Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road on a Bike?

Many of us folks here in Pahoa have become quite used to seeing “Jon the Chicken Man” at many functions throughout Puna.

I just caught him riding his bike with one of his chickens on him earlier today.

Everytime I see him… he asks me why I’m taking pictures of him…. next time he asks me that… I’m gonna say I’m hungry.

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Institutions Serving Native Hawaiians Eligible for Medical Marijuana Research Grants

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Media Release:

The U.S. Health & Human Services Department’s National Institutes of Health has six discretionary grant opportunities to support research that focuses on the development of a medication to treat disorders related to the use of cannabis. This funding opportunity uses the R01 award mechanism.

The award ceiling for this funding opportunity is $500,000.

This funding opportunity is open to state, county, city, township or special district governments; Native American tribal governments and organizations; independent school districts; public, state and private institutions of higher education; Historically Black Colleges and Universities; Tribally-Controlled Colleges and Universities; public/Indian housing authorities; nonprofits; for-profits; small businesses; Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-serving institutions; eligible agencies of the federal government; faith-based or community-based organizations; Hispanic-serving institutions; non-domestic entities; regional organizations; U.S. territories or possessions; and individuals.

A funding opportunity notice from the U.S. Health & Human Services Department’s National Institutes of Health states: “Applications may focus on the pharmacotherapy of one or various CRDs or clinical manifestations of the disorders. For example, research may focus on marijuana dependence or specifically on marijuana withdrawal. Clinical applications may include human laboratory studies to develop models for testing medications targeting single or multiple manifestations of the CRDs, and the interaction of cannabinoids with other medications, pharmacokinetic and/or pharmacodynamic studies of potentially therapeutic compounds.

Applications may also focus on the specific symptoms of the disorder such as withdrawal, craving or relapse, complications such as cognitive impairment, sleep disorders/disruption of normal rhythms or the clinical surrogates of their use such as depression and other mood disorders. Preclinical applications may include pharmacological studies on new chemical entities (NCEs) leading to the identification of candidates for advanced preclinical or phase I/II IND covered clinical evaluation as potential pharmacotherapies for CRDs.”

The funding opportunity number is RFA-DA-10-016 (CFDA 93.279). It was posted Sept. 24 with an application closing date of April 30, 2010.

  • Purpose. The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to issue a Request for Applications (RFA) to support research studies that focus on the identification, and preclinical and clinical evaluation, of medications that can be safe and effective for the treatment of cannabis-use and -induced disorders, as well as their medical and psychiatric consequences. The studies can be preclinical or FDA-defined Phase I, Phase II or Phase III clinical trials.
  • Mechanism of Support. This FOA will utilize the R01 grant mechanism and runs in parallel with two FOAs of identical scientific scope, PA-07-365 and PA-07-366, that solicit applications under the R01 and R21 mechanisms, respectively.
  • Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards. It is anticipated that a total of 6 awards will be funded for a total of $3,000,000.
  • Budget and Project Period. The requested direct cost amount for individual awards must be less than $500,000 per year, with project periods for up to five years.

More Here: RFA-DA-09-001

Hilo High Class of 1999 Reunion Information

Hilo, Hawaii-Hilo High School Class of 1999 reunion will be on Saturday, October 3.

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Hilo High School Class of 1999 alumni and family are invited to attend these two activities to happen. Email hhs1999@gmail.com for registration form.

Who:    Alumni of Hilo High Class of 1999

What:   10th Year Class Reunion, Hilo High School Class of 1999

When:  Saturday, October 3, 2009

Where: Carvalho Park (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

8590 Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo, Hawaii

Family Picnic

$5 per person.

Includes bento, drink and snacks

8590 Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo, Hawaii

W.A.I- The Water and Ice Bar (5 p.m. to 9 p.m.) Classmates Only.

$35 per alumni before September 25, $45 at the door

Includes steak dinner, drink and cover charge

Doors Open to public at 9 p.m.

