Soil Health and Food Security Panel at Nanakuli HS a Big Success

Soil Health and Food Security Panel flyer. Click image to enlarge.

Soil Health and Food Security Panel flyer. Click image to enlarge.

From: Kellen Smith
Date: January 29, 2014 at 6:42:24 PM HST
Subject: Soil Health and Food Security Panel

Aloha!

Our island’s current food security and soil health are hot topics lately. You are invited to attend a panel discussion regarding these concerning issues at Nanakuli High School on February 4th from 9:15-11:45am in the school library. Please see attached flyer, and we hope you can attend!

Malama Pono,
Kellen Smith
UH-PALS Coordinator
Student Equity, Excellence & Diversity
University of Hawai`i at Manoa
Queen Lili`uokalani Center for Student Services 413
2600 Campus Road
Honolulu, Hawai`i 96822

Attendees at the 2/4/14 event enjoyed a lively panel discussion about restoring the health and fertility of our island's soil, and natural farming.  L-R: Jonathan Deenik, UH soil scientist; Michael Duponte, UH extension agent; Joe McGinn, certified Korean natural farmer; North Shore Farmer's Market representative; Keoni Ford, chair of the board at Hoa 'Aina o Makaha; Lloyd Nelson, Biodynamic Association and former head farmer of Kahumana Farm.

Attendees at the 2/4/14 event enjoyed a lively panel discussion about restoring the health and fertility of our island’s soil, and natural farming. L-R: Jonathan Deenik, UH soil scientist; Michael Duponte, UH extension agent; Joe McGinn, certified Korean natural farmer; North Shore Farmer’s Market representative; Keoni Ford, chair of the board at Hoa ‘Aina o Makaha; Lloyd Nelson, Biodynamic Association and former head farmer of Kahumana Farm.

Kellen Smith, UH-PALS Coordinator, helped organize the event and also served as one of the presenters.

Kellen Smith, UH-PALS Coordinator, helped organize the event and also served as one of the presenters.

Queen Liliuokalani Statue Debate

Nanakuli resident Aulani Ahmad testified in support of a measure to switch the locations of the Queen Liliuokalani statue and the Eternal Flame war memorial.  The bill was suggested by Momi Cazimero, and eventually failed due to a lack of consensus.  However, the debate is likely to continue into the future.  Here is a link to SB2505: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2505

Nanakuli resident Aulani Ahmad testified in support of a measure to switch the locations of the Queen Liliuokalani statue and the Eternal Flame war memorial. The bill was suggested by Momi Cazimero, and eventually failed due to a lack of consensus. However, the debate is likely to continue into the future. Link to SB2505.

Keone Kali of Makaha Named Deputy CIO at Office of Information Management and Technology

Sen. Shimabukuro recently met with Makaha resident  Keone Kali, who Governor Abercrombie named as Deputy CIO – Operations in the Office of Information Management and Technology.

Sen. Shimabukuro recently met with Makaha resident
Keone Kali, who Governor Abercrombie named as Deputy CIO – Operations in the Office of Information Management and Technology.

[Source: Press Release from Office of Information Management & Technology, State of Hawaii, 11/16/12]

DEPUTY CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICERS NAMED TO ADVANCE STATE’S IT TRANSFORMATION

HONOLULU (November 15, 2012) – Governor Abercrombie today announced the appointment of Randy Baldemor as Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO) – Business Transformation and Keone Kali as Deputy CIO – Operations in the Office of Information Management and Technology. The deputies will support State of Hawaii CIO Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia in implementing the state’s Business and Information Technology/Information Resource Management Transformation Plan, which was released in October 2012.

“Randy and Keone are both committed to improving the way government serves the people of Hawaii through the use of technology,” said Governor Abercrombie. “The depth and breadth of their experience in implementing best practices in technology and business policies, processes, and standards will help move my administration’s IT transformation initiative forward for the benefit of the entire state.”

As Deputy CIO – Business Transformation, Baldemor will be responsible for managing the major business transformation programs and initiatives that will bridge the gap between the current and future business environment. This includes driving inter-agency collaboration and organizational change management, developing objectives and standards, and streamlining business processes. Baldemor brings to his new position 12 years of diverse business experience, most recently as deputy director of the state Department of Taxation. He has also served as president of software development company DiscoveryBox, assistant vice-president of claims for Island Insurance Companies, and litigation partner at Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP. Baldemor received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Florida and earned his law degree from the University of Washington School of Law.

Kali will manage all aspects of IT operations, including enterprise shared services, infrastructure and security and privacy, as well as strategically driving operations to leverage technology resources, systems and solutions more efficiently and effectively. Kali brings 18 years of experience in information technology, business development, and management in both the public and private sector. He most recently served as the director of information technology and acting chief technology officer for the Pacific Disaster Center on Maui. Kali was also the CIO for the City of Beverly Hills, where he designed, executed and managed a comprehensive 5-year Information Technology Master Plan, transformed the city’s technology architecture to support highly-available and accessible public services, and formed new revenue generating programs. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles.