Superferry and The Honolulu Advertiser Connection

You won’t ever see a negative article about the Superferry in the Honolulu Advertiser because the Honolulu Advertiser get’s big money for placing ads in its paper for the Superferry.

Point in case, earlier today, blogger Larry Geller linked the connection to the military with the Superferry, yet in the Advertisers breaking news they made no mention of the military connection despite quoting from the same newspaper article Larry did.

Missing Pahoa Teen

Big Island police are searching for a 16-year-old girl reported missing from her Pahoa home since May 18.

Cheyanne Ziegler is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-5, 105 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Police ask anyone with information on her whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Rising Price of Gas Saving Lives on the Big Island?

Keahi Pelayo made a recent comment on my blog about Traffic Fatalities Decreasing here on the Big Island and I didn’t even think about how true the statement really is:

Maybe it is the cost of fuel, higher prices, less driving, fewer fatalities.”

I’ve read other statistics nationwide that did mention something similar, I can’t find it now.

The Earthquakes Today… I’ve Been Feeling Them

MAP 2.6 2008/10/01 01:09:09 19.329 -155.139 6.4 16 km ( 10 mi) S of Fern Forest, HI
MAP 2.7 2008/09/30 23:55:07 19.408 -155.273 0.0 6 km ( 4 mi) SW of Volcano, HI
MAP 1.7 2008/09/30 15:50:16 19.414 -155.218 8.9 4 km ( 3 mi) SSE of Volcano, HI
MAP 2.4 2008/09/30 13:30:26 19.416 -155.333 0.2 11 km ( 7 mi) WSW of Volcano, HI
MAP 2.4 2008/09/30 12:49:38 19.406 -155.281 0.2 7 km ( 4 mi) SW of Volcano, HI
MAP 2.2 2008/09/30 04:37:33 19.341 -155.108 6.3 15 km ( 9 mi) S of Fern Forest, HI
MAP 2.5 2008/09/30 01:48:23 19.346 -155.107 5.4 14 km ( 9 mi) S of Fern Forest, HI

Paul Ogata: The Problem With Po’ Folks Food…Live From the Ice House

I’ve gotten to know Paul Ogata through the internet fairly well over the last few years.  He is freaking hilarious and is doing quite well with his comedy schtick on the mainland… And I learned something funny about him in this clip about how he likes “Southern Food”…  Gotcha Paul… Betcha didn’t think I’d have my own blog up and running ;)  Now that I’ve moved from Oahu to the Big Island… you betta get yo azz over here to Puna to give us a show sometime!

Go check out Cyberstupid yourself… he’s hilarious


Man Dives in to Save Dog from Shark in Florida Attack…The Video

Honolulu Advertiser has a breaking story of a man that dove into the water to protect his swimming dog from a shark.  Here is the Youtube clip:


$30 Million in Federal Money for Rail Projects in 15 States…No Mention of Hawaii

RICHMOND, Va. – The federal government is chipping in nearly $30 million for 15 passenger rail projects across the country as Americans continue to drive less and take the train more, U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters said Tuesday.

Peters announced the funding Tuesday at the downtown Richmond Amtrak station, one of the sites that will benefit. The projects are aimed at boosting intercity rail capacity and on-time performance.

Also benefiting are two projects each in Vermont, Wisconsin and Illinois; and one each in Arizona, California, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio and Washington state…

More Here

Today’s KO


Superferry Admits to Military Suitability and Lease Potential

I blogged on August 16th about the new superferry being built in Alabama and casually joked that it would be easier for the Strikers to board and un-board.  I also blogged about how Saddle Road was getting a new road just so that the Strykers could get to the Superferry here.

Well the confirmation has been made, at least in my mind, that this will primarily end up catering to the Military.  (Hat tip to Larry Geller)

…At 113 meters (373 feet) long, the vessel launched Monday is 6 meters (19.8 feet) longer than Alakai, thanks to a ramp Austal added to its stern, making it suitable for military use. Industry watchers have said leasing the vessel to the military is a possibility, though the company said it is sticking by its plan to operate it commercially…

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Hilo Football Players Ripped Off During Keauu-Hilo Game

The Hawaii Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying whoever was responsible for a theft at Wong Stadium on September 13.

The theft took place during a varsity football game between Hilo High School and Keaau High School.

Investigation by officers from the South Hilo district revealed that one or more unknown persons entered the home team locker room and removed several personal items belonging to members of the Hilo High School team. The combined value of the stolen items is estimated at $1,191.

Police ask anyone with information about the case to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Accidents and Deaths Down on Big Island Roads

There have been 1,303 major accidents so far this year compared with 1,566 during the same period last year, a decrease of 17 percent.

So far this year, there have been 19 traffic fatalities on the Big Island compared with 29 during the same period last year, a decrease of 34 percent.

While there was an increase in DUI arrests:

There have been 1,022 DUI arrests compared with 985 during the same period last year, an increase of 4 percent.

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Telescopes Larger Then the TMT Planned

Just noticed that they are already planning larger telescopes then the Thirty Meter Telescope planned here in Hawaii.

