July 20, 2017
Lahaina, HI - WMTA ANNOUNCES SPECIAL SPEAKERS COMING TO PARTICIPATE IN EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: MAUI ELECTRIC TO SHARE STORM RESPONSE AND POWER RESTORATION
West Maui Community Disaster Planning Meeting Scheduled for Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Lahaina Civic Center Amphitheater at 5:30 p.m. These meetings are free and open to the public.
With hurricane season officially underway, the Hawaiian Hazards Awareness and Resilience Program (HHARP) invites the public to hear from Maui Electric representatives Chris Reynolds and Kūhea Asiu who will discuss important storm response and power restoration efforts.
“It’s our responsibility to provide safe and reliable power to our community, but natural disasters do happen and outages can occur, so being prepared is critical,” said Chris Reynolds, manager of system operations at Maui Electric. “That’s why we’ll be discussing how residents and businesses can make plans now to safeguard themselves and their families during this potentially active storm season. We’ll also be sharing how our trained crews respond to emergencies and the steps we take to restore power should a natural disaster strike.”
Maui Electric provides electrical service to nearly 70,000 customers on Maui, Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i. Reynolds oversees the company’s system operations area that monitors and controls the company’s electrical system 24-7, as well as reroutes power and relays outage information and restoration crews during outages. Asiu coordinates the company’s community and government relation efforts for Maui County.
The WMTA is working with the Maui Emergency Management Agency, The Pacific Disaster Center, and the State Emergency Management Agency on developing a customized disaster plan designed to meet West Maui’s specific needs. The isolation from the Island’s major hospital and airport, due to frequent road closures, fires and flooding, have highlighted the need for special preparedness planning.
The Hawaiian Hazards and Resilience Program (HHARP) is a series of monthly workshops, presented by subject-matter experts, to provide education for hazard understanding and offer tools and information resources to guide community mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery planning.
The current meeting schedule follows:
For more information about HHARP and this event, contact Joseph Pluta at (808) 661-7990 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Maui Electric emergency response presentations, contact Kūhea Asiu at (808) 872-3244 or email email@example.com.
(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.
Thank you to all who have been a part of the West Maui Disaster Preparedness Expo held on September 10, 2016. Lots of time and preparation went into making bring this event to the community and a lot of great and wonderful information has been shared by all the speakers and exhibitors.
We have highlighted each speaker in a YouTube video clip for you to watch which can be found in this playlist (click here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqjprPppUENZib0-wJ5Hg1DM_UCaLeWOQ )
Thank you to everyone who was a part of the
WEST MAUI DISASTER PREPAREDNESS EXPO!
Without your support, we would not be able to do this.
West Maui Taxpayers Association
Maui County Civil Defense Agency
CBRE I Asset Services and Lahaina Cannery Mall, Koleka Alcomindras, Real Estate Services Coordinator
University of Hawaii-Maui College, Lahaina Education Center, Marti Wukelic, Coordinator
Rick Nava – WMTA Board President & Event Co- Coordinator
Joseph Pluta – WMTA Vice President & Event Co- Coordinator
Donna Lorenz – WMTA Board Member & Event Co-Coordinator
Bobby Motooka, Director of Safety - Maui Electric Company
Anna Foust, Director - Maui Civil Defense Agency
Capt. Peter K. Davis - Lahaina Fire Department
Kamuela Mawae - Maui Police Department
Sharon Meilbrecht - Pacific Disaster Center
B. Gen. (R) Bruce Oliveira, Community Programs Director - Hawaii State Department of Defense
Donna Lorenz – Hawaiian Hazards Awareness & Resilience Program (HHARP), Facility Group Coordinator
Tim Waite, Co-Sponsor/Speaker - U.H. Sea Grant College Program
Mahealani Strong, Owner/Executive Agent - Insurance Associates West Maui
Ace Hardware Lahaina
American Red Cross
Community Emergency Response Team (Cert)
Civil Air Patrol
Insurance Association West Maui
Maui Civil Defense
Maui County Dept. of Health Volunteers
Maui Fire & Flood
Maui Police Department/Neighborhood Watch
Pacific Disaster Center
Salvation Army Lahaina
Simpson Strong-Tie Company
West Maui Taxpayers Association
Ace Hardware - Lahaina
Dairy Queen/Orange Julius - Lahaina Cannery Mall
Grand Wailea Resort
Honolulu Cookie Company West
Insurance Association West Maui
Maui Civil Defense
Maui Electric Co.
Napili Kai Beach Resort
Safeway – Lahaina
Teddy’s Bigger Burgers
West Maui Taxpayers’ Association
West Maui Improvement Foundation –
Gretchen Baldon & Aldrina Meier
Kāʻanapali Makai Watch invites the West Maui resort community to attend an informative volunteer training workshop
Sat. April 25th, 9 am - 1pm at the Kaunoa Senior Center in Lahaina
I would like to invite you to participate in the upcoming Makai Watch Training workshop to be held in Lahaina on Saturday April 25th. More details are below in the official news release from the DLNR, and background on the statewide Makai Watch program as well as our local Kāʻanapali Makai Watch program can be found here.
