FBI Blogs

The FBI Blogs site had a soft launch last week and I’ll be pushing it a bit more in the next week.

I have had my hands full the last few days trying out new things with the site.  It’s been an interesting few days working out kinks and tweaks with the site.

I wish I was more talented at things like this, and it’s a big learning process for me to get this thing started up.

I’ve decided to limit the amount of bloggers to 25 for now, which means I have room for about 3 more spots.

I’ve opened up the RSS feeds to 2 posts per blogger so that people won’t feel as though they might be missing something.

I’m still waiting for the PROFILE PICTURE OF MR. TIM SULLIVAN!… He might get stuck with some toes if he doesn’t send me his profile picture soon… (personal joke).

I’ll be adding a few new features to the site as the weeks progress and see what direction things go.  Once the site is up and running, it should be very little to no maintenance at all.  I wish I could figure out a script to move my widgets automatically.

Larry … you know how to do that by any chance?

I’d like to thank Macario for posting the first Header image for the site.  Still looking for other submissions, and I don’t see why the header can’t change every once in awhile.

I’m beta testing a chat feature where people could chat amongst other people on the site while they are visiting.  Currently looking at Gabbly, but I don’t like the ads that pop-up on it.  If anyone knows of a good “Free” chat client that allows people to chat over a site w/out all the ads… please let me know.

As soon as I get that site going… I can go back to blogging like a normal blogger… or do I mean abnormal?

I’m also looking at different ways to possibly feed the site directly so there isn’t that initial lag when accessing the site.

So come check out some of the best blogs on the Big Island:

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Kona Kampachi – 60 Times Less Impact on Stock than Wild Caught Fish

Press Release:

Kona Blue Water Farms released an analysis that demonstrates sustainably maricultured fish actually have 60 times less ecological footprint on the ocean than wild-caught fish. Kona Blue’s analysis supports the recent recommendation from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) that called for an increase in fish farming amid falling wild populations and increasing fisheries closures, such as west coast rockfish, Gulf grouper, and the impending restrictions on red snapper.

“If we examine the true environmental cost of wild-caught predatory fish — such as swordfish or tuna — we find sustainably maricultured fish have some 60 times less impact on fish stocks at the base of the food chain, such as sardines and anchovies,” said Neil Anthony Sims, President of Kona Blue. The leading offshore mariculture operation in the U.S., Kona Blue raises sashimi-grade Kona Kampachi®, a Hawaiian yellowtail, off the coast of Hawaii.

“What would ocean-conscious consumers rather have on their plates?” asked Sims. “One pound of Kona Kampachi®, or one sixtieth of a pound of tuna? The impact on the oceans is about the same.”

Sims bases this estimate on three primary considerations. First, aquaculture is continually moving towards sustainable substitutes in farmed fish diets to lessen reliance on fishmeal and fish oil. Kona Blue’s current feed formulation includes only 35% fishmeal/fish oil from wild baitfish, of which approximately 3% is from capture fishery by-product. Contrary to outdated ratios of 5:1 or higher quoted by some environmental groups, the current ratio of “wild fish in to farmed fish out” has fallen to approximately 1.5:1 (1.5 lbs. of anchovies producing 1 lb. of sashimi-grade farmed fish).

By contrast, wild fish are subject to the laws of trophic transfer, where only 10% of their prey’s food value is transferred up each step of the food chain. “If a tuna eats a mackerel that earlier ate an anchovy, then there are two trophic steps, compounding the costs,” said Sims. “A tuna may therefore need to eat the equivalent of 100 pounds of baitfish to increase its weight by one pound.” As the fishmeal/fish oil for farmed fish feed involves only one efficient step, trophic transfer loss is minimized.

Secondly, Sims points out that farmed fish have a life cycle that is estimated to be three to ten times more efficient than wild predatory fish, since they are harvested at a young age, after their most efficient growth, and do not expend energy reproducing or competing to survive in the wild.

The last consideration is by-catch, or those unwanted fish caught by commercial fisheries that are discarded as unsaleable, undersized, or over quota. Some fisheries generate up to eleven pounds of by-catch for every pound that is retained. Experts estimate that almost 30% of the global wild harvest is discarded. Farmed fish have no by-catch, as only fish in the pens are harvested, and the schools of baitfish that go into fish feed rarely have any extraneous “take.”

“With these considerations,” said Sims, “we’ve estimated that one pound of our farmed Kona Kampachi® requires an environmental input of close to one pound of anchovies. A one pound serving of wild-caught tuna, however, would require around 60 pounds of baitfish.”

Sims asserted that responsible open ocean mariculture is a key solution to the depletion of ocean resources, but cautioned, “We still need to ensure rational, effective management of baitfish resources, and take into account ecosystem impacts.”

Federal Agents Will ONLY TARGET Marijuana Distributors if They Have Violated BOTH Federal and STATE LAWS.

Attorney General Eric Holder signaled a change on medical marijuana policy Wednesday, saying federal agents will target marijuana distributors only when they violate both federal AND STATE LAW.