The European Organization for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO) is thinking even bigger. It is expecting to start building a 40-m telescope called the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) in three years’ time, and has a 60 to 100-m telescope known as the Overwhelmingly Large Telescope (OWL) in the pipeline.

Extremely Large Telescope

European Extremely Large Telescope

Overwhelming Large Telescope

Overwhelming Large Telescope

So I gotta ask… Is our Hawaii one planned for 30 Meters just gonna be a waste when there are larger projects in the works?

Company Offering Air Purifiers Designed Specifically for VOG

I just noticed this Press Release and in it states:

…Allerair is now offering Hawaii residents a line of air purifiers designed specifically for vog, that are equipped with 27 pounds of activated carbon…

You can visit there website here.

I’m not guaranteeing anything.

U.S. Department of Energy Awards Hawaii Two Grants for Wave to Energy Systems

Just noticed that Hawaii received a few grants to study Wave Energy

Topic area 1, technology development. (Award size: up to $600,000 for up to two years.)

Concepts ETI Inc. — Development and demonstration of an OWC power system. Concepts ETI will design, manufacture and install a second-generation wave converter system for long-term operation in Maui, Hawaii.

Topic area 3, national marine energy centers. (Award size: up to $1.2 million/yr for up to five years.)

University of Hawaii — National Renewable Marine Energy Center in Hawaii. The National Marine Renewable Energy Center in Hawaii will facilitate the development and implementation of commercial wave energy systems for use in Hawaii and elsewhere in the world, and to assist the private sector to move ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) systems beyond proof-of-concept to pre-commercialization, long-term testing.

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Chile vs. Mauna Kea: Thirty Meter Telescope…The Location Poll

I just noticed that a worldwide survey was conducted… unbeknown to many of us here on the islands I would assume because I never heard about the survey before today:

A worldwide survey to select the best locations for astronomy research has narrowed the number of potential sites to two: Cerro Armazones in Chile’s Atacama Desert and Mauna Kea on Hawai’i Island. Each of the candidate sites has conditions that are essential to astronomy: very clear skies, very stable atmospheric conditions above the mountaintop, and low humidity.

So I decided I would run a my own poll.  I’m curious where I could find the other poll listed above though?

Where would people like this Thirty Meter Telescope to be if there is an option?

I’m moving the Poll to the top of the Page.

Cockroach Eating at UH KEO Frat House

I know some people that had to do some pretty harsh things when they were trying to pledge to KEO… (no I was not a member).

But this one is pretty sick:


I’m actually amazed these guys take their shoes off at the door!

Hawaii County Police Spending $175,000 on Mainland Bio-Key Company

BIO-key International, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BKYI), a leader in finger-based biometric identification and wireless public safety, announced today that its Law Enforcement group has been awarded $700,000 in software and related services orders in the third quarter of 2008 to date.  More than 40% of the order value in the third quarter is comprised of awards from new customers and additional agencies hosted by current customers. The new agencies include the Pulaski County (IN) Sheriff’s Office and Bexley (OH) Police Department. Awards from current customers include a $175,000 add-on contract from the Hawaii County (HI) Police Department.

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Missing Big Island Men

The Hawaii Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a 39-year-old Hilo man who has been missing since September 26.

Troy Douglas Toussaint is described as Caucasian, about 5-foot-10, approximately 210 pounds with short brown hair, hazel eyes and a fair complexion.

He was last seen at his home in the upper Waiakea Uka area at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, September 26.  He was wearing beige shorts, a white T-shirt and brown tennis shoes and was operating a gold 2002 Pontiac Grand Am 4-door sedan, license plate KTM-997.

The Hawaii Police Department is searching for a 28-year-old Honokaa man who was reported missing Friday (September 26).

Kalanihuia Forbes of Honokaa was last seen in Honokaa around 11 a.m. on Friday. He has a medical condition that may require medication.

Forbes is described as being Hawaiian-Mexican-Caucasian, 5-foot-11, about 120 pounds with brown eyes, shaved black hair, a goatee and various tattoos on his arms down to the knuckles. He was last seen wearing a black Harely-Davidson button-up collared shirt, black jeans and brown loafers.

Police believe he may be on Oahu.

That Effing “Drop” at Luquins/Akebono Parking Lot

They really need to fix the entrance to the Luquins/Akebono Driveway.  I was fortunate enough to enter using a high lifted truck… but while I waited outside for my food, I kept hearing car after car scraping the concrete as they came in and out of Luquins.

Alaka’i Retreat Program Begins this Weekend in Pahala

A unique opportunity for people in and outside government to take their understanding of community building to new levels.

Family and Community Leadership (FCL)
“Training of Leaders”

Jean Young and the FCL Team

An educational program of empowerment designed to help individuals improve the quality of life in Hawai’i. The “Training of Leaders” series of workshops equips people with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that help them accomplish their own goals to make life better for their families and communities.

This training is led by Jean Young and her dynamic team. This training was developed over the last 25 years in the UH Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.

This workshop is the first of three workshops and will take place at the Pahala Plantation House from Friday, October 3 at 9:00 a.m. till Sunday, October 5 at 6 p.m.