The Hawaiian State legislature has declared 2009 the Year of the Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO). Master Sgt. Barbara Rubio, U.S. Army Pacific Chief Paralegal, was just one NCO on-hand at the proclamation ceremony:
Earlier I posted a blog about the residents of “Taylor Camp” that got quite a bit of interest from a few people.
I just checked a few of my back tweets and Ragnar Carlson Editor of the Honolulu Weekly, left me this tweet:
I moved back to the Big Island and didn’t even know this existed, so I’m gonna quote a few more things from this excellent piece that I missed because I moved back to the Big Island:
From the Honolulu Weekly article “Dwelling On It” (July 9th, 2008):
“To outsiders, it was an eyesore. To residents, it was heaven on Earth.”
Sorry Ragnar, I would have posted something about your guys article had I seen it.
Mahalo for letting me know about it.
I’m really disappointed that I didn’t learn about this viewing of the show on the Big Island that happened in July until after the event was over
Recent Chicago/San Francisco Island transplant Devany Vickery-Davidson has been taking this island by storm lately.
She has become very active in a number of different things and one of her aspirations is to eventually open a cooking school right here on the island.
As a writer for “Edible Magazine” she definitely has the skills to make something delicious.
Not only is she a great cook, writing for a few Chicago Food magazines as well, she is also a great artist designing almost any type of sea shell one could think of.
She has a lot more pictures of the club members as well as pictures of the great food such as this on her blog:
You can learn more about this International Cooking club that meets once a month at different members houses by contacting Devany at Eastbay Potters. In the subject line enter International Cooking Club.
Here is a short clip from February’s International Cooking Club Meeting brought to you by Two Juicy Pineapple Productions:
COUNTY OF HAWAI`I INTEGRATED SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN UPDATE
Present: Barbara Bell, Paul Buklarewicz, Christine Dochin, Mike Kaha, Alex Leonard, Steve Okoji, Shon Pahio, Russell Ruderman, Ted Vorfeld
Absent: Mike Gleason, Jes Foster, Nimr Tamimi
Staff Present: Lono Tyson, Ivan Torigoe, Mike Dworsky, Linda Peters, Angela Kang, Craig Kawaguchi, Wally Lau, Suzanne Andrade
Consultants: Dan Pitzler, Marc Dexter
DOH Rep: Lane Otsu
Approval of February 2, 2009 Minutes: Motion by Steve Okoji, seconded by Christine Dochin
Adjournment: Motion by Christine Dochin, seconded by Mike Kaha
In accordance with the agenda, this meeting included the following topics:
• Introductory remarks
• Statements from the public on agenda items – one speaker made statements in support of implementing the zero waste plan in its entirety. He felt it was timely and encouraged endorsement of its recommendations and that the price for the plan was reasonable.
• Approval of minutes from February 2, 2009 meeting
• New Business
− Discussion/decision making on Title for ISWMP Update. Proposed: [3 part title: 1) Hawaiian words for “On the Path to Zero Waste”; 2) On the Path to Zero Waste; 3) the County of Hawai`i Update to the Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan]
− Discussion/decision making on Residuals Management and value model results.
− Presentation/discussion on crosswalks between Zero Waste study and ISWMP
− Presentation/discussion/decision making on Implementation Plan – identify options with consensus support; identify options requiring more analysis and/or further discussion during April meeting
• Announcements – none
Discussion about ISWMP Goals and Plan title
• Motion to approve goals made by Russell Ruderman, seconded by Alex Leonard
• Zero waste is still a vague word. The proposed title of plan “The path to zero waste” is much better word to frame the issue.
• Consider use of the word “resource” in plan rather than waste. Lane agreed to confirm that the State has no problem with us changing the name of the plan.
• Some concern about statement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It was agreed to broaden the statement to reference minimizing environmental pollution.
• It was agreed to change the focus on littering to littering and illegal dumping.
