Pacific Origin – Race of Man

Ok… every once in awhile I have to throw up a video like this.  I just stumbled upon it and it seems pretty interesting.  I don’t know much about the person that put it together though.

Just a Cool House

One of the cool things about this work, is seeing cool houses along the way.  I stumbled upon drove by this house which reminded me of a geodesic dome that my uncle used to live in back on Kauai in the Seventies.

It’s actually two separate dome houses joined together in the middle.

For clarification purposes… this is not one of the houses that I was working on… Simply a house I drove by on the way and thought was cool so I took a picture from the end of the roadway.

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Hoku Award Winner Lee Eisenstein Video from the Punatic Cyber Cafe:

Hoku Award Winning Classical Guitarist Lee Eisenstein performs at the Grand Opening of the Punatic Cyber Cafe, formerly known as the Aloha Outpost in the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaiii.

You can see more videos of Lee as well as other Punatic Cyber Cafe videos at their youtube site here.

Roger Christie at the Punatic Cyber Cafe… Talking About the New Marijuana Laws… VIDEO

Hawaii Cannabis Ministry founder and director summarizes the new law that went into effect last November. This new law allows private citizens to grow up to 24 plants and to have up to 24 ounces in their possession (at home for private use).

Hawaii County Employees Internet Scandal!!!

I blogged about Council Member Yagong looking into the records of county employees a few weeks ago here.

The Big Island Chronicle blogged about it on the same day here.

I then thought about it and blogged my thoughts about how this was a no-brainer here the next day.

Big Island Chronicle followed up with Hunter Bishop recently and got the following response from him:

“Tiffany, The information you requested is part of an ongoing county investigation. The information will be made available to the public when the investigation is completed. Let me know if you have any further questions. Aloha, Hunter”

In today’s West Hawaii Today, Nancy Cook Lauer writes:

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi acknowledged Friday that his office is investigating “very serious” and possibly illegal abuse of Internet access on county computers.

Kenoi said the investigation goes back to January 2008 and includes the potentially illegal use of county computers for political activity, as well as other serious abuses.

“We are not going to tolerate this type of behavior,” Kenoi said. “We anticipate action will be taken in the future” that could include employee termination and even prosecution.

The mayor did not know when the investigation will conclude. He declined to say what other kinds of Web sites employees may have inappropriately been accessing…

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Just yesterday, I made the following comment on Tiffany’s Blog:

I was wondering why my page visits dropped a bit in the last few days. I wonder if a memo got circulated reminding county employees of what types of internet sites they should and shouldn’t be accessing while on county time?

“…If there was any illegal or abusive behaviors regarding Internet usage, six months of history is more than enough for disciplinary action, legal action or investigative conclusion,” Yagong said in an April 10 letter to Kenoi.

In other words, unauthorized and/or illegal usage has stopped dead in its tracks. Releasing the report would have zero bearing on any ‘ongoing investigation’ as you can’t investigate illegal usage that has voluntarily and abruptly stopped cold…

Tazer Incident at Keaau High School… My Thoughts

The Department of Education, the board overseeing the state’s schools and local police are doing separate investigations into an affray Tuesday at Keaau High School that led to the arrest of six students and one 17-year-old student being subdued with a Taser.

So the police tazered a kid at Keaau High School and it seems like many people are blaming many different reasons for what went down at the school.  Only those that were present know what went down so speculating what should and shouldn’t have been done is kind of useless.

Former Waiakea faculty member Brian Jordan thinks having more male role models would help:

…Students with severe discipline problems need to be in a school with MORE MALE ROLE MODELS…

…The lack of male teachers causes a security risk. These kids are BIG. Many are violent from years of neglect and all manner of abuse (physical, sexual,substance). The first thing that needs to happen is the old school complex needs to be a mostly male teacher campus…

I don’t know what the percentage of male to female faculty members are at the High School, but, at the Middle School, the staff is about 50-50 Male to Female.

It’s not the DOE’s fault that many MEN do not choose to go into the education field. I think it’s Society’s fault for not putting the value in teachers in general. If teachers were more respected, meaning higher pay, more authority, and less restrictions on what they can and cannot teach… the whole learning environment would be much better.

Right now with the NCLB act mandating that public schools be taught in such a structured format, many kids that go to them just can’t stand the format… and literally become a problem because they are bored at school. Most of the trouble that I see first hand at the “Feeder School” to the High School, stems from attitude problems that have nothing to do with the teachers at the school… It’s the system that the kids are in. The whole DOE needs a complete overall from top to bottom.

When will Hawaii wake up and realize that we are still one of the few States in America that still has a Statewide governance of the School System instead of local school boards?

Do you really think that Board of Education sitting over there on Oahu knows what kind of problems Big Island families face compared to Oahu?  I don’t know…

…Police say the use of the stun gun on the student was appropriate. But some parents and at least one Board of Education member are questioning the use of force.

“I’m having one of my staff analysts investigate how often this (stun gun) is being done. We want to get to the bottom of this,” said BOE member Mary Cochran.

“If this kid engaged in activity violent enough to warrant the use of a Taser, I don’t know. That’s what we’re trying to find out,” Cochran said…

I constantly am amazed at just how big some of these Middle School Students are.  I have students that are much bigger then me, and I’m almost 6 feet tall.  These are only 6th-8th graders mind you… not High School students.

I’ll say it once more for clarification… it’s not the schools/teachers/faculties  fault most of the times when problems do arise at schools… It’s the system.

All the way from the Governance of the Schools, to the way parents are raising their children.

Some people are blaming it all on the parents as well… and I do think there is a bit more merit in blaming the parents for what happens at the school.  As we all know, education begins at home.

I just have one question… I believe some of the Honolulu  Tazer guns have a camera installed on them so that anytime a gun is used, there is a video of the incident.

Does anyone know if Big Island’s cops have this device on their Tazers?  It would be interesting to see a video of the actual incident.

Here is an example of those guns:

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Big Island Toyota Service on Twitter… and Offering Deals!

Interesting… I guess now you can drop off your car at Big Island Toyota… and be tweeted when it’s ready for pick up.  Well I don’t know if they are doing that yet, but they could.

I had to chuckle when I saw that Big Island’s Toyota Service has a Twitter site and actually uses it:

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