Commentary – Governor Abercrombie’s Administration’s Continued Lack Of Transparency

I received a phone call from Governor Abercrombie’s West Hawaii liaison after my last letter to the editor was published in January.

The Daniel K. Inouye Highway opened this weekend.  Photo by Aaron Stene

The Daniel K. Inouye Highway. Photo by Aaron Stene

The meeting with Ms. Barbara Dalton was a very uncomfortable experience.   She asked me why I wrote that letter, which criticized Governor Abercrombie’s administration for not being transparent with the public regarding highway projects. In addition, she told me not write anymore letters criticizing the governor and go through her if I have any more concerns in the future.

I wrote several e-mails to Governor Abercrombie’s Honolulu staff regarding the meeting I had with Ms. Dalton. Someone from Governor’s Honolulu office called me a few days later. He apparently told Ms. Dalton that it was inappropriate to tell me not to write letters criticizing the governor.

This individual, who I didn’t get his name, also promised to get an update on the stalled right of way acquisition for the final east side Daniel K. Inouye Highway phase.

Its been over a month and I’m still waiting for this person to call me back. I’ve sent several e-mails to various individuals in the governor’s Honolulu office with no response. They don’t care about my concerns it seems like, which is deeply frustrating. I will remember this when I vote for governor in November.

Aaron Stene
Kailua-Kona

Wordless Wednesday: For Lease – County of Hawaii Office of the Mayor/Executive Branch

I received the following picture from a friend and I think it speaks for itself:

For Lease

Picture taken earlier today by Tanya Yamanaka Aynessazian

Body Glove Wake/Surf Team to Travel to the Middle East – “Making Wave History”

The official green light has been posted for the Body Glove Wake / Surf Team to travel to the Middle East for an exhibition performance as the world watches and awaits in anticipation!

Photos courtesy of Xtreme Wake PJ Cutting– Dubai, www.xtremewakeuae.com and Centurion Boats, www.centurionboats.com

Photos courtesy of Xtreme Wake PJ Cutting– Dubai, www.xtremewakeuae.com and Centurion Boats, www.centurionboats.com

This is the first time in history that we are sending our team to perform in that part of the world” quoted Billy Miestrell, Body Glove Owner and SVP, “and we are very excited about the opportunity!”  he added.  The magic of their performances is going to take place on April 4, 2014 at the world famous Xtreme Wake facility in the ultimate high glamour City of Dubai – UAE..

To mark this occasion, Centurion Boats will be unveiling their brand new, ultra cool Body Glove Limited Edition ENZO FX22 in the ruby blue waters of the Arabian Peninsula that very same day!

Body Glove Enzo

Riders participating in “Making Wave History” are:

  • Rusty Malinoski – Current WWA World Champion
  • Harley Clifford – 2012 Pro Tour and “King Of Wake” Series Champion
  • Bob Soven – Alliance WAKEBOARD Magazine’s 2013 “Rider Of The Year”
  • Melissa Marquardt – Alliance WAKEBOARD Magazine’s 2012 Female “Rider of the Year”
  • Keenan Flegel – Current World Wakesurfing Champion

This unique and extraordinary event is going to be highly published and filmed thru our partners Alliance Wakeboard magazine www.alliancewake.com and our very own award wining Body Glove Entertainment team headed by Greg Browning.  “Our Team is thrilled to be preforming on the high profile world stage” quoted Browning ……”what an great back drop the skyline of Dubai will make for our film!”  he added.

Photos courtesy of Xtreme Wake PJ Cutting– Dubai, www.xtremewakeuae.com and Centurion Boats, www.centurionboats.com

Photos courtesy of Xtreme Wake PJ Cutting– Dubai, www.xtremewakeuae.com and Centurion Boats, www.centurionboats.com

The team will be on camera during their entire visit to the Middle East with the Grand Finale one –day exhibition held at the facilities of Body Glove’s newest partners in the region, Xtreme Wake.  www.xtremewakeuae.com Get ready to make wave history and for some jaw dropping action!  https://www.facebook.com/XtremeWakeUAE

“We are extremely proud and excited to have this opportunity to presented to us by our local partners in the Emirates,” says Robbie Meistrell, Body Glove International CEO. “We know the folks there will never have seen a performance as specular as this one”.

