Hawaii Money – Island Crisis http://islandcrisis.net/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 11:25:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://islandcrisis.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/default1-150x150.png Hawaii Money – Island Crisis http://islandcrisis.net/ 32 32 With Griner in jail, WNBA players skip Russia in offseason https://islandcrisis.net/with-griner-in-jail-wnba-players-skip-russia-in-offseason/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 10:05:00 +0000 https://islandcrisis.net/with-griner-in-jail-wnba-players-skip-russia-in-offseason/ SYDNEY — Brittney Griner’s high-profile legal troubles in Russia and the country’s invasion of Ukraine have the WNBA’s top players taking their talents elsewhere this offseason. For the past few decades, Russia has been the preferred destination for WNBA players during the offseason due to high salaries that can exceed $1 million – nearly four […]]]>

SYDNEY — Brittney Griner’s high-profile legal troubles in Russia and the country’s invasion of Ukraine have the WNBA’s top players taking their talents elsewhere this offseason.

For the past few decades, Russia has been the preferred destination for WNBA players during the offseason due to high salaries that can exceed $1 million – nearly four times the base salary of top WNBA players – and resources and equipment that the teams have offered them.

It all ended abruptly.

“Honestly, my time in Russia was wonderful, but especially with BG still wrongfully detained there, no one is going there until she’s home,” said Breanna Stewart, a teammate of Griner on the Russian team that paid the duo millions. “I think, you know, now people want to go overseas and if the money isn’t much different, they want to be in a better place.”

Griner was arrested in February, then detained and later convicted for drug possession during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Griner was sentenced last month to nine years in prison.

Now Stewart and other WNBA All-Stars, including Jonquel Jones and Courtney Vandersloot — who have also earned millions playing in Russia — are moving elsewhere this winter. All three played for Yekaterinburg, the same Russian team as Griner. This club has won five EuroLeague titles in the past eight seasons and has dominated for almost two decades with former greats DeLisha Milton Jones and Diana Taurasi playing there.

Nearly a dozen WNBA players competed in Russia last winter and none of them are returning this year.

After the World Cup tournament, Stewart travels to Turkey to play for Fenerbahçe. The best players can earn a few hundred thousand dollars playing in Turkey, much less than their Russian salaries. Playing in Turkey also allows Stewart to be closer to his wife’s family in Spain.

“You want to have a better lifestyle, a better experience off the pitch and still enjoy other countries,” Stewart said.

Like Stewart, Vandersloot is also not returning to Russia, opting to play in Hungary where she was granted citizenship in 2016.

“I’m Hungarian. I thought it would be special since I haven’t played there since I got citizenship,” Vandersloot said.

The 33-year-old guard said a lot would have to change before she plans to return to Russia to play, although she has fond memories of the Russian people.

“The problem is that we have been treated so well by our club and have built such strong relationships with these people, I would never shut the door on that,” she said. “The whole situation with BG makes it really hard to think it’s safe for anyone to go back there right now.”

Jones will join Stewart in Turkey, playing for Mersin. Jones, 6ft 6in, said she would consider returning to Russia if things change politically and Griner is back in the United States.

Griner’s situation also weighs heavily on the minds of young WNBA players.

Rhyne Howard, the 2022 WNBA Rookie of the Year, is playing in Italy this winter – her first overseas experience. She said she was careful when deciding where she wanted to play.

“Everyone is going to be a little cautious as this situation unfolds,” she said.

It’s not just American players who don’t go to Russia anymore. Chicago Sky striker Emma Meesseman, who plays for the Belgian national team, had played in Russia with Stewart, Jones and Vandersloot. She is also heading to Turkey this offseason.

The WNBA has also tried to make staying home in the offseason a better option for players. Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said at the WNBA Finals that top players could earn up to $700,000 this year between base salary, marketing deals and bonuses. While only a select few players could reach that amount, about a dozen have decided to strike league marketing deals this offseason.

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Here are the best and worst states to be a teacher https://islandcrisis.net/here-are-the-best-and-worst-states-to-be-a-teacher/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 17:45:22 +0000 https://islandcrisis.net/here-are-the-best-and-worst-states-to-be-a-teacher/ (NewsNation) – Although teachers are so highly regarded for impacting the next generation and inspiring students to learn every day, the profession itself is among the lowest paying jobs for college graduates. On average, teachers earn $2,150 less a year than they did 10 years ago after adjusting for inflation, according to WalletHub’s 2022 Best […]]]>

(NewsNation) – Although teachers are so highly regarded for impacting the next generation and inspiring students to learn every day, the profession itself is among the lowest paying jobs for college graduates.

