Brenda Ford Announces Candidacy for County Council District 6

Brenda Ford announced today that she will run for the County Council seat in the new District 6 (Kona, Ka’u, and Volcano) in the 2012 election.

Brenda Ford

“The rural and agricultural areas of Ka’u, North & South Kona, and Volcano lend themselves to having one representative who understands rural and agricultural areas.  Since I have always held an island-wide view in getting projects completed and providing residents and businesses in the more remote areas with better access to government services, I know that I will be able to represent these areas well.”

“New Council District 6 is very large area and needs a person who understands agriculture, business, infrastructure, and the need for jobs and services.  I have always worked diligently to provide for rural areas throughout the island.”

“Council Member Brittany Smart advised me today that she will not be a candidate for Council next term.  I commend Ms. Smart for her work in representing her district and working with the Council to advance legislation to help all of our residents.  She is highly intelligent, easy to work with, and committed to serving her constituents.  I will miss her on the Council next term.”

“I committed to Ms. Smart, and I also commit to the residents of the current District 6 that I will continue to work on the projects that Ms. Smart started or continued to support such as: Ocean View transfer station, the Pahala Emergency Shelter and Gym, the Ocean View water well project, and a Ka’u Council Office from which residents may testify by videoconference.”

“I am a Council Member who works more than full-time to serve the residents and businesses of my district and all other districts as well. I will continue to work in that manner during the next term if I am elected.  This is not a part-time job, and the people need and expect a full-time advocate and Council Member.”

Some of the areas in which I provided legislation or action to assist our county residents are:

Charter Amendments:

  • Fair and equitable redistricting code (provided to the Charter Commission)
  • Special Funds (allows Council or the Administration to establish such funds)
  • Special Counsel (allows Council to hire special counsel without authorization of Corporation Counsel)
  • 2% Public Access, Open Space, & Natural Resource Fund (PONC- acquire open space lands)
  • Maintenance Fund (provides funds for public safety and preservation of open space lands acquired by the PONC fund)

Hawai’i County Code (both corrections and new codes):

  • Redistricting (fair & equitable council district design)
  • Budget Stabilization Fund (sets minimum amount of $250K per year)
  • Disaster & Emergency Fund (sets minimum amount of $250K per year)
  • DUI Towing  (drivers may get their vehicle towed if they are DUI)

Provided Hawai’i State Association of Counties and State Legislation:

  • Liquor Tax for DUI programs
  • Ban aquarium fish collection from our reefs
  • Agricultural product branding to protect each Hawaiian region’s identity and products
  • Truth-in-labeling for product content by percentage of total
  • Country of Origin Labeling (protects agricultural products grown in Hawai’i from misuse of our regional names)
  • Improve “indigent” definition (allows “partially indigent” definition, sets explicit standards for determination of indigent)
  • Vote By Mail (County)
  • Vote by Mail (State)
  • Sewer exemption (allows up to 10 years to pay sewer fees when a gang cesspool converts to septic)

Generic:

  • Advocated for a police take-home radio policy & funding for radios to enhance officer & resident protection
  • South Kona Police 24/7 Station (new station in the only district without one to improve response times)
  • Captain Cook Police Substation remodel (provided funds to remodel kitchen to be sanitary and fully functional)
  • Kipapa Park acquisition (new park on Ali’i Drive & additional parking for nearby beaches)
  • New crosswalks near Kona Bali Kai Condominiums; working on new parking lot for Banyan’s Beach & pedestrian-controlled signal light for crosswalk
  • Continued to advocate for Hokuli’a to complete bypass road and open it for public use
  • Advocated for paving: Seaview Circle Subdivision, Honalo-to-Captain Cook highway, synchronized traffic signal lightss on Ali’i Drive to improve traffic flow
  • Advocated for paving & widening shoulders, appropriate striping, and traffic signal light on Ali’i Drive near Kaleiopapa Drive to protect pedestrian walkers
  • Worked with Administration to develop & advocated for federal funds for 26 sewer projects desperately needed in seven districts around the island

Councilwoman Smart Will Not Be Seeking a Second Council Term at This Time

Brittany Smart announced today that she will not be seeking a second council term at this time, but is keeping her options open for the future. “Due to personal reasons, I am unable to commit to another two year term at this time. I am honored to serve District 6, but have to think of what’s best for the people,” she stated.

