Public Meetings Set on Solid Waste Plans

recycle hawaiiFrom the Mayors Office:

The Solid Waste Advisory Committee invites the public to comment on the draft County of Hawai`i Integrated Resources and Solid Waste Management Plan Update, The Path to Zero Waste (IRSWMP Update).

The IRSWMP Update is available for review at http://www.hawaii-county.com/env_mng/iswmp.htm.  A 60-day review period for the IRSWMP Update was begun on September 1, 2009, and all comments received by October 30, 2009, will receive full consideration.

This IRSWMP Update covers all aspects of waste management on the Big Island undertaken by the County of Hawai`i, including waste reduction, education, recycling, reuse, composting, collection, transfer, and disposal.  The IRSWMP Update outlines a number of potential changes to the County’s current system, including initiatives that move the County on a path toward zero waste by focusing on legislation and programs that treat waste as a resource. These include:

  • programs to divert organic materials from the County landfills;
  • implementing a proposed “pay-as-you-throw” system at County recycling and transfer stations where dropping off recyclable materials is free but garbage must be delivered using pre-purchased bags or tags;
  • rebuilding and providing improved services at recycling and transfer station facilities while managing system costs by reducing hours of operation per day, and reducing the days of operation per week at selected transfer stations;
  • proposed legislation that makes recycling certain types of waste materials mandatory for residents and businesses, and charging significantly higher tip fees at the landfill for loads that contain designated recyclables;
  • a strategy to provide for disposal of residual waste or substantially non-recyclable materials after the South Hilo Sanitary Landfill reaches its maximum disposal capacity;
  • Improved opportunities to divert household hazardous wastes and electronic wastes from County landfills and transfer stations.

There are several ways for the Public to provide input.  Written comments should be sent to:

Department of Environmental Management

Solid Waste Division

County of Hawai`i

25 Aupuni St.

Hilo, HI 96720

Attn:  IRSWMP Comments

An easy to complete on-line survey is available at:

http://www.hawaii-county.com/env_mng/iswmp.htm

The County will be holding two (2) public meetings where the IRSWMP Update will be presented in summary form and comments will be taken.  At the meetings, CH2M HILL, the consulting firm engaged by the County to prepare the IRSWMP Update, will present a summary of the recommendations in the IRSWMP Update and will be available to respond to your feedback.

Get involved and help shape the future of solid waste management on the Big Island!

The public meetings will be held at the following locations and times:

KONA:                       Tuesday, September 29, 2009

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Kona Outdoor Circle

76-6280 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua-Kona

HILO:                         Wednesday, September 30, 2009

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Aupuni Center Conference Room

101 Pauahi Street, Hilo

The meeting places are accessible to persons with disabilities.  To request an Auxiliary Aid or language translation, please call 961-8270 at least five (5) days prior to the meeting date.  Comments may be sent to the attention of Michael Dworsky at the Department of Environmental Management, 25 Aupuni Street, Hilo, Hawai`i 96720 or e-mailed to cohdem@co.hawaii.hi.us.

For more information call Mike Dworsky, Solid Waste Division Chief at 961-8515.

Puna Resident Finalist in National Cookoff

Kara Adanalian who won 2nd place in the 12th Annual Taste of Puna for her  “Isaac Hale Caesar” Salad, has been selected as a finalist in an even more prestigious NATIONAL CONTEST.

Kara Adanalian, and her “Isaac Hale Caesar” from the 12th Annual Taste of Puna Contest

Kara Adanalian, and her “Isaac Hale Caesar” from the 12th Annual Taste of Puna Contest

As one of the finalists in Ocean Spray’s 2009 Ultimate Cranberry Contest, the Fresno native is headed to New York in early October. She’ll cook her dish — sweet-n- savory haricots verts — in a bid to win $25,000 and a year’s supply of Ocean Spray products. Food Network star Tyler Florence, one of the judges, will announce the winner on Oct. 6.

