Camera… Check, Voice… Check, Genes… Missing

I adore my son so much.  I’m not much of a singer or musician so he must pull the gene on the wifes side.

Here we are… The Children of the World:

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Big Island Meetings to Discuss Size Minimums For Caught Fish

The Department of Land and Natural Resources has scheduled additional public meetings on the Big Island to discuss the possibility of establishing minimum size rules to protect parrotfish (uhu), goatfish (weke), and jacks (ulua/papio).

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One of the meetings will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the monthly meeting of the West Hawai’i Fisheries Council held at the Honoköhau Big Game Fishing Club. The club is located at Honoköhau Small Boat Harbor in Kailua, Kona.

A Hilo meeting will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at the county’s Aupuni conference room at 101 Pauahi St.

County on Opening of Puna Community Medical Center

Media Release

Mayor delivers $35,000 check to Puna Community Medical Center

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi brought more than just aloha to the blessing of the new Puna Community Medical Center Sunday in Pahoa. The mayor brought a check for $35,000 to help the clinic through its first month.

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi, at the lectern, presents a $35,000 check to the Puna Community Medical Center as, from left, interim board President Tiffany Edwards Hunt, and board members Bill Parecki and Anne Tagoilelagi look on Sunday at the PCMC’s blessing ceremony

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi, at the lectern, presents a $35,000 check to the Puna Community Medical Center as, from left, interim board President Tiffany Edwards Hunt, and board members Bill Parecki and Anne Tagoilelagi look on Sunday at the PCMC’s blessing ceremony

The fledgling non-profit community medical center was celebrating the opening of its urgent care treatment center in the Pahoa Marketplace, but the board of directors was worried about where it would get its operating funds. Interim PCMC President Tiffany Edwards Hunt led a delegation of board members to explain their situation to Mayor Kenoi last week.

Kenoi, who was born in nearby Kalapana, made no promises but he found funds in the budget set aside for health care planning that he would rather spend on projects that can help people now. “We determined that these funds should be used for direct programs and services and rural communities,” he said.

Most people in the communities of Lower Puna have had to travel long distances to get treatment for injuries and ailments. Now they have a local clinic to go to instead of spending time and energy traveling to Hilo for treatment.

The PCMC was only an idea just a few years ago when Pahoa resident Dan Domizio, a long-time physician’s assistant in the area, personally took on the task of raising money to build an urgent care clinic in the rural community. After being told he shouldn’t wait for outside help to get it started, he and friends formed a non-profit corporation to meet the challenge themselves.

With hard work and donations from many neighbors and friends, and $170,000 from the Hawaii County Council, the sparkling new urgent care center is ready to open. But Domizio had put his staff on hold, telling them not to leave their current jobs until he had assurance that he could pay them. He estimated it will cost $35,000 a month to keep the clinic’s doors open.

The surprise presentation of a $35,000 check by Mayor Kenoi brought tears to Domizio’s eyes. “This door may be open now,” he said.

The PCMC board of directors wants the clinic to be the first step toward establishment of a comprehensive health center in Pahoa using the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center on Oahu as a model. “Community-based efforts like this deserve our support,” Kenoi said.

Interim PMC President Tiffany Edwards Hunt said that after she and other board members met with Kenoi to explain the critical juncture they’ve reached with the clinic, she was impressed with  “how much he knows about our cause, our needs. We did not have to ask for the money.”

“I’m glad we could do it,” Kenoi said. Health care affects everyone, and although it is primarily a state function, “It behooves us to help whenever we can,” he said.

Sunday afternoon’s blessing and maile lei cutting ceremony at the Pahoa Marketplace was attended by hundreds of people, including the cast of  the stage play “Rent,” a Theater Arts Conservatory production whose performances in East Hawaii this month will benefit the clinic.

Representing the Hawaii County Council were Fifth District Councilwoman Emily Naeole, who was instrumental in obtaining the County funding, and Fourth District Councilman Dennis “Fresh” Onishi.

Councilwoman Naeole helped organize the celebration and participated in the untying of the maile along with Mayor Kenoi and PCMC office manager Maraiah Newte-Yamamoto.

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi (left) applauds as Puna Community Medical Center office manager Maraiah Newte-Yamamoto (center) and Hawaii County Councilwoman Emily Naeole (facing the door), untie the maile lei to open the new medical center in Pahoa on Sunday.

