Two Killed on H-130

A 36-year-old motorcyclist and a child passenger were killed tonight when a motorcycle apparently struck a sedan that was attempting to turn left from Ainaloa Boulevard onto Highway 130 in Kea’au.

The accident occurred just after 7:30 p.m.

According to the Hawai’i Country Fire Department, the motorcycle was heading toward Pahoa on Highway 130 when it struck the sedan.

A fire crew arrived to find the motorcycle engulfed in flames and the two victims lying 15 to 20 feet away.

According to the fire department, neither victim showed signs of life at the scene. Both were wearing helmets.

Two Separate Earthquakes at 3.0 Shake Big Island

1. A minor earthquake occurred at 8:32:11 PM (HST) on Sunday, May 31,  2009 .
The magnitude 3.0 event occurred 6 km (4 miles) S of Pu`u `O`o Crater.
The hypocentral depth is 9 km ( 6 miles).

2. A minor earthquake occurred at 8:49:43 PM (HST) on Sunday, May 31, 2009 .
The magnitude 3.0 event occurred 12 km (8 miles) ENE of Ka Lae (South Point).
The hypocentral depth is 41 km (26 miles).

Singles Parties Starting Up at the Pahoa Museum

I just saw this interesting tweet come across the “Pahoa” feeds of Twitter:

Singles’ party at the Pahoa Museum every 3rd Saturday of every month. Raising money to keep the Museum going.

I’ve got lots of blog posts on the Pahoa Museum.

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Hawaiian Decides on a New Fleet of Rolls Royce Powered Airbus A-330’s

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In a new partnership between two respected brands which has just been announced there is a huge win for the environment and air travelers. Hawaiian Airlines will roll out a new fleet of fuel-efficient planes next year.

Hawaiian Airlines’ has decided on a new fleet of Rolls Royce powered Airbus A-330’s.  “The Boeing 767 is a great aircraft,” said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian Airlines’ President and CEO. “The A-330 is a step ahead of that.”

The new airbus will be about three to four percent more fuel efficient than Boeing 767s. That translates to about 700 fewer tons of carbon emissions per aircraft per year.”

This “green” initiative is a $460 million investment by Hawaiian Airlines…

More here

Pissing on Trees

I often refer to myself as a resident ass at times.  I’m blunt, I say what I mean and often times my words get me in trouble because the context of what is said and the meaning of what is said is often lost through the language and tone of what I say.

I’ve gotten into a few “Pissing Matches” with blogger Aaron Stene over East Side vs. West Side politics on this island and we are both pretty stubborn and have our own beliefs about things.

Other bloggers have had other pissing matches that go on like the Pissing match between Andy Parx of Got Windmills and Doug over at Poinography.

What many people that don’t blog often don’t realize, is that most of us blog because we are passionate about one thing or another and when that passion about something is challenged, we are often irritated or feel attacked by our own perspective on things.

Tiffany over at Big Island Chronicle and I are always having little pissing matches about something or another.  Unfortunately, sometimes things turn ugly and we say words that are attacking in nature of the person instead of the subject matter at hand.

“Pissing matches are fun to watch until you get splattered with piss…”

“You can’t beat me in a pissing match because I have a bigger dick, or I am a bigger dick… you choose”

“Pissing on trees is ok until that tree rots and falls on your house”

You see the thing about pissing matches… is you tend to do them with people you enjoy spending time with in the long run.

Two people pissing pissing at each other will never fill up the toilet known as the County.  Two people pissing together at the county toilet might make the county realize that their is  a need for more toilets.

This is a small island… I think this cartoon reflects well about my affection for fellow blogger Tiffany… and hey… lunch is still on me if you want to discuss things still.

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Navy Looking at OTEC Plans for Hawaii’s Future

… the U.S. military plans to move 8,000 Marines and 17,000 family members to Guam from Okinawa, Japan, by 2014. But these new residents and the expanded military installations are likely to overwhelm Guam’s power grid, which today generates all of its electricity from imported oil.

