VOG Legislation: Rep. Souki… “This is a Natural Disaster, and No One’s in Charge.”

Hat tip to Georgette Deemer over at the Hawaii House Blog for blogging about the recent VOG hearings at the capital which obviously affect us all.

Deemer blogs “Who’s in Charge?“:

Six House committees met jointly this morning to hear VOG related bills in order to make it easier for testifiers from the various state/county agencies and the public. Rep. Robert Herkes coordinated the hearing, as chair of the House Special Committee on VOG Effects…
…At the end of the hearing, Rep. Herkes summed it up by saying that Rep. Souki hit the nail on the head when he concluded that “This is a natural disaster, and no one’s in charge.” Rep. Herkes has and continues to be frustrated by a lack of response from certain state agencies in addressing the immediate problems faced by the people on the Big Island…
…Although the state administration has established an Interagency Task Force on Vog, Rep. Herkes exclaimed that the task force has no chair and has only met twice. Rep. Souki added, “Meanwhile, the whole island is going to pot.”

Full Blog here

The other day, I posted our own District 5 Councilwoman’s testimony that she submitted to the legislature. You can view that interesting piece of testimony here.

Deemer also lists the following “VOG Package” that is before the legislature this year:

HB313 RELATING TO HIGHWAYS. This bill requires the Department of Transportation to conduct more reviews of the highway guardrails on the Big Island, as they are deteriorating from exposure to acid rain caused by VOG.

HB318 RELATING TO VOG. This bill requires the Department of Agriculture to work with the University of Hawaii to determine the best methods of VOG treatment and to research VOG-resistant varieties of plants.

HB316 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE. This bill establishes a temporary reimbursement program for tenants of state agricultural lands in VOG-impacted areas in order to reimburse tenants for costs of reapir and maintenance of fencing and other infrastructure.

HB312 RELATING TO HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES. This bill directs the Department of Defense to develop and implement a program to ensure that an adequate number of monitors are in place throughout the state where high VOG and sulfur dioxide incidences are known to occur.

HB317 RELATING TO MOBILE MEDICAL CARE. This bill authorizes the use of the federal Homeland Security Grant Program funds for mobile emergency and clinical medical care for the people in the southern sections of the Big Island.

HB314 RELATING TO WORKERS’ COMPENSATION. This bill requires the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to develop rules for workers’ compensation claims involving VOG-related medical conditions.

HB315 RELATING TO VOLCANIC EMISSIONS. This bill requires the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to establish standards to promote worker safety during high incidences of VOG or sulfur dioxide.

Deemer concludes, “As the Labor Committee had a quorum, they passed HB314 as is, and passed HB315 with amendments. The other bills were deferred for decision making next week.”

Former Kalapana Garden Resident Talks About Sneaking a USA Today Crew Behind Police Lines to See the Lava Flow and Other Events Leading Up to the Eventual Evacuation

Former Kalapana Gardens Resident Michael Riley, who now lives in Denton County, Texas, talks about sneaking a USA Today crew behind police lines at the Kalapana lava flow site back in the 80’s.

Anyone remember “Walters” in Pahoa?

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“The Ledge, Pt. 4” HB1667 on Ceded Lands

This weeks installment of  “The Ledge” is out.

Its focus this week is on HB1667 relating to the Ceded Lands.

You can view the past weeks editions of “The Ledge”  at the link up top or by clicking here:

HB1667
RELATING TO CEDED LANDS.
BLNR; Ceded Lands; Public Land Trust; Prohibition on Disposition
Prohibits the board of land and natural resources from selling, exchanging, or otherwise alienating ceded lands in the public land trust

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17 Year Old Exchange Student Drowns at Hapuna Today

On Sunday (February 8), personnel from the Hawaii Police Department and the Hawaii Fire Department responded to a possible drowning at Hapuna Beach Park reported by county lifeguards.

A 17-year-old boy was found unresponsive in shallow waters off the beach, where lifeguards retrieved the body. Lifeguards immediately started cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. Fire rescue personnel took the boy to North Hawaii Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:39 a.m.

The victim is a visiting student from Japan here in Hawaii on a student exchange program. He was with fellow students and teachers on a field trip at the beach park when the incident occurred. His name is being withheld pending notification of family members.

All the Superbowl Commercials… Just One Place

Mahalo.com has put all the Superbowl Commercials in one nice easy to find place to look at.  Here is the list of commercial from this years Superbowl 2009:

Rep. Corinne Ching Calls for Heritage Tourism (Pahoa Take Note)… Videos

Heritage Tourism is an interesting topic and these recent bills introduced are something I think the town of Pahoa should take note in:

Pt. 1:

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Pt. 2:

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Pt. 3

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Heritage Tourism interview with Representatives Cindy Evans Angus McKelvey’ Senator Daniel Inouye Introduces a bill in Congress to designate the downtown State Capitol part of the Heritage of Hawaii. The artfully constructed interface between natural and built environment has been hailed as a work of genius, harmoniously joining land and sea in a magnificent, yet sensitive statement, making the State Capitol Building worth preserving based on artistic merit alone.

