A Drive Home Tonight… Where is the Lighting on H-130

I drove home tonight along H-130 during the evening time for the first time in a while.  I’ve been thinking about H-130 for awhile and what we can do to make it safer.

H-130 Needs more lighting.

I emailed Andrew Cooper the other day and he gave me reasonings for the street lights on this island  here and here.

While I take his scientific knowledge as a great learning tool… as the layman that I am… I just can’t take this as a reason to why we should continue risking lives here on the island.

I understand the bulbs could be different… I understand it’s a touchy subject to the scientific community…

But when the Scientific Community starts losing family members on Big Island roads due to poor lighting… maybe they will listen?

I’m not saying we need bright lights all over the place… but on a main Highway such as H-130 something needs to be done to improve the lighting…. immediately.

Moms New “Pace-Maker”

I’ve kept kind of quiet about this, however those that know me, know that my mom has had a lifetime of heart problems.  She has alway had “Tachacardia” (sp?)… however within the last few years mom’s been faced with other issues with her heart that for a long time…doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong.

Just this past weekend she had a “pace-maker” put in and tonight was the first time I had a chance to see her since it was installed.

I’m glad that this device will allow my mom to live a longer life.  I was a bit shocked at how large it is… however the gift of life is something that no one should take for granted.

It’s a bit scary for me… knowing that this could be a genetic thing.  I’m going to try and begin to listen to my body more as I grow older.  So many people can be in denial about things.

It’s scary living on this Island where Health Care sucks so much.

I’m just glad my mom has been given one more chance to live.

A doctor actually  informed my mom when I was about 5 that she had a limited life to live because of a cancer she had in the Seventies.   Well she’s made it this far… and I’m sure she will be kicking for another 30 years.

I’m proud to have such a strong mother.

Giraffe Missing… New Zookeeper in Place

Well a Giraffe decided to go on vacation with his parents to the mainland.  This Giraffe’s Father… was the head Zookeeper of my son’s zoo.

I’ve assumed Zoo keeping duties until he get’s back from the mainland.

In case your wondering wtf I’m talking about, you can see that the Giraffe’s have been ripping up Shipman Lands over here.

Barack’s Sister on Big Island this Saturday at Several Events

From the Hawaii Democrats website:

Maya Soetoro-Ng, sister of Democratic nominee Barack Obama, will be campaigning for her brother on the Big Island on Satruday, September 13. The Obama campaign will also announce that Sen. Russell Kokubun, Rep. Dwight Takamine, and Rep. Josh Green have agreed to serve as the honorary co-chairs for the Obama campaign on the Big Island.

The open media events are as follows:

8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Breakfast with Hawaii State AFL-CIO, ILWU Hall, 100 W. Lanikaula Street, Hilo (breakfast attendees must RSVP through their union)
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Speech at Rep. Dwight Takamine’s Fundraiser, Honoka’a Hongwanji, 45-5016 Plumeria Street, Honokaa
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Speech at Hawaii for Obama Rally, Thelma Parker Gym, 67-1225 Mamalahoa Highway, Waimea

Hawaii to Get Federal Money to Help Fight Human Trafficking… McCain Not Going to be Happy.

John McCain delivered a big speech where he’s speaking out about the horrible practice of human trafficking. However, according to the Congressional Record back on November 15, 2001 he complained about a $200,000 earmark that would have gone towards promoting a human trafficking conference in Hawaii, something the White House was pushing at the time.

In 2003, a group started in Hawaii in an effort to stop Human Trafficking.

Well today, Hawaii received notice that it will be getting part of $4.1 Million grant to fight Human Trafficking.

…Human Trafficking is a serious crime and deserves the focused attention of law enforcement and victim service providers,” said Associate Attorney General O’Connor. “The task forces receiving funding today are made up of both of these important elements. We will continue to use all of the resources at our disposal to make sure that traffickers are convicted and that victims receive the assistance they need to recover…

So take that McCain and shove it up your you know what ;)

(Do you think I’m voting Obama?)

Punahou Moves up to 26th In the Nation in Football Polls

A couple weeks ago I blogged about Punahou being 38th in the nation.  Well they have now moved up to 26th.

Video of the “Lava Lake” That Everyone is Talking About

Jess Deemer over at Volcano Summer has video footage on her blog of the “Lava Lake” that many newspapers have been talking about lately.

I urge everyone to check out the video with your sound on over here.

Bush Administration Awards $3 Million to Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native Colleges and Universities

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Steve Preston today awarded $3 million to four Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian colleges and universities to help revitalize neighborhoods, promote affordable housing and stimulate economic development in their communities.

The funding is provided through HUD’s Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities ( AN/NHIAC ) Program. For an institution to qualify as an Alaska Native Institution, at least 20 percent of the undergraduate student enrollment must be Alaska Native. To qualify as a Native Hawaiian Institution, at least 10 percent of the school’s undergraduate enrollment must be Native Hawaiians.

“These colleges and universities play a vital role in their communities and I’m pleased HUD can help support them as they work to revitalize the communities,” said Preston. “By teaming up with these institutions of higher learning, HUD can improve neighborhoods, offer needed public services, and stimulate community development.”

The following Hawaiian colleges and universities were awarded funding:

University of Hawaii-Kauai Community College

University of Hawaii at Manoa

University of Hawaii-Hawaii Community College

The Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities Program is one of several initiatives administered by HUD’s Office of University Partnerships ( OUP ). Established in 1994, OUP is a catalyst for partnering colleges and universities with their communities in a shared search for answers to pressing urban problems. More information about OUP and its programs is available on the Internet at www.oup.org.

Pilago Qualifies for Matching Funds

A note from one of Angel Pilago’s assistants: