Quit Reading My Website… Obviously You Have Your Panties Wadded!

I’m not gonna allow folks to sit there and try to insult me for the things I post on my website.

I suggest if you are bothered by the truth of the things that I do post on my website…. that you don’t follow my website.

If you are gonna make libelous and or bogus comments on my site… I will simply put your IP address into my bin of folks that can’t comment on my site anymore.

Don’t shoot the messenger!

Be lucky you have folks in your community that will allow you to express your thoughts and opinions.

Sorry that folks don’t understand that protecting Puna’s future relies on us as grown adults to act ike grown adults.

Folks that want to hide behind BS are bogus in my eyes.
I won’t even see comments made by folks that I now just put on my blacklist so no need trying to give me shit!

New Playground Opens at Kailua Park

Mayor Billy Kenoi joined Council Vice Chair Karen Eoff, Councilmember Dru Mamo Kanuha, and members of the Kona community to open a new playground at Kailua Park near the Old Airport in Kona – a hub of activity for families participating in soccer, baseball, basketball, tennis, and any number of other sports in the surrounding fields and nearby Kekuaokalani Gymnasium.

The new playground at Kailua Park

The new playground at Kailua Park

“Growing up in Kona, we didn’t have many of these playgrounds. This project was an important investment in our community, in our keiki, and in our families,” said Councilmember Dru Mamo Kanuha.

With multiple areas designed for children between the ages of 2 and 12 years old, the playground features swings, multiple slides, climbing rings, covered decks, benches, picnic tables, and a pavilion. The $440,677.00 playground, built by IPR Hawai‘i, also features a grass-like safety surface and canopies for shade from the hot Kona sun.

“This playground was worth every penny. It’s not only a place for children to enjoy, but a place for parents and grandparents to spend time together with their families,” said Mayor Billy Kenoi, who credited the hard work of the Department of Parks & Recreation team and the contractors for getting the job done.

“My older daughter plays soccer here, so every time we would drive by she’d be looking out the window, waiting for it to open,” said Michelle Eggers, who brought her two children to enjoy the new playground. “It’s really nice. Beautiful.”

In recent years, the County of Hawai‘i has built new or replacement playgrounds in Kailua, Honoka‘a, Pana‘ewa, Pohoiki, Mountain View, Kea‘au, Pāhoa, Waiākea Uka, and at the Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo. A playground is also currently being installed at Hilo’s Gilbert Carvalho Park. These projects represent a $3 million investment in keiki playgrounds since the Kenoi administration took office in December 2008.

UH Hilo Announces Teaching Awards

Members of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo faculty, including two from nursing, were presented special teaching awards at this year’s spring commencement held on May 17.

UH Hilo Moniker

“Teaching is one of the most significant components of any university,” said Chancellor Don Straney. “The awards presented to these faculty members are a recognition of outstanding accomplishments in teaching.”

Señora Monica Minnitt, instructor in Spanish, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Minnitt’s nominators described her as “an extraordinary, exceptional, talented and gifted educator,” who manages to challenge her students academically and creates a creative and nurturing environment.

The Board of Regents Excellence in Teaching Award was presented to Alice Davis, associate professor of nursing. Her nominators describe Davis as someone who cares “professionally and personally” for her students, who is filled with passion for the field of nursing and always makes herself available for private tutoring.

Receiving the Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching was Lisa Tostenson, assistant professor of nursing. Described by her nominators as possessing a “passion for nursing,” Tostenson’s teaching incorporates humor and real-life situations to skillfully guide her students toward critical thinking assessments relative to the evidence-based nursing process.

Jacquelyn Pualani Johnson, professor of drama, received the 2014 Chancellor’s Certificate of Recognition. This award recognizes faculty and staff whose accomplishments and contributions exemplify the vision of UH Hilo to prepare students to thrive, compete, innovate and lead in their personal and professional lives.