Councilowoman Brittany Smart

Ms. Smart, however, expressed her support for Councilmember Brenda Ford for the District 6 seat. “Ms. Ford is completely dedicated to this job and has my utmost confidence in accurately representing the district,” Ms. Smart said. “Ms. Ford is very knowledgeable in issues that face rural areas, such as lack of government access and infrastructure, agricultural issues, and sufficient police presence. Ms. Ford has promised to follow through on any projects that may remain at the end of my term, such as the Pahala Emergency Shelter and Gym, the Ocean View Transfer Station, and last, but not least, a Ka`u Council office for public testimony.”

Ms. Smart wanted to sincerely thank all of her constituents for their support and to assure them that she will continue to diligently advocate for the District for the remainder of her term. Ms. Smart also thanked the Council members and the Mayor’s administration for their help and support as well. Lastly, she sent heartfelt thanks to Governor Neil Abercrombie for his support, especially in providing the $17.9 million dollars for the Pahala Emergency Shelter and Gym.

Green Home of the Year Winner, the Kumuhau Subdivision in Waimanalo

This year’s Green Home of the Year winner, the Kumuhau subdivision in Waimanalo, Hawaii, built by James Keller. Green Builder magazine recently announced the Hawaiian neighborhood as the grand winner of its 4th Annual Green Builder Home of the Year Awards.

Green Home of the Year winner, the Kumuhau subdivision in Waimanalo

The judges praised the low-energy housing project’s design and layout as well as its use of energy-efficient features, including its passive design that takes advantage of the local climate. Since water conservation is also an issue on the island, the design incorporates a number of water efficiency features.

More Here: Green Builder – Green Homes of the Year Awards

Maurella Meets Pele – Going on a Lava Tour with Kristina Anapau and Lava Ocean Adventure Tours

Local “True Blood” celebrity Kristina Anapau has been back on the Big Island during this holiday season and she has been getting a chance to do more stuff on the island now that she has more then a few days on the island.

Kristina Anapau at the County of Hawaii's Magic of Christmas Celebration

The other day she had the opportunity to go check out the Gemini Astronomy Center up on top of Mauna Kea and today she got invited to go on a lava tour with Lava Ocean Adventures.

Captain Shane and Kristina

We arrived at Isaac Hale park at 5:00 this morning and signed in with Captain Shane Turpin and then we were off for our adventure.

Getting ready for the tour at Isaac Hale Park (Pohoiki)

The newspaper was correct in their statement this morning:

…”Compared to the past two nights, the flow field and ocean entry plume seemed quite inactive yesterday afternoon and overnight,” geologists wrote in their daily activity update, posted Thursday morning. “The webcams picked up no surface activity on the pali, weak, sporadic surface flows near the coast, and a weak ocean entry plume generated by lava entering the ocean at the West Ka’ili’ili lava delta within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.”

The lava flow may be reached by foot from the national park side, by tour helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft, or by one of the tour boats that provide viewing opportunities along the coast

While the lava wasn’t pumping as much as the last time I visited… there were still at least three lava fingers entering the ocean while we were down there.

Pele meets the ocean

One thing about Pele is that you never really know how much lava is going to be flowing into the ocean until you actually get out to the site as the flows can stop and start at anytime.

Picture taken a couple of days ago from Lava Ocean Adventures Facebook page

Captain Shane mentioned that just a few days ago… there was much more lava visible then there was today.

Lava enters the ocean

Here is a video of the flow from last week:

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Recorded on the south shores of the Island of Hawaii Saturday morning, December 17, 2011. Video shot from a boat without any stabilization can tend to roll around a bit … so I kept it short so you won’t get seasick :)

The volume of surface lava being sent from fissures at Pu`u O`o Crater through insulating tube systems seven miles south to the ocean changes daily, but yesterday I went by boat to witness this. For more information on how to see the lava by boat and to see some of the still images that I took there, go to my Hawaiian Lava Daily blogspot website.

I’d like to thank Captain Shane for taking us out there and providing us with a great seat at the back of the boat where we were allowed to stand up and get an even better view of things.  Mahalo Shane!

