County Events Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Statehood in Hilo and Kona

From the Mayor’s Office:

The County of Hawai‘i will celebrate Hawai‘i’s 50th anniversary of statehood with a special concert and celebration Friday, August 14, 2009, at Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. A similar celebration will be held in Kona on August 23.

Special guests at the Hilo event will include former mayors of Hawai‘i County and dignitaries. The Makaha Sons will be the featured entertainers, and admission is free.

“We are looking forward with special anticipation to this celebration,” said Hawai‘i County Mayor Billy Kenoi. “Everyone on the program has helped make our county what it is today, and their contributions over the first half-century of statehood will help to move us through the next 50 years.

“We owe these people a tremendous debt of gratitude, and on this special anniversary we wish to honor them with an expression of our thanks for their significant community service.”

Also on the Hilo program are Halau O Ke ‘Ānuenue, Big Island Portuguese Cultural Club, Hui Okinawa Taiko KoBuDo, Marie Onomura, Hawai‘i County Band, Hui Okinawa Shishimai, El-Leo The Jarican Express, Pam Ahuna, Waiākea High School NJROTC and Big Island Filipino Community Council.

In addition, 10 time capsules will be buried at locations around the Island of Hawai‘i with items that represent what life is like today for those who will open the capsules upon the 75th anniversary of statehood. The time capsules were provided by the Hawai‘i 50th Anniversary of Statehood Commission.

Suggestions for items to place inside the time capsules include a copy of the local newspaper, submissions from local schools, a proclamation from the mayor, or even a can of Spam.

“These time capsules are a way for us to reach out and touch future residents of our state, and share with them the Hawai‘i of 2009,” said Kippen de Alba Chu, chair of the 50th Anniversary of Statehood Commission.

A second county celebration of the statehood anniversary will be held in Kona in conjunction with Kokua Kailua on Kona’s Ali’i Drive. That event will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, August 23, with entertainment by Na Lei o Kaholoku and Makaha Sons, and a welcome message by Mayor Kenoi.

Ali`i Drive will be open to pedestrians only to allow visitors and residents to enjoy the restaurants, music, merchants and artists. Co-sponsors are the County of Hawai‘i, Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, Destination Kona Coast, Hulihe`e Palace, Kailua Village Business Improvement District, Kailua Village Merchants Association and Pacific Radio Group.

Funding for the event is being provided by the state through the 50th Anniversary of Statehood Commission.

Tropical Storm Watch for the Big Island HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED

AT 1100 AM HST...2100 UTC...THE TROPICAL STORM WATCH FOR THE BIG
ISLAND HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED

http://www.prh.noaa.gov/data/HFO/TCPCP2

Public Review of Final Kailua Park Master Plan Set

From the Mayors Office:

The final master plan presentation for the future of Kailua Park, aka “Old Airport Park” or “Maka`eo,” will be held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 25, at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel Ekahi Ballroom.

The preferred master plan developed in May has been refined and this will be a public opportunity to review the Final Master Plan that will be the subject of a forthcoming Environmental Assessment.

For more information visit www.kailuaparkplan.com, call Kimura International, 808-944-8848, or email projects@kimurainternational.com.

Anyone who requires language interpretation, an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in this meeting should contact James Komata, Park Planner at 961-8311 as soon as possible, but no later than Thursday, August 20, 2009.

JAPAN ISSUES TSUNAMI WARNING AFTER STRONG 6.6 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE

JAPAN ISSUES TSUNAMI WARNING AFTER STRONG 6.6 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE

  1. URGENT — Two massive earthquakes strike, one a 7.7 off the Andaman Islands, another a 6.6 off Japan. Details to come.less than 20 seconds ago from BNO Headquarters
  2. BULLETIN — JAPAN ISSUES TSUNAMI WARNING AFTER STRONG 6.6 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE.5 minutes ago from BNO Headquarters
  3. BULLETIN — REPORT: EARTHQUAKE SHAKES TOKYO.9 minutes ago from BNO Headquarters
  4. BULLETIN — SEISMOLOGIST: EARTHQUAKE APPEARS TO BE AN AFTERSHOCK TO 2004 EARTHQUAKE WHICH CAUSED DEADLY TSUNAMI.11 minutes ago from BNO Headquarters
TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 002
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 2105Z 10 AUG 2009

THIS BULLETIN IS FOR ALL AREAS OF THE INDIAN OCEAN.

... A REGIONAL TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT ...

A TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR

 INDIA / MYANMAR / INDONESIA / THAILAND / BANGLADESH

FOR OTHER AREAS OF THE INDIAN OCEAN REGION...THIS MESSAGE IS FOR
INFORMATION ONLY AT THIS TIME.

THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.  ONLY
NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE
DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND
ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

 ORIGIN TIME -  1956Z 10 AUG 2009
 COORDINATES -  14.1 NORTH   93.0 EAST
 LOCATION    -  ANDAMAN ISLANDS  INDIA REGION
 MAGNITUDE   -  7.7

EVALUATION

 SEA LEVEL READINGS INDICATE A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED. IT MAY HAVE
 BEEN DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTS NEAR THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER.        