124 Makaala Street, Hilo Hawaii

Email:   hhs1999@gmail.com

Wordless Wednesday – State Van

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Jamba Juice Launches Food Menu in Hawaii

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Jamba Juice announced today the debut of its California Flatbreads in 32 Hawaii locations. Satisfying high customer demand for great tasting and value-priced, on-the-go food for a healthy lifestyle, Jamba Juice’s tasty new California Flatbreads are all under 330 calories, range from $3.75-$4.25 and are made with high quality, better-for-you ingredients…

…The lineup of California Flatbreads available all day long includes:

Tomo Artichoko(TM) Flatbread–Flaxseed crust baked to perfection, brushed with lightly seasoned tomato sauce, then topped with diced artichoke hearts, a three-cheese blend and finished with crunchy bread crumbs.

Smokehouse Chicken Flatbread –A thick and crispy crust topped with BBQ chicken, smokehouse-roasted sweet corn, black beans, poblano chilies ,red bell peppers, and a combination of mozzarella and cheddar cheeses–all atop a thick and crispy crust.

MediterraneYUM(TM) Flatbread –Crispy flaxseed crust topped with a medley of Mediterranean-style grilled veggies: zucchini, onions, bell peppers and mushrooms, with feta and mozzarella cheeses.

Four Cheesy(TM) Flatbread — A classic Italian four cheese blend of Mozzarella, provolone, parmesan and romano cheeses, melted on top of a crispy crust with a tomato basil sauce.

“Our customers in Hawaii are always looking for something they can eat on the go,” said Brian Lee, Vice President, Innovation, Jamba Juice Company. “Without sacrificing taste and quality, we are committed to offering our customers food served fast they won’t feel guilty about eating–at lunch, or dinner, or any time in-between…”

Jamba Juice Launches Food Menu in Hawaii

EPA Orders Two Honolulu Companies To Correct Stormwater Violations To Protect Coastal Waters

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered Honolulu Marine LLC and Hawaii Stevedores, Inc. to comply with Clean Water Act requirements for stormwater runoff at their facilities.

Hawaii Stevedores, Inc. operates marine cargo handling facilities at Pier 1 and Pier 35 at Honolulu Harbor. EPA inspections found that the Pier 1 facility did not have a permit or a stormwater pollution control plan, and that it lacked controls to prevent pollutants from vehicle repair and maintenance areas from being discharged in the stormwater runoff.

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Honolulu Marine LLC operates a boat building and repair facility on Ahui Street that discharges stormwater into Kewalo Basin. EPA inspectors found the company failed to have required stormwater pollution control measures to prevent discharge of pollutants, failed to cover and contain stored materials and barrels, and did not meet stormwater control monitoring and reporting requirements as required by its stormwater permit.

“Both companies must promptly correct the violations and improve pollution controls at their facilities to protect our harbors and coastal waters,” said Alexis Strauss, Water Division director for the EPA’s Pacific Southwest region. “If not managed and controlled, pollutants can contaminate our coastal waters through stormwater runoff.”

The EPA’s order requires Hawaii Stevedores to obtain a stormwater permit and comply with all conditions of the permit. The company also has 30 days to contain all pollutants stored or used at its location from being discharged in stormwater runoff. Once these are complete, a report detailing the work must be submitted to the EPA.

Honolulu Marine needs to inspect its facility to ensure no pollutant sources enter into stormwater discharges. The company has 30 days to correct all stormwater control issues, address discharges at its catch basin and outfall, clean oily stains at the facility, and prevent runoff from the boat repair area. The company must submit to the EPA its stormwater best management plan, all required records and reports required by the discharge permit, and a report of the completed work.

Both companies were inspected in December 2008 as part of an EPA regionwide effort to improve compliance with the Clean Water Act’s stormwater regulations at ports in California and Hawaii.

Hawaii Stevedores, Inc. (PDF)
Honolulu Marine, LLC (PDF)

SOURCE: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Sen. Daniel Akaka Calls for Unity With Filipino Flood Victims

According to Senator Akaka, at least 284 Filipinos have died, and nearly half a million have lost their homes. The terrible disaster has struck the Philippines.

Congresswoman Mazie Hirono’s Hawaii Health Care Reform Tour

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With the stated goal of passing comprehensive health care reform legislation by the end of the year, Congresswoman Mazie Hirono toured the four major Hawaiian Islands to share her perspective on the need for health care reform with constituents, island organizations and business groups.

TONIGHT: Talk Story with Council Member Brenda Ford

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Council Member Brenda Ford Invites the Community to a “TALK STORY” community meeting TONIGHT at 6:30 pm at Kahakai Elementary School Cafeteria.

She will be discussing her proposed amendment to the Palamanui Development.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call my office at 326-5684.

Leinani Wessel
Council Aide to Council Member Brenda J. Ford
District 7 – Central Kona
(808)326-5684
lwessel@co.hawaii.hi.us

Mayor Kenoi Does Veto Tent Bill

Yesterday I mentioned that Mayor Kenoi was going to veto the tent bill today… and as expected… he did.

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From the Mayors Office:

Mayor Billy Kenoi today vetoed Bill 103, which would allow Puna residents to live in tents on their property while building a home.

In a veto message to the Hawai‘i County Council delivered to the County Clerk today, Mayor Kenoi said the main reason for the veto is that the bill applies only to the District of Puna.

“We are one island and we need to apply laws equally to all residents,” Mayor Kenoi said. “If a bill is good for one district, it should be good for all districts. This bill sets a poor precedent which could lead to a hodgepodge of laws on our island that would be difficult to manage and enforce.”

Mayor Kenoi also said allowing tents only in Puna could unfairly stigmatize the District and depress property values.

“Over the years I have been to Puna many times to speak at schools. In those visits I try to instill in our young people a sense of pride in their community. I ask them to strive for excellence in their lives. I encourage them to work hard to achieve their goals and dreams, and to help make Puna a better place to live for themselves, their families and their community. This bill would counter that positive message by suggesting that a lower standard is OK for Puna. We must set a uniform standard of law for our island that does not suggest that any district is better or worse than any other.”

Kenoi said in the veto message that his office has heard from current Puna homeowners concerned about the county’s ability to enforce the bill and its potential for adverse effects, including declining property values and poor sanitation. “Conversely, I have heard from county residents who do not live in Puna but who desire to live on their property legally while building a home.  Yet, they would not have the same opportunity as Puna residents would have under Bill 103.

“Because of the disparate treatment of county residents under this bill, it could be challenged in court and I would not want to spend county resources to defend it.”

No other law in the County that I know of applies only to one district, the Mayor said.

Bill 103 (draft 3) was adopted by an 8-0 vote of the Council on September 2, 2009

The Honorable Jay Yoshimoto

and members of the County Council

County of Hawai‘i

Hilo, HI 9672

Dear Chairman Yoshimoto and Council Members:

I am returning without my approval Bill 103, “An Ordinance amending Chapter 5, Article 1, Section 5-1.0.8, and Chapter 21, Article 2, Section 21-5 of the Hawai‘i County Code 1983 (2005 edition, as amended), relating to the use of a tent or a structure of similar type as a temporary residence while constructing a permanent dwelling unit.”

I find this bill objectionable for the following reasons:

  • It does not apply equal protection of the law to all citizens of the County of Hawai‘i.
  • It fails to state why only one district of Hawai‘i County would be subject to this bill.
  • It unfairly stigmatizes the District of Puna.
  • It could have adverse affects on neighboring properties.
  • It sets precedent for more laws written only for certain districts of the county.

Corporation Counsel Lincoln Ashida advised during your discussions of the bill that potential legal challenges could be addressed with a preamble to the bill explaining the compelling government interest with respect to the Puna District’s unique needs. However, Bill 103 does not include a preamble or other explanation for the need to single out the Puna District in this bill.

Since you passed Bill 103 on September 2, 2009, my office has heard from current Puna homeowners concerned about the county’s ability to enforce the bill and its potential for adverse effects, including declining property values and poor sanitation. They also ask why they would be subject to these potentially adverse effects but not their neighbors in other county districts.

Conversely, I have heard from county residents who do not live in Puna but who desire to live on their property legally while building a home. Yet, they would not have the same opportunity as Puna residents would have under Bill 130.

