73 Year Old Grandma Nan Getting Hassled by the Helicopters… Operation Green Harvest (What Peaceful Skies?)

Grandma Nan is obviously frightened by the Helicopters flying around her house in these clips:


Grandma nan says im all stressed out with these noisey helicopters flying like dive bombers … right over my place … makes one feel like a criminal when one isnt … makes up for the times when i am? … the old what goes around comes around? …its true about the helicopters … sorry you cant hear the noise like i can … it just doesnt come thru on this mic … darn … they are sooooo loud …

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BJ Penn’s Mom Writes Letter to the Nevada State Athletic Commission… “I Was Horrified in Fear…St. Pierre Responsible for Violations During Fight”

Just saw the following letter posted by BJ Penns Mother Lorraine Shin:

“My name is Lorraine Shin, and I am the mother of Jay Dee Penn, also known as B.J. Penn. I have been involved in the MMA arena as a producer for years.

“I have and continue to support my four sons who have earned their black belt status in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. I have also had the opportunity of attending many Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournaments as well as MMA fight events in Hawaii, Guam, Japan, England and the U.S. Mainland. I am no stranger to the MMA fight world.

“During the past 12 years my sons operate and are instructors in the Penn Fitness and Training Center in Hawaii, which I have been very instrumental in its daily operations. My son, Jay Dee Penn, has also produced MMA events under the name of Rumble on the Rock in Hawaii and Guam, and later merged with EliteXC. As the financial adviser for the family, it was imperative for me to understand the rules and regulations governing MMA events.

“On Jan. 31, 2009, I was present at the UFC 94 event held at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. The fighters in the main event were B.J. Penn vs. Georges St. Pierre for the welterweight title.

“I was sitting in the front row, near the entrance to the octagon cage, and clearly understood the seriousness of this fight that had been successfully marketed on prime time television.

“During the rounds that followed, I was shocked to see that B.J. appeared to be helpless, as well as defenseless in his attempts to grasp and hold Georges St. Pierre while on the ground. I silently kept screaming and asking myself, ‘What is wrong? Why can’t B.J. defend himself?’

“I was horrified with fear. My son was going to be seriously hurt because he could not defend himself.

“The match ended in the fourth round, and B.J. Penn lost by TKO when his corner stopped the fight. After the fight was over, I was led immediately to B.J.’s locker room. And knowing that B.J. was seriously hurt, when I reached the locker I heard loud voices yelling that GSP and his cornermen were caught by the Nevada (State) Athletic Commission for applying Vaseline on his body during the rounds and in violation of the rules.

“Although still in shock and fearful for my son, it then made sense to me why B.J. couldn’t defend himself. Georges St. Pierre used a greasy substance on his body, therefore giving St. Pierre an unfair advantage over my son, B.J. Penn.

“While in the locker room, I couldn’t understand why the fight was not stopped by the UFC’s referee or the Nevada State Athletic Commission for the unfair advantage by St. Pierre and his cornerman after they realized the foul. How could this happen? Why was it allowed?

“There are probably several reasons, but the responsibility falls on the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

“The Nevada State Athletic Commission failed in their duties by not immediately notifying the Penn corner of the unfair use of greasing and Vaseline applied on St. Pierre, by not allowing the Vaseline to be removed properly off of St. Pierre, and by not taking the necessary procedures to protect my son from being seriously injured or killed.

“A rushed, quick wipe of St. Pierre’s body did not properly remove the grease from the head, neck, chest, shoulders and back. It is the commissioners’ responsibility to always protect the fighter from the unfair practices by others under the rules that govern MMA events in Nevada…

…”It is officially documented that St. Pierre’s team did in fact apply Vaseline to St. Pierre’s body. It is documented that St. Pierre did have an unfair advantage against Penn because of greasing. The Nevada State Athletic Commission needs to do the right thing and find Georges St. Pierre and all others responsible for these unfair practices and punish them to the fullest extent of their authority.

“St. Pierre is the responsible person for the actions of his cornerman and others involved. This can not be ignored by the Nevada (State) Athletic Commission.

Public Works PUBLIC Information Officer Noelani Whittington 2009 LAVA Tube Award Winner

It’s official… I read the newspaper today at work and low and behold… there it was.

Of course I appreciate Peter for filling me in on the scoops on the corrected Press Release that went out… and of course I appreciate my little birds that drop by now and then with their little tid bits of information.

Here is the article in full from the Hawaii Tribune Herald.  I’m posting it in full because I know that soon enough… people will be charged to read this again…  I hate that model of information… Give it free now… but then charge for it later.

Public Works PIO criticized

By Tribune-Herald
Published: Tuesday, March 17, 2009 9:06 AM HST

The Big Island Press Club has selected Noelani Whittington, public information officer for the Hawaii County Department of Public Works, as the unfavorable recipient of the Big Island Press Club’s Lava Tube Award, given annually to highlight the worst violation of government openness in the state.

