Hawaiian Humane Society to expand services in West Oahu

By: Jennifer Wong

7323929_GMOILIILI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Hawaiian Humane Society announced plans to build a West Oahu location after receiving a donated land parcel from developer D.R. Horton Tuesday.
CEO and president of the Hawaiian Humane Society, Pamela Burns, was thrilled to announce the contribution, ending their 15 year search for an expansion location.

“Oh my goodness! I said its, its happening! It’s really happening. It’s becoming a reality after these many many years of working towards this end,” Burns said.

The new location is expected to be on the corner of Fort Weaver Road and the Old Fort Weaver Road as part of the developing community, Hoopili.

“I think what we’re trying to do is bring more of the things people need every day, closer to them. And that’s what Hoopili has been all about,” D.R. Horton Vice President Cameron Nekota said. “And I think, for us, being able to partner with the Hawaiian Humane Society to be able to provide much needed services out there, enhances the quality of life for many people in the region.” Continue reading →

Waikiki hotel celebrates 144th birthday of Prince Jonah Kuhio

By: Jennifer Wong

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) – Guests and employees at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Prince Kuhio hotel honored its namesake Thursday.

The celebration included entertainment by hula halau He Makana o Aloha and a brief history of Hawaii’s “citizen prince.”

7263708_G“It is important to gather and reflect on the life of Prince Kuhio, and his positive impact in ensuring the native Hawaiians retained the culture and land that is so precious to all of us,” Thomas Foti, Hilton Waikiki Beach Prince Kuhio hotel General Manager, said.

The prince is known as the founder of the Hawaiian Civics Clubs and for assisting in the historic passage of the 1921 Hawaiian Homes Commission Act. Continue reading →

Hawaii Education leaders set sail on board Hokulea and Hikianalia

By: Jennifer Wong

IMG_9196AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – Hawaii’s top education leaders, including Hawaii Department of Education Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi and University of Hawaii President David Lassner, were in Auckland, New Zealand Tuesday.

They, alongside Hokulea and Hikianalia crew members, were greeted with oli by thousands of students and teachers from the Manaiakalani school cluster.

Pwo Navigator and Captain of the Hokulea, Nainoa Thompson, marked Manaiakalani as a leader in integrating indigenous knowledge with 21st century technology.

“Today is the day that we learn the possibilities and the opportunities, and the creativity and the innovation, when you link tradition to technology and science,” Thompson said.

Hawaii’s educators are in New Zealand for the Malama Honua Education Summit where they hope a new partnership with education leaders there, will help pave the way for blending native and western-based knowledge. Continue reading →

Young innovators showcase their research, inventions at state science fair

By: Jennifer Wong

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Hundreds of public and private students participated in the 58th annual Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair Tuesday.

The best and the brightest from middle and high schools throughout the state turned out at the Hawaii Convention Center to present their research and inventions.

7253805_GStudent scientists and engineers covered every day issues ranging from finding renewable energy resources, to investigating radiation in Hawaii’s water supply and even developing ways of getting rid of rust.

“It’s a great learning experience and there’s a lot of great things that come out of it. Like, for example, some of the senior projects, they’re learning about removing cancer. And transferring cancer from different cells, so it’s really interesting to see,” 8th grader from Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School Anthony Lee said. Continue reading →

Historic bionic eye surgery restores woman’s sight

By: Jennifer Wong

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A 72-year-old Honolulu woman underwent a historic procedure Tuesday when surgeons partially restored her vision.

After being blind for two years, the woman underwent a four hour long bionic eye surgery at the Hawaii Eye Surgery Center of Hawaii.

7251743_GThe bionic eye works only for patients who have the hereditary disease, retinitis pigmentosa, which causes severe vision impairment, but bionic eye implant inventor Dr. Mark Humayan hopes the device will evolve to assist more patients.

The procedure was the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region and took over 25 years to develop.

“We have hundreds of millions of photo receptors in our eye, hundreds of millions, and with only 60 pixels patients who were completely blind can see large objects, can tell a table from a chair or a knife from a fork or a plate so it’s very exciting to see what the brain is able to fill in,” Humayan said. Continue reading →