*Update Links Corrected* Hawaii County Council Leaves Out PEG Programming for Clean Elections Hearing

If I’m following things clearly (I’m late in the game on what may or may not have happened), but according to Big Island Chronicle, the latest hearing that had to deal with Hawaii County Clean Elections was not covered by a TV Crew.

…As for the yesterday’s special meeting, it wasn’t videotaped for the public access channel as an effort to save money, according to County Clerk Kenny Goodenow…

I replied with the following comment:

Why/How does the council even get their hands tied into PEG Money?

Hawaii Counties Public Access Channel is not funded by the council or the County for that matter that I know of.

Does the council hire an independent person to film what hearings they want and don’t want too?

It doesn’t cost ANY MONEY to AIR the HEARINGS… and I’m sure I could have found someone who could have videotaped the hearing for FREE.

Heck… you don’t really even need a person… You could simply have a camera set up on a tripod and then hit Record/Stop/Pause/etc. when the hearing is in session. Remote controls on most cameras are standard now.

Record the hearing… stick the tape in the mail addressed to Na Leo Community Television… and Poof… it’s on the Air… Eventually.

I’d love to know how much the Council is Paying to have the hearings taped.

I bet Dave Corrigan of Big Island News could do a much better job for half the price… and put those videos online for everyone to see at anytime they choose to.

As Noelie Rodrigues said… this is a slap in the face.

So going back to the original statement that it wasn’t videotaped to save the county money… I need to ask why it wasn’t for a few reasons:

Na Leo Community Television currently receives $250,000 a year (January 2009) from Time Warner fees that we the public pay for out of our cable franchise fees to cover PEG programming (Public Educational and Government programming).  They have been for many years now.

So why does the council have any say at all in what is broadcast or televised or not?

Who is making these decisions on what hearings we the public get to view.

When will they get with the program and actually just get a remote camera and stream them to the internet so anyone can watch them at any time?

This last particular hearing really blows my mind that the council would somehow choose not to have it broadcast because of supposed money costs.  Do they realize how many people would have loved to have simply videotaped it for free and then submit the tape to Na Leo so that it could be digitized for broadcast?

The council acts like it’s a big cost… when the cost should be Na Leo’s to begin with!  $62,500 is given to both the East and West side for this PEG Programming and there seems to be very little hearings on the West Side.

Of course we can’t forget HB2351H.D.1 S.D. 2:

Establishes requirements for cable TV PEG access organizations relating to funding, governance, filings, and compliance with sunshine and information practices laws.

So come on now County Council… What’s the REAL REASON why this hearing wasn’t videotaped?

Noellie Rodrigues was right when she said the public was getting slapped in the face.


Storytelling in Hilo With Sig Zane… The Video

Merrie Monarch time is probably one of the busiest times of the year for clothing designer Sig Zane and his ohana.

Watch renowned Hilo fashion designer Sig Zane as he shares Hawaiian traditions and culture in his unique aloha wear designs. See him at work and follow him through a walking tour of Hilo, the town that inspires his work.


Hawaii Tax Day Tea Party – Promo Video


One Persons Grave Is Another Persons Home… 14 Miles Japanese Cemetary

This census canvassing work has taken me into some parts of East Hawaii that I have never been to.  I’m learning a lot about the island.

For instance, I had only seen pictures of the Shipman Bed and Breakfast on the internet… despite being friends with the daughter of the owner of the place.  It looks much larger in the pictures then it is in person.

Part of our responsibilities is looking for “Structures” that could be habitable.  I’ve seen some pretty desperate looking houses in my ventures, as well as seen some incredibly huge houses that look like they could easily have 15-20 bedrooms.

Today I came across the following Habitat:


If you notice closely on the ground, there are a couple of mattresses and on the right there was some clothes as well.

I wasn’t about to enter that structure… I could feel weird vibes coming from the place.

I noticed the following Gravestone/Marker but it was written in Japanese and I couldn’t make out what it said:


Needless to say… I had a bit of trouble determining the status of this structure.

So by the above picture… does anyone have any clue as to where I was canvassing?

