Facebook and Instagram Goes Down – Social Media Users Panic

So Facebook and Instagram are down right now.  Some are reporting this outage due to the storms on the east coast.

What will the world do without Facebook and Instagram?

UH Hilo Students Involved In Free Speech Lawsuit To Speak At Grassroot Event

This Friday, January 30, 2015, a special event sponsored by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii will feature the two UH Hilo students whose lawsuit against the university forced the school to revise their free speech policy.
UH Hilo Moniker
Merritt Burch and Anthony Vizzone are the leaders of the Young Americans for Liberty chapter at UH Hilo, and recently made news this year when they were restricted from passing out the U.S. Constitution on campus.

Merritt Burch

Merritt Burch

Merritt and Anthony sued the school and the university was forced to settle the case.

Anthony Vizzone

Anthony Vizzone

The Grassroot Institute will present Merritt and Anthony with the 2015 Unsung Hero Award for their work in challenging the free speech codes at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

The head of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), Greg Lukianoff, will also join us via a Skype interview.

The event will take place:

Friday, January 30th
7:30 am to 9:00 am
Pacific Club – 1451 Queen Emma Street, Honolulu, HI 96813

Members of the media interested in attending should contact Mercedes Miller at mmiller@grassrootinstitute.org or 808-591-9193.

270 Acre Brush Fire Started By Puna Lava Flow

The brush fire sparked by the lava flow yesterday burned 270 acres in Puna yesterday.
270 AcresAs of 12:30 this evening… it looks like the lava flow is still active in the vicinity of today’s brush fires.
111415picI had family and friends reporting of falling ash on their properties in the Ainaloa and Orchidland Subdivisions of the Big Island today.

Will follow things tomorrow as this lava flow changes each and every day.

Big Island Police Recover and Identify Body at Hapuna

HPDBadgeHawaiʻi Island police have identified the body recovered from an underwater cavern system near Hapuna Beach on Wednesday (December 17) as 13-year-old Gwyneth Agustin Borromeo, also known as Jayson, of Waikoloa.

An autopsy conducted Thursday (December 18) determined the cause of his death was due to salt water drowning.

Keep Calm and Lava On

Lava On

Roy’s Restaurants to be Sold

Bloomin’ Brands, Inc., has announced an agreement for the sale of all of its interests in the Roy’s concept, including 20 company-owned restaurants, to United Ohana, LLC, a new company formed by Sunil Dharod. Dharod, President and Chief Executive Officer of Apple Texas and Apple Houston, is the owner and operator of 69 Applebee’s restaurants in Texas. The transaction is expected to close in the next 30-60 days.

roysRoy’s joined the Bloomin’ Brands portfolio in 2000. Roy’s was founded in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1988 by Chef Roy Yamaguchi and has become well-known for its Pacific Rim Cuisine – featuring the freshest local ingredients, European sauces and bold Asian spices with a focus on seafood. There are 29 Roy’s locations around the world – 21 in the continental United States, six in Hawaii, one in Japan and one in Guam.

Lazard acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Bloomin’ Brands on the sale of Roy’s.

State Receives Judgement Against Modeling/Talent Agency – Company Ordered to Pay Restitution, $50,000 Fine

The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ (DCCA) Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) announced today that it obtained a judgment against JRP International, Inc., dba John Robert Powers, to resolve allegations that the company failed to comply with Hawaii’s door-to-door sales law.

John Powers Agency

The complaint and judgment filed in Hawaii state court alleges that in October 2012, John Robert Powers, a mainland company, advertised on local radio stations soliciting people to attend a pre-screening talent-search audition being held at a Waikiki hotel. At the conclusion of the audition, parents paid the company substantial sums of monies to have their children attend training classes consisting of five rehearsals and one agent showcase.

OCP’s complaint alleged that the company violated Hawaii’s door-to-door sales law by failing to verbally inform these parents of their right to cancel the contract within three (3) business days of the transaction, and failing to include in its contract the written Notice of Cancellation language as required by HRS §481C-2.

“This action highlights the importance of Hawaii’s door-to-door sales law,” said OCP’s Executive Director Bruce B. Kim.“Consumers should exercise caution before signing contracts at any high-pressure sales event, whether it occurs at your home or in a hotel. Take the time to ask the salesperson to explain your cancellation rights and read the cancellation rights in the contract before signing.”

