(Star Advertiser) Hawaii Volcanoes National Parks reopens 2 trails

Hawaii Volcanoes National Parks reopens 2 trails

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Updated February 20, 2019 5:30am

Two trails at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park have reopened after being closed due to numerous earthquakes linked to a months-long eruption of Kilauea volcano last year, according to a statement released Tuesday by the park.

The eruption lasted four months, from May until August.

A 7.3-mile section of the Kau Desert Trail, from Highway 11 to he Kaaha Trail intersection is now open, as is a 4.8-mile stretch of the Hilina Pali Overlook. The park also repaired adn reopened a 0.8-mile portion of Halemaumau Trail, from the rainforest summit of Kilauea near the Volcano House to the steaming caldera floor.

“We are elated to reopen these sections of the park to our visitors again,” said acting parks Superintendent Laura Schuster.

Park officials also noted that the recent rainfall has reduced the fire risk on Mauna Loa Road, which leads to the Mauna Loa Lookout.

(Star Advertiser) Barack Obama joins Stephan Curry to tell minority boys ‘you matter’

Barack Obama joins Stephan Curry to tell minority boys ‘you matter’

 

Updated February 20, 2019 7:59am

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OAKLAND, Calif. >> Former President Barack Obama and Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry told a roomful of minority boys on Tuesday that they matter and urged them to make the world a better place.

Obama was in Oakland, California, to mark the fifth anniversary of My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative he launched after the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The death of the African-American teen sparked protests over racial profiling.

The initiative was a call to communities to close opportunity gaps for minority boys, especially African-American, Latino and Native American boys, Obama said to roughly 100 boys attending the alliance’s first national gathering. The My Brother’s Keeper Alliance is part of the Obama Foundation.

“We had to be able to say to them, ‘you matter, we care about you, we believe in you and we are going to make sure that you have the opportunities and chances to move forward just like everybody else’,” Obama said.

Obama, who left office in 2017, was joined by basketball star Curry. The men spoke for about an hour, answering questions from the audience and joking around. They talked about lacking confidence or being aimless as teens.

Obama praised single mothers, including his own. He advised the boys to look for a mentor, and to find opportunities to guide others.

Curry joined the former president in praising the value of team-work.

“What we do on the court and the joy that comes out of that is second to none,” he said, “because nothing great is done by yourself.”

The former president cracked up the audience, and Curry, when asked a question about being a man. He said that being a man is about being a good person, someone who is responsible, reliable, hard-working and compassionate. Being a man, he said, is not about life as portrayed in some rap or hip-hop music.

“If you are very confident about your sexuality, you don’t have to have eight women around you twerking,” he said to applause. “‘Cause I’ve got one woman who I’m very happy with. And she’s a strong woman.”

(Hawaii News Now) Mint copy of Super Mario Bros. video game sells for record $100K

Mint copy of Super Mario Bros. video game sells for record $100K

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Original copy of ‘Super Mario Bros.’ sold for over $100,000

(Gray News) – A copy of a Super Mario Bros. video game has set a record in the video gaming world.

 

The unopened game which was originally released in 1985 for the Nintendo console, was recently sold for $100,150, according to Dallas-based auction house, Heritage Auctions.

The video game was purchased by a group of collectors, the company said.

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The buyers include Jim Halperin, founder and co-chairman of Heritage Auctions, Zac Gieg, owner of Just Press Play Video Games in Lancaster, PA, and Rich Lecce, a renowned video game collector.

“Beyond the artistic and historical significance of this game is its supreme state of preservation,” said Kenneth Thrower, co-founder and chief grader of Wata Games.

The iconic game was reprinted several times from 1985 to 1994.

The first release featured “sticker sealed” copies only available in New York and Los Angeles, according to Heritage Auctions.

 

In other Nintendo news, the company announces that it is remaking “The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.”

The game which was released in 1993, is regarded as one of the greatest of all time.

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(Star Advertiser) Saint Francis School in Manoa will close entirely at end of academic year

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Saint Francis School in Manoa will close entirely at end of academic year

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Saint Francis School, founded in 1924, will shut down entirely at the end of the academic year, due to financial woes, officials announced today.

“This is very sad for all of us and it has been the most heart-wrenching weeks and months of planning,” said Sister Barbara Jean Donovan, general minister of the Sisters of Saint Francis of the Neumann Communities, of Syracuse, N.Y., which sponsors the school. “Simply put, there is not enough money to continue.”

The administration had announced Jan. 7 that the middle and upper school would cease operations in May, and that the elementary division might also close if enrollment targets were not met.

Donovan announced the decision to close the elementary school at a meeting this afternoon of staff, parents, alumni and others at the Manoa campus that was livestreamed to the school community.