• Lono suggested that funding for diversion programs is a critical issue: more diversion equals less revenue at landfill. It was agreed to add a statement about the importance of sustainable funding solutions. Comment was to transfer costs for disposal/diversion to
waste generators. Thus, goals could state something like: “developing financial incentives to reduce waste while maintaining Division funding to provide required services.”
• Motion to approve title with adjustments by Alex Leonard, second by Christine Dochin.
• Change waste to re-usable resources. Resources imply usability.
• The wording of plan is important.
• The word “management” should remain in title.
• Consider “Integrated Resource and Solid Waste Management Plan”.
• There was consensus by SWAC on the proposed title, pending translation of the proper Hawaiian translation for “the path to zero waste.”
• One suggestion from audience was “Opala A`ole.”
Discussion about Value Model Analysis of Residuals Management Options
• It was clarified that the mechanical-biological treatment (MBT) option was developed with one facility for East Hawai`i and one for West Hawai`i. System scales pretty well.
• Lono suggested that the Council will probably expect to see an evaluation of other technology and will want to issue an RFP. If this were to occur, the County should open up the process to a broad range of technologies and be done for the entire County waste stream (to capture economies of scale) and open up siting options.
• Whatever residuals management technology is adopted needs to work for all of Hawai`i County.
• Can we make a case to Council to defer issuing an RFP?
• SWAC should make the recommendation it believes best meets the needs of the entire County independent of Council or political issues.
• What do we know about Hilo landfill and future time lines?
• If you do an RFP now, you may eliminate zero waste options that could be more effective and eliminating waste from landfill. We should recommend “no RFP” to Council.
• Landfill is a good, low cost option that’s available now and allows for zero waste options.
• Lono pointed out that landfills have significant costs that may not be initially obvious such as closure, long-term maintenance and the potential for extremely expensive remediation. Also issues with potential emergencies, possible future regulator changes or third party lawsuits, all which could increase the cost of landfill.
• Why not close the SHSL and truck all waste to WHSL which gets us thinking more about a single County waste stream?
• If there’s an RFP, private firms have to make money – the RFP must account for that.
• Lono indicated that the private sector won’t build facilities “for free.” The RFP would need to be structured to be sure that vendors actually propose. If too broad or asking private sector to build with insufficient guarantees, vendors won’t take the process
• We’re not ready with the infrastructure needed to support a new technology.
• Lono felt that many Council members are adamantly opposed to trucking to WHSL. This issue may drive Council to issuing an RFP.
• Council should not use tax dollars to do an RFP if the outcome is likely to be fruitless.
Dan asked the question for a show of hands for any members that supported issuing an RFP for an emerging technology. No hands were raised.
• Lono felt that the Council may still ask for and RFP, then what? Would they still not think there’s an urgent need?
• The sort station is not being used for its intended purpose – its wasteful and not pushing forward as intended. Extending the SHSL would further delay its use. If it was used for commercial recycling or another use, you’d still have an issue if you wanted to change
back and use it as a sort station in the future.
• If the SHSL closes and there’s an island-wide residuals management facility, the sort station would be used.
• The costs of these new technologies are not well understood at this time. Delaying any RFP keeps options open.
• The zero waste study projected $25 million for a 5-year implementation plan – if we delay and RFP, we can use these funds to implement programs. Perhaps economic stimulus money would be available.
• Lono expressed support for zero waste programs, but funding is being cut for all County programs. Solid waste staff have been directed to reduce 2008-09 budget by 5% and 2009-10 budget by 10%. There’s no money to implement zero waste programs in the near future.
• We should look for new funding streams.
• Lono noted that the County needs new funding just to support the status quo. The previous ISWMP has some somewhat weak arguments underlying recommendations, which led its not being accepted by a newly-elected Council. For this plan, if the
arguments are strong, the new Council will have a hard time ignoring it.
• Does this plan have more and new data about the landfill option than the last plan? One member said yes it does. Dan pointed out the feasibility study for landfill expansion and the use of constructed wetlands.
• If the plan recommends not issuing an RFP, it will have to have a sound rationale and firm reasoning.
