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The Friends of Russell Ruderman present…
Kauai County Councilman Gary Hooser will discuss
Take Back Our Government:
the Why, the How and the Hope

Friday July 31st 5-8:30pm
Akebono Theatre in Pahoa,

A fundraiser for Senator Russell Ruderman

Bookings Essential:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sen-russell-rudermans-speaker-dinner-series-tickets-17573116665

Special Musical Guest:
Kalapana Awa Band

For Details Call Barb: 808-339-4344

$10 an Hour! Ruderman collects SBA award, announces new minimum wage

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Earlier this year, Russell Ruderman, founder and owner of the Island Naturals chain of health food stores, visited the White House, where he was honored as State of Hawaii Small Business Administration Business Person of the Year.

Ruderman joined winners from all 50 states at the awards ceremony hosted by Maria Contreras-Sweet, administrator of the SBA.

Ruderman, who also is a state senator, opened his first Island Naturals Market in Hilo in 1998. That store was followed by other Big Island outlets in Pahoa and Kailua-Kona.

Island Naturals now employs more than 200 people at its three locations.

Ruderman said he believes treating his employees well is good business. Earlier this month, he announced that Island Naturals established a $10 per hour minimum wage for all employees. While most of his staff already were paid above $10 per hour, some entry-level employees got an unexpected raise in their paycheck this month as the company adopted the higher wage.

“While $10 an hour is not a true living wage in Hawaii, this is a step in the right direction, as raising our minimum also results in higher wages for midlevel staff,” he said.

“Doing so approaches a living wage for more and more workers. We are happy to share our success with our staff, and we all work together to make our company successful.”

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/ruderman-collects-sba-award-announces-new-minimum-wage

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Governor Ige has released funding for the following Capitol Improvement Projects (CIP) for Senate District 2…

KEONEPOKO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, HAWAII
PLANS, DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION AND EQUIPMENT FOR THE TRANSITION FROM KEAAU ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO KEONEPOKO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.
FY2016 – $1,000,000

MOUNTAIN VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, HAWAII
CONSTRUCTION FOR DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS AND RAISED COVERED WALKWAY.
FY2016 – $230,000

SENATE DISTRICT 2 SCHOOLS LAPTOP COMPUTERS AND INFRASTRUCTURE, HAWAII
PLANS, CONSTRUCTION AND EQUIPMENT FOR LAPTOP COMPUTERS AND INSTALLATION OF NEEDED INFRASTRUCTURE (HORIZONTAL CABLING) IN SENATE DISTRICT 2 SCHOOLS, ESPECIALLY PAHOA HIGH AND INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL (PHIS) AND MOUNTAIN VIEW PUBLIC SCHOOLS, TO ENABLE LAPTOP COMPUTER USE. WIFI SIGNALS TO CLASSROOMS AS WELL AS LAPTOP COMPUTERS FOR STUDENTS’ DAILY USE.
FY2016 – $2,300,000

FRIENDS OF THE VOLCANO SCHOOL OF ARTS & SCIENCES, HAWAII
PLANS, DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF A CERTIFIED COMMERCIAL KITCHEN. THIS PROJECT QUALIFIES AS A GRANT, PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 42F, HRS.
FY2016 – $285,000

WAIAKEA UKA COMMUNITY CENTER, HAWAII
PLANS, LAND ACQUISITION AND DESIGN FOR A COMMUNITY CENTER IN WAIAKEA UKA.
FY2016 – $600,000

FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR SMALL COMMERCIAL AIRPORT, HAWAII
PLANS FOR FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR FEASIBILITY AND COST OF CONSTRUCTING SMALL COMMERCIAL AIRPORT IN SOUTH PUNA.
FY2016 – $50,000

KEAAU-PAHOA ROAD IMPROVEMENTS, KEAAU TO PAHOA, HAWAII
LAND ACQUISITION AND DESIGN FOR WIDENING THE TWO LANE HIGHWAY TO FOUR LANES OR ALTERNATE ALIGNMENTS IN THIS CORRIDOR. THIS PROJECT IS DEEMED NECESSARY TO QUALIFY FOR FEDERAL AID FINANCING AND/OR REIMBURSEMENT.
FY2016 – $360,000
FY 2017 – $1,600,000

