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Moving to Puna? Need a Good Real Estate Company

Try Island Trust Properties:

808-969-3939

808-969-3939

This is a company that I can stand behind.

Naughty or Nice… Today’s KO

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_XMEJy73wQ&hl=en&fs=1]

Howard Dicus… Use Big Island to Charge Big Batteries?

I see Howard Dicus was interested in the PGV Anniversary today.

Puna Geothermal, now celebrating 15 years of operation, produces a fifth of the Big Island’s electricity needs, and could easily produce more than twice that much by drilling a second hole.

But Hawaii County, which also gets power from oil-fired generating stations, wind turbines, solar panels, and even hydro, just doesn’t need that much juice. And cables to Maui may not be as feasible as cables from Maui County to Oahu due to the ocean being a lot deeper in the channel between the islands.

So is there anything else we could put on the Big Island to use it? One idea is to charge big batteries there

He’s got a strange sense of humor at times, but I like his idea of using PGV to charge Big Batteries.

Sounds a bit science fiction like… but I bet it’s doable!

Konablog Held Hostage and Irritated… Someone Wants to Go to the New Disney Hotel

I got a good chuckle tonight reading the Konablogs Rant on why his family can’t go to the New Walt Disney Hotel at the Ko’olina Hotel on Oahu because the Superferry might not come to the Big Island.

I dig Aaron a lot, but tonights post really had me laughing my ass off!

You do realize there is a lot people support the Hawaii Super ferry. I find very frustrating that the minority is holding the overall population hostage by this never ending litigation.

For example, my mom has been looking forward to taking our family to the future Walt Disney Hotel at Ko’olina via the HSF….

Aaron… are you really held hostage?

And is your goal in life to get to the Walt Disney Hotel on Oahu? ;)

Puna Shafted Again – Kona Gets $77.2 Million to Widen 5.2 Miles… Puna gets $56 Million to Widen 11 Miles

As usual, I’m feeling that Puna is getting shafted AGAIN!

I just read this article in the Starbulletin that mentions that West Hawaii is getting $77.2 million to widen 5.2 miles, yet the H-130 project here in Puna is only getting around $56 million to work with and we have more then twice the amount of Highway (11 miles) to widen with the allotted money.

Coincidence?

The state has awarded a $77.2 million contract to Goodfellow Bros. Inc. to design and build the 5.2-mile second and final phase of the widening of congested Queen Kaahumanu Highway north of Kailua-Kona, the state and Goodfellow announced.

Design work will start in April, followed by construction in September, the state said. Completion is expected in 2011, Goodfellow said.

The work involves widening a bottleneck between the heart of Kailua-Kona and Keahole Airport, eight miles to the north. An average of 22,800 vehicles pass through the area each day, often at a crawl.

The work will widen the road from two lanes to four, provide a median strip and improve six intersections with signals.

For the Record… “Were Not Lesbians”

I had the pleasure of meeting District 5 Councilwoman Naeole’s two new legislative aides that she has brought on, RJ Hampton and Sheryle “Sativa” Sulton today at the PGV anniversary.

Apparently word got back to them about a comment that was made on my blog regarding them being lesbians.

They asked me to clarify on my blog that they were not lesbians and only good friends.

RJ asked if I could remove the comment on my blog listed here, however, I told her that for the integrity of my blog, I would not remove comments by request of others.

I welcomed them both to respond on my blog directly and they told me that they don’t read blogs.

RJ Hampton and Cherish "Sativa" Almeida

RJ Hampton and Sheryle "Sativa" Sulton

I myself could really care less about a persons sexual preference.  Whether they can do the job as a legislative aide is the most important thing to me.

I did find it interesting that as soon as the food was served today… they dug out of the rest of the presentations. ;)

Lt. Governor Aiona… “The Era of Oil is Over” – Puna Geothermal Ventures Anniversary Pictures

Naeole, Kenoi, and Aiona eat with Ormat Chief Technology Officer, Lucien Y. Bronicki

District 5 Councilwoman Emily Naeole, Mayor Billy Kenoi, and Lt. Governor Duke Aiona eat with Ormat Chief Technology Officer, Lucien Y. Bronicki

Today marks the 15th anniversary of producing renewable geothermal electricity on Hawaii Island.

…In the early 1990s, Puna Geothermal Venture, a partnership between two mainland power companies, received a permit to produce renewable geothermal energy at a site in Puna in the East Rift Zone. The facility went online in 1993

More Here

Puna Geothermal Venture will be holding a celebration and luau today in honor of the occasion.