• Lono suggested that it might be able to be discussed in terms of not happening within the 5-year planning cycle.
• We should remember that there are multiple parts to the plan and all of them need to be integrated.
• The plan needs to be convincing to the Council.
• Mike D. mentioned that the SHSL expansion should provide 10-12 years of additional capacity beyond the 4 years remaining for the sliver fill. Dan pulled up a graphic showing the proposed new facilities for the SHSL.
• But what has fundamentally changed? Why not close SHSL? Dan pointed out that a major change over last plan is that using constructed wetlands for leachate is a major innovation. If successfully implemented, this approach would dramatically reduce the cost, complexity, and opposition associated with traditional leachate treatment methods (the Sort Station EIS suggested piping or trucking leachate to the County’s wastewater
treatment plant). Thus there is less immediacy about the need to close the SHSL than was perceived during preparation of the last plan.
• Well if some major technical issues at the SHSL have been resolved, we need to play up that issue. This may help convince some people that a new technology plant is unnecessary.
• It was noted that plant and equipment costs for boilers used in many emerging technologies increased significantly between 2008 and 2009. It’s possible that with the economic slowdown some equipment may be available for cheap. Cellulose to oil technology is developing rapidly. We could consider offering experimental sites to
• Mike agreed that getting involved in pilot programs would work: he’s heard that from many vendors, but none so far have followed through.
• Consider opening up RFP to consider zero waste solutions too as part of a broader program. Lono thought that this was a great idea, but it’s very difficult to write that type of RFP – would be very difficult to achieve a good outcome.
• More defined RFPs tend to get better results.
• One real frustration felt by many was that in the last SWMP, barely half of the recommendations got implemented. We need to improve on that.
• We, as SWAC, need to make a decision about technology. We need to recommend something so that Council doesn’t just choose on their own. Is landfill a technology? Yes.
Dan introduced an initial draft of options to include, exclude, and discuss further. After some discussion, there was agreement on the options to exclude. Dan presented an initial draft of how pay-as-you-throw and commercial recycling could be implemented. He committed to providing additional implementation plans for discussion at the next meeting. It was agreed to discuss implementation planning further at the next SWAC meeting.
Just noticed this article. Remember that this is just what is being told online:
Hawaii – Soldiers have been training at the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) for decades. It’s the largest Department of Defense installation in Hawaii, and has a 51,000-acre impact area which is over 10 times the size of the one at Schofield Barracks. Its training area is more than twice the 14,000 acres of similar training land on all of Oahu.
In 1955, PTA’s military barracks were constructed from World War II prefabricated Quonset huts. One year later, the airfield was built. Since then, very little has changed at PTA. That is, until now.
Recently, the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) invested approximately 1.5 million dollars and thousands of man hours to complete a series of range, target and physical site improvement projects at PTA, partnering closely with the USAG-HI Directorate of Public Works (DPW) at Schofield Barracks and PTA, the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS) and PTA DPTMS Range Maintenance.
The 25th CAB’s site improvement work included the construction of a four point Forward Arming and Re-fueling Point (FARP), the main purpose for which is to quickly re-fuel and re-arm helicopters. To improve the FARP, DPW graded and compacted the site, and 25th CAB Soldiers provided the heavy lifting and placing of hundreds of yards of specialized expeditionary airfield material, called AM2 matting. The FARP is now located closer to the aerial gunnery range, making training more efficient by reducing delays caused by weather and decreasing re-fueling and re-arming time for aerial gunnery missions. This change enabled the 25th CAB to complete gunnery five days quicker than previous rotations.
In addition, DPW teamed with aviation Soldiers to erect an Aviation Large Area Maintenance Shelter (ALAMS). The ALAMS is a large, tan “clamshell-type” structure that also contains hundreds of yards of AM2 matting. During this and future PTA rotations, the ALAMS will be used to repair and maintain helicopters; a capability that has been lacking at PTA.
