Message from the SEAOC President - June 2016

By Kelly Cobeen, S.E., SEAOC President

Summer is upon us, with plenty of California sunshine. Even with the great temptation to play hooky, many SEAOC activities continue on - here are just a few:

Congratulations to the SEAOC Legislative Committee and legislative volunteers who have had a wonderful victory, with the SB885 “duty to defend” legislation being passed by the California Senate! It is now off to the Assembly; for those interested in involvement, SEAOC’s “Call to Action” email blasts have, and will continue to be issued. See full details of this effort and SEAOC’s participation in the article below by Executive Director Don Schinske.

2016 SEAOC Convention registration is now open and in full swing. Many thanks to Darrick Hom and Holly Razzano for getting it live and debugged. Please note that the EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION rates will be available through July 1, so now is the best time to register.

For the 2016 SEAOC Convention, we are bumping up against the limits of the hotel room block that is set aside at the special convention rate. If you have booked more nights than you will be using, please adjust your reservation now so that other members can fill up the rooms at the convention rate.

The SEAOC 2016 Convention Committee is in the process of identifying 2016 Sponsors. Thank you to those already signed up to be sponsors, including CSI (who is sponsoring the Friday evening event), Fabreeka, Simpson Strong-Tie, MiTek, CoreBrace, Dealey Renton, Buehler & Buehler, Cal Capitol Group, and others. There are still many sponsorship opportunities left If interested, information is available on the convention web site, or feel free to contact Don Schinske or Dick Dreyer.

With local member organization Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards complete or soon to be complete, it is time to make sure that applications are in for the SEAOC awards, due 5:00 PM PDT on July 5, 2016.

The Applied Technology Council (ATC) has started publishing a quarterly newsletter that includes wonderful discussions of recently completed ATC projects and sneak previews of projects in the works. If you know about the work of ATC, you will be excited to see this information. If you do not know about the work of ATC, this is a great chance to become familiar with the type of research to practice projects they are leading, and opportunities for involvement. Here's a link to the ATC Newsletter archive.

The SEAOC Executive Committee will be meeting throughout the summer with Board meetings scheduled for Sept. 24 and Oct. 11. If you have something that you would like to bring to the attention of the board for their consideration, please contact Executive Director Don Schinske or me.


Warming up Your Aloha for the 2016 SEAOC Convention

The Convention Committee continues its hard work planning the 2016 SEAOC Convention in Ka’anapali, Maui. Continuing from the last SEAOC Talk, here is a short snippet of information about Hawaii. Convention registration is currently open! The technical program is taking shape, and promises to be outstanding! For those planning to attend, we encourage you to make plane reservations as soon as you are able, as the cost and availability of tickets to Hawaii can be very sensitive to booking date.


Kupua - Hawaiian demi-god, often a trickster, with the power to appear in both human and animal form

Pele - Volcano goddess, said to currently be residing in the Kilauea Volcano

Pua’a - Pig

Kalua Pua’a - Hawaiian delicacy cooked for celebrations, a whole pig is roasted in a hole lined with fire-heated rocks and Ti leaves - “ka lua” is “the hole.”

Legend: There are many Hawaiian legends of kupua or demi-gods that have god-like powers. Usually the kupua are able to appear in human form and in the form of one or more animal. Our story is about the pua’a kupua, who can appear as a man or pig. One day the goddess Pele and her maidens were dancing a sacred dance on the upper slopes of Kilauea Volcano. One of the maidens noticed a man approaching and reported this to Pele, who thought it not right that their sacred dance should be seen. Pele sent out a cloud of Sulphur smoke to blind the man, but he kept coming. Pele then went to the edge of the crater to get a better look. She saw that it was a handsome man with a feather cape. When the wind blew his cape, however, she saw a row of stiff bristles running down his back, and realized that he was the pua’a kupua. She told him to leave, to which he told her she had been ruling the island far too long, and he proposed to rule alongside her. Enraged, she stomped her feet and sent lava flowing down the hillside. As soon as he saw the lava, the pua’a kupua changed back to pig form and ran as fast as his legs could carry him. As he got all the way down the volcano to the shore, Pele was still stomping and the lava was still flowing. With nowhere to turn, he appeared doomed, but then the clever trickster thought of another change in form - to the humuhumunukunukuapua’a (Hawaii’s state fish that some translate as the grunting fish with a snout like a pig). In this final pua’a form the lucky kupua was able to swim fast enough to escape the boiling water and steam as Pele’s lava made it to the water’s edge. And so the pua’a kupua was saved to come back and play tricks another day. (Based in part on “A Kupua Plays Tricks” by Vivian L. Thompson)

Activities: FOOD! One of the wonderful things about Hawaii is the great variety of food available from many different cultures. If you have time to spend touring, you should definitely keep an eye out for the many food choices, including Japanese, Chinese, Philippine, Portuguese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, and many others. Hawaiian food will include the kalua pua’a, cooked all day for special occasions, and eaten with poi and haupia (coconut pudding). Also wonderful in Hawaii is the abundant fresh fish, locally caught. Finally, not to be left out, are the wonderful local fruit, fruit juices, and jams and jellies. Forget the apples and oranges, and instead indulge in mangos, papaya, bananas, lilikoi (passion fruit), guava, lichee, and the occasional dragon fruit. Oh, and don’t forget the macadamia nuts and Kona coffee.

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