On average, teachers earn $2,150 less a year than they did 10 years ago after adjusting for inflation, according to WalletHub’s 2022 Best and Worst States for Teachers report.

The personal finance website analyzed the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 24 key metrics, ranging from potential teacher earnings growth to student-teacher ratios to whether the state has ‘a digital learning plan to find the best educational opportunities and environments in the US

The states where it is preferable to be a teacher:

  1. New York
  2. Utah
  3. Virginia
  4. Florida
  5. Washington
  6. New Jersey
  7. Pennsylvania
  8. Massachusetts
  9. Maryland
  10. Connecticut

The states where it is the worst to be a teacher:

  1. Hawaii
  2. New Hampshire
  3. washington d.c.
  4. Arizona
  5. New Mexico
  6. Missouri
  7. Louisiana
  8. Maine
  9. Montana
  10. Nevada

According to WalletHub, Texas has the highest average annual starting salary for teachers (adjusted for cost of living) at $46,113, which is 1.5 times higher than Montana, the state with the lower at $31,215.

Meanwhile, New York has the highest average annual salary for public school teachers (adjusted for cost of living), $80,286, or 1.7 times higher than Hawaii, the state with the lowest at $47,156.

Nevada has the lowest projected number of teachers per 1,000 students by 2028 (indicating the size of the competition), 7, or 14 times less than the District of Columbia, which has the highest at 98.

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Treasury recommends exploring creation of a digital dollar https://islandcrisis.net/treasury-recommends-exploring-creation-of-a-digital-dollar/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 10:05:00 +0000 https://islandcrisis.net/treasury-recommends-exploring-creation-of-a-digital-dollar/ WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is taking a step closer to developing a central bank digital currency, known as the digital dollar, saying it would help strengthen the United States’ role as the system’s leader. global financial. The White House said Friday that after President Joe Biden issued an executive order in March calling on […]]]>

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is taking a step closer to developing a central bank digital currency, known as the digital dollar, saying it would help strengthen the United States’ role as the system’s leader. global financial.

The White House said Friday that after President Joe Biden issued an executive order in March calling on various agencies to seek ways to regulate digital assets, the agencies authored nine reports, covering the impacts of cryptocurrency on financial markets, environment, innovation and other elements of the economic system.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said one of the Treasury’s recommendations was that the United States “advance policy and technical work on a possible central bank digital currency, or CBDC, so that the United States be ready if the CBDC is deemed to be in the national interest”.

“Right now, some aspects of our current payment system are too slow or too expensive,” Yellen said in a Thursday call with reporters outlining some of the reports’ findings.

Central bank digital currencies differ from existing digital currency available to the general public, such as a bank account balance, because they would be a direct responsibility of the Federal Reserve, not a commercial bank.

According to the nonpartisan Atlantic Council think tank, 105 countries representing more than 95% of the world’s gross domestic product are already exploring or have created a central bank digital currency.

The council found that the US and UK are far behind in creating a digital dollar or its equivalent.

The Treasury, Department of Justice, Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, Securities and Exchange Commission and other agencies were tasked with contributing to reports that would address various concerns about risk, development and use of assets digital.

Several reports will be published in the weeks and months to come.

Eswar Prasad, a Cornell business professor who studies the digitalization of currencies, said the Treasury report “takes a positive view of how a digital dollar could play a useful role in increasing payment options for individuals. and businesses” while recognizing the risks of its development.

He said the report paves the way for the creation of regulations and agency laws “that can improve the benefit-risk trade-off associated with cryptocurrencies and related technologies.”

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Suspect arrested after allegedly robbing 2 Honolulu businesses in 2 days https://islandcrisis.net/suspect-arrested-after-allegedly-robbing-2-honolulu-businesses-in-2-days/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 02:03:00 +0000 https://islandcrisis.net/suspect-arrested-after-allegedly-robbing-2-honolulu-businesses-in-2-days/ HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Honolulu police have captured a suspected gunman accused of robbing two businesses in two days. Law enforcement sources say police used surveillance video to link the suspect to the two crimes. Along Kapahulu Avenue on Thursday, businesses were on high alert after the spate of recent thefts. The latest occurred shortly after […]]]>

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Honolulu police have captured a suspected gunman accused of robbing two businesses in two days.