Finally, at four separate ranges from November 2008 through January 2009, the 25th CAB air lifted and emplaced 28 “EOD-T” targets. The targets significantly increase the realism of training by simulating typical threat and non-threatening military vehicles for helicopter live-fire training. In addition, Soldiers and PTA DPTMS Range Maintenance built and emplaced 18 large target sets for the aerial door gunnery range that replicate urban built up areas with pop-up targets to provide pilots and door gunners with target effect feedback.
According to Mr. Robert Misajon, future operations and plans officer, U.S. Army Garrison – Pohakuloa, the nature and scope of the 25th CAB’s work was unprecedented.
“The improvements are very significant, particularly the ALAM Shelter, FARP, and the durable and long lasting hard targets because they can be used by any aviation element,” said Misajon. “On top of that, many of the hard targets were emplaced where they can be engaged by both ground and air elements, or serve as targets for air elements to engage while in support of ground forces. This allows commanders to develop their combined arms teams regardless of the branch of service,” he explained.
“To date, no other unit has invested in PTA like the 25th CAB,” he said. “What’s most impressive about the 25th CAB, though, is that they shouldered the load and made it all happen.”
For Col. Mike Lundy, commander, 25th CAB, the various improvements truly showcase the unique value of partnering tactical units with the Garrison to enable increased realism and rigor to improve home station training in preparation for deployment.
“Our teaming effort with the Garrison demonstrates the power that units can have to enhance out of date and legacy training areas to better replicate the current operational environment,” said Lundy. “We were able to maximize U.S. Army Garrison’s technical capabilities and equipment with our vision, training needs and manpower,” said Lundy. “The result is a training environment that not only has lasting benefits for the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, but for all other ground elements and branches of service that use PTA for training.”
“This could not have been accomplished without the tremendous support and flexibility of the Garrison team and the hard work of our Soldiers,” he continued.
1st Lt. Curtis Gibbs, assistant S-4, HHC, Spc. Michael Bueno, III, aircraft repair specialist, 209th Aviation Support Battalion, and Pvt.2 Joseph Daoud, truck driver, 2-6 Cav., were among the over 100 CAB Soldiers involved in the project.
Gibbs was the officer-in-charge of the site improvements and supervised the FARP and ALAMS projects. “The bottom line is that these projects were essential,” explained Gibbs. “We are going to continually use PTA for our brigade’s training events. These improvements ensure that PTA remains a safe and effective location for training,” he said.
Gibbs also stated that none of the work could have been accomplished without the teamwork of others. “I facilitated the missions, but much of the credit goes to our partners, most especially DPW.”
DPW’s project supervisor and heavy equipment operator, Mr. Derek Awong, explained that no less that 500 man-hours were dedicated to help the CAB at PTA. And they were more than happy to do it.
“A lot of our guys are vets,” said Awong. “The reason our guys were out there six days straight was basically because you guys are headed to Iraq,” he continued. “So when I asked if they were willing to do it they said, ‘No problem.’ And they said no problem for one reason: They’ll do anything to support our troops.”
Two of those troopers were Bueno and Daoud. Both were dedicated to unpacking, lifting and placing the 150-pound sections of matting at the FARP and ALAMS.
“The work was very physically demanding,” said Daoud. “I was mostly involved in placing the matting which was challenging because the terrain wasn’t always perfectly flat and we needed to adjust the ground,” he continued. “But everyone worked together which is a result of good NCO’s.”
“We got to build something and see the fruits of our labor,” said fellow soldier Bueno. “You don’t usually get to do something that’s so important to the entire brigade. For me, that’s what was most satisfying.”
I tried to kill two birds with one stone this morning with a trip into town to see my mom. I stopped off at UH Hilo…
I didn’t get to see her… but I’m sure she will hear that I stopped by sooner or later since I left an oral message with someone who was passing by.
I took a stroll around campus and I couldn’t help but notice a few things.
A couple of Alarm Stations:
Another view of the top one:
I guess I’m glad I have gotten out of our State funded Universities before they fall into even more dis-repair.
It’s really sad when you can’t even get Alarm systems for safety fixed.
