Sneak Peak at the New Pahoa Transfer and Recycling Station

I got wind today that the groundbreaking for the new Pahoa Transfer and Recycling station would take place soon.

Here is an artists rendition of the place:

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And here is the plan for the actual station:

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Picture of Me in the Huffington Post

I just found out a picture of me was in a  Huffington Post article on Wednesday:

In the Navy: Social Media for Better Customer Service

If you go to the slide show in the middle of the article I’m in picture 9 of the slide show.

I’m sure this will be the one and only time I’ll ever be in the Huffington Post so this is kind of cool for me!

Mahalo to those that pointed this out to me!

This picture was one taken from my recent field trip aboard the USNS Mercy.

The Hawaii Healing Garden & Mango Festival

Media Release:

The Big Island has double the fun with the Hawaii Healing Garden & Mango Festival Saturday, July 31 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort. This year’s Hawaii Island festival is a collaborative event with the Annual Mango Festival, expanding the flavors of the island’s summer mango season. Admission is free.

The all-day festival celebrates Hawaii’s delicious and diverse mango varieties, with juicy mango recipe and fruit tastings, a mango tree and plant sale, grafting and growing demonstrations, mango-themed activities, plus arts and crafts.

Also on tap are organic agriculture and cultural healing arts displays. Enjoy an Eco Fashion Show, Hawaiian music and dramatic hula on the scenic, palm-fringed grounds of the Keauhou Beach Resort’s Royal Garden.

The annual mango celebration is a zero waste event and presented by Hawaii Health Guide and the non-profit Sanctuary of Mana Kea Gardens with support from the Keauhou Beach Resort. The event joins the statewide series of Hawaii Healing Garden Festivals, which offers an educational opportunity for the community to gather with cultural health practitioners, educators, botanical experts, chefs, nutritionists, gardeners, farmers, agriculture and sustainability experts, health-oriented businesses and nonprofit organizations to showcase Hawaii’s growing healthy, green services and cultural resources.

The community is invited to collaborate, support and participate. Presentation and workshop proposals are now being accepted for consideration in the festival programs. Exhibitor booths are available for businesses and non-profit organizations. Volunteers are invited to help with organizing, planning and festival day activities, speaker support and workshops. Booth packets and event expo information is available on-line at or by calling 808-638-0888 on Oahu, or the Sanctuary of Mana Kea Gardens in Kona at 808-936-5233.

The Hawaii Healing Garden Festivals are presented by Hawaii Health Guide with support from the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Donations are facilitated via the local non-profit The Forward Foundation 501(c)3