2010 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit andExpo

Title: 2010 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit andExpo
Location: Hawaii Convention Center
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Description: Generating brain power
The four-day 2010 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo kicks off today at the Hawaii Convention Center. The conference, with 800 attendees from 19 nations, aims to catalyze the shift to a clean energy economy with opportunities to collaborate with leading change-makers. Among the featured issues: electric vehicles, renewable energy grid integration, energy security, energy efficiency, regulatory frameworks, and financing of new renewable energy technologies. On Wednesday, Blue Planet Foundation executive director Jeff Mikulina will give a talk about the vision for sustainable energy in Hawai‘i. Visit the APCESE website to learn more.

Date: 2010-09-01

Honua Award nominations are open

Blue Planet News

Each year, Blue Planet Foundation’s Honua Award honors a socially responsible leader whose contributions have helped Hawai‘i move giant steps closer toward a sustainable energy future. Distinguished past winners include Sopogy CEO Darren Kimura in 2009 and former DBEDT chief technology officer Maurice Kaya in 2008. If you know an individual or group that deserves such recognition, please send in a nomination for the 2010 Honua Award. Nominations can be made online, or call Becky Dunning at 808-954-6143 by Wednesday, Sep. 15.



Moloka‘i success story goes global

Once a month, the U.S. Department of Energy sponsors a Web seminar as part of their Technical Assistance Program (TAP) for state and local officials. The “webinar” on August 25 featured Blue Planet Foundation’s Special Projects Director Francois Rogers, who reached beyond Hawai‘i’s borders as he discussed the impact of our wildly successful Go Green & Carbon Clean campaign to replace 36,000 incandescent bulbs with CFLs on Moloka‘i. Results? The CFL exchange saves Moloka‘i residents 17 GWhrs (that’s 17 million kilowatt hours) of electricity, 24,000 barrels of oil, and $6.5 million over the lives of the bulbs. It also reduces the amount of greenhouse gas pollution we release into the atmosphere by 16,000 tons.

“We designed the project to help the community reduce its dependence on imported oil, and the result is that Moloka‘i has become a shining example of how an island community can achieve energy independence through energy efficiency practices,” Rogers explained to the global audience of 550 online participants. “The philosophy behind the Moloka‘i project isn’t limited by geographic or cultural boundaries. Our hope is that others will adapt the Moloka‘i model to pursue energy efficiency goals in their own communities.”

Overhaul of land-use regulations being rushed

By Vicky Holt-Takamine and Jonathan Osorio

Aug 29, 2010

In the waning months of her administration, Gov. Linda Lingle is working hard to undo environmental protections before she leaves office.

Using the rule-making authority granted to agencies, Lingle’s administration is proposing a massive regulatory overhaul that would increase commercial use and construction in conservation areas, limit public oversight of government actions, and undermine coherent management of our most precious natural and cultural resources.

In 57 pages of exemptions, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources proposes that nearly everything it does — issuing permits, removing invasive species, transferring land titles — need not undergo any environmental review.

In 71 pages of amendments to the regulations protecting conservation lands, the department proposes to dramatically increase the possibility of construction on conservation lands, remove requirements for comprehensive management, authorize staff to waive requirements, overly limit the public’s right to appeal DLNR decisions, and increase commercial use of protected areas.

Though it is true that these rollbacks are packaged together with improved shoreline setbacks, one good apple does not unspoil the barrel. On the whole, these changes are bad for our resources, bad for government accountability, and bad for the people of Hawaii. These proposed changes will fundamentally alter the way decisions are made for 2 million acres of land and ocean in Hawaii.

That’s 2 million acres of watersheds, nearshore and submerged lands, sacred summits, and former crown and government lands of the Hawaiian Kingdom.

At least 51 percent of “ceded” lands are protected in the conservation district. The state has a legal obligation to protect and manage these public trust assets for the benefit of native Hawaiians and the public.

It is clear to us that these sweeping changes are not receiving the time and consideration they deserve. The proposals were quietly released this summer for minimal public review and are expected to be adopted by December. That means, of her 416 weeks in office, Lingle’s administration will have devoted 11 weeks to the public process for these major regulatory overhauls — that’s just 2 percent of her time in office.

Regulatory overhauls should be done with far more thought and thorough analysis than this timeline provides.

Knowing that bad process begets bad outcomes, the next governor should re-evaluate any decisions made by this administration in its last six months. Or we will surely suffer the sting of this lame duck’s bite for years to come.

Kumu hula Vicky Holt-Takamine and University of Hawaii professor Jonathan Osorio are members of the board of KAHEA: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance, a nonprofit organization.

