Hawaii to Study Shark Movements in Island Waters – Four Shark Attacks in Last Month

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is initiating a study of tiger shark movements in island waters.

“DLNR is paying close attention to the recent series of shark incidents statewide,” said William Aila, DLNR chairperson. “These appear to be random events involving sharks of different species and different sizes. There’s nothing we can yet discern that connects the incidents or provides any sort of explanation.”

In 2013, there have been eight incidents, including four within the last month. Four of this year’s incidents occurred on Maui, three on the Big Island, and one on Oahu.

In 2012, there were 10 confirmed, unprovoked shark incidents*, the highest number ever recorded. Six of last year’s 10 incidents occurred on Maui. At the time, Aila convened a meeting of shark experts and public safety personnel, similar to the Shark Task Force of the 1990s that guided shark management decisions at that time.

Jimmy “Ulu Boy” Napeahi was attacked two days ago at Pohoiki.  Photo by Karen Welsh

Jimmy “Ulu Boy” Napeahi was attacked two days ago at Pohoiki. Photo by Karen Welsh

At last year’s meeting, Aila asked University of Hawaii researchers to submit a proposal to specifically study tiger shark movements around Maui and see how their behavior compares with known movement patterns around the other main Hawaiian Islands. The results will help determine whether any management options should be considered. The study, led by Dr. Carl Meyer, will begin next month at a cost of $186,000 over two years.

Aila noted: “As we look at numbers of incidents per year over the last two decades or so, we see a lot of variation from year to year, including years with no incidents or just one incident. Recently, there’s been an average of about three or four incidents per year. But every few years there’s a little spike, and we’ve now seen an unprecedented spike.”

These spikes in activity occur worldwide. In recent years, West Australia, Reunion Island, Egypt, Brazil, and other locations have seen their own versions of increased shark incident activity, many of them fatal. In some cases, human behavior — such as introduction of shark attractants into the water — has been considered a contributing factor. In other cases, no change in environmental conditions or other possible factors could be identified.

“Historically, October through December are the months when the rate of shark incidents increases,” Aila added. “This is part of traditional Hawaiian knowledge, reinforced by our own statistics. So we urge people to be extra cautious, and follow our suggestions for reducing the chances of being bit (SEE BOX).

“Remember that sharks play an important role in marine ecosystems, and the ocean is their home. We’re the visitors. Going into the ocean is a wilderness experience. There are animals out there that can hurt you. The chances of something like that happening are incredibly small, given how many people are in the water every day. There are precautions you can take to make those chances even smaller.”

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DLNR recommends following these precautions, adopted by the original Shark Task Force and updated slightly based on new understanding of shark behavior.

  1. Swim, surf or dive with other people, and don’t move too far away from assistance.
  2. Stay out of the water at dawn, dusk and night, when some species of sharks may move inshore to feed. But realize that sharks, especially tiger sharks, have been known to bite people any time of the day or night.
  3. Do not enter the water if you have open wounds or are bleeding in any way. Sharks can detect blood and body fluids in extremely small concentrations.
  4. Avoid murky waters, harbor entrances and areas near stream mouths (especially after heavy rains), channels or steep drop-offs. These types of waters are known to be frequented by sharks.
  5. Do not wear high-contrast clothing or shiny jewelry. Sharks see contrast very well.
  6. Refrain from excessive splashing; keep pets, which swim erratically, out of the water. Sharks are known to be attracted to such activity.
  7. Do not enter the water if sharks are known to be present. Leave the water quickly and calmly if one is sighted. Do not provoke or harass a shark, even a small one.
  8. If fish or turtles start to behave erratically, leave the water. Avoid swimming near dolphins, as they are prey for some large sharks.
  9. Remove speared fish from the water or tow them a safe distance behind you. Do not swim near people fishing or spear fishing. Stay away from dead animals in the water.
  10. Swim or surf at beaches patrolled by lifeguards and follow their advice.

*Data citation from Hawaii Sharks website www.hawaiisharks.org

 

Pahoa Pool to Reopen Monday

The Pāhoa Community Aquatic Center will reopen on Monday, August 26, following a $1.5 million renovation project.

My son was so cold during  last swim lessons, that he had to get out of the water and warm up despite wearing a rash guard!

