Journey Concert Videos From Waikoloa the Other Night

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More Videos can be found at Youtube user “Journey Hawaii’s” Site here.

New County Whatchamacallit… Website or Blog?

Earlier I released the Press Release the county sent out regarding it’s new “Web Site“.

I find it weird that they are calling it a “Website” when it has all the makings of a “Blog” to me.

And why in the world did it take so long to set that up?  I could have done that in less then an hour… AND HAVE!

I do find it strange that Councilman Yagong is calling for looking at what “County Employees” may and may not be viewing on their computers… I sure hope Yagong doesn’t call viewing “Blogs” something that county employees might not be able to do.

If that becomes the case… County Employees might not be able to go check out their own bosses new site.

So what do you think:

Website or Blog?  Whatever it is… it’s a step in the right direction.

HPD Investigating Property Damage in South Kohala District

The Hawaii Police Department is investigating a series of criminal property damage complaints in the South Kohala District.

Vandals have used spray paint and markers to write graffiti at several locations in the district. The most recent incidents were at the Waimea ballpark and at Ho’oko Street Park in Waikoloa.

The incidents may be happening in the evening and early morning hours. Police request that the public call the police to report any suspicious activity they observe in the parks.

Anyone with information about these incidents or any incident of criminal property damage in the South Kohala District may call Community Police Officer Paul Bugado at 887-3080 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Police Looking for Driver of Pickup Truck from Puna Highway 130 Crash

The Hawai’i Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating the driver of a pickup truck who was seen in the vicinity of an auto crash in Puna in late January. Police and fire rescue units responded to a one-car crash at the intersection of Highway 11 and Highway 130 on January 29 around 7 a.m. Police determined that the car lost control and struck a light pole near the intersection after driving over what appeared to be oil on the roadway. Witnesses observed the driver of a pickup truck stop past the intersection and then abruptly leave the scene. The truck was described as a white 4-wheel-drive single-cab pickup with a red sticker on the driver’s side of the rear window. It may have been a Toyota. The driver was described as a man in his early 30s, 5-foot-4, with fair skin. He was wearing a jacket and sunglasses. Police ask that anyone with information about this truck or driver, or anyone who witnessed the crash, call Officer Jenny Lee at 966-5835 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Hawaii Ethics Code on Computer Use… Councilmember Yagong, You Snooping My Blog a Few Weeks Ago?

Yesterday I posted some comments around the West Hawaii Today article in which Yagong is calling for the screening of the County Employees computer use.

It is pretty clear in most jobs what and what not the company paid computer should and should not be used for.

Smoking a cigarette is already only allowed on your breaks, although some offices are more lenient then others depending on the supervisor… (Of course my mom remembers the days when she was working in a government office and just had an ashtray on her desk and would smoke with clients in front of her)

As much of a fan of the “Internet and Digital World,” I’m not too happy with Yagong’s decision to investigate what sites county employees are viewing. It would feel a bit like Big Brother is watching your every move…

But, I do understand the rules… and those rules are there for a reason. If your not doing anything you shouldn’t be doing… then you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.

Let’s look at a few of them:

The Hawaii County Ethics Board writes:

6. County Resources: Do not use County time, equipment (computers, email, etc.),  facilities, personnel, the County seal, office supplies or other County resources for non-County related purposes

Big Island Chronicle blogger Tiffany is a bit more pissed about this then I am. Its pretty much been a well known fact to many of us that your supervisors are viewing what sites most employees are browsing anyhow.

According to an Accountemps Network Appliance, Inc survey, U.S. employees spend an estimated 56 minutes each workday on personal Internet activities. This study also found that an estimated 64 percent of employers surveyed monitor employee Internet activity at least somewhat closely and that a surprising 70 percent of employees say that their employer has a right to monitor their Internet activity…

The thing I think is even funnier about this whole situation… is about two weeks ago I specifically blogged about how the hits on my blog went down on the weekends and I specifically said:

I find it pretty interesting that the amount of readers on my blog goes down substantially on weekends.

I can only think of a couple things.

Government workers working M-F using their work computers to check my blog…

Yagong… are you lurking on my blog?

Office of the Mayor Launches New Web site

FINALLY! NEW FEED ADDED ON THE LEFT:

“Hawaii County Mayor’s Messages”

Media Release:

A new Web site from the Hawaii County Office of the Mayor is being launched today at www.hawconews.com.

The site includes press releases, features, announcements, photo galleries and video provided by the Mayor and his staff, and County press releases that will be cataloged on the site by geographical district. You will also find links to local weather, the latest volcano news, and the day’s news headlines from a variety of island media sites.

The Mayor’s office staff hopes visitors to the site will find it enjoyable and informative. Additional features and capabilities will be developed over time and your input is welcome.

Contact the Web site administrator via e-mail at cohinfo@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Community Meetings on Kona Flood Studies Set for April 29th

Media Release

Consultants will share results of the flood study for South Kona and seek input for the North Kona flood study on Wednesday, April 29 from 3 p.m. to 8 pm at the Outtrigger Keauhou Beach Resort.

