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Pahoa’s Own Sol Kaawaloa Awarded FAA Flight Instructor of the Year

Sol Kaawaloa from Pahoa, Hawaii

My Wifes Cousin Sol Kaawaloa from Pahoa, Hawaii

Embry-Riddle’s Prescott Arizona campus was honored this past November when Solomon “Sol” Kaawaloa, ERAU graduate and eight-year flight instructor, received the prestigious Flight Instructor of the Year award. This award was presented by the Federal Aviation Administration Flight Standards District Office of Scottsdale, Arizona.

Sol is originally from Pahoa, Hawaii on the Big Island. He began as a student at Embry-Riddle in 1995 after graduating from Kamehameha High School. He graduated with a degree in Aeronautical Science in 1999. After graduation, Sol took a one-year sabbatical to coach volleyball and be a flight attendant. He returned to Embry-Riddle in 2000 to begin his career as a flight instructor, and has been teaching the next generation of pilots ever since. When asked about future career aspirations, he said he was “committed to instructing” and that his goal was to create and inspire “the best aviators we can. Sol hopes to one day fly for an air medical evacuation business, but has remained selective about whom he is employed by. He is keeping his focus on teaching while holding out for an air evacuation position to become available in the local area. Sol and his wife, Patricia, a registered nurse, will always call Prescott home.

The coveted “Flight Instructor of the Year” award, given annually, has a tough selection process. It begins when flight-training managers across Arizona nominate instructors and submits them to the local Flight Standards District Office. There, judges endlessly sift through nominees until deciding on the most deserving flight instructor. Embry-Riddle is proud that Solomon Kaawaloa was selected from approximately 50 of Arizona’s best flight instructors and came out on top…

More on Kaawaloa here

Getting Lazy

So now I’ve found the RSS feeds of some of the local sites that I thought others might want to view.

I’ve been lazy on the blogging today. Trying to figure out Twitter, taking care of a sick son… and dealing with a computer that just doesn’t want to cooperate with me at times.

Tomorrow won’t be a fun day either as I continue my dental work!

Adding the Local News Stations Feeds

I’ve added the local news stations RSS feeds to the bottom left of my page just for more news coverage on my site.

I’m contemplating adding a couple newspaper feeds as well.

I’m also adding a twitter feed so that I can post some smaller posts from my cell phone if needed.

Christmas Break

Well this is kind of like my first official Christmas break with my son. The last few years I was on Oahu and only got to be home for the actual few days around Christmas day. So this Christmas it’s a bit special to be home with my son for the entire Holiday Season.

I used to love my winter breaks away from school when I was a young kid. My son has a slight cold now so I’m not really gonna take him out and go running around or anything.

It’s so nice to just snuggle with him in bed in the morning and not worry about rushing off to pre-school in the morning. Then we get the entire day to ourselves without “Mom” bugging us to keep our downstairs play area clean and what not.

"Dad... I need to see your eyes... Look, I can Bowwance on my head!"

"Dad... I need to see your eyes... Look, I can Bowwance on my head!"

So if I slow down a bit on the blogging… It’s probably because I’m making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, building a train or just having fun with my son.

I have to be the luckiest guy in the world to have such a good son!

County Issues New Years Fireworks Memo

MEDIA RELEASE

Fire Chief Darryl Oliveira announced that fireworks permits will be issued beginning Friday, December 26, 2008, at various locations island-wide for the upcoming New Years celebration.  The sites are:

  • Hawaii Fire Department Administration, 2100 Kanoelehua Ave., C-5, Hilo (8:00 am- 8:00pm, December 26th – 31st )
  • Pinky’s 5/Eight, Papaikou
  • Pacific Fireworks Hilo, 319 Kalanikoa Street, Hilo
  • Parker Ranch Shopping Center Food Court, Kamuela (9:00am-8:00pm, December 26th-31st )
  • M. Nakahara Store, Hawi
  • Kona Fire Prevention Office, Kona Service Center, Hanama Place, 75-5706 Kuakini Highway, Suite 109, Kailua-Kona (8:00am-8:00pm, December 26th-31st )
  • Pacific Fireworks Kona, 75-5629 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua Kona
  • Puna Fresh Foods, Keaau
  • TNT Fireworks Tent, Prince Kuhio Plaza, Makaala Street, HIlo
  • Long’s Drugs, Kilauea Avenue, Hilo
  • Rodney Freitas, Pahala
  • Long’s Drugs Puainako
  • Kadota Liquors Hilo

