKPL) will hold a general membership meeting in the Young Adult Room (Green Room) on Monday, October 20, at 6:00 p.m.  The next FKPL book sale will be discussed.

NATIONAL FRIENDS OF LIBRARIES WEEK

The week of October 19 is National Friends of Libraries Week.  During that week, let’s take the time to thank the Friends of Kaimuki Public Library (FKPL) board members and general members for their hard work in supporting the library and show our support by joining or volunteering.

Any time you use the stapler or tape, sit on an upholstered chair, or attend a library performance, remember the hard-working FKPL volunteers and officers (President Lori Yamada, Vice President Christina Tom, Secretary Jan Bullock, Treasurer Alyssa Calasicas, and Director Geraldine DeBenedetti).

COMPUTER TUTORIALS

Sign up at the reference desk for Friday-morning (10:00 a.m., 1 hour max) tutorials in essential computer use, e-mail, surfing the Web, Microsoft Office basics, or any other elementary computer-use topic of your choice.

WIKIWIKI VOTER REGISTRATION

It’s election time.  Pick up your Wikiwiki Voter Registration & Permanent Absentee and Wikiwiki Absentee Application next to the public photocopier or at the reference desk.

Last Chance to File!

September 30, 2014

REMINDER: Councilmember Chang and the Department of Budget and Fiscal Services are reminding the public that TODAY is the deadline for three real property programs is approaching and urge those wishing to participate to submit the required documentation prior to next week’s deadline.

Requirements, forms, and instructions for the following programs may be accessed at here.

Real Property Tax Credit:

The City & County of Honolulu offers a real property tax credit to property owners who meet certain eligibility requirements. If you qualify, the maximum real property tax owed would not exceed 3% or 4% of your income, depending on your age.

Claim for Home Exemption:

Real property owners who occupy their residence as their principal home may file a Claim for Home Exemption for fiscal year 2015-2016, which begins on July 1, 2015, to be exempt from certain real property taxes.

Residential A Compromise Claims:

A one-time claim for compromise for owner occupants of homes classified Residential A is also available. Owner occupants submitting a Residential A Compromise Claim must also submit a Claim for Home Exemption by the September 30, 2014 deadline.