OCP was awarded $3,800 in restitution on behalf of an injured consumer, along with fines and penalties of $50,000 against the company.

The judgment also included injunctive relief against the company, requiring that it:

  • Furnish buyers with a fully completed receipt or copy of a contract pertaining to door-to-door sales, which contains all the information required by law
  • Furnish buyers with duplicate copies of the Notice of Cancellation form required by law
  • Include any copies of the Notice of Cancellation form, including all information required by law regarding the Notice of Cancellation in the specific format required by law
  • Verbally inform each buyer at the time the buyer signs the contract or purchases the goods or services, of the buyer’s right to cancel
  • Not misrepresent in any manner the buyer’s right to cancel
  • Honor any valid of notice of cancellation by a buyer
  • Promptly refund all payments made under the contract or sale after receipt of a timely notice of cancellation.

Consumers and businesses involved in door-to-door type sales as defined in HRS§ 481C-1 are advised that businesses are required to verbally inform consumers of their right to cancel the contract within three (3) business days and must also include in its contract the required Notice of Cancellation language as described in HRS § 481C-2.

A “door-to-door sale” is defined as:

  • A sale of goods or services solicited in person and signed by the buyer at a place other than the seller’s business address shown on the contract;
  • A sale of goods or services solicited in person or by mail or telephone; or
  • A public or private notice or advertisement if the solicitation includes an offer of a gift, prize premiums, stamps, coupons, tickets or other redeemable devices as an inducement for the person solicited or a member of the person’s immediate family to go to the seller’s place of business, whether the buyer signs at the seller’s place of business or elsewhere.

Businesses are advised that failing to comply with the door-to-door sales law may render the contract unenforceable.

Anyone who believes that they may have signed a contract involving a door-to-door type sale, and who believes they were not verbally informed and/or signed a contract that failed to provide the required written notice that they had the right to cancel their contract within three (3) business days of the transaction may file a complaint with the Office of Consumer Protection. Information about filing a complaint is available on the OCP’s website at

http://cca.hawaii.gov/ocp/consumer-complaint/or by calling the Consumer Resource Center at 587-4272 on Oahu or toll free from the Neighbor Islands at the following numbers:

  • Kauai                           274-3141x 74272
  • Maui                            984-2400 x 74272
  • Big Island                   974-4000 x 74272
  • Molokai &Lanai        1 (800) 468-4644 x 74272

Pahoa Police Station Remains Open – Secondary Location Being Finalized

The Puna police station in Pāhoa remains open and police have no plans to close it.

The Pahoa Police Station

The Pahoa Police Station

A misleading news report wrongly implied that the Pāhoa station was no longer occupied.

If and when lava blocks access to the Puna station to residents of lower Puna, police will set up a secondary location somewhere on the south side of the lava flow. That location has yet to be finalized.

Police will continue to patrol all occupied areas of the Puna District.

Hawaii Tsunami Information Statement For Indonesia Earthquake





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Commentary – Central Federal Lands Highway Division’s Lack of Transparency

The Central Federal Lands Highway Division has partnered with the Hawaii Department of Transportation to do improvements to eleven bridges statewide, along with three upcoming Daniel K. Inouye Highway phases (SR200(3),  Daniel K. Inouye Highway Extension and west side Daniel K. Inouye Highway runaway escape ramps).

Mrs. Irene Inouye, Governor Neil Abercrombie and Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi dedicate the former Saddle Road as the Daniel K. Inouye Highway.

Mrs. Irene Inouye, Governor Neil Abercrombie and Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi
dedicate the former Saddle Road as the Daniel K. Inouye Highway.

This CFLHD/HDOT partnership has already resulted in much-needed improvements to 40.27 out of 45.97 miles to the Daniel K. Inouye Highway. This is something everyone involved can be proud of. However, the HDOT and CFLHD need to do a better job engaging the public. These
agencies have done a poor job thus far. I had to get updates through the project engineer between 2004-2011 because the CFLHD’s Daniel K. Inouye Highway project website was never updated.