That would be a departure from the policy of the Bush administration, which targeted medical marijuana dispensaries in California even if they complied with that state’s law

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Kids Pictures on Blogs

I got an interesting email from someone:

FYI, there are incredibly strict rules about posting pictures of kids on the internet without having specific permission from the parents.  That’s why schools often don’t have any pictures of kids on their websites.  The rules came about because of concerns over child porn and deviates who have creepy designs on kids.  Also because of messy custody disputes and families hiding from abusive family members, and so not wanting where their kid goes to school to be public knowledge.  I know you have no ill intent here, but you may want to reconsider posting the kids’ pictures on your website unless you have the permission forms signed by the parents.  I ran into this when I had a website for one of my classes, the principal didn’t know the new rules, but her boss sure did and I had to pull all the pictures with kids in them who were recognizable, which defeated the whole purpose of the website.
Your blogsite is looking good, by the way.

In case anyone is wondering… This does not pertain to blogs… and I would never post child pornography.

Please remember this is a blog… a personal journal… etc. It’s my scrapbook and no one can tell me what I can and can’t put in my digital scrapbook.

If someone has a problem with posting pictures of kids on the internet… I suggest they start by clicking here or clicking here and going after these sites.

Mahalo!

Firefighters Plan Emergency Medical Services Week fundraiser

Media Release:

In celebration of Emergency Medical Services Week, the Hawaii Fire Department is sponsoring its 9th annual EMS 5K Family Run/2 Mile-Walk/Keiki Fun Run on Sunday, May 24, 2009. The event will take place at Liliuokalani Park, and the public is invited to participate.

This year’s proceeds will benefit the Big Island Chapter of the American Cancer Society and also help a fire fighter/paramedic who is currently battling cancer.

The 5K Family Run and 2-Mile Walk begins and ends at Liliuokalani Park in Hilo. The route proceeds from Lihiwai Street to the lighthouse tower at Bayfront Highway, then back along the same route to the park. The 2-mile walk also begins at the park to a shorter turn-around point and back.  Both events will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 24th.  A Keiki Fun Run, a non-competitive event for children ages 3 to 10, will be held within Liliuokalani Park following the 5K run.

Applications may be obtained at the Spencer Health and Fitness Center, the Fire Administration office located at Puainako Center, 2100 Kanoelehua Avenue C-5, at any district fire station, or by calling 981-8394 during normal business hours.

The entrance fee is $20 for adults, and $10 for youth, students & seniors (60+).  Deadline to guarantee a shirt is May 18.

Awards will be presented following the completion of the event.  All participants will also become eligible to receive random drawing prizes.  Spencer Health and Fitness Center and HMSA are major corporate sponsors of the event.

The family fun run/walk will also kick off various events and displays that will continue throughout the day.  The American Heart Association (blood pressure screening), Ululani Pharmacy (blood sugar/cholesterol screening), Big Island Asthma Coalition-East Hawaii (asthma awareness and education), Hospice of Hilo, Tri Fit (personal fitness assessment administered by Keaau High School students), and the County of Hawaii Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (Keiki ID) will provide their services to the public.

The Big Island Chapter of the American Cancer Society volunteers and staff will also be on hand to assist with the event as well as to provide information about their services.  For more information on the organization, please call 935-9763.

EMS Week, which is celebrated nationwide, will bring together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety, and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of the medical “front line.”  This year’s theme, “EMS:  A Proud Partner in Your Community,” underscores the commitment and dedication of the 750,000 EMS personnel who provide an essential community service every day.

The Emergency Medical Services Week coordinators are Fire Captain/Mobile Intensive Care Technician Lance Uchida (Central Fire Station, telephone 961-8325) and Battalion Chief Jerry Lum (telephone 883-6103).  The fun run/walk race director is Firefighter/Mobile Intensive Care Technician Jesse Ebersole (Kawailani Fire Station, telephone 959‑7012).

The County of Hawaii’s Emergency Medical Services Division, a State-funded program, provides 24-hour quality pre-hospital emergency medical care and services to the residents and visitors on Hawaii.  Last year, EMS responded to 15,420 calls for assistance island wide.  To learn more about your local EMS Division, please call 961-8319.

Event organizers welcome your support of EMS.  Please join your Fire Department on May 24th.

Big Island’s Sig Zane and Nalani Kanaka’ole to Receive Dukes 2009 Hoʻokahiko Award Tomorrow in Honolulu

Hat tip to Reiko:

Two renowned island treasures, who also happen to be husband and wife, Nalani Kanaka’ole and Sig Zane, will be presented with Duke’s Waikiki’s 2009 Hoʻokahiko Award for their dedication and contribution to perpetuating Hawaiian culture and tradition. Nalani will be honored for continuing ancient Hawaiian Hula and Sig will be recognized for maintaining Hawaiian values and culture through his clothing designs. The private ceremony will take place on Thursday, March 19, 2009 at Duke’s Waikiki.


