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Beginning Today: Waimea and Pahoa Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

WAIMEA & PAHOA Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events:

Today  (Waimea) and Tomorrow (Pahoa), 2009 8:30am3:30pm
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Bring your automotive fluids, chemicals and cleaners and other hazardous household wastes to the Waimea Transfer Station  collection area on March 7th and the Pahoa Transfer Station collection area on March 8th.  For full details on what materials are and are not accepted please visit Household Hazardous Waste.

*TODAY* Hilo Chinese New Years Festival 2009

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People Out Supporting Hilo (POSH) brings you the Hilo Chinese New Years Festival, Saturday February 14th.

The free community festival starts at 9 a.m.  on Kamehameha Avenue just a block away from Kalakaua Park in downtown Hilo with Lion Dancers offering traditional blessings along the street.

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The Lions parade up to the park to open the Festival with thousands of firecrackers at 10 a.m. Up until 3 p.m.

Asian arts, crafts, product and international food purveyors pack tents filled with the sounds, smells and sights celebrating the Year of the Ox.

Performances, cooking and cultural demonstrations, and displays illustrate the Chinese influence on Hawaii’s people and culture. Free!

Info: Phone 808 -933-9772 or email amooninfo@bigisland.com

*Update* Tattoo Special in Pahoa

*Update* Valentines Day is just around the corner! Get that lovers name tattooed on you forever!

Rudedogg Tattoos in Pahoa is offering a Valentine special on Tattoos.

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The shop is a great place to get a tattoo from and although I’m afraid of needles myself, I’ve heard nothing but great things about this shop. If and when I ever get a Tattoo, this will be the place I do it at.

Rude Dog Tattoo

You can locate Rudedogg Tattoos on the main strip in Pahoa on the Mauka side of the street towards the end of the town.

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They are open from Tuesdays through Saturdays from 12 – 8 and if you’re lucky, you might catch them on a Monday from 12-6 (call first 965-6669).

Tell em I sent you!

Hawaiian Idol VI: Preview of 2009 Qualifiers

If you haven’t noticed, the Hawaiian Idol VI competition is in full swing going on over at the Kona Bowl. I’ve put a tab up on the top of the page so that you can follow the competition as they get uploaded to youtube.

The 2009 Qualifiers were recently announced:

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In order of appearance on above clip:
Kalona Klopfenstein, Jessica Lopez, Miguel Meza, Leilani Balanay, Jene Green, Shayna Baptiste, Kalani Pe’a, Koa Akau, Joyce Lapenia, Kimberly Hawks, Arnold Del Los Reyes, Nicole Loa, and Matthew Hanato.

For more info click here

Mayor Kenoi to Meet With North Kohala Community

Media Release

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi’s policy of bringing government to all parts of Hawaii Island will continue on Friday, Feb. 13, 12:30 p.m., when he meets with members of the North Kohala community.

The two-hour talk story meeting will be held at the Intergenerational Center makai of Hisaoka Gym at Kamehameha Park in Kapaau.  Among the topics to be discussed are the long-awaited repairs to Hisaoka Gym and an update on the status of the pavilion at Keokea County Beach Park.

Light refreshments will be served.

Keaau High School Wins State’s Consumer Competition

For the third year in a row, Keaau High School won the state title for the 5th annual LifeSmarts consumer education competition, which was held today at the State Capitol Auditorium. The game-show style competition tested students on their knowledge of personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology, and consumer rights and responsibilities…
The members of the winning team, Keaau Mixed Plate, are: Riana Brown, Joseph Heck, Ricky William Tabandera, and Teleise Tino. The team was coached by Kathlynn Tabandera and Serena Fujikawa. The team may go on to represent Hawai‘i at the national competition in St. Louis, Missouri, from April 25 – 28. A total of 13 schools from O‘ahu, Maui, Kaua‘i and the Big Island participated in this year’s competition…

More Here

Today’s “Smuckasm”

If you haven’t seen my smucks up top, these are awards that I give to people that I just can’t understand for one reason or another… or I just don’t like something they may have done.

