Faceless-Headless Mutant Frog Found in Pahoa, Hawaii… ALIVE!

Oh my god… I was just checking out youtube and I ran across this video taken in Pahoa, Hawaii of a frog that is alive and is missing it’s face.

I have no explanation for this other then maybe an animal attacked it or something, but here is the video that was posted on youtube the other day:


Ewa Makai Middle School Becomes First Hawaii School to Achieve “Gold” Certification with the U.S. Green Building Council

Ewa Makai Middle School has become the first Hawaii State Department of Education school to achieve “Gold” certification with the U.S. Green Building Council for its state-of-the-art sustainable construction, design, and operation.

Ewa Makai Middle School

The school, which opened to students in January 2011, was originally built for Silver certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines, as required by state law. Act 96 (2006) directs all state agencies to implement energy efficient and environmental standards such as LEED for new state facilities.

However, after a final review of the project, the U.S. Green Building Council determined that Ewa Makai earned enough points to move up from Silver to Gold status, the council’s second-highest certification.

“Ewa Makai’s Gold LEED designation sets a new standard for green school design in Hawaii,” said Randy Moore, assistant superintendent of the DOE Office of School Facilities and Support Services.

“Thanks to the hard work of the DOE facilities branch and contractors, our educators and students have the privilege of teaching and learning in a model campus for energy efficiency and sustainability,” said Ewa Makai Principal Edward Oshiro. “Our green, high-tech classrooms help inspire and engage students while teaching them important sustainability lessons.”

The LEED rating system was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (http://www.usgbc.org) and is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.

Among its many innovative features, Ewa Makai Middle is equipped with an air conditioning system that was commissioned following USGBC guidelines and natural day lighting design for energy conservation. Contractor recycling requirements included use of green materials, special control of storm water runoff, and testing for material emissions prior to occupancy. By incorporating LEED strategies, Ewa Makai Middle has the potential to save up to $22,000 annually in utility costs.

The $64.8 million, 175,900 square-foot facility on Kapolei Parkway is the second middle school for grades 7 and 8 in the Campbell Complex. It sits on 18.5 acres of land provided by Gentry Homes. Mitsunaga and Associates designed the facility, and Nordic PCL Construction, Inc., was the general contractor.

New public schools such as the Puu Kukui Elementary School on Maui, which is expected to open in August 2012, will be Silver LEED certified. The Waipahu Intermediate School cafeteria has also earned LEED certification.

Another Highway 130 Wreck – Malama Market Intersection

Well it’s been a while since I have posted any pictures of wrecks on Highway 130.

It’s not because I haven’t been seeing them, it’s mainly its because I fear getting out of my car and taking pictures of cops right now in fear that I might get brutalized again for no reason!

Highway 130 and Malama Market Intersection

This picture was just sent in to me of a wreck that happened at our favorite intersection today at the Highway 130 and Malama Market Intersection.

I don’t have details of the wreck other then it happened today at 1:30 this afternoon.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s 5th Anniversary Celebration

Bill Paty, Wounded Warriors, and Ford Island Control Tower In the Spotlight at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s 5th Anniversary Celebration on December 1st.

Guests will get the very first look at the newly stabilized Ford Island Control Tower as the PBS Little Big Band strikes up the popular 1940s tune, “Accentuate the Positive!” and friends of Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor gather on Thursday evening, 5:30 to 10PM to dine, dance, and celebrate the Museum’s 5th Anniversary. The fundraiser for the Museum’s education and restoration projects will also honor those who have made important contributions to the nonprofit aviation attraction, and to those who serve our country.

Stabilization of the Ford Island Control Tower officially began Friday, February 25, 10am with a blessing, it was announced by Pacific Aviation Museum Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff.

Special Museum awards for the evening will go to Bill Paty for the “Building Bridges Award” and to BAE Systems and the University of Hawaii CRDG, for the “S.T.E.M. Education Award.”

“The Tower stood guard over Ford Island on the day of the Imperial Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, so its historical significance is immense,” said DeHoff.

The Basis Foundation of California, which provided the funding for the Museum’s Lt. Ted Shealy Restoration Shop, the 1940s working machine shop housed in Hangar 79, is hosting 16 members of the Wounded Warrior Project who will be honored at the gala. The Museum is a continuing sponsor of returning veterans.

The Ford Island Tower complex constructed in 1941 consists of a 3rd story Aerological Center and Observation Deck on top of the 2-story Operations Building, and the Air Traffic Control Center on top a 158- foot steel water tank tower. The Tower played a major role in the naval activity at Pearl Harbor, especially during World War II. The Tower is registered as a Category I structure in the Pearl Harbor Naval Base Historic Preservation Plan of 1978.

Guests will be treated to 1940s musical entertainment and dancing and enjoy award-winning cuisine by Chef Chai of Chai’s Island Bistro, along with fine wines. The fun begins with aircraft and vintage military vehicles and 1940s re-enactors greeting the guests. A silent and live auction will be held for items such as trips and hotel stays, fine wines, jewelry and art.

Tickets and tables may be purchased by calling Director of Development Carol Arnott at 808/441-1006 or purchasing online at PacificAviationMuseum.org. The Museum is located at 319 Lexington Boulevard on Historic Ford Island at Pearl Harbor, Oahu.

Second Earthquake Shakes the Big Island – 3.9 Magnitude

Magnitude 3.9
Location 19.547°N, 155.622°W
Depth 11.9 km (7.4 miles)
  • 30 km (19 miles) E (79°) from Captain Cook, HI
  • 30 km (19 miles) ENE (68°) from Honaunau-Napoopoo, HI
  • 32 km (20 miles) E (86°) from Kealakekua, HI
  • 45 km (28 miles) ESE (116°) from Kalaoa, HI
  • 59 km (37 miles) WSW (253°) from Hilo, HI
  • 302 km (188 miles) SE (130°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.3 km (0.2 miles); depth +/- 0.4 km (0.2 miles)
Parameters Nph= 73, Dmin=2 km, Rmss=0.18 sec, Gp= 40°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Event ID hv60285426

3.0 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes East Hawaii

Magnitude 3.0
Location 19.384°N, 155.491°W
Depth 10.2 km (6.3 miles)
  • 20 km (12 miles) N (356°) from Pahala, HI
  • 28 km (17 miles) WSW (255°) from Volcano, HI
  • 37 km (23 miles) NNE (16°) from Naalehu, HI
  • 56 km (34 miles) SW (230°) from Hilo, HI
  • 324 km (201 miles) SE (131°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.3 km (0.2 miles); depth +/- 0.6 km (0.4 miles)
Parameters Nph= 70, Dmin=4 km, Rmss=0.09 sec, Gp= 32°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Event ID hv60285381
Map of Hawaii highlighting Hawaii County

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