New Year’s Air Quality and Fireworks-Related Injuries Continue to Improve on Oahu

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) Clean Air Branch measured low levels of smoke from fireworks during the 2014 New Year period, with particulate levels on Oahu showing continued improvement over years prior to the 2011 ban on certain fireworks on Oahu. The lower levels continue a trend that coincides with reduced fireworks activity resulting from the 2011 ban.

Hilo Bay Fireworks

The DOH measures particulate levels at four air monitoring stations on Oahu (Honolulu, Pearl City, Sand Island, and Kapolei). Fireworks smoke consist primarily of fine particulate matter (PM 2.5), whichcan penetrate into the lungs and aggravate existing respiratory conditions such as asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The PM 2.5 national standard is 35 micrograms per cubic meter (μg/m3) averaged over 24 hours.

During the 2014 New Year period, the particulate levels were measured at 16 μg/m 3 or lower in all areas, with the highest recorded particulate level of 16 μg/m 3 in Pearl City. The particulate monitoring stations on Kauai (Niumalu), Maui (Paia and Kihei) and the Big Island (Hilo, Kona, Mountain View, Ocean View, Pahala, and Waikoloa) also measured levels below the standard.

The use of fireworks during the New Year’s celebration will always affect the air quality, but the degree of impact for any location is greatly influenced by weather conditions such as wind and rain, the amount of fireworks burned in the area, and the configuration of the land. New Year’s data is also available at the Clean Air Branch website at: http://health.hawaii.gov/cab/.

Information collected on fireworks-related injuries over the New Year period of Dec. 31-Jan. 2, show a total of 33 injuries treated in emergency rooms throughout the state. This is the second lowest total over the 14-year period data has been collected and a 17 percent decrease from the 40 injuries documented in the previous New Year period. Fireworks-related injuries continue to be relatively low on Oahu in the three years following a Honolulu County ordinance to regulate their use. The reduced number of injuries is particularly apparent among child-aged patients (under 18 years of age). The data was collected by the DOH Injury Prevention program from 22 emergency departments of all hospitals throughout the state and the Hana and Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Centers.

Department of Agriculture Confirms Stinging Little Fire Ant Has Spread to Oahu and Maui From Hawaii Island

The Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) has confirmed that an invasive stinging ant called the Little Fire Ant (LFA) has spread from Hawaii Island to Oahu and Maui.  On Dec. 23, a customer at garden shop on Maui reported a suspicious ant to the Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC), which sent the specimens to HDOA entomologists who confirmed the identification of LFA.

Little Fire Ant - Worker Ant

Little Fire Ant – Worker Ant

On Dec. 26, HDOA entomologists surveyed several nurseries and stores and found LFA infestations on hapuu (Hawaiian tree fern) at several garden shops on Oahu and at another Maui store.  All infested hapuu were contained and the areas secured. On Dec. 27, HDOA staff revisited the stores and treated the areas with pesticides.  Through trace-back and trace-forward efforts, HDOA believes the infested hapuu originated on Hawaii Island and products from that nursery have been ordered for treatment prior to shipping. The last shipment was made to Oahu and Maui on Dec. 11.  Surveys and treatment will continue by HDOA and MISC staff.

Little Fire Ant – Queen and worker ant

Little Fire Ant – Queen and worker ant

HDOA is advising those who recently purchased hapuu logs or planters to contain the logs by placing them in a plastic or garbage bag and seal it securely.  They should contact their nearest HDOA office as soon as possible.  Due to the holiday, please leave a message and staff will respond as soon as they are able:

Maui – (808) 872-3848

Oahu – PEST HOTLINE – 643-PEST (7378).  This is also a toll-free number for neighbor islands.

“It is important that those who have recently purchased hapuu which may be infested with little fire ants to help contain the infestation and contact us as soon as possible,” said Dr. Neil Reimer, administrator of HDOA’s Plant Industry Division. “Through past experience, we know we can contain an infestation if we find it in its early stages.”

Originally from South America, LFA is considered among the world’s worst invasive species.

LFA are tiny ants, measuring 1/16th inch long, are pale orange in color and move slowly. LFA move slowly, unlike the Tropical Fire Ant which is established in Hawaii, move quickly and are larger with a larger head in proportion to its body. LFA can produce painful stings and large red welts and may cause blindness in pets. They can build up very large colonies on the ground, in trees and other vegetation and completely overrun a property. They will also freely move into homes.

