The Mystery of the Disappearing Red Shrimp

I had about a dozen of these shrimp as pets but I didn’t know that they needed to have sunlight to live.  I had mine resting in one of our bathroom that get’s no sunlight and so mine died.  It seemed like they simply slowly disappeared in the tank one at a time.

My Opae Disappeared!

These legendary creatures may have something to teach us about survival, even as the clock is ticking on their habitats

“As a child in Hawaii, I grew up exploring. Those experiences shaped my direction and interest in science,” recalls molecular biologist Scott Santos. He remembers playing along the shore and swimming in the ponds imbedded in lava rocks.

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…But, these inland lava depressions are disappearing, along with their unique inhabitants. “They are starting to vanish very, very quickly. Unfortunately, shoreline development is growing uncontrollably in Hawaii so we’re losing a lot of habitat,” notes Santos.

So, it’s a race against the clock to identify and study the legendary red shrimp and other creatures that manage to survive in this environment before it’s gone…

For full report check out: Disappearing Red Shrimp

President Obama Departs Hawaii… The Pictures and The Invitation

Yesterday I received an invitation to see President Obama leave Hawaii along with a few other folks.  The invitation was not a press release as it dealt with the Presidents plans and time of arrivals which was not meant to be public information.

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President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle wave as they prepare to depart the 15th Wing at Joint Base Pearl-Harbor Hickam, Hawaii, Jan. 3. The President arrived on Dec. 22, and Air Force One remained parked at the 15th Wing while the President vacationed in Hawaii with his family. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nathan Allen)

I’ve gotten permission to now release that invitation on my site as well as use the pictures that were taken by the official camera folks from the 15th Wing of the US Air Force.

President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle talk with Gen. Gary North, Pacific Air Forces commander, and his wife Shelley, and Col. Sam Barrett, 15th Wing commander, and his wife Kelly, as the President and first family prepare to depart the 15th Wing at Joint Base Pearl-Harbor Hickam, Hawaii, Jan. 3. The President arrived on Dec. 22, and Air Force One remained parked at the 15th Wing while the President vacationed in Hawaii with his family. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nathan Allen)

So here is the actual invitation:

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of Media Affairs
FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY
January 2, 2010

RSVP Requested: President Obama to Depart Hawai’i

WASHINGTON – On Monday, January 3, 2011, the President and the First Family will depart Honolulu, HI, for Washington, D.C. The departure of Air Force One is open to the press and closed to the public.
Members of the media who wish to cover the departure of Air Force One from Honolulu must RSVP HERE by 12:00 p.m. HST (5:00 p.m. EST) on Sunday, January 2.

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY, NOT FOR REPORTING

Air Force One Departure – Honolulu
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
Honolulu, HI

Press Entrance: Kuntz Gate at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (off Elliot Street)

Sat Truck Entrance: Kuntz Gate at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (off Elliot Street)

Press Parking: Approx 150 yards inside Kuntz Gate, there is a large gravel parking lot on the right side. Press will take a shuttle to the site.

6-7pm Press Preset

The site will be inaccessible from 7-8pm.

8pm Press Call
There is no work space available, only a press riser.
Members of the media who wish to cover the departure of Air Force One from Honolulu must RSVP HERE by 12:00 p.m. HST (5:00 p.m. EST) on Sunday, January 2.
**Additional information, including media access time, will be provided to confirmed RSVPs in a confirmation email to be sent after the sign-up deadline.

And here are some more pictures of the event courtesy of the U.S. Air Force Staff at the 15th Wing of the US Airforce.

President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle wave as they prepare to depart the 15th Wing at Joint Base Pearl-Harbor Hickam, Hawaii, Jan. 3. The President arrived on Dec. 22, and Air Force One remained parked at the 15th Wing while the President vacationed in Hawaii with his family. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Lauren Main)

If you click on the pictures… you can see them much better.

President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and their children greet Gen. Gary North, Pacific Air Forces commander, and his wife Shelley, and Col. Sam Barrett, 15th Wing commander, and his wife Kelly, as the President and first family prepare to depart the 15th Wing at Joint Base Pearl-Harbor Hickam, Hawaii, Jan. 3. The President arrived on Dec. 22, and Air Force One remained parked at the 15th Wing while the President vacationed in Hawaii with his family. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nathan Allen)

I hope the next time he comes to Oahu if I get an invitation to see him off or meet with him… I’ll be more prepared for last minute change in plans!

Air Force One prepares to depart the 15th Wing at Joint Base Pearl-Harbor Hickam, Hawaii, Jan. 3. The President arrived on Dec. 22, and Air Force One remained parked at the 15th Wing while the President vacationed in Hawaii with his family. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nathan Allen)

Air Force One prepares to depart the 15th Wing at Joint Base Pearl-Harbor Hickam, Hawaii, Jan. 3. The President arrived on Dec. 22, and Air Force One remained parked at the 15th Wing while the President vacationed in Hawaii with his family. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nathan Allen)

Just wanted to say thanks to those that made it possible for me to get an invite at all!