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“Nalani and Sig deserve recognition for their work that perpetuates Hawaiian culture,” said Ross Anderson, senior general manager at Duke’s Waikiki. “The Hawaiian ways would be lost if it wasn’t for people like them and we’re proud to honor them with this year’s Ho’okahiko Award.”

Kanaka’ole is the daughter of the late Edith Kanaka’ole – one of the most regarded Hawaiian cultural leaders of her time. She is a renowned choreographer, cultural consultant, educator of Hawaiian practices, and Co-Kumu of Halau O Kekuhi.

Dedicated to perpetuating ancient, traditional-style hula and oli (chant), Kanaka’ole and her family started the Edith Kanakaole Foundation in 1990. The Foundation seeks to increase indigenous Hawaiian cultural awareness and participation through educational programs and scholarships. Today, Kanaka’ole serves as the Artistic Director of the Foundation and also as the Director of the Native Hawaiian Art School.

Kanaka’ole has directed many groundbreaking musical pieces and stage performances throughout her lifetime. In 1998, she and her sister, Pualani, documented Halau O Kekuhi’s roots in ancient Hawaiian myths with the launch of the album “Uwolani,” which received Hoku Awards in the Hawaiian Language Performance and Haku Mele categories. In 2003, Kanaka’ole also collaborated with Peter Rockford Espiritu’s Tau Dance Company to produce ”Hanau Ka Moku: An Island Is Born“ at the Hawaii Theatre. She also co-directed “Kamehameha Pai’ea,” a drama about the warrior Chief Kamehameha, and “Holo Mai Pele,” the first hula opera to be broadcast to a national audience on PBS.

In addition, Kanaka’ole co-founded two organizations: Hika’alani, a Hawaiian Cultural Protocol Group, and Puana, a Native Hawaiian organization established for stage and film production scriptwriters. She also judges the Merry Monarch Festival in Hilo and teaches Hawaiian studies at Hawaii Community College.

Kanaka’ole’s husband, Sig Zane, is an artist and cultural practitioner who designs and creates elegant, Hawaiian floral clothing that is printed and cut by hand. A native of O’ahu, Zane moved to Hilo and became a student of Hawaiian culture in the 1970s. After joining Kanaka’ole’s Halau O Kekuhi, he developed an understanding of Hawaii’s plants and their uses in Hawaiian culture.

Zane eventually married Kanaka’ole. The taro planted in Zane’s garden for his son’s first baby luau inspired his first clothing design because the new taro shoots are called ‘oha and symbolize ‘Ohana in Hawaiian culture. When his designs became popular amongst friends and family, he integrated other plants valued by Hawaiians including taro, hala, ‘ie’ie, and kukui into his fabric designs. With success at his fingertips, Zane opened his first retail store, Sig Zane Designs, in Hilo in 1985. His second store opened in Wailuku, Maui in 1999. By using symbols significant to Hawaiian culture in his clothing line, Zane perpetuates Hawaiian culture and tradition teaching others to appreciate Hawaii’s agriculture and heritage.

Duke’s Waikiki believes strongly and sincerely in Aloha, because it believes that the spirit of Aloha is the best of Hawaii’s traditions. The Hawaiian word “hoʻokahiko” means “cling to the traditions,” and the Duke’s Hoʻokahiko Award was established to honor those who, today, live and exemplify those traditions.

16 Year Old Pahoa Girl Honored by Honolulu Academy of Arts “Artists of Hawaii” Series

One of the stars of Hawaii’s oldest art exhibition is one of Hawaii’s youngest budding artists. This year, a talented 16-year-old was accepted into the 58th “Artists of Hawaii,” at the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

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When Harley Diven found out about a contest at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, she submitted some of her photographs. They earned her the honor of showcasing them at this year’s Hawaii Artists Exhibition.

“I’m somewhat surprised, but I really like to go out there and try and do stuff so I’m glad this has happened,” said artist Harley Diven.
She had never studied photography or taken any classes. Everything she knows about taking pictures, she learned from the Internet combined with raw, natural talent.
“If you see the geometry in one of my pictures,” she said. “The curves of the couch and of the bike here and of my legs, it all fits together really nicely and the shoes too.”

Fifteen-year-old Martin Charlot entered a piece of art in 1960. He is now a successful artist in California. At 16 years old, Diven was just 11 days short of becoming the youngest participant ever.

“Many of them are self-taught many of them have a really spontaneous way of going about creating art which is a real inspiration to all of us,” said Stephen Little of the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

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It’s not the first time Diven has won awards for her photography. While she remains humble about her accomplishments, she gets excited when her work is recognized.

“They’ll call me and I’ll be like, ‘Yeah? What?’ ‘You got an award!’ I’m like, ‘Oh my God!” Diven said.  Boasting a 4.0 G.P.A. and taking college courses at the University of Hawaii Hilo, she hopes to someday become an anthropologist. This might explain her love of shooting pictures of people, especially her family.

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