President Obama to Address APEC CEO Summit at 10:00 on Saturday, November 12th

President Barack Obama is scheduled to address the world leaders at the 2011 APEC CEO summit at 10:00 on Saturday, November 12th in Honolulu, Hawaii.

I’m hoping to be able to listen to this discussion since I applied and received media credentials through the White House and the US Department of State.

You can check out the agenda and schedule of the summit that takes place from November 10th -12th below.

I’d like to thank Go!Mokule Airlines for being able to get me there!


The Future. Redefined. — a new era of cooperation at the intersection of government and business leadership to forge a more connected, innovative, dynamic region. Based on the premise that the future is something we actively create, not something that happens to us, the Summit will explore policy choices and business decisions based on the trends and forces at work in the region and in the world, weighing both opportunities and obstacles that lie ahead.

President Barack Obama, President Hu Jintao of China, President Medvedev of Russia, President Yudhoyono of Indonesia, among other APEC Leaders are anticipated to join the world’s top CEO’s and thought leaders in engaging discussions on the issues that matter most to the future of business. Expected participants include:

Leaders/Government :

President Benigno Aquino – The Philippines
President Felipe Calderon – Mexico
Prime Minister Julia Gillard – Australia
Prime Minister Stephen Harper – Canada
President Ollanta Humala – Peru
President Hu Jintao – People’s Republic of China
Prime Minister H.S. Lee – Singapore
President Dmitry Medvedev – Russian Federation
President Lee Myung-bak – Korea
President Sebastián Piñera – Chile
President Truong Tan Sang – Vietnam
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono – Indonesia

Chairmen and CEOs:

Richard C. Adkerson, President and CEO, Freeport McMoRan
Glenn Britt
, CEO, Time Warner Cable
Wes Bush, CEO, Northrop Grumman
John Chen, Chairman and CEO, Sybase
Roger Crook,  CEO, Global Forwarding & Freight, DHL
Oleg V. Deripaska, CEO, Basic Element
Ning Gaoning,  Chairman, COFCO
Alexey Isaykin, Chairman and CEO, Volga-Dnepr Group
Jay Johnson
, CEO, General Dynamics
John C. Lechleiter, President and CEO, Eli Lilly & Co.
Wang Lili, Executive Vice President, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
Ziyavudin Magomedov, Chairman of the Board, Summa Capital Ltd.
W. James (Jim) McNerney, Jr., President & CEO, The Boeing Company
Alexey Miller, CEO, Gazprom
Dennis Nally, CEO, PwC
Doug Oberhelman,  CEO, Caterpillar
John Rice, Vice Chairman, General Electric
Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google
Bob Stevens, CEO, Lockheed Martin
Hong-Tu Tsai, Chairman, Cathay Financial Holdings & Cathay Life Insurance Co., Ltd.
Cher Wang, Chairman, VIA Technologies, Inc., HTC Corp. Chander Electronics Corp
William C. Weldon, Chairman and CEO, Johnson & Johnson
Hiromasa Yonekura, Chairman, Sumitomo Chemical and Chairman, Keidanren

Thought leaders:

Luis Alberto Moreno, President, IDB
Haruhiku Kuroda, President, Asian Development Bank
Pankaj Ghemawat, Author, World 3.0
Fan Gang, Professor of Economics, Beijing University and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Director, China’s National Economic Research Institute

Download the latest version of the agenda.

Download the program for accompanying persons and for the golf tournament.

Odorous House Ants Now in Hawaii

Great! First it was the Little Fire Ants that bothered me…  now I have to worry about Odorous ones!

…Odorous house ants — so called because they tend to invade houses and smell like coconut when smashed — have found their way to Hawaii. And, according to Purdue University entomologist Grzegorz Buczkowski, it doesn’t seem as though they have plans to end their vacations.

”Odorous house ants in Hawaii are not like they are here in natural areas where they live in small colonies. They are creating megacolonies like they do in urban areas,” said Buczkowski, whose findings were published in the journal Myrmecological News. “We went there to eliminate the ants, but we found it’s too late to treat for them...”

More Here: Invasive Ants March in Hawaii

Hawaii County Extends Trails and Greenways Comment Deadline

The County of Hawaii has requested that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) extend the comment period for the Waimea Trails and Greenways project by a week before its decision on whether to issue a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

The County recently issued a FONSI in accordance with Chapter 343 HRS, the state’s environmental impact statement law. A NEPA FONSI issued by the FHWA will complete the federal environmental review process, allowing the project to be eligible for federal funding.