Kona Brew Festival Ranks in Top 10 List for Road Trips for Beer

The Kona Brew Festival was ranked in the top 10 list of beer festivals by the folks at Road Trips for Beer in a post written this morning they state:

What better place to enjoy a winter beer festival than in paradise? This 16th annual celebration of The Aloha State’s craft brewing heritage will feature tastings from local and U.S. West Coast breweries, as well as plenty of island-style cuisine from 25 Hawaiian chefs. And, yes, at some point you may be called upon to hula. http://www.konabrewersfestival.com/

This is one of the Big Island Festivals that I have yet to attend and hopefully this year I might be able to check it out.

The Kona Brewers Festival is an annual event held each March designed to promote the craft brewing revolution in Hawaii, encourage professional brewers and chefs to work together as an industry and have a positive economic and environmental effect on the community.

Media Release:

The 16th annual Kona Brewers Festival indulges craft beer aficionados on Hawaii’s Big Island Saturday, March 12, 2011, tapping up 70 types of ales and lagers served alongside a cornucopia of island style cuisine from 25 Hawaii chefs. The sell-out event, presented by Sunetric, Keauhou Veterinary Hospital and First Hawaiian Bank, features craft beer, gourmet food, live music and entertainment outdoors at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach

Hotel luau grounds in Kailua-Kona from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. The Kona Brewers Festival is the headline event of a multi-day celebration that includes a beer and food pairing dinner at the Keauhou Beach Resort Thursday, March 10; a charity golf tournament at Big Island Country Club Friday, March 11; and a Walk/Run for Hops race Saturday morning, March 12.

Kona Brewers Festival – Saturday, March 12

Each of 35 breweries from Hawaii and the mainland United States taps up two types of beer, ranging in style and flavor to delight the palate of every craft beer connoisseur. Chefs from 25 of the Big Island’s top restaurants serve sweet and savory tastes of island-style food, from fresh fish and barbecued meats to decadent desserts. A hula and oli (chant) kick off the event. Two stages with live music entertain festival-goers throughout the day. The annual Trash Fashion Show, designed to raise awareness of the importance of recycling, shows off whimsical attire made entirely from recycled material.

Tickets to the Kona Brewers Festival Main Event on Saturday are available in advance only. Cost is $55 and includes a commemorative event mug, eight four ounce brew tasting coupons, unlimited samplings of gourmet cuisine and an afternoon of entertainment. Tickets are available for purchase online in mid- January at www.KonaBrewersFestival.com ($5 fee).

Brewers’ Pa’ina Beer and Food Pairing Dinner – Thursday, March 10

A special beer and food pairing dinner, The Brewers’ Pa’ina, jump starts the weekend of craft beer tasting Thursday, March 10, from 6 to 9 p.m., hosted by the Keauhou Beach Resort. The feast is served oceanside under the stars, and each course is expertly paired with a different Kona Brewing Company beer. Many of the dishes incorporate beer as an ingredient. Tickets, which include unlimited beer, food and gratuity, are $60. Check the festival website beginning mid-January for purchasing information,  www.KonaBrewersFestival.com.

Kona Brewers Fest Golf Open – Friday, March 11

The fifth annual Kona Brewers Fest Golf Open tees off Friday, March 11, with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. at Big Island Country Club. Golfers of all levels are welcome to play at this four-person scramble using the Peoria scoring system, a popular format for one-day friendly tournaments because it evens the competition. The event benefits Hawaii Montessori School at Kona. The $150 ticket price includes 18 holes of golf, greens fees and cart, welcome bag, continental breakfast, box lunch and awards ceremony with pupus. Check the festival website beginning mid-January for registration information, www.KonaBrewersFestival.com.

Run for the Hops 5K / 10K – Saturday, March 12

The day of beer tasting takes off with a running start at the “Run for the Hops” 5K / 10K run/walk on Saturday, March 12, at 7:30 a.m. Presented by Bike Works and benefiting Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii (PATH), the run begins and ends at Kona Brewing Company. Entry fee is $25 and includes a commemorative T-shirt, refreshments, award ceremony and beer tasting following the race. Check the festival website for updates on registration information, www.KonaBrewersFestival.com.

Kona Brewers Festival Homebrew Competition

Also planned in conjunction with festival events is the Kona Brewers Festival Homebrew

Competition, a local competition sanctioned by the American Homebrewers Association. Judges evaluate the entries using the AHA National Style Guidelines for 28 different styles of beers, meads and ciders. For information visit http://konabrewcontest.googlepages.com.

The Kona Brewers Festival is a community fundraising event made possible by the Bill Healy Foundation that promotes the craft brewery revolution in Hawaii and encourages professional brewers and chefs to work together. The event raises funds for environmental, educational and cultural organizations. It has raised $400,000 over the past 15 years. For information on any of the festival events, visit www.KonaBrewersFestival.com or call 808-331-3033.