To learn more about Lava Ocean Adventure Tours or to book your own tour click here.

 

Senate Adopts Social Media Use Policy – Limited Personal Use During Normal Business Hours

The Hawaii Senate today adopted a Social Media Policy.

The only thing that kind of stands out to me is the “Limited Personal Use” clause.  No where is it defined on what is “Limited”.

Someone want to tell me what amount of time constitutes “Limited Personal Use”?

Commentary by Eric Toulon on Former Garden Island Publisher Scandal

Aloha Damon,

Got a big kick out of your article about Cynthia Schur being promoted.

In 1996 a con man named Michael James Burns, Jr. came to Kauai and ran numerous cons including at Hawaii’s two largest banks, and by 1998 he was convicted and sentenced to continuous prison for five years, given partial furlough in late 1999 where he created Aspen Venture Group, unrestricted furlough in early 2000 where he was hired by the directors at Grove Farm, one of whom was a close associate of Ms. Schur’s husbands Barry’s good friend Gary Baldwin named Robert Mullins.

Mr. Baldwin became quite influential in local politics after Iniki as a result of his close relationship with Senator Dan Inouye.

During Burns extensive con spree the newspapers mentioned a Michael Barnes as running a fairly extensive crime spree around the same time as Burns and the same thing as Burns but nothing about Burns himself.

This was also around the same time that Baldwin was jumping all over Schur as a result of an article that Gary Hoosier wrote skeptical to the need of the creation of the Hawaii Tourism Authority that Baldwin appears to have been quite instrumental in creating, as a result of Hawaii’s prolonged economic malaise, that started primarily on Kauai as a result of the closed hotels following Iniki.

In the immediate aftermath of Iniki there was a strong push to reopen the hotels that stopped, around the same time that Baldwin started getting involved in the Yukimura Administration.

As a result of the pressure Hoosier left the Garden Island, and appears to have been replaced by former attorney Sam Blair, who wrote an article the following year about how the Kauai ethics committee looked into the relationship between A&B director Charlie King and Planning Commissioner Baldwin.

2002 must have been a bad year for Baldwin, first withdrawing from the HTA for “health” reasons, shortly after a scalding audit by Marion Higa, followed by his being picked up as a result of an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Shortly thereafter Ms. Schur is transferred to California.

In 2006, after I found out about Burns, and then Foley, I contacted the doctor who filed criminal charges against Baldwin and in late 2008 I received them.

After Kusaka nominated Baldwin to the Kauai Planning Commission he said on his application that he had gotten here thirteen years earlier, or in 1983, when the reality is he was last heard of in Colorado, in January 1985, where his crimes were big news particularly in Aspen, where he had been an advisor at John Denver’s Aspen Colorado Windstar Foundation.

That was the same year Burns was starting his career in wines catering to shops and restaurants a number of which were in Aspen Colorado.

Aspen Venture Group, legitimate name, or con man humor? I’m sure it’s legit!

And by the way, pigs fly!

And if you’re a reporter, and Cynthia Schur is your editor, don’t publish anything derogatory about the endeavors of con men!

Take care,

Eric Toulon

Only Three More Days Left of the 2011 Punalights

The Punalights Christmas Light show in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision is in it’s third year in the Puna district of the Big Island of Hawaii. 37,163 lights synchronized to 256 channels of LightORama hardware. For more information, please go to www.punalights.com

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There are only three more days left to view them.

To get there from Highway 130 you turn off on Maku’u Drive and then take a right on 18 St.  The show starts at 6:45 and runs until 9:15 each night.

Kilauea Volcano’s East Rift Zone Eruption: 29 Years and Counting

Jan. 3, 2012 marks the 29th anniversary of Kīlauea’s ongoing east rift zone eruption. This eruption, particularly events that occurred during the past year, will be the topic of an “After Dark in the Park” program in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Tues., Jan. 3.

On Mar. 6, 2011, a spectacular fissure eruption between Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō and Nāpau Crater on Kīlauea’s east rift zone produced lava flows that poured into a pre-existing ground crack and advanced through an ‘ōhi‘a forest. For scale, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists (lower right) can be seen walking toward the flow. USGS photo by Tim Orr

Tim Orr, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, will review the eruption, focusing on highlights from Kīlauea’s 2011 activity. The program begins at 7 p.m. at the park’s Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Park entrance fees apply.