My son was so cold during last swim lessons, that he had to get out of the water and warm up despite wearing a rash guard!

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Parks and Recreation is pleased to invite the public to a blessing and rededication ceremony that will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the pool. Following the brief ceremony that will feature welcoming comments from Mayor Billy Kenoi, the swimming pool will be reopened to the public. Free swim for all ages will be offered Monday until 5:30 p.m.

Okahara and Associates Inc. designed the project, which was constructed by Isemoto Contracting Co. Ltd. Facility features include two new filtration pumps designed to shorten start-up time following an electrical outage, a new variable-frequency drive to improve pump efficiency, and roof-mounted solar heating panels to help warm the pool water. Numerous leaks also were fixed.

In addition to the contractor’s work, County employees repaired the roof, refurbished plumbing fixtures, repainted interior surfaces, refinished the keiki pool’s play fountain and tiling, and performed various other maintenance tasks.

The Department of Parks and Recreation wishes to thank the public for its patience and understanding while this critical work was being performed to enhance the operation and usability of the Pāhoa Community Aquatic Center.

New operating hours will take effect Tuesday, August 27.  Weekday hours will be 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The pool will be opened weekends from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Novice Swim Team registration will be held from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28, at the Pāhoa Community Aquatic Center. A water aerobics class starts at 9 a.m. Wednesday, September 4.

For additional pool information, please call Cassandra at 965-2700.

 

A Black and White Colobus Monkey Born at Panaewa Rainforest Zoo Last Week

A black-and-white colobus monkey was born at the Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens on August 10, marking the first successful birth of the species at the zoo in more than two decades.

A Colubos Monkey and baby.  (Not the one at Panaewa)

A Colobus Monkey and baby. (Not the one at Panaewa)

Black-and-white colobus monkeys, Colobus guereza, are native to Africa’s equatorial forests, where they live in territorial groups ruled by a patriarch. They are herbivores, eating leaves, fruit, flowers and twigs.

After many years without a colobus monkey, the zoo added a male in June 2009. The nonprofit Friends of the Zoo purchased Mo first and then acquired Mindy from the same Florida source in April 2012. It was hoped that the pair would mate, adding to the population of approximately 200 colobus monkeys living in zoos throughout the world.

“We’re delighted with the birth and happy to introduce the newborn to the public,” said Pam Mizuno, manager of the Pana‘ewa Recreation Complex that includes an equestrian center.

The actual one at the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo

The actual one at the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo

The all-white baby monkey has not yet been named, and its gender remains undetermined, she said. The baby and its parents are on public display during operating hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission is free.

Located off of Stainback Highway about five miles south of Hilo, the 12-acre Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens is the only natural tropical rainforest zoo in the United States. More than 100 palm varieties and 80 animal species, including Nēnē goose and Namasté, a white Bengal tiger, can be found at the zoo.

For more information, call 959-7224 or email panaewazoo@co.hawaii.hi.us.

UH Hilo Performing Arts Center Announces 2013-14 Season

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Performing Arts Center (PAC) has unveiled its schedule of performances for the 2013-14 season, which begins on Thursday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m. with the innovative improvisation of Broadway’s Next Hit Musical.

Rhythmic Circus will perform on March 11

Rhythmic Circus will perform on March 11

“It’s all improvised and its all funny,” said PAC Manager Lee Dombroski. “Every song is fresh, every scene is new and every performance is different.”

Six-time GRAMMY ® Award-nominee and versatile songstress Nnenna Freelon takes the stage on Friday, October 25, at 7:30 p.m. Described as a captivating performer, Freelon will be joined by three equally impressive musicians.

The Intergalactic Nemesis Company presents Book Two: Robot Planet Rising from their Live-Action Graphic Novel on Friday, January 17, at 7:30 p.m.

A one-of-a-kind theatrical performance, the Intergalactic Nemesis series has thrilled even the most skeptical members of the audience.

The spring season begins with Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance. The group is known for its physicality and athleticism, and returns by popular demand with a brand new show on February 11.

Then fasten seat belts for Rhythmic Circus’ Feet Don’t Fail Me Now on March 11. This percussive dance phenomenon electrifies audiences with its hard-hitting rapid-fire tap, sidesplitting humor and finger snapping tunes.

