(Video) V-J Day August 14, 1945 – Kalakaua Street, Waikiki

Victory over Japan Day (also known as Victory in the Pacific Day, V-J Day, or V-P Day) is a name chosen for the day on which the Surrender of Japan occurred, effectively ending World War II, and subsequent anniversaries of that event.

The term has been applied to both of the days on which the initial announcement of Japan’s surrender was made – to the afternoon of August 15, 1945, in Japan, and, because of time zone differences, to August 14, 1945 (when it was announced in the United States and the rest of the Americas and Eastern Pacific Islands) – as well as to September 2, 1945, when the signing of the surrender document occurred, officially ending World War II.

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United States Population Reaches Milestone – Pi

Shortly after 2:29 p.m. EDT today, the U.S. population clock will reach a milestone that is very meaningful to mathematical statisticians: it will show there are 314,159,265 residents, or pi (3.14159265) times 100 million.

Pi is a mathematical constant that is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. “This is a once in many generations event…so go out and celebrate this American pi,” said Census Bureau Chief Demographer Howard Hogan. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/main/www/popclock.html>.

Volcano House and Cabins to Open “Softly” Saturday

The National Park Service’s Director of the Pacific West Region, Christine Lehnertz, today signed the 15-year concession contract between Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and Hawai‘i Volcanoes Lodge Company, LLC.

NPS Photo by Jay Robinson

Visitors will be able to stay in the Park’s A-frame cabins and purchase a limited selection of food, drink and retail items from the Volcano House beginning Sat., Aug. 18. The Volcano House will open daily from 7:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

All 10 A-frame cabins at Nāmakanipaio Campground will open gradually, and reservations can be made by calling (808) 756-9625. Cabins start at $55 per night.

“The company not only fulfilled the qualifications required by the National Park Service, they exceeded expectations,” said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando. “We are delighted to have Hawai‘i Volcanoes Lodge Company, LLC as our newest Park partner, and look forward to elevating the Volcano House, Nāmakanipaio Campground, dining experiences and retail opportunities to the next level.”

Hawai‘i Volcanoes Lodge Company, LLC will complete renovations to the cabins and to the historic 32-room hotel, opening in phases over the next 12 months. Improvements to the eight-room annex are scheduled for the first phase, and rooms could open as early as January 2013. The entire renovation project is expected to cost the company between $2.5 million and $3 million. The National Park Service has invested $4 million in seismic and fire upgrades.

According to General Manager George Mangino, the company will hire 50 employees for the hotel, which overlooks Kīlauea caldera and erupting Halema‘uma‘u. First opened in 1846, Volcano House has a storied history with many notable guests in its registry, including Mark Twain, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Isabella Bird.

Renovation plans for the Volcano House include a strong commitment to sharing Native Hawaiian culture through interpretive experiences including cultural demonstrations, artwork, and handicrafts. Sustainable Hawai‘i Island ingredients will be featured in the restaurant and other food and beverage outlets.

Where the Votes Came From in Key Big Island Races – You Draw Your Own Conclusion

Jared Kuroiwa pointed me to a couple graphs and links that showed where the votes came in from on some of the key races.

In the Big Island Mayoral race… this is what the graph looked like:

For more details on this map see here: http://brchawaii.com/map.php/?r=1&contest=139&type=race&width=1708&Height=960

Senate District 2:

For more details on this graph see here:  http://brchawaii.com/map.php/?r=1&contest=11&type=race&width=1708&Height=960

And the map that Loraine Inouye may find interesting in that she is contesting the results is the following graph:

More details on this map here: http://brchawaii.com/map.php/?r=1&contest=16&type=race&width=1708&Height=960

Now if you compare the above maps with the actual voter turnout in certain precincts… Well I will let you draw your own conclusions:

To really see this graph in details (some of the precincts don’t show because the map is not zoomed in enough) click here: http://brchawaii.com/map.php/?r=1&contest=139&type=&width=1708&Height=960

Big Island Police Searching for 27-Year-Old Man Last Seen at the Hilo Medical Center

Big Island Police are searching for Conrad Mattos.  Described as a 27 years-old male,  5’4”, 150 pounds, Blond hair, brown eyes, may be in need of medical attention.

Conrad Mattos

Last seen at Hilo Medical Center on 8-12-12. Party also has outstanding warrants for his arrest.