Dave Gedeon, the said project engineer up until late 2011, then passed me off to Mike Will. He and Mark Lloyd provided updates up until mid-2013. Then he stated I had to go through the Hawaii Department of Transportation public affairs office for any additional updates. I had to go through other sources since then, as its nearly impossible to get any response from the HDOT public affairs office.

I escalated my complaints to Anthony Foxx, the Secretary of Transportation and Gregory Nadeau, the acting FHWA administrator, recently. Mr. Nadeau reiterated that I should go through the HDOT public affairs office and told me the CFLHD’s Daniel K. Inouye Highway website would be updated on a regular basis.

I highly doubt the CFLHD or HDOT will follow through on Mr. Nadeau’s promises, which is why I am writing this commentary. The CFLHD and HDOT need to do a better job engaging the public’s participation in these projects.

Aaron Stene

Free Water to Hurricane Iselle Victims

JB WATER HAULING is offering free water to Hurricane Iselle victims.

reusable-water-bottlesThey are located in HPP on 25th avenue between Kaloli and Paradise.

IF ANYONE needs to fill water jugs we have our tanker truck filled with 3000 gallons of drinkable water, all they need to do is come and fill TOTALLY FREE!!!!

Just trying to share with how ever needs.., our number is 756-8565 or 756-8540.

Candidate Edwards Hunt Investigation

A press conference was held today at the State Building in Hilo, at 2 p.m., today seeking an investigation by the State’s Attorney General into possible tax and voting irregularities by Dist. 5 Council candidate Tiffany Edwards-Hunt.

Research of public records prompted by a question at a Puna forum regarding Mrs. Hunt’s residency uncovered a number of inconsistencies that raise questions as to her eligibility to serve as representative for Council Dist. 5 if elected.

The coalition is taking this action on behalf of the voters and citizens of the Puna District.

Shooting Victim Dies – Police Reclassify Case to Murder

The victim of a July 3 shooting in Hōnaunau has died from his injuries. As a result, Hawaiʻi Island police have reclassified the case from attempted murder to murder.

Todd Shaver, 52, of Hōnaunau was pronounced dead at Kona Community Hospital at 7:45 p.m. Saturday (July 26). An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

Monte Moreau

Monte Moreau

Monte Moreau, 44, of Hōnaunau was initially charged July 5 with attempted second-degree murder.

On July 3, Kona Patrol officers responded to a 6:35 p.m. report of a shooting on the 83-5300 block of Highway 11 in Hōnaunau.

At a house being rented to several tenants, police found Shaver with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. Fire/rescue personnel took him to Kona Community Hospital in critical condition.

Police arrested Moreau at the scene.

State, Federal, Private-Sector Collaboration Conveys Sign Of ‘Hope’ To Japanese Village

The people of Tanohata Village, in the Iwate Prefecture, on Japan’s northeast coast “are slowly, but surely walking on the path to recovery as a united body,”according to Tanohata Village Mayor Hiroshi Ishihara. The tiny village was devastated by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011.

Tsunami two

Now, a sign being returned from Hawaii may provide further sense of hope and renewal.  Today, the large wooden sign from the village, which washed up on a beach near Kahuku, Oahu, was loaded into the cargo hold of a Hawaiian Airlines jet and shipped to Sendai International Airport. From there a delegation from Tanohata Village will transport it home.

“This small gesture, a result of cooperation between state and federal agencies, the government of Japan, and Hawaiian Airlines, symbolizes the concern the people of Hawaii continue to have for the victims of the 2011 tsunami,”Gov. Neil Abercrombie said. “We hope, in some small measure, the return of this sign from the distant shores of Hawaii will further the healing and recovery of the people of Tanohata Village.”

Return of the Tanohata Sign from Hawaii DLNR on Vimeo.

In a letter sent by Mayor Ishihara, he writes, “Thank you very much for finding and saving the sign –our village’s irreplaceable memento –which was lost during the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, from a tremendous amount of debris items –we imagine as many as the number of stars in the sky –that ended up on Kahuku Beach on the Oahu Island. We are truly and deeply moved by the fact that you took the time to deliver the message to us, connecting many people and their compassion. Our village will treasure the memento that is coming back to our hands through your cooperation.”

