Maui’s Villages of Leialii affordable housing project gets EIS approval

Pacific Business News

Thursday, December 27, 2012, 5:48am HST

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has accepted the final environmental impact statement for the Villages of Leialii affordable housing project near Lahaina on Maui.

The Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corp. analyzed the Final EIS on behalf of the governor.

The proposed project encompasses about 1,000 acres of state land and responds to the limited supply of housing for work force and lower- and moderate-income residents in West Maui.

The first phase of the development consists of 104 single-family homes and is tentatively scheduled to start in 2016.

Proposed land uses will include single-family and multifamily residential housing units with a range of densities, neighborhood parks and a mixed-use town center with open space.

Additionally, there are plans to build two elementary schools as part of the project.

The Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corp. is planning to issue a request for proposals for the project, inviting developers to submit proposals to build the property.

 

OHA launches marketing campaign for health efforts

OHA employee Mona Pang and her son, Lincoln, are among the faces appearing in TV commercials airing statewide that encourage Native Hawaiians to eat healthier and become more physically active.

HONOLULU (Dec. 27, 2012) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has launched a major marketing campaign to promote a health initiative aimed at battling obesity, a cause that has become a top policy priority.

The campaign includes TV commercials that will air statewide for a month on KHON-2 and Hawaii News Now, starting Dec. 27.

In the weeks ahead, similar commercials will appear during previews at movie theaters across the state. Through the entire month of January, print versions of the commercials will target commuters who ride TheBus on Oahu.

The initiative is a direct response to OHA research that identifies obesity as one of the greatest threats to Native Hawaiian health.

For that reason, OHA is taking steps to encourage Native Hawaiians to eat healthier and become more physically active. It’s part of a broader long-term strategy to counter health risks associated with a lack of physical activity and proper nutrition.

OHA’s efforts are expected to be enhanced by various community partners. Among them are non-profit organizations that, in the months ahead, will be awarded an estimated $800,000 in OHA grant money for their programs designed to combat obesity and promote active lifestyles.

For more information about OHA’s health initiative, visit http://www.oha.org/health

HI SURF WRNG NORTH SHORES OAHU; HI SURF ADVSRY WEST SHORES OAHU UNTIL 6 PM FRIDAY

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Advisory: HI SURF WRNG NORTH SHORES OAHU; HI SURF ADVSRY WEST SHORES OAHU UNTIL 6 PM FRIDAY

Hi The SCHHA,

WHHW40 PHFO 280153
CFWHFO

URGENT – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HONOLULU HI
353 PM HST THU DEC 27 2012

..HIGH SURF WARNING FOR NORTH FACING SHORES OF NIIHAU KAUAI OAHU MOLOKAI AND MAUI…
..HIGH SURF WARNING FOR WEST FACING SHORES OF NIIHAU AND KAUAI…
..HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR WEST FACING SHORES OF OAHU AND MOLOKAI…

.OVERVIEW…A LARGE NORTHWEST SWELL WILL BUILD RAPIDLY THIS EVENING AND PEAK LATE TONIGHT…BEFORE BEGINNING TO DIMINISH ON FRIDAY. THIS WILL ONLY BE A BRIEF LULL THOUGH…AS AN EVEN LARGER NORTHWEST SWELL IS EXPECTED TO BUILD SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT…PEAKING ABOVE WARNING LEVEL ON SUNDAY.

HIZ001>003-007-008-012-013-017-019-020-281500-
/O.EXT.PHFO.SU.W.0009.000000T0000Z-121229T0400Z/
NIIHAU-KAUAI WINDWARD-KAUAI LEEWARD-OAHU NORTH SHORE-OAHU KOOLAU- MOLOKAI WINDWARD-MOLOKAI LEEWARD-MAUI WINDWARD WEST- MAUI CENTRAL VALLEY-WINDWARD HALEAKALA-
353 PM HST THU DEC 27 2012

..HIGH SURF WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM HST FRIDAY…

THE HIGH SURF WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM HST FRIDAY.

* SURF…ALONG NORTH FACING SHORES AS WELL AS WEST FACING SHORES OF KAUAI AND NIIHAU…SURF WILL BUILD TO 20 TO 25 FT.

* TIMING…BEGINNING THIS EVENING AND CONTINUING INTO FRIDAY.

* IMPACTS…LARGE BREAKING WAVES WILL CAUSE HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS IN THE SURF ZONE…INCLUDING LIFE-THREATENING RIP CURRENTS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A HIGH SURF WARNING INDICATES THAT DANGEROUS…BATTERING WAVES WILL POUND THE SHORELINE. THIS WILL RESULT IN VERY DANGEROUS SWIMMING CONDITIONS…AND DEADLY RIP CURRENTS.