Read more: http://www.staradvertiser.com/editorials/20100829_Overhaul_of_land-use_regulations_being_rushed.html#ixzz0yD6xdiDj

Parents urged to sign up for free flu shots for kids

By Rosemarie Bernard

Aug 31, 2010

With the H1N1 flu virus still circulating, state health officials urge parents to sign their children up for free vaccinations.

The state’s Protect Hawaii’s Keiki: Stop Flu at School program enters its fourth year in offering free flu shots. About 330 public and private schools statewide are participating.

A few weeks ago the World Health Organization announced H1N1 “has largely run its course.” But state Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park warned yesterday at a news conference in the governor’s office, “It’s still around. It’s still circulating and behaving more like seasonal flu viruses, each of which carries the possibility or potential to cause severe disease.”

Parents are urged to fill out a consent form and return it to their child’s school by Sept. 9. Forms are available at www.stopfluatschool.com. The voluntary program offered to children between ages 5 and 13 at designated schools statewide will run from Oct. 12 to Dec. 2.

Last year there was a large-scale vaccination program because of the H1N1 flu pandemic and a separate seasonal flu shot program. But this year there is only the seasonal program because the flu vaccine that contains a “2009 H1N1-like component” will be available to students this year at school-based clinics.

Officials also say the vaccine will help prevent the spread of the virus to other children and their family members, especially the vulnerable population that includes pregnant women and those with asthma, diabetes and other chronic diseases.

According to the stopfluatschool.com website, the number of children getting vaccinated through the program has steadily increased since its inception four years ago. More than 60,000 students were vaccinated in the 2007-2008 flu season. The number increased to more than 62,000 the following year and more than 70,000 in the 2009-2010 flu season.

The clinics offer a convenient site for children to get vaccinated instead of parents having to take time off from work to take their child to their health care provider.

Education officials stressed the importance of getting the flu vaccination as students cannot afford to miss any school days. “Ultimately, if they get sick and they have to stay home, they miss out on valuable instructional time, which we know in Hawaii has been a very hotly contested and talked-about issue,” said Ronn Nozoe, acting deputy superintendent of the Department of Education. “We really want to make sure that we maximize those number of days in school.”

For a complete list of schools and clinic dates of the Stop Flu at School program, go to www.stopfluatschool.com.

QUICK FACTS, TIPS ABOUT FLU VACCINE

» Flu viruses change from year to year. If a child received a flu vaccination last year, it will not protect him or her from new strains this year, which is why it is recommended that a child get a flu shot every year.

» A nasal spray flu vaccine is available for children who do not wish to get the traditional flu shot.

» No make-up clinics will be available. If a child misses his or her scheduled school flu vaccination clinic, a regular health provider will have to administer the shot.

» Children 8 years and younger who are receiving the flu vaccination for the first time need to get a second dose. Parents need to contact their regular health provider to schedule an appointment for the second dose.

» Completed consent forms are to be submitted to your child’s school by Sept. 9. To obtain a consent form for the free flu vaccination for your child or for more information, go to www.stopfluatschool.com.

Source: State Department of Health’s Stop Flu at School program website

Students given chance to remove names from schools' list given to military recruiters

By Star-Advertiser Staff

Aug 30, 2010

Students and parents at state middle, intermediate and high schools have until Sept. 15 to remove their names from a national list given annually to military recruiters by the Department of Education under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

The DOE has developed an opt-out form for military recruiting for students and parents, available for download on the DOE website. Students or guardians that submit the forms will have their names and contact information removed from a list sent to Inter-Service Recruitment Council in mid-October. Requests filed between 2007 and 2010 will be honored until the students leave the DOE system.

Request forms are accepted year-round, but may take longer to process if submitted after the Sept. 15 deadline. For more information, students and parents can call the DOE at (808) 692-7290.

Local Families Save $91,368 toward home purchases

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August 30, 2010

Local Families Save $91,368 toward home purchases

HONOLULU, HI – Homestead families across the state have been saving money and building their finances thanks to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) and the nonprofit, Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA).  DHHL provided grant funding to CNHA for its Homestead Individual Development Accounts Program (HIDA) designed to assist low to moderate income families to save for down payments and complete a home purchase.  The statewide savings match program is for Hawaiian Homestead families and has recently reported exceptional results.

“To date, we worked with 41 families in which 19 participants with a combined savings of $54,918.00, plus $142,500.00 in match funds moved into new homes” said Rosalee Puaoi, CNHA Community Development Specialist and manager of the program, “41 HIDA participants saved $91,368, most remaining families have met program savings goals and/or continue to save.”

