Harriet Bouslog Labor Scholarship Seeking UH Applicants – Deadline 4/1/19

Eligibility:

1. Attending or plan to attend a UH System School

2. Current members of ILWU Local 142 with good standing, or related to someone who is a current or retired ILWU Local 142 member

To confirm eligibility, check the current list of employers who are part of the union: http://ilwulocal142.org/blog/where-we-work/alphabetical/

To begin the application process go to https://scholarsapp.com/scholarship/harriet-bouslog-scholarship/

For more information, contact Traven Watase at (808)450-9988 or traven@scholarsapp.com

Interest-free Down Payment Loans for Low-income 1st-time Home Buyers – 1st Come 1st Served

Interest-free down payment loans available to low-income first-time home buyers
Star-Adv: By Gordon Y.K. Pang March 19, 2019 Updated March 19, 2019 3:55pm

Interest-free down payment loans are available through the city to qualifying first-time home purchasers who are in low- and moderate income brackets.

Awardees could save thousands of dollars in interest payments over the life of their mortgages and get themselves on the path to financial security, city officials said in urging the eligible to apply.

The Department of Community Services is accepting applications from applicants’ mortgage lenders for loans of up to $40,000, Community Services Director Pamela Witty-Oakland said. The agency has about $400,000 available annually in federal HOME funds for the loan program.

In the last fiscal year, the department made 21 down payment loans.

Loans are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to qualified households, Witty-Oakland said.

Interested parties should apply through a mortgage lender after being approved for a first mortgage. Applying is free.

To qualify, an applicant need to provide 5 percent of the purchase price as a down payment and complete an approved home ownership course. A home inspection is also required.

Call the Department of Customer Services loan branch at 768-7076 for information.

Career Expo 2019 March 27 9AM-3PM Neal Blaisdell Center

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HNN: Wildfires in West Oahu – Interview Sen. Shimabukuro 3/6/19

Excerpts from Police identify suspect arrested in connection with wildfires in West Oahu
By HNN Staff | March 6, 2019 at 4:27 PM HST – Updated March 7 at 10:52 AM

LEEWARD OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) – How the fire started is still under investigation, but just as the flames were spreading, police confronted a man about two miles down the road in Waianae.

A city bus full of passengers had just passed that Maili fire when they came upon the standoff.

Leeward Coast State Senator Maile Shimabukuro was inside that bus.

“I posted the pictures on Facebook and somebody commented, ‘The arsonist is at it again and started a fire by the sewer.’ So then the bus kept going and sure enough, we approached the sewer and then the next thing I know, people are again saying, ‘Look out the window!’ And I saw a small fire that looked like it had just been started,” she said.

Shimabukuro said the man was standing right next to that fire on the side of the highway.

“About 25 feet away, there’s a standoff going on between HPD pointing guns at this man who was holding a torch or some kind of weapon,” Shimabukuro said.

Sources said police eventually tased the man and took him into custody.

The dramatic afternoon has Senator Shimabukuro renewing her push for a million dollars in grant money to help fight West Oahu wildfires.

“Fires have been terrorizing our community my whole life,” she said. “Every summer, our mountains are on fire. I really hope that this million dollars that the community is requesting for the Waianae Kai Wildfire Preparedness Plan can be granted by the legislature.”

Copyright 2019 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.

SA: ‘State senator films Maili brush fire, police standoff while riding bus’

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State senator films Maili brush fire, police standoff while riding bus
By Star-Advertiser staff March 6, 2019 Updated March 7, 2019 12:40am

A possible arson suspect was taken into police custody in connection with a brush fire that burned 20 acres in Maili this afternoon.

The man was arrested not only on suspicion of arson but a number of different charges, an officer at the Waianae police substation said tonight.

No other details were available, he said.

The fire, which appeared to have blackened much of Puu O Hulu, the towering coastal hill that is home to the Maili pillboxes, started at 3:14 p.m and was contained at 5:09 p.m., said Honolulu Fire Capt. Scot Seguirant.