I had quite a few people tell me that I’m using the wrong word and that  smuck should be schmuck, however,  that simply was never the case.  I tried to explain that in my initial post here about the “Smuck Awards”… But I guess no one reads my blog, so I had to keep telling Smicks over and over that a Smuck is my version of a Schmuck!

So now I before I even start my new thing on my blog… I guess I need to explain to all the Smicks out there, that I know what the word SARCASM means.

So I’m now telling you Smicks ahead of time… that a SMUCKASM is my version of sarcasm!

With that, I’ll start my daily “Today’s Smuckasm”.

You can think of it like a daily quote… with a twist.

Go on now… nothing more to read here.

1000th Comment

Aaron Stene over at the Kona Blog just made a comment on my blog regarding the Time Warner Internet speeds planned for the Hualalai community.

The comment was a great comment in the fact that his comment was the 1000th comment from a “Real Person” (meaning not someone just attempting to spam my blog).

Of course Aaron was letting me know that he had covered something before I started blogging, so I feel kind of stupid about writing the blog, but that’s how life goes!

Aaron Stene and Hunter Bishop were two of the first people to add me to their blogrolls and I probably never would have kept blogging had I not gained some immediate readers from their blogs.

Aaron and I are both hard headed and we will go back and forth on our East side vs. West side arguments… but he knows I’m right (at least on my blog I have the final say) lol :lol:

The buggah recently came all the way over from Kona to Puna  just to see… Not me.  Can you believe it… I mean I was literally probably less then 1 minute away from him at any given time and he could have called… but he doesn’t have my number. :wink:

Just playing Aaron… next time.

I appreciate all the comments that I have gotten.  I can’t believe the number is that high.  I guess I’m not the only person in the world that can’t resist from making comments on things!

Mahalo!

Luxury Home Owner on West Side Being Offered 100Mbps Internet Speeds from Time Warner!

In today’s news:  The Rich Get Richer!

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…Time Warner Cable in Hawaii about their future plans for symmetrical 100Mbps connectivity in Hawaii. Unfortunately for residents, this is only being offered to those who have homes in the Hualalai Resort area, a luxury development on the Kona-Kohala Coast of West Hawaii. It’s the only instance I’ve seen where Time Warner Cable has opted for pure fiber, though you’re seeing cable operators embrace FTTH more and more for new developments. In this case it looks like Higgins gets symmetrical 100Mbps, while TC, Rick and Magnum get 8Mbps/1Mbps.

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According to Cable Digital News, Time Warner Cable has issued a request for information (RFI) exploring next-generation fiber-to-the-home architectures, (like RF over Glass (RFOG), EPON, 10-Gig EPON) that allow them to run fiber to the home, while keeping their current head ends and cable modems. Before anyone gets too excited, cable carriers are largely only interested in these technologies for new higher-end “greenfield” developments like, say, in Hawaii luxury residences — or small businesses.

More here

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*update: I just found out that The Kona Blogged was the blog that broke this news a while back:  http://tinyurl.com/ar728u http://tinyurl.com/chbt4b Good Job Aaron!


All the Superbowl Commercials… Just One Place

Mahalo.com has put all the Superbowl Commercials in one nice easy to find place to look at.  Here is the list of commercial from this years Superbowl 2009:

Farmers Market Online… What Do You Think?

Inspired by my sickness today and my fondness for the Farmers Market in Makuu that I like to go to but am not today because I’m too sick, I was thinking it would be cool if there was a way to access some of these products that are sold at the market online.

If I went to the Farmers Market and took pictures of booths along with contact numbers or emails of the vendors and then set up a page on the top of my site that was just devoted to Farmers market items… do you think that would work at all?

Vendors pay $15.00 a week to have their products displayed for about 6-8 hours or so.