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Traditional Irish music and song takes the spotlight when Danu, from Ireland’s County Waterford, performs on March 21. The season closes with the hit musical Miss Saigon, directed by UH Hilo Drama Professor Jackie Pualani Johnson, with Musical Director Armando Mendoza and choreography by University Dance Instructor Celeste Staton. Performance dates are April 10,11,12,17,18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and April 13 at 2 p.m.

The PAC is also planning a special fundraising event on Saturday, September 14, with proceeds supporting both the Performing Arts Center and Department. Legacies~Ho’omau is conceived and directed by PAC Associate Manager and long-time dance program member Dori Yamada, and features performances by alumni, current students, and UH Hilo faculty and staff members.

“A lot of talent from the Performing Arts Department has graced the PAC stage over the years and made good art,” Yamada said. “We want to celebrate that good art, support the Performing Arts Department and the Performing Arts Center’s programs, and above all make more good art!”

Season subscription packages ranging in price from $64 to $132 are currently available by calling the PAC Box Office at (808) 974-7310 or by ordering online at artscenter.uhh.hawaii.edu. Single tickets will be available beginning September 10.

Paradise Roller Girls Return to the Track This Saturday

Remember back in the 80’s when roller derby was like the World Wrestling Federation? Derby girls went flying around the rink in zipper suits throwing elbows at other middle age women in order to channel their anger at something other than their pudgy pale-faced husbands.

Watching derby on TV made young girls across the country want to strap on their skates and start smashing shoulders in the driveway, just as boys watching WWF would dress up in Hulk Hogan costumes and throw each other around the living room. It was all good and fun, but like WWF, much of the derby performed on TV was staged.

Sure, the real thing existed. Real blood did spill, and before the TV theatrics of the 80’s, derby was considered a real sport. But the face smashing, cat fighting, late night entertainment blips shown on TV was just entertainment. That all changed though as roller derby re-emerged as something much bigger, and even more exciting, than it’s ever been.

After surviving a few short spurts in the 90’s the sport seemed to disappear completely, only to come back in full force in the mid-2000s. The re-emergence and growing popularity of the sport is in much part due to the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, known as WFTDA. The association was born in 2004 when 20 separate derby league representatives met in the Chicago area to talk about reviving derby as a real sport. By 2008 WFTDA had grown to 60 leagues, and today boasts having 198 full member leagues and 97 apprentice leagues, including the Big Island’s own Paradise Roller Girls.

Paradise Roller Girls

Roller derby returned to Hawaii Island in 2010 with the formation of Paradise Roller Girls

The first Big Island roller derby league came into being February 2010, when a handful of skaters met at Bear’s Coffee in Hilo. One of Hawaii’s first derby girls, Stephanie “Firefly Fatale” Collins, explained how it all came together after that. “We had a lot of really long organizational meetings before we even started skating, mostly due to the fact that everyone had to wait for their skates to ship,” she said. “Once practices started, everybody just got hooked and even more people joined. There was a lot of interest in roller derby, so everything just exploded from there.”

A Hulagan attempts a hip check against Honey Badger jammer Von Schlappenbitsch #8. Paradise Roller Girls versus Pacific Roller Derby at the Battle of the Islands 2012. Photo by Mr. Forbidden.

A Hulagan attempts a hip check against Honey Badger jammer Von Schlappenbitsch #8. Paradise Roller Girls versus Pacific Roller Derby at the Battle of the Islands 2012. Photo by Mr. Forbidden.

Since Paradise Roller Girls’ inception in 2010, three more leagues formed on the Big Island – Kona Outlaw Roller Girls, Echo City Knockouts (Kona) and the Waimea Wranglers, bringing the total to 8 leagues in the state of Hawaii.

Paradise Roller Girls’ first debut bout was hosted at Hilo’s Civic Auditorium in November 2010. It was a sold out event that brought even more attention to the sport on the Big Island, helping to bring new players on board and a fan base that wasn’t always certain of the rules, but knew something exciting was going on.