 THE THREAT MAY CONTINUE FOR COASTAL AREAS LOCATED WITHIN ABOUT A
 THOUSAND KILOMETERS OF THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER. FOR THOSE AREAS
 WHEN NO MAJOR WAVES HAVE OCCURRED FOR AT LEAST TWO HOURS AFTER
 THE ESTIMATED ARRIVAL TIME OR DAMAGING WAVES HAVE NOT OCCURRED
 FOR AT LEAST TWO HOURS THEN LOCAL AUTHORITIES CAN ASSUME THE
 THREAT IS PASSED. DANGER TO BOATS AND COASTAL STRUCTURES CAN
 CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS DUE TO RAPID CURRENTS.  AS LOCAL
 CONDITIONS CAN CAUSE A WIDE VARIATION IN TSUNAMI WAVE ACTION THE
 ALL CLEAR DETERMINATION MUST BE MADE BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES.          

ESTIMATED INITIAL TSUNAMI WAVE ARRIVAL TIMES AT FORECAST POINTS
WITHIN THE WARNING AND WATCH AREAS ARE GIVEN BELOW. ACTUAL
ARRIVAL TIMES MAY DIFFER AND THE INITIAL WAVE MAY NOT BE THE
LARGEST. A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE TIME BETWEEN
SUCCESSIVE WAVES CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO ONE HOUR.

 LOCATION         FORECAST POINT     COORDINATES     ARRIVAL TIME
 --------------------------------    ------------    ------------
 INDIA            NORTH ANDAMAN      13.3N  92.6E    2021Z 10 AUG
                  LITTLE ANDAMAN     10.7N  92.3E    2053Z 10 AUG
                  PORT BLAIR         11.9N  92.7E    2121Z 10 AUG
                  GREAT NICOBAR       7.1N  93.6E    2136Z 10 AUG
                  KAKINADA           17.2N  82.7E    2205Z 10 AUG
                  BALESHWAR          21.6N  87.3E    2231Z 10 AUG
 MYANMAR          PYINKAYAING        15.9N  94.3E    2047Z 10 AUG
                  CHEDUBA ISLAND     18.9N  93.4E    2100Z 10 AUG
                  SITTWE             20.0N  92.9E    2135Z 10 AUG
                  MERGUI             12.8N  98.4E    2243Z 10 AUG
                  YANGON             16.5N  96.4E    2321Z 10 AUG
 INDONESIA        BANDA ACEH          5.5N  95.1E    2204Z 10 AUG
 THAILAND         PHUKET              8.0N  98.2E    2244Z 10 AUG
                  KO PHRA THONG       9.1N  98.2E    2257Z 10 AUG
                  KO TARUTAO          6.6N  99.6E    0012Z 11 AUG
 BANGLADESH       CHITTAGONG         22.7N  91.2E    2340Z 10 AUG

ADDITIONAL BULLETINS WILL BE ISSUED BY THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI
WARNING CENTER FOR THIS EVENT AS MORE INFORMATION
BECOMES AVAILABLE.

THE JAPAN METEOROLOGICAL AGENCY MAY ISSUE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
FOR THIS EVENT. IN THE CASE OF CONFLICTING INFORMATION...THE
MORE CONSERVATIVE INFORMATION SHOULD BE USED FOR SAFETY.

UPDATE: 11:52

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has retracted its statement
for the Indian Ocean, saying a tsunami has not been observed at
this time.15 minutes ago from BNO Headquarters

Big Island Meet and Greets Getting BIGGER

The 2nd Big Island meet and greet for internet fans and geeks was held this past Saturday at Big Island Pizza.

I started off by going to Wiki Wiki Mart Orchidland and picking up mangoes for the event that Carl Okayama, President of the company, had donated. Well he actually donated them to me, but I forwarded them on to the event.  (Wiki Wiki Mart: Orchidland http://twitgoo.com/24f1l)

Here are the mangoes that I picked up:

mangoes

I then made my way to Hawaii Nui Brew

Hawaii Nui Brew

Where I met John Walsh the brewery’s head brewer where he was cleaning the heat exchanger.

walsh cleaning heat exchanger

I then made way to the tasting room where tasting room worker Elsha was busy helping customers.

tasting room

Once I picked up the beer to bring to the Meet and Greet, I made my way over to Big Island Pizza where they were gracious enough to allow us to use their fridge their to hold the beer.

pizzafridge

For the first 15 – 20 minutes as people arrived, we just talked story and introduced ourselves.  Here’s a quick little video of us getting to know eachother.  Pizza’s were arriving left and right and at one point I had two stacked on top of  each other in front of ME!

group talk

After talking story a bit, Big Island Pizza Owner Jim King talked to the group about he created the business from scratch and is in it for the long run.

Owner Jim King talks about Pizza while Radio Personality Darren "DC" Carlson looks on

Owner Jim King talks about Pizza while Radio Personality Darren "DC" Carlson looks on

Then author Maya Frost talked about her experiences landing a book publishing deal with Random House books for her book titled “The New Global Student“.

global student

maya frost

Here we have Singer/Songwriter/Spiritual Coach all everything local girl Dewi Maile Lim introducing herself to the gathering.

Karen Welsh, Dewi Maile Lim and Wes Davidson

Karen Welsh, Dewi Maile Lim and Wes Davidson

A great time was had by all, and I look forward to the next one as these just keep getting bigger and bigger.