Law enforcement sources say police used surveillance video to link the suspect to the two crimes.

Along Kapahulu Avenue on Thursday, businesses were on high alert after the spate of recent thefts.

The latest occurred shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday.

It was then that police said Jordi Viela allegedly walked into Xtreme Mini Mart and pointed a gun at the clerk. The 29-year-old allegedly wanted what was in a safe first, but ended up taking cash from the till.

A nearby restaurant helped provide information to the police.

“They’re taking surveillance video from Tuesday night,” said House of Wong employee Joe Wong.

The day before, police said Viela had also robbed a pool hall a few miles away.

The suspect was allegedly armed with a gun when, sources say, he broke down a pair of doors inside McCully Cue and stole cash from a ledger.

A second man was seen fleeing the scene with the suspect, sources said.

“A lot of times these thieves do what they do, they target places they are about to close. Or there are fewer customers,” said HPD Sgt. Chris Kim of Honolulu CrimeStoppers.

He said workers should always pay attention to what is happening outside.

“Periodically check your security cameras – the monitors – to make sure no one is waiting outside,” he said.

Kim also advises companies to deposit money during the day and at different times.

He said, “Don’t make it a routine. Try changing it.

Sources say Viela was arrested Wednesday night after being identified on surveillance video.

Meanwhile, workers in the area say they are taking no chances. Now, when they leave for the night, they practice the buddy system.

“All together, go get the car,” Wong said.

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Illegal off-roader on Hawaii’s green sand beach marks the land https://islandcrisis.net/illegal-off-roader-on-hawaiis-green-sand-beach-marks-the-land/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 11:04:31 +0000 https://islandcrisis.net/illegal-off-roader-on-hawaiis-green-sand-beach-marks-the-land/ There are only four green sand beaches on Earth, and Hawaii has one. Located at the southern tip of the island of Hawaii, in the Kau District, Papakolea Beach has rare olivine sands, created by a volcanic cinder cone. But the beauty of the region masks the problems that surround it. An hour and a […]]]>

There are only four green sand beaches on Earth, and Hawaii has one. Located at the southern tip of the island of Hawaii, in the Kau District, Papakolea Beach has rare olivine sands, created by a volcanic cinder cone. But the beauty of the region masks the problems that surround it.

An hour and a half drive from Kona and two hours from Hilo, South Point is rural and undeveloped. Visitors and residents have severely scarred the land by illegally creating their own roads. A significant amount of damage was caused by the resulting network of dirt roads, with ruts as deep as 8 feet, to get to the beach and other surrounding areas of Ka Lae (Hawaiian for “The Point”) , nicknamed the southernmost point of the United States.

“This sacred and precious place for the people of Kau has been desecrated and exploited by off-road enthusiasts, thoughtless actions of visitors and sport fishermen despite the presence of iwi kupuna [ancestral bones and burials] and sacred sites,” the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands said in a 2016 South Point Resource Management Plan outlining the issues. “The people of Kau are pleading to ‘let the land heal’ so that what is left of this fragile ecosystem can be shared with future generations.”

DHHL is the governing body responsible for managing South Point’s lands, which are held in a trust to be used for Native Hawaiian beneficiaries.
But with much of its budget earmarked for Hawaiian homes, the department lacks the funds to have someone there 24/7 to enforce the rules.

“Anything off-road is illegal unless they use the county dirt road to the Kaulana boat ramp,” DHHL spokesman Cedric Duarte told SFGATE. During this time, illegal commercial vehicle companies have also emerged.

“The land has been exploited by individuals providing illegal shuttle services who care only for economic gain, even at the expense of land and resources,” adds the management plan of DHHL.

It’s a common occurrence here. Locals woo visitors who show up on foot or by car, and $20 allows you to travel miles of dirt roads to the beach in the back of a van. Nobody tells visitors when they arrive that it’s actually illegal to do so, and nobody regulates offers at the entrance to Papakolea.

