First Saturdays Rocking at Pahoa Museum

I just got back from the Pahoa Museum where they are celebrating their grand opening with a “First Saturday’s” kick off party.

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The place is packed right now and it’s still early in the evening.

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The owners let me know that they are planning on doing this every first Saturday of the Month, and I’ll be receiving more information on it soon enough.

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The place is filled with people of all ages…

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And people were dressed up in their latest Puna Fashions:

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And people were dancing to the music that was playing wherever it may have been playing.

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The Milk and Honey Cafe was a great place to grab a quick drink.

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And just stepping outside for a quick breath of fresh air every once in awhile was in order.

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The music was great and people were jamming.

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So if you’re looking for something to do in Pahoa on the first Saturday’s of each month, check out the Pahoa Museum.

Do you see yourself in this video?

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Don’t forget that they have the Merrie Monarch exhibit being featured just in time for the Merrie Monarch.

Click on pictures below for larger images from tonights festivities:

Lanai Beach Evacuated Because of North Korea Missile Threat

Guests at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay may have been startled Friday to be warned to get off the beach and seek shelter because of a possible North Korean missile launch.

“It was a good example of miscommunication,” said county spokeswoman Mahina Martin…

More here

Don’t Quit Your Day Job Emily Naeole

Councilwomen Emily Naeole sings her Alma Mater at the “2009 Pahoa Egg Rush“:

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Puna Tweaker Busted

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A 36-year-old Puna man has been charged with 10 drug offenses, including meth trafficking, following a two-month investigation by the Hard Drugs Detail of the Hawaii Police Department’s Area I Vice Section.

Jason Kaleo Ledward of Kea’au was arrested Tuesday (March 31) and charged with three counts of meth trafficking, three counts of promoting a dangerous drug, three counts of drug paraphernalia and one count of promoting a detrimental drug. He was released after posting $61,250 bail.

During the course of the investigation, police recovered approximately 4.5 ounces (172.5 grams) of crystal methamphetamine with a wholesale street value of $16,000. Police also recovered three motor vehicles and a custom built motorcycle, as well as $1,435 in cash, for forfeiture.

Hilo Federal Building to Get $15.7 Million in Federal Stimulus Money

The federal General Services Administration plans to spend $136.7 million of its stimulus funding for government buildings in Hawaii, according to a list of projects obtained this week by the Washington Business Journal.

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Hilo’s Federal Building is one of two projects in the state that will be getting money.  $15,747,000 will go towards “high-performance green building” modernization and improvement.

See list of projects here:

2009 Pahoa Egg Rush… Pictures

This morning was the 2009 Pahoa “Egg Rush”.

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This was my son’s second time attending the event.

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About 200 or so kids came out for an early easter egg celebration.

Councilwomen Emily Naeole with her Grandaughter

Councilwomen Emily Naeole with her Grandaughter

There were events for the kids such as this foot race held inside the gym.

Take the slippahs off... you run faster with them on your hands!

Take the slippahs off... you run faster with them on your hands!

There was a Hot Dog eating contest:

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There was arts and crafts:

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eggrush-018There was face painting:

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The Hawaiian Beaches Action Team was there cooking up hot dogs and serving shave ice.

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The HELCO Toy’s for Tot’s Train was there.

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All aboard!

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A good time was had by all and I’m glad the weather held up for everyone.

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Kauai Chicken Trap Seller/Real Estate Agent in Wall Street Journal… Activist Bock and Cry Fowl

Dog, "Wot brah, beef!?!"  Chicken, "No, actually chicken." - Baron Sekiya, Richard Ha Caption Contest Winner

Dog, "Wot brah, beef!?!" Chicken, "No, actually chicken." Baron Sekiya's Caption on Richard Ha's Caption Contest

In February I blogged about the Kauai Resident who was selling rooster traps.

Last week, the Wall Street Journal featured him in an article entitled, “Tourist Learn Who Rule the Roost on this Lush Hawaiian Island

…Mr. Shumate, the real-estate man, says it’s about time the island did something. He recently started a business making rooster traps. He was inspired by frequent calls from new homeowners who wanted to know what to do about the roosters rousing them from their slumber.

“Who knew it would be the best closing gift I ever gave a real-estate client,” he says.

Mr. Shumate began making the traps for neighbors and now advertises them on Craigslist for $159. His first customer: Costco Wholesale Club, which was trying to thin the flock of chickens at its outdoor food court.

He’d like to see Kauai officials make rooster control a priority: “I see this as a real problem for tourism, prospective real-estate buyers and public health. If you can’t sleep, that is a health issue.”

You would think this is where the chicken crossed the road and lived happily ever after… right? Well the story isn’t over.

Mr Shumate emailed and told me to check out his blog, Hawaii’s Wild Rooster Blog, that he has created and an article that he posted in response to what has been happening since the article was published.

…To sum it up, some people are happy about the story and feel it will spark long overdue action on a county or state level to counter the feral bird problem in Hawaii. But on the flip side, I have also taken some heat over the story, as if it were my fault the story is true, lol! I see it like this. The story reported is true, like it or not. For the handful who don’t like it, they should direct their energy toward fixing the problem, not covering up the issue as if it didn’t exist! Furthermore, if these individuals are really concerned about a loss of tourism and blame the story for repercussions, they should look back on themselves as they never called for administering responsible control over an obvious problem way back when. Truth is, I would love to honestly be able to tell future clients that the feral bird issue is on the outs, but at the moment, its not. The feral bird issue has never been a deal breaker for any of my past clients (unless a direct neighbor is caging a slew of birds), and I certainly am not in the business of misrepresenting circumstances to clients. With that said, I have no regrets in confirming the fact that Kauai and other islands do have a feral bird issue upon being asked. I said what I said in hopes of grabbing the attention of our county or state to act on funding a start up program that would finally give residents, businesses and visitors some relief…

You can read the rest of his post “When Opportunity Knocks (WSJ)” and the follow up to the article “Ann Zimmerman of the Wall Street Journal Agrees to Follow Up Story…

Here is the picture of the trap that I showed in my initial blog on this back in February. I don’t know if they have changed.

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