Infestation of LFA

Infestation of LFA

The first detection of LFA in Hawaii was in the Puna area in 1999. Surveys determined that LFA appeared to have been on the east side for several years prior to their initial detection and was widely distributed in Puna. Attention was then focused on controlling ant populations and preventing the spread to non-infested areas on the island and to other islands.

In October 2009, LFA was detected on a farm in Waihee, Maui. Eradication efforts at that site appear to have contained the infestation, which is being continually monitored. HDOA staff also trained Maui County employees, MISC and private pest control operators on Maui to assist in recognizing and reporting possible infestations on the island. MISC is also assisting HDOA in conducting surveys at high-risk areas on Maui.

Attached is a HDOA Pest Advisory that contains information on LFA and its history in Hawaii.
(Also available on the department’s website: http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/pi/files/2013/01/npa99-02-lfireant.pdf). 

1st Annual All-Mens Rodeo

The 1st Annual All-Mens Rodeo will be held at DK Ranch in Wamanalo on Saturday September 14th.  For more information contact Ryanna at (703) 357-3695.Men's Rodeo

Three Men Rescued After Boat Capsizes Off Oahu

Three men were rescued from their capsized vessel approximately 14 miles off Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Friday.

US Coast Guard HH65 Dauphine

US Coast Guard HH65 Dauphine

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received a distress call at 7:20 p.m., from a man who received a text message from his three friends who said their 23-foot boat had capsized and they needed to be rescued.

Sector Honolulu launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Kiska to respond. At the same time, Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu also received a distress signal from the capsized vessel’s emergency position indicating radio beacon that gave an exact position of the capsized vessel.

Using the information from the text message and the EPIRB, the Dolphin crew arrived and found one man sitting on the hull of the capsized vessel and the two other men floating in the water. A Coast Guard aviation survival technician was lowered to the vessel and all three men were safely hoisted into the helicopter and transported to back to the air station where emergency medical services were standing by to assist.

All three men were uninjured.

“It cannot be overstated how important working safety gear is when heading out onto the ocean,” said Lt. Kevin Cooper, Sector Honolulu’s public affairs officer. “The position received from this vessel’s emergency position indicating radio beacon was a key factor in getting rescuers to the exact location of these men who were in distress. The EPIRB took the search out of this search and rescue case”.

The capsized boat remains adrift and the Coast Guard issued a safety broadcast to alert mariners of the hazard to navigation.

The Coast Guard recommends all mariners ensure they are prepared before heading out on the water. This includes having appropriate safety and communications equipment, checking local weather conditions and ensuring the vessel is seaworthy. For more information on boating safety visit www.uscgboating.org.

There are no photos or video available of this rescue.

 

Evacuation Shelters Opening on Oahu at 3:00 PM

Evacuation shelters on Oahu to open at 3:00 p.m.

Department of Emergency Management
10 tropical storm evacuation shelters will open on Oahu at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon. Residents who feel that their home or place of residence may not be safe can utilize one of these locations as a refuge from severe weather and high surf.

These shelters, operated by the American Red Cross, provide only emergency refuge. You must bring all of your supplies with you including food, water, other emergency needs as well as bedding or a cot to sleep on. For the safety and security of evacuees Red Cross shelters do not allow smoking, guns, drugs, alcohol or other hazardous items.

Those on medication should bring a 7-10 day supply of medication. Diabetics should bring their medication and glucometers. Those with respiratory issues should bring inhalers and nebulizers. As with all other evacuees, those on special diets should bring their own food.

In addition these shelters will accommodate pets. Pet owners must provide a solid sided pet carrier or cage for each pet, food, water and sanitation supplies. In addition owners will be expected to assist in the care of their pets.

The following are the Oahu evacuation shelters that will open at 3:00 p.m.