Because of the disparate treatment of county residents under this bill, it could be challenged in court and I would not want to spend County resources to defend it.

I understand the bill includes a three-year sunset provision that would serve to evaluate its effectiveness in Puna. However the bill can only be evaluated effectively for the Island of Hawai‘i if the pilot program is applied island-wide. If the pilot program is good for Puna, it should be good for all of Hawai‘i County. If not, no district should be subject to the bill.

I am unaware of any other Hawai‘i County ordinance that applies to residents of only one district. Thus, this bill would set precedent for new proposals that would apply only to certain districts or combinations of districts, creating an unwieldy collection of laws that would be difficult to manage and enforce.

Over the years I have been to Puna many times to speak at schools. In those visits I try to instill in our young people a sense of pride in their community. I ask them to strive for excellence in their lives, to encourage them to work hard to achieve their goals and dreams, and to help make Puna a better place to live for themselves, their families and their community. This bill would counter that positive message by suggesting that a lower standard is OK for Puna. We must set a uniform standard of law for our island that does not suggest that any district is better or worse than any other.

Thank you for the time and attention you have given to this important county issue.

For the reasons stated above, I must respectfully veto this bill.

BILLY KENOI

MAYOR

Once again, here is Council Woman Naeole’s Response:

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September 27, 2009

Aloha Damon

Monday morning the Mayor is going to veto Bill 103, the tent ordinance. I will not be available tomorrow so I thought I would give you a heads up in advance.

This is my statement in response to the Mayor’s Veto:

From the very beginning, I wanted Bill 103, the tent ordinance, to be island wide. In the spirit of compromise with fellow council members, Brenda Ford and Dominic Yagong, who had objections about this ordinance being in their district and for fear of, according to Yagong, ‘tent cities springing up in my district’ I agreed to make Bill 103 district specific. It is this very compromise that our Mayor takes issue with and I respect the Mayor for that thought because my intention from the very beginning was to write an amendment to the building code not just for Puna but for everyone on the island who is serious about building their dwelling.

The Mayor has made it very clear that he considers this island as one and to sign this bill would be to set precedence that could give an opening for the County Council to design district specific legislation to suit their specific needs. The Mayor indicated to me that he is in agreement with the intention of Bill 73 in that it solves a challenge to home building and ownership and yet he must veto it anyway because it is not for the whole island.

Will there be another attempt to bring the matter before the people? As for the future, will I try again? It is too soon to say.

I would like to thank those who worked with my office on this issue and you know who you are.

Our island community is a unique place. As for bill 103, it is an attempt on my part to put mercy compassion and understanding into a portion of our code.

Again, I want to thank my cousin, our Mayor, for watching over the interest of the entire island.

Damon I am in Honolulu all day Monday and will not be available for comment that is why I had my staff type this up and get it to you so you can have my thoughts on the matter.

Lau Lima,

Emily I. Naeole

Council Member 5th District

Ocean Fish Farming with Kale Gumapac and Christina Lizzi

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Out of the Blue…  Open Ocean Fish Farming in Hawaii with Kale Gumapac (Kanaka Council) & Christina Lizzi, (Organizer, Fish Program at Food & Water Watch). Host Kat Brady (Life of the Land).

To view the rest of the series, click here:

Pt. 2:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Be-i8KNRIWE&feature=channel_page

Pt. 3:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riAmXpAD3ys&feature=channel_page

Pt. 4:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yU4t0rSDKw8&feature=channel_page

Pt. 5:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BX5APq0MG8&feature=channel_page

Pt. 6:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkY_gcMMgNc&feature=channel_page

Pt. 7:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuCwHYqylkA&feature=channel_page

Pt. 8:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ejMmIx3JVA&feature=channel_page

Pt. 9:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUe7uRg3MvA&feature=channel_page

Hawaii State Association of Counties Meeting is Today

I’m down here picking up some crafts from Ben Franklin and I noticed the following is going on today.