Paradise Roller Girls

“All I knew was they would skate around the rink as fast as possible, pushing and shoving each other out of the way,” derby fan Scott Albright said. “Eventually I came to understand the rules, which are quite simple. Two girls race each other through a pack of blockers and the one who gets through first becomes the lead jammer. After that both jammers get one point each for every opposing player they pass until the jam is over.”

PRG former skater Alane “Hot” Cole said it’s important for fans to know derby is a real sport, and not just theatrical entertainment. “We want to educate people new to the sport on what today’s modern roller derby is and how different it is from the 80’s entertainment that is stuck in so many people’s heads,” she said. “When you mention roller derby, folks invariably mention elbows to the face and catfights on skates and ask if that is what PRG is about. That is not the case at all; flat-track Roller Derby is a sport first and foremost. The skaters are amazing athletes.” Modern roller derby has retained the campy costumes and flamboyant skater pseudonyms but under the fishnets and glitter the skaters are dedicated athletes who put in long hours training and conditioning.

PRG jammer Atomic Ace #151 races ahead of Hulagan blockers. Paradise Roller Girls versus Pacific Roller Derby at the Battle of the Islands 2012. Photo by Mr. Forbidden.

PRG jammer Atomic Ace #151 races ahead of Hulagan blockers. Paradise Roller Girls versus Pacific Roller Derby at the Battle of the Islands 2012. Photo by Mr. Forbidden.

Basics of Flat-Track Roller Derby

Paradise Roller Girls play flat-track roller derby according to the rules governed by the Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Association (WFTDA). In flat-track roller derby, a standard bout consists of two 30 minute periods played on a large flat oval track. Each period is divided into jams that last up to two minutes. At the start of a jam, five players from each team take positions on the track. Four members of each team form into one group, called the pack, behind the pivot line. One skater from each team is designated as the Jammer (the skater with 2 stars on her helmet cover) who will score points for her team in that jam. The jammers from both teams line up on the jammer line located behind the pack of blockers. The jam starts with the blast of a whistle from the lead referee and both the jammers take off. They are racing each other to get through the pack of blockers first to establish the status of Lead Jammer which will give her a strategic advantage to call a jam off early in order to deny points to the opposing team. After a jammer completes her first pass through the pack she can now start scoring points for her team on each subsequent pass through the pack. She scores a point for each opposing blocker she passes (plus one point if she also laps the opposing jammer) for a total of 5 points possible per lap.

The blockers from each team must stay within 10 feet of each other to be in the pack. A skater must be within 20 feet of the pack to be considered in-play and able to legally engage other skaters.  It is the blockers job to help her jammer while holding back the opposing team. A skater can use her torso, shoulders and hips to block another player; she may not use her head, elbows, hands or feet. A block can be simply impeding her target’s progress or a body blow to knock her to the floor. Skaters may never hit another skater on the back, head or below the mid-thigh. Blocking to an illegal target zone will result in a penalty. A skater can also receive penalties for insubordination, direction of game play or engaging another player while out of play. Each penalty called by a referee earns a skater one minute in the Penalty Box. If a jam ends while a skater is still serving her time she will start the next jam in the box, forcing her team to start short a player. The bout is won by the team with the most points at the end of the second period. If the bout is tied when the clock runs out then they will skate another jam in order to break the tie.

See a live roller derby bout this Saturday

Interested skaters, fans, new comers, and curious onlookers can find out for themselves what derby has become by joining the Paradise Roller Girls at their next scheduled bout, August 24 at the Hilo Civic Auditorium. The bout starts at 7 pm when the Paradise Roller Girls’ Honey Badger all-star team will take on the Hulagans from Oahu’s Pacific Roller Derby league.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the auditorium when the doors open at 6 pm. Tickets can also be purchased in advance at Mt. View Village Video, CD Wizard, Hilo Town Tavern, Jungle Love Pahoa, Jeff Hunt Surfboards Pahoa, or online at paradiserollergirls.com. Kids 5 years old and younger are free. Don’t miss Center Stage Dance Studio’s halftime performance for a hot dog or slice of pizza. Food and merchandise will be available throughout the evening.

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat-track roller derby league based on the Big Island of Hawaii. PRG’s mission is to promote a healthy, athletic lifestyle in their community through the alternative sport of roller derby.