If I charged a vendor $5.00 a month to have their goods displayed and a contact to reach them 24 hours a day 7 days a week… I think that would be a good deal.

I need some feedback on this idea before I proceed.  Comments?

It wouldn’t just be delegated to Maku’u Farmers Market either… I could go to various farmers markets throughout the entire island.

The only proceeds I would get is that initial $5.00 per month.  All other sales would go directly to the vendors and all payments would be done in person at time of the product exchange.

Reader Submissions

Some people would love to write an article or blog, however, they just don’t have time to write a full on blog all the time.  Others would love to just write that one article every now and then.  Here is your chance to do that!

Tiffany Edwards over at The Big Island Chronicle has recently started accepting submissions for various things on her blog.

I think that’s a great idea, so I’m going to open up a section for reader submissions as well… Of course I will have the final say on whether something get’s posted or not.

I’ll accept most anything… and it won’t even cost you a Damon Dollar.

The process for submitting is to send your “Article, Column, Picture, Event Flier, etc”  to damontucker@yahoo.com

I will take that information and form a blog about it by pretty much cutting and pasting the information.  (If it has a picture or two that’s cool too… just as long as I know where to put it in the article… You will have to send those as attachments)

I will then link post that blog link to the “Reader Submissions” tab at the top of this site.  I will tag each “Submission” with the Submitters name so that anytime later it will also easily be found.

If it’s an event, I will most likely erase the event after the event has taken place unless comments have been generated underneath it.

I’ve started it out with a submission from the past by cartoonist/artist and all around good guy,  Greg Henkel.  He drew a  few years ago, however, it fit to a blog I posted earlier and he was kind enough to send it in.  He used to send in all kinds of cartoons to Hunter Bishops blog, however those are no longer available.

You can view the new “Readers Submissions” and know that this can be considered the “Community” part of my blog.

Questions… Feel free to ask!  damontucker@yahoo.com

Sanitary Sewer Smoke Testing Happening Next Week

Media Release

SANITARY SEWER SMOKE TESTING

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Dates of testing: February 11, 12 & 13, 2009
Location: Pauka`a Area – Kulana Street and Kulana Road

The County of Hawai`i, Department of Environmental, Wastewater Division (WWD) crew will be conducting a survey of the sanitary sewer system by conducting smoke testing of the sewer system. The survey will involve opening manholes on Kulana Road and Kulana Street in the Pauka`a area on February 11, 12 & 13, 2009.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT SMOKE TESTING

Process:

  • Simulated non-toxic smoke will be injected into the sewer system in order that the WWD can assess the integrity of the system. As a result smoke may be seen coming from manhole covers, storm drains, roof vents and building foundations.
  • After each setup the smoke test will last approximately 1 hour.
  • Photographs will be taken to document potential leaks/defects.
  • Homeowners do not need to be home and inspection crews will not need to enter your home; however access onto your property may be required.
  • Residential/Homeowners can still use faucets and bathroom facilities during smoke testing.

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Tips to prevent smoke from entering your home (complete prior to test):

  • Run water faucets for a few seconds in unused sinks, tubs, and drains to fill fixture traps.
  • Pour water into each basement floor drain (at least one gallon)
  • If you have defective plumbing (i.e. no trap, etc), you should consult with a licensed plumber.

If you notice smoke in your home or structure:

  • Do NOT become alarmed.
  • Open doors and windows to ventilate the premises to clear smoke.
  • Contact the Wastewater Division’s field crew to help access the situation.
  • Simulated smoke will not stain walls or furniture; nor will it leave a residue.
  • Consult a licensed plumber in the near future to identify the smoke access area, as the potential exists for sewer gases to enter your home in the same manner.