The objective of the HIDA program is to encourage low-to moderate-income families to save for down payments for home purchases on Hawaiian Home Lands.  Through funding by the Native American Housing and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA) CNHA worked with over 41 families to fill 30 HIDA accounts.  Participants will receive 3:1 matched savings up to $10,000.  Through financial literacy training, one-on-one counseling, home loan qualifications and access to other services HIDA Program participants become homeowners.

“These types of asset building and saving programs are powerful pathways to achieving homeownership,” said Robin Puanani Danner, CNHA President and CEO.  “Our collaboration with the Nonprofit, Hawaiian Community Assets, doing financial training, with First Hawaiian Bank for deposit accounts and DHHL in providing the match funding is achieving goals for families located all across the state.”

CNHA is a national network of Native Hawaiian Organizations, providing assistance in accessing capital and technical resources, and is a policy voice on issues important to Native Hawaiian communities. Its mission is to enhance the well-being of Hawaii through the cultural, economic, and community development of Native Hawaiians.  For more information about CNHA please contact us at 808.596.8155, toll-free at 1.800.709.2642, by e-mail at info@hawaiiancouncil.org, or visit our website at www.hawaiiancouncil.org.

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Hawaii Community Foundation Grant Information

September 2010

Deadline: 09/01/2010

Categories: Private Foundation Services

Contact HCF Cooke Foundation, Limited

The Cooke Foundation supports endeavors in the community that the family believes will make a significant difference in the betterment and welfare of the people of Hawai‘i.

Please visit the Cooke Foundation website for more information. Click here

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Deadline: 09/01/2010

Categories: Social Change

Contact: Email HCF Funding Partnership with the Hawai’i People’s Fund For several years, the Hawai’i Community Foundation has operated the Mo’ Bettah Together grantmaking program to foster social networks within and among communities as a way of promoting positive community change.

The Hawai’i Community Foundation and the Hawaii People’s Fund have recently created a funding partnership to co-fund projects that support progressive social change. The Hawai’i Community Foundation believes that together we will be able to do more to promote community-based social change.

For the RFP, please visit Hawai’i People’s Fund. Click here

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Deadline: 09/15/2010

Categories: Organizational Capacity Building Private Foundation Services

Contact: Email HCF Victoria S. and Bradley L. Geist Foundation:

Capacity Building Supports projects to increase the capacity of organizations and programs to deliver and grow quality services to foster children and their families.

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Deadline: 09/15/2010

Categories: Human Services Private Foundation Services

Contact: Email HCF Victoria S. & Bradley L. Geist Foundation:

Enhancements for Foster Children Supports the enhancements of the lives of foster children by providing items and services that allow them to enjoy a quality of life similar to that of their naturally parented peers.

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Categories: Human Services Private Foundation Services

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Supporting Foster Children and Their Caregivers Supports foster children and their families.

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Community Grants Workshop Webinar Presentation

On July 29, 2010, an OHA Community Grants Webinar presentation was hosted by Keoni Nunes of Ackco Pacific.

This presentation provided by Ackco, is presented in five parts.

These video segments feature Nancy King, OHA’s Community Relations Specialist.

To view these presentation segements, click here.

Jobs for Teens Available Now on Molokai

Monday, August 23, 2010

By Molokai Dispatch staff

Community Contributed – By Karen Holt

All Molokai youths ages 14-23 are now eligible for jobs paying $8-18/hour, depending on education and experience.  The program ends on September 30, 2010. 

To apply for work, contact the Molokai Community Service Council at 553-3244, or visit MCSC’s office, across the street from the Hawaiian Telcom phone company.

Employers are also needed to put these youths to work.  Wages will be paid 100 percent by the U.S. Department of Defense, which is handling all payroll duties.  Employers do not need to pay anything for these workers.  Contact MCSC at 553-3244 to become an authorized worksite.

Nonprofit organizations, government agencies and churches will automatically be assigned workers.  Private businesses can also receive workers, but they must agree to provide weekly performance evaluations under MCSC’s Youth Job Training program.

The Paxen Group is running this youth employment program statewide.  On Molokai, MCSC is assisting Paxen.  Let’s put all of our kids and young adults to work!  Contact the Molokai Community Service Council at 553-3244 to apply for work or to become an approved youth employer.

Molokai Community Service Council
25 Kamehameha Highway
P.O. Box 2047
Kaunakakai, Hawa‘i  96748
Phone:  808-553-3244             
E-mail:  mcsc@molokai.org