Mokulele Arrives in Hilo… $35.00 Flights


Coast Guard Boat Rescues Boat Off Hilo

At approximately 12:40 p.m., Monday, March 23, 2009, the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Kukui received a radio call from a vessel requiring assistance in the vicinity of Hilo Harbor on the Big Island of Hawaii.

The buoy tender was diverted from work on the west side of the island in Kailua, Kona and responded to the 25-foot vessel with five adults aboard.

The master of the vessel reported the engine had stalled and they been drifting for some time approximately three nautical miles south-southeast of Hilo Harbor in swells of five to six feet and 11-knot winds.

The Kukui small boat was launched and towed the vessel to a point outside the harbor to meet the Hawaii County Fire Department. However, conditions were too rough for HCFD to safely take the tow, so the KUK II, Kukui’s small boat, towed the vessel back into the harbor.

The Kukui’s boat crew consisted of Chief Petty Officer Paul Bertram, Petty Officer 2nd Class Kalanikapu Kane, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Noreikas.

The vessel’s owner/operator said he was very appreciative of the Coast Guard. The Kukui crew is currently working aids to navigation on the Big Island.

U.S. Coast Guard cutter Kukui off Oahu

U.S. Coast Guard cutter Kukui off Oahu

Hōkūle’a: “What Do You Eat and How Do You Cook?”… Video Answer

Some of the questions we frequently get include “what do you eat” and “how do you cook” On their trip to Palmyra Atoll, approximately 1,000 miles south of Hawai’i, the crew share the cooking duties and a meal.


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.

Code of Ethics For Bloggers… Ah Bull $#!T… What About Current Journalist Who Blog?

There has been discussion over the years about what makes a good blog and what doesn’t make a good blog.  A lot of talk has been thrown around about “Ethical Blogging”.

I think many people are still mixing up Blogs for other forms of media and Blog writers as Journalist who subscribe to the Code of Ethics formulated by the Society for Professional Journalist.

…Members of the Society share a dedication to ethical behavior and adopt this code to declare the Society’s principles and standards of practice.

There are some strict rules to this code and the wording is not very forgiving on some of the code:

  • Deliberate distortion is never permissible.
  • Always question sources’ motives before promising anonymity.
  • Make certain that headlines, news teases and promotional material, photos, video, audio, graphics, sound bites and quotations do not misrepresent. They should not oversimplify or highlight incidents out of context.
  • Tell the story of the diversity and magnitude of the human experience boldly, even when it is unpopular to do so.
  • Recognize that private people have a greater right to control information about themselves than do public officials and others who seek power, influence or attention. Only an overriding public need can justify intrusion into anyone’s privacy.
  • Avoid pandering to lurid curiosity (Me pander to curiosity… never)

The list goes on and on… about what members of this Society have pledged to adhere to.

My question… Is someone who is a member of this society… of which I am not… Also held to these same code of ethics on a Personal Blog?

If I were to become a member of the Big Island Press Club… Do they expect these same ethics to hold true to a blogger who never wanted to be a “journalist”.

Final Highway 130 Meeting Before Public Input

This coming Monday, March 30th from 5:45 to 8:45, the final meeting of the KPAG members will be meeting at Keaau Elementary school cafeteria.


This $56 million dollar highway project is about to get shoved down everyones faces and I don’t want one person bitching at me about how I voted to proceed with things, as I have been on public record on a few things saying that I would not vote to proceed with the way things are being done now.

From my understanding, we will be discussing how we will be conducting the Public Input meetings that will be providing further information on the project.  I wonder if they are gonna tell us how to conduct ourselves when someones aunt or uncle say’s that we condemned their property?


I don’t understand why all of these meetings haven’t been considered public input meetings, and I still think that most of us KPAG Members were pretty much ramrodded information and we just sat there and said… yes/no on things at times that probably didn’t make a difference in the long run.

Just whatever you do… don’t tell me you never heard anything about this project when it starts up and is giving everyone traffic headaches for the next 20 years.

MONDAY March 30th – 5:45 PM Keaau Elementary Cafeteria

Mayor Kenoi and Cabinet to be at Kona Town Meeting

Media Release:

Mayor Billy Kenoi and cabinet members will discuss Hawaii Island’s critical issues, including the current economy and budget shortfall, West Hawaii’s roads and traffic, future growth management in West Hawaii and the plans for recreation facilities in Kona such as the old Kona Airport Park, at a town meeting, 6-8 p.m., April 14, at Makaeo Events Pavilion at old Kona Airport Park.

Mayor Kenoi, Director of Public Works Warren Lee, Director of Parks and Recreation Bob Fitzgerald, Planning Director Bobby Jean Leithead-Todd and Deputy Managing Director Wally Lau are expected to attend.

Members of the community should bring their questions and concerns about West Hawaii’s present and future quality of life.

Kona Town Meetings are presented by Community Enterprises, a non-partisan, non-profit organization, to provide vital information on community concerns to Kona citizens. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Fred Housel, 331-8602.

County Offering “Life-Long Lessons in Financial Management Classes”

Media Release:

Interested in learning the basics of budgeting, savings and credit?

“Life-long Lessons in Financial Management,” a free class sponsored by the Hawai’i County Office of Housing and Community Development, will be offered several times in Hilo and Kona.

In Hilo, the complete eight-hour class will be held 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 11. The same class will be split into two sessions, 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays May 9 and May 23 in Hilo. The class will be held again in two sessions from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays June 6 and June 27. Hilo classes will be held at 1990 Kino’ole Street, Suite 104.

In Kona, the class will be held in two sessions from 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday, April 2 and Friday, April 3. Separate, condensed versions of the class will be held 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday June 18. Kona classes will be held in the Mayor’s Kona office, 75-5706 Kuakini Highway, Suite 103.

Participants must attend either the complete eight-hour class, two four-hour sessions, or one condensed version of the class to receive a certificate of attendance and completion.

For registration, call Billie at 961-2625.

BJ Penn Signing on Maui April 4th


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