Safety/Health Issues:

  • There is NO danger of fire or explosion of sewer gas with the smoke testing process.
  • Simulated smoke is not harmful to your health. Smoke irritation is temporary and should disappear after exposure has ceased. When possible avoid unnecessary exposure to simulated smoke.
  • If there is an individual in your home or business who has respiratory problems and/or mobility limitations please contact the Wastewater Division at (808)961-8512, before January 23, 2009.
  • A copy of the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for the simulated smoke can be found on the County of Hawai`i website page (http://co.hawaii.hi.us/) under the heading Departments-Department of Environmental Management/Wastewater Division.  Copies are also available at our Hilo office (108 Railroad Avenue).

If you have any questions or observe smoke near your home or structure during the testing please call Toni Nakatani at 808-937-5199.

You may see something like this:

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Councilwoman Naeole’s Testimony on Vog Bill

I received an email copy of the Testimony that Councilwoman Naeole sent in to the Legislature regarding HB312.

HB312
RELATING TO HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES.
Vog; Sulfur Dioxide Monitoring
Directs the Department of Defense to develop and implement a program to ensure that an adequate number of monitors to detect sulfur dioxide are strategically placed throughout areas of the state where high incidences of vog, sulfur dioxide, or both occur.

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February 7, 2009

Council Member Emily Naeole District 5 Puna

TESTIMONY ON HAWAII HOUSE BILLS 312-318

I have before me, House Bills 312-318 relating to vog and sulphur dioxide that covers highway guardrail replacement, workers safety and compensation and agrarian concerns but is shockingly silent on resident safety, aid and compensation.

Where is the legislation to bring aid and relief to the people of Puna?  Residents on coastal Red Road, the Kalapana-Kapoho Road are closest of all communities to the ocean plumes. During Kona, interchangeable winds, or no-wind conditions, the vog can be intolerable during higher emission periods. also it has been noted that the vog has a tendency to linger in corridors of Highway 130 near the Maku’u Hawaiian Homestead. One can see and smell it.

To make matters worse, on Sunday, 2/01/09, the Hawaii Herald-Tribune, published the latest report from the Hawai’i volcanic Observatory, (HVO), informing us that another deadly ingredient has been added to the vog: Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S), a broad spectrum poison that can poison several different systems in the body, although the nervous system is most affected. The toxicity of H2S is comparable with that of hydrogen cyanide.

In order for this act to be complete I believe that the monitors should monitor H2s emissions too.

We have had a very rough time in the Kehena area in December and January. Everyone I know in Seaview is suffering ill effects of one degree or another. We have had two deaths and much illness in this small neighborhood in the first two months of this year.

According to the Pahoa Fire Chief all procedures come through Civil Defense. At this time the fire station in Pahoa uses the SO2 monitoring device only when “it looks” voggy at the fire station. The fire chief then, and only then, sends out someone to take SO2 readings at C.D. authorized sites. Everyone knows looks can be deceiving when we are talking about poisons in parts per million terms. It should not be left to people at the fire station to guesstimate for an entire district.

This is totally unacceptable. Sometimes the vog is thick in Pahoa but it is very light in the Kehena area, and visa-a-versa. At this time of heavy volcanic emissions, SO2 readings should be taken several times a day in all locations.

Nowhere in Puna Makai is there any place to evacuate to. Emergency shelters can be created quickly by converting designated schools and community center areas to airtight rooms with vinyl velcro windows and portable air filter and air conditioning machines.
Funding is available through FEMA and Homeland Security Grant programs.

The cocoanut wireless is saying that Hawaii is the next Katrina. Is this life threatening situation being allowed to escalate in order to create enough panic to justify the evacuation of the whole island that will then could be turned over to the military/industrial complex? I ask you to consider this testimony when discussing the solution to this problem and very important Act.

I ask that the Legislature take serious thought to include Lower Puna in all of these bills.

Lau lima,
Emily I. Naeole

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Tonight: UH Hilo International Night

One of my favorite events that I attended at UH Hilo when I was living on campus, was the student run International Night.

