2014 State Legislature Opens TODAY! YIKES! Hold onto your wallet or purse because the 28th State Legislature opens today (10 a.m. without entertainment and food this year) and will be in session until May 1. Lawmakers will be coming for your money with tax and fee increases. Minimum wage hikes, decriminalizing marijuana, legalizing gambling and assisted suicide and more wasted global warming money will be on tap. The most important consideration is the supplemental (increased) Governor’s budget. Hopefully proposals to allow statewide initiative, referendum and recall will pass so there is help to “Let The People Decide!”
Sosa Resigns. Just learned yesterday that Principal John Sosa of Kaiser High School has resigned effective December 31. Sosa, honored as “Educator of the Year” by the SBH Foundation, and nationally as “Principal of the Year,” was put on leave in September but no reason was given. Still unable to find out what Sosa was accused of. The cloud on Sosa remains even after his departure. That’s a shame.
New Lawmaker. With the resignation of Hawaii Island’s State Rep. Denny Coffman late last year, the Governor appointed Dr. Richard Creagan, M.D. as Coffman’s replacement for District 5, Naalehu – Kailua-Kona.
“Hannemann Should Jump to GOP?” That’s what the Hawaii Free Press and even some Republicans urge. Former Mayor, and strong rail proponent, Mufi Hannemann, defeated for Governor in 2010, is looking to run again. For Congress? For Governor? For David Ige’s Senate seat in Pearl City? The Senate seat is most likely. But Mufi is, and always will be, a proud Democrat, not a Republican. The GOP should work on getting Republican candidates.
Mahalo to SONY. The 2014 SONY Golf Open at Waialae was another success. The weather cooperated. Hawaii received good national television exposure, especially in the below zero frozen “globally warmed” states. Money goes to Hawaii charities, young golfers and local businesses. Thank you, SONY.
Te’o Concussed. Those of us watching the San Diego Chargers playoff game last Sunday saw local Punahou Schools and Notre Dame graduate football hero Manti Te’oget hit in the helmet twice during a tackle in the first half. He didn’t return and reportedly had a concussion. His status for this weekend’s game is questionable.
Marumoto’s Super Grand Kid. Former State Representative and SBH Board Member Barbara Marumoto is a football fan and proud as can be of Grandson Brian Suite who starred in the recent Utah State bowl upset. He was the subject of rave reviews by ESPN and got the game ball. ESPN reports: “Junior safety Suite wasn’t the defensive MVP of the Poinsettia Bowl, but the Aggies’ top returning defensive back is getting his props after the fact. Both Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports named Suite to their all-bowl teams. The postseason nods come on the heels of the Hawaii native’s 11-tackle performance against Northern Illinois in which he also got a fumble recovery and an interception. Suite was the only Mountain West player selected to the SI team. An honorable mention all-conference selection at safety, Suite finished with a team-high five interceptions for the year. He also recovered two fumbles and finished fifth on the team with 77 tackles despite missing chunks of a few games with a shoulder injury. Suite is the only regular starter returning to the secondary next year. He started all 14 games for Utah State.”
Obamacare troubles. Hawaii Reporter details problems one small business owner had as she tried to sign up for Hawaii’s Obamacare exchange on the Hawaii Health Connector. Betty Fackler, a physical therapist who owns South Kona Physical Therapy, said she was thrilled when the Obamacare exchange was launched. She thought she could get more affordable insurance for her employees, as well as federal tax credits and subsidies. She was wrong. See the full story here>
‘Ohana by Hawaiian® welcomed the arrival of its first ATR-42 turboprop aircraft to Honolulu International Airport Monday, complete with the inspired livery of renowned Hilo artist and designer Sig Zane and his son Kuha’o. A schedule will be announced soon for flights from Honolulu to Moloka’i and Lana’i.
Target Breach. The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ Office of Consumer Protection urged all Hawaii residents who shop at Target stores to take advantage of one year of free credit monitoring being offered by the retail company in the wake of the massive data breach announced last month. Target is offering one year of free credit monitoring to all Target customers. Beginning today, consumers can register for free credit monitoring atcreditmonitoring.target.com. Target’s website provides answers to frequently asked questions concerning the credit monitoring. >Click here
Winners’ Camp Announces New Board Members.
Winners’ Camp Foundation, which holds a series of residential leadership camps for “tweens” and teens each year, has three new members on its board of directors.
Chuck Reindollar is the new president. He was the vice president of sales, service and training for First Hawaiian Bank until he retired. His background includes sales and motivation training and putting performance based incentive programs together.
Richard Emery is a Director of Winners Camp. He is the owner, principal broker and president at Hawaii First, Inc.; the manager and owner of Island Soap & Candle Works; a director of the Hawaii Council of Apartment Owners; and a Bankruptcy Trustee for Chapter 11 trustee-in-possession cases.
David Livingston is a director of Winners’ Camp. He is a Financial Advisor for the Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. in Honolulu and runs the web site www.thingsworthsaving.com
Delorese Gregoire, an award winning small businesswoman, and member of the SBH Foundation board, founded Winners’ Camp. Winners’ Camp has graduated over 14,000 participants and partnered with 1,000 community leaders.
Cartridge World Sold. SBH member Brandon Hughes announced the sale of his 10-year-old business, Cartridge World, and the start of a new venture, My Destination Hawaii, located in Kailua. The new owner’s name is Albert Holt. My Destination Hawaii, a global online travel guide, has been in operation since 2007.
New Home for EOBC. The East Honolulu breakfast networking business club, EOBC, met yesterday and will continue its meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at its new location, the Hawaii Kai Golf Course at 7 am. Public welcome. Call Maurie Feldberg for details and program at 754-4400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Firing Range Closed. Dr. Max Cooper of the Hawaii Rifle Association advises, “The Koko Head Complex is closed completely Jan 13-29 for remediation work.”
Kalapa Services. Services for Tax Foundation presidentLowell Kalapa will be next Wednesday, January 22, at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm with service to follow at 6:30 pm. This service will be open to the public so please feel free to attend. Burial will be private at a later date.
UH’s Lassner Speaks to Rotary. In his first major public address since assuming the presidency of the 10-campus University of Hawai’i System on an interim basis in September, University of Hawai’i Interim President David Lassner was the keynote speaker at the Rotary Club of Honolulu.
Among the topics Lassner discussed:
* His new role as interim president and a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to sit at the helm of a $1.5 billion dollar a year enterprise.
* The Board of Regents’ charge to him as Interim President and what will be expected of the next permanent president.
* The steps UH has taken to re-establish trust with the community after last year’s failed concert fundraiser for UH Manoa athletics and senate investigative hearings.
* The search for the next UH president.
* And what he envisions in the coming months and years for one of Hawaii’s most important institutions.
January 30 SUNRISE Features Michael Medved. SBH SUNRISE returns Thursday, January 30, in the Ala Moana Macy’s Pineapple Room with national radio talk show host and author, Michael Medved. Guarantee a place now by reserving your seat, call Susan at 396-1724.
Author Patrick Snow to Keynote 38th Annual SBH Business Conference. Best-selling author and motivational business success speaker, Patrick Snow, will be the SBH’s Keynote Luncheon Speaker, Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 8 am – 2 pm, for the 38th Annual SBH Business & Investment Conference at the Ala Moana Hotel. A great line up of exciting and informative speakers and issue topics, networking, business exhibits and more. Sponsorship and booth exhibit opportunities still available. Contact Malia (306-3161) or Susan (396-1724) for details.