Big Island Mayor Harry Kim Has Another Heart Attack

I just read on Punaweb that Big Island Mayor Harry Kim had another Heart Attack.

Hope he is ok.

This is his third one in three years… Second one in less then 2 months.

More Pilago Youtube Videos: Military Build Up in Hawaii, Ceded Lands in Hawaii, After School Activities, Hawaiian Grown Food, and Drug Abuse and Keeping Our Children Safe in the Future

I should have noted on the previous post… that I was not the one shooting these videos:

Military Build up:


Ceded Lands:


After School Activities:


Hawaiian Grown Foods:


Drugs and Protecting the Future Generation:


Pilago on Telescopes, TMT and Mauna Kea


Pilago Dominating, Joseph Pulling Ahead, Marzi Leading, Jacobson Up… Poll Talk

It’s been interesting watching these polls.

As more people find my blog I’m getting a few more votes on the polls at the top of the page.

This really is going to be an interesting race in real life.

The walk-in voting has already begun.  I urge everyone to do vote ASAP and avoid the lines.

Pahoa Not “Walkable” Receiving 0 out of 100 Points

There is a website that ranks your neighborhoods “Walk Score” based on how walkable your neighborhood is.

Pahoa ranks at the Bottom receiving 0 out of 100 points on their scale. (I used the Pahoa High School Address) I would assume, many places here on the Big Island will also get a zero.

Give it a try and see how your neighborhood ranks.


FREAKED Out Tourists: Earthquake at Volcano… The Video

This one speaks for itself.

Watch right at the end as you literally see a bunch of tourists just taking off!

Being at the place… they must have thought they were going to lose their lives!


I had to look at the recent Earthquake page and I found this Earthquake today… However, this video was posted yesterday on youtube.

A minor earthquake occurred at 11:16:39 AM (HST) on Thursday, September 11, 2008 .
The magnitude 3.1 event occurred 7 km (4 miles) N of Ka`ena Point.
The hypocentral depth is 9 km ( 5 miles).

Distance From Crater: Pu`u `O`o Crater – 7 km (4 miles) SSW (202 degrees)

David Corrigan from Big Island Video News thinks it could be a fake…what do you think?

A further look at recent Earthquakes showed this pattern in the last few days:

MAP 3.1  2008/09/11 11:16:39 19.336N 155.133W  8.7    7 km ( 4 mi) N   of Ka`ena Point
map 1.7  2008/09/11 06:45:49 19.291N 155.245W  3.6   12 km ( 7 mi) W   of Ka`ena Point
map 2.4  2008/09/11 02:08:21 19.407N 155.278W  1.0    1 km ( 1 mi) SSW of Kilauea Summit
map 2.1  2008/09/10 14:03:52 19.887N 155.824W 40.0    7 km ( 4 mi) SSW of Waikoloa
map 2.0  2008/09/10 05:37:42 19.402N 155.270W  1.2    2 km ( 1 mi) SSE of Kilauea Summit
map 1.9  2008/09/09 21:57:25 19.305N 155.218W  5.6    9 km ( 6 mi) WNW of Ka`ena Point
map 2.0  2008/09/09 06:34:49 19.650N 156.195W 14.9   21 km (13 mi) W   of Kailua
map 1.8  2008/09/09 04:16:38 19.410N 155.280W  2.0    1 km ( 1 mi) SSW of Kilauea Summit
map 1.9  2008/09/09 02:20:14 19.410N 155.280W  0.9    1 km ( 1 mi) SSW of Kilauea Summit
map 2.2  2008/09/08 15:45:17 19.353N 155.258W  1.6    7 km ( 5 mi) SSE of Kilauea Summit
map 2.7  2008/09/07 21:24:53 19.390N 155.351W  0.1    8 km ( 5 mi) WSW of Kilauea Summit
map 2.2  2008/09/07 13:59:06 19.421N 155.320W  1.5    5 km ( 3 mi) W   of Kilauea Summit
map 2.6  2008/09/07 11:01:03 19.394N 155.271W  1.2    3 km ( 2 mi) SSE of Kilauea Summit

I don't know why this is making my post look funny.

Honolulu Mayoral Poll

A more scientific poll then anything I have ever conducted on my blog is being done for the Honolulu Mayoral Race over here.

Safeway 2… Superferry 0

I wonder how Kauai residents will feel about a new Safeway going up on the Island?

That island has many activists there that are really against anything moving in.

…Safeway is currently seeking county approvals for the project.