Submissions Now Open for 2010 Big Island Film Festival

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Submissions now open for 2010 Big Island Film Festival, which will run May 12-16.. You can submit through bigislandfilmfestival.com or through “Withoutabox”. Hawaii filmmakers or films shot in Hawaii get 25% discount, but ONLY if submitted directly to BIFF.  Narrative films only. No documentaries.   Early deadline is Nov. 1; regular deadline is Jan.1, 2010; late deadline is Feb.1, 2010. Lots of surprises for 2010 BIFF. Submit to one of the “Coolest Film Festivals”.

GENERAL RULES:

  1. In order for films to be considered the films must have been completed after January 1, 2009.

  2. Only narrative films are eligible. No documentary films will be accepted.

  3. The film may have been broadcast or have limited theatrical distribution commercially in the United States prior to the festival.

  4. All non-English films must subtitled or dubbed into English.

  5. The film must be submitted on NTSC DVD.

  6. The film must be available for projection in autoplay DVD with no separate soundtrack.

  7. A “short” shall be a film of under 30 minutes and a “feature” shall be a film 60 minutes or longer.

  8. The submitting person shall be either a producer, director or authorized agent of the film.

  9. By submitting the film, the producer, director or authorized agent affirms that the film has all necessary photo, product and music clearances and Big Island Film Festival, LLC shall be held harmless for any errors or omissions.

  10. Multiple submissions must be provided with entry materials as individual submissions. Multiple submissions on compilations on DVD are not accepted.

  11. Selection to the festival and selection of Golden Honu Award winners shall be determined by the Big Island Film Festival, LLC and/or it’s selection panel. If selected, unless notifying otherwise, permission is given Big Island Film Festival to exhibit the movie up to two times following the 2010 festival for promotional and/or charity purposes.

  12. All materials included on entry form checklist and non-refundable entry fee must be submitted to the festival by entry deadlines.

  13. Receipt of material will be acknowledged by email, as will selection for exhibition at the festival.

  14. No screeners and submission materials will be returned.

  15. If selected for the festival the applicant will provide a media kit to the festival no later than April 18, 2010. The media kit will include: 100 words or less biography of producer, screenwriter and director; at least one color production photo; news clippings (if applicable); poster (if available). This media kit should be provided digitally on CD. A film trailer may also be requested for promotional purposes.

  16. No airfare or lodging for filmmakers will be provided by the festival, although the festival may assist filmmakers in finding affordable lodging. Normal festival hotel and airfare discounts will be available to filmmakers, as well as all festival participants. Please do not take this as not appreciating filmmakers. Being a new film festival, the resources are not available to provide airfare or lodging our filmmakers.

  17. Please include a copy of your current Student ID if you are submitting for the Student Entry Fee rate.

How Many Times is This?

Anyone want to take a guess at how many times it will take to get Highway 19 paved correctly?

Good Morning From the Field

So today marks my first day out in the field doing the second part of our task.

We are starting it with a lovely crew meeting at Waiola State Park.

I wish this was a permanent gig.

UH Hilo’s Keola Donaghy Recognized by Governor Lingle for Innovation Awards

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Well this is too cool, I recently had the chance to meet UH Hilo Professor Keola Donaghy at a recent Big Island Internet Society Tweet Up, and I’ve been keeping in contact with him via twitter since then.

I even added his blog “Culture Hacks” to the FBI Blogs recently, but this buggah… he is so humble… I never even find out he was recently awarded a prestigious award from Governor Lingle until I read her Press Release!

Governor Linda Lingle today recognized six recipients of the Governor’s Innovation Awards for their ingenuity and commitment to developing creative ways for Hawai‘i to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

The recipients, three each for the months of July and August, include private sector organizations, government entities and private citizens. The winners have developed innovative solutions to challenges, invented and implemented new technologies with worldwide applications, and contributed to the creation of a stronger economic future for the state….

Innovation by an Individual:  Keola Donaghy

Keola Donaghy, an assistant professor of Hawaiian studies at the University of Hawai‘i-Hilo, has spent more than 100 hours translating the search terms that appear on the Google Internet page into Hawaiian.  Because of his efforts, Hawaiian has become the first native American language available through the “Google in Your Language” program.  Donaghy hopes the Google initiative is another step toward giving the Hawaiian language the same status as other major languages, particularly in the fast-moving information technology sector.