KEAAU-PAHOA ROAD IMPROVEMENTS, KEAAU TO PAHOA, HAWAII
LAND ACQUISITION AND DESIGN FOR WIDENING THE TWO LANE HIGHWAY TO FOUR LANES OR ALTERNATE ALIGNMENTS IN THIS CORRIDOR. THIS PROJECT IS DEEMED NECESSARY TO QUALIFY FOR FEDERAL AID FINANCING AND/OR REIMBURSEMENT.
FY 2016 – $90,000
FY 2017 – $400,00
HIGHWAY 130, HAWAII
CONSTRUCTION FOR THE REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE OF FEEDER ROADS AND ALTERNATE ROUTES FOR HIGHWAY 130.
FY 2016 – $15,000,000

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SOME GREAT UPCOMING EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES ON BIG ISLAND

Summer agriculture courses at Hawai‘i Community College
May 21–June 6, 2015
Thursdays 6–8 p.m. at Hawai‘i Community College, 200 West Kawili St, Hilo
and Saturdays 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at UH Hilo farm in Pana‘ewa

Brush up on your horticultural skills or learn some new techniques in agriculture by taking Hawai‘i Community College’s non-credit agriculture classes this summer. Learn about sustainable farming practices, pest and disease control, nursery management, gardening, landscaping, irrigation function and repair, and how to start a farm business. The class is a combination of lecture and on-farm practice in plant propagation, composting, hydroponics, soils, and soil amendments.

Workshop classes are $59. To learn more about Sustainable Production Practices and other agriculture classes being offered and to register, visit:

http://blog.hawaii.edu/…/summer-agriculture-classes-on-tap…/

Paid Summer Sustainable Agriculture Internships (Ages 15–19)
Sponsored by The Kohala Center and Kamehameha Schools’ ‘Āina Ulu Program
1st Session: June 8–19
2nd Session: July 13–24
8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday

The Kohala Center Demonstration Farm, Honokaʻa

Hey high school students and recent grads! This summer get paid to learn how to grow your own food, take field trips to Hawai‘i Island farms and ranches, and experience traditional Hawaiian land management in our two-week Sustainable Agriculture Internship Program! Visit and work on local farms, harvest and make your own ‘ono grinds, tour an ahupua‘a from mauka to makai, take home plants to start your own garden, explore careers in sustainable agriculture, and meet students from other schools. Visit koha.la/farminterns for more information and to apply, or call The Kohala Center at 808-887-6411.

Hawai‘i Island Meat Cooperative Producer Meeting

Presented by Big Island Resource Conservation & Development, Hawai‘i Small Business Development Center, and The Kohala Center

Sunday, June 14 • 5–6 p.m.

Pāhala Community Center, 96-1149 Kamani St, Pāhala

Family ranchers on Hawai‘i Island will be able to access an additional slaughter option through a new mobile slaughter unit for cattle, sheep, goats, and pigs beginning in 2016. A partnership with the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture has moved this project from concept to reality, as the mobile unit is on order. Please attend this producer meeting to learn more about using the unit and becoming a member of the cooperative.

http://hawaiiislandmeat.com/docs/MeatProducerFlyer.pdf

Pig to Plate: Animal Husbandry Workshop
Co-sponsored by Kahua Paʻa Mua and The Kohala Center

Saturday and Sunday, June 18–19
Palili ʻO Kohala Natural Farming Learning Lab, Hoʻea Rd, Hāwī

Hog Home Slaughter: June 18, 3–6 p.m.
Imu: Cooking the Hawaiian Way: June 19, 2–7 p.m.

Two days of workshops providing step-by-step instructions for efficiently processing a humanely raised, naturally farmed, homegrown hog to feed your family. Learn how to prepare a traditional imu (underground oven) and cook a hog from start to finish. The workshops will also delve into natural farming techniques, animal husbandry basics, and feeding requirements. Taught by David B. Fuertes, who holds a B.S. in animal science from the University of Hawai‘i and has nine years of experience teaching animal husbandry for the Ka Hana No‘eau mentoring program at Honoka‘a & Kohala High Schools.