“The world watched stunned and heartbroken by the devastation the tsunami caused in terms of  loss of life and property,”said William J. Aila, Jr., the chairperson of the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR). “My department has worked closely and in coordination with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to track and recover Japan tsunami debris believed to have washed up in Hawaiian waters,”Aila explained. “Debris that makes its way to Hawaii is usually returned at the owner’s expense; however, Hawaiian Airlines volunteered to ship the sign back at no charge.”

The Tanohata village sign is one of fewer than 20 items that have been positively identified as arriving in Hawaii as a result of the Japan tsunami.

Kyle Koyanagi, regional coordinator for NOAA’s Marine Debris Program in Hawaii said, “The websites both NOAA and DLNR established for people to report possible tsunami debris has resulted in numerous small vessels (skiffs) and other items being recovered. People are asked to provide specific information about where they find debris and to take pictures. Based on this information a determination is made about whether further investigation is necessary to prevent the introduction of invasive species or other things that could damage Hawaii’s environment.”

Some of the Tanohata Village sign’s lettering broke off during the tsunami or during its open ocean voyage from Japan to Hawaii. Koyanagi was instrumental in coordinating with the Japanese Consulate in Honolulu to try and identify the origin of the sign.

Consul General of Japan in Honolulu, Toyoei Shigeeda said, “The lettering on the sign, 「しまのこし村営住宅, means “Shimanokoshi village housing.”The people of Tanohata village wanted it returned for an exhibit and to serve as a useful reference for future generations to learn about and understand the tsunami disaster of March 11, 2011. We’re all excited that now, more than three years after the tsunami, this sign can be returned as a reminder and symbol of what was lost.”

The sign was wrapped and crated by DLNR staff before Hawaiian Airlines cargo personnel loaded it onto HA 441 for the direct flight to Sendai. Tim Strauss, vice president of cargo for Hawaiian Airlines, remarked: “We deeply value our relationship with the people of Japan, and it is our great honor to do our part in returning this precious piece of cargo to the people of Tanohata.”

To report large quantities of marine debris, debris with living organisms on it, or debris too large to remove by hand, call (808) 587-0400 and then email any photos to:

DLNR.marine.debris@hawaii.gov  and DisasterDebris@noaa.gov

For more information on marine debris visit: (Hawaii) http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/marine-debris/ or (nationally) http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/

The Super Moon From the Big Island of Hawaii

Here is a picture of the “Super Moon” I took from my iPhone just now in Pahoa, Hawaii:
Supermoon in Pahoa

I Will Not Be Voting For Tiffany Edwards Hunt

I will just state that I will not be voting for Tiffany Edwards Hunt for many reasons.

The main reason is that she personally ran to my father-in-law complaining about something I had no control over in an attempt to ruin the relationship I have with him.  She also threatened to attempt to end my relationship with my wife by spreading other BS.

She has always thought of me as a competitor… I don’t know why.  When you resort to these type of tactics… it really shows how desperate you are to control things… even if it’s in the “Blog” world!


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!

Kealakehe Greenwaste Site Repairs Underway

A contractor is making repairs to the County of Hawai‘i Kealakehe (Kailua-Kona) greenwaste recycling collection area, and that work may cause some delays in service, according to the county Department of Environmental Management.

The site will remain open for drop-off of greenwaste, and the work is scheduled to be completed by Friday, May 16, 2014. Hours of operation for the Kealakehe Greenwaste Recycling are daily from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

An alternate location for depositing geenwaste is the county’s West Hawai‘i Organics Facility (WHOF), adjacent to the West Hawai‘i Sanitary Landfill in Pu‘uanahulu.  Hours of operation for the organics facility are Monday throughSaturday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.  Free mulch with assisted mechanical loading is also available at this location.

For additional information about the County’s greenwaste recycling programs, please visit www.hawaiizerowaste.org.

Mahalo for your kōkua!

Shannon Smith Goes on My Shit List

I apologize to all the other Shannon Smith’s in the world.

The one I’m talking about goes on my shit list.

Finalists for UH President Announced

The Board of Regents announced two finalists for the UH System president position—UH Interim President David Lassner and Retired Lt. General Francis Wiercinski.

From left, David Lassner and Francis Wiercinski

From left, David Lassner and Francis Wiercinski

Board of Regents Chair John C. Holzman says students and faculty will get to hear from the candidates and provide feedback before the end of the academic year.

Video of announcement and news conference to come.