“People are free to do what they want and our cultural sites have been desecrated. Roads are created where they are not supposed to be, and when heavy rains occur, water floods and follows these roads to sites, contributing to erosion at a faster rate,” Nohea Kaawa , a Hawaiian cultural practitioner and longtime resident of the neighborhood, says SFGATE.

Although rental cars limit off-roading, visitors are still seen cruising the illegal roads to Papakolea Beach and around South Point.

DHL

The impact goes beyond the territory.

“Loose soil sinks into the ocean, covering the reef, and then the fish population starts to decline because the coral starts to die,” Kaawa pointed out. “We all know that coral needs sunlight to live,” she says. “Traffic in the area has also decimated the ohai, a native shrub with orange and red flowers that now only grows wild in a few places along the coast. … There are families carrying ‘ ohai’ in their name, so you know the plant was important in that area. As Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians), we are connected to our native environment; plants are ohana (family).

Scientists believe that South Point is where Polynesians, likely from the Marquesas Islands, first arrived in Hawaii as early as 124 CE
They found a new green land ideal for fishing and rich in agriculture, and eventually settled there.

Remnants of where the ancients moored their canoes, lived, worshiped and buried their dead can still be found. The faces, native art and messages that ‘the kingdom of Hawaii is still here, we have never left’ etched into tree stumps and lava rock over the centuries are monuments to these travelers. .

For these reasons, Hawaii has designated approximately 710 acres of land as a National Historic Landmark.

Kau District comprises an area of ​​929.7 square miles with a population of 9,773 people, according to the 2020 census report. Populated areas for residents and visitors are the nearby towns of Ocean View, Naalehu and Discovery Harbour. Most live off abstracted water and many live entirely off the grid.

The area is serene and secluded. At night, crickets – and invasive coqui frogs – serenade each other, almost in harmony with the twinkling display of celestial diamonds that dot the black velvet sky. Instead of the lights of the houses lining the shore, only a few gleams are seen.

A sign on the Big Island of Hawaii pointing the way to Papakolea Beach (aka Green Sands Beach) and Ka Lae (Hawaiian for "Point"), the southernmost point in the United States

A sign on the Big Island of Hawaii pointing the way to Papakolea Beach (aka Green Sands Beach) and Ka Lae (Hawaiian for “The Point”), the southernmost point in the United States

Carolleal/Getty Images/iStockphoto

Matt and Rikki Prowse are residents of Ocean View, where they run the Kau Ohana Farms nursery, as well as manage a vacation rental on their 3-acre property. They moved to South Point from Northern California a few years ago and love the lifestyle and “perfectly temperate year-round climate” the area offers.

After their move, the couple tuned in to the area’s “Wild West” vibe. Residents own acres of land, some with beautiful gardens that look across the lava-laden landscape, while others have ramshackle cars and dilapidated structures. The Prows say there’s a lot of talk about protecting land in their community, but there’s a pervasive feeling that some residents are letting their properties go.

Prowse says they’ve discovered that most Kau residents are a mix of mainlanders, many of them Alaskans who feel comfortable with the remoteness, and generations-old Hawaiian families, as well as some residents of the Marshall Islands. Largely people who are used to living affordably and undisturbed, Prowse says.

The Prows want the area to remain rural and away from the overtourism found in other Hawaii locales, but since the area has one of the highest poverty rates in Hawaii, they wonder if the industries cannot be built around ecotourism that both celebrates and protects. the land of Kau.
But one thing is certain: illegal trips to Papakolea aren’t taxable and don’t really support the community beyond where the driver spends it.

“Tourism here is for the rich,” Prowse says. “They can have a dream day hiring a helicopter and going to a private beach that locals can’t get to because they have to cross private land, but wealthy tourists can. There are so many green tourism opportunities here, we just have to decide what we want to be and then build industries around that.

For example, if an authorized tourist group organized hikes or horseback riding. There are no tour groups currently authorized by DHHL to do so.

People gather at Ka Lae to see the southernmost point in the United States, to fish and dive.

People gather at Ka Lae to see the southernmost point in the United States, to fish and dive.

MIXA Co. Ltd./Getty Images/MIXA

Chris Paterson, owner of Kailani Tours, says they don’t do legal tours in South Point because the road there is rough. “We also think this is one of those ‘neighborhood’ stops that we’d rather not disturb local residents. We feel the same way about Waipio and a few other places on the island,” says Paterson.

