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3.5 Earthquake Registered at Ka’ena Point

A minor earthquake occurred at 4:53:17 PM (HST) on Saturday, December 6, 2008 . The magnitude 3.5 event occurred 10 km (6 miles) WNW of Ka`ena Point. The hypocentral depth is 8 km ( 5 miles).

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Two Die Off Kapoho Lighthouse Area

It was such a nice day with the parade and the ho’olaulea in Pahoa that I hate to post the following from the Advertiser:

Two men drowned on the Big Island today after being swept into the ocean by a large wave, the Hawaii County Fire Department reported.

Rescue crews found the men floating face down in the water off the shoreline about 250 yards off Kapoho Lighthouse at about noon. A helicopter was used to recover the bodies of the two men, who were not identified.

First Glimpse… A Look Inside the New Pahoa Museum

I got the opportunity to get a quick look at the new Pahoa “Community” Museum that is scheduled to open during Pahoa’s Centennial Anniversary.

The building is located across from Luquins Restaurant:

Outside of New Pahoa Museum

Outside of New Pahoa Museum

Owner Pete Lebold thanked his crew of volunteers that were putting endless hours into getting the place opened for a “Soft Opening” today, emphasizing it wouldn’t be open for customers until the centennial.

Opening Soon

Opening Soon

Pete Lebold holds up an old map

Pete Lebold holds up an old map

The entrance opens up to this nice table:

Beautiful Table at Front Entrance

Beautiful Table at Front Entrance

In some of the corners, you will find coffee trees that have been carved to make intricate holders for different pieces.

Vases on Coffee Tree Sculptures

Vases on Coffee Tree Sculptures

These Vases are about 3 feet tall

These Vases are about 3 feet tall

Owner Lebold mentioned that although he has spent more then $8,000 of his own dollars on getting this museum open, that it is for the community and that he is still looking for more contributions.

Peter Lebold hard at work

Peter Lebold hard at work

Lebold mentions that he is hoping the Museum will have a website soon, but in the meantime, people can reach him at peterlebold@yahoo.com

2008 Pahoa Parade: Results, Pictures and Video

2008 Pahoa Parade: Results, Pictures and Video:

I was lucky enough to have one of the best seats in the “house” for today’s Pahoa Parade as I was a judge:

Here are the official final results:

Best Float

1st :   Jungle Love
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2nd:   Puna Canoe Club

Honorable Mention: Pauls Auto Repair Shop

Best Design

1st: Pahoa Boys and Girls Club
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2nd: HELCO/Toys for Tots

Honorable Mention: Malamalama Waldorf School

Best Keiki Unit

1st: Pahoa Elementary School
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2nd: Montessori Country School

Honorable Mention: Malamalama Waldorf School

Most Enthusiastic:

1st: Paradisimo Tropical Spa
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2nd Hui Habibi Production Co.

Honorable Mention: Puna Weiners

The following are some of the pictures I was able to capture (CLICK ON PICTURE FOR LARGER VIEW)  (P.S. Sorry for any typos or mistakes… feel free to email me if you see any)

Video of the parade can be found here

When Senator Inouye Almost Became Vice President of the United States

President Lyndon Johnson urged Hubert Humphrey to consider picking U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye as his vice-presidential running mate in 1968, newly released tapes from the Johnson library reveal.

The Hawaii Democrat, then 43, was a serious enough prospect that Johnson had the FBI run a background check on him. Humphrey was serving as Johnson’s vice president at the time…

…The president told Humphrey that Inouye’s World War II injuries — he lost his right arm fighting in Italy — would silence Humphrey’s critics on the Vietnam War…

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