The eruption began just after midnight on Jan. 3, 1983, with lava erupting to the surface along several fissures.  By June 1983, the eruption was focused at a single vent. Over the next three years, lava fountains up to 1,500 feet high roared from the vent 44 times, building a cinder-and-spatter cone named Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō.

In July 1986, the eruption shifted to Kupaianaha, a new vent farther down the east rift zone. Lava poured from this vent nearly continuously for almost six years, burning and burying Kīlauea’s south flank, including the communities of Kapa‘ahu and Kalapana, in 1986 and 1990, respectively.

Early in 1992, the eruption returned to vents on the flanks of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō. Over the next 18 years, lava flowed down the slopes of Kīlauea, inundating areas within and outside of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National park and often reaching the sea.

During the past year, Kīlauea’s ongoing east rift zone eruption has included two spectacular fissure eruptions, a dramatic outbreak of lava from the west flank of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō, and, on Dec. 9, 2011, a new ocean entry USGS scientists named West Ka‘ili‘ili—the first ocean entry within the boundaries of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park since 2009.

Since the eruption began in 1983, lava flows have buried 48 square miles of public and private land, destroying vast tracts of native forest, nine miles of highway, and 213 structures, including homes, a church, and the Waha‘ula Visitor Center in the park.

While Kīlauea’s current east rift zone eruption has been its most destructive event in recent history, the eruption has also been constructive. Molten lava flowing into the sea has added about 500 acres of
new land to Hawai‘i Island.

This presentation is one of many talks, guided hikes, and other programs offered by the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park as part of Hawai‘i Island’s third annual Volcano Awareness Month in January. For more information about this talk, please call 808-985-6011.

For a complete schedule of Volcano Awareness Month events, please visit the HVO Web site at www.hvo.wr.usgs.gov or call (808) 967-8844.

Hawaii Civil Union and Marriage Online Application Process Activates on January 1st

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) today announced the new website addresses to apply online for a civil union or marriage in Hawai‘i. The new online process will be activated at 12:00 a.m. (midnight) on January 1, 2012.

Click for more information about Civil Unions in Hawaii

To apply online for a civil union go to: https://civilunion.ehawaii.gov

To apply online for marriage go to: https://marriage.ehawaii.gov

Dr. Alvin Onaka, DOH state registrar, said, “Even though our Kinau Hale office will be closed for the New Year holiday, the public will be able to use our new on-line system developed in partnership with ehawaii.gov. Couples who use the online system will benefit from a more convenient, accurate and efficient process that will provide access to an electronic certificate within days.”

With the assistance of community groups, the Civil Union Task Force, marriage agents and performers, legislators, the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, and the Attorney General’s Office, the DOH has worked to create a statewide system to better serve the needs of our island state where as many as 30,000 marriages have taken place in a given year.

The new online system will accommodate anywhere from one to 1,000 applicants at any time.

For more information on applying for a civil union or marriage license go to: www.hawaii.gov/doh

The online application system was developed and is maintained via the eHawaii.gov program, a largely self-funded public-private partnership between the State of Hawai‘i and Hawai‘i Civil Union and Marriage Information Consortium LLC, a Hawai‘i corporation and wholly owned subsidiary of eGovernment firm NIC Inc. (NASDAQ: EGOV).

The eHawaii.gov partnership has allowed Hawai‘i to deploy award-winning applications such as: Hawai‘i Electronic Death Registration System, Hawai‘i Electronic Bench Warrants, Statewide Camping Permits, Hawaii Business Express and Online Motor Vehicle Renewals. Hawai‘i Information Consortium works with Hawai‘i state and county government agencies to enable them to conduct state business online and improve public access to government information.

The DOH monitors health status to identify community health problems and trends. An important part of this work is done by collecting, compiling, and analyzing records of vital events that include all births, deaths, marriages and now civil unions that take place within our state.

Democratic Candidate Bob Marx Staunchly Opposes the National Defense Authorization Act

Bob Marx, Democratic candidate for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District told Hawaii Democrats today, that he staunchly opposes to H.R. 1540/ S .1867, entitled “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.”