Just found the Youtube site where they are loading up the 50 Voices of Statehood videos.
I’ll just post a couple here and then direct you over to the rest of them:
It appears that they are loading them up now as I blog this… so you can go check out the site where they are being loaded at here:
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A few weeks back, someone asked about “Taylor Camp” once again on a message board. This is the third time that I have heard the subject brought up, so I figured I’d write a little blog about the subject.
I just did a Wikipedia search on the subject and surprisingly nothing came up on the subject.
Of course I wasn’t a part of “Taylor Camp”, but I could sure see my mom joining something like that back in her “Hippie Days” if she were on Kauai at the time. In fact, I think about most of the people I bump into in Pahoa now a days, could be a former “Taylor Camp” resident.
So from here on out… I’m gonna take snippets of different things that I’ve googled on the subject to make one long blog.
Hang on folks, a former Taylor Camp resident could be your neighbor.
The following is from:
“Taylor Camp, Hawai’i: The life and death of a hippie community”
by Thomas J. Riley and Karma Ibsen-Riley
Field Museum of Natural History Bulletin 50(6), 1979.
As Ha‘ena State Park was coming into being with the break-up of the Hui Ku‘ai ‘Aina, actress Elisabeth Taylor’s brother purchased a parcel of coastal land in the area. As Carlos tells it, Howard Taylor went to acquire building permits to construct a home on the property. However, the State would not grant him such a permit, since they were planning to condemn the land. At the same time, however, they insisted that he still pay full taxes on the land. In disgust, Taylor turned the land over to the “flower power people.” Drifting young drop-outs from the outside world came to this piece of land and gradually came to form a makeshift community that took the name “Taylor Camp”…
…”By 1972 there were 21 permanent houses at Taylor Camp. All of them were tree houses since local authorities would not issue them permits for ground dwellings. Some of these structures were quite elaborate indeed, with large bamboo pole foundations, clapboard siding, and windows facing the sea. In addition to the houses in the camp there was a communal shower, an open air toilet, a small church, and even a cooperative store which operated on and off until the camp’s closing…
…”The large amounts of metal and glass trash, and the fact that the garden area of the camp, even during its most intense planting, couldn’t have supported even one-fourth of the residents of Taylor Camp, both suggested to us that the camp, despite its isolation, had to be dependent on a traditional American cash economy.” Pacific Worlds
It get’s much stranger…
“Many local Ha‘ena residents claimed that the economy of the camp was based on welfare support from county and state and on the production and sale of Cannabis sativa, which Hawaiians call pakalolo (“crazy weed”) and we often call marijuana…
…Their church, called the Church of the Brotherhood of the Paradise Children, welcomed Christian, Buddhist, Jew, and atheist alike. Worshippers shared experiences of God, the sun, or the mystical power of the pyramids…
…”Taylor Camp was a somewhat bizarre settlement in the eyes of local residents of Ha‘ena. Its residents often sunbathed in the nude, and some preferred to go about their daily activities without the benefit of clothing. Their church, called the Church of the Brotherhood of the Paradise Children, welcomed Christian, Buddhist, Jew, and atheist alike.
Taylor Camp Film Trailer:
“Taylor Camp” is a feature documentary (as well as a book to be published by Serindia) that takes the viewer on a journey through the ultimate hippie fantasy – a crazy quilt community of tree houses on the beach at the end of the road on Kauai. It’s about the rejection of American values only to repaint them with long hair, marijuana and a vegetarian “clothing-optional” lifestyle in the era of flower power, anti-war riots
and the Age of Aquarius.
Taylor Camp was born in the spring of 1969 when artist / oceanographer Howard Taylor (brother of actress Elizabeth) bailed out of jail a rag-tag band of young mainlanders arrested for vagrancy and invited them to live on his land; thus setting off immigrating waves of hippies, surfers, seekers and psychologically scarred Vietnam vets to Kauai’s North Shore.
