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Monday, August 8, 2005
Hearing looks into effects of alien speciesFighting alien plant and animal species in national parks is the topic of a congressional field hearing tomorrow at Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island.
U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, ranking member on the Subcommittee on National Parks, requested and will chair the hearing at 10 a.m.
"Invasive species cause devastating environmental, human health and economic consequences throughout the nation and world," Akaka said. "They severely damage native ecosystems and vital industries such as agriculture, fisheries and ranching. The impacts of invasive species are estimated to cost the United States at least $100 billion each year and threatens the existence of 42 percent of endangered species in the country."
Hawaii, the "endangered species capital of the world," is particularly at risk from alien pests because of its high number of unique species, Akaka said.
Last month, Akaka introduced the Public Land Protection and Conservation Act of 2005 (S. 1541), which would authorize grants to states, nonprofit agencies and tribal entities to assess, control and eradicate invasive species on public and adjacent lands.
Seminars give tips on hazardous materialsWorkshops on proper handling, management, transport and storage of hazardous materials will be held Aug. 26 through Sept. 1 in each county.
The free, day-long workshops are sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state Department of Transportation.
Business owners who handle chemicals, local and state agency personnel, and interested community members are encouraged to attend. Pre-registration by Aug. 15 is required due to limited space.
EPA and DOT staff will make presentations and distribute guidance documents and information. The workshops will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations and dates:
» Aug. 26: State Department of Health, 919 Ala Moana Blvd., fifth-floor conference room.
» By e-mail: email@example.com.
For more information, contact Dean Higuchi at 541-2711.
State energy lab signs deal with vehicle firmKEAHOLE, Hawaii » An Arizona company that develops small, remotely operated vehicles with sensing devices has signed a one-year, renewable agreement to conduct work at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority north of Kailua-Kona.
Physics, Materials & Applied Mathematics Research LLC (PM&AM Research) of Tucson signed a rental agreement for office space from May 2005 to April 2006, the state energy laboratory announced last month.
"These mini-ROV are designed to carry sensor packages for data collection, imaging and processing. In the ocean these capabilities can be used to inspect pipelines and other structures that may be too dangerous or costly for human divers to inspect," the state agency said.
The company plans to continue education efforts at its Arizona facility. It noted that Hawaii Preparatory Academy graduate Marvin Kawano, now a student at Rice University in Texas, is assisting the company in developing a remote vehicle that uses lasers to examine invasive underwater species.
Center to honor martial arts teachersJapanese martial arts were introduced to the islands with the arrival of Japanese immigrants in 1885.
Martial arts instructors have in turn introduced scores of Hawaii residents to aikido, karate, kendo and judo ever since.
All teach respect, self-discipline and other pillars of Japanese culture.
On Sept. 17 the Japanese Cultural Center will honor a group of martial arts teachers for their contributions to Hawaii.
Receiving the center's Leadership and Achievement Award are aikido instructors Takashi Nonaka and Shinichi Suzuki; karate instructors Bobby Lowe and James Miyaji; kendo instructors Dr. Noboru Akagi and Shigeo Yoshinaga; and judo instructors Albert Aoki and Tsuruo Fukushima.
The event will start at 5 p.m., with a silent auction and no-host cocktails.
At 6:30 p.m. the dinner and program will begin in the hotel's Coral Ballroom and Lounge.
Tickets cost $150, with proceeds going to the center's programs and initiatives.
For more information, contact the center at 945-7633 or go to its Web site, www.jcch.com.
By Star-Bulletin staff
Police arrested a 21-year-old Waianae man yesterday after he was involved in a hit-and-run collision on the Leeward Coast that sent six people to the hospital.
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