Bob Marx

Marx said that if President Obama signed the bill, it would be a black mark against American civil liberties and America’s rule of law.  “Hidden within this defense spending bill for the next fiscal year are some alarming clauses that directly attack the Constitutional freedoms of all Americans,” said Marx.

“There is a reason that the Constitution instilled a system of checks and balances to ensure that all areas of our government, including the Executive Branch, are held accountable and are regulated by Congress and the Judiciary.  This bill would allow, at the President’s discretion, for US citizens suspected of participation in or ties to terrorist activities to be imprisoned indefinitely by the US Armed Forces. This clearly violates the right to Due Process under the 14th Amendment, especially since it does not expressly apply to suspects or detainees of war,” Marx emphasized.

“Anyone ‘suspected’ of being a terrorist can be subject to detainment and fail to be provided with legal counsel and the due process laws of our country,”  Marx  explained.

The bill has been passed by both the House and Senate and received bi-partisan support.  Marx referred to Sections 1021 and 1022, which are the subject of much controversy and has prompted the White House to issue a veto threat.

Marx added that US citizens are not exempt or ‘safe’ from being detained without cause for any period of time.  “There are no terrorists roaming our streets.  There is no implementation of Martial Law, nor is there any citizen group calling for our government to eliminate legal safeguards because of a breakdown of order.  Citizens

Man Arrested for Stabbing Firefighter Multiple Times With Ball Point Pen

The 29-year-old Hawi man arrested following a confrontation at a fire station has been charged with second-degree assault and first-degree terroristic threatening.

Dylan Trumpy remains at the Kona police cellblock in lieu of $4,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

Dylan Trumpy

At 9:15 a.m. Tuesday (December 27), North Kohala patrol officers responded to a request for help at the Hawi fire station. When they arrived, they observed Trumpy struggling with a male firefighter on the floor of the firehouse driveway. The 49-year-old firefighter was bleeding profusely from the head.

Trumpy was arrested on suspicion of assault and taken to the North Kohala police station for processing. He was then transferred to the Kona police cellblock pending further investigation by detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section.

Officers received information that Trumpy had driven to the station and become disorderly and aggressive while demanding information and names of Fire Department personnel. He reportedly attacked the firefighter and stabbed him in the head multiple times with a ball point pen after being asked to leave the station due to his behavior.

The firefighter also suffered abrasions to the face and body from the struggle. He was treated at Kohala Hospital for his injuries and then released.

Detectives charged Trumpy with the two offenses at 10:25 a.m. Wednesday (December 28).

Pana’ewa Zoo Discovery Forest Celebrates Completion of Phase I

The Hawai’i Forest Industry Association (HFIA), along with a intimate group of community partners, celebrated the completion of Phase I of the Pana’ewa Zoo Discovery Forest at the Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens in Hilo, Hawai’i on December 17th. Kealakai (Keala) Kanaka’ole lead the group in an authentic Hawaiian ceremony to bless the site and ask for continued growth and vitality of the native and Polynesian-introduced plantings.

Project Coordinator Mike Donoho holds plants ready to go in the ground.

Phase I of the Discovery Forest showcases Native Hawaiian and Polynesian-introduced “canoe plants” demonstration plots. Over the past five months 75 community volunteers assisted with preparing the site for planting, placing landscape boulders and stone groundcovers, building a dry stream bed, and outplanting seedlings.

Landscape Architects Leonard Bisel Associates designed creative, low-maintenance native and agro-forest (Polynesian-introduced plants) design plans. Dr. Yiqing Li and his University of Hawai’i, Hilo Tropical Forestry Program students tagged all the plants and will map, monitor, and document plant growth, phenology, and mortality rates. In addition to UH students, Kiwanis Kids (K Kids) have volunteered their time to help maintain the Discovery Forest.

The Native Forest provides a tiered effect of native trees, plants, and groundcovers including Naupaka kuahiwi (Scaevola gaudichaudii), Maile (Alyxia stellata), Hāpu’u pulu (Cibotium glaucum), Kōlea (Myrsine lessertiana), and Kōpiko (Psychotria hawaiiensis). Boulders, gravel rock, and stepping pavers will provide for a low maintenance viewing platform and add visual interest.

