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More on the Highway 130 Meeting (Day 2 Meeting 5)… More KPAG Resignations… More Stapelton Questions… $300,000 on Bus Stops

Yesterday, I wrote up a couple small blurbs about the H-130 meeting here and here.

The second blog, I mentioned that three people had resigned from the KPAG Committee, however, I wasn’t sure what group of people they represented.

Tonight, I find that the actual number of people that have resigned is 5 people.

I then asked what groups that they represented and the following groups were mentioned as no longer having representatives on board:

1.  A member from the Mayors Office 2.  A member from DHHL 3. A member from “Agriculture Field” 4. Someone who represents the “Low Income” population and 5.  Someone from Kamehameha Schools.

When I inquired about filling these positions, I mentioned that there were people that were not part of the official KPAG group that had attended every meeting since the KPAG group had started and that these people would be “up to date” on things talked about previously… But as usual, I pretty much got blown off and they mentioned more of a “process” for selecting members.

Interesting side note.   Both yesterday’s meeting and today’s meeting were not attended by our own elected officials. ;)  I guess they automatically get excused???

I’m amazed Ms. Naeole didn’t send one of her “Non-Interns” in as a substitute for her… I mean she did mention earlier on in September that she may be using her then legislative aide Tiffany Edwards as a possible substitute for her in some meetings.

Other issues that we dealt with tonight, were deciding where and how many lanes of Highway did we really feel was needed.

It did seem like a consensus that everyone wanted 2 lanes in and 2 lanes out for a combined total of 4 lanes all together, including 10 ft – 12 ft Bike paths on both sides of the highway.

Our next meeting as a KPAG group will  be on January 26th.  After that meeting, I gather that they will be having “Open Public” meetings where “other people” will get to have more say then they currently get on the project.

I doubt the State is even really listening to us KPAG members… so will they even listen to the public when the public hearings begin?

I was asked to submit the following questions to the KPAG group on behalf of Frankie Stapleton:

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1. Wouldn’t it be easier in designing Hwy. 130 to NOT allow the Hele-On buses to stop on the Highway at all?  The Puna CDP calls for EXPRESS buses on Highways 130 and 11, with bus shelters/stops and Park and Ride facilities to be located just off the highways in neighborhoods and subdivisions that would be fed by the smaller neighborhood shuttles.  All buses, the express buses as well as the subdivision buses would meet at HUBS located (also off the main drag) in Pahoa, Keaau and Volcano, maybe also within the Village center at HPP.

If we work with the County transit system on this, we wouldn’t need 4 bus pulloffs (which wouldn’t be nearly enough anyway) on H-130.

Answer (provided by Tom Brown, Mass Transit Agency): [Summary] The busses and roads are not designed for the buses to go into the subdivisions.  Pulling in and out of the subdivisions would decrease the efficiency of them.  (do not try and quote me direct on this)

2.  If 10-ft bike lanes are included in the design for hwy. 130, do we need 2 bike lanes?  Wouldn’t bicyclist be able to ride both ways safely in a separated 10-ft. lane?  What if the bike lane was widened to 12 feet?  Could we then just have one bike lane serving bikers going north and south?

Answer (Provided by State):  No

Answer (bounced around by KPAG Members):  It’s not legal to ride bike against flow of traffic.

3. Is it cheaper to create four 1/4 mile frontage roads as compared to a full-length frontage road?

Answer: Honestly… I forgot what they said on this question… Mea Culpa

4. If a 4-lane Hwy. 130 to  Paradise is decided on, can we make it imperative to construct/upgrade a connecting lower Puna Route from Leilani thru Nanawale’s connecting substandard road to Hawaiian Beaches/Shores to HPP’s Beach Road?

Answer (Provided by State): This is a county project and not related to H-130

“After all, Puna consists of much more than HPP/Orchidland!!!”

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Hope those answers will suffice for now Frankie.

Here is a picture of a poster board they had up that had “traffic projections” for 2018, 2028 and 2038… of course these projects were taken from 2006 data and with the economy tanking… I have to wonder how correct these predictions are:

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Tom Brown also mentioned that $300,000 has been allocated for Island Wide Bus Stops that will begin to start showing up around the island fairly soon.

Of course the meeting lasted an hour longer then expected… So I’ve sat through 8 hours of Highway meetings in the last 2 days, and the worst part of it… the “Dinner” they supposedly were going to serve us was more like “Light Pupus” and I’m still hungry!

