*UPDATE* THIS SUNDAY @ 5:30 Call In for Live Internet Interviews With Councilman Dominic Yagong and Pete Hoffman Joined by Angel Pilago – TOWN HALLS ONLINE?

Media Release:

Big Island residents are invited to call in THIS SUNDAY, August 16th  @ 5:30 pm and be part of the show for this live broadcast via the internet on www.bigislandlive.com. Calls will be taken at (808)-769-0998. This edition of Big Island Live will be hosted by Kristine Kubat.

Pete Hoffmann will be first up at 5:30, and he will be talking about the proposed restructuring of the County Council.   Joining him will be former council chairman, Angel Pilago.  There is a public hearing coming up on September 14th about the restructuring. Callers should limit their questions to this subject.

Next up is Dominic Yagong, and he will be addressing the proposed sale of the Hamakua Sugar lands that the county acquired in 1994 for delinquent taxes from Hamakua Sugar Company. This sale will be addressed in the upcoming council meeting in Kona.  Again callers should try to limit their questions to this subject.

Locally produced shows, such as surf footage, music videos and interviews with prominent Hawaiian figures and kupuna will also air after the interviews, and be available for download.

The network will eventually bring to the viewer live news breaking stories as they happen on the Big Island.

If you have an idea for a show,  please contact  Big Island Live at (808)-327-9659

The Big Island Live Broadcasting Network is dedicated to the people of Hawaii, providing an outlet for multimedia coverage of breaking news and live entertainment on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Hawaii – Second Slowest State in Nation to Spend it’s Highway Stimulus Money

*According to the State’s submissions, as of June 30, 2009, 36.3 percent of Hawaii’s Recovery Act highway formula funds are out to bid, 0 percent of funds are under contract, and 0 percent of funds are underway.  Nationally, 48.8 percent of Recovery Act Highway formula funds are out to bid, 32.1 percent of funds are under contract, and 22.9 percent of funds are under way.

Media Release:

In letters sent today, (*edit*Letter to Lingle) Rep. James L. Oberstar (Minn.), Chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has notified the three states that have best utilized highway funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (P. L. 111-5) (Recovery Act), and also notified the three worst-performing states. The rankings were based on State Progress Reports submitted by all 50 states and the District of Columbia to the Committee in July 2009.

“Our Committee has analyzed the percentage of Recovery Act highway formula funds that have been put out to bid, are under contract, and are underway. Over the past five months, most states have moved forward aggressively to use the highway funds to create and sustain family-wage jobs. According to our analysis, Wyoming has performed the best, with New Hampshire and Oklahoma close behind,” said Rep. Oberstar. “Unfortunately, a few states have fallen far behind in putting their Recovery Act highway formula funds to work. Florida has been the slowest state in utilizing its funding allocation, while Hawaii and South Carolina rank 50th and 49th respectively.”

As of June 30, Florida had begun construction of projects totaling only two percent of the state’s funding, while Wyoming had begun construction of projects totaling 76 percent of its funding allocation.

“I commend Wyoming and other high-performing states for investing Recovery Act funding quickly and efficiently. By moving swiftly and responsibly, those states have contributed to our nation’s long-term economic growth and are helping the United States recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression,” said Oberstar. “I also urge Florida, Hawaii, and South Carolina to refocus their efforts to implement the Recovery Act. As we move forward, our Committee will continue to require transparency and accountability information to ensure that taxpayers are getting the best bang for their buck.”

*http://transportation.house.gov/Media/file/ARRA/Worst%20States%208-6-09%20–%20Hawaii.pdf

UPDATE:

Thanks to Aaron over at the Kona Blog, he commented on Facebook and left this .pdf file of the States response to this allegation:

Lingle Response to Letter

Mayor Kenoi Urges Lingle Administration to Reconsider Kulani Closure and Ag Inspector Layoffs

From the Mayor’s Office:

Below is testimony Mayor Billy Kenoi provided in Hilo tonight to the Senate Ad Hoc Committee reviewing the proposals by Gov. Linda Lingle’s administration to close Kulani Correctional Facility and lay off all but one agricultural inspector in the County of Hawai’i.