Governor Lingle Names Innovation Award Winners

Tonight: Keaau to Pahoa Highway 130 Meeting

Map of Proposed Project

Map of Proposed Project

The Highway 130 Keaau-Pahoa Advisory Group will be meeting again on TONIGHT at 5:45 PM at the Kea‘au Elementary School.

Our agenda will cover discussions on the Environmental Assessment (EA). A status update can be found below.

HDOT’s consultant team is continuing analyses needed to complete the Environmental Assessment (EA), as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) Chapter 343. A number of team members have been out in the field. Here is the current status of this work as of late August 2009:

ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT:

SSFM International is responsible for producing the EA document and for designing the roadway to a preliminary design level that can be studied in the EA. The preliminary design is continuing and is expected to be completed within the next several weeks. The EA document is being produced as portions of the analysis are completed.

TRAFFIC ANALYSIS:

Roger Dyar, the traffic consultant, is continuing with the traffic analysis for this project. He has been modeling traffic intersections, roundabouts, travel speeds and performance of the roadway along Kea‘au-Pāhoa Road. The five project alternatives are being considered for both AM and PM peak hours, and for different years of analysis. Addressing safety and existing deficiencies are an important part of his work. His traffic data will influence the design of the roadway, and it is also needed to model noise and air impacts.

SOCIOECONOMIC STUDY:

Earthplan, the subconsultant for socio-economics, has begun drafting its report on demographics and socio-economics in the study area. They are currently conducting interviews with members of the community as part of their analysis. Their study is expected to be complete by the end of the summer.

AIR QUALITY:

BD Neal and Associates is studying the air quality effects of the project, and will be performing modeling of air quality using computer models approved by the EPA and the Federal Highway Administration. The analysis will determine if future air pollution would exceed federal or state standards. The modeling will be performed once traffic data is fully completed.

NOISE IMPACTS:

DL Adams and Associates is evaluating noise impacts from the project. They will be taking measurements of existing noise levels and predicting future noise levels using a computer model created by the Federal Highway Administration. This analysis will be performed once traffic data is fully completed.

BOTANICAL RESOURCES:

Geometrician Associates completed their field study of botanical resources in the corridor, to document if any threatened or endangered plant species are present in the corridor. Their report is currently under internal review.

FAUNAL AND AVIAN SPECIES:

Rana Environmental Consulting completed fieldwork in the corridor on fauna to determine if the project will have an impact on threatened or endangered species, particularly birds or bats. Their report is currently under internal review.

AQUATIC RESOURCES:

AECOS studied aquatic resources and water quality associated with surface waters found in the corridor in early summer by completing fieldwork earlier this summer and documenting their findings of resources in a draft report that is currently under internal review.

HYDROLOGY:

CMF Engineers is studying drainage in the corridor and helping our designers ensure that the project will improve drainage problems and not create new drainage problems in the corridor. Their findings will also document the impacts of the project on floodplains. The hydrology report will be available after the completion of the project design.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESOURCES AND CULTURAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT:

Cultural Surveys Hawaii performed fieldwork to search for archaeological resources in the study area. They are also conducting a Cultural Impact Assessment of the corridor to document the anticipated effects of this project on traditional cultural practices by interviewing local members of the community with information on these practices. The draft archaeology study is almost completed pending receipt of information from the State Historic Preservation Division. The Cultural Impact Study has been progressing and will be completed around October.

UTILITY RELOCATIONS:

MK Engineers is assisting the project designers in determining the effects of the project on utility relocations. They are also involved in estimating the electrical construction costs of the project. The utility relocations analysis will begin when preliminary design is complete in September, with the utility relocations analysis completed several weeks later.

Hawaii International Film Festival General Info, Trailer and “One Night”

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Media Release:

The 29th annual Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) is set to be a whirlwind this year with the premiere of Barbarian Princess, a celebration of the hit ABC TV series LOST, and the screenings of films by master filmmakers John Woo and Tian Zhuangzhuang.