Registration is free but advance registration is required at pig-plate.eventbrite.com.

»View the flyer here: http://kohalacenter.org/…/reso…/rcbds/Pig_To_Plate_flyer.pdf

“Meet Your Farmer” Farm to Charter School Mixer
Hosted by The Kohala Center and the Arts & Sciences Center
Tuesday, June 30 • 3–4:30 p.m.
Hawaiʻi Academy Arts and Science Public Charter School
15-1397 Homestead Rd, Pāhoa (map)
The farm to school movement is gaining momentum in Hawai‘i. Island farmers and distributors are invited to a mini trade show to meet public charter school reps who are leading the charge to create a local supply chain to feed our keiki fresh, nutritious, locally grown food—your food!

Register by June 25. Registration is free but space is limited. Reserve your spot online at koha.la/f2smixer or call The Kohala Center at 808-887-6411.
»View the flyer here: http://kohalacenter.org/…/…/TradeShowCharterSchool_Flyer.pdf

Senator Russell Ruderman

SBA State of Hawaii Small Business Person of the Year

Senator Russell RudermanSenator Russell E. Ruderman was named the State of Hawaii Small Business Person of the Year, 2015 by the US Small Business Administration Hawaii District Office. Along with awardees in 8 other categories, Senator Ruderman was honored by colleagues on the Senate and House floor.

The award was given to Senator Ruderman as President and Founder of Island Naturals, a group of natural and organic food stores on the Big Island known for its commitment to quality and creativity. Established in 1997, Island Naturals now employs 150 people at three locations in Kona, Hilo, and Pahoa.

The U.S. Small Business Administration was founded in 1953, largely as a response to the pressures of the Great Depression and World War II. It has since delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.

The Hawaii District Office, under the leadership of District Director Jane A. Sawyer, oversees the delivery of SBA’s programs throughout the State of Hawaii, the Territories of Guam and American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Senator Russell Ruderman extends an invitation for you to join him…

Senator Russell Ruderman extends a warm invitation to you to join him for his first ever fundraiser in Honolulu at the Mandalay Restaurant.

Donations: If you are unable to attend but would like to show your support with a donation please use the Donate button.

Suggested donation $50 – $100





Come support and meet the man who represents all of the district of Puna and the town of Pahala in Ka’u at the Hawaiian State Legislature.

Enjoy delicious Cantonese cuisine and the elegant atmosphere of the Mandalay.

Bishop Square parking across the street from The Mandalay after 5:00 pm and Alii Place public / private park.

Please RSVP

Feel free to forward this invitation to friends that you would like to invite or that you know would like to support Senator Ruderman to continue to work for the good of all of Hawaii.

Senator Russell Ruderman

Governor Ige Names Additional Cabinet Members

Governor Ige Names Additional Cabinet Members

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today announced the appointments of six additional members of his Cabinet and two deputy directors. These appointments are subject to confirmation by the State Senate.

The Governor also announced the appointments of his deputy chief of staff, and four individuals to head the Departments of the Accounting and General Services, Attorney General, Health, and Human Services, until appointments to fill the positions for the duration of his term are made. In addition, until appointments can be made to fill their positions for the next four years, the directors and deputy directors of the remaining departments will either continue to serve as hold-overs, or serve until their terms expire on Dec. 31, 2014.

“We are committed to finding the best and brightest in our community to serve as effective leaders in state government,” said Governor Ige. “These appointments show a variety of talented and dedicated individuals from both the public and private sectors, who have decided to work together to create a better Hawaii for future generations.”

Wesley Machida has been named Director of Finance and the head of the Department of Budget and Finance (B&F). Mr. Machida is currently the Executive Director of the $14 billion Employees’ Retirement System of the State of Hawaii. His other work experience has been as an Assistant Auditor in the Office of the Auditor and Assistant Administrator for the Child Support Enforcement Agency. Mr. Machida, a former Certified Public Accountant, worked for various public accounting firms before and in-between his employment with the State, with his last private sector employment as a Senior Audit Manager with Grant Thornton LLP.

