TMT Meeting in Pahoa (Just Random Pictures)

*Blog* CHOP! My bad folks… still learning my new phone…

Attended tonights TMT meeting at Pahoa Elementary for a brief time… was running late for everything today… go figure I run late to something right next to where I’m living.

I’ll just assume that the majority of the presentation was the same one that was given in Hilo… so I’ll pass the buck to Tyler over at the Hilo Living Blog on the report from the night before… My brain has been scatter brained for the last few days with a lot of things going on.

For a detailed report of what the first meeting included, see “Hilo Living Blog” post “Stunning Shift in Hawaii’s Astronomy“.

I’m at the TMT meeting now.

The tide has turned.  I believe more people are in support in Puna for the TMT then are against… of course it is always the folks that are most outspoken against things in the first place to make a fuss about things.

Trust me on this… I’m the “king” of making fusses.

You can follow see my pictures below that were tweeted live on twitter.  I only had my cell camera so the pictures aren’t the greatest.

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This post was edited, because I meant to send it to my twitter account and not my blog… so be it!

  1. TMT observatory and access way minutes ago from twitgoo

  2. Mauna Kea summit from southeast 1 hour ago from twitgoo

  3. TMT mid level facility headquarters and satellite office 1 hour ago from twitgoo

  4. What is the TMT 1 hour ago from twitgoo

  5. How did the universe begin 1 hour ago from twitgoo

  6. Mauna Kea kuahiwi ku hao I ka maile 1 hour ago from twitgoo

  7. Visual overview TMT visual impact mitigation 1 hour ago from twitgoo

  8. Visual overview TMT observatory visualizations 1 hour ago from twitgoo

  9. TMT observatory details 1 hour ago from twitgoo

  10. Acces way options to proposed TMT site 1 hour ago from twitgoo

  11. History of astronomy in Hawaii at TMT meeting 1 hour ago from twitgoo

  12. Crowd at TMT meeting in Pahoa 1 hour ago from twitgoo

  13. @hawaii247 at TMT meeting in Pahoa 1 hour ago from twitgoo

  14. Renee siracusa speakingt at TMT meeting in Pahoa 1 hour ago from twitgoo

  15. Richard Ha speaking at TMT meeting in Pahoa 1 hour ago from twitgoo

Cluster of Missiles on July 4th Towards Hawaii from Korea?


Happy Birthday Hayden… Mahalo Montessori Country Schools

Today is my son’s 5th Birthday. Coincidentally, it was also his last day of preschool, so the kids put on a program for the parents and honored the kindergarten students that were leaving the school to go onto public schools.

Because it was my son’s birthday, they stood him up and we all sang Happy Birthday to him. When we got home… he said that was his favorite part of the program. Looking at this picture I caught of him… I can tell that he was beaming with pride.

He is the only child out of his pre-school to get selected to Kamehameha this year and they also mentioned that. I am so proud of him!

He was supposed to attend his second day of Kamehameha today, but we asked Kamehameha a few weeks ago if we could keep him out today so that he could finish the last day of his preschool and go through the program with his classmates and celebrate his birthday there.

Kids at this age often don’t realize that many of them won’t see each other again for a long time.  Many of the kids at the pre-school go off to all different schools through out East Hawaii.

It was a very happy,  yet kind of sad day.  I appreciate all the things those teachers did for my son at Montessori Country Schools.


Highway 130 Field Studies to Begin in July: Environmental Assesment Process Begins

Here is a Keaau Pahoa Highway 130 Advisory Group newsletter I just received:

The Hawaii DOT (HDOT) is in the process of initiating an Environmental Assessment (EA) for Keaau-Pahoa Road. The EA is required by federal law (the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA) and state law (Chapter 343 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes). Theproject cannot proceed into final design or have land acquisition or construction prior to successful completion of the EA process. The purpose of the EA is to consider the impacts of the proposed alternati ves on the social,
economic, physical, and natural environment. Mitigative measures will be proposed to address adverse impacts.

The alternatives in the EA will include:

• A “No-build” alternative, which includes only projects that are already planned and funded. This alternative will be used as a “base case” for analysis.
• A Transportation Systems Management (TSM) alternative will provide another measure for comparison as it considers low-cost and low-impact improvements that could be implemented easily with minimal levels of construction.
• Three “Build” alternatives would improve the roadway with a combination of different cross-sections (six lanes, four lanes, and two lanes) in various segments of the corridor.

The “Build” alternatives will consider bike lanes, bus pull-outs, shoulders, and median treatments. The “Build” alternatives will incorporate designs that contain Context Sensitive Solutions, in an
effort to make the future roadway as compatible as possible with the surrounding communities. The EA will study measures to improve safety by managing traffic in these build alternatives, such as signalization, roundabouts, consolidating access points, etc.

The EA will look at a wide range of issues, including land use, socioeconomic issues, air quality, biological resources, surface water, groundwater, geology, noise, archaeological resources, historic
properties, cultural practices, parklands, aesthetics, traffic, utility relocations, and hazardous materials.

A Final EA/Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is expected to be completed by March 2010. The public will be provided with opportunities to provide comment on the project throughout the Environmental Assessment process.

Assisting the planners and designers at SSFM are a number of subconsultants that offer specialized expertise in their fields. These include:

• AECOS, Inc. – aquatic resources and surface water quality
• B. D. Neal and Associates – air quality impacts
• CMF Engineers – drainage study
• Cultural Surveys Hawaii – archaeological resources
and cultural impact assessment
• D. L. Adams and Associates – noise impacts
• Earthplan – socio-economic impacts
• Geometrician Associates – botanical resources
• MK Engineers – utility relocations and electrical design considerations
• Rana Biological Consulting – wildlife documenting, especially threatened or endangered species
• Roger Dyar – Traffic and intersections

The field work for these studies will be started in July of 2009. So keep a look out as you travel along Highway 130.