“If the county ever wanted to regulate things and have a transportation company run shuttles, I would consider that,” Paterson said. “Also, if the local community would prefer a shuttle service or a single transport company to do well-run tours there, we would certainly provide that service. Finding harmony with the community while serving our visitors is the balance we always seek to strike. It’s not always easy, but it keeps us focused on our mission.

However, the 2016 DHHL Resource Management Plan for South Point has yet to receive funding, Duarte says. Many visitor-related issues could be resolved if the plan were implemented – it includes the addition of sanitary facilities, parking fees, training and assistance for people seeking to set up legal businesses, as well as the hiring an area manager to monitor closely – but it requires funding and resources.

“It’s very difficult for lawmakers to give us resources for something like this when they know we need resources for homes,” Duarte says. “On the to-do list, this one has to be high.”

He agrees that Kau is a bit like the Wild West due to the lack of law enforcement, explaining that the county’s police are themselves limited in resources. With the region being so remote, they focus their efforts on keeping people safe in the more populated areas.

“The real problem won’t be solved by creating a management plan that will take DHHL 20 years to implement, the real problem is that humans need management,” Kaawa says. “Humans must learn to exist in a space with proper protocols and respect for our cultural landscapes. Kau needs on-site enforcement to ensure there will be consequences if people don’t do the right thing. If there is no application, what is the use of creating rules? »



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Grand jury reportedly probing Trump PAC leadership https://islandcrisis.net/grand-jury-reportedly-probing-trump-pac-leadership/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 00:38:00 +0000 https://islandcrisis.net/grand-jury-reportedly-probing-trump-pac-leadership/ WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal grand jury is reportedly seeking information on Donald Trump’s leadership PAC for Save America as investigations into the former president continue to expand. ABC News first reported Thursday that subpoenas issued in recent weeks questioned recipients about the political action committee’s formation, fundraising activities and spending. The Justice Department and […]]]>

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal grand jury is reportedly seeking information on Donald Trump’s leadership PAC for Save America as investigations into the former president continue to expand.

ABC News first reported Thursday that subpoenas issued in recent weeks questioned recipients about the political action committee’s formation, fundraising activities and spending.

The Justice Department and a Trump spokesperson did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Trump is now the subject of numerous ongoing federal and state investigations, including several probing his role in the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol building, his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results and how thousands of government documents, including documents with highly classified markings, ended up at his private club Mar-a-Lago.

Trump raised funds aggressively in the 2020 election, capitalizing on the anger of his supporters and their refusal to accept his loss. During its hearings, the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack said Trump’s fundraising machine raised some $250 million through its ‘Stop the Steal’ campaigns. and others in the aftermath of the election, mostly in the form of small-dollar donations from Americans. A plea for money was launched 30 minutes before the January 6 uprising.

“Not only was there the big lie, there was the big scam,” Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-California, said of the effort.

No credible evidence has emerged to support Trump’s claims that the election was marred by mass fraud. Many state and local election officials, including Trump’s own attorney general and the judges he has appointed, have also dismissed the claims.

Trump’s PAC – which he used to pay for his post-presidential rallies, other trips, legal fees and even the portraits of him and the former first lady that will one day hang in the National Portrait Gallery in the Smithsonian – has raised millions since its inception. It ended in July with just under $100 million in cash, according to government documents.

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Aloha summer | Herald of the Columbia Basin https://islandcrisis.net/aloha-summer-herald-of-the-columbia-basin/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 00:45:10 +0000 https://islandcrisis.net/aloha-summer-herald-of-the-columbia-basin/ MOSES LAKE – The Moses Lake cross-country team will start the season away from their home country, traveling to the Iolani XC Invite held on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. “My seniors started planning this trip when they were freshmen,” said Moses Lake Cross Country head coach Larry Dagnon. “They started a year in […]]]>


MOSES LAKE – The Moses Lake cross-country team will start the season away from their home country, traveling to the Iolani XC Invite held on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.

“My seniors started planning this trip when they were freshmen,” said Moses Lake Cross Country head coach Larry Dagnon. “They started a year in advance, almost everyone had their money, then it got canceled last year and the year before, and now we’re finally going.”