The Agro-forest plan features a strategically-placed viewing platform overlooking low, mid and higher canopy species such as ‘Awa, (Piper methysticum, Noni (Morinda citrifolia), ‘Ulu (Artocarpus altilis), and Milo (Thespesia populnea). Edged planting beds, stone groundcovers, and decorative pavers will enhance the plantings.

“We extend a huge mahalo to the many community volunteers who helped us reach this point and of course our partners including the Hawai’i Tourism Authority (HTA) and Change Happens Foundation,” said HFIA Executive Director Heather Simmons. “Our goal going forward is that visitors, island students and kama’aina all leave the exhibit with a greater appreciation for Hawaii’s forest ecosystems.” Visitors will find the project site adjacent to one of the Zoo’s main attractions, Namaste the white Bengal tiger.

In addition to HTA, Change Happens Foundation, and community volunteers, project supporters include: HPM Building Supply, Hawaii Forest & Trail, Big Island Candies, Aileen’s Nursery, Forest Solutions, and Mālama O Puna.

HFIA continues to seek monetary and in-kind donations for continued support of the project through the Hawai’i Forest Institute, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. Visit the Discovery Forest webpage at Panaewa Zoo Discovery Forest.

Wordless Wednesday – BASE Jumping Hawaii “Best Video of the Year”

Some folks say I’m crazy for some of the things that I do here in Hawaii…. check out what a few of my friends have done!

This definitely goes down in my category for “Best Video of the Year” Award!

This is the first time I’ve seen this footage and it goes on my nomination list for the coolest video of the year!

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3.8 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Kohala Side of the Big Island

Magnitude 3.8
Date-Time
  • Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 04:40:27 UTC
  • Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 06:40:27 PM at epicenter
Location 20.037°N, 156.022°W
Depth 9.9 km (6.2 miles)
Region MAUI REGION, HAWAII
Distances
  • 20 km (12 miles) NW (305°) from Puako, HI
  • 26 km (16 miles) WNW (294°) from Waikoloa Village, HI
  • 30 km (19 miles) SW (221°) from Hawi, HI
  • 35 km (22 miles) N (357°) from Kalaoa, HI
  • 105 km (65 miles) WNW (291°) from Hilo, HI
  • 235 km (146 miles) SE (127°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 1.9 km (1.2 miles); depth +/- 0.7 km (0.4 miles)
Parameters Nph= 60, Dmin=27 km, Rmss=0.11 sec, Gp=248°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Source
Event ID hv60294006

“You Asked For It” 1951 Johnny Ukulele and Parker Ranch

“You Asked For It” was an early “reality” tv show where people would send in requests to see strange things. We posted another clip from it that had a Therimin player on it. In this one a woman from Texas writes in wanting to see one of these Hawaiian cowboys her husband had seen while in the service. This leads to Johnny Ukulele’s spot. He is from a noble Hawaiian family and as a teenager traveled to America to play in a band touring with famed surfer Duke Kahanamoku.

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He liked it so much he stayed for thirty years touring the country spreading the sounds of the islands. He spent a lot of the time in the midwest and one of his biggest fans was Al Capones brother Ralph who gave a suite in one of the mobs hotels.

Johnny was also an expert swimmer who competed against Johnny Weismuller and Buster Crabbe and others. He cut one lp on Capitol in the late 50’sit wouldn’t be until 1961 that he would finally return to Hawaii. After returning to the mainland he became a fixture in Vegas until his death in 1971.

Kona Man Arrested for Assaulting Four Men Outside a Bar With the Bone from a Cow

A Kona man has been charged with four counts of assault in connection with an affray outside a bar in Kona.

On Saturday (December 24), Kona patrol officers responded to a 1:33 a.m. report of an affray outside a drinking establishment in the Gold Coast Business Center off Kaiwi Street in Kailua-Kona.

Gregory Haas allegedly attacked men with cow bone

When officers arrived, patrons were holding 45-year-old Gregory Haas of Kailua-Kona outside the establishment. He had reportedly assaulted four men with what is believed to be the femur bone of a cow.