Now living near Pahoa, Hawaii, Adanalian is no stranger to big cooking contests. In 2004, her ribeye steak sandwich won her the title of “America’s Best Home Cook” in a competition sponsored by Fine Cooking magazine and Sur La Table. Her pulled pork with mango salsa is one of 50 recipes selected for appliance-maker Thermador’s “Taste of America: The Great American Oven Cookbook” (BSH Home Appliances Corp., $39.95)…

…Adanalian took home more than $15,000 worth of kitchen equipment and edged out finalists such as Janice Elder from Charlotte, N.C. The two will compete again, this time as finalists in the Ocean Spray competition…

In 2007, she and her husband moved to Hawaii. The tropics have influenced her cooking, leading her to flavor pork with ginger, pineapple and Maui onions for the recipe that made the Thermador cookbook…

Full article here: Fresno Native In National Cookoff

Project Compassion Fundraiser at Kona Denny’s Sunday

‘PROJECT COMPASSION’ TO SUPPORT FULL LIFE WITH A FUNDRAISER AT THE KONA DENNY’S ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

Project Compassion

Full Life to Receive 100% of Guest Servers’ Tips and 20% of Food and Drink Sales from 4 pm to 9 pm on Sunday, September 20.

West Hawaii residents and visitors will be able to support Full Life while enjoying a meal at the Kona Denny’s on Sunday, September 20th from 4 pm to 9 pm. Full Life will receive 20% of the food and beverage sales during this time and 100% of guest servers’ tips.

Full Life is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, which provides unique, person-centered services for people with developmental disabilities. Founded on the philosophy of self-determination, Full Life empowers people with disabilities to determine their own goals for living a meaningful life.

By stopping by Denny’s on September 20 for a meal or just some dessert, the Kona community can show its support for work Full Life does helping those with disabilities reach their full potential.

Project Compassion is a partnership between the Rotary Club of Kona, Denny’s Restaurant and non-profit organizations in West Hawaii. The monthly events have raised awareness for many Hawaii-based non-profits and thousands of dollars to support their programs. All proceeds from the events go to the participating non-profit.

The funds raised will help support Full Life’s annual “Surf Day,” which provides a day of surfing and paddling activities for people with developmental disabilities. This event brings together volunteer ocean enthusiasts, surf instructors, Full Life and the West Hawaii community to provide a safe and supportive opportunity for participants to surf or paddle.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to enjoy a meal and support a wonderful local organization on Sunday, September 20 from 4 pm to 9 pm at Denny’s. Reservations are not required.

If you would like more information about Full Life, please contact Stone Wolfsong, Executive Director of Full Life, at (808) 322-9333 or by email at stone@fulllifehawaii.com. More information about Full Life’s programs is available on their website at www.fulllifehawaii.org.

For more information about the the Rotary Club of Kona’s Project Compassion, please contact Sue McConnel at samcconnel@aol.com.

Highway 130 Advisory Group to Meet Again Soon

Map of Proposed Project

Map of Proposed Project

The Highway 130 Keaau-Pahoa Advisory Group will be meeting again on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2009 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.

2 Couture Presents the Miss Hawaii Teen USA 2010 Contestants

I want to introduce you to most of our 2010 Miss Hawaii Teen USA contestants. These are the girls that came to the Saturday fashion show at the Hawaii Woman Expo. The show was produced by 2 Couture of Honolulu’s Eric Chandler and “Takeo”. The girls were beautiful, poised, and charismatic on stage. We are looking forward to a great Pageant.

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IZEAFEST… You’re the Best! Adios @AlohaArleen

So a few days ago I broke the news that @alohaarleen is a convicted criminal, a bad check writer, a bad tenant and just an overall scam.

@alohaarleen on Twitter

@alohaarleen on Twitter

I just got an email from someone connected to IZEAFest stating the following:

Hi Damon,

Thanks for reaching out to us.  Since finding out about this issue, we have severed all ties with Arleen and are in the process of removing any promotion of her from our sites.  We do not condone nor will we support this kind of behavior from any of our associates.

Thanks again for your concern.

All the Best,

Ain’t Karma a Bitch Arleen?

You can read the CEO of IZEAFest’s statement here:  IZEAFest Change of Speakers