The Navy thinks “ocean thermal energy conversion” may be the answer to Guam’s future electricity needs – and Diego Garcia’s, Kwajalein’s and Hawaii’s, too…

…But it could start a process that within a generation could have ocean thermal energy conversion providing all the electricity Guam – or Hawaii or Diego Garcia – needs, Lockheed officials say.

More here

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Ask Governor Lingle to Sign Medical Marijuana Task Force Bill Into Law

Media Release

Both chambers of the state legislature have approved SB 1058, which would establish a task force to examine crucial issues surrounding Hawaii’s medical marijuana law. The bill is now sitting on Gov. Linda Lingle’s desk awaiting her signature.

Please send an e-mail to Gov. Lingle today asking her to sign this bill into law.

While Gov. Lingle may sign SB 1058 into law at any time, she has until June 30 to signal her intent to veto SB 1058; however, if she has taken no action on it by July 15, the bill will become law with or without her signature.

After you have e-mailed Gov. Lingle, please follow up with a call, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in support of SB 1058.

If SB 1058 becomes law, the task force will have 13 members, including a registered patient and two physicians. Once established, the taskforce would: (1) Examine current state statutes, state administrative rules, and all county policies and procedures relating to the medical marijuana program; (2) Examine all issues and obstacles that qualifying patients have encountered with the program; (3) Examine all issues and obstacles that state and county law enforcement agencies have encountered with the program; (4) Compare and contrast Hawaii’s medical marijuana program with other state programs; and (5) Address other issues and perform any other function necessary as the task force deems appropriate relating to the program.

Hawaii Superferry Files for Bankruptcy Protection

May 30 (Bloomberg)Hawaii Superferry Inc., which provided high-speed ferry service for cars and passengers between Hawaii’s Oahu and Maui islands, filed for bankruptcy protection today.

Hawaii Superferry and parent HSF Holding Inc. filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy petitions in Wilmington, Delaware. They cited a Hawaii Supreme Court ruling in March that struck down a state law permitting the company to operate before completing an environmental impact statement.

Tom Fargo, Hawaii Superferry’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement at the time that completing an environmental impact statement could take a year. As a result of the decision, ferry service was immediately shut down and the company’s two high-speed ferries docked in Mobile, Alabama.

The company, which reported more than $100 million in assets and debts in its bankruptcy petition, said it will use the bankruptcy to close its business completely and liquidate the operation.

Hawaii Superferry was formed in 2002 to provide high-speed ferry service among the four main Hawaiian islands of Oahu, Maui, Hawaii and Kauai. The company began carrying passengers in August 2007 on the Alakai, an aluminum-hulled catamaran that carried as many as 866 people and 282 cars, according to court papers in the bankruptcy case.

More Here.

3.5 Earthquake Hits Kilauea Summit

This report supersedes any earlier reports of this event.
This is a computer-generated message. This event has not yet been reviewed by a seismologist.

A minor earthquake occurred at 3:55:27 PM (HST) on Saturday, May 30, 2009 .
The magnitude 3.5 event occurred 9 km (5 miles) SW of Kilauea Summit.
The hypocentral depth is 26 km (16 miles).


Magnitude 3.5 – duration magnitude (Md)
Time Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 3:55:27 PM (HST)
Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 1:55:27 (UTC)
Distance from Kilauea Summit – 9 km (5 miles) SW (215 degrees)
Volcano – 12 km (8 miles) SW (226 degrees)
Ka`ena Point – 21 km (13 miles) WNW (293 degrees)
Hilo – 48 km (30 miles) SSW (210 degrees)
Coordinates 19 deg. 21.2 min. N (19.353N), 155 deg. 19.4 min. W (155.323W)
Depth 25.5 km (15.8 miles)
Quality Excellent
Location Quality Parameters Nst=053, Nph=053, Dmin=4 km, Rmss=0.13 sec, Erho=0.6 km, Erzz=0.8 km, Gp=46.8 degrees
Event ID# hv00034187

Sea Level Surprises in Hilo

The following is a post from Roger E. Sowell posted on May 6th, 2009 on his post titled Sea Level Surprises in Hilo on his blog EnergyGuy’s Musings.