A 40-year-old Kona man was struck on the head. He was air-lifted to The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu in critical condition. The next day his condition was upgraded to serious but stable.

A 25-year-old Kona man received lacerations to his head. He was treated and released at Kona Community Hospital.

A 65-year-old Kona man received an injury to his right forearm.  A 49-year-old Kona man who had been struck on the back experienced pain. Those two did not  require medical attention.

Haas was treated at Kona Community Hospital for injuries he received during the affray. Upon his release, he was arrested and taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

He was charged at 11:30 a.m. Sunday (December 25) with one count of first-degree assault and three counts of second-degree assault. He remained at the cellblock in lieu of $55,000 bail until his initial court appearance Tuesday (Dec. 27).

Proposed Bill Would End Protection of Iwi Kupuna

Received from a source.  This unconstitutional proposed bill (LNR-07(12)_Burial_bill_rev.10-17-11-1) would end protection of the iwi kupuna and would make sure that Native Hawaiian ‘ohana cannot protect their iwi kupuna.  What’s more, it would cost $60,000 MORE per year to have one state-wide burial council versus the current system of a burial council for each island.

I am still researching to discover which legislators are sponsoring this evil bill.  I know that current State Historic Preservation Division Director, Pua Aiu, who is of Native Hawaiian descent, spoke in favor of this concept at the annual Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs convention this past November.  People attending the convention were outraged since the SHPD and Pua Aiu have already broken many burial laws to the extent that the National Park Service is not funding their $1,2 million grant for the first time ever.

Please help stop this bill before it even makes it into committee.  Call your representatives today.  Tell them to fix the system in favor of Native Hawaiian ‘ohana and the iwi kupuna, instead of making it more favorable for real estate developers.

Mahalo!

Charles Flaherty

KonaRed Energy Drinks Serves Up A Market For Coffee Bean Wastes

KonaRed is the fruit of the commonly known coffee plant, sourced from Kona Coffee – grown only in the Kona district on the west side of the Big Island, Hawaii where it has developed over 175 years. These coffee plants thrive in the extraordinary combination of warm tropical sunshine, abundant mountain rainfall, and mineral-rich volcanic soil that is found solely in Kona, to create award-winning Kona coffees…

New Years Eve 2012 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

The Hilton Waikoloa Village presents:

2012 New Year’s Eve — Uliuli Hawaii 2012

SPECIALTY DINNER FOOD STATIONS 7 pm – 9:30 pm

New Years Party
Download Entertainment and Food Guide (PDF)
CHILLED APPETIZERS
Jumbo Shrimp Tinis, Ahi Carpaccio, Antipasto, Hawaiiana Poke Bar, Sushi Rolls
HOT APPETIZERS AND SOUPS
Kona Big Wave Ale Steamed Clams, Kalua Pork and Chorizo Sausage, Hawaiian Bouillabaisse
SALADS
Waimea Greens, Roasted Pear and Gorgonzola Cheese Salad, Caesar Salad Dippers, Roasted Beet Salad, Warabi and Pipinola Ferns Salad, Hawaiian Style “Waldorf Salad”
CARVING STATION
Hawaiian Roasted Pig, Slow Cooked Angus Prime Rib, Roasted Island Lamb Leg
MAIN COURSES AND SIDES
Ginger Steamed Fresh Island Fish, Portuguese “Piri Piri” Chicken Breast, Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Rice, Garlic Vegetables
SWEET ENDINGS
Chocolate Mac Nut Tarts, Mini Mango Tatin, Meyer Lemon Curd Parfaits, Egg Nog Shooters, Vanilla and Kaffi r Lime Flans, Lilikoi Cheesecake, Chocolate Mousse

GOURMET COFFEE STATION 7 pm – 1 am

Kona Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee, Flavored Syrups, Chocolate Shavings, Cinnamon Sticks, Whipped Cream, and much more
NEW YEAR‘S EVE PARTY Includes: -Specialty Dinner Stations -Gourmet Coffee Station -Two Drinks per Person -Party Favors -Midnight Champagne Toast -Midnight Countdown -Balloon Drop -Entertainment *Cash Bar Available

PRICING

Adults $129.00++ / General Seating
Teens $89.00++ / General Seating
Children 5-12 $49.00++ / General Seating