It is the County’s intent to apply for federal Transportation Enhancement (TE) funds. These funds, first set aside in 1991 by President George H.W. Bush, are identified in the current federal transportation legislation and earmarked specifically for activities that “help expand transportation choices” and  “enhance the transportation experience.”  The 12 categories of eligible activities include the development of non-motorized paths for pedestrians and bicycles, pedestrian and bicycle safety and education, scenic beautification, and other projects which enhance intermodal transportation systems. TE money cannot be used for any other purpose. Currently, there is approximately $16 million in TE funds available for eligible projects in the state of Hawaii.

The Waimea Trails and Greenways project, known as Ke Ala Kahawai O Waimea, is a 4.8-mile long, multi-use path following the meandering Waikoloa Stream, extending from Church Row to a future county park on Kawaihae Road. The path will be paved, vary from 10 to 12 feet in width and be ADA accessible for most of its length.

The first portion of Ke Ala Kahawai O Waimea is estimated to cost $5.8 million. Should the entire trail be developed, the cost is estimated at $18 million, with those funds coming from federal Transportation Enhancements as well as public and private grants and donations.

The trail may require the removal of some non-native eucalyptus trees, which were planted in the 1930s as wind breaks for ranchers. The county will limit removal to dead and diseased trees, as well as those which may present a danger to trail users, and all attempts will be made to realign the path rather than disturb healthy native eucalyptus trees. Any non-native tree that is removed will be replaced with one that is native and appropriate to the environment. No endangered or threatened species will be impacted by this project.

While some concerns have been raised about the appearance of a concrete trail, the county has also committed to using earth-toned dyes and stains that will allow the path to blend in with the surrounding environment.

Anyone seeking more information, or who wishes to provide comment in favor or against this project should contact the people listed below by Nov. 13, 2011.

Robert Fitzgerald, County of Hawaii, Department of Parks and Recreation, 101 Pauahi St. Suite 6, Hilo, HI 96720. (808) 961-8311. Email

Robert Sun, Hawaii Department of Transportation, Highways Division, 601 Kamokila Blvd. Room 609, Kapolei, HI 96707. (808) 692-7578. Email

Abraham Wong, Division Administrator, Federal Highways Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, Hawaii Division, 300 Ala Moana Blvd., Room 3-306, Honolulu, HI 96850-3306. (808) 541-2305. Email

Big Island Police Investigating Suspicious Kona Nightclub Incident

Big Island police are investigating a suspicious incident early Saturday at a Kona nightclub.

Kona patrol officers responded to a 1:30 a.m. report of an injured man in a nightclub in the Coconut Grove Marketplace. A 28-year-old Kailua-Kona man was found unconscious in the bathroom with a laceration over his eye. Police have reason to believe he might have been assaulted.

He was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Police are looking for witnesses to the incident and ask that anyone who may have any information call Detective Myra Iwamoto at 326-4646, Ext. 281 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.

Hawaii Island Beacon Community Makes Available $300K in HEAL Grants

Hawai‘i Island Beacon Community (HIBC), an island-wide, federally funded, collaborative project administered through the College of Pharmacy (CoP) at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo as part of the national Beacon Community Cooperative Agreement Program, yesterday released $300,000 to be awarded to the community as Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Grants ranging from $3,000 to $20,000 per project. The grants will support Hawai‘i Island nonprofit and for-profit projects that promote positive changes in healthy eating, physical activity and/or tobacco use and prevention. Interested applicants may sign up to download the RFP at The deadline to apply is December 2.

Hawaii Island Beacon Community

“Our goal is to serve as a catalyst for long-term change and innovation,” said Susan B. Hunt, MHA, project director and CEO of HIBC. “HEAL Grants set HIBC apart from other Beacon Communities nationwide because we are funding community-based projects that are outside of the traditional health care system. The grants will build upon the strength of Hawai‘i Island communities to extend outreach that helps our residents take ownership of their health.”

In addition to HEAL Grants, HIBC is conducting other forms of outreach and working to effect clinical transformation, particularly in terms of greater access to care for patients who are most at-risk for chronic diseases. HIBC is also assisting providers with Health Information Exchange (HIE) technology that enables patient health information to be stored and shared electronically, thus improving health care quality and efficiency.