————————————————————
HIZ006-281500-
/O.EXT.PHFO.SU.Y.0044.000000T0000Z-121229T0400Z/
WAIANAE COAST-
353 PM HST THU DEC 27 2012

..HIGH SURF ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM HST FRIDAY…

THE HIGH SURF ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM HST FRIDAY.

* SURF…ALONG WEST FACING SHORES…SURF WILL BUILD TO 14 TO 18 FT.

* TIMING…BEGINNING THIS EVENING AND CONTINUING INTO FRIDAY.

* IMPACTS…LARGE BREAKING WAVES WILL CAUSE HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS IN THE SURF ZONE…INCLUDING LIFE-THREATENING RIP CURRENTS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A HIGH SURF ADVISORY MEANS THAT WAVES ALONG THE AFFECTED SHORES WILL BE HIGHER THAN NORMAL. BEACH GOERS ARE URGED TO STAY OUT OF THE WATER AND WELL AWAY FROM THE SHORE BREAK DUE TO HAZARDOUS WAVE ACTION. FORECAST SURF HEIGHTS ARE ESTIMATES OF THE HEIGHT OF THE FACE…OR FRONT…OF WAVES.

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Small Business Tip of the Day

Tip for December 27, 2012

Emails, Phone Calls, Meetings, Oh My!

Save time by better managing your communications. Check email only at certain times of the day. Cut off long email chains by making decisions over the phone. Schedule meetings sparingly and use virtual meetings to replace in-person meetings when possible.

Emails, Phone Calls, Meetings, Oh My!

By: Barbara Weltman

If the old adage that “time is money” is true, then you can increase your wealth by using your time wisely. Here are 20 usable tips to make you more productive. Of course, the tips are only helpful if you follow through.

General tips

1.  Plan ahead.

2.  Schedule your time (use apps, computer calendars, or other tools to help).

3.  Delegate to those who can handle tasks more effectively (e.g., to an assistant who oversees social media for you and your company).

4. Houseclean your desk, computer files, paper files, etc., to shorten the time it takes to find documents and other materials.

5.  Order supplies online.

6.  Use the U.S. Postal Service pickup feature for packages.

7.  Utilize wait time (e.g., read collected articles in the doctor’s waiting room).

8.  Just say no.

Communications tips

9. Limit email checks to set times (e.g., before or after work).

10. Use a phone call to shorten lengthy back-and-forth emails.

11. Schedule meetings sparingly; use virtual meetings to replace in-person meetings.

12. Close your office door and let the calls go to voice-mail when you’re working on a project.

Tech tips

13. Create and use templates for emails, letters, memos, and reports.

14. Learn software features (e.g., create macros; use keystrokes instead of mouse clicks).

15. Use experts to update and maintain your website and social media sites.

16. Bookmark the sites you use often.

Financial tips

17. Deposit customer checks via electronic scanners; even better, use direct deposit for customer checks.

18. Pay employees via direct deposit.

19. Set up direct pay for your bills.

Final thought

20. Clone yourself. If you can’t or don’t delegate to subordinates, bring in a partner.

Article Source: http://barbaraweltman.com/articles

Federal judge gives Honolulu green light to proceed with rail mass-transit project

U.S. District Judge A. Wallace Tashima has given the City and County of Honolulu and the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation everything short of a total victory in the federal lawsuit brought by former Gov. Ben Cayetano and others in an effort to stop Oahu’s $5.16 billion elevated-rail mass-transit project.

Hawaii Community Foundations Online application for 2013-2014 Academic Year is now OPEN

Aloha,

This is an official notification that the Hawaii Community Foundation’s online application for the 2013-2014 Academic Year is now OPEN.

Please click on this link to fill out your application to access over 170 scholarship opportunities, many of which are renewable. The deadline to submit your application is February 22, 2013, at 5:00pm (Hawaii Standard Time). We highly encourage you to start early as traffic on our site increases near the deadline.

We’d like to make you aware of some application updates/reminders:

  1. NEW LOCATION
    - We moved the General Letters of Recommendation (LORs) to page 2 of our application. With the LORs closer to the beginning of the application, recommenders have more time to complete their letters. Please remember to get permission from your recommenders first!
  2. NEW SCHOLARSHIPS- For more information on our new scholarships, visit our website!
  • Jhung Family Foundation Scholarship
  • George S. Ishiyama Unicold Scholarship
  • Rise Up Scholarship
  • Hokulani Hawaii Scholarship
  • Korean War Veteran’s Children’s Scholarship

Please visit http://www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/scholarships  to start your application today! If you have any questions, please contact the Scholarships Department at 808-566-5570 or by email at  scholarships@hcf-hawaii.org.

We wish you all the best as you continue to pursue your academic goals!

Mahalo,

Hawaii Community Foundation Scholarships Team