Before the pandemic, the trip sent runners to Hawaii every two years for the meet, before the meet was canceled in 2020 and 2021.

“It took a while,” said Moses Lake Cross Country head coach Larry Dagnon. “All earned it, no one’s mother or father just gave them money.”

The Moses Lake runners raised money for the trip by completing tasks such as bake sales, hauling dirt, pulling weeds, babysitting and more, which were organized by Dagnon. and the money won was allocated to the cost of participating in the competition.

“The school doesn’t pay for any of that, it’s all the money raised by the athletes,” Dagnon said. “Each runner had to find just under $1,300, and $1,300 x 30 is $39,000.”

Many runners look forward to the trip as a team bonding experience, spending five days in Hawaii while running and sightseeing. The team will visit Diamond Head sites, beaches and other local attractions.

“I can’t wait to join the team because they’re like my family, so I can’t wait to bond with them,” said Moses Lake runner Ashlee Scheel. “And I’m looking forward to being able to compete in a bigger race.”

With the trip taking two years due to COVID, this will be a first trip to the country’s 50th state.

“I took this opportunity because I really want to get to know the team better and grow together as a team,” sophomore Jaciel Valdez said. “Me personally, I’ve never flown, I’ve never been to Hawaii. It would be really nice, (see) new places.

The race course takes place at Kualoa Ranch in the Kaaawa Valley, home to various film and television locations including Jurassic Park, Lost and many more.

“I’m really excited because all the seniors have been waiting a long time to go, and it’s going to be really fun,” said Moses Lake senior Marissa Bischoff. “Racing is where Jurassic Park was filmed, so obviously I’m really excited to go compete, but I’m also really looking forward to the culture that we’re going to experience.”

“It shows me that they think about the sport year-round,” Dagnon said of what the fundraising efforts meant to him. “That they engage in what we do all the time, and for a lot of them that has been a huge part of their lives.”

In addition to the excitement of returning to the trip to Hawaii, the racers at Moses Lake trained on a variety of cross-country aspects, with a new emphasis on the mentality of a racer during a competition.

“We worked to become faster, more improved at every level,” Dagnon said. “(Mental training) has been our big boost, and nutritionally so they can achieve their dreams. We’re really trying to train a lot more mentally than ever, because most runners at level 4A are very similar in terms of level of conditioning and ability. So what’s going to separate you? It’s what’s between your ears.

After the Iolani meet, Moses Lake kicks off its West Coast regular season Sept. 17 at the Apple Ridge Run Invite.

“I can’t wait to see how our team is going to race because they all look really good this year,” said junior Noah Bingham. “I think we have a good shot at the state.”

Moses Lake departs for the Iolani meet on Wednesday morning, and the meet is on September 10. More information about the meet can be found at https://www.iolanixc.com/ixci.

Ian Bivona can be reached at ibivona@columbiabasinherald.com.

Program

September 10 – Highlander Invitational

September 10 – Iolani XC Invitational

September 17 – Apple Ridge Run Invitational – 2A, 3A, 4A

September 22 – CBBN League Meeting #1

September 24 – Connell Invites

September 29 – Central Windermere Basin Colockum Clash (Quincy)

October 7-8 – Nike HOLE IN THE WALL XC INVITATIONAL

Oct. 8 – 53rd Max Jensen Richland Invitational

October 13 – Moses Lake Invitation to the Gorge

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Danny De Gracia: Let’s get HOV lanes for all vehicles https://islandcrisis.net/danny-de-gracia-lets-get-hov-lanes-for-all-vehicles/ Mon, 05 Sep 2022 10:05:13 +0000 https://islandcrisis.net/danny-de-gracia-lets-get-hov-lanes-for-all-vehicles/ When I first moved to Hawaii in 2003, my average commute time from Waipahu to downtown Honolulu during rush hour was reasonably less than 30 minutes, even under the worst of circumstances. Two decades later, I find myself spending an average of 80 minutes or more just to cover 23 miles. I can only imagine […]]]>

When I first moved to Hawaii in 2003, my average commute time from Waipahu to downtown Honolulu during rush hour was reasonably less than 30 minutes, even under the worst of circumstances. Two decades later, I find myself spending an average of 80 minutes or more just to cover 23 miles.

I can only imagine how much more aggravating the driving experience must be for people who live in Ewa Beach, Waianae or the more remote parts of the island. Like I said before, whether we’re driving a car, carpooling, or taking a bus, we’re all equally stuck in traffic together.

And to me, the ultimate insult of Honolulu planning is being stuck in traffic as an empty, unused, and incomplete Honolulu railcar passes overhead as part of a test drive for the long-delayed system.

This past weekend, some out-of-town friends came to visit me for a social visit and briefed a few Hawaii State Capitol officials on the latest technology in water production. When they finished the official part of their tour, they asked me if I could drive them from the Moana Surfrider Hotel in Waikiki to the Dole Plantation in Wahiawa. I agreed, but told them we had to leave early to have time to do all the other things they wanted to do.

“But that’s only about 26 minutes from here, isn’t it?” one of them asked me, drawing an instant smirk on my face.

“26 minutes to San Antonio, 45 minutes to Hawaii,” I corrected them. (They incorrectly assumed, as is often done on the Continent, that one can drive an average of one mile of car travel per minute.)

But as anyone on Oahu knows, although traffic can pile up even on weekends, the advantage is that when driving on H-1, we can use all lanes of traffic, including the lane reserved for high occupancy vehicles. This means that traffic can flow, quite quickly, because we are not artificially clogging the motorway. And as many Oahu residents continue to experience unbearable commutes during workdays, there may be a lesson to be learned and an opportunity to be seized here.

Open HOV lanes to everyone until we fix traffic

Until we can figure out ways to get more cars off the road or stagger trips so everyone isn’t jumping on H-1 at the same time in the morning and evening, we should just get rid of HOV lanes and allow anyone, at any time, to use all H-1 lanes. This means you don’t have to spend 20 minutes driving from Waipahu to the airport, only to spend another hour waiting in the middle lane of H-1 to get downtown.

Yeah, yeah, I can already hear the virtuous flaggers coming out of the woodwork in response to that idea. Person 1, from academia: “HOV lanes exist to encourage people to stop driving alone and carpool, which is better for the environment.” Well guess what? It doesn’t work, because we don’t all go to the same construction site, and the time it takes to drop off your buddy will make you late for work if you try it.

Many Oahu commuters are stuck in rush hour traffic, even as an empty Honolulu rail system train passes overhead on the H-1. Danny de Gracia/Civil Beat/2022

Person 2, Establishment: “We actually want traffic and streets in general to be inconvenient for those who use cars, because cars cause structural inequality, and we want to encourage people to use active transportation by eliminating the convenience of the automobile.” Oh really? Do you want to walk or bike 43 miles, round trip, every day, to work in dress clothes and in tropical weather? Or is it fair to everyone but you?

And Governor David Ige, with his pointless “I recommend you consider telecommuting” platitudes – when he himself has the power to implement a mandatory telecommuting policy for his government to reduce traffic – does not neither helps Oahu’s nightmare commute or the environment as a whole. “I recommend you consider” was the same defeatist slogan they gave us during the part of Covid where we all decided to stop trying.

So, let’s get rid of the utopian visions of Oahu and get straight to business. Open HOV lanes until our government sees fit to properly restructure Oahu’s infrastructure so that convenient and fast transportation alternatives — not gimmicks meant to funnel money to contractors and consultants on a project that will never be finished – are available.

Some may say that to get rid of HOV lanes we would need to amend the Revised Hawaii Statutes. So edit them then – next session. In the meantime, let loose in the executive branch and use the constitutional and expansive power of a department’s right to make rules and enforce rules (or not enforce rules) to allow everyone to use HOV lanes to expedite traffic on H-1.

The fact that all traffic lanes can be opened to commuters during a “crisis” such as a major accident or state emergency tells me that the authority exists to allow people to use HOV lanes. Well, we’re in a traffic crisis, and might as well get those extra lanes back on business days since we have no other options.

Combine that with changes to University of Hawaii coursework to include virtual options and remote testing, a robust telecommuting policy for state and county government, and more convenient public transportation, and maybe we’ll get out of this traffic problem.

Let me say it again. We can fix Oahu. We just need the right mindset.

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Hawaii’s Employee Retirement System Leads Pension Funds with a 3.7% Return https://islandcrisis.net/hawaiis-employee-retirement-system-leads-pension-funds-with-a-3-7-return/ Fri, 02 Sep 2022 16:59:23 +0000 https://islandcrisis.net/hawaiis-employee-retirement-system-leads-pension-funds-with-a-3-7-return/ For the most recent fiscal year, the Hawaiian fund posted the best performance of the 57 U.S. public pension funds tracked by Pensions and investments as of Friday, and is one of only seven funds to post a positive return for the period. The median return of the 57 funds was -5.2% for the year […]]]>

For the most recent fiscal year, the Hawaiian fund posted the best performance of the 57 U.S. public pension funds tracked by Pensions and investments as of Friday, and is one of only seven funds to post a positive return for the period. The median return of the 57 funds was -5.2% for the year ended June 30.

The pension fund does not employ traditional asset classes such as public equities and fixed and alternative income securities, having adopted in 2014 a risk-based asset allocation.

Currently, the pension fund has targets of 67.5% for overall growth and 32.5% for diversification strategies. The broad class of growth assets is broken down into public growth, private growth, and real assets. Diversification strategies are broken down into defensive liquid, diversified liquid and diversified illiquid portfolios. Liquid and diversified liquid defensive portfolios include “alternative return capture” managers, categories that many funds define as absolute return funds or hedge funds.

Private growth, liquid defensive asset sub-classes and real assets posted particularly strong returns.

For the year ended June 30, Private Growth, Liquid Defensive Assets and Real Assets posted gross returns of 29.6%, 17.3% and 15.4%, respectively, compared to their benchmarks. 8.3%, 2.7% and 22.9% respectively.

Liquid Diversification posted a gross return of 6.7% (above the 2.7% benchmark), followed by Illiquid Diversification at 2.1% (3.2%) and Public Growth at – 13.3% (-11.6%).

As of June 30, the actual allocation was 68% broad growth, 29.7% diversification strategies and 2.3% other.

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The Tipoff event returns to SimpliFi Arena on October 11 https://islandcrisis.net/the-tipoff-event-returns-to-simplifi-arena-on-october-11/ Wed, 31 Aug 2022 17:12:26 +0000 https://islandcrisis.net/the-tipoff-event-returns-to-simplifi-arena-on-october-11/ History links HONOLULU — The University of Hawaii men’s basketball program will host its sixth annual Tipoff event on Tuesday, October 11 at SimpliFi Arena at the Stan Sheriff Center. The Tipoff, sponsored by Bank of Hawaii and Hawaiian Airlines, is one of the most anticipated UH social events of […]]]>

HONOLULU — The University of Hawaii men’s basketball program will host its sixth annual Tipoff event on Tuesday, October 11 at SimpliFi Arena at the Stan Sheriff Center. The Tipoff, sponsored by Bank of Hawaii and Hawaiian Airlines, is one of the most anticipated UH social events of the year and returns in person for the first time since 2019.

The Tipoff allows fans to enjoy great food, win auction items, and mingle with Rainbow Warrior players and coaching staff. This will be the first time in three years that the popular event will take place in the UH arena. The event was canceled in 2020 due to COVID and last year’s event was a virtual affair.

“The Tipoff event is one of the dates we most look forward to every season and even more so this year,” the head coach said. Eran Ganot said. “We look forward to interacting with our great fans and supporters after such a long wait. It will no doubt be an enjoyable evening and a great way to build excitement for what is to come in the 2022-23 season. “



Fundraising begins at 5:30 p.m. with drinks and a silent auction. A dinner and program will follow with players and coaching staff participating in a Q&A with the Spectrum Sports broadcast team.



Tables (10 seats) are available from $3,000. Individual tickets can also be purchased at $300 each. Contact Dominique Drury to druryd@hawaii.edu

All proceeds from the evening will go to the men’s basketball program. Most of the funds will go toward student-athlete tuition and health and nutrition. This will also benefit the program’s recruitment efforts.

UH fires 10 players from last year’s roster, highlighted by all-conference second-team leading scorer and goaltender Noel Coleman. The ‘Bows also eagerly welcome veteran players Samuta Avea and Juan Munoz who sat out last year due to injury. Five new players also join the team, including the transfer from Washington State ryan rapp and highly touted post player Mor Seck out of the national powerhouse Prolific Prep.


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