“Jackie is a leading exemplar of what our faculty and staff do best,” Straney said. “She is a person of remarkable achievement—both on our campus and in the local community—with her teaching, research, and community outreach. Most importantly to the mission of UH Hilo, Jackie is an exceptional teacher, creating scholars and performers of her students, who go on to have successful careers of great impact on our communities, our island, and our State.”

Death, Injury Persist in Hawaii Boating Accidents

In 2013, boating accidents in Hawaii claimed the lives of four people and injured seven during 19 separate accidents. Hawaii had five deaths, six injuries and 28 accidents in 2012.

Click to view statistics

Click to view statistics

These numbers highlight the need for continued awareness of safety while on the water. The Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary and the National Safe Boating Council are highlighting safe boating practices during National Safe Boating Week May 17 through May 23.

The boating public is strongly advised to take appropriate steps to ensure their vessels are safe and that they are prepared to operate those vessels. Mariners should:

  • Wear a life jacket. In 2013, 328 drownings occurred where individuals were not wearing life jackets.
  • Have and know how to use a VHF-FM radio. VHF radios are much more reliable than cellphones. Make sure you have a reliable means for contacting help in an emergency situation.
  • Carry signaling devices such as flares.
  • File a float plan so someone knows where you are going and when you plan to return. Information on a “float plan,” including templates, can be found on the Coast Guard’s boating safety website http://www.uscgboating.org/.

Throughout NSBW federal, state and volunteer agencies will offer safe boating classes, free vessel safety checks at local marinas and increased patrols throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

To find the location of the nearest Auxiliary flotilla and a schedule of safe boating classes, visit http://wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=140.

National Safe Boating Week is an annual observance sponsored by the National Safe Boating Council, and endorsed and promoted by the U.S. Coast Guard.  Information on the NSBC can be found at http://www.safeboatingcouncil.org/.

A PDF of the most recent Recreational Boating Statistics can be found at http://www.uscgboating.org/assets/1/AssetManager/2013RecBoatingStats.pdf.

U.S. Forest Workers Help to Restore Ancient Hawaiian Fishpond in Kīholo

It’s National Preservation Month, and people all over the country are participating in events to enrich and preserve the treasures within their communities that make them special.

(L-R) Flint Hughes, research ecologist at the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, and Rebecca Most from The Nature Conservancy transport debris across the anchialine pool to a staging area where it will be chipped into mulch. (U.S. Forest Service)

(L-R) Flint Hughes, research ecologist at the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, and Rebecca Most from The Nature Conservancy transport debris across the anchialine pool to a staging area where it will be chipped into mulch. (U.S. Forest Service)

Staff from the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station recently helped to restore an ancient Hawaiian fishpond in Kīholo, Hawaii, that has a rich history and tradition of providing a sustainable food source for the surrounding communities on the Big Island. Working in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy and Hui Aloha Kīholo, Station staff from the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry cleared and hauled debris from the fishpond perimeter in order to reduce the accumulation of sediments caused by overhanging non-native plants, which improved foraging habitat for native fish and turtles. The group also replanted culturally and ecologically appropriate native species, restored habitat for rare invertebrate species, removed invasive weeds, and participated in native plant care within an area surrounding a nearby anchialine pool, which will be used as a nursery for future restoration activities.

Staff from the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, The Nature Conservancy and Hawaii’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife haul a tarp loaded with debris onto the raft as part of the restoration efforts at the Kiholo ponds. (U.S. Forest Service)

Staff from the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, The Nature Conservancy and Hawaii’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife haul a tarp loaded with debris onto the raft as part of the restoration efforts at the Kiholo ponds. (U.S. Forest Service)

Their work was part of an on-going effort to return the fishpond to its previously recorded ecological health, to evaluate the fishpond’s potential for revival as a reliable and sustainable food source within the community, and to improve the surrounding habitat to its former healthy state so that native plants and unique animal populations could successfully return to the area. In addition to saving and rehabilitating a valuable resource, project organizers used the effort to engage the community in fishpond ecology, scientific monitoring and on-the-ground conservation efforts while also connecting people to place.