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi (left) applauds as Puna Community Medical Center office manager Maraiah Newte-Yamamoto (center) and Hawaii County Councilwoman Emily Naeole (facing the door), untie the maile lei to open the new medical center in Pahoa on Sunday.

TONIGHT “Buckets & Tap Shoes” Coming to UHH… One Night Only

bucketsimgOn Wednesday January 21st at 7:30 pm for one show only, the percussionist will be performing at UH Hilo’s Performing Arts Center.

“This unique company of musicians, percussionists and rhythm tap dancers have astounded worldwide audiences creating music with 5-gallon paint buckets, metal cans and tap shoes, as well as traditional instruments: electric guitar, bass, and drums.”

More info here

From what it sounds like to me, it’s kind of like a mini version of the “STOMP” production that is pretty famous.

Tickets: $35 General, $30 Discount, $15 UH Students/Child

They have a myspace page which can be found here.

They are also performing in Kamuela on the 19th at the Kahilu theater at 7:00 pm and on the 20th at 10:30 am at the same place.

Here is a short youtube clip I found… very interesting buggahs:

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Governor Calls for Contraflow and Other Road Projects… Puna Left Out of This Batch of Projects

This hurts!

I’ve been trying to suggest contra flowing H-130 since I started on this dang Highway 130 Project and now Oahu seems to be able to get one with no problems at all.

We get $56 Million for 11 miles of widening and beautification for the H-130 Project that will take 10 – 20 years, and they get $40 million for 5-6 miles of contraflow that will be done in a few years.

The state Transportation Department is asking for $40 million to build an afternoon contraflow lane on the H-1 Freeway west-bound…

…Construction would start in January 2010, and wrap up within 12 to 18 months

…The afternoon contraflow lane, which would extend for a 6.2-mile stretch, is expected to save west-bound commuters about 5 to 10 minutes, the DOT said…

More Here

From Lingles News Release today:

Governor Linda Lingle, Senate President Colleen Hanabusa, Rep. Marilyn Lee and the state Department of Transportation (DOT) unveiled two major initiatives today aimed at easing traffic congestion along the most heavily traveled corridor in the state.

“Traffic congestion has a significant impact on the lives of our residents as well as our overall economy,” said Governor Lingle.  “My Administration is committed to continuing to work with the Legislature, our federal and county partners, the private sector and the community to develop transportation solutions that will ultimately improve the quality of life in Hawai‘i by allowing residents to spend less time in traffic and more time at home with their families.”

PM Contraflow

The first project focuses on improving the westbound afternoon rush hour commute on the H-1 Freeway from Honolulu to Central and Leeward O‘ahu by adding a 6.2-mile contraflow lane starting at the Radford Drive overpass and ending at the Waiawa Interchange (H1-H-2 merge).  The PM Contraflow Lane is expected to increase westbound capacity by about 17 percent during the afternoon rush hour commute, which translates to a five- to 10-minute reduction in average commutes…

More Here

Today’s KO: The Commercial You Won’t See

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County Fire Commission Meeting Wednesday

Hawaii County Fire Commission Meeting

DATE: Wednesday, January 14, 2009
TIME: 10:00 a.m.
PLACE: Aupuni Center Conference Room, Aupuni Center,
101 Pauahi Street, Hilo, Hawai‘i

NEW BUSINESS

  • Election of Officers for 2009.
  • Warehouse Familiarization trip.
  • Consideration of purchasing new recording equipment.

Agenda Here

Lawmakers to Meet With Hilo Residents TONIGHT

*Bump* TONIGHT

Hat tip to Georgette Deemer over at the Hawaii House Blog:

Lawmakers from the Hilo area want their residents to join them at a community meeting next Monday to share concerns and discuss priorities that they believe should be addressed this legislative session, which convenes on January 21, 2009.

The meeting will be at the University of Hawaii at Hilo’s UCB Room 127 on January 12, 2009 at 7 p.m.

Senator Dwight Takamine and Representatives Jerry Chang and Clift Tsuji will be there to listen to what you have to say. They encourage all community members to not be shy and just come down to tell them what’s important to Hilo families.

*Update* Weird Hilo Assault… Don’t Always Believe What I Say!