Waianae District Park 85-601 Farrington Hwy Waianae 96792
Wahiawa District Park 1139-A Kilani Avenue Wahiawa 96786
Ewa Mahiko District Park 91-1161 Renton Road Ewa Beach 96706
Kailua District Park 21 South Kainalu Drive Kailua 96734
Kilauea District Park 4109 Kilauea Avenue Honolulu 96816
Koko Head District Park 423 Kaumakani Street Honolulu 96825
Waimanalo District Park 41-415 Hihimanu Street Waimanalo 96795
Waialua Church of Christ 67-174 Farrington Hwy Waialua 96791
BYU Hawaii 55-220 Kulanui St Laie 96762
Kalakaua District Park 720 McNeill Street Honolulu 96817

 

HAWAI’IGAS Recalling All Lite Cylinder Brand Cylinders as Mandated

HAWAI’IGAS is recalling all Lite Cylinder brand cylinders as mandated by the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Administration. All Lite Cylinders are branded on the top handle near the nozzle.

Hawaii Gas

The recall affects all customers who purchased a PropaneXchange cylinder on or before May 28.

Customers affected by the recall should immediately exchange their tank for a new, full tank at any PropaneXchange location.

Only HAWAIʽIGAS PropaneXchange customers on Oahu are affected by this recall. For questions please call HAWAIʽIGAS at (808) 535-5933.

Oahu PropaneXchange Locations

Enchanted Lakes
76 1010 Keolu Dr.
Kailua, HI 96734

Flagship Fastlube, Aiea
99-236 Moanalua Rd
Aiea, HI 96701

Wahiawa 76
966 California Ave
Wahiawa, HI 96786

 

Large Floating Container Spotted off Oahu

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is asking for the public’s help to locate a large item of marine debris that may be floating in the ocean off the windward Oahu coast and could approach land over the holiday weekend.

Photo Courtesy of DLNR

Photo Courtesy of DLNR

What appears to be a large container, possibly made of metal, is approximately 20 feet long by 8 feet wide, 8 feet high and painted light blue. There is a small, square framed hole in the middle of its top surface that appears open and visible from a distance. About 6 to 8 feet of the object are above water. Its origin and contents are unknown at this time.

DLNR is working closely with its agency partners on the Hawaii Interagency Marine Debris Working Group, including the NOAA Marine Debris Program, U.S. Coast Guard, City and County of Honolulu Emergency Management, and others.

“We are asking people to immediately contact us with latitude and longitude (GPS) position and date and time of sighting, because we want to be able to take control of this large object before it can cause damage to a reef or introduce invasive species,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairperson.

 

DLNR Outplants Native Species at Kaala Natural Area Reserve

Plants that are critically endangered will be reintroduced to their native habitat in a unique bog

Yesterday, volunteers, along with staff of the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) conducted an outplanting of native plants at the Mt. Kaala Natural Area Reserve, the highest peak on Oahu.

Kaala

DLNR photo. This critically endangered plant had fewer than 75 individuals left in the wild. Today’s outplanting tripled its population. The flowers are traditionally used as lei.

Protection of Mt. Kaala Natural Area Reserve’s watershed forests by restoring native forest ecosystems is critical for maintaining the water supply of West and Central Oahu. Volunteers reintroduced the critically endangered kamakahala – with fewer than 100 individuals remaining in the wild –to its native habitat in the ridges of Mt. Kaala.

Members From DLNR’s  Natural Area Reserves System, Waianae Mountain Watershed Partnership, and volunteers from Oahu Army Natural Resource Program collaborated to outplant 150 Kamakahala plants. DLNR photo.

Members From DLNR’s Natural Area Reserves System, Waianae Mountain Watershed Partnership, and volunteers from Oahu Army Natural Resource Program collaborated to outplant 150 Kamakahala plants. DLNR photo.

A hundred and fifty plants were planted thanks to collaboration the Board of Water Supply, Oahu Army Natural Resource Program, Waianae Mountains Watershed Partnership and DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife and Plant Extinction Prevention (PEP) program.

Members of the Waianae Mountain Watershed Partnership team up with Volunteers from the  Oahu Army Natural Resource Program to support efforts to restore the Kamakahala in its natural habitat. DLNR photo.

Members of the Waianae Mountain Watershed Partnership team up with Volunteers from the Oahu Army Natural Resource Program to support efforts to restore the Kamakahala in its natural habitat. DLNR photo.

These new plantings will help strengthen the integrity of the forest watershed by maintaining the biodiversity of the Hawaiian forest.