Lt. Governor Duke Aiona gave a brief speech about Hawaii becoming more self sustainable.  His key words that I picked up on were:

“The Era of Oil is Over”

Lt. Governor Duke Aiona with Ormat Chief Bronicki

Lt. Governor Duke Aiona with Ormat Chief Lucien Y. Bronicki and Wife

Billy Kenoi and Some Ex-Blogger

Mayor Billy Kenoi and Some Ex-Blogger/ Mayoral Stalker (Hunter Bishop)

Geothermal Electric Vehicle

Geothermal Electric Vehicle

Kainui Stocksdale and Representative Hanohano

Kaniu Stocksdale and House Representative Faye Hanohano

Cousins Councilwoman Emily Naeole and State Rep. Hanohano

Cousins Councilwoman Emily Naeole and State Rep. Hanohano

Emily Naeole's New Legislative Aide(s) R.J. Hampton and Sativa

Emily Naeole's New Legislative Aide(s) R.J. Hampton and Sheryle "Sativa" Sulton

Kau Kau

Kau Kau

Emcee - Jacqueline "Skylark" Rosetti

Emcee - Jacqueline "Skylark" Rosetti

Click on  thumbnails for larger pictures (I’m not sure why there are a few doubles?):

Last week, Senator Kalani English posted this youtube video about the importance of Geothermal:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RenxY6D5gDQ&hl=en&fs=1]

I saw lots of other media outlets there.  I’ll update this list as I see other articles.

Big Island Video News as well as Hawaii247 were also in attendance.

*Edit* I just received this PR:

(Pahoa, Hawai‘i—December 10, 2008)—Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) celebrates 15 years of producing renewable geothermal electricity on Hawai‘i Island as the state seeks to tap greater levels of clean renewable energy resources—particularly for electric transportation.

“When Big Island residents are sleeping, geothermal energy might be charging their electrical vehicles or producing hydrogen fuel,” said Lt. Governor James “Duke” Aiona, Jr.

Roughly 200 business and community representatives, supporters and employees of PGV attended a luau luncheon at the plant facility in Pahoa, Hawaii today (Wednesday, December 10, 2008).

Hawaii recently announced plans for electric vehicle recharging stations across Hawaii. An electric car powered by geothermal energy was on display at the PGV event.

“Hawai`i Island promises to be in the forefront of the electric vehicle network because our island already has more than 30 percent of its electric power coming from alternatives—20 percent from here at PGV,” said Mike Kaleikini, PGV Plant Manager.

In operation since 1993, Puna Geothermal Venture delivers 30 megawatts of firm, renewable energy to Hawaii Electric Light Company, providing nearly 20 percent of the Big Island’s electricity needs. The only commercial geothermal power plant in the state, PGV is located in Puna District in Kilauea Volcano’s East Rift Zone. State-of-the-art technology generates power by extracting steam and hot water from this volcanic hot spot and converting it into electricity. One hundred percent of its fluids are injected back into the Earth’s interior without exposure to the open air. As a result the plant has near zero emissions.

“The underground geothermal resource at PGV has the capacity to generate considerably more than 30 megawatts,” says Kaleikini. “We are poised to expand our production to help meet the Big Island’s emerging energy needs.”

Geothermal energy is what’s known as a “firm” resource—when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine, heat from the earth continues to produce steady flows of geothermal steam used to produce electricity, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

PGV employs about 30 people as well as routine and seasonal contractors, contributing to payroll revenues to Hawaii Island. PGV is also a good neighbor, sponsoring local educational and civic organizations.

“We at Puna Geothermal Venture consider this geothermal resource a gift, to be used wisely,” said Kaleikini. “We recognize that we—all of Hawaii—are in fact the beneficiaries of this tremendous natural and sustainable resource. In this special year for our company, we want to express our sincere appreciation to our Big Island friends and neighbors, staff, suppliers, stockholders, and colleagues around the state for their continuing support as partners in our growth.”

Puna Geoethermal Venture is an affiliate of Ormat Technologies, In., based in Reno, Nevada. In operation since 1993, Puna Geothermal Venture produces geothermal electricity that provides electricity for nearly 20 percent of the electricity needs of Hawaii Island.

Maui to be First Island in Hawaii to Test “Project Better Place” Cars

Maui Electric will test electric vehicles through a new agreement with a California company.

