Hawaii County Elections Official Statement About Press Briefing Tomorrow

We all know that the Hawaii County Elections Office has been having a lot said about them.

The latest in this stunning report by KHON2 where they state:

The state Attorney General’s office is reviewing allegations of duplicate voting on the Big Island.

Hawaii County Clerk Jamae Kawauchi said she uncovered repeat voting from the 2010 primary and general elections during an audit of voter rolls…

More here: Attorney General Looking Into Big Island Vote Irregularities

Normally I wouldn’t announce a “Press Briefing” that was sent to media members… however, this one said it was for “Immediate Release” which authorizes me to release it to the general public.

The Office of the County Clerk announces today that there will be a Press Briefing held on Wednesday, August 1, 2012, at 12:30 p.m. in the Puna Conference Room in Hilo located at 25 Aupuni Street. Hawai‘i County Clerk Jamae K. K. Kawauchi will address the Press and Media regarding the recent review of the Hawai‘i County voter registry.

The New Hawaii Quarter is Flawed and Should Be Re-Minted

The new quarter that is supposed to represent Hawaii as a state is flawed and I believe should be re-minted.

It is scheduled to be released tomorrow  soon.

Do you see the error?

The quarter is using an apostrophe instead of an okina to separate the two “i’s” in Hawaii.

2012 Hawaii Conservation Conference – Day 1

Today was the first day of the 20th Annual Hawaii Conservation Conference and it was a great day held by all.

Tomorrow the public is invited to attend for free from 3 pm – 8 pm where Anuhea Jenkins will be putting on a show later in the evening on the 4th floor of the Hawaii Convention Center.

Here are my Tweets from this afternoon (if you read them from the bottom up they are more chronological that way:

Damon Tucker@damontucker

Check out the crowd at the symposium on New Developments for Managing Invasive Species! #HCC2012 pic.twitter.com/8YFhboN6

Sheri Mann talks about funding sources for acquisition of conservation lands. #HCC2012 pic.twitter.com/3bPSkXzH

Forum: The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Marine Sanctuary – 20 years later. #HCC2012 pic.twitter.com/WL2iodLd

@swianecki @footesea @rtb808 I have to leave and then come back. Got to eat and check into hotel.

Big Island Police Looking for Suspects in Puna Burglary and Fire http://wp.me/ph7YX-eh5 

Cynthia King updates crowd on the State of #Hawaii Native Invertebrate database at #HCC2012 pic.twitter.com/CpgL9NCB

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood talks about institutung “Green Jobs” #HCC2012 pic.twitter.com/Fsw1gysW

#hcc2012 Raynor – Our job is to build capacity of local leaders in Micronesia. We think this is true in Hawaii too!

Raynor: About forest loss in Pohnpei: “if you lose the forest, you lose the water, you lose the med plants, you lose everything” #HCC2012

Standing Room Only as Paul Higashino talks about the last 20 years on Kaho’olawe #HCC2012 pic.twitter.com/MFYrrsl9

Big Island resident & UHHilo student Jesse Eiben talks about the Wekiu Bug #HCC2012 pic.twitter.com/qek29g9P

Chris Brosius talks about the West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership #HCC2012 pic.twitter.com/12fWlJNL

So nice to see a huge event like #HCC2012 without politicians trying to campaign! pic.twitter.com/YB6dOUw6

Heads up… Traffic light out at Kalakaua and Kapiolani intersection. pic.twitter.com/lXXMPpOI

Tundi Agardy: Ridges to Reef management & stewardship (Hawaii’s ahupua’a concept) is what will lead to effective conservation #HCC2012

Agardy: “By going very deep we forget to reach out to the side” problem of scientific hyper-specialization #HCC2012

Agardy: fishing+eutrophication+invasive spp= full ecosystem regime shifts; cannot be restored, there is a pt of no return #HCC2012

With deep-belly chants, each island asks permission to enter the conference during the opening protocol of #HCC2012 #hawaiianstyle

Check out hashtag #HCC2012 for great updates on the Hawaii Conservation Conference! Thanks for keeping me in the loop, tweeps!

Great opening plenary at #HCC2012 To succeed: love what you do, stay curious, perservere, listen to others, treat ppl well (return calls)

panelist James Jacobi:Hawaii may not be a biodiversity hotspot, but it’s an evolutionary & conservation hotspot w/ fantastic biota #HCC2012

RT @footesea Sato: We need new messengers-teachers, community & youth (+ scientists) If ppl don’t understand, they will fight you #HCC2012

Sam Gon, key to conservation success: know a little about a lot, appreciate wonders of this archipelago, & obsessiveness helps too! #HCC2012

Hashtag for attendees! RT @HCAFriends Welcome to the Hawaii Conservation Conference 2012 everyone! Let’s go: #HCC2012

Opening Plenary Panel: Tundy Agardy of Sound Seas & Bill Raynor of The Nature Conservancy #HCC2012 pic.twitter.com/vQPP1rK7

The 2012 Hawaii Conservation Concert is now beginning. #HCC2012 http://yfrog.us/fv4d2hxbqiziavoxddqiobiez …

Here are the pictures I took from today:

Big Island Police Looking for Suspects in Puna Burglary and Fire

Big Island police are renewing their request for the public’s help in identifying possible suspects in a burglary and fire on May 30 in Puna.


At approximately 5:19 a.m. on May 30, police and Fire Department personnel responded to a report of a structure fire in Shipman Industrial Park. Upon arrival, they found a warehouse located on Kipimana Street fully engulfed in flames.

Investigation revealed that the front gate chain was severed to gain entrance to the premises. One or more suspects entered the building from the rear by cutting a hole in the wall and then removed a flatbed pickup truck and some heavy equipment.

The incident is being investigated as arson and burglary.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case call Detective Grant Todd at 961-2385 or email him at gtodd@co.hawaii.hi.us.

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.