While doing research for my comment to EPA on their Proposed Finding that CO2 is a dangerous air pollutant, I ran across some data for sea level in Hawaii, taken at Hilo which is on the Big Island of Hawaii.

The data has some surprises, and quite frankly, I am asking for comment and insight from those who have a better understanding than I have.

The first graph below (Figure 1) shows the same time period as does University of Colorado’s sea level as measured by satellites.  The upward trend is roughly the same as the global average from U. Colorado, which shows 3.3 mm/year.

Figure 1 has 2.9 mm/year, or roughly 10 percent lower than the global average.  This makes sense to me, as Hawaii is almost in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and very tropical.  The ocean there should be warm, and expand along with the Pacific Decadal Oscillation in its warm phase.

Figure 1.  Rate of increase 2.9 mm/yr

Figure 2, shown below, has me puzzled, however.  This shows the sea level from 1978 through 2002, with an almost zero slope to the trend-line.  The very slight downward trend is negative 0.1 mm/year.
My puzzlement arises because this time period was reportedly during the warming phase of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, and the ocean water surrounding Hawaii should have been warming, and therefore expanding.
The sea level is a function of ocean temperature, according to the climate scientists who incessantly tell us the globe is warming due to man-made CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.
How, then, could the sea level at Hilo, Hawaii, not be rising during 23 years? We know that the CO2 in the atmosphere was rising steadily all during that time.

Figure 2. Rate of increase -0.1 mm/yr

Finally, Figure 3 shown below shows the entire record of sea level measured by the University of Hawaii researchers, from 1927 through 2008.  The overall trend is positive, with the rate of sea level increasing at 3.2 mm/year.
The rather flat trend from 1978 through 2002 is what aroused my curiosity.
Another odd thing about Figure 3 is the increase in sea level from 1945 through 1961.  This was the same time period as a cold phase of the PDO.
Figure 3. Rate of increase 3.2 mm/yr
The information on the PDO and its phases is taken from JISAO at the University of Washington.  Something just does not add up, at least not to me.

Mayor Kenoi Greets Honolulu OAV Team

Phillipines Department of Foreign Affairs

The Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu conducted Oversees Absentee Voting (OAV) field registration in Hilo, the capital city of Hawaii, last May 16. Hilo is known as Big Island for having the largest land area among the other counties – Oahu, Maui, Kauai – in the state of Hawaii.

The OAV Team, composed of Consul Lourdes Tabamo, Ms. Emily Reyes and Ms. Rochelle Natividad Chen registered 273 Filipinos. The OAV Team accommodated all Filipinos who came for the registration as they could not return the next day for reasons of work, family, and expenses.

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Picture from the Phillipines Department of Foreign Affairs

Hawaii Mayor Billy Kenoi greeted the OAV Team. He also requested the Team to conduct services in Kona, two hours away by land from Hilo, where, there is also a large concentration of Filipinos.

Hawaii Police Department Starting Online Community Satisfaction Survey

Media Release

The public is invited to participate in an anonymous Community Satisfaction Survey for the Hawai’i Police Department during the month of June.

Baring any technical difficulties, the Internet survey will available from 9 a.m. Monday, June 1, until 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, at www.hawaiipolice.com . The survey takes about five minutes to complete and is limited to one survey per computer. Participants will be able to enter detailed comments and suggestions at the end of the survey. The respondent’s IP address will not be stored in the survey results.

This survey will help Chief Harry Kubojiri determine the Police Department’s strengths and weaknesses, so the department can take steps to serve the public better. After the survey period, results will be posted on the Police Department’s web site (www.hawaiipolice.com).

Burglars Rip Off 100 of Konawaena’s Football Jerseys

On May 25, 2009 Kona  patrol officers responded to a reported burglary of the Konawaena High School locker room. Unknown persons broke into the locker room and removed approximately 100 green-and-white football jerseys valued at $8,000.

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Police ask that anyone with information on this case call Detective Scott Kurashige at 326-4646, extension 265, 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.

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OCD Over TP

I was taught a long time ago to “pick my battles” with people that you love and often times certain things just aren’t worth fighting over.

