PanAm Exhibit Opens at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s tribute to the greatness that was Pan American World Airways opened to the public with a special reception 2 to 4PM, today, Saturday, October 22, 2011, marking the 75th anniversary of commercial airline passenger service to Hawaii. Approximately 500 attended the blessing and festivities.

Pan Am Exhibit at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor
The reception hosted press, dignitaries, and members of the PAN AM and Museum families. Included in the dedication were: Ed Swofford, former regional vice president for Pan American and former CEO of Aloha Airlines, and founding board member of Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor; Darlene Lassiter of the Pan Am Association; Capt. Don Cooper, a former Pan Am pilot; Museum Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff; and Kahu Kordell Kekoa of Kamehameha Schools.

Reflecting PAN AM’s importance to aviation in the Pacific, the exhibit, designed by Southern Custom Exhibits of Anniston, Alabama, and fabricated by Museum staff, features artifacts and memorabilia in two modules: the 1930s and 1940s (“The Early Years”), and 1960s, (“The Jet Age”). It was designed to be an evolving exhibit that changes and grows as more artifacts are contributed by friends of PAN AM.

Pan Am Exhibit at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor
“We have collected original PAN AM branded items to be viewed in what appears to be the inside cabin of an airliner. It’s a fun concept and an exciting addition to our history of aviation in the Pacific. We’re grateful to all those who helped make it possible,” said Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff.

Included in the exhibit are uniforms, customer service items, original posters and signage, navigation tools, the maintenance manual for the Boeing 314 China Clipper, maps for routes serviced in the Islands, and biographical information on the founders and pioneers of international air service–Juan Trippe, Charles Lindbergh, and Edward Musick.

Pan Am Exhibit at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor
Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. Its mission is to develop and maintain an internationally recognized aviation museum on historic Ford Island that educates young and old alike, honors aviators and their support personnel who defended freedom in The Pacific Region, and to preserve Pacific aviation history.

The Museum, located at 319 Lexington Boulevard in Hangars 37 and 79 on Historic Ford Island at Pearl Harbor, was ranked one of the “top ten aviation attractions” nationally by TripAdvisor. Phone (808) 441-1000 or visit www.PacificAviationMuseum.org for tickets and more information.

Update on the County Council Redistricting Commission Hearings

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Commentary by Margarette Wille

The bottom line is that the Hilo boys’ plan to make sure that urban Hilo has at least three seats on the County Council for the next ten year, and the possibility of a fourth “Hilo/Upper Puna” District seat is making great progress to be approved by the Commission! So if you are in favor of a Hilo dominated County Council for the next decade – rest assured – the Commission is embracing just such a lop-sided redistricting Plan. Also if your preference is to eliminate Hamakua as an independent “rural” District, you will be happy to hear that is also part of their chosen plan, now called “Plan 46”. Likewise if you think it is a good idea to break up the South Kohala – North Kohala District 9, that maneuver is also part of the Hilo Boys’ Plan 46. (According to Plan 46, Waikoloa would now be part of a Kona District 8 that extends into downtown Kona – and District 9 would now wrap around from North Kohala to Honoka’a.)

Hilo centric “Plan 46” made its entrance at the Hilo October 21st hearing –after all public hearings were concluded and without ever having been available on line — and it still is not available on the County Redistricting site. (However if you may notice this Plan 46 is similar to original Plan 17 – -the Plan that was the most opposed at the public hearings…

Full Post here: Update on the County Council Redistricting Commission Hearings

EVOLTA World Challenge IV Begins Tomorrow – The Kona Ironman Triathlon

EVOLTA

The EVOLTA Panasonic Robot is doing its World Challenge IV and that happens to be taking on the Kona Ironman Triathlon course tomorrow beginning at 12:00.

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You can watch a livestream of parts of it here: EVOLTA World Challenge IV.

Evolta Livestream Schedule

Evolta Livestream Schedule

I’m also adding the twitter stream of the @Evolta_Robot to the top of my site to follow the progress there.

18-Year-Old Puna Man Charged with Second-Degree Attempted Murder and First-Degree Burglary

Big Island detectives are investigating an incident in Puna that left a Keaʻau woman hospitalized.

Saturday (October 22) shortly after 12 a.m., Puna patrol officers responded to the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision to investigate a report of a woman screaming for assistance. Upon arrival, police discovered the 69-year-old woman with severe head injuries and determined that a man forced his way into her home before assaulting her.

Officers from the Puna district converged in the area to assist in the search for the suspect. He was observed fleeing the home upon officers’ arrival at the scene.

Image from Seferin Tilipau facebook profile

Image from Seferin Tilipau's Facebook profile

At about 1:25 a.m., following an extensive search, 18-year-old Seferin Tilipau of Keaʻau was found hiding in a nearby house and was arrested and taken into custody. He is being held in the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section conduct further investigation into the incidents, which are classified as first-degree burglary and second-degree attempted murder.

Police have recovered what they believe to be the weapon used in the assault.

Hawaii Fire Department medics took the victim to Hilo Medical Center, where she was treated for her injuries and is listed in stable condition.