2008 Opening - Photographer <a href=When I was attending the festival only happened on one night.  Now it has gotten so big that it covers two nights.

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Tonight is 1 of 2 nights that will be filled with entertaining acts from throughout the world that the students put on themselves.

Philippines - Photographer <a href=I know that UH Hilo has a very  diverse student population with students from throughout the world so it really makes for a great evening of entertainment as well as education.

Native American - Photographer <a href=“…The countries or cultures to be represented will include Hawai`i, Ireland, Pohnpei, Native America, Palau, Okinawa, USA, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Brazil, Timor Leste, Japan, Philippines, and Chuuk…

South Korea - Photographer <a href=…International Nights 2009 is co-sponsored by UHHSA and Rotary Club of Hilo Bay. For more information about this event please contact the International Student Office at 974-7313…

Kosrae - Photographer <a href=…Tickets are priced as follows: $8 for general admission, $5 for seniors, $3 for students (schools and colleges) and children. For tickets, please contact the PAC box office at 974-7310.”

Japan - Photographer <a href=Personally, I think this event is probably the best event that UH Hilo puts on each year.

Marshall Islands - Photographer <a href=If you can’t make it to both nights, at least try to get to one of them.

You can see the UH Hilo Calendar here for more information on this as well as other upcoming events..

Mid-East and Ireland

Photographer James Rubio took these pictures that I lifted from UH’s Site. You can view his blog of the 2008 event here.

Here is a youtube clip from last years performance:

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The Hilo, Hawaii Goju Ryu Karate Club performing the kata Saifa followed by Saifa bunkai for the 2008 U of Hawaii International Night.

Yes this is NOT the traditional bunkai, its performance bunkai. A little more flashy, music, and a couple moves from the kata are done twice with different applications. Remember, bunkai is just one interpretation of the kata. One motion in the kata can represent multiple techniques. The bunkai you practice may be different than ours.

Honolulu Star-Bulletin to Become “Tabloid”

Honolulu Star-Bulletin Converting From Newspaper to Tabloid

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin is converting from a broadsheet newspaper to a tabloid and taking steps to deal with the recession…

…The newspaper will lay off 17 newsroom employees and an undetermined number of employees elsewhere in the company, Oahu Publications Inc. There will also be a wage freeze.

In addition, the Star-Bulletin will close its neighbor island bureaus, on Maui, Kauai and the Big Island. Neighbor island news will continue to be covered, by reporters on Oahu and wire services…

More here

I’ve been saying for a long time that newspapers are a thing of the past.

People just don’t want to come to grips with it.

In 1998, I remember being told by a Professor that with the onslaught of Digital Media, things like newspapers will be a thing of the past.  This was more then 10 years ago now folks.

A few months ago I blogged about the HawaiiFreePress converting to an online format.  Yesterday, I blogged about the University of Hawaii’s Student Newspaper moving to youtube.  There are plenty of examples both nationally and locally.

I really feel sorry for those that are getting laid off now… or those that may get laid off in the near future.

Former Hawaii Tribune Herald reporter Dave Smith posted on Punaweb:

…Even more unfortunately, veteran journalist Rod Thompson, who has been manning the Big Isle bureau for many years, may be among the casualties. I hope not, as he has broad institutional perspective of the issues here, including those in Puna…”

Of course this is the same Mr. Smith that commented on my blog a while back: :roll:

Damon, are you trying to become the National Enquirer of the local blogosphere?

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P.S. Damon Dollars are still available. :roll:

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County Notifies Developers of Kamakoa Housing Project They Are in Default

Media Release

The county Office of the Corporation Counsel today formally notified the entities overseeing development of the Kamakoa at Waikoloa workforce housing project they are in default of their financing and development agreements with the county.