 

Mainland Company Purchases 810 Acres of Prime West Hawaii Land

The True Life Companies (TTLC), a leading supplier of land to public and private home builders, has just completed the acquisition of a prime piece of Hawaiian real estate, 1010 Puako, comprised of 810 acres on the Big Island of Hawaii approximately 20 minutes north of the Kona International Airport. A current tentative map approval provides for 142 five-acre residential lots.

1010 Puako

The property features spectacular 180 degree panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean westward toward the island of Maui. As a backdrop to the East lies the 13,192 foot Mauna Kea Volcano and the ancient Kohala Volcano lies a few miles to the north. Strategically located between the world-famous and historic Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, The Hapuna Prince Resort, the Mauna Lani Resort Village and the Waikoloa Resort, the property is in one of the most desirable residential submarkets and has limited direct competition.

TTLC plans to amend the approved tentative map with support from neighboring communities and resorts over an estimated 12-18 month period to improve the attractive features of the future community and better meet the anticipated demands of the rapidly recovering buyer market. The amended plan will be one that firmly addresses the site’s natural terrain, elevation changes, panoramic view angles and site sensitive amenity opportunities such as an integrated walking and biking trail and passive parks network.

“The broadening recovery of the real estate market, together with modest inflation has poised the islands for several years of sustained growth resulting in a steady increase in property values,” stated Scott Clark, Chief Executive Officer of TTLC. “In addition, the Puako property offers an ideal location. There are few large lot residential parcels located in the competitive market and none with comparable proximity and access to world-class beaches, resorts and restaurants.”

Taber Anderson, TTLC’s Chief Investment Officer, added, “The recovery we’re experiencing in the overall residential market has brought homebuilders and buyers back to the table in search of land and lot inventory at a time when the supply is severely constrained. We have the ability to provide the land and lots to allow home builders and lot buyers to capitalize in a timely manner upon the housing recovery. The strong demand we are experiencing from the homebuilding community drives our efforts to uncover and control strong investment opportunities with favorable attributes like the Puako property.”

The economic recovery and growth of Hawaii translates into significantly declining unemployment rates and higher labor earnings. According to the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization (UHERO), unemployment is expected to be less than four percent by 2015 and the construction job count at 39,200, an increase of 10,000 more jobs than in 2012.

Click to see True Life's other properties and portfolio

Click to see True Life’s other properties and portfolio

With several land investments throughout California, Colorado, Arizona and Hawaii, TTLC, led by Clark and Anderson, plans to continue acquiring land throughout the western United States as a major provider of entitled land and lots to the homebuilding industry and a catalyst to create new resort lifestyle communities.

TTLC is a strategic real estate investment and management firm composed of top-tier professionals with over 150 years of combined industry experience in all facets of real estate acquisitions, development, management and homebuilding. TTLC is based in San Ramon, CA with regional offices in Phoenix and Denver. The company derives its name from their dedication as stewards of the American Dream, providing opportunities and creating communities of enduring value, establishing relationships based on a long-standing tradition of honesty and trust — creating the foundation that leads to brighter futures. TTLC is the premier supplier of lots and land to public and private builders in the western United States. Simultaneously, their resort/recreation division focuses on initiating and adding value to new and existing luxury master-planned communities. For more information, visit www.thetruelifecompanies.com or visit www.facebook.com/thetruelifecompanies.

Hilo Public Library Receives Donation From Big Island Artist Henry Bianchini

Well-known Big Island artist Henry Bianchini has donated a sculpture entitled “Involuntary Journey” to the Hilo Public Library. The aluminum and stainless sculpture, rising 85″ high and 74″ wide, was featured in Bianchini’s 40-year retrospective at the East Hawaii Culture Center in 2010.

"Involuntary Journey"

“Involuntary Journey”

The sculpture was installed free-of-charge by the artist in the Library’s atrium July 5. The Friends of the Hilo Public Library provided funding for the bronze plaque which is located next to the lanai on a stand near the Young Adult Section.

“The name of the piece means life is not controllable, rather it is a process,” said Bianchini. “Our dreams and our decisions have a life of their own. Art and the creative process are like that.”

“For many years, I had dreamed of how I could show my gratitude for this nurturing sanctuary, the Hilo Public Library,” Bianchini said. “I am honored to be able to donate this sculpture to Hilo through this library.”