He said 12 units and 31 firefighters, including the Honolulu Fire Department’s A-1 helicopter, battled the blaze near Kaukama Road and Farrington Highway.

State Sen. Maile Shimabukuro happened to be riding TheBus home from the state Capitol and took photos of the large brush fire as the bus slowly moved through congested traffic.

Photo by Sen. Maile Shimabukuro 3/6/19

Later, the bus came upon a roadside confrontation on Farrington Highway near Leihoku Street. Shimabukuro continued taking video footage, which showed a police officer was pointing a gun at a man, who was holding an object by his side that looked like a 2-foot-long stick or cylinder, and yelling.

Some 25 feet away from the standoff was a smaller fire that appeared to have been recently started near the highway’s shoulder, she said.

Photo by Sen. Maile Shimabukuro 3/6/19

Officials did not confirm whether the confrontation caught on video by Shimabukuro was related to the fires.

Help your community: Work for the U.S. Census Bureau!

The U.S. Census Bureau is currently hiring for the 2020 Census. The positions are temporary with varying pay ranges. For Census Takers in Honolulu County, Hawaii, the pay starts at $18.00 per hour.

By working for the Census Bureau, our community has a special opportunity to help make the 2020 Census an accurate and complete count. There are so many reasons our nation needs to be counted completely and accurately. The count happens every 10 years with the decennial census, which influences how more than $675 billion from more than 100 federal programs are distributed to states and localities each year. Here’s some of what the census numbers effect:

  • Medicaid.
  • School lunch programs.
  • Community development grants.
  • Road and school construction.
  • Medical services.
  • Business locations.

If you’re interested in a job, please visit the Census Bureau job site to apply. You’ll also be able to see descriptions and frequently asked questions at 2020census.gov/jobs.

UH News: ‘Native Hawaiian and African American smokers have high risk of lung cancer’ (2/6/19)

by Nana Ohkawa
University of Hawaiʻi News
6 Feb. 2019

University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center studies show Native Hawaiian and African American smokers have a higher risk of acquiring lung cancer than smokers of other ethnic/racial groups.

The study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that for the same amount of smoking, Native Hawaiians and African Americans have twice the risk of getting lung cancer than Japanese Americans and Latinos, with the risk of Caucasian smokers being intermediate. This new analysis of almost 5,000 cases in the Multi-ethnic Cohort Study shows major differences in the risk of lung cancer among smokers from various ethnic/racial groups.

The findings also suggest that the higher risk of lung cancer for African American smokers and lower risk for Japanese American smokers are due to differences in smoking intensity (the amount of nicotine and tobacco carcinogens inhaled from each cigarette). However, the increased risk for Native Hawaiian smokers remains unexplained.

“It is still not clear why these striking ethnic disparities exist in the risk of lung cancer,” said Loïc Le Marchand, principal investigator and UH Cancer Center epidemiologist. “By better understanding differences in the way people smoke and the biological changes that lead to lung cancer, we hope to help reduce ethnic/racial disparities in the occurrence of this deadly disease.”

Native Hawaiians have the highest rate of lung cancer in Hawaiʻi

In Hawaiʻi, Native Hawaiians have the highest rate of lung cancer compared to other ethnic groups. In 2016, Hawaiʻi State Department of Health statistics reported an overall smoking rate in Hawaiʻi of 14 percent; however, 27 percent of Native Hawaiians were smokers.

“Native Hawaiians should particularly be advised to not start smoking or to quit if they are still smoking. We know that smoking is a major cause of lung cancer in all populations and that avoiding smoking lowers one’s risk of lung cancer substantially. Smoking causes 90 percent of all lung cancers and increases the risk of many other types of cancer and chronic conditions,” said Le Marchand.

In order to understand the ethnic/racial disparities linked to lung cancer, UH Cancer Center researchers have initiated a new study and seek to recruit 300 volunteers of Japanese, Caucasian or Hawaiian ancestry who are current cigarette smokers. The objectives are to identify biomarkers in blood and urine that are associated with lung cancer risk and to improve understanding of the mechanisms underlying the risk.