For more information on Mt. Kaala Natural Area Reserve go to
http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw/nars/reserves/oahu/mountkaala

For information on the DLNR Rare Plant Program check out:
http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw/rareplants/rareplantprogram

 

The Intergalactic Nemesis is Coming to Hawaii! Performances on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island

The Intergalactic Nemesis: Book One Target Earth performs at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Performing Arts Center on Friday, January 11 at 7:30 pm.

Intergalatic Nemesis
“This is a one-of-a-kind all-ages show, and is definitely not to be missed!” said UH Hilo Performing Arts Center Manager Lee Dombroski. The premise is simple: a period adventure story featuring Pulitzer-winning reporter Molly Sloan, her intrepid assistant Timmy Mendez, and a mysterious librarian named Ben Wilcott as they face the most serious threat Earth has ever known: an impending invasion of sludge monsters from the planet Zygon.

“The telling is what makes the experience of The Intergalactic Nemesis so incredibly unique,” Dombroski explained. “While three actors, one Foley artist, and one keyboardist perform all the voices, sound effects and music, more than 1,000 hand-drawn, full color, hi-res, blow-your-mind comic book images blast from the screen, all performed live. Inspired by Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars, and the pulp serials of the 1930s, The Intergalactic Nemesis is a spectacle unlike any other and it’s for the kid in everyone.”

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Tickets are reserved seating and priced at $20 General, $15 Discount and $10 UH Hilo/HawCC students and children, up to age 17, and available by calling the UH Hilo Box Office at 974-7310 or ordering online at artscenter.uhh.hawaii.edu.

Hawaii Show Dates:

  • Wednesday, January 9, 2013 Book One: Target Earth Maui Arts & Cultural Center – Castle Theatre Kahului, Hawaii
  • Friday, January 11, 2013 Book One: Target Earth University of Hawai’i Performing Arts Center Hilo, Hawaii
  • Saturday, January 12, 2013 University of Hawai’i, Kennedy Theatre Honolulu, Hawaii

State Civil Defense Siren Maintenance on Oahu Tomorrow

State Civil Defense siren maintenance technicians will conduct testing at the following siren locations Monday, November 19, 2012:

• Aiea High School
• Aiea Heights
• Waimalu Elementary School
• Pearl City District Park
• Palisades Elementary School

Residents in these areas may hear the sirens sound for 30-seconds during the identified time periods. The technicians will use data gathered from these tests to verify operational status and maintenance actions.

Oahu residents may call State Civil Defense at 733-4300 if they have any questions or concerns regarding this test of the Statewide Outdoor Siren Warning System.

State Civil Defense encourages the public to make use of redundant methods of warning including, but not limited to, text notification systems and NOAA Weather Radio.

Hawaii’s Woodshow 2012 People’s and Artist’s Choice Winners Selected

The 20th Annual Hawai`i Forest Industry Association’s Hawaii’s Woodshow wrapped up recently at the Honolulu Museum of Art Academy Art School Gallery at Linekona.  While Jurors for the show previewed and

Kulalic Desk and Chair
Vedad Kulalic’s impressive and playful “Desk and Chair” earned the People’s Choice Award.

Photo courtesy of Little Looks Photography

selected winners in various categories before the show’s opening date, the People’s Choice and Artist’s Choice winners have just been announced.
Master craftsman Vedad Kulalic won the People’s Choice award with his playful yet skillfully designed and crafted “Desk with Chair.”  Kulalic, who lives on Oahu, utilized a combination of monkey pod and koa to mimic a soft fabric-draped desk that many onlookers mistook as sculpture rather than furniture.
Prior to the show’s opening Peter Ziroli’s “Round Center Table” had received the 1st Place Furniture award designated by

Ziroli Center Table
Peter Ziroli’s “Round Center Table” won two awards at the 2012 Hawaii’s Woodshow.

Photo courtesy of Little Looks Photography

Woodshow Jurors. Participating artists agreed and chose Ziroli’s table for the Artist’s Choice award. The table is based on an 1869 design by William Fisher. The table top is koa with a longon wood star and pheasant wood banding. Medallions on the table apron and base are longon and applied panels are of light koa and kamani. Ziroli lives and works in O’okala on Hawai’i Island.

“I’d like to thank our team of volunteers for making the 20th annual Hawaii’s Woodshow such a huge success,” said Marian Yasuda, show coordinator. “The Woodshow would not be possible without the collective effort of many people. The generosity and sacrifices are greatly appreciated by me and all those who enjoy seeing such a fantastic exhibit each year.”