Kiholo Bay

Kiholo Bay

The preservation project will be used as a platform that combines science and culture to teach and connect the community to each other and to Kīholo. In addition, the project attracts numerous local school groups to the fishpond, and engages volunteers and students in stewardship and research activities, including thinning invasive vegetation that is preventing access, damaging historic structures, and contributing harmful leaf litter to fishpond waters. The Nature Conservancy hosts volunteer restoration days at Kīholo fishpond the third Saturday of each month.

UH Hilo Announces Ka Lama Ku Awardees

Several University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo students and a pair of student organizations have been awarded 2014 Ka Lama Ku Certificates of Leadership for their contributions to the University and the community.

UH Hilo Moniker

The presentations were made during the recent UH Hilo Campus Leadership Program with the Ka Lama Ku Certificate of Leadership awarded to students in the following leadership categories:

Alaka`i Certificate of Leadership:

• Kamalani Johnson

Kuleana Certificate of Leadership – Being Responsible and Accountable:

• Kealaka`i Matsumoto
• Keani K Santa-Isabel
• Marcy Martinez

Mālama Certificate of Leadership – Taking Care of Others:

• Tracy Ng
• Mary Ann Kalei Baricuatro

Laulima Certificate of Leadership – No Task is Too Big When Done by All:

• Kapuaonaona Roback

Certificate of Appreciation:

• Koa Rodrigues

Two student organizations were also recognized for their leadership contributions with a Ka Lama Ku Certificate of Leadership.

Mālama Certificate of Leadership:

• Hawaiʻi Island Pre-Vet Club. Students presented with the Mālama Certificate of Leadership were Alexandra Doi, Carrie Nakagawa, Diana Kitiona, Gema Cobian, Kealaka`i Matsumoto, Kerstyn Au, Krystal Yamamoto, Meilani Jose, Santana Soria and Suluama Faaiuaso.

Laulima Certificate of Leadership:

• The Minority Access & Achievement Program Peer Assistant Linkages and Support (MAAP – PALS) Program with Peer Assistant Students. Students members receiving the Laulima Certificate of Leadership were Amy Horn, Ashley Kennedy, Austin Awana, Katrease Torres, Kellie Miyazu, Lashauna Wilson, Lindsey Muranaka, Mariah Potts, Mark Bigler, Rose Ann Navalta, Saengthong Douangdara, Sarah Amber Wakana, Shaylyn Fujii, Sheryl Visitacion, Zachary Tman and Zion Apau.

The Ka Lama Ku Certificate of Leadership is sponsored by the Campus Center Student Leadership Development Program and the Campus Center Fee Board.

Mandatory Boater Education Requirement to Be Enforced in Less Than Six Months

With just less than six months to go before Hawaii’s new mandatory education law for boaters is to be enforced, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) would like to inform boaters that there is still ample time and multiple ways to become compliant.

Beginning Nov. 10, 2014, all individuals who operate a motorized vessel in Hawaii’s state waters must have taken a boating safety course and be able to show proof of certification.

Click to read the new rules

Click to read the new rules

The rule applies to all boaters unless they and/or the vessels being used fall under one of the exemptions mentioned in the new rule.

The text of this Mandatory Boater Education Rule can be accessed online at: http://files.hawaii.gov/dlnr/dobor/rules/amend/Amend-13-244-15-5.pdf

Any person violating this rule shall be fined not less than $50 and not more than $1,000 or sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not more than 30 days, or both, for each violation. The court may also prevent an individual from operating a vessel in state waters for up to 30 days.

DLNR has worked diligently to create multiple methods for complying with the requirement. There are three Internet courses that are fully approved, with one being offered free of charge. Classroom courses are being offered statewide by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Two U.S. Power Squadrons are offering classes on Oahu.

