Governor Abercrombie Signs South Kona Wilderness Bill

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Governor Neil Abercrombie signed historic legislation into law that created a permanent wilderness area on State land in the South Kona region of the Big Island of Hawai’i. SB1154 authored by Hawai’i Island State Senator Gilbert Kahele will ensure the South Kona wilderness area,”rich with cultural, biological, and historical significance, remains in perpetuity for the future generations of Hawai‘i’s people”.

Governor Abercrombie Signs South Kona Wilderness

Governor Abercrombie Signs South Kona Wilderness

The legislation provides a mechanism to address both the community’s interests in utilizing the area for recreational purposes and protecting the vast amounts of archaeological sites, native plants, and native animals that exist in the preserve.The lands included in the wilderness reserve area are at Honomalino and Okoe from the shoreline to 6000 feet inland and the Manuka Natural Area Reserve boundary extended to the shoreline at Manuka and Kalanamauna. The bill will prevent sub-divison of the State owned land and will also prevent construction of new homes or structures within 1000 feet of the shoreline. Unlike an earlier bill which was signed by the previous administration into law, SB1154 has no “sunset” clause and will remain a permanent wilderness preserve for future generations.

Governor Abercrombie Signs South Kona Wilderness Bill

As was stated by Senator Kahele at the historic signing,

“The Governor spoke about a new day, during the campaign, and we all know the Sun rises in the East and set’s in the West off the Kona Coast spectacularly, we have seen those sunsets,  there was a similar bill a few years ago that was also signed into law but this one is special…the reason for it is that the sun will never set on the The South Kona Wilderness Area”.

Governor Abercrombie Signs South Kona Wilderness Bill

Ocean of Waste… The Trailer

The Sustainable Living Institute of Maui presents an in-depth look at oceanic garbage in the Pacific.


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Opala in Paradise Members Take on Kapoho Dump Site

Eric Young hauls off a bag of rubbish as "Buddy" finds a way to recycle a slippah. (Photo courtesy of Starsha Young)

Today, some members of the Opala in Paradise group, tackled an illegal dump site that was located on “Red Road” in Kapoho.

Opala in Paradise

A few of us gathered at the spot on Red Road known as “Four Corners” to meet up and figure out exactly where the illegal dump site was.

Hunter Bishop, Kevin Dayton and I get read to tackle some garbage in Kapoho

Starsha Young had already located the site that we were going to take on and it consisted of lots of bags of illegal dumped garbage bags and a huge pile of construction material.

Ed Miner of Kolohe Auto Repair backs his truck up so we can load another load

Altogether five truckloads of garbage and construction material removed and Ed Miner went out on his own and picked up a couch that had been sitting off of the Pohoiki Rd. for sometime.

Yeah we blocked the road for a few minutes to pose for pictures.... lol

We didn’t find anything real disgusting like we found during our last clean up and I managed to make it through without gagging this time.

This rubbish didn't even stink this time!

This is what it kind of looked like after we started in.

Starting in on the Opala. (Courtesy of Starsha Young)

The site looked 100% better when we left the area nearly two hours later.

After the clean-up

The next Opala in Paradise clean up will be a short Fireworks clean-up of the Pohoiki area the day after the 4th of July.

Hawaii Island Hoops Looking for Dunkers at the 4th of July Dunk Tank

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Aloha Everyone,

Our college-Prep basketball camp just finished another action packed week of great workouts, competitive games and top quality instruction.

Hawaii Island Hoops Dunk Tank

Now its time to unwind, and Hawaii Island Hoops is looking for Dunkers!!  This Monday, July 4th, Hawaii Island Hoops will be at Kona Commons (Sports Authority, Office Max, Petco Etc) and will be hosting the premier dunk tank from 3pm-5pm.

State Senator Josh Green and other local celebrities are offering themselves to be dunked at our tank.  Take a shot to cool them off for $1 a ball, with all proceeds benefitting Hawaii Island Hoops basketball programs.

We’ll have great photo ops, special guests, prizes and opportunities to dunk some of our Hawaii Island celebrities for good.  Come out and support Hawaii Island Hoops at Kona Commons, near Office Max on Monday July 4th from 3pm – 5pm.  Parade to follow.

See you there!!


Andy Smith

Mai Tai Mix-Off & Pool Party at the Royal Kona Resort

The Royal Kona Resort is offering a chance for local bartenders to compete for $10,000 dollars in the “Best Mai Tai” contest at Don the Beachcombers on August 12th.

Bartenders that want to qualify for this contest are invited to the Mai Tai Mix-Off & Pool party that will be held on Sunday July 10th.

Mai Tai Mix Off and Pool Party