Puna Man Dies After Tractor Falls Off Cliff Into Stream

A Puna man died Wednesday (February 19) after a tractor he was operating fell off a cliff and into a stream.

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He has been identified as 25-year-old Jose Luiz Hernandez-Miranda of Keaʻau.

Shortly after 11:26 a.m., police responded to a property on Mailekea Road, which is off Kaiwiki Road in the Wainaku area of Hilo.

They learned that Hernandez-Miranda had been operating a Ford tractor on a farm when he got too close to the edge of a 12-foot cliff above a stream and fell into the stream with the tractor.

Fire/rescue personnel extricated him from the water and took him to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 12:38 p.m.

Police have initiated a coroner’s inquest case and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Because the accident happened on private property, the death is not included in the Police Department’s official fatality count.

NELHA, County of Hawaii, and Hawaii Electric Light Jump into Energy Storage Race

The state, County of Hawaii, and Hawaii Electric Light Company announced a strategic partnership to share resources and attract companies interested in testing and evaluating pre-commercial energy storage units at the Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology (HOST) Park in Kailua-Kona, managed by the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA).

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“This strategic partnership highlights NELHA’s value to our state as a test-bed for new technologies and driver of innovation and economic development,” said Gov. Abercrombie, who last month released more than $13 million for capital improvements at NELHA facilities.

“With the significant cost reduction in clean energy generation over the years, some consider lower cost energy storage to be the ’missing link’ and one of the most challenging elements in the design and function of a clean energy microgrid,” said NELHA Executive Director Gregory Barbour.

Energy storage is a rapidly evolving market and offers significant potential for future growth as microgrids require higher degrees of reliability and power quality, sophisticated generation-load balancing.

According to some reports, the worldwide market for energy storage systems for wind and solar will grow from less than $150 million annually in 2013 to $10.3 billion by 2023 and an installed capacity of projected to total 21.8 GW.

“The good news is that we have already developed the necessary infrastructure to allow for the ‘real-world’ grid connected standardized testing and validation of energy storage devices at HOST Park,” Barbour said. “NELHA plans to offer low-cost outdoor and indoor sites for testing, up to 30kW of power, power sensors, and real-time monitoring data of energy storage devices at no additional cost.”

“Hawaii Island offers an ideal opportunity to develop technologies that will allow more cost-effective, sustainable energy solutions to benefit our residents,” said Mayor Billy Kenoi.

“Our mission is to provide secure, clean energy for Hawaii,” said Hawaii Electric Light President Jay Ignacio. “There are great opportunities in energy storage to increase clean energy, support reliability and ultimately lower costs for customers. This partnership will help our efforts to identify economic and reliable energy storage options that support our mission.”

Added Barbour, “Efforts like these are providing a backbone that NELHA can build out further in the coming years and greatly assist in making the critical seawater system more cost efficient for businesses at HOST Park.”

Puna Man Charged With Five Offenses Following Gun Incident Monday Morning

A Puna man has been charged with five offenses in connection with a gun incident early Monday morning in Puna.

In response to a 2:24 a.m. call Monday (February 17), Puna patrol officers responded to 28th Avenue in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision, where it was reported that an acquaintance had brandished a rifle and threatened to shoot a 50-year-old man after the two got into an argument in the victim’s home.

 Peter Johnston-Riveira

Peter Johnston-Riveira

Police recovered the rifle at the scene and arrested the suspect, 29-year-old Peter Johnston-Riveira of Pāhoa. He was taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, detectives charged Johnston-Riveira with first-degree terroristic threatening and four firearms offenses. His bail was set at $38,000. He remained at the cellblock until his initial court appearance on Wednesday (February 19).