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Navigating a path to the future

The Native Hawaiian Convention will bring together community members to discuss policy that will held shape the future of the community.

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Will Caron
Oʻahu Intertribal Council Powwow

The Oʻahu Intertribal Council Powwow will transform Thomas Square into a gathering place for American Indians.

“Each dance has its own history; each dancer has a story to tell; each drum beat reunites everyone in spirit and purpose,” reads a tag line for the 40th annual Oʻahu Intertribal Council Powwow. On Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thomas Square will be transformed into a gathering place for American Indians and Native Alaskans who live in Hawaiʻi as well as visiting American Indians from the mainland, Alaska and Canada.

The Honolulu Powwow gives Oʻahu residents an opportunity to experience the “sights, sounds, flavors, and spirit of Native America.” The theme this year is “Honoring Our Elders,” and the free event will feature dancing, drumming, singing, stories, American Indian & Native Alaskan handmade arts, crafts and jewelry as well as traditional native foods, such as fry bread and Indian Tacos.

The public is also invited to the Waikiki Community Center Intertribal Powwow on Wednesday October 1 from 4–9 p.m. A $5 donation will be asked for at the Waikīkī event.

The Honolulu Powwow is seeking volunteers as well—no experience required. For more information, email honolulupowwow@gmail.com or visit the Powwow website.

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Will Caron
Red Cross urges climate change preparedness

The disaster relief organization is calling on governments and international organizations at the Conference on Small Island Developing States to take concrete actions to reduce climate-change related disaster risks.

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Will Caron
Memorializing money-making?

A report by the National Parks Service shows that commercial tour operators have been taking advantage of the Arizona Memorial's free passes policy to make a profit, while under the less-than-watchful eyes of the memorial's operators.

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Will Caron
ALTRES Medical Announces Statewide Need for Nurses for Flu Season

ALTRES Medical seeks qualified nurses to work this flu season.

HONOLULU — Flu season typically reaches its peak in January and February but can last from October all the way to May. In preparation for this year’s season, ALTRES Medical, a supplemental nursing services practice, is seeking more than 300 registered nurses (RNs), nursing assistants (NAs) and medical assistants (MAs) to administer flu shots to Hawaii students and assist at school flu clinics statewide. ALTRES Medical is urging qualified applicants to apply now by visiting www.altresmedical.com.

For the last four years, ALTRES Medical has been chosen to manage the statewide flu clinics for the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH). The “Stop Flu at School” influenza vaccination clinics will be held on public school and private school campuses on all islands.

“The ‘Stop Flu at School’ clinics are a wonderful opportunity for nurses of all levels of experience to serve their local communities,” said Jenies Thomas, manager of ALTRES Medical (pictured). “Nurses can choose to stay in the neighborhoods they live in, work nearby, or they can request to be assigned to communities with the greatest need.”

ALTRES Medical offers competitive pay to its employees with pay rates determined by medical license category.

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Will Caron
UN committee finds racial discrimination still prevalent in America

After the U.S. Human Rights Network presented information on continuing racial discrimination and human rights violations, the committee submitted a report with recommendations for the U.S. government.

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Will Caron
Garden Isle greenbacks

A look at the money being spent in Kauaʻi County’s legal battle to preserve Ordinance 960.

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Manjari Fergusson
Cavasso blasts Schatz on FEMA relief

Cam Cavasso will be running against Schatz in the general election this November, and has taken FEMA's rejection of a disaster declaration request for the Big Island as a failure on the democratic Senator's part.

From Cavasso’s press release:

GOP Candidate for U.S. Senate, Cam Cavasso believes FEMA’s rejection of Hawaii’s request for a disaster declaration is because Senator Schatz has few leadership skills and little power in Washington.  Cam Cavasso stated today “Where is Schatz in this? A switched-on Senator would have been heading to Washington and the President to seek support and make sure FEMA declares the disaster immediately after the tropical storm hit and we became aware of the magnitude of the damage. Handing out water is just one of the things that could have been done by a Senator, but a Senator is so much more than that. In this matter, particularly when almost 3 weeks later 1600 people are still without Hawaiian telecom service and people are still without power, Senator Schatz has failed the people of the Big Island.”

Cavasso added: “Senator Schatz’s campaign advertisements seem to imply he has a direct line to President Obama.  The rejection of the disaster declaration shows the people of Hawaii that Schatz has no influence where it matters most, and that is to obtain what is necessary for the people of Hawaii.” FEMA denied funds for “individual assistance for individuals and households affected by the tropical storm, ...and also hazard mitigation funds.”

Cam Cavasso believes it is time for a change in Hawaii. “We need to elect people that know what to do and when to do it. When a disaster hits and you have the position of leadership, you stop campaigning for photo ops and go do what you should be doing as a Senator.  It is all about priorities!”

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Will Caron
ACLU lawsuit rejected

State Supreme Court dismisses lawsuit filed on behalf of Pahoa residents over primary election.

Today the State Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Hawaii challenging the primary election’s results on the grounds that residents in Pahoa did not get to exercise their constitutional right to vote when hurricane Iselle slammed into the east coast of the Big Island right before the election was scheduled to take place.

The court dismissed the lawsuit at the request of the state, arguing that it “does not have jurisdiction under the statutory and constitutional provisions cited in the Complaint and First Amended Complaint to grant the relief requested [by the plaintiffs].”

ACLU released the following statement in response to the decision: “Every day, the ACLU works to defend and protect civil rights, including the right to vote. We believe that every person’s vote is important, and every person who wants to vote ought to have the same opportunity to do so. Many voters in and around Pahoa did not have that opportunity, and we asked the Hawai‘i Supreme Court to step in. Although the Court declined to do so, we are grateful that the Court considered this matter so quickly. While our clients are disappointed that they will not be able to cast ballots in the primary election, the ACLU will continue its work to ensure that every person has an equal opportunity to vote—even when a natural disaster strikes—and we look forward to working with the Legislature to prevent these kinds of situations in the future.”

The lawsuit was filed on August 21 on behalf of six registered Big Island voters who claimed that the storm prevented them from making it to the polls. The lawsuit asked the court to allow people who weren’t able to vote because of the storm to be allowed to do so in a special election to be held before Sept. 20. The decision allows the state Office of Elections to certify the primary election results and proceed with preparations for the general election.

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Will Caron
Hearing set for Hā‘ena fishing area

DLNR announces a public hearing to establish a community-based subsistence fishing area at Hā‘ena, Kauaʻi

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will hold a public hearing to adopt a new chapter under the Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) relating to the establishment of the Hā‘ena Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Area (Hā‘ena CBSFA). The Hā‘ena CBSFA includes state waters within the Hā‘ena ahupua‘a from the shoreline out to one mile. The proposed rules would limit the type of fishing gear and methods that may be used, prohibit the harvest of marine life for commercial purposes, set new daily take and possession limits for certain species and establish the Makua Pu‘uhonua (marine refuge) as a “no entry” sub-zone.

The hearing will be held at Hanalei Elementary School on Friday, October 3, 2014 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m

All interested persons are urged to attend the public hearing to present relevant information and individual opinion for the DLNR to consider.  Persons unable to attend or wishing to present additional comments, may mail written testimony by Friday, October 17, 2014 to the Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR); 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 330; Honolulu, HI 96813.

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Will Caron