“Hawai‘i Island was selected as a federal Beacon Community not only because of the island’s health needs, but also because of the strong sense of community,” said Karen L. Pellegrin, principal investigator for HIBC and director of continuing/distance education & strategic planning for UH Hilo CoP. “Leaders from our local health care system and the community at-large are coming together and collaborating to effect positive change.

Technology, as a tool, supports and extends health care services, but it takes outreach and person-to-person connections to transform a community.” “Clinical transformation is happening across the nation. HIBC is helping the community and providers here navigate and manage these changes, resulting in better, more efficient care for patients,” said Ed Montell, MD, president of the HIBC board and co-owner and practicing physician at Gastroenterology Associates, Inc. See the HIBC Fact Sheet for more details on HIBC’s three major initiatives:

1) technology, 2) clinical transformation, and 3) outreach

Participating Organizations

Organizations participating in HIBC include:

  • AlohaCare
  • Bay Clinic, Inc.
  • College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
  • East Hawaiʻi Independent Physician Association
  • Hamakua Health Center, Inc.
  • Hawaiʻi County
  • Hawaiʻi Health Information Exchange
  • Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA)
  • Hilo Medical Center
  • Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi
  • Kohala Family Center
  • Kona Community Hospital
  • North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital
  • West Hawaiʻi Community Health Center

Hawai‘i Island Leadership in a National Vision

HIBC was one of 17 Beacon Communities selected nationwide to participate in the national $250 million Beacon Community Cooperative Agreement Program. The Beacon Communities are strengthening their HIE infrastructure and capabilities to improve care coordination, increase the quality of care, and slow the growth of health care spending.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Announces 2012 Free Dates

Mark your calendars, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will join all 395 national park units across the country in waiving entrance fees for the upcoming Veteran’s Day weekend, Nov. 11-13, and on at least 18 days in 2012.

Halemaumau by Keith Burnett

Halemaumau by Keith Burnett

In 2012, the fee-free dates are Jan. 14-16 (Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend), Apr. 21-29 (National Park Week), June 9 (Get Outdoors Day), July 14 (Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s 32nd Annual Cultural Festival), Sept. 29 (National Public Lands Day) and Nov. 10-12 (Veteran’s Day weekend).

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and offers more than 150 miles of hiking trails and many opportunities to appreciate the volcanic landscape, the pristine native environment and the Hawaiian culture that define this magnificent World Heritage Site. More than a dozen free interpretive programs are offered daily, and special events, including ‘Ike Hana No‘eau cultural workshops, After Dark in the Park presentations, hula kahiko performances, and Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” concerts, are ongoing. Check for information for all events.

Viewing conditions of Halema‘uma‘u Crater from the safe proximity of the Jaggar Museum overlook continue to draw, and awe, visitors.  During the day, a vigorous column of steam, gas and ash rises into the sky and is visible miles away. At night, when conditions allow, people are drawn to Halema‘uma‘u and the hypnotic glow from the lava lake below the crater surface.

On Sun., Nov. 13, the park will offer a free “People and Land of Kahuku” hike, a three-hour ranger-led hike in the Kahuku Unit, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meet near the ranch buildings inside the Kahuku Unit gate, which is located off Highway 11 between mile markers 70 and 71 on the mauka side. Boots, raingear and long pants are recommended. No advance registration required.

Also on Nov. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park holds its monthly “Sunday Walk in the Park.” This 2.6-mile round-trip walk will explore the newly opened Palm Trail in the park’s Kahuku Unit. To register and for information, contact Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park at (808) 985-7373 or

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is one of five national park units on the Island of Hawai‘i.  Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park is also free of charge Veteran’s Day weekend, Nov. 11-13, and on the NPS fee-free 2012 dates. There is no admission at Pu‘ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site, Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park, or along the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail.

Information on special offerings at parks nationwide is available at

The NBA Might Be on Strike… But Hawaii Island Hoops Camp Goes On

Hawaii Island Hoops 2K11 College-Prep Basketball camp is the most dynamic basketball camp in Hawaii to help put your game on the next level.

Kids from the 2010 Hawaii Island Hoops Camp

Andy Smith and his coaching staff’s workouts are top-notch, and you will see very quickly how these workouts will vastly improve your game…on and off the court.