Only art pieces crafted predominately from Hawai’i-grown woods are displayed at Hawaii’s Woodshow as part of its endeavor to encourage and strengthen appreciation for sustainable forestry through the planting of native species. Endangered woods and certain rare species are prohibited.  Many Woodshow pieces are for sale to the public at http://gallery.hawaiiforest.org/

Hawaii’s Woodshow sponsors included Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods, DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Kamehameha Schools, Ron and Myra Kent, Specialty Forest Products, Inc., State of Hawai’i Department of Agriculture, Alexander & Baldwin and the Alexander & Baldwin Foundation, Halekulani Hotel, C. Barton Potter, Bubbies Ice Cream, Martin & MacArthur, and wood artist and HFIA Board President Tai Lake.

Wordless Wednesday – Stupid Tourists!

This is my definition of stupid tourists:

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Would you allow your kids to swim in this death trap? This pool is connected to the open ocean by a short underwater tunnel. Works pretty much like a toilet flushing. As the wave comes in the pool fills up. When receding, the pool empties. You can imagine what happens when you’re sucked out the tunnel!!!! Many people have drowned here!
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Formula One Racing Star Jenson Button Cruising in Hawaii… Goes Riding With My Friend

I found out that the famous Formula One Racing Champion Jenson Button is on Oahu right now.

According to his twitter account he’s been having a good time… but I also see that he went for a bike ride with my friend @MikeZagorski !

Jenson Button's Recent Tweets

Here is the picture from those tweets:

Mike Zagorski is the other guy that set the Hawaii Tandem Altitude Skydiving records with me last week and he sent me this picture of their 76 kilometer ride around Oahu to me:

(L-R: Mike, Georgie, Chris, Jenson, Seth, Shannon, and Jesse behind the lens)

Here is Jensons tweet from yesterday:

Great 76k ride yesterday here on Oahu with @mikezagorski @Chris_Buncombe @Trigrr @jurikooo @SethGB @shannonaoshea & Jesse..

Jenson is quite famous in the United Kingdom where Formula One Racing is huge.  He has more then 708,000 followers on a verified twitter account.

According to Wikipedia:

Like many Formula One drivers, Button resided in the principality of Monaco but he has since moved to Guernsey. He said that it was the great training possibilities that took him away from the tax haven. He also has properties in the United Kingdom and Bahrain. His hobbies include mountain biking, competing in triathlons and body boarding, and his car collection includes a Nissan GT-R, a 1956 VW Campervan, a Honda S600 and a Mercedes C63 AMG, numerous Ferraris (including an Enzo) & his championship winning Brawn BGP 001. He previously owned a blue on black Bugatti Veyron.[

Button has been dating Japanese model Jessica Michibata for two and a half years.Button has two tattoos: a black coat button on his right forearm; and Japanese kanji-characters on his ankle which say “一番” (Ichi ban, “Number One” in Japanese), this was done before he won the world title, and is the name of Button’s triathlon team. Since mid-2010, the same legend has appeared on Button’s race helmet. Button is also a brand ambassador for Head & Shoulders, and has appeared in advertising campaigns for the company.

Mike wrote a post on his website where he states:

Last week I said “I got my Architect license and did a skydive from 21,000ft… What next?”. Late on Friday evening my question was answered: I would meeting up with British Formula 1 driver Jenson Button (2009 World Champion) and Chris Buncombe (2007 Le Mans 24hr Winner – LMP2 Class) for a 3-hours bike ride on O’ahu!

Congratulations to Mike Zagorski for doing some exciting things this past week… but most respectably… receiving your architect license!

I hope Jenson has a great time in Hawaii and if he makes it to the Big Island… I’d love to meet him!

Funnel Clouds and Weird Weather Patterns Reported Over Oahu Today

Folks over on Oahu are reporting that they saw a “Tornado or Funnel Cloud” in the vicinity of Schofield Baracks.

Funnel Cloud over Oahu

Funnel Cloud over Oahu

Here is just one of the videos uploaded to youtube today:

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Why Can’t the County of Hawaii Have Roadside Pick Up of Garbage?

The Big Island does not have curbside pick up of garbage and we have been having a major problem with illegal dumping going on.