I’ve come to the conclusion that my wife has Obsessive Compulsion Disorder over Toilet Paper (OCD over TP).

I’m the type of guy that really doesn’t care where my toilet paper is sitting or how it’s sitting on the roll, just as long as there is toilet paper there.

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I don’t know why this site above sets her off so much.  I can literally hear her screaming at herself (me) about why she has to be the one putting the TP on the roll all the time.

Another thing that irks me a bit, is why is there such a fuss over which way the TP actually sits on the roll?

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Everyone says that this is the correct way because if the toilet paper had print on it… then the print could be seen.

I’ve heard others argue that it should be like this:

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I find it funny when I arrive at a hotel room and their is a toilet paper roll there and it has the edges folded like this:

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I don’t get it?  Is the hotel trying to tell us something?

And what is the deal with putting flowery print on something that your just gonna wipe your butt with?  I understand that it’s to make your bathroom prettier and all, but folks… your wiping your ass with it!

Don’t even get me started on SCENTED TOILET PAPER!

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*update* Some twitter responses on which way to hang the toilet paper:

  1. Stacie Mahoestaciemahoe@damontucker Over the top!half a minute ago from TwitterFon in reply to damontucker
  2. Randy Filkindesignerpens@damontucker you’re supposed to *hang* toilet paper?23 minutes ago from mobile web
  1. Don Aweauaweau@damontucker IMHO Its better to have end outside if you wipe to feel completely clean. Inside if you trying to save bc the sheets rip easier11 minutes ago from TweetDeck in reply to damontucker
  2. Craig MiyamotoCraigMiyamoto@damontucker re toilet paper, right way is over the top, unless you have a cat, then it’s against the wall. (I do not have OCD)11 minutes ago from web in reply to damontucker
  3. Mary La'a MoritaKauaiMareRT @damontucker: What’s the right way to hang toilet paper? My wife is OCD over this issues: http://tinyurl.com/lhdmqh11 minutes ago from TweetDeck
  4. Nanette NaniWaialeale@damontucker Is there a right way to hang toilet paper?13 minutes ago from TwitterBerry

Milk of Human Kindness – With Pictures

I’ve got a friend here in Pahoa, Tom Lackey, who has really shown a lot of spirit and aloha to a lot of people in the community.

I’m posting this on behalf of him, now that I have pictures of said wheelchair that was returned to him:

The following is a post from Punaweb, just with some pictures added.

About six months ago I answered a request on  Punaweb.

Some individual asked if anyone had a wheelchair for sale cheep. I responded to him and after talking with him I realized he didn’t have very much money and was in need of a wheelchair for his unfortunate brother, who was confined to a chair. This person said that his brother would be visiting him for around six weeks or so and needed a chair for upstairs and one for downstairs. The wheelchair that I had was new with about ½ hour of use, [cost about $500.00] Barbara my wife has two, one that the insurance bought and one that we purchased. His story touched me so I let him use the chair on the condition that he would return to me in the same shape that he borrowed it.

Not only did this person not return it he left the island. I located the place that he was staying and it belongs to his son. When I drove up into his driveway I was treated like a intruder. After explaining what I was there for he said, “oh yea, I remember something like that” and went to retrieve my chair. When he brought it to me I couldn’t believe what I was looking at. The rubber on both wheels was gone and the rims were ground down to nothing.

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The chair was left out in the rain and is a total rust bucket.

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The only apology I got was “sorry about that.”

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I refuse to let this make me cold and callous to people in need, but from now on I will only deal with people that I know. Sorry for the hooting, I’m just pissed and needed to vent somewhere.

The Lack

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Big Island Student Sitting Out Performance of “Tootsee Roll” Because of Inappropriate Racial and Sexual References

There always seem to be some controversy brewing somewhere on the Big Island:

…But while thousands of others are sharing high-fives, shakas and hugs, Keonepoko Elementary School sixth-grader Ja’nea Osborne will sit out the festivities on principle.