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1. HCR18.DOC HCR18 Status
Context: THE HERITAGE TOURISM COMMUNITY TO COLLABORATIVELY WORK TO, among other things, …CREATE A HERITAGE TOURISM MARKETING PLAN FOR USE BY THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY. WHEREAS, the state of Hawaii has a rich and vibrant heritage, blending history, architecture, values, and culture from Data Book; and � ���� WHEREAS, one of the fastest growing niches in the tourism industry is heritage tourism, travel that focuses on experiencing the
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Electronic File Date: 1/24/2009 12:00:12 AM
2. HCR23.DOC HCR23 Status
Context: THE HERITAGE TOURISM COMMUNITY TO COLLABORATIVELY WORK TO, among other things, …CREATE A HERITAGE TOURISM MARKETING PLAN FOR USE BY THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY. WHEREAS, the state of Hawaii has a rich and vibrant heritage, blending history, architecture, values, and culture from Data Book; and � ���� WHEREAS, one of the fastest growing niches in the tourism industry is heritage tourism, travel that focuses on experiencing the
Filesize: 15391
Electronic File Date: 1/23/2009 11:58:28 PM
3. HR20.DOC HR20 Status
Context: THE HERITAGE TOURISM COMMUNITY TO COLLABORATIVELY WORK TO, among other things, …CREATE A HERITAGE TOURISM MARKETING PLAN FOR USE BY THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY. WHEREAS, the state of Hawaii has a rich and vibrant heritage, blending history, architecture, values, and culture from Data Book; and � ���� WHEREAS, one of the fastest growing niches in the tourism industry is heritage tourism, travel that focuses on experiencing the
Filesize: 15394
Electronic File Date: 1/24/2009 12:01:36 AM
4. HR25.DOC HR25 Status
Context: THE HERITAGE TOURISM COMMUNITY TO COLLABORATIVELY WORK TO, among other things, …CREATE A HERITAGE TOURISM MARKETING PLAN FOR USE BY THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY. WHEREAS, the state of Hawaii has a rich and vibrant heritage, blending history, architecture, values, and culture from Data Book; and � ���� WHEREAS, one of the fastest growing niches in the tourism industry is heritage tourism, travel that focuses on experiencing the
Filesize: 15394
Electronic File Date: 1/23/2009 11:56:36 PM
5. SCR4.DOC SCR4 Status
Context: THE HERITAGE TOURISM COMMUNITY TO COLLABORATIVELY WORK TO, among other things, …CREATE A HERITAGE TOURISM MARKETING PLAN FOR USE BY THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY. WHEREAS, the state of Hawaii has a rich and vibrant heritage, blending history, architecture, values, and culture from Data Book; and � ���� WHEREAS, one of the fastest growing niches in the tourism industry is heritage tourism, travel that focuses on experiencing the
Filesize: 15525
Electronic File Date: 1/30/2009 5:32:44 PM
6. SR7.DOC SR7 Status
Context: THE HERITAGE TOURISM COMMUNITY TO COLLABORATIVELY WORK TO, among other things, …CREATE A HERITAGE TOURISM MARKETING PLAN FOR USE BY THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY. WHEREAS, the state of Hawaii has a rich and vibrant heritage, blending history, architecture, values, and culture from Data Book; and � ���� WHEREAS, one of the fastest growing niches in the tourism industry is heritage tourism, travel that focuses on experiencing the
Filesize: 15524
Electronic File Date: 1/30/2009 5:50:04 PM

The Pro Bowl Sucks… It’s All About the Party

This is the first year in many years that I wasn’t able to be in Waikiki for the annual Pro Bowl Block party that they hold in Waikiki the weekend of the Pro Bowl.

It’s even more sad to know that it may not ever come back again.

Here are some videos from the block party that I missed!

“A Touch of Gold” (Keao Low of  “A Touch of Gold” was my neighbor on Oahu for about 7 years):

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Miss Hawaii USA Ariana Chew:

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NFL Pro Bowl Cheerleaders:

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The funny thing is… the game normally sucks.  It’s all about the party!

“The future of the Pro Bowl: The Pro Bowl Sucks”

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Farmers Market Online… What Do You Think?

Inspired by my sickness today and my fondness for the Farmers Market in Makuu that I like to go to but am not today because I’m too sick, I was thinking it would be cool if there was a way to access some of these products that are sold at the market online.

If I went to the Farmers Market and took pictures of booths along with contact numbers or emails of the vendors and then set up a page on the top of my site that was just devoted to Farmers market items… do you think that would work at all?

Vendors pay $15.00 a week to have their products displayed for about 6-8 hours or so.

If I charged a vendor $5.00 a month to have their goods displayed and a contact to reach them 24 hours a day 7 days a week… I think that would be a good deal.

I need some feedback on this idea before I proceed.  Comments?

It wouldn’t just be delegated to Maku’u Farmers Market either… I could go to various farmers markets throughout the entire island.

The only proceeds I would get is that initial $5.00 per month.  All other sales would go directly to the vendors and all payments would be done in person at time of the product exchange.

Sunday Silly

Or should I just say… I’m too damn sick to even think of funny stuff right now.

Didn’t even jump on the computer much yesterday… feeling kind of down still.

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33 Confirmed Rat Lungworm Cases Since 2001

The Honolulu Advertiser has an excellent article on the recent epidemic here on the Big Island:

The rat lungworm disease that put two Big Island residents into comas is bringing attention to an illness confirmed in 33 reported cases in Hawai’i since 2001…

Graham McCumber, 24, and Silka Strauch, 38, are both in a Big Island hospital, comatose for weeks after contracting rat lungworm disease.

Graham McCumber, 24, and Silka Strauch, 38, are both in a Big Island hospital, comatose for weeks after contracting rat lungworm disease.

The state Health Department knows of 33 cases from 2001 to now. But state epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park said it is not known how many people have suffered through a milder form of the disease. Total reported Hawai’i cases before 2000 weren’t available late last week.

Symptoms can range from headache, joint pain and other symptoms that resolve on their own, to blindness, nerve damage and death.

Slugs and snails in Hawai’i are known to carry the rat lung-worm, a nematode named because it hatches in the lungs of rats. From there, the larvae pass through rat feces to slugs, snails or other mollusks. People who ingest snails or slugs that contain the parasite can get a rare form of meningitis — infection of the spinal fluid.

More Here