The county offered Waikoloa Workforce Housing LLC (WWH) and its parent company Hawaii Island Housing Trust (HIHT) 60 days to cure their defaults. The letter by Corporation Counsel Lincoln Ashida further advised WWH and HIHT that the county will not accept any proposal for the project that relies on additional funding or guarantees from the county other than what was previously agreed to.

“Simply stated, if the entities responsible for delivering this project cannot perform their obligations under their agreements with the county, the county must protect its taxpayers by enforcing the county’s rights under those agreements,” Ashida said.

The letter urged WWH to stop all work on Kamakoa except for the on-site construction that is already underway. On-site work is now being done under a contract with Isemoto Contracting Co. with funds supplied by the county, and that work will be completed. The Isemoto contract includes installing roads, waterlines, sewer lines, house pads, and other infrastructure for the project.

In the face of feasibility and financing difficulties, WWH and UniDev LLC (UniDev) each recently formulated a new proposal to try to advance the project. Without making a determination with regard to the viability or desirability of those proposals, Ashida stated that both plans amount to “a significant departure” from the parameters set forth in the financing agreement WWH entered into with the County last June. UniDev is the owner’s representative and is tasked with arranging financing and managing design and construction of the project on behalf of WWH.

Neither of the recently revised plans for the project proposed by WWH and UniDev adhered to the agreed-upon construction schedule; neither plan included clear provisions for the financing of a park and other community facilities that were required; and the UniDev plan proposed extensive use of rent-to-own housing units that were never contemplated by the agreement or the previous plans for the project.

“We are absolutely committed to ensuring housing that is affordable to working families in the area is constructed on this site,” said Housing Administrator Stephen J. Arnett. “Unfortunately, the project as it was originally planned simply no longer appears viable. We appreciate the hard work that the managers and staff of WWH and the board of HIHT have put into this project to try to make it work, but it is time to take a hard, realistic look at the problems confronting this development.”

The Kamakoa project was announced in 2005 as a development of 1,200 affordable workforce units, including for-sale homes and rentals on 268 acres of county-owned land in northwest of Waikoloa Village. UniDev and its plan for the site were selected after UniDev responded to a request for proposals. The non-profit Hawai’i Island Housing Trust was subsequently formed and took title to the land. Its for-profit subsidiary, Waikoloa Workforce Housing LLC, was created with the responsibility of developing the project, utilizing the expertise and management capabilities of UniDev.

In order to ensure that rents on the rental units in the project would be truly affordable and to support public facilities in the project and the related infrastructure, the county agreed to make $40 million in county funds available to WWH under several financing agreements.

Ground was broken last year on Phase 1A of the project on about 50 acres. The $28 million contract WWH has with Isemoto covers grubbing and grading, roads, water lines, sewer lines, sidewalks, house pads and other infrastructure for about 200 units, as well as preparation of the park site. Funds have also been used for design and engineering expenses and homeownership counseling.

The viability of the project as it was originally proposed has been called into question by a series of events both inside and outside of Hawai’i County, Arnett explained:

  • Infrastructure for the project such as roads and water lines was ultimately to be financed with community facilities district bonds that would be repaid over time through special assessments levied on the homeowners who bought into the project. The viability of that plan has been called into question by the recent upheaval in the bond and financial markets upon which the community facilities district financing is dependent.
  • A crucial attraction for the project was zero-down loans for working families to finance leasehold units ranging in price from about $230,000 to $377,000, but recent events in the state and national economies have reduced the number of potential buyers who can qualify for such loans. Adding to the uncertainty is the fact that families buying into the project would be required to pay significant charges for the community facilities district assessments and common area maintenance charges in addition to the principal and interest payments on their mortgages.
  • The project was originally proposed as a development that would rely on private financing with no cash contributions by the county. When it became apparent that the proposed financing would be insufficient to allow for the facilities and rental affordability desired for the project, the county agreed to commit up to $40 million to the project.  To date, the entire investment in the project, including land and cash, has been by the county. Private financing that was necessary to actually begin constructing homes has not materialized.