Among the 170 films presented this year are 14 world premieres, 14 North American premieres, 8 international premieres, and 26 U.S. premieres. The broad range of films cover timely subject matter that involve us in a local, national and international level, ranging from global warming and sustainability (Green Screen), the state of the local film industry (Made In Hawaii), Mad Men fever with the history of advertising and design (Art + Design), political and social issues, and the examination of the human spirit (Reel Life).

In addition, there are new spotlights on the Philippines and Okinawan cinema, free screenings of newly re-mastered Japanese classics as a Tribute to Madame Kawakita, and an amalgam of Extreme Asia and Midnight Dark programs into the newly christened After Dark. A new competition will be launched this year, the Puma Emerging Filmmaker Award – nominated films in this new competition are from emerging talents from around the world.

Perennial sections like the Halekulani Golden Orchid Awards for Best Feature and Documentary, Gala Presentations, unveiling high profile films gunning for the awards season, Spotlight On Japan, New Chinese Cinema, Spotlight On Korea and a celebration of American immigrant filmmakers with the American Immigrant Filmmakers On Profile section are also featured.

The festival also goes beyond the theater with the Video-on-Demand Viewer’s Choice Award powered by Oceanic Time Warner Cable and presented by Central Pacific Bank, where Hawaii-made short films can be viewed for free on Oceanic Time Warner Cable Ch. 680 (NGN-on-Demand).

The entire film program and schedule is now available online at www.hiff.org. Tickets go on sale to HIFF Ohana members Thursday, October 1st and to the public on Monday, October 5th.

What: 29th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival
When: October 15-25
Where: Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Cinemas, Hawaii Theater, Sunset on the Beach, Royal
Hawaiian Theater
Ticket Prices:
- $10 general public
- $9 Seniors, military, students, children
- $8 HIFF Ohana members (HIFF’s film club)

Ticket Purchases:
- In person – HIFF box office (650 Iwilei Road #101 across from Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Cinemas)
- Phone: (808) 548-5905
- Discount Group Rates (for 10 or more) – (808) 548-5905
- Tickets go on sale to HIFF Ohana members October 1 and to the public October 5

Festival Information

Established in 1981, the Hawaii International Film Festival is dedicated to the advancement of understanding and cultural exchange among the peoples of Asia, the Pacific and North America through the medium of film. HIFF is the premier international film event in the Pacific and has won the praise of governments, filmmakers, scholars, educators, programmers and film industry leaders throughout the world. For the discovery and exhibition of Asian and Pacific features, documentaries and short films in the nation, it is a primary source. The festival has premiered such movies as Once Were Warriors, The Piano, Shine, Shall We Dance, Y Tu Mama Tambien and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Plus, Departures, a Japanese film, had its U.S. premiere at HIFF in 2008, won the HIFF Audience Award and then went on to win the 2009 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

HIFF’s major sponsors include: Regal Entertainment Group, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii, Halekulani, Hawaii Tourism Authority and The VILCEK Foundation.

The 2009 Hawaii International Film Festival will be held October 15-25 at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Cinemas. For more information please visit our website at www.hiff.org.

ONE NIGHT, a Napkin Notes production, is selected as the winner of the Showdown in Chinatown for the month of September 2009. The entry will be screening on Oct. 23rd 2009 for a HIFF 2009 event! Congratulations MISA!!!

Mayor Kenoi to Veto Tent Bill Tomorrow… Councilwoman Naeole’s Pre-Response

I received the following email from Councilwoman Naeole this afternoon and I’m just passing it along:

naeole

September 27, 2009

Aloha Damon

Monday morning the Mayor is going to veto Bill 103, the tent ordinance.  I will not be available tomorrow so I thought I would give you a heads up in advance.

