20,000 Plus…. Mahalo

I haven’t even blogged for more than two months now.

I was just looking at the stats on my blog and I truly am blown away by the support I have been receiving on my blog.  I have only blogged now for two months and I’m truly thankful of those that have read what I have blogged about.

20,085

Busiest day: 660 — Wednesday, Augst 13, 2008.

I know I will piss a few people off here and then, but I hope you all have been enjoying my blog.

Effing Thuds

Ok… I blogged about these damn thuds here.

They are really starting to piss me off as they keep abusing my residence now that they are getting ripe!

18th “New Generation Seminar” Begins This Week in Honolulu

“Each year the East-West Center invites rising young leaders from the United States and Asia Pacific to participate in The New Generation Seminar (NGS), a two-week intensive educational, dialogue and study tour travel program. The program is developed around a thematic focus and provides participants with an opportunity to strengthen their understanding of Asia Pacific-U.S. developments and challenges, build a regional network and to become leaders with a more international perspective. The first week of the program is held in Hawaii. In discussions with East-West Center researchers, other experts in the Hawaii community and one another, participants are introduced to key regional policy issues such as international relations, security, economics, population, health and environment. The second week involves field travel to either the United States or Asia Pacific for exploration of the program theme.

…The seminar is made up of leaders age 20-30 from Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam and the United States…

…Seminar participants explore the perceptions, politics and realities of the impact of globalization in the United States and how election-year politics affect popular opinion, shape globalization debates and influence national policies

KIDS… THEY ARE OUR FUTURE!

Kenoi vs. Pilago Video on Big Islands Trash Problem

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Haleakala’s $36 Million Highway Widening Project

From Today’s Advertiser

Upcountry drivers got their first taste of wide-open road when the final phase of the Haleakala Highway widening project opened Thursday afternoon.

The new 5.5-mile stretch of four-lane, divided highway will give drivers headed downhill more breathing room, but also will require morning commuters to change some of their traffic patterns, The Maui News reported yesterday.

Pukalani residents coming from Old Haleakala Highway will have to stop at the intersection and cross two lanes of uphill traffic before they can turn downhill onto the highway. Uphill morning traffic, which was previously routed through Pukalani town along the old Haleakala Road from 5 to 8:30 a.m., will be able to continue straight on the main highway.

At least one Pukalani resident was skeptical of the new traffic plan. Larry Feinberg said he wasn’t looking forward to having to cross two uphill lanes before he could turn downhill onto the new stretch of highway.

“I think it’s going to be very difficult,” he said.

State Transportation Director Brennon Morioka said the state decided not to put a traffic signal at the Pukalani turnoff. The newly widened stretch of highway will already have traffic signals at the Haliimaile Road intersection and at the crossing of a cane-haul road. Those should create “gaps” in uphill traffic that will allow Pukalani drivers to cross, he said.

The state is also hoping some drivers from Pukalani will decide to use the intersection at Makani Road where there is a traffic signal, he said. That would spread out traffic.

“People will feel their way to what is their best route,” he said.

For more than a decade, state workers placed traffic cones by hand every morning to create a contra-flow lane on the three-lane Haleakala Highway. That will end with the opening of the new lanes.

The uphill portion of the highway will continue to have the old “third lane” attached. Morioka said the state would turn it into a hatch-painted median. While plans originally called for digging up the lane and planting grass, the state decided instead to keep it for use as a safety zone or future passing lane.

“Keeping it as-is gives us a lot of flexibility in the future,” he said.

State Sen. J. Kalani English, a Democrat whose district includes Upcountry as well as East Maui, Moloka’i and Lana’i, said the project has been badly needed by Upcountry commuters for years.

“It’s about time,” he said.

Construction of the two phases took four years. Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. had the $36 million construction contract.

I’d like to talk to some of the people that may have been on that Advisory Board… if there was one.

I wonder how much community input was given?  I see from this article… that there is already skeptism of the traffic plan.

Shipping in Hawaii to be Interrupted? TMT the Answer?

Richard Ha recently made an interesting comment on my blog regarding the TMT project and the possibility of Shipping being interrupted here in Hawaii.

…When I say that– “we cannot depend on ships to take care of us”. I am using a figure of speech. Some feel shipping will be interrupeted in a few years, others think it may be 15 years or more. I don’t know anyone who believes that this will not happen. It is just prudent to be safe rather than sorry…

Well Richard, now you do know someone that doesn’t think shipping will be interrupted.  I just think were all going to be paying a hell of a lot higher prices for things.

The human being is a beast and we depend on ships here in Hawaii.  We would be come very Beastly people if they ever stopped.  Crime would increase, mortality rates would decrease, and tourism would end.

What I see happening… is that in order to live and survive here in Hawaii… you will either need to free yourself from the economy as much as you can… or leave Hawaii.

So I just need to ask someone… How would the TMT project keep shipping from getting interrupted if it does get interrupted?

Hawaii Stationed Marine Shot While on Leave in New Jersey

A 26-year-old man was charged today with shooting and injuring a U.S. Marine Friday night on a residential street in Bridgewater, authorities said today.

The suspect, Jared J. Armbruster, is accused of shooting Lance Cpl. Joseph Patishnock in the abdomen at 11:30 p.m. at Third and Fulton streets, Somerset County Proscutor Wayne Forrest said. It was unclear what led to the shooting. Patishnock, 21, is an Iraq war veteran and was home on leave from his post in Hawaii, Forrest said…

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You know, I’m really against this war in Iraq.  I support our soldiers, just not our commander in chief.

It sucks when these Iraq veterans come back to America after standing up for our country only to be shot by one of our own.

Today’s KO(s)

Security Cam Footage:

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Puna Sustainability Expo Not Sustainable?

Today was suppose to be the following Expo:

Malama o Puna and the Kanaka Council are co-sponsoring a sustainability expo on Saturday and Sunday, September 27th and 28th under the tents across Pahoa Village Road from Pahoa Feed & Fertilizer. This two-day event is in response to the current recession, high gas prices and spin-offs from same, and the need for us all to become more self-sufficient in our personal lives and as an island community.

I just drove there and there isn’t anything set up!

I went on to do some shopping at Malama Market, and on the way back, I noticed someone putting up a sign that said that it’s going to be the weekend of November 1st and 2nd.

This is now the second time it’s been pushed back.  The first time was suppose to be August 16-17th and August 23 & 24.

Is the Puna Sustainability Expo Sustainable?

Giraffes Necks Get Longer

I’m so proud of my team of Giraffes!

They played well again today, and although official scores aren’t kept at this age… our team is now 3 wins and 1 loss.

There are certain moments in parents lifes that make you feel really proud… today was one of them… as my own personal giraffe scored his first goal!  I almost wanted to cry!

Doomsday Lawsuit Dismissed

A federal judge in Hawaii today dismissed a lawsuit raising fears about Europe’s Large Hadron Collider, on the grounds that she had no jurisdiction over the multibillion-dollar project…

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