“We are disappointed that the original vision for the project is in jeopardy, but we will do what it takes to ensure that the interests of the taxpayers are protected and the people of Hawai‘i County ultimately get the affordable housing they need,” Arnett said.

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COUNTY OF HAWAI‘I
OFFICE OF THE CORPORATION COUNSEL


Dear Mr. Dougall and Mr. Hendricks:

RE: Kamakoa at Waikoloa Project

On behalf of the County of Hawai‘i, I would first like to thank you for all of your efforts in connection with the Kamakoa at Waikoloa project. It has been a challenging project since its inception, but the County was hopeful that it would result in a unique and vibrant workforce community for the citizens of the Island of Hawai‘i. The plan for the Kamakoa at Waikoloa project (the “Project”), as detailed by UniDev, LLC (together with UniDev Hawai‘i, LLC, “UniDev”) was uniquely attractive and valuable because it promised to deliver a large-scale, high quality, perpetually-affordable workforce project on a timely basis with minimal financial risk to the County. Unfortunately, it has recently become apparent that Hawaii Island Housing Trust (“HIHT”), Waikoloa Workforce Housing, LLC (“WWH”) and UniDev are no longer able to deliver that project.
Without making a determination with regard to the viability or desirability of the most recent proposals from WWH and UniDev, it is clear that each such proposal is a significant departure from what was bargained for under that certain Development Financing Agreement dated June 12, 2008 (the “Financing Agreement”) and that certain Amended and Restated Development Agreement dated July 15, 2008 by and between the County, HIHT and WWH (the “Development Agreement”). The County believes that the alternative proposal made to the County by WWH on or around November 17, 2008 is a clear and unequivocal communication that WWH is unable to deliver the Project as contemplated by the Financing Agreement and Development Agreement. However, to ensure that there is no misunderstanding with respect to your ability to meet your obligations under the aforementioned agreements, the County desires to give you an opportunity to cure the above-referenced default in accordance with the notice and cure provisions of the Financing Agreement and Development Agreement. Accordingly, the County hereby provides you with formal notice pursuant to Section 5.1(b) of the Financing Agreement that the inability to develop the Project in accordance with the Project Guidelines is a default under the Financing Agreement. Specifically, your revised proposal does not clearly provide for the community facilities as set forth on Exhibit F4 to the Financing Agreement, does not conform to the financing plan set forth on Exhibit F9 and does not conform to the construction schedule set forth in Exhibit F10. Although you have already rejected the proposal made by UniDev, we note for the record that the adoption of UniDev’s proposal would also represent a default due to its failure to comply with the Project Guidelines. Specifically, that proposal fails to provide for the community facilities set forth on Exhibit F4, fails to offer the super-affordable units and the unit mix set forth on Exhibits F5 and F9, fails to conform to the types of products (providing rent-to-own units in place of many for-sale units) contemplated by Exhibits F6 and F9 and deviates from the construction cost and debt service analysis (though sufficient back-up documentation has not been provided for a full evaluation) set forth on Exhibit F9. Additionally, the County’s assessment of the UniDev proposal leads us to believe that further financial risk on the part of the County would be required in excess of that contemplated by the Financing Agreement and Development Agreement. As provided by Section 5.1(b) of the Financing Agreement, you have thirty (30) days from the date of this notice to cure the aforementioned default. If you are unable to do so, the County may exercise its rights and remedies under Section 5.2 of the Financing Agreement. Additionally, the inability to comply with the terms of the Financing Agreement is a default under Section 3.3(b) of the Development Agreement. Pursuant to section 5.1(b) of the Development Agreement, you have sixty (60) days to cure such default, after which time the County may exercise the rights and remedies as set forth in Section 1.2 of the Development Agreement.