As the Big Island grows, I would think we would start thinking more about having the county provide garbage pick up in at least some parts of the county.  A truck could drive by an area once a week and pick up bags by residences that don’t have the means to take their opala to the transfer stations.

Kauai has it (http://www.kauai.gov/Government/Departments/PublicWorks/SolidWaste/RefuseCollection/AutomatedRefuseCollection/tabid/359/Default.aspx)

Kauai County Website

Maui has it (http://www.co.maui.hi.us/index.aspx?NID=763)

Maui County website

And of course Oahu has it (http://www.opala.org/solid_waste/curbside.htm)

Oahu County website

So my question… why can’t the Big Island have it provided by the County?

Stratus Media Group Announces Upcoming ProElite MMA Event in Hawaii

Media Release:

ProElite, Inc, today announces its next step in mixed martial arts (MMA) with a fight in Oahu, Hawaii on Saturday, August 27th.

The chosen venue is the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Waikiki, the world-famous beach resort destination, marking the third time ProElite will bring its MMA event to the Arena.

The August event is ProElite’s first under the new ownership of Stratus Media Group Inc. Stratus Media Group recently closed the acquisition of 95% of ProElite.

Jay Thompson

“The timing could not be better!” said Jay Thompson, Vice President of ProElite Fight Operations. “MMA continues to see solid growth and has achieved mainstream acceptance across all visual media platforms in the last few years. It still has plenty of time to mature in the sporting arena.”

Fighter signings and match-ups for the August 27th Blaisdell Arena card will be released soon.

Disney Cruise Line to Come to the Islands of Hawaii

Disney Cruise Line is coming to Hilo on the Big Island  as well as the other islands!  I noticed this about a week ago and finally it has been confirmed by Lee Hopkinson of HONBLUE.

My son has been begging to go back to Disneyland since we went there a couple summers ago!

I wonder if they would offer just an inter-island cruise ever?

$29 Tickets to Molokai Now Available on Go!Mokulele Airlines

I just noticed that one of the sponsors of this site, Go! Mokulele Airlines,  is offering an awesome rate to get to Molokai from Oahu and Maui right now!  $29.00 bucks… can you beat that?

Series of Puwalus Look Toward Improving Fishing

More good news for the fishing industry:

Throughout the Hawaiian islands fishermen, Native Hawaiians and the public are coming together to share their knowledge of the sea. These statewide puwalu (unions), hosted by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, are aimed at developing best practices in the marine and fishing communities based upon traditional resource management systems.

Kicking-off on Moku O Keawe (the Big Island) with stops on Lanai, Maui, Kauai, Oahu and Molokai, the series delves into the subjects of adaptive management and regulation, code of conduct, community consultation, local and visitor education, and criteria necessary to be eligible to make decisions regarding natural resource management.

The findings will be presented to WPRFMC members and be used to implement the council’s Hawaii Archipelago Fishery Ecosystem Plan, which includes enhanced community involvement in the fishery management decision making process.

The series of puwalu are just part of the WPRFMC provision to support and sustain indigenous and other fishing communities in the U.S. Pacific Islands. The council was established under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act in 1976, which was reauthorized in 1996 as the Sustainable Fisheries Act and most recently reauthorized in 2006…

…Joining the council in this endeavor were the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate, the State of Hawaii, the Hawaii Tourism Authority, and a number of other community organizations throughout the state…

More here: Series of Puwalus Look Toward Improving Fishing

The 2010 Aloha Festival Parade… Where Did All the Floats Go?

The Aloha Festival Parade in Waikiki is normally one of the most colorful parades in the nation, but this year… I have to ask… what happened to all the floats?

Last year there were 14 floats according to the Star-Advertiser.  This year there was only 5!

I have to wonder if the economy is taking away from this parade as it does cost a lot of time and money to put together a nice float. 

The Star-Advertiser said there was 5 floats… but as I look back over my pictures… I think they may have mistaken a few pooper scooper’s as floats.

Of course there was lots of equestrian units as well!

While the horse were adorned with much flowers… I had to feel sorry for them a bit as it was a hot day!

While I felt sorry for the horses… the folks I really felt sorry for… were the kids in all the marching bands that walked from Ala Moana Park all the way to Kapiolani Park!

I couldn’t imagine carrying this thing for nearly 3 to 4 miles in the blazing sun!

Feel free to click on the pictures above or below for larger images: