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Saving the ‘Öhia challenge offers big prize
As Rapid ‘Öhi‘a Death (ROD) continues to attack native forests, Digital Makerspace is challenging members to offer solutions with a prize purse worth more than $70,000.
The Saving the ‘Öhi‘a Challenge is an effort to solicit ideas and projects that could lead to solutions and opportunities to collaborate in fighting ROD, a blight that has claimed hundreds of thousands of trees on Hawai‘i Island. The challenge calls for field-based detection methods, ways to detect the fungus at the landscape level and solutions to detect and predict how ROD will spread.
For more information, visit www.savetheohia.org.
UH expands program for gifted Hawaiian youth
The University of Hawai‘i is providing support for promising students by expanding the Nä Pua No‘eau Center for Gifted and Talented Hawaiian Children’s mission to five campuses.
Nä Pua No‘eau has supported thousands of Hawaiian keiki and ‘ohana since it was established in 1989. According to UH, the center’s mission supports Native Hawaiians and prepares them for global leadership by strengthening cultural identity while opening doors to careers and college degree completion.
Nä Pua No‘eau programs will be implemented at UH Hilo, UH Mänoa, UH Maui College, Kaua‘i Community College and UH West O‘ahu. Learn more at npn.uhh.hawaii.edu.
First hatch gives hope for endangered ‘akikiki
Conservationists have successfully bred the first ‘akikiki in captivity, offering hope for the the critically endangered Hawaiian honeycreeper’s survival.
‘Akikiki are found only in remote forests of Kaua‘i and conservationists have been collecting eggs from their native habitat since 2015 to start a breeding population.
“The parents that produced this offspring came from eggs collected in the wild,” said Jennifer Pribble, research coordinator, Hawai‘i Endangered Bird Conservation Program, San Diego Zoo Global. “So, this is the first offspring ever produced in captivity. It was parent-reared — raised completely by its mother, without any human intervention. The parents are a 3-year-old male and 2-year-old female.”
CPB supports Hawai‘i Island tourism
Central Pacific Bank is supporting the Hawai‘i Island community by sending employees to visit the island and spend at least $100. The bank is providing roundtrip airfare and $100 spending money. Hundreds of employees have applied and CPB will select some to send to Hawai‘i Island over the course of 16 weeks which began on Aug. 13.
CPB also contributed $20,000 to relief efforts. “Our CPB ohana believes it’s our responsibility to help our neighbors in any way we can in their time of need,” said Catherine Ngo, CPB’s President and CEO. “We hope that more companies will consider supporting the Hawaiÿi Island business community with ‘local tourism’ or by other means.”
State requires certification for food handlers
A state law requiring food establishment permit holders to complete a food handler’s training course will be enforced beginning Sept. 4.
The law went into effect in Sept. 2, 2017, and those in charge of eating establishments, as well as caterers and purveyors of homemade food, have had a year to comply. The state Department of Health will check proof of certification during inspections starting Sept. 4, and will accept certification that is recognized by the American National Standards Institute.
“Extensive studies have shown food establishments with managers formally trained in food safety have fewer occurrences of critical violations during routine inspection,” said Peter Oshiro, Sanitation Branch manager. “This lowers the risk of contracting a food-borne illness by the public. This is a true win-win situation for the food establishments and for public health.”
DOH offers free food safety classes across the state. Sign up at health.hawaii.gov/san/food-safety-education.
Lei of Parks event includes Biki Social Ride launch
Three parks along O‘ahu’s south shore will be joined in a Lei of Parks that organizers hope will eventually extend from Waikïkï to Nänäkuli.
The Sept. 1 event includes events for the whole ‘ohana from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: walking tours of historic sites and exceptional trees, beach volleyball, yoga and information booths. A prize drawing during the event will include roundtrip Alaska Airlines tickets.
The event is funded by an AARP Community Challenge Grant, which are awarded to small-scale livable community projects. “This pop-up family event will give park users the opportunity to experience a small portion of the Lei of Parks in a fun and interactive way and give their feedback on what the community would like to see in the future,” said Lea Hong, State Director of The Trust for Public Land, the event’s lead organizer. “No one on O‘ahu is far from parks, beaches and recreational activities and we should make the most of what’s available and free for all of us to use. The Lei of Parks concept will make our shoreline more accessible for people of all ages.”
The Lei of Parks event will also kick off a new partnership between AARP and Bikeshare Hawai‘i to offer Biki Social Rides to those age 50 and up. In addition to a bicycle ride through all three parks, the social ride events include orientations on the Biki bike service, safety briefings, helmet fittings and lunch. The social rides will be offered Wednesdays and Saturdays.