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December 08, 2016 at 8:15 am
EVENT: The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has ISSUED a TSUNAMI WATCH for the Hawaiian Islands effective at 7:45 am today.
EFFECTS: An earthquake occurred at 7:39 am on Thursday December 8, 2016, at the Solomon Islands with a preliminary magnitude of 8.0 on the Richter Scale.
Based on all available date from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center a tsunami may have been generated by this earthquake that could be destructive on coastal areas even far from the epicenter. An investigation is underway to determine if there is a tsunami threat to Hawaii.
If tsunami waves impact Hawaii, the estimated earliest arrival of the first wave is: 2:56 pm Today.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: PERSONS IN LOW-LYING AREAS SHOULD BEGIN EMERGENCY PREPARATIONS. PLEASE REFER TO THE FRONT YELLOW SECTION OF THE TELEPHONE BOOK FOR PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION AND EVACUATION AREAS. PREPARE YOUR "GO KIT" IF YOU NEED TO EVACUATE TO HIGHER GROUND. BE PREPARED TO EVACUATE WHEN ADVISED/ORDERED BY CIVIL DEFENSE.
INFORMATION: Maui Civil Defense Agency will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio for any updates. NOAA Weather broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. NOAA Weather internet services can be found at weather.gov/hawaii.
Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200. This same notification can be found on the Maui County website at mauicounty.gov.
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For the Week of December 04, 2016
By Tom Yamachika, President
One of the most visible crises to hit us in recent years is the problem of the homeless. Certainly, the issue has been around for a very long time, but the problem seems to have intensified in recent years between the general economic malaise that has lingered since the 2008 economic meltdown and the influx of Compact of Free Association (COFA) island migrants.
I'm not about to tell you that I have a solution to the problem. But it does seem that the problem has many facets, and so we shouldn't be talking about only providing housing, or only providing services, or only throwing money at the problem. A coordinated approach is sorely needed. Our Governor’s appointment of an interagency coordinator to direct the effort seems like a step in the right direction.
Coordinated action is not what our government normally does. We normally identify a problem and a half dozen approaches, and then try to implement all of them, often without regard to any issues that might arise because of the cross-pollination.
In the tax system, for example, we try to fight poverty. But we apparently don’t think it wise to increase the threshold income amount below which folks don't even have to file a return and deal with the tax system. Instead, not only do we try to force people with incredibly low income levels to navigate through income tax returns, but we increase the complexity for those people with additional forms and schedules. We have a low-income household renter’s credit. We have a credit for child and dependent care expenses. We have a food/excise tax credit. And our laws provide that if a person who might be eligible for a credit doesn't claim it in a year, the credit goes poof and can't be claimed, ever.
Tax credits, furthermore, have a couple of additional characteristics that make them a tough fit for poverty aid. First, the credits all result in one single check, issued just once in a year. What does a poor person or poor family do during the rest of the year while waiting for the check? Do they get refund anticipation loans, which typically are provided by specialized lenders who charge rates and fees that can reach over 450% in annual percentage rate (APR), according to legislative testimony from the Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice? And if we are talking about a homeless person, to what address do we mail the check?
Finally, we can't be blind to the fact that when free financial aid is given out, there will be people who will want to take some even though they don't qualify. Our tax department has a hard enough time separating legitimate from fraudulent claims when the claimants have addresses, phone numbers, and Social Security cards. Are they adequately equipped to deal with the same problems with claimants missing one or more of the above?
This all goes back to the coordination of effort. Offices of government have their areas of expertise. Aid mechanisms, such as housing vouchers, electronic benefits/food stamps, and assistance services have their strengths, competencies, and weaknesses. A truly coordinated approach needs to align the strengths and competencies while avoiding the weaknesses.
We then need to apply the idea of “coordinated approach” to other issues that have been plaguing the workings of our government for decades.
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For West Maui residents
WATER USE and DEVELOPMENT PLAN
Lahaina Meeting – 6-9PM, Monday, NOV 28
West Maui Senior Center
Room 115, 788 Pauoa St, Lahaina.
Monday, November 14
Some sign examples:
“Homeless Not Helpless”
“Homelessness Hurts Everyone!”
“Homelessness is Everyone’s Problem!"
“Imagine a Maui where everyone lives in a home!”
“Paradise is when everyone lives in a home!”
"It can happen to anyone!”
"Homelessness can happen to anyone!”
“Think about the Keiki!"
“Doing nothing costs something!”
“Doing nothing costs too much!”
“Homelessness affects YOU! You can affect Homelessness!”
"Homeless not Helpless!"
"Me Casa es No Casa!"
Wednesday November 16
Candlelight Vigil – 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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MAUI REGISTRATION AND TURNOUT
GENERAL TOTAL REGISTRATION 93,912
TOTAL TURNOUT 52,969 56.4%
PRECINCT TURNOUT 26,493 28.2%
ABSENTEE TURNOUT 26,476 28.2%
HAWAII STATEWIDE REGISTRATION AND TURNOUT
GENERAL TOTAL REGISTRATION 749,917
TOTAL TURNOUT 415,792 55.4%
PRECINCT TURNOUT 198,975 26.5%
ABSENTEE TURNOUT 216,817 28.9%
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From: Ward, Deborah L
Sent: Monday, October 17, 2016 3:43 PM
Subject: News release from DLNR - PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING FOR LAHAINA FERRY PIER IMPROVEMENTS
DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
DAVID Y. IGE
SUZANNE D. CASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17, 2016
PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING FOR LAHAINA FERRY PIER IMPROVEMENTS
LAHAINA, MAUI -- Maui legislators Rep. Angus McKelvey, Sen. Rosalyn Baker, and the Department of Land and Natural Resources are jointly hosting a public information meeting on Thursday October 20, 2016, to provide an update on the design of the proposed Lahaina Small Boat Harbor ferry pier improvements.
The meeting will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Na Aikane O Maui Cultural Center located at 526A Front Street in Lahaina.
The new interisland ferry pier will be located approximately 70 feet to the north of the existing public pier at the Lahaina Small Boat Harbor. It will be approximately 115 feet long and 20 feet wide and will be on piles.
Construction will also include:
(The DVD TAPING OF THE SEPTEMBER 10-2016 WEST MAUI DISASTER PREPAREDNESS EXPO, HELD AT THE LAHAINA CANNERY MALL CENTER STAGE of the excellent presentations by Civil Defense, MECO, MPD, MFD, HAARP, Pacific Disaster Center, Insurance Associates, Inc.; Etc. will be on AKAKU THE FOLLOWING DATES AND TIMES CHANNEL 54!
BE SURE TO PASS THE WORD TO ALL TO WATCH AND RECORD THEM FOR FUTURE REFERENCE IN PENDING SITUATIONS OF HURRICANE, FIRES, FLOOD, ETC.
Fantastic Resource for All as WMTA continues to pursue the necessary trainings to be the West Maui Facilitator for the Hawaii Hazards Awareness and Resilience Program (HHARP)!
First air dates on Akakū channel 54:
10/6 1:21 PM
10/12 4:05 PM
10/14 8:04 AM
For all air dates: http://akaku.org/channel-54-program-guide/
*All air dates are subject to change slightly without notice. Note that these are only a few air dates and then the program will continue to play in rotation during the block(s) checked on the cable cast form.
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