Pahoa High & Intermediate School Wins FIRST PLACE in Samsung’s “Hope for Education” Program

I wonder if  Pahoa High & Intermediate know yet?  :roll:

Pahoa High and Intermediate School has been awarded Samsung’s “Hope for Education” 2008 First Place Award!


…Thousands of essays were submitted through students, parents, teachers and principals looking for their community schools to benefit from this unique program. This year’s essay question addressed the environment, asking entrants, “How has technology educated you on helping the environment and how or why has it changed your behavior to be more environmentally friendly?” The grand prize and first prize schools will receive technology from Samsung including its award-winning and energy efficient LCD high definition televisions, laptops, multi-function products, smart phones, digital camcorders and cameras, blu-ray players, LCD computer monitors, and color printers, as well as Microsoft’s latest, award-winning software. The program’s newest partner, DIRECTV, will provide cash grants and the SCHOOL CHOICE® educational television programming package*. The person who submitted a winning entry on behalf of each of the 31 winning schools will be awarded the Samsung Ultra Mobile PC, a handheld multi-media PC which features a 7” LCD screen and built-in keyboard

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Congratulations Daggers!

Exploding Tea Bags

Yesterday I wrote about my new “fondness” for TAZO tea.

I just had the unpleasant experience of finding out their tea bags are not microwave proof! :shock:

I took off the label and staple from the tea bag and zapped it for a minute. I opened the microwave and the tea leaves had exploded everywhere in the microwave! :cry:

I’ve done this with other tea brands… I’m curious if anyone else has had a tea bag explode on them like this?

Obama Inaugural Ball at the Akebono

Hat tip to the BIC for the reminder about the Obama Inaugural Ball that will be happening at the Akebono Theater coming up.

I’ll throw it over to the BIC for more on it.

C&H Sugar Charged With Polluting Waterway

State (California) water quality regulators are charging the century-old C&H sugar refinery in Crockett with dumping sugar, coliform bacteria, mercury and other chemicals into the Carquinez Strait over the last three years, potentially harming fish and marine life


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Footage of Biomass Hearing that Lead to “Infamous” BLNR Meeting

BIVN has posted some excellent clips from the State Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture and Hawaiian Affairs hearing that was held in November that might be of interest to some people.

…A Board of Land and Natural Resources meeting in November in which lease negotiations were approved for only two companies, Hamakua Biomass Energy LLC and SunFuels Hawaii LLC, caught many off guard…

…This series of videos offers an account of the events leading up to the infamous November 14th BLNR meeting, as told by DLNR chairwoman Laura Thielen. There are also clips of the back and forth between the senate committee and speakers…

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Santa Comes To Montessori Country School

It’s that time of the year again.  Santa paid a visit to my son’s preschool today, while the kids put on a Christmas program for family and friends.sign



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Staff Shortage Limits Maui Camping Permit Availability

I just noticed this picture on this vacationers blog who is visiting all the states w/in an 8 month time period.  He was trying to pick up a camping permit so that he could camp on Maui and ran into this sign:


Staff shortages… or lack of money?  You tell me as I know a lot of people looking for work!

Tempest Filming Caught on Tape and Paparazzi Gets in a Frenzy

Just noticed this youtube clip:


That clip isn’t much… however this clip here (Warning Language) shows some Paparazzi getting into it with each other.  (tips the BIW)

During filming in Waikoloa last week, a newbie paparazzi, who brags that he’s been on the Big Island “for one second” verbally threatens two apparent rivals with physical violence if they don’t leave the island right away and never return. The thuggish acting man not only threatens the other male photographer, but also his female companion near the beach fronting the Marriott Waikoloa where “The Tempest” actors were filming…

Manta Ray in Slaters Way

This is a great clip from this weekends surf contest on the North Shore of Oahu.

Kelly Slater is riding a wave when a Manta Ray gets in his path.


Updated: It’s Snowing in VEGAS BABY (New Record Set)

*Edit* Bump… Just noticed that Vegas had an all time record for snowfall!

Vegas is getting snow!


Maui County Looking at Program Geared at Paying Drug and Alcohol Addicts $300.00 To Be Sterilized for Long Term Birth Control???

North Carolina-based Project Prevention, which offers a cash incentive of $300 to drug addicts and/or alcoholics to receive long-term or permanent birth control, will visit Hawaii for the first time on Friday, December 19, 2008. The group will hold a press conference at 10:30AM. To date, the program has paid more than 2,500 participants responsible for over 10,000 pregnancies prior to entering the program to obtain long-term or permanent birth control…

Project Prevention was established in 1998 to address the nearly 300,000 children born each year substance exposed. Now in its tenth year, the program has at a minimum prevented more than 2,100 children from being born substance exposed. The cost of caring for those 2,100 potential lives would have exceeded $1 billion when taking into account the costs associated with caring for such children. These costs include healthcare (between $243 and $906 million annually), special education ($8.4 billion$6 billion annually)… annually), and foster care…

When:     Friday, December 19, in Maui.
          10:30 AM
Where:    Westin Maui Resort
          2365 Kaanapali Parkway
          Maui, HI 96761

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RECALL: Childrens Jewelry “Hawaiian Toy” Recalled Because of Lead Risk

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: Children’s Jewelry
Units: About 12,800
Importer: Aloha 808 Trading, of Honolulu, Hawaii
Hazard: The recalled jewelry contains high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects…

Description: This recall involves eight styles of silver-colored metal jewelry: flower ear ring, three flower pendant, necklace with red flower and metal leaf pendant, and miniature sandals in aqua, purple, green, orange and turquoise.
Sold at: Small retail stores and kiosks in Honolulu, Hawaii from April 2008 through November 2008 for between $2 and $5.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled jewelry and contact Aloha 808 Trading for a refund or exchange.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Aloha 808 Trading collect at (808) 923-3660 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.
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