Ad Seeking Witnesses to the Colt Brennan and Shakti Stream Accident

I find this kind of bizarre that these attorneys have placed the following ad in the West Hawaii Today’s online newspaper seeking witnesses to the Shakti Stream and Colt Brennan Accident.

Looks like they are trying to suck every penny out of this situation that they can if you ask me… I probably would too if I were side swiped off the road and it wasn’t my fault!

A Back Door Tour of the Hilton Waikoloa Village

Last weekend we stayed at the Hilton Waikoloa Village and I mentioned that we got to see the Legends of the Pacific Luau on Sunday evening.

On Monday morning, I got to go on a “Back Door Tour” of the facility and that was very interesting.

I met with the director of public relations at 9:00 in the resorts lobby and the two of us began the tour by going downstairs to where the Japanese had their own guest services center.

One of the nice things about the property is that upon arrival you can simply hand your luggage off to the folks at the front and they literally take away your luggage underground and deliver it to your rooms.

If this looks familiar to folks in Kona… its because this came from the Old Kona Airport!

Employees access all areas of the  resort on these “Tuggers” and there is about 1.4 miles of underground tunnels that they can drive.

Once the tugger gets loaded… it’s then trucked underground to your room.

There are about 1230 workers on hand at the place and during peak occupancy the wardrobe department tracks over 25,000 pieces of uniforms.

The employees are lucky in that they simply where their street clothes to work and then they check into the wardrobe department to pick up clean clothes and they don’t ever have to worry about washing their uniforms.

And they are pretty styling uniforms!

At peak occupancy, the Laundry Department handles over 35,000 lbs of linen!

My wife would so love to have one of these washing machines!

They also are real proud of their recycling program and since 2005 they have recycled more then 227,000 aluminum cans, more then 250,000 bottles, more then 237,000 plastic bottles and they average three to four 500 pound bales of cardboard each week.

Through the creation of a food waste program, the hotel provides a clean and reliable food source of food for local pig farms and reduces the amount of wet waste that goes into the trash compactor.

In just three months, a total of 186,280 lbs of food waste was diverted with this program and the local farmers really appreciate it.

Not only do the employees get free laundry service… each day they get a free meal at the Lava Rock Cafe that is hidden downs stairs and only available to employees.

I bet they don’t have to leave a tip either! :roll:

The Swiss made trams that travel through-out the property cost $3 million each and the Disney engineered boats cost $250,000 each!

We came out from some door downstairs at the end of the tour and all of a sudden we were at the ballrooms where I had tried out for the Wheel of Fortune in 2009!

The tours like this used to be advertised… but I didn’t see anything mentioning them this last time I stayed there so I had to personally inquire about taking the tour… so if you want to take the tour… I guess you will need to inquire if they are still available.

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Help Kumu Meleana Manuel Find Her Ukulele

Help Kumu Meleana Manuel find her Ukulele. “Kani” is his name…he’s so dear to me. Someone stole him from my car on Jan 15th about 9:30 PM in Hilo on Kilauea Ave. near The Hilo Burger Joint. Also another Ukulele 6 string Kamaka and some halau costumes! If anyone knows…please kokua. Mahalo!

Ruth Leach Stevens

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Mayor Kenoi Attended the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCOM) This Week in Washington , D.C.

Mayor Billy Kenoi attended the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCOM) this week in Washington , D.C.

Mayor Kenoi sits on the USCOM standing Committee on Tourism, Arts, Parks, Entertainment and Sports, where he is shown discussing tourism expansion with Norwalk , Connecticut Mayor Richard A. Moccia.

Media Release:

Tucson, AZ Mayor Robert Walkup, along with U.S.Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, USCM Vice President Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and USCM Second Vice President Philadelphia, PA Michael Nutter, today introduced a CIVILITY ACCORD to the nation‟s mayors at their annual legislative conference and encouraged the 200 plus attending mayors to sign the document.

The Mayors‟ Accord was presented at top of the of the opening session of USCM 79th Winter Meeting, and Mayor Walkup, who addressed the entire session explained, “We believe that because mayors are the elected leaders closest to the people, restoration of civility must begin with us. We are in a unique position to have a positive impact on behavior – individual and collective – and to lead by example. While the tragedy in Tucson is the impetus for this Accord, it represents a commitment that must live on in every mayor in our nation from this day forward.”

The complete text of the Civility Accord can be found here, but the core principles are as follows:

  • Respect the right of all Americans to hold different opinions;
  • Avoid rhetoric intended to humiliate, de-legitimatize, or question the patriotism of those whose opinions are different from ours;
  • Strive to understand differing perspectives;
  • Choose words carefully;
  • Speak truthfully without accusation, and avoid distortion;
  • Speak out against violence, prejudice, and incivility in all of their forms, whenever and wherever they occur.

Conference President Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz remarked, “This accord is an important step in encouraging political leaders at all levels of government, regardless of political affiliation, to commit to work together in a spirit of civility and respect in their service to the American people.”

Job creation and retention are also at the top on the mayors‟ agenda as they convene over the next three days to meet with federal lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, Cabinet members and President Obama. Much of the discussion during the meeting, including a mayors and CEO panel on Thursday will center on joblessness in the U.S. and the need for job creation. Mayors are pushing the Administration and Congress to work together on strategies to help unemployed people in America‟s cities, where 85% of the people in this country live.

“The jobs picture for cities and suburbs remains extremely challenging,” noted Mayor Kautz referring to a new economic report released today by the Conference of Mayors and Global Insight that shows almost one-third of the nation‟s 363 metro areas will still have an unemployment rate higher than 10% at the end of 2011. Moreover, the mayors‟ report indicates 152 metropolitan areas (42%) will not gain back their pre-recession job levels until after 2014.

“This data is solid proof that Congress needs to be laser-beam focused on jobs creation,” said Kautz. “We are in the middle of a „jobs emergency‟ that demands decisive and swift action.” 2

Mayor Kautz added, “As we try to slog our way out of this jobs recession, there are still families all over the nation that are suffering tremendously from prolonged unemployment. Without job growth in metropolitan areas, there can be no sustained national recovery. Our cities and our metro economies are centers of our national economy. We ignore them at our own peril.”

The Mayors are collectively advancing their job creation priorities in their new Metro Agenda, which calls for protecting Community Development Block Grants to help develop job creating projects in local communities, infrastructure spending through public transportation and energy block grants, as well as maintaining other key investments that the mayors say the nation still desperately needs.

The full Mayors‟ 2011 Metro Agenda can be found at www.usmayors.org.

Mayor Kautz underscored the urgency of the mayors‟ for a metro agenda focused on jobs. “The nation‟s mayors are calling on all levels of government, as well as the private sector, to work closer together to build a bold vision for what cities and metropolitan areas will look like in the coming decades. And job creation is the key to that vision.”

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,139 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor. For a complete meeting agenda, list or participating mayors and video of Conference proceedings, please visit www.usmayors.org.