Just Talked to Census Worker Russell “Jay” Haas

I just talked to Russell Jay Haas as he is up in Honolulu facing the trial that I believe will be dismissed tomorrow.

He is unaware of the pending dismissal of the case right now as he is on Oahu.

I hope I haven’t been mislead in my previous statement that the case has been dropped!

Rep. Coffman Selected as UH Legislator-in-Residence

From the House Communications:

State Representative Denny Coffman (District 6 – North Kona, Keauhou, Kailua-Kona, Honokohau) has been selected as a Legislator-in-Residence at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Rep. Coffman will join the College of Social Sciences during the Fall 2010 semester.  Established in 2002, the Legislator-in-Residence program provides an opportunity for lawmakers to discuss issues that affect the community with students and faculty and to share information on how those issues may be transformed into policy through legislation.

“It is a great honor to be selected as a Legislator-in-Residence,” said Rep. Coffman.  “I believe that this process creates a tremendous benefit for our communities. Much can be learned by having the legislature participating with the university to understand and solve current and real policy issues. I look forward to participating in this great program.”

Each Legislator-in-Residence is encouraged to develop a project of importance to the community, collaborate with faculty and students, take part in colloquium presentations, give lectures to classes, and develop policy that may result in legislative action.  The activities serve to better connect the community and the university.

Rep. Coffman is Vice Chair of the House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection.  He serves on the committees on Finance; Water, Land & Ocean Resources; and Housing.  He is a founding director and officer of Community Enterprises, a non-profit and non-partisan organization that organizes monthly Kona town meetings.  For his Legislator-in-Resident project, he will be exploring how to move people to accept the changes needed to transition to clean energy and environment, including developing legislation for the 2011 legislative session.

Case Against Census Taker Arrested for Trespassing Has Been Dropped

So as I mentioned the other day, I was subpoenaed for Federal Court for the census worker that was arrested by a police officer for trespassing.

The trial was suppose to start tomorrow and earlier in the day one of the attorneys called to make sure that I had all my travel arrangements made and I confirmed that I would be there tomorrow.

Well just about an hour ago, I got a call from the County Prosecuting Office telling me that the case has been dropped and that I don’t need to be in Honolulu tomorrow.

I haven’t contacted any parties involved in this and I don’t know the details of the agreement or what is going on at this point… All I know, is that the case has been dropped and I don’t need to show up tomorrow.

Wordless Wednesday – Gone Fishing

World’s Largest Soursop Grown on the Big Island

A Kona couple has been recognized by Guinness for growing the world’s largest soursop.

Beth Smith and Ken Verosko, owners of the South Kona Fruit Stand and Farm in Honaunau Hawaii pose with their 8.14 pound Soursop fruit.

Media Release:

Ken Verosko and Beth Smith of Honaunau’s South Kona Fruit Stand and Farm recently produced an 8.14-pound soursop that measured 24 inches around and 11.5 inches long. The gargantuan fruit was harvested in June.

According to Ken Love, executive director of the statewide Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers Association (HTFG), this is the third time a fruit grown in Kona has been deemed a Guinness World Record.

The late George Schattauer and his wife Margaret of Captain Cook earned the record for the world’s largest jackfruit in 2003; it tipped the scale at over 76 pounds. In 2006, Colleen Porter grew the world’s biggest mango in her Kailua-Kona orchard. The massive mango weighed five pounds, seven ounces and was about the size of a human head.

“What’s really amazing is that this soursop grew so big with the drought we’ve been having,” says Verosko.

The couple received a certificate from Guinness on July 30 making the world record official.

Smith describes the taste of soursop as “a pina colada without the rum.” The New York native says the flavor is a combination of pineapple, banana, lime and coconut. She says soursop is ripe when a yellowish-green and soft to the touch. To eat it fresh, you cut it in half and spoon out the fruit.

“You have to spit out the seeds, like eating a watermelon,” Smith details.

The exotic fruit can be used to make a delicious juice, preserves or jelly. In Malaysia, its delicate flavor enhances ice cream and puddings while in the Philippines, a young fruit is cooked as a vegetable with coconut milk.

Medicinally, the soursop has multiple uses. Young shoots and leaves are a remedy for coughs and indigestion. Leaves are mashed to alleviate eczema and rheumatism. The unripe fruit has astringent properties.

The couple grew their gigantic soursop on their six-acre farm where they cultivate 700 fruit trees, including mango, avocado, citrus, pomegranate and dragonfruit. Verosko says the season for soursop varies but the fruit is still for sale at their stand, which is located between mile markers 103-104 on Hwy. 11.

Upcoming HTFG Conference

August 15 is the deadline for early registration with a discounted fee for the 20th Annual Hawaii International Tropical Fruit Conference. The gathering is September 24-26 at the Aston Aloha Beach Resort on Kauai.

The anniversary event is geared for farmers, educators, orchard managers and proponents of sustainable agriculture. Headlining the conference is Dr. Noris Ledesma of the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden Center in Florida.

The HTFG conference is open to the public. Registration forms are available on http://www.Hawaiifruit.net or by contacting Love at kenlove@kona.net. It’s sponsored by the Office of Economic Development County of Kauai.

Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers

Incorporated in 1989 to promote tropical fruit grown in Hawaii, HTFG is a statewide association of tropical fruit growers, packers, distributors and hobbyists dedicated to tropical fruit research, education, marketing and promotion; http://www.hawaiitropicalfruitgrowers.org.

Former Honolulu Police Officer Dies in Oregon

Vancouver police say 45-year-old Officer Andrew Young suffered a medical emergency and died while on an off-duty mountain biking trip in the Hood River, Ore., area…

…Young worked for the Honolulu Police Department for nearly seven years before being hired by Vancouver police in February 1999…

Vancouver officer dies on off-duty bike trip