Mr. Machida serves on the Board of Trustees for the Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority, and is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association and the National Association of State Retirement Administrators. He graduated from the Kamehameha Schools, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa with an MBA in Business Administration and BA in Economics.

Douglas G. Murdock has been named Comptroller and will head the Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS) beginning Jan. 1, 2015. Murdock is presently serving as the vice president for Administrative and Fiscal Affairs of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. He has held his current position since August 2012 and is responsible for HTA procurement, accounting, personnel, convention center operations, information technology, quality assurance, policies and procedures, procurement integrity and ethics, and general administration support to the board and HTA staff. Before joining HTA, he was in private practice with local law firm Alston Hunt Floyd and Ing. Prior to that, he served in the Air Force for 25 years as a Judge Advocate (attorney) and attained the rank of Colonel. Murdock has a B.S. degree in Economics, a M.S. degree in Public Administration and a J.D. from the University of Washington. He is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager through the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), is a past president of the Aloha Chapter of NCMA and has served on the State of Hawaii Procurement Policy Board.

James Nishimoto has been named director for the Department of Human Resources Development (DHRD). Nishimoto has 38 years of government service and has served in a wide range of positions, including executive assistant to the President of the University of Hawaii; vice president for Budget and Finance/Chief Financial Officer, University of Hawaii; director of Academic Personnel Administration, Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Hawaii System; associate director of Human Resources, University of Hawaii System Office; deputy director, DHRD; administrator, Collective Bargaining and Negotiations, Hawaii State Department of Education. Nishimoto holds various degrees: Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) from the University of Southern California; M.A., Business Personnel Administration/Public Administration from Central Michigan University; and M.A., Public Administration Central Michigan University; and B.S., University of Kentucky.

Luis P. Salaveria has been named director of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT). Salaveria brings more than 20 years of public and private sector experience and most recently served as the deputy director of finance where he assisted the director of finance in the planning, design and management of the annual $12 billion operational and $3 billion capital improvement budgets of the State of Hawaii; managing the State Treasury with more than $3 billion in assets; conducting general obligation and revenue bond issuances; introducing and implementing fiscal and economic legislation and policies; conducting public affairs and stakeholder outreach; and administering the operations of all divisions and attached agencies (Employee Retirement System, Employer Union Trust Fund, Public Utilities Commission, and Public Defenders Office) of the more than 300-employee department.

Salaveria holds a degree in economics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, is a graduate of Kaiser Permanente’s National Manager’s Leadership Program, and earned his Fiduciary Trustee Certificate from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.

Mary Alice Evans will continue her service as deputy director at DBEDT. She took the post in April 2011 after working as an employee of the Department for 33 years and serving as DAGS’ deputy comptroller for two years. Evans holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, is a previous president of the Hawaii Chapter of American Planning Association and chair of the Honolulu City Planning Commission.

Rachael Wong, DrPH, will serve as the director of the Department of Human Services (DHS), beginning Jan. 1, 2015. Wong has most recently served as the vice president and chief operating officer of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii, where she leads collaborations to improve community health and advocates for a comprehensive and financially strong healthcare system that successfully responds to Hawaii’s diverse and changing health needs.

Wong received degrees from Princeton University, the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a Pacific Business News “Forty Under 40,” a Pacific Century Fellow, St. Francis International Center for Healthcare Ethics Bioethics Fellow and is currently enrolled in the Omidyar Fellows program.

Maria Zielinski has been named to serve as the director of Taxation and head of the Department of Taxation. She previously served as deputy Comptroller for the State of Hawaii and served as accounting administrator for the County of Maui. Maria has also served in the private sector as chief financial officer for the California School Employees Association (CSEA) the largest classified employee labor union in the United States, Haleakala Ranch, Haleakala Dairy, and the Federal Farm Credit Banks Funding Corporation. Ms. Zielinski is a CPA (State of New York).

