4:25 p.m. | VIDEO: Governor addresses 2013 NCPERS
On Monday, Governor Neil Abercrombie gave a speech to the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems (NCPERS)- the largest trade association for public sector pension funds, representing more than 500 funds throughout the United States and Canada. This year’s conference was held in Honolulu.
1:15 p.m. | Governor signs new driving rules into law
Everyone in a car travelling Hawaii’s roads must now wear a seat belt, and all islands are now legally unified when it comes to using mobile electronic devices.
On Monday afternoon, Governor Neil Abercrombie approved two significant traffic safety bills that the state says will save lives and reduce serious injuries from motor vehicle crashes.
10:25 a.m. | NRC technical meeting on Army DU in Hawaii set for May 30
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be holding a technical meeting with the Army on May 30 from 2:30- 5:30 pm Eastern time to discuss the licensing of the depleted uranium in Hawaii.
The public meeting will take plce at the NRC Headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. According to the agenda, the purpose of the meeting will be to “discuss draft license conditions and resolve any remaining technical issues necessary to complete licensing of the U.S. Army’s sites in Hawai’i that contain depleted uranium from Davy Crockett munitions.”
This has been a controversy in Hawaii since it was revealed – decades later – that the military had fired weapons with DU at island training facilities from 1961 until 1968.
10:00 a.m. | NBC Today Show showcases Hawaii during early morning broadcast
NBC’s popular Today Show drew hundreds to the beach at Waikiki for an (very) early morning filming at Royal Hawaiian Hotel overnight. The nation-wide program broadcasted live between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. Hawaii Time.
“Despite receiving grief from members of the crowd for wearing their shoes in the sand,” reports NBC affiliate Hawaii News Now, “anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales and Willie Geist were in no short supply of island culture during the three hour show, receiving hula lessons from local performers and an ukulele performance from Jake Shimabukuro.”
The Today anchors spent the weekend in Hawaii, filming pieces for the show. Their production brought the crew to Hawaii Island, where they filmed a segment on Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, featuring Park Ranger Kupono McDaniel.
9:55 a.m. | “Volcanic Vortices” gets Hilo’s Omori a Smithsonian showing
A photographer whose work with Madame Pele is well known in Downtown Hilo has been recognized for a stunning photo of the lava ocean entry near Kalapana.
SEE the PHOTO in this Hawaii Scoops news story
Bruce Omori, owner of Extreme Exposures Fine Art Gallery in Hilo, received the Windland Smith Rice International Award for his photo titled “Volcanic Vortices,” which will be displayed at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History’s annual exhibition in June.
|Bruce Omori, photographer||
12:33 a.m. | No tsunami from 6.8 earthquake in Chile
No tsunami expected from the quake that occurred near the West Chile Rise, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
HOWEVER – EARTHQUAKES OF THIS SIZE SOMETIMES GENERATE LOCAL TSUNAMIS THAT CAN BE DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTS LOCATED WITHIN A HUNDRED KILOMETERS OF THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER. AUTHORITIES IN THE REGION OF THE EPICENTER SHOULD BE AWARE OF THIS POSSIBILITY AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION.
THIS WILL BE THE ONLY BULLETIN ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.