“Based on the enrollment that we have received so far, it’s apparent that the elementary school cannot be viable next year,” Donovan said in a statement. “And we believe that it is important to make this announcement early so that families have the opportunity to plan for the future.”

Donovan said that the Sisters have been subsidizing the school for the last several years and can no longer afford to do so. The school has 442 students in preschool through 12th grade.

Originally a girls’ school, Saint Francis went coed in 2006. It is known for offering an affordable Catholic education, a family-style atmosphere and a strong sports program.

(CNBC) Colin Kaepernick reaches settlement in National Anthem kneeling collusion case against NFL

Colin Kaepernick reaches settlement in National Anthem kneeling collusion case against NFL

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  • The NFL and lawyers for players Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid jointly announced Friday that they have settled a complaint of collusion by the players, who claimed football team owners blackballed them because they had protested by kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem.
  • In a joint statement, the parties said: “For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL. As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.”

The NFL and lawyers for players Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid jointly announced Friday that they had settled a complaint of collusion by the players, who claimed football team owners blackballed them because they had protested racial injustice and police brutality by kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem before games.

Terms of the settlement were confidential.

Before the deal was reached, Kaepernick’s and Reid’s complaint alleging violations of the league’s collective bargaining agreement was headed to a full hearing before an arbitrator later this month.

Kaepernick, a former star quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers, has not played since becoming a free agent after the 2016 season. He filed a grievance alleging collusion by team owners in October 2017.

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Reid, a former 49ers safety, was signed by the Carolina Panthers in September, only after he had filed his own grievance against the National Football League. He continued to kneel during the the 2018 season.

Kapernick in 2016 was the first of what became multiple NFL players to kneel during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner, to protest a series of shootings of black people by cops. Reid, whose complaint was filed last May, was the second player to begin kneeling.

The protests drew the ire of some fans and of President Donald Trump, who claimed players were being disrespectful to the American flag and members of the military.

In a joint statement Friday, the NFL and lawyers for the players, Mark Geragos and Ben Meiselas, said: “For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL.”

“As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.”

Kaepernick and Reid both posted a copy of the statement from their respective Twitter accounts.

The NFL Players Association, the labor union that represents league players, released its own statement on the heels of the announcement of the settlement.

“Today, we were informed by the NFL of the settlement of the Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid collusion cases. We are not privy to the details of the settlement, but support the decision by the players and their counsel,” the NFLPA said.

“We continuously supported Colin and Eric from the start of their protests, participated with their lawyers throughout their legal proceedings and were prepared to participate in the upcoming trial in pursuit of both truth and justice for what we believe the NFL and its clubs did to them. We are glad that Eric has earned a job and a new contract, and we continue to hope that Colin gets his opportunity as well.”

After the National Anthem kneeling protests began, the NFL implemented a rule that for almost a year banned the act. But that rule was later revoked.

(Hawaii News Now) Skip the DMV lines and renew your car registration at the grocery store

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Next time you need to renew your motor vehicle registration, city officials are hoping you skip the DMV’s long lines and wait times, and head to the grocery store instead.

The city unveiled the DMV Now self-service kiosk Tuesday, which is now available at four Safeway supermarkets on Oahu.

Officials say motor vehicle transactions account for 70 percent of their transactions, and they hope the machines will help reduce DMV lines.

“Your certificate and your decal come right out of this machine,” said Sheri Kajiwara, Department of Customer Services Director. “It’s going to be the exact same thing that you would receive at the counter.”

To use the kiosk, you can scan the bar code on your renewal notice or just type in your license plate number and zip code. You must pay with a credit or debit card, and your document prints out instantly.

Because the machines are located inside Safeway stores (Oahu: Kapahulu, Beretania, Kaneohe, and Waimalu), they’re available for use 24/7.

“Regardless of your schedule, whatever you have going on, you can come into the store at any time and have your vehicle registration taken care of,” said George Glukfeld, general manager of Safeway Hawaii.

Shoppers say they’re excited to test them out.

“It’s definitely going to make things a little more convenient,” said Kapahulu resident Thomas Felix-Neal. “It’s just right down the street from where I live and I don’t have to go search out a DMV or wait in a long line.”

The self-service kiosks will be up and running in every county statewide this week.

On Oahu, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the city is covering the processing and service fees for customers. Fees may apply on neighbor islands.

The city launched online registration back in 2000, but says people were still missing the deadline to renew online.

Caldwell hopes to expand this new option to two more stores by the end of the month.

“We’re going to roll it out here, see how it works, and see what happens to the lines at our satellite city halls,” said Caldwell.

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Downtown Honolulu office tower to be converted into rental housing

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The 1132 Bishop office tower in downtown Honolulu is being converted into rental housing, the building’s owner said.

The owner of the 25-story downtown Honolulu office tower 1132 Bishop announced plans today to convert the building into about 500 residential apartments with moderate rent.