This is my statement in response to the Mayor’s Veto:

From the very beginning, I wanted Bill 103, the tent ordinance, to be island wide. In the spirit of compromise with fellow council members, Brenda Ford and Dominic Yagong, who had objections about this ordinance being in their district and for fear of, according to Yagong, ‘tent cities springing up in my district’ I agreed to make Bill 103 district specific.  It is this very compromise that our Mayor takes issue with and I respect the Mayor for that thought because my intention from the very beginning was to write an amendment to the building code not just for Puna but for everyone on the island who is serious about building their dwelling.

The Mayor has made it very clear that he considers this island as one and to sign this bill would be to set precedence that could give an opening for the County Council to design district specific legislation to suit their specific needs.  The Mayor indicated to me that he is in agreement with the intention of Bill 103 in that it solves a challenge to home building and ownership and yet he must veto it anyway because it is not for the whole island.

Will there be another attempt to bring the matter before the people?  As for the future, will I try again?  It is too soon to say.

I would like to thank those who worked with my office on this issue and you know who you are.

Our island community is a unique place.  As for bill 103, it is an attempt on my part to put mercy compassion and understanding into a portion of our code.

Again, I want to thank my cousin, our Mayor, for watching over the interest of the entire island.

Damon I am in Honolulu all day Monday and will not be available for comment that is why I had my staff type this up and get it to you so you can have my thoughts on the matter.

Lau Lima,

Emily I. Naeole

Council Member 5th District

Pictures From Tonights KWXX Ho’olaule’a

I’ll be updating this post throughout the night as Darrin “DC” Carlson tweets on the left column.

The Pictures are mostly from Darrin, but others are being submitted on Twitter as well:

The Aftermath

The Aftermath

Sudden Rush joins the big finale courtesy of @dcb97

Sudden Rush joins the big finale courtesy of @dcb97

The crowd from the Haili Stage courtesy @dcb97

The crowd from the Haili Stage courtesy @dcb97

"Rebel Souljahz at a knee high angle" courtesy of @dcb97

"Rebel Souljahz at a knee high angle" courtesy of @dcb97

Rebel Souljahz waiting to go on courtesy of @dcb97

Rebel Souljahz waiting to go on courtesy of @dcb97

Looks like the rain is starting to come in.  "Sound crew covering up speakers" Courtesy of @dcb97

Looks like the rain is starting to come in. "Sound crew covering up speakers" Courtesy of @dcb97

Gavin Todd and "DC"

Gavin Todd and "DC"

@Ben_Geezie our calm stage manager courtesy of @dcb97

@Ben_Geezie our calm stage manager courtesy of @dcb97

"DC" sneaking up on stage again

"DC" sneaking up on stage again

The stage schedule... Mixjah on now courtesy of @dcb97

The stage schedule(s)... Mixjah on now courtesy of @dcb97

Still to Come

Still to Come

John Cruz just getting off stage courtesy of @islandtrust

John Cruz just getting off stage courtesy of @islandtrust

Crowd Rocking at the Kalakaua Stage

Crowd Rocking at the Kalakaua Stage

"DC" Sneaking backstage

"DC" Sneaking backstage

John Cruz and Co. Ripping it on Stage Courtesy of @islandtrust

John Cruz on the Big Screen courtesy of @hilomikey

John Cruz on the Big Screen courtesy of @hilomikey

"DC" with Brian Padilla & Moon Brown backstge

"DC" with Brian Padilla & Moon Brown backstge

Stage Shot Courtesy of @dandouglass808

Stage Shot Courtesy of @dandouglass808

Darren "DC" Carlson AKA "humuhumunukunukuapuaa" photo courtesy of @islandtrust

Darrin "DC" Carlson AKA "humuhumunukunukuapuaa" photo courtesy of @islandtrust

"DC" on Stage Emceeing Courtesy of @islandtrust

"DC" on Stage Emceeing Courtesy of @islandtrust

Stage Shot courtesy of @islandtrust

Stage Shot courtesy of @islandtrust

"DC" with @MerleCloe and husband John

"DC" with @MerleCloe and husband John

"DC" and @HiloMikey

"DC" and @HiloMikey

Kat and Ke'ala

Kat and Ke'ala

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Kat and Keala welcome the early crowd.

Keala, Kat and Chris

Keala, Kat and Chris

Ready to go!

Ready to go!