Police are asking that anyone with information about this case call Detective Derek Morimoto at 961-2380 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Big Island Police Investigating Highway 130 Shooting

Big Island detectives are investigating an incident in Puna that injured a Keaʻau man.

Saturday (October 22) shortly after 2:40 a.m., Puna patrol officers responded to the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision to investigate a report of a victim with a gunshot wound. Upon arrival, police discovered a 36-year-old man with a head wound and determined that he sustained the injury following a brief confrontation involving at least three other local males and a teal colored sedan.

Police learned that the victim sustained the injury when an occupant of the teal sedan shot at him while he was driving on Route 130 in the area of Ainaloa subdivision. Following the incident, the occupants fled the area in the suspect vehicle—described as possibly being similar to a Ford Escort or Nissan Sentra.

Fire Department personnel took the victim to Hilo Medical Center, where he was treated for the injury and released.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section are conducting further investigation into the incident, which is currently classified as second-degree attempted murder. No arrests have been made in connection with this investigation.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case call Detective Robert Almeida at 961-2386 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

American Safari Cruises Begins “Inaugural Hawaiian Island Season”

Well it looks like there will be a new option of cruising around the Hawaiian Islands that is different then being on a big cruise ship as American Safari Cruises begin Hawaii Island excursions this week beginning October 26th.

American Safari Cruises

American Safari Cruise yacht the "Safari Explorer"

Here is a little snippet from the flyer that is now available online:

Our signature inclusive yacht cruising style is built on flexibility, which allows the 36-guest Safari Explorer to explore the Hawaiian Islands without having to be at a specific port at a specific time. Guests see and experience the islands from a different perspective than at a highend resort. Explore remote coves, inlets, bays and shoreline by foot, kayak, sailboat and motor launch. The 36-guest Safari Explorer provides your base for these active adventures. She is equipped with all the gear and expertise for kayaking, snorkeling, and more.

During each itinerary, immerse yourself in this tropical wonderland to view marine species and endangered animals that are found nowhere else on Earth. The warm, shallow waters provide one of the world’s most important habitats for humpback whales — two thirds of the North Pacific population migrate to Hawaii each winter for breeding, calving and nursing. The flexible itinerary focuses on dipping into hideaway coves and inlets, mostly staying on the leeward side of the eastern-most Hawaiian Islands chain (sheltered from the northerly winds and waves).

Along the way, experience traditional Hawaiian culture with opportunities to meet the locals on their land and in their homes. Each evening, the yacht sets anchor in a different sheltered harbor or inlet. Our itineraries and small guest contingent has little impact on the islands, and our all-American crew includes Hawaii residents, especially Captains and Expedition Leaders/ Naturalists who have personal knowledge of the islands.

Each of the 11 day/10 night and 8 day/7 night itineraries sail one-way between Maalaea, Maui and Kona, Big Island with intermediate visits to Molokai and Lanai.

Our Inaugural Hawaiian Island Season begins on October 26, 2011 and runs through May 11, 2012.

These cruise “yachts” are pretty styling!

American Safari Cruise Cabin

They are much smaller then your typical cruise ship, however they do have three decks and have almost all the same type of goodies as the bigger vessels.

American Safari CruisesYou can get a general overview of the itineraries here, and see the actual dates and rates of the operation here.

American Safari Cruises becomes the first cruise line to offer unstructured inter-island yacht cruising in Hawaii, where the next “port” may not be a port at all. Instead, it may be a passage rich with wildlife, a secluded sandy beach or a quiet cove where guests enjoy extended time to explore their surroundings on the shore or in the water. Our signature inclusive yacht cruising style is built on flexibility, which allows the 36-guest Safari Explorer to explore the Hawaiian Islands without having to be at a specific port at a specific time. Guests see and experience the islands from a different perspective than at a high-end resort. Explore remote coves, inlets, bays and shoreline by foot, kayak, sailboat and motor launch. The 36-guest Safari Explorer provides your base for these active adventures. She is equipped with all the gear and expertise for kayaking, snorkeling, and more…

Researchers Say There Were More Then 55 Species of the Hawaiian Honeycreeper

Family tree of endangered bird species mapped

Hawaiian Honeycreeper

Hawaiian Honeycreeper

A new study has determined the evolutionary family tree of one of the most strikingly diverse and endangered bird families in the world.

Smithsonian scientists and collaborators have determined the evolutionary family tree of the Hawaiian honeycreepers using one of the largest DNA data sets for a group of birds and employing next-generation sequencing methods.

Not only did the researchers determine the types of finches that the honeycreeper family originally evolved from, but also linked the timing of that rapid evolution to the formation of the four main Hawaiian Islands.

There were once more than 55 species of these colorful songbirds, and they are so diverse that historically it wasn’t even entirely clear that they were all part of the same group,” said Heather Lerner, assistant professor of biology at Earlham College, said…

…They also found that unlike most other ancestral bird species that came from North America and colonized the Hawaiian Islands, the rosefinch likely came from Asia.

“There is a perception that there are no species remaining that are actually native to Hawaii, but these are truly native birds that are scientifically valuable and play an important and unique ecological function,” Rob Fleischer, co-author of the paper, said.

The study will be published in the 8th November issue of Current Biology.

Full article here: Family Tree of Endangered Bird Species Mapped