Each permit, which costs $25.00, will entitle the holder to purchase 5,000 count firecrackers.  Permits will be issued to a person 18 years of age or older and are non-transferable.  Setting off of fireworks is allowable only between the hours of 9:00 p.m. on New Years Eve to 1:00 a.m. on New Years Day.  Permits should be visibly displayed at the site of use on the day at the time of the firing.

Persons who fail to follow all rules and regulations may have their permit revoked.Chief Oliveira reminds the public that it is illegal for anyone to:

1.      Remove the powder or pyrotechnic contents from any fireworks;

2.      Throw fireworks from a moving vehicle;

3.      Set off any fireworks:

  • At any time not within the time periods as permitted;
  • Within 1,000 feet of any operating hospital, nursing home, home for the elderly or animal hospital;
  • In any school building or on any school grounds and yards on any occasion; and
  • On any highway, alley, street, sidewalk or other public way; in any park; or within 1,000 feet of a church during the periods when services are held.

4.      It is illegal for any person to offer for sale, sell, or give any fireworks to minors, and for any minor to possess, purchase, or set off, ignite, or otherwise cause to explode any fireworks, except under the immediate supervision of an adult.

The Hawaii Fire Department also asks everyone to do their part to prevent fires and injuries caused by fireworks:

1.      Please use care when setting off fireworks.

2.      Children playing with fireworks must be under adult supervision.  Even the smallest of fireworks can cause serious injuries.

3.      Fireworks should be set off in a safe area away from any dry grass or flammable materials.

4.      Dispose of used fireworks properly, and have water or a fire extinguisher on hand in case of a fire.

Permits are not required for novelties and paperless firecrackers.

Fireworks sales will not begin until December 26, 2008.

For more information on purchasing firecracker permits or the use of fireworks, please call the Fire Prevention Bureau at 981-8370 (Hilo) or 327-3546 (Kona).

3.3 Earthquake Off Miloli’i

A minor earthquake occurred at 1:11:51 AM (HST) on Monday, December 22, 2008 .
The magnitude 3.3 event occurred 25 km (16 miles) WNW of Miloli`i.
The hypocentral depth is 0.3 km (0.2 miles).

Magnitude 3.3 – duration magnitude (Md)
Time Monday, December 22, 2008 at 1:11:51 AM (HST)
Monday, December 22, 2008 at 11:11:51 (UTC)
Distance from Miloli`i – 25 km (16 miles) WNW (292 degrees)
Ho`okena – 27 km (17 miles) WSW (243 degrees)
Honaunau – 29 km (18 miles) SW (233 degrees)
Kailua – 43 km (27 miles) SSW (199 degrees)

More Here

Bank of Hawaii Declines Federal Bailout

The Bank of Hawaii has declined to take part in federal bailout.
The company said it was “well capitalized” and did not need to participate in the U.S. Treasury’s Capital Purchase Program.

“After careful consideration by management and our board of directors, we have decided not to participate in the Capital Purchase Program,” said Al Landon, Chairman and CEO, in a statement Monday. “Bank of Hawaii has the resources to meet the needs of our customers and support our growth. We believe that Bank of Hawaii is safe, balanced and prepared to face the challenging operating conditions as the economy slows without government investment…”

More Here

More From the Big Island Repo Man

In November I posted a clip of a Kailua Kona Repo Man repossessing a car.

Well it looks like the Big Island Repo Man is back to posting his repo’s on youtube… “Hawaiian Repoman Meets Psycho Woman”:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djxdjVcfJ9k&hl=en&fs=1]

If this isn’t a way to shame people into making their payments… I don’t know what is?