Gov. Linda Lingle, Maui Electric Co. and Phoenix Motorcars announced Tuesday the plan to test all-electric vehicles and an electric vehicle infrastructure on Maui…

More Here

Project Better Place

Highlights of 2008 Hawaii EPA “Naughty List”

“…EPA enforcement actions in the State of Hawaii will result in a reduction of over 2.6 million pounds of pollution and the clean up of over 1000 cubic yards of contaminated soil and water…”

…Hawaii enforcement highlights for 2008 include:

Hazardous Waste cases:

Hakimo Road: The investigation into alleged illegal dumping on a Hakimo Road property on Oahu resulted in the EPA ordering the owner and operator of the property to clean up and remove hazardous substances found during a search.

Del Monte: The Del Monte Fresh Produce Co., a Kunia, Oahu, fruit grower, was found to have hazardous waste storage, handling, and used oil management violations. EPA inspectors found open and unlabeled containers of hazardous waste at the facility and evidence of a release of used oil. The company was fined $190,000.

Pesticides cases:

ABC Corp. The company was found distributing an antimicrobial disinfectant that failed effectiveness testing, a violation of federal pesticide laws. Test results found the product Fresh and Clean was ineffective against Pseudomonas aeruginosa and did not meet its labeling claim of being suitable for hospital use. Once notified of the failure, ABC stopped distributing the product and was fined $52,000.

Fines to Syngenta in Hawaii: A settlement with Syngenta Seeds, Inc. of Kekaha, Kauai, for pesticide work protection violations. The violations included failing to store all personal protective equipment separate from clothing and apart from pesticide-contaminated areas, and failing to post the spraying of the pesticide Liberty at its Central Notification Site. The company was fined $17,550.

Vector Tobacco: The company misused six pesticides and failed to comply with federal pesticide worker safety laws. Vector Tobacco, a subsidiary of Vector Tobacco Group of Durham, NC, allegedly misused the pesticides Terramaster 4EC, Nemacur 3, Lorsban 4E, Prowl 3.3EC, Devrinol 50DF, and Ridomil Gold EC during their application at its agricultural research facility in Kekaha, Kauai, in 2005 and 2006. On 93 occasions, Vector Tobacco failed to follow label directions intended to protect workers from exposure to pesticides, and was fined $65,040.

Water Cases:

Hamakua Wetlands Fines: Frank Coluccio Construction Co. and Castle Family LLC. was found filling sensitive wetlands adjacent to Hamakua Stream in Kailua, Oahu without federal permits. The company was ordered to restore the wetlands and paid a $68,000 fine.

Mauna Loa LCC: The company failed to close three large capacity cesspools by April 2005 at its Hilo facility on the Big Island. In August 2007, more than two years after EPA’s regulatory deadline, the company completed work to close and replace its large capacity cesspools with a state-approved wastewater system. Mauna Loa was fined $75,000.

Crouching Lion: Lion Pacific Investments, LLC, and other former owners of the Crouching Lion Inn, were fined $42,000 for failing to close large capacity cesspools at the Kaaawa, Oahu restaurant.

Bali Hai Villas: EPA ordered Bali Hai Villas, Ltd. to comply with the Clean Water Act requirements at its residential construction project in Princeville, Kauai. The company failed to implement stormwater pollution controls outlined in its stormwater permit at the Princeville area construction site. The order requires the company to install soil stabilization and erosion and sediment controls at all locations of exposed soil and locations where stormwater runoff could leave the project site.

Air Cases:

West Hawaii Landfill: Waste Management of Hawaii, Inc. and the County of Hawaii agreed to spend at least $184,400 for a beneficial environmental project after violating the Clean Air Act at the West Hawaii Landfill at Waikaloa. The supplemental environmental project will address the ongoing smoldering conditions at the closed Kona Landfill by conducting heat mapping of the site for a future landfill-wide fire suppression program. Fines of $33,500 were also assessed.

Full Text

Target Anticipates Month of July Opening for Kona Location… Looking to Hire 400

…The Minneapolis-based company will hold another mass-hiring event in Kona in May to fill up to 400 positions for its store there, which is expected to open in July 2009.

More Here

Samoa and Fiji: Cannibal Islands

Check out this old film that I just ran across. Incredible footage!

Talks about the Samoans and the people of Fiji being Cannibals back in the days and some of the rituals about it.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXAQkhno-3E&hl=en&fs=1]