“Aloha, Senator Hanabusa, Senator Kokubun and members of the Senate:

Thank you for this opportunity to provide information on the potential impacts within the County of Hawai’i from plans announced by Gov. Linda Lingle’s administration to close the Kulani Correctional Facility and lay off all but one of the 14 state agricultural inspectors who now work on the Island of Hawai’i.

These proposals would have very serious and negative repercussions for our working families and our farmers, and I want to take this opportunity to respectfully urge the Lingle administration to reconsider.

Agriculture is one of our very few export industries, and development of this growing sector of our economy is critical because it offers a measure of stability to protect us from the sometimes painful fluctuations in the world tourism market. For years the County, the State Legislature and previous state administrations nurtured agriculture to try to diversify our economy and to move the state closer to self-sufficiency. Eliminating almost all of the agricultural inspectors working in the County of Hawai’i undermines all those years of effort in a single stroke, and it would be a mistake.

I will not attempt to list all of the enterprises that are put at risk by this decision, but please consider a few of the implications. The agricultural sector that would be placed in the greatest jeopardy with the loss of inspectors is the potted plant and nursery industry, a growing market that is now worth more than $40 million a year on the Island of Hawai’i alone. Each of our 170 nurseries needs to be inspected and certified twice a year to qualify for the export market, a process that is impossible without qualified agricultural inspectors.

I know you are also familiar with the varroa mite and its potential to do harm to our queen bee and honey industries, which together are worth another $10 million. Without agricultural workers to pursue bio-control strategies to combat this pest, the damage to the bee industry could be profound. Worse yet, loss of bees needed for agricultural pollination could in turn harm the macadamia nut, rambutan and lychee sectors, which together are now worth more than $40 million a year.

I have been speaking about industries and dollars, but let us not lose sight of the people who will be affected by the damage done by the loss of the inspectors. Most farming provides a modest income at best, and our farm industry supports thousands of working families who depend on that income to pay their bills. The small farmers who struggle to make a living surely rank among our boldest and most hard-working entrepreneurs, and they deserve continued support from the state.

The plan to close Kulani Correctional Facility is also harmful to the local economy and to working families beyond the 76 employees who would lose their jobs in the proposed prison shutdown. Many of these employees operate treatment and job training programs at Kulani that help to rehabilitate prisoners, which makes our communities safer in the long run. It would be a mistake to abandon those employees and their important work.

Outside the prison, local vendors including food suppliers do tens of thousands of dollars worth of business with Kulani each month, and the loss of sales to Kulani would force some of those local businesses to consider layoffs of their own. This ripple effect in the local economy from the Kulani closure could not happen at worse time.

Hawai’i’s correctional system is already overcrowded, and closing Kulani Correctional Facility appears likely to result in more prison inmates being shipped to prisons in Arizona or elsewhere on the Mainland. If that is the case, the state in effect will be exporting correction officer and support staff jobs to the Mainland along with the prison inmates, a policy that makes little sense in these tough economic times.

Again, we urge the Lingle administration to reconsider the decisions to close Kulani and to lay off agriculture inspectors because both plans are contrary to the long-term economic health of our State and County.

Mahalo for this opportunity to discuss these issues.”

Aloha,

William P. Kenoi

MAYOR

Pan Am Flight 943: The 1956 Ditching of the Airplane Into the Ocean

Here is another historic video I ran across.  I still like this video I found on youtube a few months ago as well.

Pan Am Flight 943 Ditching This Boeing 337 Stratocruiser developed engine trouble at the “Point of No Return” between California and Hawaii, back in 1956. The Captain successfully ditched his aircraft in the ocean, with no loss of life. Here is the timeline of events:
The ordeal of Pan Am 943 After losing power on its way from Honolulu to San Francisco in October 1956, Pan Am Flight 943 maintained radio communication with the Coast Guard cutter Pontchartrain in the sea below as it considered a risky ocean landing. Other airplanes and ships relayed some of these messages to the mainland.