In light of the above-described defaults and until such defaults are cured, the County urges you to cause all work on the Project, other than work that is directly related to on-site construction of Phase 1A, to be ceased immediately. We further wish to advise you that the County will not consider as a cure any plan that involves the provision by the County of additional funds to HIHT, WWH, or its contractors in excess of those already obligated under the existing agreements, will require the guarantee by the County of any financing, or will expose the County to further financial risk of any kind. Please conduct your operations and inform your consultants and contractors accordingly.

Sincerely,

LINCOLN S.T. ASHIDA

Corporation Counsel

Tomorrow: Department of Parks and Recreation Announces Track Meets

Media Release

The Dept. of Parks and Recreation has scheduled its 2009 Track & Field program for
February 7 & 21, 2009, at both East and West Hawaii sites simultaneously. The
Konawaena High School Track Oval will be utilized for the West Hawaii meets, while
the site for the East Hawaii meets will be at the Keaau High School Track Oval.
February 7, 2009, will be for the Age Group Track and Field meet. February 21, 2009, will be the All Comers Track and Field meet. The exponent meet will not be used this year.
1. Participants will be limited to 3 events, one of which shall be a field event. Relays
are included in the events. Be sure chosen events are listed in participants
division. Any participant competing in excess of three events will automatically
be disqualified from those events.
2. Once again only registered coaches and athletes of individual events will be
allowed on the track once the meet begins. Coaches will be given passes to enter
the oval. Passes must be turned in once the meet is over. 5 passes maximum. 2
coaches per event.
Enclosed in packet are:
1. Entry forms for girls and boys for the Age Group and All Comers Meets.
2. Waiver forms, which can be duplicated, for each participant.
3. Reminders.
For more information please call Mason Souza at 961-8735 ext. 25, or email at
msouza@co.hawaii.hi.us
Packets can be accessed by going on-line: http://co.hawaii.hi.us/parks/recreation.htm


YOUTH TRACK AND FIELD
The Department of Parks and Recreation will be hosting its annual track and field meets for youngsters 6 through 14 years of age. The schedule is as follows:
Age Group Track & Field meet
Dates: Saturday, February 7, 2009
Sites: West Hawaii – Konawaena High School track oval
East Hawaii – Keaau High School track oval
All Comers Track & Field meet
Dates: Saturday, February 21, 2009
Sites: West Hawaii – Konawaena High School track oval
East Hawaii – Keaau High School track oval
Time for both meets:
9:00 am – Start of field events
10:30 am – Approximate starting time for track events. Track & field
events will run simultaneously.
All students should check with their school first to see if a track program is offered.

For More Information,  Sign Ups and Coaches Meeting information click here.

Washington State Legislatures Introduce “Memorial” Asking Obama for State Sovereignty

Washington State has now become the ninth State to introduce legislation that would make their State a Sovereign state.

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House Joint Memorial 4009:
Claiming state sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment.

…That the State of Washington hereby claims sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government 3 by the Constitution of the United States; and

(2) That this serve as a Notice and Demand to the federal government to maintain the balance of powers where the Constitution of the United States established it and to cease and desist, effective immediately, any and all mandates that are beyond the scope of its constitutionally delegated powers.

BE IT RESOLVED, That copies of this Memorial be immediately transmitted to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States, the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives of each state’s legislature of the United States of America, and each member of Congress from the State of  Washington.

Full Bill

Lingle Releases Funds for Park Improvements… 3 Big Island Parks to See Improvements

Governor Linda Lingle has released $250,000 to improve the energy efficiency of state parks and Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) facilities on the Big Island, Kaua‘i, Maui and O‘ahu. This project is in addition to the $1.87 billion public infrastructure construction plan unveiled by Governor Lingle in December 2008 to stimulate the economy and create jobs…
…The following parks and DLNR facilities will receive improvements:

Big Island:
Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area and Baseyard
Kalōpā State Recreation Area
Wailoa River State Recreation Area and Baseyard

Full list of other State Parks on other Islands as well as more on the Governors release here.