Puna Sustainability Expo THIS Weekend

Just a reminder that the Puna Sustainability Expo is being held this weekend.

I drove by the other day and it looks like they have cleared even more land and it looks ready to go.

I previously blogged on whether it was sustainable or not here.

I guess we will find out this weekend.

Target to Open in Hilo on Hawaiian Homelands

I recently blogged about the Target Protocol that could be going up in Kona.  Well it looks like Hilo is going to be getting their own:

Target has chosen the spot in Hilo for its new store, and it is on Hawaiian Homelands.
Today, the Department of Hawaiian Homelands announced Safeway, Inc. And Target Brands Inc. Will lease a 15.5 acre piece of property in Hilo…

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Target Protocol

Target Protocol

Pahoa Community Center for Halloween… Meet My Lion

Just got back from the Pahoa Community Center for the Halloween shindig they had.  Nice crowd of in and out people and games for the kids and of course too much candy for all.

Here is my son’s costume courtesy of Auntie D –

Mahalo Auntie D –

Halloween 2008

Halloween 2008

Funny Rail Commercials

I can’t help but laugh at a few of these rail commercials.

Now that I don’t live on Oahu, where I was living directly in the planned path of the rail, I don’t have as much animosity against it as I did when I was living there.

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Hawaii Tuition and Fee Increases Lead Nation


I just noticed the following:

…Alabama college costs have increased dramatically this year and a new survey shows the state is second only to Hawaii in tuition and fee hikes

I’m glad I’m out of college, however, I am thinking of going back possibly.

Tuition at UH is still a bargain.  Recent talks have been made about increasing the tuition for Non-Resident students.

That has both it’s good and bad sides of things.  Many of the current Non-Residents come here ONLY because the non-resident tuition is attractive.  If raised, then less would come.

Whatever they do, they need to increase security at UH Manoa.

As more and more students are “Applying to UH Manoa”, they need to know about events like these if they are going to be paying a much higher tuition

The DisappearedNews has Disappeared

I hope Larry Geller at the DisappearedNews Blog is just having technical difficulties.  I’ve noticed that for two days now it’s been offline.  It is one of my favorite blogs, so I hope it hasn’t disappeared.

Today’s KO (I Actually Caught This One)

About two years ago, a group of us were meeting at Dukes Restaraunt for a little talk story and grinds.

This drunk tourist bumped into my chair and I could tell by the look on his face that something was going to happen.

I grabbed my cybershot camera and took the following (Audio a must):

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Honolulu Community College Receives $327 Million Dollar Grant

This may be one of the larger grants that a Hawaii College has ever received:

…Siemens PLM Software gave a grant of $327 million to HCC for its Pacific Center for Advanced Technology, or P-CAT.

The gift includes software, student and instructor training and helps to enrich the engineering curriculum…

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130 Duty Free Store Employees Laidoff

More layoffs hitting Hawaii’s tourism industry.

Duty Free Stores (DFS) is laying off 130 Employees:

DFS Group, a global retailer with approximately 40 stores in Hawaii, has cut 130 local jobs as a result of poor sales in an unstable economy…

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Good Plant News at Hamakua Farms

A few days ago I mentioned Richard Ha was having some difficulties on his farm with some of his plants.

It turns out the problem is not as bad as first thought and I’m very glad to hear this.

Mayor Kim Vetoes GMO Ban, Council Looking to Override

Mayor Kim vetoed Bill 361 the GMO ban on Taro and Coffee despite the council voting 9-0 in favor of it.

The council does have the power to override the Mayor and I hope that’s what happens in this case.

Happy Halloween

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The Timing of the Superferry Coinciding with the Stryker Brigade

I just noticed the following comment left by “Hiloliving” on the Kona Blog in response to the Superferry being delayed.

Any chance the Superferry delay is for the company to take advantage of military opportunities? At the Public Meeting in Hilo on expansion of the Oahu Makua Military reservation for the Army in October, one of the military officers mentioned that the Army was planning to ship in the Strykers via Kawaihae harbor and truck them up Saddle road to the Pohakuloa Range. The delivery of the Superferry next year is approximately the same time frame as when the Strykers are due back to Hawaii from Iraq.

Coincidence…  I think not.

Big Island Genealogist Links Sarah Palin to Alec Baldwin as “Distant Cousins”

Strange… but the Advertiser just posted this at the same time… So I’ll take it for being true for now.  ;)

A Big Island couple who founded a genealogy service company has tracked GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s family ties to Hawaii and to actor Alec Baldwin.

