Poinography Digs Up Some Interesting Stuff On Aloun Farms

Doug over at Poinography has been busy for the last year trying to get records from Linda Lingles administration.

I just noticed the following in regards to Aloun Farms in his blog posting “Public Comments for Act 170 thru 178 are cataloged and uploaded“.

…Like last time, this batch also has one especially intriguing item:  check out this record, a letter from Alec Sou of Aloun Farms regarding a bill to extend enterprise zone tax incentives that were about to expire. In the letter Mr. Sou, now awaiting a federal trial on charges of grossly exploiting foreign farm workers, writes, “We have been a company of over 150 full time employees for over a decade. We have recently hired additional employees expanding to roughly 170 due to the availability of the work-pool….

So with due respect to Doug’s research… go check out some of the files that he is cataloging for the public to view!  I appreciate his efforts and he appears to be setting precedence with the Office of Information Practices (OIP) for all of us.

Hawaii Superferries Auctioned Off… What’s Next?

The two former Hawaii Superferries, the Alakai and the Huakai, were auctioned off for $25 Million dollars each this week in U.S. District Court in Norfolk, Virginia.

The purchaser, the U.S. Maritime Administration.

http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/Gates-Lays-Out-Key-FY-2010-Budget-Recommendations-05367/

What this basically means, is they could turn them over to the Navy… and if the Navy wanted to… they could be back in the Hawaii Islands serving as military transport between the islands very soon.

Brad Parson’s over at the Hawaii Superferry Unofficial Blog asks:

…Now, what does MARAD do with those 2 vessels?

The Virginia Pilot reports:

“…The ferries will remain in Norfolk for now, a Maritime Administration spokeswoman said.

Possible options include selling the vessels as well as a possible deal involving the Navy, which expressed interest in the ferries last year.”

 

Sarah Palin Calls into Kailua-Kona… “Alaska’s Favorite Whine is I Want to Go to Hawaii”

You know… there are times in life when you just might not want to be endorsed by someone.  On Thursday, October 7th, Sarah Palin called into a Kailua-Kona residence to endorse a couple local candidates.  This sounded like a full on scripted phone call.

I also find it ironic that she states that Alaskans favorite “whine” is that they want to go to Hawaii, when in her biography she states that she didn’t even like the weather on this island during college at UH Hilo

“According to a biography – “Sarah” by Kaylene Johnson – Palin and three friends went to the University of Hawaii at Hilo after graduation from high school in Alaska in 1982. But they left after a few weeks because of the constant rain there, the book said.”


Sarah Palin calls in to Conservatives and Kona Tea Party activists gathered at the home of Charlie and Vickie Bussel , in Kailua-Kona Hawaii , to personally endorse Republican candidates John Willoughby (Hawaii – 2nd U.S. Congressional District) and Scott ‘Hendo’ Henderson (Hawaii State House of Representatives – 7th District)

Lucky to Be Alive… A Blow Hole Incident

These tourists are pretty damn lucky that they didn’t lose one of their lives here.  I’ll never understand why people will play with mother nature!

And remember when you’re at the beach… never turn your back to the waves.