Pankaj Bhanot will serve as deputy director at the Department of Human Services (DHS). He is currently serving as the department’s division administrator for the Benefit, Employment and Support Services Division (BESSD). Bhanot previously served as the deputy director for DHS from December 2010 January 2012. Among honors received are the 2006 DHS Employee of the Year Award; 2006 Governor’s Award for the Distinguished State Service; 2013 DHS Manager of the Year; and 2013 State of Hawaii Manager of the Year. Bhanot has a B.A. (Honors) in Political Science; and LL.B. from the University of Delhi; an LL.M. degree from the Cornell University Law School; and completed post-graduate research in Public International Law at the School of Law, University of Nottingham (United Kingdom).

Laurel A. Johnston has been selected as Gov. Ige’s deputy chief of staff. The former director of the University of Hawaii System Budget Office, Johnston has served as a researcher, writer, and administrator in the diverse policy areas of education, public health, criminal and social justice, economic development and public finance during her 28-year career in Hawaii.

Previously, Johnston served as assistant senate clerk for the Hawaii Senate, assistant superintendent for Planning and Budgeting at the Hawaii Department of Education, and executive director of the Hawaii Uninsured Project. She holds a Master of Science degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology, both from Florida State University.

Scott Enright, Jobie Masagatani, and William J. Aila. Jr., will continue to serve as the chairperson of the Board of Agriculture, the chairman of the Hawaiian Homes Commission, and the chairperson of the Board of Land and Natural Resources, respectively, until their terms expire on December 31.

The following directors and deputies have agreed to continue serving as heads and deputy directors of their respective departments as holdovers:

Ken Kakesako, deputy to the chairperson of the Board of Agriculture

Darrell T. Young, deputy to the chairman, Hawaiian Homes Commission

Kealii Lopez, director, Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs

Jo Ann Uchida Takeuchi, deputy director, Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs

Jesse Souki, first deputy to the chairperson, Board of Land and Natural Resources

Maj. Gen. Darryll Wong, adjutant general and director of civil defense, Department of Defense

Brig. Gen. Joe Kim, deputy adjutant general

Gary Gill, deputy director, Environmental Health Administration, Department of Health (DOH)

Dr. David Sakamoto, deputy director, Health Resources Administration, DOH

Lynn Fallin, deputy director, Behavioral Health Administration, DOH

Ted Sakai, director, Department of Public Safety

Dwight Takamine, director, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

Until appointments can be made to fill the positions for the duration of Gov. Ige’s term, the following employees and former first deputy directors of DAGS, the Department of the Attorney General, DHS, and DOH have been appointed to head those departments:

Kerry Yoneshige, DAGS

Russell Suzuki, Department of the Attorney General

Barbara Yamashita, DHS

Keith Yamamoto, DOH

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Keauohana Native Forest Restoration on December 21st

Keauohana Native Forest Restoration

Fine Forest Friends,

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Already we are in December of 2014! This month our work party will be held on Sunday the 21st, solstice day and it is a great way to celebrate together! We hope to see some of your shinning faces at Keauohana Forest Reserve for some native forest restoration.

Please bring gloves, sturdy shoes/boots, rain gear, mosquito repellant, water and snacks. Useful tools include pruning saws, loppers and machetes. A lunch of local foods will be provided at this zero-waste event, so please also bring your own cups, bowls and utensils.

Parking is at the intersection of Pahoa-Kalapana Rd and Upper Puna Rd, near Black Sands subdivision. This is between mm 16 and 17 on the highway. The trail into the forest is just across the highway from the intersection.

Feel free to come and go as you like between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm. Invite anyone you think might be interested. Please take care to avoid bringing weed seeds into the forest by brushing off and spraying boot soles at entrance.

Looking forward to seeing some of you there!
Jaya

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NEW VIDEO SENATOR RUDERMAN’S LEGISLATIVE LAVA ASK:

Puna’s State Senator is getting ready to take the needs of his lava threatened district to the Capitol. Russell Ruderman recently outlined his plans for the upcoming legislative session before a Hawaii County Council committee. Ruderman testified from Hilo. The 2015 legislative session starts in January.
http://www.bigislandvideonews.com/2014/12/03/puna-report-wednesday-dec-3/