Cleaning Up the Rubbish Dump Road – Opala in Paradise

Yesterday I wrote about the illegal dumping along the Pahoa Transfer Station road, today with help from a few folks from the group Opala in Paradise we were able to make a huge difference in the area.

Kevin Dayton and I haul off one of the couches that we disposed of PROPERLY today

Starsha Young recorded the following:

We Picked up 2-couches, one dishwasher, 11 bags of rubbish, one paperhanging, one unit for water cooling, old parts of a bathroom facet, recyclable copper, oh and one tiny kitten, Kevin found in the bushes, Shelly found a new home for him right away. It took about 2-hours with travel time and 3 truck loads …that is $126.00 “If we got paid” But we didn’t, and we did a good deed, thanks guys…

Starsha missed a couple things on her list such as a mattress and these stereo speakers:

It didn’t take that long and its nice to see folks make comments like this on facebook shortly after we did it:

Just came from the recycle center (no more truck only car:( ) Road looks great! Mahalo nui loa all you guys!

I’d like to thank Kevin Dayton, Starsha Young and Shelly Stapleton for taking time out of their weekend to help clean up the area.

Island Naturals Market & Deli Expands Parking Lot and Parties

Island Naturals Market & Deli in Pahoa recently expanded their parking lot and today they had a “Parking Lot Party”

There was a barbecue, food demos, tons of giveaways, and 3 live bands! Bands included Spirits in the Rock, El Leo the Jarican Express, and Ras & Queen Sparrow with the Hawaiian Roots Band.

Puna farmer Jerry Konanui was on hand to share his knowledge and mana’o about Taro Farming and Awa Growing.

For those that don’t understand… the expansion of this parking lot does a lot to help the general flow of traffic in Pahoa Town in general and I certainly appreciate Russell Ruderman’s effort in expanding this parking lot.

Professional Skydiver Ash White Dies Today While Skydiving

Ash White

Ash White in a picture posted on SkyDive Hawaii's Facebook page today

I’m saddened to learn that experienced parachutist Ash White passed away skydiving today at Skydive Hawaii.

Their facebook page stated the following a few hours ago:

We are closed at this time for the rest of the day. A freefall collision rendered Ash White unconscious. Our thoughts are with those he loved and all the skydivers who he jumped with over his some 12,500 jumps. Rest in peace.

I’ve gone skydiving twice with them and I’ve never had any problem.

The first time I went they took pictures of me and the second time I went they took video of me.


Skydiving is a dangerous sport and recently Red Bull Cliff Diver Orlando Duque got injured skydiving which put him out for the 2011 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Championships.

I still remember signing the waiver that said skydiving was dangerous and that I could die!

Always read the fine print when signing waivers

Former Hawaii Superferry’s Now Up for Public Auction

View of the second Hawaii Superferry (currentl...

The Second Superferry, HuaKai, that never made it to Hawaii, Image via Wikipedia

Media Release:

Former Hawaii Superferry’s ALAKAI and HUAKAI have been put up for sale by the U.S. Maritime Administration(MARAD).  Marad had owned the vessels since purchasing them from Hawaii Superferry, LLC in 2010.

Hawaii Superferry operations had been suspended since March 2009 when an exception to a state law allowing the ferry service to operate without a complete environmental impact statement expired.  Plans to reopen were left open, but the company was forced into bankruptcy shortly thereafter and the Maritime Administration stepped in and purchased the vessels.

Interesting in purchasing on of these vessels?  Bids need to be be submitted before 5 p.m. on July 20, 2011. Additional information can be found in the Federal Register notice at