30 years later, we relive the growth of the camp through storytelling and interviews with the campers and their local neighbors. The interviews are woven into period music, re-enactments, original footage and striking black and white images of the camp from 1971 to 1977, plus a bare-knuckle examination of Taylor Camp’s impact on the local community.
Condemned by the State in 1977, government workers torched the camp before the last resident moved out, leaving behind ashes and magical memories of “the best days of our lives”.
Image Galleries Courtesy of the press materials . Click photo for larger view. (Warning some photos may contain nudity)
Hat tip to Big Island on the Cheap:
Friday, March 6th from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 7th from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Hilo’s Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium.
The other day I added “On The Cheap” as one of the feeds on my blog. Little did I know that the official site wasn’t even actually up and running for business just yet… So you folks reading my blog are getting “Say Cheap” a few days early as kind of a “beta” test.
I just received the official “Press Release” on the site:
“On The Cheap” Websites Highlight Best Bargains on the Big Island and in Honolulu
Hilo, HI – March 6, 2009 - Tuesday, March 10th is the official launch of two new online sites - Big Island On The Cheap (http://www.bigislandonthecheap) and Honolulu On The Cheap (http://www.honoluluonthecheap) – which are dedicated to bringing Big Island and O’ahu residents and visitors up-to-the-minute information on free, discount and cheap things to do and other local deals.
Motivated by the current coupon-clipping climate, Big Island writer Leslie Lang and former Hawai’i writer Kris Bordessa started the websites, which are updated most weekdays, to help Hawai’i's residents and visitors get out and about “on the cheap.”
To celebrate the sites’ launch, both Big Island On The Cheap and Honolulu On The Cheap are having daily contests for the first week – or more – starting March 10th. “We’re all about deals, so we’re getting off to a good start by giving away all sorts of great Hawai’i-related gifts,” says Lang. “Chuck Moore hula girl t-shirts, Macario photographic prints, locally created ceramics from the Hilo art gallery High Fire Hawai’i, some Hawai’i-related books, a gorgeous woodblock print donated by Volcano Artist Margaret Barnaby and there will be some other surprises, too.”
In addition, Big Island On The Cheap.com is offering printable, discount coupons to ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, and Honolulu On The Cheap.com is offering discount coupons to the Waikiki Aquarium. “We are excited to promote both of these great attractions that we ourselves enjoy,” says Bordessa, “and also honored that they were so enthusiastic about offering support to our new venture.”
Over the past several weeks, thrifty readers of Honolulu On The Cheap and Big Island On The Cheap have learned about free Hawaiian music concerts, yoga classes, history lectures and even an Avocado Festival. That’s in addition to dozens of deals on everything from malassadas and sub sandwiches to hotel rooms.
“Everyone-including us-is looking for deals right now,” says Lang. “And they’re out there. We’re just trying to make it easy for people to find them.”
Listen for Leslie Lang on the radio Tuesday morning; she’ll be discussing the websites and their official launch at 8:05 a.m. on the Big Island’s Mynah Bird show, which is at KHBC/92.7 FM and KONA FM at 92.1 FM.
Big Island On The Cheap and Honolulu On The Cheap are part of a rapidly growing network of independently owned and operated “On The Cheap” sites, which are launching nationwide on March 10. A complete list and links to Cities On The Cheap websites are available at http://www.citiesonthecheap.com.
About Leslie Lang
Leslie Lang (http://www.leslielang.com) is a Big Island-based freelance writer who works as an editorial consultant (writing press releases, newsletter items, blogs, speeches, reports and more for businesses), as well as a freelance magazine writer and book author who specializes in writing about Hawai’i. She blogs at http://blog.leslielang.com.
About Kris Bordessa
Kris Bordessa (http://www.krisbordessa.com), formerly of the Hawai’i and now living in California’s Gold Country (where she also runs http://www.goldcountryonthecheap.com) is the author of several books and writes regularly for national magazines about family travel.
Just a quick correction… I HAVE NEVER HAD CONTACT WITH THEM.
I am still running my contest looking for the best explanation to the question of “Why was I targeted in this directive specifically?“