The Torch of Light Award, awarded for the best example of open government, goes to Gov. Linda Lingle and the Hawaii State Legislature for passing a law to protect newsgatherers from revealing confidential sources.

Whittington “wins” this year for a memo she wrote in mid-November directing employees how to handle media requests. The memo directed employees not to speak to the media, not to discuss the causes of problems and how to stop the photographing or videotaping of baseyards and road projects.

The since-rescinded memo named several individuals — video producer Dave Corrigan, and bloggers Aaron Stene and Damon Tucker — who are not to receive any information from the department. This is despite the Hawaii County Charter requirement that “all persons shall be treated in a courteous, fair and impartial manner.” Whittington ignored the Charter when she wrote, “They are not journalists. They write what they think.”

“We hope that all the ex-journalists now working in the Kenoi administration will encourage a new standard for openness and access to information in county government,” said BIPC President Peter Serafin. “Today, every presidential press release is available to anyone with a computer and a modem — news professional or not. How can any local government justify being less open?”

In 2008 Reps. Blake Oshiro, Kirk Caldwell, Glenn Wakai, Gene Ward and Tommy Waters introduced a journalism shield bill, which the Legislature passed with no “nay” votes, and which Gov. Linda Lingle signed into law.

The Lava Tube and Torch of Light awards are announced each year on March 16, which is celebrated nationwide as Freedom of Information Day on the birthday of James Madison, the foremost champion of openness in government among the nation’s founding fathers.

The Big Island Press Club was founded in Hilo, in 1967.

The Lava Tube and Torch of Light awards have been presented annually since being established on the occasion of the Club’s 30th anniversary in 1997.

What the Palmyra Voyage Means to the Hokulea

Hōkūle’a captain Bruce Blankenfeld describes how the crew is to set the course to Palmyra, approximately 1,000 miles south of Hawai’i. The crew was training for their first deep-ocean training for the Hōkūle’a Wolrdwide Voyage in which the traditional Hawaiian canoe will circumnavigate the Earth. The crew carry with them the idea that we are all crew members on Canoe Earth and, just as on Hōkūle’a, we need to care for one another an our resources.


Hōkūle’a crew member Keala Kai shares what the voyage to Palmyra Atoll (1,000 miles south of Hawai’i) and the greater worldwide voyage mean to him. The Palmyra sail is a deep-ocean training mission to help prepare crews for the upcoming worldwide voyage in which the traditional Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hōkūle’a will circumnavigate the Earth without the aid of modern instruments. The crew carry with them the idea that we are all crew members on Canoe Earth and, just as on Hōkūle’a, we need to care for one another an our resources.


Hōkūlea crew member Pauline Sato shares why she thinks the sail to Palmyra Atoll is important. This sail 1,000 miles south of Hawai’i and back is the first open-ocean training mission for the Hōkūlea Worldwide Voyage in which the traditional Hawaiian voyage will circumnavigate the Earth using ancient Polynesian navigation techniques. The crew carry with them the idea that we are all crew members on Canoe Earth and, just as on Hōkūle’a, we need to care for one another an our resources.


“Tap Project” Hawaii Begins Next Week


During World Water Week (March 22-28), join the movement to provide clean water to children around the world. With the support of friends like you and a handful of generous restaurants, we look forward to raising the awareness about water’s critical role in a child’s survival.


More info on Tap Project Hawaii Here.

St. Patricks Drunk Dial 2009 Still Going On… Former Honoka’a Resident 2008 Winner

St. Patrick’s Day Drunk Dialing Contest still going on until March 23r, 2009.  Submit entries by calling 1-888-734-1285.

This St. Patrick’s Day, don’t Drink and Drive, Drink and Dial! You’ve heard of “Drunk Dialling”, we’re just taking it to a whole new level. We want you to call us TOLL FREE for St. Patrick’s Day and the funniest entry will win a prize. Yes, it’s that simple!

Tell us how you are enjoying St. Patrick’s Day, tell us what you are up to, tell us a story, or simply phone in and give a shout out to everyone on St. Patrick’s Day. We’ll publish every entry (as long as it does not contain any illegal content), and we’ll choose a winning entry!

This year we’ll even let you choose from a short list for a secondary prize.

Check out the full rules, last years’ entries and make sure to add the phone number to your cell phone!

The St Patrick’s Day Drunk Dial 2009, best of 5 years, are you ready for 2009? March 13-23 2009…. visit Saint Patricks Drunk Dial to   Spread the word and make it a phenomenon:


Last years winner is former Honoka’a, Hawaii resident Dan Niederloh:

Former Honoka'a resident Dan Niedendorf 2008 St. Patrick's Day Drunk Call Winner

Former Honoka'a, Hawaii resident Dan Niederloh was the 2008 Winner

“A fairy tale from Chicago, a toast to the great Saint, sent in from Honokaa, Hawaii by Dan Niederloh. He phoned after a 6 pack of Guinness and some Bushmills while being egged on by his children, whom he obviously raised well. The Saint salutes your original composition! Listen to Dan”