Upgrade to Ali’i Seating
For an additional $40.00++ per person (Ali‘i Seating includes pupus served tableside, one additional drink ticket and preferred seating) (Only 200 seats available)

++ indicates an additional 15% service charge and 4.16% sales tax will apply
For Reservations Call (808) 886-1234 Extension 54 – Reservations Required

New Year’s Eve Keiki Party

at Kona 1, 2, 3, 4 Ballrooms Saturday, December 31, 7 pm – 12:30 am

• Come and join us for a night of fun games, crafts, activities, karaoke, cupcake making.
• All children ages 5 – 12 are welcome.
• $100 each child, full night program
(7 pm – 12:30 am).
• $75 each child for half night program
(7 pm – 10 pm)
• Both programs include dinner, and dessert
• Reservations are required.
• Please call extension 1202 for reservations or more information.

New Year’s Eve Teen Lounge

at Kona 5 Ballroom Saturday, December 31, 7 pm – 12:30 am

• Teens ages 13 – 17 will want to hang out at the Teen Lounge.
• The evening includes dinner, karaoke and dancing.
• $75 each teen, full night program
(7 pm – 12:30 am)
• $50 each teen for half night program
(7 pm – 10 pm)
• Both programs include dinner, and dessert
• Reservations are required.
• Please call extension 1202 for reservations or more information.

New Years Eve Hilton
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Uliuli Hawaii 2012

7 pm – 1 am
Reservations Required
Call Restaurant Reservations (808) 886-1234, ext. 54

Featured Entertainment

John Keawe Grammy Award Winning Slack Key Guitarist
Johnny Shot Band One of Hawaii’s Best “Live Performance Bands”
DJ Tiger 2011 “The Knot” Editors Pick Award Winner

Enjoy the unique Island music stylings of John Keawe. Traditional Hula performances by Hope Keawe will add to your enjoyment of the Specialty Dinner Stations prepared by our Award Winning Executive Chef, Charles Charbonneau. Get ready to dance to the high energy sounds of the “Johnny Shot Band” – 7 piece band including Neil Barnett on guitar and vocals, Amber Ricci for vocals and percussion, John Kahakalau on drums, and Moon Brown on the saxophone. Between band sets and for “after midnight” dancing, DJ Tiger will take over, featuring hits of the TOP 40.

New Year’s Eve Keiki Party

at Kona 1, 2, 3, 4 Ballrooms Saturday, December 31, 7 pm – 12:30 am

New Year’s Eve Teen Lounge

at Kona 5 Ballroom Saturday, December 31, 7 pm – 12:30 am

Sister of Long Time Radio Personality Frank B. Shaner Calls for Action After Contract Not Renewed With KUMU 94.7

Aloha Damon, I’m writing on behalf of my brother Frank B Shaner. He is a long time beloved radio personality in Hawaii (yes, guess I’m a little biased)..mentoring many many local musicians and artists through the years..not to mention his off the wall Hoku award winning comedy album, Adventures of Leimomi.

Frank B. Shaner

Last week his contract was not renewed at Kumu 94.7 fm Honolulu as they”move in another direction”. Now we know corporate decisions are for the most part, final and we also know bigger things are in store for Frank. BUT we are very disappointed in the way program director is handling this issue..no Aloha statement, proper farewell, transparency..nothing..chopping block mentality.  Many, many Big Islanders have tuned in to Franks show (live streaming online) during his previous 35 plus years in the business.

I appreciate and value your blog and hope you will find time to comment. I posted the following on Franks facebook page this morning:

Morning Frankie, please don’t delete this. I know you’d rather we not make waves..but yur gonna have to come Kona if u wanna give me good lickin…AINOKEA.

Ok Frankie fans..time to flood the station request line at 808-9475868 (I know..keep trying) and facebook pages, http://www.facebook.com/947kumu ~ http://www.facebook.com/frankandmandy

Hawaii fans are NOT ignorant..corporate will not change their decision..BUT we can demand a proper, transparent, Aloha statement. We deserve AT LEAST that. Email Kumu program director at Ohana Broadcast ~ rickthomas@ohanabroadcast.com

Trisha Shaner Knudsen