Adm. Cecil Haney Assumes Command of U.S. Pacific Fleet

Adm. Cecil D. Haney, former deputy of the U.S. Strategic Command, relieved Adm. Patrick M. Walsh as commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet during a change of command ceremony onboard Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Jan. 20.

PEARL HARBOR (Jan. 20,2012) Adm. Patrick M. Walsh, right, returns the salute of Adm. Cecil Haney, left, as Haney relieves Walsh as U.S. Pacific Fleet commander during a traditional change of command ceremony on the Pearl Harbor waterfront. Looking on are Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, second from left, and Adm. Robert Willard, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, second from right. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Kolmel / Released)

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert presided over the ceremony and praised Walsh for his service in the Navy and the impact his leadership had on the command.

“He’s had a marvelous career. He knows what it means to take care of a family, he knows what it means to take care of a command, and he’s encouraged his staff to do the same,” said Greenert to a crowd of almost 900 attendees. “He’s (Walsh) all about being ready, he’s harnessed that Pacific Fleet teamwork, the talent and resources…”

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park a Humpback Whale Sanctuary Ocean Count Site… Seeking Volunteers

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park encourages volunteers to help count humpback whales during the annual Sanctuary Ocean Count held the last Saturday of January, February and March (Jan. 28, Feb. 25, and Mar. 31) from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Humpback whales in Hawaii

Hawaii Volcanoes’ Ka‘ena Point, at the end of Chain of Craters Road, is one of 22 Sanctuary Ocean Count sites island-wide where volunteers onshore monitor humpbacks in nearshore waters for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Residents and visitors enjoy this yearly event which provides important population and distribution information about humpback whales around the Hawaiian Islands.

“This is an ideal opportunity for the community and for Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park to work together as stewards of our ocean,” said Park Ranger Adrian Boone, site leader for the Sanctuary Ocean Count. “These magnificent creatures swim more than 2,000 miles to Hawai‘i from Arctic waters every winter, and the annual count is one way we can help observe and record their behavior, and ensure their future,” he said.

Volunteers can sign up on the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary website:
http://hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov/involved/ocvolunteer.html or call 1-888-55-WHALE ext. 253.

Remarkable 1940’s Footage of Mauna Loa Erupting on the Big Island

Remarkable 1940’s silent film of Mauna Loa Erupting. Probably the first color film ever made of a volcanic eruption.

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Mauna Loa’s summit Mokuaweoweo Crater eruption filmed probably in 1940 by Harold T. Stearns, a USGS Hydrologist-Volcanologist. The lava fountains are hundreds of feet high, the erupting fissure inside the crater is about two thousand feet long. The crater floor is at an elevation of 13,100′ ASL. Stearns is flying in an open cockpit at an altitude of around 15,000′ ASL. Note patches of snow on the rim of the crater! At 1 min, 50 secs into the video, a plane will enter the lower right corner of the frame. View the entire 66 minute SILENT FILM compilation that was hand edited by Stearns himself, but you have to use Windows Media Player, on the file menu select “open URL” and past in: mms://video.wr.usgs.gov/movies/early_hawaiian_volcanoes.wmv This file contains all of this footage plus all of Stearn’s other film covering about 15 years in Hawaii between the late 1920’s and the early 1940’s.

Governor Abercrombie Expected to Release Emergency Appropriation Funds to Support Kidney and Liver Transplants

Conference Committee Scheduled to Address Organ Transplant Facility in Hawaii

WHAT: A conference committee on HB608 RELATING TO HEALTH will re-open.  HB608 appropriates funds, subject to a dollar-for-dollar match with private funds, to support a kidney and liver transplant provider in Hawaii, and to support a federally recognized chronic kidney disease management program.

WHEN: Monday, January 23, 2012 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Hawaii State Capitol, Room 229

WHY: Governor Abercrombie is expected to release Emergency Appropriation funds, as required by HB608, to support kidney and liver transplants in Hawaii.  The recent closure of Hawaii Medical Center has strained the state’s health system and has left Hawaii without a Center for Medicare and Medicaid-certified service provider for kidney and liver transplants.

WHO: House conferees: Representatives Yamane, Morikawa (co-chairs), and Jordan, Wooley, Ching.      Senate conferees: Senator Green, Chun-Oakland (co-chairs), and Slom.

Its a Bird! Its a Plane… Its RoboCopter in Hawaii to Keep Tabs on Navy’s Biofuel Plants

The US Navy and the US Department of Agriculture have teamed up to use Robotic Copters to keep tabs on the Navy’s new Biofuel Plants on Maui.

Photo: Leptron

 The Navy is hoping to one day run a huge chunk of its fleet on biofuels. So the Navy’s advanced researchers — and their partners at the U.S. Department of Agriculture — are turning to a tiny robotic helicopter to help them figure out which crop they might be able to convert into their fuel of the future.

The experiment is taking place over 35,000 acres of Maui soil, on the fields of Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar, the state’s largest commercial sugar plantation. That’s the site of a $10 million, five-year gamble to test which of plantation’s crops might work as grow-your-jetfuel. The drone helicopter will track every temperature fluctuation and sprouting bud emerging into the Hawaiian sun…

Subaru Hawaii Donates $2,300 to Hawaii Island Humane Society

Subaru Hawaii today announced that its “Share the Love” sales event has raised $2,300 for Hawaii Island Humane Society. A check presentation was held at Kona Subaru this morning.

Hawaii Island Humane Society Executive Director Donna Whitaker accepts Subaru Hawaii's "Share the Love" donation presented by Sean Charlston, Sales Manager, Kona Subaru.

Subaru Hawaii ’s Share the Love event donated $250 for every new vehicle sold by Subaru Hawaii dealers from November 1 to December 31, 2011. In total, the Share the Love event raised $25,300 for a group of great causes. In addition to Hawaii Island Humane Society, the other four non-profits were Hawaii Wildlife Fund, SPCA Maui, Hawaii Literacy and Oahu SPCA.

The public also had an opportunity to vote for their favorite participating non-profit organization on Subaru Hawaii ’s Facebook page. At the end of the sales event period on December 31, Hawaii Wildlife Fund received 45 percent of all votes and earned an additional $5,000. In total, Subaru Hawaii will be donating $11,700 to Hawaii Wildlife Fund.

“We are delighted to give back to the community by supporting our local non-profit partners,” said Glenn Inouye, Senior Vice President, Servco representing the Subaru Hawaii Dealers.  “The Facebook contest, in particular, was very well received by the public. It was a very close and exciting race right up to the very end.

“We were so happy to be one of Subaru Hawaii ’s designated non-profit beneficiaries and we are always thankful for opportunities that help raise awareness of our organization,” said Donna Whitaker, Executive Director, Hawaii Island Humane Society. “This donation from Subaru’s Share the Love campaign will go a long way in helping us help the animals of Hawaii Island .”

Big Island Police Searching for 17-Year-Old Puna Girl Missing Since November

Big Island police are searching for a 17-year-old girl reported as missing from Puna since November 29.

Jazmyn Kalaukia Williams

Jazmyn Kalaukia Williams is described as 5-foot-3, about 125 pounds with long black hair and brown eyes.

Police ask that anyone with information on her whereabouts call 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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.