New Candidate Pops up in the District 5 Council Race

As I’ve said before… this is going to be one weird election season.

I won’t allow my self to be pawned off to any politicians this year but I will bring notice to new folks that decide to enter the race.

It looks like Puna resident Loren Baker is jumping into the District 5 race.

Readers of my blog can click on his picture to see what he is presenting at this time, or you can check out his webiste here: Loren Baker

New Recycling and Transfer Stations Hours… The Survey

The Department of Environmental Management has finalized a change to the operating hours and days at County of Hawai`i Solid Waste Recycling and Transfer Stations (also known as (a.k.a.) convenience centers or transfer stations) beginning December 1, 2009.

The county is also asking folks to take a survey and “Talk Story” on these new hours:

Pictures With Santa to Help the Hawaii Island Food Basket

Media Release:

Naughty or nice, visitors or residents, all the keiki have plenty of time to see Santa Claus in person and have their picture taken with him in The Studio at Queens’ MarketPlace. Free photos kick off the holiday season for one day only Friday, November 27 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Subsequently, a $5 per photo donation will go to Hawaii Island Food Basket and help make sure no child goes hungry during the holidays.

From the Friday after Thanksgiving and continuing every Saturday through December 19th, “Kanakaloka,” welcomes keiki to the front porch of his favorite beach house hideaway.  Created especially for the holidays by Queens’ MarketPlace Staff, the setting features a sandy beach, surfboards, slippers and star-sprinkled coconut palms.

“We wanted to make Santa feel like he’s right at home here in Hawaii,” said Sales & Operations Manager Margo Mau Bunnell.  “So we added a lot of island elements, bright tropical colors and fun details.  He works hard all year long in the cold up at the North Pole, and we thought it would be nice to have something very unique and Hawaiian-style, to share our aloha during this special time of year.”

Keiki photos with “Kanakaloka” will be taken in The Studio—an air-conditioned function space adjacent to the Queens’ MarketPlace Food Court—between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon on the dates below, for a $5.00 per photo donation to Hawaii Island Food Basket.

  • Friday, November 27 (free)
  • Saturday, November 28
  • Saturday, December 5
  • Saturday, December 12
  • Saturday, December 19

Since it opened in 2007, Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort has earned a reputation among visitors and kama‘āina as “the gathering place of the Kohala Coast,” full of shopping opportunities, services and great food, along with entertainment and arts programs, movies under the stars and contemporary concerts in Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens.

For more information, visit or call 886-8822

UH Hilo to Host Presentation on Homeless Issue

UH News:

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo launches the first in a series of research presentations by university faculty with a free, public discussion on the homeless issue. The presentation, entitled “Homelessness in Hawaiʻi,” will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. on Friday, November 20, in UCB 127.

Dr. Todd Belt, associate professor of political science, will discuss the findings of research he conducted along with students Colin Morrison, Shannon Northrop and Jason Trimble. Belt and his students are expected to be joined by local government and service providers, who have been invited to attend.

“Homelessness is one of the most complex and challenging social issues we face today,” Belt said. “Our hope is that through this research and discussion we can gain a better understanding of homelessness, which will help us develop new strategies and approaches to combating this problem.”

I Want These!

Does this just have Damon Tucker Blog written all over it or what?


Wordless Wednesday: 350+ Lau Lau

Yes… I was quite busy yesterday as a few of us worked 14 hours straight

Prepping the Luau Leaves

250 Lau Lau’s into the Steamer tonight… another 125 + tomorrow.

Steaming the Lau Lau's in a 55 Barrel Drum

Pahoa Home Featured in New York Times Great Homes and Destinations

This is kind of some cool exposure for Pahoa in the New York Times today, even if it was probably auto generated by the NY Times via some sort of IP feed pick up.

...The cabin is octagonal, centered on a living room with vaulted, skylighted ceilings. Most of the wood — including Ohia and eucalyptus — was harvested locally (including some from the property itself). The house is supported by pillars of lava rock…

More here “What you get for $600,000