Bianchini’s connection to the Library began in 1974 when he presented his first “one-man show” in the Main Lobby displaying 10 of his early paintings. He studied art from the Library’s collection, searching for a way to find a modern equivalent to ancient Hawaiian sculpture. “I found that much of the Hawaiian sculpture had been destroyed in the early takeover of the monarchy but what was left did give me insight into how advanced the Hawaiians were culturally,” Bianchini said.

Bianchini was impressed with the richness of the Library’s collection in both Western modernism and Eastern art. “This was a very big discovery for me” he said, “to find how strong the Eastern culture is here in Hawaii and how much it has affected how I see the world through my art.”

Bianchini arrived in Hilo in August 1969 with his wife Dianne and son Theo on “Island Dancer,” a self-built 30-foot trimaran. He leased a small parcel of land in Opihikou, Puna where his children – Frank and Allegra – were born and where he built his first art studio and began painting and carving Hawaiian woods in 1972. Visit Bianchini’s website at www.henrybianchiniart.com to see more of the artist’s work.

Hilo Public Library is located at 300 Waianuenue Avenue. Visit the Friends of the Hilo Public Library’s website at www.hilopubliclibrary.org to view a map of the Library’s location. For more information, please call the Library at (808) 933-8888.

May Day Distress Call Prompts Coast Guard to Rescue Five From Capsized Vessel Off Sand Island

The Coast Guard rescued five mariners from a capsized vessel approximately one mile from Kalihi Channel, Oahu, Sunday.

At 3:39 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received a mayday call over VHF channel 16 from the owner of a 21-foot recreational vessel that overturned off Sand Island.

CLICK TO HEAR MAYDAY DISTRESS CALL

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Honolulu arrived on scene at 3:52 p.m., rescued the five people and transferred them to Ke’ehi Lagoon.

Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat

Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat

“This case had a happy ending because they had a working VHF radio on board their vessel,” said Lt. Patton Epperson, command duty officer at Sector Honolulu. “As soon as this vessel used their radio to call mayday, followed by their position and a description of the boat, we were able to send a rescue boat directly to their location.”

The Coast Guard advises all mariners to carry appropriate safety equipment to include a VHF radio, lifejackets and flares. Maritime accidents can occur quickly and without warning and mariners should take appropriate steps to be prepared. For more information on boating safety, mariners can visit www.uscgboating.org.

A commercial salvage company removed the vessel from the water.

For more information, contact the 14th Coast Guard District Public Affairs office at (808) 535-3230.

 

Hawaii BioEnergy Awarded $5 Million to Produce Algae Oil

The U.S. DOE has announced more than $22 million in new investments to help develop cost-competitive algae fuels and to streamline the biomass feedstock supply chain for advanced biofuels. Of the investment, nearly $16.5 million will be split between four algae projects; two located in California, one in Hawaii and another in New Mexico. The goal is to boost the productivity of sustainable algae while reducing capital and operating costs.

Hawaii BioEnergy

Hawaii BioEnergy was awarded a $5 million investment to develop a photosynthetic open pond system to produce algae oil. The project will also demonstrate reprocessing technologies that reduce energy use and the overall cost of extracting lipids and producing fuel intermediates.

Sapphire Energy was also awarded $5 million. The funding will support the development of a new process to produce algae-based fuel that is compatible with existing refineries. The project will also work on improving algae strains and increasing yield through cultivation improvements.

An additional $5 million will go to New Mexico State University, where the investment will support research to increase the yield of microalgae. The project will also develop harvesting and cultivation processes that lower costs while supporting year-round production.

Finally, California Polytechnic State University is receiving $1.5 million to increase the productivity of algae strains and compare two processing technologies. The project, based at a wastewater treatment plant in Delhi, Calif., includes 6 acres of algae ponds.

The remaining $6 million will support a project led by RDC Enterprises to reduce the harvesting, handling and preprocessing costs of the biomass feedstock supply chain.

Puna Presents – Ag Talk Story at the Pahoa Community Center

A community talk story session at the Pahoa Community Center on Friday August 23rd will feature members of the Agriculture Community and will be facilitated by Councilman Greggor Ilagan.

Ag Talk Story