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3:20 a.m. From PAA 943 to Honolulu: We have a runaway prop. Will call you later.
3:27 a.m. From PAA 943: No. 4 engine also dead and No. 1 still overspeeding. Our No. 4 engine is out cold. Dead at the moment.
3:35 a.m. Relayed by PAA 739 to San Francisco: We will give you the latest dope but it looks bad right now.
4:19 a.m. From Pontchartrain: PAA 943 dumping fuel. Will definitely ditch.
4:47 a.m. Relayed by PAA 25V: PAA 943 is debating decision whether to ditch now or wait until sunrise. Guard ship advises that conditions are excellent now.
5:01 a.m. Relayed by PAA 25V: PAA 943 advising Coast Guard they will definitely have to ditch. Will be unable to make Sfran or Hono with amount of fuel remaining. Still airborne.
5:10 a.m. From Pontchartrain: Clipper 943 now orbiting in area. Considering trying to stay aloft until daylight.
7:57 a.m. From Pontchartrain: He will ditch in approximately 25 minutes.
8:09 a.m. From Pontchartrain: Ditching in five minutes.
8:15 a.m. From Pontchartrain: The plane has ditched. It broke in half on contact.
8:21 a.m. From Pontchartrain: The plane has ditched. Have four rafts in water. Many survivors apparent. Have two rescue boats in water. All possible rescue gear. The plane broke off at the tail.
8:43 a.m. From Pontchartrain: The bow stove in on ditching. Tail sank almost immediately. The plane sank in about 21 minutes. We rescued all survivors aboard. There are 31 survivors.
8:43 a.m. From Pontchartrain: All I can say is ‘Thank God’ and out. Note: All are West Coast times.

A NEW PUNA BLOG… A New Puna Hair Cut!

Well it looks like Dr. James Weatherford has announced his new blog called “James Weatherford“.

I will be adding his blog to the FBI Blogs for now.

It is my understanding that he will be running for Hawaii County Council District 5 seat, so if he does decide to run and officially files papers to run, I’ll need to remove him from the FBI Blogs at that time as I will not allow politicians or candidates to be a part of the FBI Blogs.

Welcome to the blogging world Dr. Weatherford.

If you do decide to run for office… best of luck with that as well as I admire anyone that takes it upon themself to run for public office.

So everyone check out Dr. Weatherford’s Blog at least to check out his new haircut!

Fake Hawaii Blogs

I have to laugh when I run across fake blogs about Hawaii that folks write on the mainland in order to get folks to eventually land upon their travel or tour company.

Here is an example of another one:

What’s wrong with the picture second from the top and at the bottom?

From the Hawaii Adventure Travel Blogspot:

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Most big Island resorts in Hilo


Hilo is the largest city and big island in Hawaii. There are most attractive city in Hawaii which is a main attractions point in this city include museum, parks, gardens and rainbow fall. This city is most popular for its destination, nightlife, sightseeing and one of the most attraction cities for tourists.


This city is the culture center and home of museums and galleries. This day I see many museums like historical museum which was showing the history and culture of this city by exhibitions, museum of arts which was very nice with latest collections of arts & galleries, and science center which was very nice with many exhibits. This museum was providing many hand to hand exhibits and providing practical facts of some experiments.


Rainbow Falls is easily reached via a short drive from Hilo. Most Big Island resorts are happy to provide directions and names of various tours that frequent the site. The best time to visit Rainbow Falls is in the morning hours when the sun rises over the area’s mango trees. After witnessing the beauty of the falls, another of the Big Island Hawaii attractions is the natural cave situated behind Rainbow Falls Hawaii.


Richardson’s Ocean Park is very nice park. There is good attraction point in this city. This is very beautifully decorated that pleased my eyes. Cleanliness was fabulous. This park is very good facilities in tourist include benches, amusement park, playing ground and children can enjoy a lot there as there were beautiful arrangements of playing and fun.

Hawaii Horse Expo 2009

Hawaii Horse Expo 2009

Schedule of Events

More information at Hawaii Horse Expo 2009