Douglas Emmett Inc. said it plans to make the change over a number of years as office tenants move out of the building at the corner of Bishop and Hotel streets. The company said the first homes should be ready for occupancy next year.

“The Douglas Emmett team is focused on addressing the critical need for workforce rental housing in Hawaii, and we are working hard to get through the planning and permitting process so we can begin the conversion,” company president and CEO Jordan Kaplan said in a statement. “Bringing hundreds of new residents into the central business district will also contribute significantly to transforming downtown Honolulu into an active 24-hour community.”

Mayor Kirk Caldwell endorsed the plan in a statement, calling such a conversion the type of creativity and commitment that the community needs to help address Hawaii’s chronic lack of homes affordable to residents with low and moderate incomes. “We need to build more attainable housing options for local residents,” Caldwell said.

Douglas Emmett said rental apartments with studios, one bedroom and two bedrooms at 1132 Bishop will be affordable to households earning as little as 80 percent of Honolulu’s median income and up to 120 percent of the median income.

Under current income levels, monthly rents could be no higher than $1,634 for studios, $1,750 for one-bedroom units and $2,100 for two-bedroom units at the lower income limit. At the higher income limit, maximum monthly rents would be $2,450 for studios, $2,624 for one-bedroom units and $3,150 for two-bedroom units.

The income limits equate to $65,360 at the lower level and $98,040 at the higher level for a single person. For a family of four, the respective limits would be $93,280 and $139,920.

Star Advertiser: Southern Airways’ acquisition of Mokulele Airlines might fuel interisland expansion

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Southern Airways announced today that it had acquired Hawaii’s second largest carrier, Mokulele Airlines, for undisclosed terms.

The deal, which closed Friday, makes Southern the nation’s largest commuter airline operator. Prior to the acquisition, Southern operated 600 weekly flights across 20 cities in the Gulf South, the mid-Atlantic and Florida.

In contrast, Mokulele, which was most recently owned by Transpac Aviation Inc., served 11 cities with 787 weekly departures. The 15-aircraft carrier also serves four rural communities under the government’s Essential Air Service (EAS) program, which ensures that smaller communities are linked to the National Air Transportation System, with Federal subsidy when necessary.

The acquisition, which adds Hawaii and California to Southern Airways’ portfolio, is the carrier’s third deal in four years. Southern Airways, which was founded in 2013, has been on a strong growth trajectory and will now serve 30 cities stretched across five time zones.

Southern Airways’ plans to keep the Mokulele brand, while operating all flights on the Southern Airways FAA operating certificate.

Southern’s chief marketing officer Keith Sisson said the deal, which is mostly financial, includes all assets of Mokulele Airlines and will bring the combined employee count to 550.

“All employees will be absorbed. Everything will be exactly the same as it was last week. We’ll keep the name and honor the loyalty program,” Sisson said. “This is just for the purpose of having a larger company that looks more attractive to major airlines for interline agreements and code share partnerships.”

Growth plans for its new brand include obtaining more interline baggage agreements with major carriers. Mokulele already has interline agreements with Alaska Airlines and New Zealand, while Southern Airways has agreements with American Airlines and Condor Airlines.

Sisson said the airline also will consider adding new interisland and EAS routes and expanding its air tour footprint.

“Hopefully in the next six to eight months, we might be able to make an announcement of a few new routes,” he said.

Sisson said Southern is not worried Southwest’s coming entry into Hawaii because “we like to focus on the 9-seat market. The big airlines tend to be our colleagues not our competition.”

Stan Little, chairman and CEO of Southern, said, “This acquisition will give the newly-combined company stability in an otherwise volatile marketplace, while making Southern Airways a nationally-recognized brand.”

“We’ve looked at several potential acquisitions over the last couple of years. This was the first opportunity that I believed to be the perfect complement to operation,” said Little, who is a former Hawaii resident. “We fly the same aircraft type, we have similar operational structures and their assets and revenue streams help diversify our balance sheet.”

Southern Airways also serves EAS cities. In fact, the carrier said it’s coming off a record-setting year for passenger growth in the EAS cities that it serves. Some of the EAS cities that Southern served saw a 40 percent increase in traffic over the prior year and many of their airports had their best year for enplanements in more than a decade.

Star Advertiser: World’s oldest known wild bird is a mother again on Midway Atoll

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February 8, 2019

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Wisdom, the world’s oldest-known wild bird, has hatched yet another chick at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.

The Laysan albatross supermom is at least 68 years old, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials, and has given birth to and raised at least 31 chicks in her lifetime.

Wildlife officials first spotted Wisdom at her nest site at Midway on Nov. 29, where she soon laid an egg. The chick hatched this week, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service.