Hawaiian “Purple Jewels” Make There Way to Britain Supermarkets

When I first moved to Hawaii, I tripped out on the “purple sweet potatoes” that they have here in Hawaii. It looks like they are quite the delicacy in Britain:

…The colorful spuds go on sale in Tesco stores around the country from today and are part of the supermarket chain’s drive to bring exotic vegetables to Britain…
…He tracked down the Purple Jewel in Hawaii and also travelled to deepest darkest Peru where he found the Mayan Queen spud, once cultivated by the Inca tribes…
…The Purple Jewel cost £2.39 per 500g bag. The Mayan Queen cost £1.99 per 2 kilo bag…

The Hawaiian "Purple Jewel"

The Hawaiian "Purple Jewel"

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Norwegian Cruiselines Commits Through 2012

Good news for Hawaii tourism: NCL Corp. said Tuesday it will continue to sail the Pride of America on interisland cruises in Hawaii through 2012…

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Ads on My Blog… Will Blog for Food!

Someone suggested a while back ago that I should try and put ads on my blog. I thought about it, and I really don’t like those GOOGLE ads that automatically pop up on peoples blogs. I decided if I was going to have Ads, they would be something that I would control.

After realizing that I’m getting a decent amount of readers and recently being listed as one of the Top 100 Growing WordPress Blogs of the Day (#82 in the world 12/8/2008), I thought what the heck do I have to lose?

So if your interested in putting a little ad on my site… I’m much cheaper then the newspaper ever will be… and better yet… I’ll barter with a business if they want… any good restaurants reading? ;)

I can put business cards, pictures, link to websites, or even help create an ad for your business… just let me know how I can help you!

500 Comments!

I just noticed that reader Jenilee was the 500th person to comment on this blog. Not including all the spam messages that I blocked.

I wish I had a prize for you Jenilee… but I don’t. :(

All I can say to all of you… is Mahalo!

Today’s KO

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Jim Morrison of the “Doors”… His Brother Andrew Lives in Pahoa???

I was just reading this blog and I was stunned to read the following:

…George S. Morrison, who commanded the fleet during the Gulf of Tonkin incident that led to an escalation of the Vietnam War and whose son Jim was the lead singer of the Doors, died Nov. 17 in Coronado, Calif. He was 89 and lived in Coronado…

…His wife, Clara Clarke, died in 2005. Besides his daughter, Anne, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., he is survived by his son Andrew, of Pahoa, Hawaii. Jim Morrison died in Paris in 1971…

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I’m a pretty big fan of the “Doors”… so if anyone knows how to get a hold of this Mr. Andrew Morrison, I’d love to sit down and treat him to lunch sometime!


Pohoiki to Close for One Month Beginning January

Replacing the Pohoiki boat ramp and loading dock will mean a complete one-month closure beginning in late January, according to officials from the Department of Land and Natural Resources…

Baginski said work will begin at the end of this week…

In early January, the physical work will begin, he said. That means surveyors will be on site and workers will be putting up a dust fence. During this time, the boat launch and loading dock will be open.

Then in late January, Baginski said, the worker crew must close the ramp completely for one month. The majority of the work will be done during the closure…

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“FCC in the House”

I urge all of you who are interested in the digital tv switchover to check out Leslie Wilcox’s Blog today.

… Federal Communications Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein and other FCC staffers will visit PBS Hawaii in Honolulu this afternoon, to tape a television program about Hawaii’s digital transition January 15…

…Under the direction of PBS Hawaii’s  VP/Creative Services Robert Pennybacker, we’ll tape and produce a digital TV informational program which will be aired multiple times by most if not all full-power broadcasters in the state.

There’s basic information to convey and there are important points to make…

I’m looking forward to viewing these upcoming specials.  I’m not sure why I’m so interested in it now, as I’m no longer working in a TV studio.

Japan Signs on to “Project Better Place”

A local startup company is building electric battery charging stations in Japan.  The Japanese Government will pay for a 6-month pilot project with Palo Alto-based startup “Project Better Place”

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Continental Jet to Lift Off with Fuel Based from Hawaii Algae and Jatropha From Africa

Late in the morning on Jan. 7, a Continental Airlines jet is scheduled to lift off powered in part by algae from Hawaii and a tough shrub from Africa called jatropha.

The historic flight, from Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, will mark the first time a commercial aircraft of a U.S. carrier has flown on biodiesel fuel. Airlines hope biofuels can reduce their dependence on jet fuel and lower global carbon emissions…

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