It comes down to a song the Puna school’s sixth-graders will dance to at the June 3 ho’olaulea — a hip-hop song in particular. Lines of it go something like this: “Cotton candy, sweetie go, let me see that tootsee roll, come on tootsee roll, just make that tootsee roll…

The school defends the selection, saying it contains nothing offensive

Here is the actual song, you tell me if it’s not loaded (As if the name of the group “The 69 Boyz” isn’t clue enough?”

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“Mr. Nobody”

My son knows that when the dogs start barking and going off, that means that someone is typically at the driveway and it’s a good signal to go look to see who’s here.

Every once in awhile our dogs will just start barking at cats or birds that happen to come into the yard.

Of course my son being all excited to see who it is, goes running to the window every time he heres the dogs barking like that.  Often times, I know that no one is there, but I’ll just play along with him and ask him who is there.

I’ll say… “Who’s There?”

He says “Nobody”.

I say Mr. Nobody?  and it can go back and forth for a couple rounds before he will finally say something like… Dad… It was the “Mr. Nobody Ghost”.

Well I found the Mr. Nobody Ghost this afternoon and he looks like this:

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You see he’s like the typical 4 year old kid with no brothers or sisters to blame things on when he gets in trouble for things.  Whenever I ask him something about something I know he did… and he’s afraid he’ll get in trouble… Mr. Nobody Ghost did it!

I’ve been trying to teach him little things like recycling and composting.  He’s getting pretty good at both things.  Typically I help him with the compost because it can be a bit messy if he drops it on the way there.

Well we gave him some peanut shells to compost because it couldn’t make too big of a mess if he dropped them… right?

Well look at what the buggah when do:

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Typically we compost our items to the right of this gas tank.  But if you look real close at those bricks… you’ll see friggin peanut shells wedged in the holes of the bricks!

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So of course I had to ask him why he put the peanut shells in the brick and his response…

“Ask Mr. Nobody Ghost!”

Mr. Nobody's Innocent Until Proven Guilty

Mr. Nobody's Innocent Until Proven Guilty

I don’t know son… gonna be really hard to blame this one on “Mr. Nobody”

One Irritating Thing About Living in Hawaii

I get asked all the time what it’s like to live in Hawaii.  What do we do for fun?  Where do we go for vacations?  Do you live on the beach? etc.

I’m more then willing to share emails, tweets, comments with anyone about my feelings about things and I try and tell it like it is at times.

The one thing that is really irritating about living in Hawaii is having things shipped here.

Many places won’t even ship to Hawaii and that’s one of the biggest problems.  Those that do ship to Hawaii often charge outrageous prices to do so.

Many times it seems like companies don’t even announce what the shipping price to Hawaii actually is until after you’ve decided you’ve purchased it based on a mainland shipping price.

Well the thing that really bugs me right now… is my own stupidity is going to cost me an arm and a leg in shipping.

My drivers side mirror on my car for some reason the thing that makes the mirror turn broke and so the whole mirror needed to be replaced.

So I finally find a place that has a mirror and I order it.  The mirror itself cost’s about $30.00 but the shipping was $47.  This was after I had already driven around to the junk yards looking to see if they might have a replacement mirror.

So you tell me… what is wrong with this picture?

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If you can tell by looking at the picture… I ordered the wrong frigging mirror!  This is a passenger side mirror!  (Hey RJ need a mirror).

So now I have to order another one… and PAY SHIPPING AGAIN!

They told me that I could pay the shipping to have this one sent back and I would get credited the money for the mirror… EXCEPT THE MIRROR COSTS LESS THEN THE SHIPPING!  Plus I would still have to pay shipping for the new mirror being sent!

So it’s actually cheaper for me to just buy a new mirror then try and send this one back for a credit.

Well, I guess it wouldn’t be as irritating if I wasn’t such an idiot!

Video: On the Scene of the Army Helicopter Crash

Two Soldiers were killed after their helicopter made a hard landing May 27 at Wheeler Army Airfield in Hawaii.

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Quarter Million!

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Whoa… I just realized that sometime while I was at work today my Blog Hit counter rolled over 250,000 page views.

I had to do the math… If I got a nickle every time someone viewed my site, I would have made over $12,500 bucks.

I got to start trying to figure out a way to bill you readers!!! J/K!

Thanks for stopping by!