Consultants will alternate their discussions in separate meetings for the South and North Kona studies. The two South Kona meetings are 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., and North Kona meetings are 4:15 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.

To ensure that all residents and business owners understand the map change process and are aware of their options, representatives from Hawaii County and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be on hand to answer questions.

South Kona consultants will focus on the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) watercourses 13- 20.  To download a map of these watercourses go to the “South Kona Flood Hazard Study” map, http://co.hawaii.hi.us/info/projects.htm

At 4:15p.m., consultants for the North Kona Flood Study will discuss topographic information collected using Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) measurements for Waiaha Drainage way, Split flows & Tributaries; Horseshoe Bend Drainage way; Holualoa Drainage way; Zone A and the Kaumalumalu Drainage way, & Tributaries. Consultants will ask the community to prioritize the watercourses for the FEMA maps changes.

The results of the South Kona Flood Study and the LIDAR of the North Kona flood plain boundaries are not on the preliminary digital flood hazard maps for Hawaii County recently released by FEMA.

FEMA map changes for watercourses 1-12 and 21-24 in South Kona and the results of the North Kona flood study will be presented and discussed in 2010.

If you require special services to participate at this meeting, please call Public Works at 961-8321 to arrange for sign language interpreter, or to have materials printed in larger print.

Hawaiian Idol Dry Runs

Hawaiian Idol VI

Qualifiers “Dry Run”

Part I:

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Pacific Tsunami Museum’s 7th Annual Talk Story Fest Sunday

Media Release

April is Tsunami Awareness Month, and the Pacific Tsunami Museum’s 7th Annual Story Festival raises awareness by sharing the lessons and stories of the past.

This year, first responders to the 1946 and 1960 tsunamis that devastated Hilo twice, and killed a total of 220 people statewide, will relate their stories through master storyteller Jeff Gere. The event, which includes dinner, will be held at Sangha Hall, 398 Kilauea Ave., on Sun., Apr. 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available now at both KTA stores in Hilo, the Pacific Tsunami Museum at 130 Kamehameha Ave., (808) 935-0926, and online at www.tsunami.org.

“The tsunamis that devastated Hilo in 1946 and 1960 are the two largest natural disasters to hit the Hawaiian Islands, and those first on the scene are unsung heroes who played a vital role for the community,” said Donna Saiki, Pacific Tsunami Museum director.

Among them is Yukio Takeya. The former Army National Guard captain and a team of medics were assigned the somber task of recovering bodies after the waves from the May 23, 1960 tsunami slammed into Hilo. They found 58 of the 61 people who died islandwide. The odor was so overpowering in the days after the tsunami that Takeya began smoking cigars.

“I never smoked in my life, but that would kill the smell for awhile,” Takeya recalls.

Another first on the scene was Larry Kadooka, the former Hawaii Tribune-Herald photographer, whose collection of 1960 tsunami photographs are displayed prominently at Pacific Tsunami Museum. Kadooka snapped the photos that would help illustrate the community’s memory. One haunting image – that of a child’s doll abandoned in rubble – serves as a powerful symbol of loss.

Other first responders include then-Boy Scouts Ron Furukawa (now a retired principal) and Barry Taniguchi, President/CEO of KTA, who went out as a pair to render first aid. They were young boys, but the memories of hope and survival remain.

While the stories are especially poignant this year, Saiki points out that thanks to the perseverance of the local community, and its support of tsunami preparedness, the overall message is one that is positive and proactive.

“We need to be prepared. The mission of the Pacific Tsunami Museum, and of the story festival, is to educate the public so that no more lives in Hawaii shall be lost to a tsunami,” Saiki said.

Master performer Jeff Gere is one of Hawaii’s most prolific and popular storytellers. He blends his talents as a painter, puppeteer, mime, teacher, and director into a performance style that has electrified audiences of every age throughout Hawaii and the mainland for two decades. Jeff’s physical energy, wide range of voices, morphing elastic face and clear characterizations make his performances unforgettable events.

The 7th Annual Pacific Tsunami Museum Story Festival is supported by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, KTA Superstores, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald and Pacific Radio Group. Other sponsors who assist by volunteer services and donations are Hilo Honpa Hongwanji, Alpha Delta Kappa (Delta Chapter), Hilo High Key Club, and Big Island Cold Storage

SuperGeeks Opens Today at Prince Kuhio Mall

Supergeeks opens today at Prince Kuhio Mall in Hilo.

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It’s basically a doctors clinic for sick computers as far as I can remember.

I Find it interesting that they are opening stores, when previously I heard they weren’t doing so well on Oahu.

So goes it I guess.

(Hilo: 935-5000)

SuperGeeks’ mission is to help with your computing needs whenever and wherever you may be. We can go to you, or you can come to us. Mac or PC, home or office, we’ve got you covered.

Free Tomatoes and Sign Wave for the CMP this Monday

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…Richard Ha is encouraging others – including you – to meet them (the State Land Board) by the Kamehameha Statue at the Hilo Bayfront between 4 and 6 p.m. on Monday, April 6th. He’s even providing a pint of his Hamakua Springs grape tomatoes to each of the first 150 people who arrive (limit one per family)….

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