JUNE 2, 2018


Philippine Navy to Participate in RIMPAC

The Philippine Consulate General announced that the Philippine Navy (PN) will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) from June 26 to August 3, 2018.

The Consulate said this event is historic for the Philippines as it marks the first time our Navy will participate to the largest naval exercise in the world with 2 ships and 2 helicopters on board as well as a company of our Philippine Marines.

Part of the exercise is a simultaneous open ship of participating Navies. In this regard, the PN is inviting the Filipino Community of Hawaii to the Open Ship in order to showcase the PN’s developing capability and gradual transformation.

Registration will start at 8:00 am, followed by tour of the two ships (FF17 Andres Bonifacio and LD602 Davao del Sur), then assembly at the helideck of LD602 for tour and participation in the Navy’s prepared booths (Balut Challenge, Tourism, Filipino Delicacy, Static PN Capability, and Philippine Navy Band entertainment). The Commander of the Naval Task Force/Head of Mission, Commodore Toribio D Adaci will give his remarks at 5:00 pm. The Open Ship will be held on 4 July 2018 at the Joint Base Pearl-Harbor Hickam. For more information on the Open ship showcase, contact the Philippine Consulate at Tel. Nos. (808) 595-6316 to 19.

Additional Paramedics and Firefighters Included in Latest 2019 City Budget

Additional paramedics, firefighters, zoning inspectors and stream cleaners is part of the latest draft of the Honolulu City Council’s 2019 budget.

The City Council set aside $44 million for the new positions included in the $2.61 billion operating budget. The full Council must approve the budget for a final vote June 6. The new fiscal year begins July 1.

City Emergency Medical Services currently has 20 ambulance units across Oahu and recently got approval from the state Legislature for a 21st unit.

The Budget Committee set aside $2.5 million for the development and staffing of two additional Department of Emergency Services units on Oahu.

The committee agreed to another proposal to fund 15 new positions in the Honolulu Fire Department.

Six new housing and zoning inspector positions are being added to the Department of Planning and Permitting.

The committee also restored 18 positions to the fledgling Department of Land Management, which was created through an amendment to the Honolulu City Charter by voters in the 2016 general election.

Tourists Should Know Eruptions Are Limited to Big Island

Hawaii tourism officials want to spread the word that the Kilauea volcanic eruptions is limited to parts of the east and south sides of the Big Island of Hawaii. There is a popular misconception that all of the state of Hawaii is affected by the eruptions which could impact tourism and businesses on other islands unaffected by the eruptions.

Kilauea, which has been an active volcano since 1983, has long been one of Hawaii’s most popular attractions. But visitors should be aware that the increase in volcanic activity has resulted in a no-fly zone over Kilauea. All of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park has been closed to the public. All of Leilani Estates subdivision on Hawaii island remained closed.

State Warns of Business Report Scam

Businesses beware of a new scam. The State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) Business Registration Division (BREG) warns local businesses about unofficial solicitations being sent out by Workplace Compliance Services regarding annual business report filings.

Workplace Compliance Services has been sending mailings labeled “2018 – Annual Report Instruction Form (Hawaii Businesses)” to numerous businesses in Hawaii, with instructions to fill out the form and submit it, along with a $100 payment.

“We’re alerting people of this solicitation because we are extremely concerned that they could be misled by it and erroneously believe that it comes from a state agency. On the contrary, Workplace Compliance Services is not a government agency, has no affiliation with one, and appears to use a mail drop as its company address”, said Ty Nohara, Hawaii Commissioner of Securities. The company is not registered with DCCA to conduct business in the State.

BREG does not endorse or utilize the services of Workplace Compliance Services or any other third-party company to collect or file annual business reports. If you are ever unsure about the legitimacy of a notice you receive regarding your business filings, we encourage you to email breg@dcca.hawaii.gov or call (808) 586-2727 before responding to the notice. All businesses registered in the State can file their annual reports directly online in the quarter that it is due.

To look up your business’ annual report information online, visit: http://hbe.ehawaii.gov/annuals . For filing-related questions, visit www.businessregistrations.com, email breg@dcca.hawaii.gov, or call (808) 586-2727.

Fil-Am Bruno Mars Comes to Hawaii

Filipino American and pop music sensation Bruno Mars will be coming to Hawaii for a concert at the Aloha Stadium on November 10, 2018. Tickets will go on sale as early as June 9, with prices ranging from $49.50 to $125.

The Hawaii native sold out three shows at Blaisdell Arena in April 2014, and his profile has only grown since, including winning six Grammys at this year’s ceremony, bringing his career total to 11. He brings his 24K Magic World Tour to Honolulu after more than 135 performances around the world. Rapper Cardi B has been his opening act on recent dates, but she announced last month that she is pregnant. Opening acts on his Hawaii date will be The Green and Common Kings.

Loans Are Available to Farmers Impacted by Kauai-Oahu Floods and Kilauea Eruption

Farmers who suffered damage due to heavy rain and flooding on Kauai and Oahu in April and farmers impacted by the ongoing Kilauea volcano on the Big Island could get emergency low-interest agricultural loans.

The Hawaii Board of Agriculture approved an Emergency Disaster Loan Program for farmers hit by these natural disasters.

The Board approved the emergency loan program which offers disaster-related loans of up to $500,000 at an interest rate of three percent, with loan terms to be determined on a case-by-case basis. The Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) Agricultural Loan Division will process loan applications based on past farm production, projected cash flow and disaster recovery plans. Three-year residency and other requirements usually necessary for agricultural loans will also be waived. Loan applications will be accepted until June 2019.

In addition to the disaster loan program, HDOA also offers microloans of up to $25,000 that involves less paperwork and offers swifter processing. Loan officers will also work with those with existing agricultural loans on loan payment deferrals. The Agricultural Loan Division may be contacted at 808-973-9460.

“It’s painful to see all the damage to our agricultural crops and businesses caused by the recent natural disasters,” said Gov. David Ige. “The Board’s approval ensures that funding is available to support agricultural recovery efforts.”

“The financial burden of the recent natural disasters hits the agriculture industry particularly hard,” said Scott Enright, chairperson of the Hawaii Board of Agriculture. “HDOA’s agricultural loan program will do its best to help our farmers and ranchers get back in business as soon as possible.”

On April 15, 2018, Gov. David Ige declared the County of Kauai a disaster area due to heavy rains and flooding and authorized state funds for disaster relief. A supplementary disaster proclamation was issued by the Governor on April 18 to include the City and County of Honolulu due to heavy rains and flooding.

On May 3, 2018, Gov. Ige issued a proclamation declaring the County of Hawaii as a disaster area due to the eruption at Kilauea and lava flows occurring in the East Rift Zone.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture issued a disaster declaration for the County of Kauai which allows for assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), including low-interest disaster loans. The FSA office on Kauai may be contacted at: (808) 245-9014 Ext. 2.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) also has a disaster loan program for nonfarm businesses which are dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses on Kauai.

For loan assistance and more information on HDOA’s Agricultural Loan Program, go to: http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/agl/

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