Bruce and Kristine Harrison founded the Family Forest Project in 1995, and since have mapped the ancestral histories of thousands of political leaders, celebrities and historical figures, as well as everyday people…

…He said Palin and Baldwin are “fairly distant cousins” because their first ancestral connection is many generations back…

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Pohoiki and MacKenzie Park to be Filming Sites for The TEMPEST?

Hat tip to Tim Ryan:

Pohoiki, otherwise known as Isaac Hale Park, along with MacKenzie State park are currently sites being looked at for the upcoming filming of The Tempest.

I mentioned that the Tempest would be filming on the Big Island here and here.

Tempest location manager Val Kim and state film commissioner Donne Dawson yesterday in Hilo and today in Kaulia-Kona met with Hawaii County and state officials from the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Department of Parks and Recreation and other agencies to get permit approvals for about a half-dozen Big Island locations that include at least two state and county parks including McKenzie State Park and Isaac Hale Beach Park

Tempest execs also to hope to film in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in a location just off Chain of Craters Road but Park officials have not yet rendered their decision. Another location being considered is a brief ocean scene on the west side where some sort of temporary tree is set just offshore where a character is chased, according to the scrip.  Cast and crew on the Big Island are expected to stay at the Big Island’s Marriott Waikoloa Resort & Spa. On Lanai, actors and crew will stay at the one of the Four Seasons hotels and rent private houses on the island…

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Today’s KO

Don’t Blink:

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Re-Broadcast of Tuesdays Island Wide Mayoral Debates

Hat tip to Leslie Wilcox:

If you missed last night’s unprecedented  television event on KGMB9, PBS Hawaii invites you over to our channel to watch a re-broadcast  in primetime Saturday evening (Nov. 1) from 6:30 to 9pm.

A Call From the Honolulu Prosecutor

About two years ago, I caught a homeless guy trying to break into my neighbors place over on Oahu.

I showed up three times to go to court and be a witness while I lived on Oahu.  For some reason or another, the trial kept getting postponed, delayed, etc.   I eventually forgot about it and have since moved back to the Big Island.

This morning I get a call from the Honolulu Prosecutor telling me they are moving forward on the case.  Now that I’m on a different Island, I sure hope they don’t waste more of my time flying me back and forth for trials that never happened.

Here are two videos that I shot as things were boiling down and my neighbor and I were containing the guy (audio a must) :

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Questions Being Accepted for Kenoi – Pilago LIVE PBS Debate

*Bump* I think we all know by now that Kenoi has cancelled this debate tonight… however, Angel Pilago will still be live tonight.

(Originally Posted 10/8)

I just received this from Jeff at PBS:

Damon:
Aloha. I’m the website guy at PBS Hawaii, and I just wanted to let you know that the candidates are scheduled to appear together on the Thursday, October 30th episode of Island Insights (live at 7:30 pm.) You and your readers can send in questions ahead of time to insights@pbshawaii.org. They can also call in questions during the live program. They should be aware that we sometimes get a very large number of questions, so we may not be able to get to everything, but we do our best. The webpage for Island Insights is at http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/insight.php.
Thanks.
Jeff

Jeff… Do you have the number where we can call in during the show?

Big Island Wahine Winner of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2008 Community Health Leaders Award

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced the 2008 recipients of its Community Health Leaders (CHL) Award at its Annual Meeting in San Diego. The CHL Award honors unrecognized individuals who overcome daunting odds to improve the health and quality of life for underserved men, women and children in communities across the United States.

Now in its 15th year, the CHL awardees represent the geographical, cultural, ethnic, social and economic diversity of America. From providing deaf patients better access to medical care with interpreters, to giving low-income children a fair start on their education with eye exams, to violence prevention programs for teens, the awardees have dedicated themselves to tackling some of the most intractable problems affecting the health of their communities…
…This year’s winners join a distinguished and diverse group of 150 previous award recipients. The 2008 Community Health Leaders named today are…

3) DEANN CANUTESON, President of the Full Life Corporation, Kealakekua, Hawaii
As a junior in high school, Deann Canuteson visited a residential care facility for people with developmental disabilities and was shocked at the way people lived. That visit so profoundly impacted Canuteson that she has dedicated her adult life to building a world where people with intellectual and physical disabilities have greater opportunities and can make their own decisions about every aspect of their lives. Through her work at Full Life Corporation on Hawaii’s “Big Island,” Canuteson’s unrelenting advocacy has brought access to much-needed services previously not available for residents of the state. For example, today, approximately 2,500 people with developmental disabilities on the island of Hawaii now have access to services provided through the Medicaid Waiver Program…
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