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Richard Ha on KHON News Tonight

Anyone catch Big Island farmer Richard Ha on KHON’s news tonight?

He was on Oahu along with other farmers across the State talking about how the economy has really messed with local farmers.

You can view it here.

Puna Community Medical Center Opening in January… Sunday Benefit

I bumped into Dan Domizio at the County inauguration, and he mentioned that the Puna Community Medical Center (PCMC)  is well on it’s way to its “planned” opening in January.  The electricity is running and the equipment is starting to get moved in.

I noticed in the Big Island Weekly the following:

There will be a benefit for the PCMC this Sunday at 5:30 at Akebono Theater.  The event will feature a movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”, and the movie’s message of social responsibility and renewal will be used as a jumpoff to pitch PCMC. Admission is free, but attendees will be asked to make a “love donation”. There will also be live music, dinner and a raffle.Contact: Gwen Kupahu, Council aide to Auntie Em, at (808) 965-2712.

Today’s KO

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Hawaii Proposal Calls For 100 Wave-Energy Conversion Platforms to Be Built 15 to 25 Miles Off Honolulu

A Seattle company is hoping to convert the motion of the ocean into electricity.

Grays Harbor Ocean Energy Company has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for permits to harness energy from waves off the coastline of six states.

In all, the company would build seven harnessing sites — in federal waters off California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island — each covering about 100 square miles…

…The Hawaii proposal calls for 100 wave-energy conversion platforms to be built 15 to 25 miles off Honolulu…

More Here

PBS Hawaii Buys KHNL Property

PBS Hawaii is buying the soon-to-be-former studios of television station KHNL and will move its broadcasting operations to the new site over the next several years…

More Here

The Ride for the Parade

I’m sure my wife is gonna change everything on this creation.  I decided to take a picture before she does the whole thing over again.

Notice the bells under the ride

Notice the bells under the ride

Needless to say… I’m not as creative as most parents. ;)

PAR Coming to Big Island

*BUMP* TODAY in Pahoa

When I worked at the State Capitol, the Public Access Room (PAR) was the place that anybody and anyone could enter the state capitol and gain access to many things.  They had typewriters for people afraid of computers, they had computers to write testimony, it had xerox machines, phones, and tables for gathering, as well as a place to get help in writing testimony and other legislative resources.

I just noticed on the Senate Majority Blog the following:

In preparation for the 2009 State legislative session, free workshops designed to educate and encourage public participation in the State legislative process will be offered at numerous Big Island locations in early December. The workshops will be presented by Suzanne Marinelli, the Public Access Coordinator at the Public Access Room (PAR), a division of the State of Hawai‘i’s non-partisan Legislative Reference Bureau.

Schedule of workshops on the Big Island:

  • Wednesday 12/10/08, 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Hilo Public Library

  • Thursday 12/11/08, 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Keeau Public Library

  • Friday 12/12/08, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Naalehu School Cafeteria

  • Monday 12/15/08, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Pahoa Public Library

  • Tuesday 12/16/08, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Waimea Thelma Parker Library

  • Wednesday 12/17/08, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Kona Liquor Control Conference Room  (75-5722 Hanama Place, #1107, Kailua-Kona)

Ms. Marinelli’s workshops are engaging and interactive, and will focus on understanding how to participate in the legislative process without having to leave the Big Island; tips on writing good testimony (and ensuring it gets in the right hands at the right place and the right time!); and experienced advice and encouragement on the importance of participation by informed citizens. Participants will leave with useful resources and renewed inspiration.

For additional information on the workshops, or to arrange for individual consultation or group workshops, residents are invited to contact the Public Access Room toll free from the Big Island at 974-4000 ext.7-0478 or email par@capitol.hawaii.gov. [To communicate via the TTY device, please use ext. 7-0749. If special assistance or services (such as sign language interpreters) are needed, please contact the PAR as soon as possible.]

Pimping My Son’s Ride

Well I’m getting my sons ride ready for tomorrows parade.

My wife is going to kill me when she get’s home.

If this isn’t the most Loud and Obnoxious kids toy I have ever seen… then I don’t know what is.

I’ll post a picture eventually.  It reminds of something you might see in a “Cheech and Chong” flick.

Puna District Down 28% From 2007 in Residential Property Sales

The sales statistics from Hawaii Information Service for the Big Island in November 2008 show a continued downward trend, with the aggregate (all property types combined) year-to-date total sales volume (number of sales) falling 35% compared to 2007. The last time the volume was this low was in 1998.

The Puna District is leading the island in number of sales, with 370 residential and 702 vacant land sales through November 2008. (These numbers are down 28% and 41% respectively compared to 2007). North Hilo (0% change) and North Kohala (-11%) vacant land sales experienced the least percentage drop.

Hat Tip to the Island Trust “Hawaii Blog” a realty blog on the Big Island.

President Bush Signs the President Proclamation Designating the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument and the Presidential Proclamation in Honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2008

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all for coming. I am going to sign two documents — one a Pearl Harbor Day proclamation, and the other creating the World War II Valor in Pacific National Monument. The National Monument will include nine sites — five in Hawaii, three in Alaska, and one in California at the Tule Lake Segregation Center, which was where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II.

The purpose of the monument is to remind generations of Americans of the sacrifices that Americans made to protect our country. But there’s a broader purpose, as well, and that is to remind generations of Americans about the transformative effect of freedom.

One of the great stories during World War II was that people fought bitterly to defend our country and way of life, and then worked to help our enemies develop democracies according to their own cultures and their own history. And today, I am so pleased to report that Japan is a strong ally of the United States of America — an ally in defending our liberties and an ally in spreading liberty as the great ideological alternative to an enemy that still wants to do us harm.

And so this monument will help people realize the breadth and the history of World War II and its aftermath.

So I’m pleased to sign both documents, and I want to thank our distinguished visitors for joining me.

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