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Celebrating Hawaii Kai Jaycees 20th Anniversary

October 30, 2014

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Councilmember Chang had the honor of presenting the Hawaii Kai Jaycees (HKJC) with an honorary certificate on behalf of the City Council in celebration of its 20th anniversary and recognition of their good work in the community.

The Hawaii Jaycees is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization made up of tomorrow’s leaders and today’s up-and-coming young professionals dedicated to leadership, individual development, and community service. The Hawaii Kai Jaycees (HKJC), founded in 1994 by the Maui Jaycees, is one of nine local chapters in the Hawaii Jaycees Organization.

HKJC’s primary focus is to develop their members through individual trainings as well as allowing them the opportunity to develop critical leadership skills through project management while serving their community. The organization is a great way to network with other young, like-minded adults who also enjoy participating in fun group activities such as outings to Ice Palace, karaoke, movie days, dinners, hikes, and game nights.

This year’s Chapter President, Lai Kin Kwong, is proud to lead an impressive fifty-six member group in various community building projects such as Independence Day at Maunalua Bay (2008 – 2013), the annual Hui Ilio Dog Walk, the famous Hawaii Kai Christmas Parade, the Toys for Tots drive at Koko Marina Center, and the Hawaii Jaycees Adopt-A-School Day event. For the upcoming year 2015, Hawaii Kai Jaycees member Daren Kimura will serve as the 72nd President of the Hawaii Jaycees.

Many members of the HKJC’s have demonstrated the skills they have learned through the organization and have proven to be successful leaders of the Hawaii Kai community and within the Hawaii Jaycees. Two members of the HKJC chapter, Eddy Ng and Stan Fichtman, have served as Hawaii Jaycees state presidents. Various chapter presidents have also gone on to serve in the Hawaii Jaycees as members of its Executive Board. One member served at the United States Junior Chamber at the national level – Stan Fichtman, National Vice President (2012) and National Chaplain (2013).

Notable Hawaii Kai residents that have served as chapter presidents include first President Susan Sueshi-Amine (1994), tenth President Kevin K. Nitta (2001), who is currently president of Century Small Business Solutions in Hawaii Kai, and twenty-first President Lai Kin Kwong (2014).

Members, who work hard at personal development with the HKJC’s, have a record of becoming successful in both the workforce and in the community. The organization’s commitment to develop its members and the community has long been recognized by the Hawaii Jaycees as well local community leaders in Hawaii Kai. In 1997, 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2011, the Hawaii Kai Jaycees Chapter was recognized as the number one chapter in the Hawaii Jaycees and has won various awards for project and chapter excellence by the United States Junior Chamber. Projects run by the chapter have been regularly recognized for excellence at the State and National level.

Little Fire Ants

October 23, 2014
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What is the Little Fire Ant (LFA)?

Please help the Hawaii Department of Agriculture stop the spread of Little Fire Ants on Oahu. It’s a new, invasive stinging ant that will spread across the Hawaiian Islands if we don’t take appropriate action now.

LFA infests yards, houses, farms, and forests. Their powerful stings harm people and wildlife. LFA can also sting the eyes of pets, leading to blindness. LFA damage crops, food production, and the economy everywhere they have spread. They impact people’s lives because their stings are unavoidable.

First discovered in the Puna area of Hawaii island in 1999, they have since spread, hidden in plants, logs, green waste, gravel, and even cars. Interisland spread has been somewhat limited by plant treatment and inspection, but LFA continues to spread.

In December 2013, LFA were discovered in logs at nurseries and garden shops on Oahu and Maui, and in landscaping on Lanai. Many of the logs sold at nurseries remain unaccounted for.

A multi-agency response has been launched to survey and treat potential LFA infestations on several islands. Everyone is urged to test their homes and yards and report possible infestations

How to Detect Little Fire Ants

1. Place sticks with a thin smear of peanut butter (regular, not natural or fat-free) every few feet in and around plants in your yard, garden, and lanai. Focus on shady, moist areas, the bottoms of plant pots, and where plants’ leaves meet the stem.

2. Leave the sticks in place for about 1 hour during the coolest part of the day.

3. Check sticks without moving them. Collect stick if:

  • The ants are uniformly orange/red, VERY small – about 1/16 inch (as long as a penny is thick), and slow-moving
  • You are unsure about the ants

4. Carefully place stick with ants directly in zip-top bag so ants don’t fall off.

5. Seal the bag and label with your name, address, and phone number. Put in your freezer overnight to kill the ants.

Report LFA

Call the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) statewide pest hotline @643-PEST (7378) to report that you may have LFA. Drop off (or mail) the sample to any HDPA office. On Oahu:

1428 S. King Street, Honolulu, 96814

HDPA will contact you when the ants are identified. Do not disturb the ants and do not control or treat the area. This will make the nests difficult to find and possibly spread them further.

Please remain vigilant, always quarantine and test any new plants, cut flowers, plant materials, mulch, soil, and other items that might be infested.

Learn more about Little Fire Ants.

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Early Walk-In Voting Polls Now Open

October 21, 2014

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Honolulu Hale and Kapolei Hale are now open for early walk-in voting! The polls will be open Monday-Saturday, 8am-4pm, so don’t forget to beat the rush and get out the vote!

Honolulu Hale
530 South King Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Kapolei Hale
1000 Uluohia Street
Kapolei, Hawaii 96707

Who can vote in Hawaii elections?

  • Anyone who is properly registered may vote in any election.
  • Only individuals who are United States citizens and residents of Hawaii are qualified to register to vote.
  • Incarcerated felons [HRS 831-2] and people adjudicated mentally incompetent are not allowed to vote.

I need assistance with voting

Any voter who requires assistance to vote (by reason of physical, visual, hearing impairment or inability to read or write English) may be given assistance by a person of the voter’s choice, as long as the person who is helping is not the voter’s employer, agent of the employer, or agent of the voter’s union.

Volunteers Needed – Sign Up to be an Election Day Official
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How do I become a precinct official?

This is your opportunity to assist your neighbors and fellow citizens with voting. You must be 16 years old by June 30th of the election year, a registered voter in the State of Hawaii, able to read and write English, attend a training session and pass a certification exam. Various positions are available.

Already signed up as a volunteer? Looking for a refresher to your precinct official training? Check out the training videos below for an overview of each station poll workers are assigned to.

Honolulu Coconut Rhinoceros 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