In the next few months, numerous other course providers across the state will start to offer additional classes and DLNR will launch its own home study course. In addition, those who have already taken a course approved by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators can take abbreviated courses, free of charge, to become compliant.

A question and answer publication posted by DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) is available at http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dobor/mandatory-boating-safety-education-qa/. Full details on all the compliance methods are posted at this site.

A study released in 2007 by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) showed that states with the longest history of mandatory education had the lowest boating fatality rates. For most of the boating safety community, this study was conclusive evidence that mandatory boating education saves lives. Hawaii ranked fifth on the list of highest fatality rates in the year the study was finalized. In 2011, Hawaii had a fatality rate of 44 per 100,000 vessels, second worse in the nation.

“A little bit of education and training can go a long way toward saving lives and preventing accidents. This is why the department initiated its Mandatory Education Rule,” said DLNR Director William J. Aila, Jr. “We can be easily persuaded to think of the ocean as wide open space. But because of the increasing number of whales that visit our waters each year, the burgeoning sea turtle population, the explosion in free diving, the popularity of stand-up paddling and other emerging recreational and commercial uses of our waters, there is growing potential for interaction between boats, marine life and ocean users.

“A boating safety course raises your awareness of your responsibility as a boater. All vessel operators should keep a constant watch and, beyond that, post an additional lookout to help scan the horizon whenever possible.”

New Stadium Opens at Honoka’a Rodeo Arena

Hawai‘i County Councilmember Valerie Poindexter joined Mayor Billy Kenoi and the Honoka‘a community yesterday at a dedication and grand opening of the Rose Andrade Correia Stadium at the Honoka‘a Rodeo Arena, home to one of the oldest rodeos in Hawai‘i.

The new 1,200-seat Rose Andrade Correia Stadium at the Honoka‘a Rodeo Arena replaces old bleachers that were exposed to the elements.

The new 1,200-seat Rose Andrade Correia Stadium at the Honoka‘a Rodeo Arena replaces old bleachers that were exposed to the elements.

The celebration of the $3.1 million project included a blessing by Deacon Larry Ignacio and a presentation by the Andrade ‘Ohana. The facility is named for lifetime Honoka‘a resident Rose Andrade Correia, a member of the Hawai‘i Saddle Club who helped develop the vision that led to the construction of the Honoka‘a Rodeo Arena.

“This rodeo arena is one of the important gathering places in Hāmākua. It was important to make this beautiful, and to make it to last for generations to come,” said Councilmember Valerie Poindexter.

The covered 1,200-seat Rose Andrade Correia Stadium replaces old bleachers that were exposed to the elements. The project also included replacement of the comfort station and judges’ stand, improvements to the pavilion, a new concession stand, and ramps and parking spaces to make the facility fully accessible to people with disabilities.

13 year old Leiana Rose Andrade Stout, great granddaughter of Rose Andrade Correia, was among the first people to ride in the newly improved arena.

13 year old Leiana Rose Andrade Stout, great granddaughter of Rose Andrade Correia, was among the first people to ride in the newly improved arena.

Among the first people to ride in the new arena was Leiana Rose Andrade Stout, 13, who showed her skills running around barrels on her horse Piko. Andrade Stout is the great-granddaughter of Rose Andrade Correia. “My great grandma didn’t do this for her. She did this for me, and my children, and my grandchildren. I think she would be pretty proud,” Andrade Stout said.

Construction was done by Site Engineering Inc., and Goodfellow Bros., Inc. The consultant was Inaba Architecture. The dedication and opening blessing included calf roping, barrel racing, and entertainment from the Honoka‘a Senior Club.

Today’s opening kicked off Honoka‘a Western Week. The rodeo arena’s first event will be the 58th Hawai‘i Saddle Club Scholarship Rodeo on Sunday and Monday, May 25 and 26, which will include more than 350 contestants from Hawai‘i and the mainland.