Ted Peck on Where Does Hawaii Get Its Energy From

Ted Peck

Only 4% of the oil we use here in Hawaii come from the US. 96% comes from where ever the companies that sell here can find it, but not from the US. Vietnam, China, Africa, the Middle East. Those kind of countries is where we get our oil from.

From the Board of Directors of Save Kona Village

I read the following update on Kona Village Resort on Puna Online regarding a group of patrons that are attempting to save Kona Village Resort:

“A group of loyal KVR patrons have banned together and are trying to save KVR.  Its a worthy cause but it remains to be seen as to what is going to happen.  In any case, I received this notice ‘updating’ the a recent talk w/ the ownership group of KVR and FSH…”


Dear Friends of Kona Village,

This weekend Bill Jasper, who has been to Kona Village Resort over the last 37 years and has been active with the Board overseeing this Save Kona Village Facebook Page, talked to one of the Managing Members of Rockpoint, which is an equity investor in Kona Village along with Michael Dell’s real estate arm.  The following is a summary of that conversation.

The owners are very conscious of the staff and their plight. They reviewed the possibility of continuing operations of the Village while repairs were occurring. However, due to extensive damage, the insurance situation, the reality that they believe proper repairs and improvements would take at least one year, the dangerous condition of the Village and the dangerous condition of a construction zone, the decision was made to close. He indicated that operating the Village with limited capacity would probably not generate sufficient revenue to meet operational costs.

The damage to the Village is extensive. The owners believe they have plenty insurance to help them rebuild. However, they acknowledge, as in most situations where there is an insurance claim involving complex damages, negotiations could take considerable time. Ownership expressed hope that the Village would be open in a year or two.

Prior to the tsunami, the owners and the Trust were very close to agreeing on a lease extension and hope to finalize that soon. They have a construction loan in place and as soon as the insurance claim is resolved, they stated they will be prepared to move ahead with the renovation. The owners want to make the Village more modern, and yet keep the character of Village. They are cognizant of our concern that the essence of the Village will be lost, and they will aspire to respect those concerns as they update and modernize the Village.

The owners have been in contact with the Mayor of Hawaii and the Governor. They expressed hope that recently passed legislation will allow the destroyed hales to be rebuilt in their previous locations even though those locations violate present zoning laws.

In addressing the employees situation, the owners profess they had no other option than to cease operations. They hope to rehire many of the staff when the Village reopens. In addition, they have kept some of the gardeners to make certain that the grounds are kept taken care of in anticipation of reopening. He said that presently there are about 150 workers working to clean and restore the properties.

The owners confirmed the importance of Kona Village to the Four Season Resort and the communities north and south: the inference being that ownership is unlikely to relinquish the leasehold rights at least in the foreseeable future.

The spokesperson acknowledged that it will take months before an exact schedule is known and agreed to future conversations with our group. Please note that nothing of consequence will occur until there is an insurance settlement.

Based on the length and depth of the conversation, the Board of Save Kona Village believes that ownership understands our concerns, is being forthright in their discussions and they will attempt to reopen the Village as quickly as possible.

We also acknowledge there is a great uncertainty about the future of the Village. Nevertheless, we believe that little can be accomplished until the proverbial dust settles. Therefore, the Board thinks the best course of operation is to monitor the situation and wait for the next update from ownership. The Managing Member indicated he would be happy to talk to Mr. Jasper in a couple of months in order to keep us abreast of the situation. We will keep you posted.

3rd Annual Art at the Capitol, April 1, 2011 – YouTube Video Preview Series

Media Release:

The Hawai‘i State Legislature will open its doors for April’s First Friday event with the 3rd Annual “Art at the Capitol,” an opportunity for the public to view over 460 works of art that are a part of the State’s Art in Public Places Collection (APP), meet legislators and talk with local visual artists. The event will be held on Friday, April 1, 2011 from 5 to 7 p.m., with a short program on the third floor to start at 4:45 p.m.

“Traditional Samoan Tapa-board Painting” by Dixie Chrichton Samasoni, 1974, tapa cloth (located in Sen. J. Kalani English’s Office) – Credit: State Foundation on Culture and the Arts

A video series, called “Art at the Capitol 2011: What’s on your wall?”, recently launched on the Art at the Capitol YouTube and Facebook accounts and will preview some of the pieces of art in the offices of lawmakers. Two new videos featuring a representative and senator talking about an artwork from their office will be posted daily until the day of the event. The YouTube link is http://www.youtube.com/artatthecapitolhi, and the Facebook page can be found by searching “Art at the Capitol” in the Facebook search bar.

“Untitled” by Yvonne Cheng, 1974, batik (located in Sen. Brickwood Galuteria’s Office) - Credit: State Foundation on Culture and the Arts

While election season marks change in the political arena, so holds true for the art work displayed in the Capitol offices. The APP staff has been meeting since December with elected officials and personnel to rotate and select art for the various offices. About 50 new pieces have been added to the Capitol collection.

“The Tree” by Satoru Abe, 1966, etching (located in Sen. Brian Taniguchi’s Office) Credit: State Foundation on Culture and the Arts

This year’s theme is “State of the Art” and will feature renowned local artist Doug Young, who designed the Kapolei Court Complex’s five multistory art glass windows inspired by area ocean wave patterns. The theme is a play on the “State of the State” and a nod to the State Foundation of Culture and the Arts’ (SFCA) success in bringing art, culture and history to our visual surroundings and establishing programs that highlight local artists.

“Lush Landscape” by Mark Maresca, 2004, oil on canvas (located in Rep. Cindy Evan’s Office) - Credit: State Foundation on Culture and the Arts

State Civil Defense to Establish Kona Disaster Assistance Recovery Center to Offer Assistance to People Affected by the Tsunami

From the Mayor’s Office:

Hawai‘i State Civil Defense will establish a Community Disaster Assistance and Recovery Center (DARC) at Old Kona Airport Events Pavilion Tuesday, March 29 and Wednesday, March 30 to offer assistance to people affected by the tsunami.

The center will be staffed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by state, county and private sector crews ready to provide help and information to residents and businesses affected by the March 11 disaster.

“I want to thank State Civil Defense for moving quickly to establish this center to assist people who suffered damage in the tsunami,” said Mayor Billy Kenoi. “This cooperative government and private-sector effort will efficiently deliver the information and assistance that our residents need for the most rapid recovery possible.”

The County will provide representatives from the Office of the Mayor in Kona, the Department of Environmental Management and the Department of Public Works. A variety of state agencies have also been asked to attend, along with private organizations such as American Red Cross and Catholic Charities Hawai‘i.

State Civil Defense officials are contacting all of the people who called Aloha United Way’s 2-1-1 hotline for assistance in connection with the tsunami to invite them to visit the Disaster Assistance Recovery Center for additional information and assistance.

Mayor Kenoi and Gov. Neil Abercrombie have issued emergency proclamations in connection with the tsunami, and Gov. Abercrombie has requested that President Obama issue a presidential disaster declaration.

The last state-county Disaster Assistance Recovery Center established in Kailua-Kona was set up about two weeks after the Kiholo earthquake in 2006.

Sunday Cole Slaw… What a Mess!

I was just driving on Highway 11 heading up towards Kurtistown when I came across this mess on the highway.

Cabbage anyone?

Apparently the truck and trailer did not secure their boxes of produce very well and about 8 boxes of produce got tossed on to the Highway.  The cops arrived on the scene about 5 minutes after the incident and quickly cleaned up the road.

What a mess!