“She’s incredibly powerful as a symbol of why we do what we do and why people all over the world pay attention to her,” said Beth Flint, a Fish and Wildlife Service biologist, in a news release. “Wisdom is rewriting history about our understanding of survivorship, how long birds live, and how often they breed.”

Laysan albatrosses mate for life, and only one egg is laid per year, so they do not commonly return every year to do so. Since 2006, however, Wisdom and her mate, Akeakamai, have returned to Midway Atoll at Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument to lay and hatch an egg.

After the egg is laid, the albatross parents spend about seven months incubating it. They take turns, with one incubating the egg, while the other forages for food. After another five to six months, the chicks fledge, or fly out to sea, where they spend most of their lives soaring over the ocean and feeding on squid and fish eggs.

About 3 million seabirds nest at Midway Atoll, including about a million albatross which return to where they were born each year to nest and raise their young, a behavior known as “nest-site fidelity,” according to the Fish and Wildlife Service. In 2017, one of the chicks that Wisdom gave birth to, was observed just a few feet away, marking the first time a returning chick of hers has been documented.

“Midway Atoll’s habitat doesn’t just contain millions of birds, it contains countless generations and families of albatrosses,” said Kelly Goodale, Fish and Wildlife Service Refuge biologist in an e-mail. “If you can imagine when Wisdom returns home she is likely surrounded by what were once her chicks and potentially their chicks.”

Wisdom was first banded as an adult in 1956 by biologist Chandler Robbins, who was studying the colony at Midway.

The Fish and Wildlife Service also noted that an endangered short-tailed albatross chick has been born to a pair named George and Geraldine that nested on Midway Atoll. “Short-tailed albatross’ rarity and size make them stick out in the colony, making it easier to follow them and their interactions with each other,” said Goodale.

Also, for the first time, two Laysan albatross chicks hatched Monday at Kahuku Point on Oahu’s North Shore, where scientists and conservation groups are working to establish a new bird colony. The majority of Laysan albatross nest at Papahanaumokuakea, but due to the threats posed by sea-level rise there, conservation groups are working to establish new colonies in the main Hawaiian islands

 

 

CNN: Climate change will even change the color of the oceans, study says

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By: Jen Christensen, CNN

(CNN)The ocean will not look the same color in the future. It won’t turn pink or anything radically different; the change will be more apparent through optic sensors than though the human eye. But it serves as an early warning sign that global warming is significantly altering the planet’s ecosystems, according to a new study.

Essentially, climate change will make the blues of the ocean bluer and the greens greener. Scientists figured this out by creating a global model that simulates the growth of a tiny creature that lives in the oceans and affects the color we see. Their research was published Monday in the journal Nature Communications.

The ocean looks blue or green to us because of a combination of how sunlight interacts with water molecules and with whatever else lives in that water.

The molecules in water absorb all but the blue part of the spectrum of sunlight, and the water reflects that blue color back. That’s the color we see.

The water looks greener when it has more phytoplankton, tiny, microscopic organisms that, like plants, can use chlorophyll to capture mostly the blue portions of the spectrum of sunlight. They then use photosynthesis to create the chemical energy they need to live. When there are more of these creatures in the water absorbing sunlight, they make the water look greener. Conversely, if there are fewer phytoplankton, the water looks bluer.

The creatures’ growth is dependent on how much sunlight, carbon dioxide and nutrients are around. Climate change is altering the ocean currents, meaning there will be fewer nutrients for phytoplankton to feed on in some areas, so there will be a decline in their number in those regions.

Since the 1990s, satellites have taken regular measurements of how much chlorophyll is in the ocean. Those levels can change because of weather events or because of climate change. But using those images to look at reflected light alone, the researchers in the new study could distinguish what is specifically due to climate change. And they noticed that there will be a significant shift in the color of the oceans much earlier than was previously predicted, just looking at chlorophyll changes.

The study predicts that the blues will intensify, most likely in subtropical regions where phytoplankton will decrease. These are areas near the equator like Bermuda and the Bahamas that are already quite low in phytoplankton.

Regions where there are a lot of nutrients, like in the Southern Ocean or parts of the North Atlantic, will see even faster-growing phytoplankton because those waters are warming with climate change. Those waters will look greener.

Climate change will bring a color change to half of the world’s oceans by the end of the 21st centurythe study says. That’s bad for climate change on several levels: For one, phytoplankton remove about as much carbon dioxide from the air as plants and help regulate our climate, research shows. They are also key to other animals’ survival.

“The change is not a good thing, since it will definitely impact the rest of the food web,” said study co-author Stephanie Dutkiewicz, a principal research scientist in MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences. “Phytoplankton are at the base, and if the base changes, it endangers everything else along the food web, going far enough to the polar bears or tuna or just about anything that you want to eat or love to see in pictures.”

Via: CNN