This training is a great opportunity for anyone who would like to learn more about marine resource management, marine life identification, local rules and regulations, modern and traditional fishing practies, and the cultural significance of the Kāʻanapali region. Whether you would simply like to become more informed, or actively volunteer and officially join our team, this workshop is an excellent opportunity and is ideal for resort management and staff, security officers, watersports companies, property owners and part-time residents.
Check out some photos that give an overview of Makai Watch and the Kāʻanapali Makai Watch Program, and highlight some of the amazing individuals who have been helping out through the years.
Please let me know if you have any questions, and if you would like to RSVP, email, call or text me at (808) 283-1631.
Executive Director, Project S.E.A.-Link,
Coordinator, Kāʻanapali Makai Watch
Makai Watch Volunteer Training Workshop - Saturday, April 25th, 9 am - 1 pm, Kaunoa Senior Center, Lahaina
DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
DAVID Y. IGE
NEW TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR MAKAI WATCH COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS
HONOLULU -- Helping the State of Hawaii bring more effective management of Hawaii’s near shore marine resources is the goal of the Makai Watch Volunteer Program, which is assisting the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) by acting as the ‘eyes and ears’ of conservation enforcement in the community.
The goal of Makai Watch is to enhance the management of near-shore marine resources by providing community members opportunities for direct involvement in management activities.
Makai Watch Volunteers who wish to participate in the program in an official capacity will need to complete the volunteer training and pass a certification test.
The DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) and Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR), in collaboration with Makai Watch Volunteer Program partners and funders, are offering an updated statewide training series this summer, following official recognition of the State of Hawaii Makai Watch program by the Board of Land and Natural Resources. This designation recognizes Makai Watch’s compliance with the newly established requirements of the state program.
Specific training dates are: Kaua‘i (April 18), Maui (April 25th, 9 am - 1 pm, Kaunoa Senior Center, Lahaina), Pupukea (May 2), Maunalua Bay (Oahu, May 16), and Hawai‘i Island (May 23).
The training includes an updated version of the Observation and Incident Reporting (OIR) Training series released in 2011, along with a newly developed Awareness Raising and Outreach (ARO) component known as ‘Ike Kai (to know, feel, understand, and comprehend, the ocean ). This component addresses common regulated species found in Makai Watch areas, ocean management tools, both traditional and modern, and promotes cultural awareness when engaging resource users.
“The ‘Ike Kai curriculum was an opportunity to weave in the cultural awareness involved with the management and enforcement of near shore resources”, said Edward Luna Kekoa, Statewide Makai Watch coordinator. “Many Makai Watch volunteers interact with local families and fishermen, and by sharing some of those cultural sensitivities, we believe those interactions will be more positive and productive.”
The Makai Watch Program is an officially recognized DLNR program in partnership with non-governmental organizations including The Nature Conservancy of Hawaiʻi (TNC), Kua'aina Ulu 'Auamo (KUA), Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund, Project S.E.A.-Link, and funding provided by Conservation International - Hawaii and the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation.
For more information about the training series or to learn more about the Makai Watch Program, please contact Luna Kekoa at (808) 349-6095 or Edward.L.Kekoa@hawaii.gov.
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Images of Makai Watch volunteers can be found online at https://plus.google.com/u/0/101613020396360217549/posts
DLNR Public information specialist
Phone: (808) 587-0320
The Tax Foundation of Hawaii lists pending legislation and is holding an Education Seminar, on "Navigating the Capitol: The Hawaii Legislative Process". See their email below:
Pending Tax Legislation
Click here to view a list of tax bills that have been passed by the 2014 Legislature and are awaiting the Governor's approval or veto. The Governor has until Monday, June 23, 2014 to announce his intention to veto a bill. If you would like to submit comments on these measures, click here to submit your comments to the Governor.
Educational Seminar - "Navigating the Capitol: The Hawaii Legislative Process"
As a reminder, we are still accepting reservations for the Educational Seminar which will be held on Monday, June 23, 2014, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 pm at the Law Offices of Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, 999 Bishop Street, 16th Floor.
Presenters from Hawaii’s Public Access Room of the State Capitol will provide insight into how you can make a difference by understanding the legislative process, making sense of calendar deadlines, and how to effectively use the legislature’s newly redesigned website. CPA attendees will qualify for two (2) CPE credits. Attendance is limited so reserve your space now! Special rates have been set for Tax Foundation members at $15.00 and nonmembers at $20.00. This price includes a bento lunch (please advise us of any dietary restrictions).
Deadline for registration has been set for June 19th. If you are interested in attending, please click here for the registration form. Questions and specific details may be directed to the Foundation's staff at 536-4587.
The developers, managers and operators of the planned West Maui Hospital and Medical Center will host a West Maui community meeting to discuss this important project…
2014 Pōhai Maile high school internship program at Haleakalā National Park. From June 09- 27, 2014, Pōhai Maile is a summer educational internship program designed for local high school youth to learn about the National Park and its partner conservation organizations and the potential careers in these fields. Twelve 9th- 12th graders will be selected through a competitive process to participate in Pōhai Maile, which is a paid internship program.
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