County Offering One-Time Free Cocqui Spray Treatments for Property Owners

I haven’t heard much about this, however, according to the County website:

The County is providing one-time spray treatments to property owners for coqui frog control.  The program assists owners with a spray treatment by the County crew with a 400-gallon trailer sprayer.

Owner permission is required before services can be performed, so the County is responding to owner requests only.

For further information or to request a spray treatment, please call 961-8065.

Could Richard Ha’s Purple Cherokee’s Have the Cure to Cancer?

Richard Ha from Hamakua Farms grows a “Purple Cherokee” Tomato that looks like this:

Purple Cherokee on Right

Purple Cherokee on Right

A European study recently shows that eating Purple Tomatoes extend the life of cancer-prone mice:

Tomatoes genetically modified to be rich in antioxidants called anthocyanins appeared to extend the life spans of cancer-prone mice, a European study finds.

The modified tomatoes were created by adding two genes (Delila and Rosea1) from the snapdragon flower. The anthocyanins, which belong to the flavonoid class of antioxidants, gave the tomatoes a peculiar purple color.

“The two genes we have isolated are responsible for flower pigmentation and, when introduced in other plants, turned out to be the perfect combination to produce anthocyanins, the same phytochemical found in blueberries,” study author Eugenio Butelli, of the FLORA project, said in a news release…

More Here

I wonder if Richard may have stumbled onto something he doesn’t even realize yet?

Could his Purple tomatoes also help fight cancer?  One would think they couldn’t harm. ;)

Kenoi Cancels UH Hilo Debate? … Yet Another Broken Commitment?

I just got notice in an email, that Billy Kenoi has cancelled the UH Hilo debate that was scheduled for tomorrow:

Oct. 27 – HILO: Monday -2008 Big island Election Debates

Poli-Sci Club @ UHH Campus Center Plaza 12Noon-2PM

Billy Kenoi has cancelled

If this is true, then this would make the second debate that he committed to be in, that he has pulled out of.

The Things That Don’t Get Screened on Youtube: Name This Maui Beach?

I find it ironic that a fight that I posted on my blog from youtube would get pulled down so quickly from youtube.  I wonder how long this will stay up?

I just noticed that this video of a beach on Maui that made it on to youtube.  I thought It was “Little Beach” at first, but a reader has told me it’s not.  So can anyone name this Maui Beach?

I wonder how long it will remain  posted if I post this to my blog.

More Visitors Attacked

I blogged about how I felt about the rising crime rate in the areas surrounding Waikiki that were increasing because of less visitor arrivals recently.

Well two more visitors were attacked last night in Waikiki:

Two Japanese visitors were assaulted this morning while waiting to catch a bus to the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet…

… “This does not do well for tourism,” Rich said. “It’s sad that something like this has to happen to two of our visitors.”

Today’s KO

One strike and your out!

Puna and Kona Community Development Plan Action Committees Taking Applications

In today’s Classifieds there is the following ad:

“Applications Now Available for the Puna & Kona Community Development Plan Action Committees”

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From the Counties Website

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN PUNA’S FUTURE!
MĀLAMA I KA `ĀINA
MANAGING GROWTH
TRANSPORTATION
APPLY FOR APPOINTMENT TO THE
PUNA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN ACTION COMMITTEE
BE PART OF AN EXCITING NEW PROCESS –THE PUNA COMMUNITY AND COUNTY GOVERNMENT WORKING TOGETHER TO IMPLEMENT YOUR VISION FOR THE FUTURE
Applications and Additional Information:
Download at: www.punacdp.info
Pickup at: County of Hawaii Planning Department, 101 Pauahi St., Hilo
For more information contact:
Larry Brown: 961-8288 ext 258, lbrown@co.hawaii.hi.us
Rachelle Ley: 937-3217, RachellePunaCDP@gmail.com
Deadline to submit an application is December 5, 2008 4:30PM
Hawai`i County is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer

Engineered Plant Ban Debated

The Hawaii Council already voted to approve the Banning of GMO Coffee and Taro and the law is just waiting to be signed into law by Harry Kim.

The Starbulletin has more on possibly banning other Genetically Engineered Plants in todays Bulletin here.

…Dennis Gonsalves, the head of the federal Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center in Hilo, says a pending county law banning genetic engineering of coffee and taro is so poorly written that it would ban conventional plant breeding…

Honokaa Boy Film Featured in Todays Tribune Herald

In August I mentioned that there would be a new film filming on the Big Island called Honokaa Boy.

On the front page of today’s Tribune… it talks about this upcoming film about two months after I did.