Emily Naeole’s Legislative Aide RJ Hampton Talks About Her Recent Washington DC Trip… Video


Hawaii Department of Transportation Deputy Director Jiro Sumada on Recent H-130 Death of Bus Passenger… Video

At tonights Highway 130 meeting, Hawaii Department of Transportation Deputy Director had the following to say about the recent death of Carlos Caraballo, who died after he got off a bus on Highway 130 last week.


Police Report:

A 51-year-old Pahoa man died Wednesday (January 21) from injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle/pedestrian crash at the intersection of Route 130 and Shower Drive in the Puna District.

The victim was identified as Carlos Caraballo of a Pahoa address.

Responding to an 11:49 a.m. call, Puna patrol and Traffic Enforcement Unit officers determined that the victim had exited a Hele-On bus that was stopped on the makai side of the road, walked in front of the bus and walked out into the highway. He was struck by a 1992 Nissan pickup truck that was traveling west on Route 130.

The victim then struck the front end of a 2006 Mini Cooper that was stopped in the left-turn lane on Route 130.

The driver of the pickup truck, a 43-year-old Pahoa man, and the driver of the Mini Cooper, a 60-year-old Ninole woman, were not injured.

Fire Rescue personnel took the victim to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 12:33 p.m.

It is unknown at this time if alcohol was involved. Police do not believe that speed was a factor in this crash.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask anyone with information about the crash to call Officer Clarence Davies at 961-8118.

This is the second traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with one at this time last year.

Senator Fred Hemmings Introduces Himself… Video


Downtown Hilo selected as a recipient community for the American Institute of Architects 2009 Sustainable Design Assessment Team Program

Media Release

In December 2008, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) selected Downtown Hilo as a recipient for the 2009 Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) Program.  The EDH 2025 VisionKeepers and the County of Hawai’i Planning Department, who collaboratively oversee implementation of EnVision Downtown Hilo 2025: A Community-Based Vision and Living Action Plan (EDH 2025) submitted the application.  The application was titled “EnVision Downtown Hilo 2025: Strategic Implementation for Long-term Sustainability.”

The application was supported by numerous County Agencies and community organizations that are Lead Solution Partners in the EDH 2025 Plan, and who will participate in the program later this year.

The State Department of Health, through their Healthy Hawai’i Initiative program, has agreed to partner with the VisionKeepers and the Planning Department by contributing $5,000 towards Downtown Hilo’s required costs as a host community.

The SDAT Program is a community assistance program that focuses on principles of sustainability. As a participating community, we will receive assistance in developing a road map for improving Downtown Hilo’s sustainability-as defined by our community’s ability to meet the needs of today without reducing the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

In 2009, the AIA will send a multidisciplinary  team of volunteer professionals from across the country to Downtown Hilo (such as architects, urban designers, planners, hydrologists, economists, attorneys, and others) to work with community decision-makers and stakeholders to help us develop a framework for a sustainable future for Downtown Hilo.  Being a grassroots project with minimum “expert” assistance, this opportunity will provide an influx of wisdom, fresh energy, and techniques to build our local leadership capacity with the latest best practices, policies, and design tools to encourage us to think and act in creative and innovative ways that promotes progressive change.  The SDAT Program will consist of a three-day charrette (intensive planning session) with at least two open house community meetings.

As a result of participating in the SDAT program, Downtown Hilo will receive national recognition via the AIA Website, www.aia.org/liv_sdat.

The Planning Department will help to organize the event.  Community participation and contributions will be needed to make this a successful program.  For more information, visit the EnVision Downtown Hilo 2025 Website at, www.co.hawaii.hi.us/edh2025.  On the Website you can view the application. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Pahoa Museum Gets Facelift

In case you don’t get the chance to drive through Pahoa Town very often, the new Pahoa Museum has a brand new look to it.





Senator Slom Elaborates on His Opening Day Ceremonies… Video

Senator Slom Jan 23 2009 comments on the major differences between the two parties in the Senate:


Kalapana Lava Viewing Site Hours to Change

Media Release

The County of Hawaii is adjusting viewing hours at the Kalapana lava viewing site.

Beginning Sunday, February 1, the viewing site will be open daily from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Cost considerations resulted in the decision to cut three afternoon viewing hours that had the least number of visitors over the past nine months, said County Finance Director Nancy Crawford. Visitor arrivals at the viewing site are lowest until about 5 p.m., and they peak at around 7 p.m., Crawford said.

Visitors must enter the viewing area parking lot before 8 p.m. to allow time to hike to the viewing site and back before 10 p.m.

The lava viewing site was opened to the public on March 8, 2008. Through December, 241,806 people visited the site.

The County’s cost to operate the site, including salaries and wages, supplies, toilets, security, phones and other equipment, amounted to $362,006 for the period July through December 2008.

The viewing site is available at no charge to visitors. A voluntary donation box is located at the trailhead.

Visitors should be aware that conditions can change rapidly and that viewing will be closed should any changes occur that will threaten visitors’ safety. A Lava Hotline is updated daily and confirms whether the lava viewing site will be open that day. The telephone number for the Hotline is (808) 961-8093.

New Big Island Message Board Starting Up

A new message board has started up that is based out of Puna, however, the subject matter is not just specific to Puna.

There are many features on the board, so getting used to it may take a little while for some people to get used to.

I’ll be posting stuff not related to my blog on that site since I’m not limited in what I can post there.


If you want to check it out… you can at PunaOnline