It would be interesting to learn some of the history of the places that I’m wandering into.  Some of the times I think I’m wandering into a place that I’ll never come out of.

There definitely is a big difference in the attitude that people treat us census workers in certain neighborhoods.

It certainly does amaze me when people are still so willing to just give out such personal information.  I don’t know how many times I’ve had people ask me if they need to give me information… and I simply tell them no… were only there to get the addresses at this point.

It’s like some people don’t believe that I’d only be there to collect the address and not talk to them.  Oh well… so goes the life of a temporary census worker.

Earthquake… 33 Minutes For Civil Defense to Get Out Messages is Not Sufficient

Of course when we have the big earthquakes I’m no where near my computer to see what kind of response time it takes for the county to get word out about it.

It’s nice that we have other bloggers on this island such as Andrew Cooper that actually thought about the Civil Defense Alert and the possible tsunami that could have been triggered by such an event.

Andrew blogged:

…Nice to know that the system actually works and let me know that there was no tsunami danger from this earthquake. Never mind that I received the message 33 minutes after the event, more than enough time for a tsunami to reach anyplace on the island!

A moderate earthquake occurred at 12:44:45 PM (HST) on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 .
The magnitude 5.0 event occurred 10 km (6 miles) NW of Ka`ena Point.
The hypocentral depth is 10 km ( 6 miles).

Wave Power Not Ready for Commercial Use

Technology for tapping ocean waves, tides and rivers for electricity is far from commercial viability and lagging well behind wind, solar and other fledgling power sectors, a panel of experts said last week during a forum here on climate change and marine ecosystems…

…”It’s basically not commercially financeable yet,” said Edwin Feo, a partner at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, during a conference at Stanford University. “They are still a long ways from getting access to the capital and being deployed, because they are simply immature technologies.”

…Roger Bedard, head of the Electric Power Research Institute’s wave power research unit, said the United States is at least five and maybe 10 years away from the first commercial project in marine waters. A buoy at a Marine Corps base in Hawaii is the only wave-powered device that has been connected to the power grid so far in the United States. The first pilot tidal project, in New York’s East River, took five years to get a permit from FERC…

More Here

Puna Resident Paula Kekahuna Recipients of this Year’s Jefferson Award for Public Service

Right on Auntie Paula!!!!  Big Island residents might also know Paula as one of the driving forces behind the Makuu Farmers Market.

From Today’s Advertiser:

To hear Paula Kekahuna talk, you’d think she was just a farmer, weaving haku lei, raising her family and minding her own business.

That image couldn’t be further from the truth. Kekahuna, 54, of Puna on the Big Island, is one of three men and two women named as recipients of this year’s Jefferson Award for Public Service. They will be recognized as Hawai’i’s unsung heroes Thursday at a luncheon. One of the five will be chosen to represent the state at a national ceremony in June in Washington, D.C.

Kekahuna’s husband nominated her for her dedication to the community.

“I didn’t know my husband nominated me,” Kekahuna said. “No one told me about it. I’m a very humble and shy kind of person.”

One of Kekahuna’s chief accomplishments was her determination to make the Maku’u Farmers Market an essential stop in the community every Sunday. As president and one of the founders of the association, her goal was to create a market and grounds that included everything from food and produce to culture and education for residents of the lower Puna community.

“She is a dynamic community leader on the Big Island whose actions have had a measurable impact on the lives of many,” said Sen. Russell Kokubun, D-2nd (S. Hilo, Puna, Ka’u), in his letter supporting her nomination. “Her unselfish acts to improve the health, welfare and self-sufficiency of residents in the Puna district are deserving of recognition.”

The market and the planned cultural center is on Hawaiian Homestead land, Kekahuna said. She started the market in 1991 with five vendors and now has more than 150 vendors selling everything from handmade soaps and crafts to garage sales.

Money raised from renting the space goes to support the market. The goal is self-sufficiency. They now have running water and the association has built bathrooms on the grounds.

But there’s never enough money when dreams are involved. The goal has been and continues to be construction of a community center at the 28-acre site.

“It’s in keeping with our community,” said the mother of three grown children. “There’s a lot of need to get our kids off the street. We do a lot of things for our community.”