*update* Somehow I read this report wrong and unfairly titled the headline. It’s now been changed thanks to John over at Kona – A Pedestrian View.

Media Release

Hawaii Police are investigating a robbery reported early Monday morning (January 12) in Hilo.

At about 2:40 a.m., South Hilo patrol officers responded to a report of a man being assaulted at Kalakaua Park in downtown Hilo.

Sometime between 2:30 a.m. and 2:35 a.m. Monday, an unidentified Caucasian man approached the victim and asked if he wanted to buy marijuana. An unidentified Hawaiian man struck the victim on the head with what is being described as a metal object.

The Hawaiian man stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the victim.

The Caucasian man fled the area on foot, and the Hawaiian man fled riding a bicycle.

The Caucasian suspect is described as in his 20s, approximately 5-foot-7, 170 pounds with short hair. He was swearing a black hat and dark shirt.

The Hawaiian man is described as in his 20s, approximately 5-foot-5 with short, curly black hair.

The victim was treated for his injuries at Hilo Medical Center and later released.

Police ask anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who has any information about the suspects to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

I just have to ask this simple question… How do they know for sure it’s a “Hawaiian” man?

Shanghai Circus Back on the Island this Week

The Big Island has been fortunate over the years to have the Shanghai Circus stop on the island to perform for us over the years.

Its arriving again this week:

With performances on Thursday and Friday:

  • Hilo — Jan. 13, 7:30 p.m., Hilo Civic Auditorium.
  • Kealakehe, Big Island — Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m., Kealakehe High School.

  • This circus is a real act to see and I highly suggest that anyone that hasn’t seen it, do so while it’s in town.

    Here is a clip from their performance last year in Hilo:

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    Hawaiian Beaches Action Team Working Hard for the Community

    The Hawaiian Beaches Action Team has been doing quite a bit for the Puna community of late with little or NO press at all.

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    I’m not real familiar with this great crew of people but I do believe it’s steer headed by former House Candidate Fred Blas.

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    This past weekend, the team held the very successful Ohana Fun day at Kurtistown Park.  They even gave away child booster seats at the event!
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    Other recent actions by the Hawaiian Beaches Action Team are building this bus stop for the keiki to be protected by the rain when waiting for the buses off of Kahakai.

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    I think most of us all remember the old Pahoa Town Sign that was in front of the church off the main drag through town that kept getting the “P” ripped off so the sign would constantly say “ahoa”.

    Well the action team has even stepped up to the plate and recently worked on upkeep of the beautiful new signs that Pahoa has now.

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    I’d just like to say Mahalo to Fred Blas and the Hawaiian Beaches Action Team for not only making a difference in Hawaiian Beaches… but for Puna in general.

    Hat tip to a Texan in Hawaii.

    Pahoa Ranked #8 on AOL Top Places in the World to Visit

    A couple weeks ago, I mentioned that I was surprised that Pahoa was ranked #8 by Trip Advisor as a top destination to go to in America.

    Now American Online has ranked Pahoa as it’s #8 place in the WORLD as a destination spot!

    “AOL’s nine destinations for 2009 are Arequipa in Peru, Durres in Albania, St George in Utah, Yunnan in China, Oviedo in Spain, Nam Ha in Laos, Spitsbergen Island in Norway, Pahoa in Hawaii and Malvern in Worcestershire.”

    “Currently Hawaii’s hottest ticket, Pahoa is a turn-of-the-19th Century town hedged in by papaya groves and spilling out onto black sand beaches running down the Puna coastline. After a day spent surfing or diving you can chill out on the beach with a cocktail and enjoy a performance by the local hula dancers.”

    Advertiser Cutting Saturday Editorials and Other Changes

    Low readership strikes the Advertiser:

    …Jeanne Mariani-Belding, editor of The Advertiser’s editorial and opinion section, said in an editorial Sunday that the Advertiser is cutting its editorial page on Saturdays because of low readership
    …The paper also combined its business news section with the Hawaii section. The change was made to cut newsprint costs, Platte said…

    Ian Lind also mentioned Andrew Coopers blog that I blogged about here. Lind also mentioned that in Chicago, a move to outsource copy editing and layout, possibly to India.

    And people still won’t believe me that papers are a dying breed.