The new shopping center will be designed to fit into the area and be built using green standards that will use renewable and recycled building materials where possible…

…The new Safeway store will be the company’s second on Kauai after the Kapaa store. Safeway has a total of 19 stores in Hawaii.

Today’s KO

One reason I was never a cheerleader:


UH Manoa Chancellor’s Letter to Alumni

I graduated from UH Manoa, and as far as I can tell, this is the first time a letter like this has been sent out by email from  the Chancellor:


The new academic year is beginning at UH Mānoa and thousands of new and returning students are back on campus to pursue their educational goals. This is always my favorite time of year because of the energy and enthusiasm the students generate – working with them is truly a great joy and privilege for all of us at UH Mānoa. I also have the joy of interacting with so many of our over 155,000 Mānoa alumni, as well as our many friends – you are a member of a very impressive group of folks!

This year has a very special aspect – it is the beginning of UH Mānoa’s second century. I am grateful that my first year serving as UH Mānoa’s chancellor coincided with the celebration of the university’s centennial – a time when we honored the past, celebrated the present and envisioned the future. Working together, we have the opportunity to set the stage for our second century – one that holds the promise of greatness. Our state and our students deserve our shared commitment to realizing that promise.

To achieve the promise of greatness, I believe UH Mānoa must excel as: a destination of choice for students, faculty, staff, the community and beyond; a leading global research university solving society’s problems; and, a respectful, inclusive community that nurtures diversity.

I am deeply impressed with those who have made Mānoa their destination of choice. That certainly includes our students, who are our future – a strong motivator for our faculty and staff who strive to ensure that students are well prepared to succeed and contribute to the well-being of our state and our world. It is a privilege to see many examples that illustrate our students’ abilities to contribute and excel.

This year, students have taken the lead on “Sustainable Saunders,” a collaborative effort among faculty and students to pursue workplace sustainability. Students started by installing Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) in Saunders Hall. A small Vertical Axis Wind Turbine was donated and has been installed to provide an opportunity for students to study the potential of wind-generated power in an urban environment. This project is raising awareness and assisting the campus in ensuring that we use natural resources in the most effective, sustainable manner possible.

Our students are making their own scientific breakthroughs as well. Just one great example is senior Tiffany Baring. She won first prize at the national convention of the American Association of Anatomists for her research that suggests the existence of a previously unknown gene regulating brain development and tumor formation. I encourage you to learn more about what is happening at your university by visiting our recently revised and refreshed Web site:

Our campus is fortunate to have students both from Hawai‘i and from around the world. Students have told me that a great attribute of UH Mānoa is the multicultural global experience they share during their time here – on the campus and in Hawai‘i. I am convinced that the learning environment at Mānoa prepares them well – both to compete in any situation and to be responsible local and global citizens. Our state and our world need such leaders for the future.

As a land, sea and space grant institution, our mission is to solve society’s problems, and research plays a major role in meeting that mission. Our research enterprise continues to be robust and impressive and serves Hawai‘i in many ways – generating advances that improve our lives and creating future careers for our students. Our researchers produce new knowledge at a rapid pace, ranging from discovering a link between the loss of smell and the onset of Parkinson’s disease in men to determining the mass of the coldest class of “failed stars” using ultra sharp images from the Keck Telescope and Hubble Space Telescope, to enhancing cultural understanding through international partnerships, to utilizing algae for biofuel production and the list goes on. Such advances are critical to improving the future for our children and grandchildren.

Our faculty and staff are the core of our university and many are recognized both locally and internationally for their significant contributions. Mānoa has benefited from strong faculty and staff and that has been the foundation of our first century of excellence. We do recognize, however, that faculty, students and staff need a physical environment that supports their learning and research efforts, and UH Mānoa does have challenges in that regard. I frequently state that “UH Mānoa is a jewel in many ways, particularly intellectually, but is badly tarnished physically.” Restoring the luster to our flagship campus is my highest priority because I realize that it cuts across all of the goals I mentioned earlier.

The good news is that we can address this issue and are starting to make progress in that regard. A great example is our ‘new’ Frear Hall – the first new residence hall at UH Mānoa since the mid-’70s. The first residents – 810 students – moved into this beautiful facility on August 23. In June we began the renovation of the Campus Center, which, when fully completed, will provide our students with a much-improved gathering place – and truly a ‘center’ to our mauka campus. The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation is helping transform our makai campus, creating a space for intramural competition, band and cheerleading practice. It will serve as the back-up football practice field, host track and field competition and welcome community events.

Looking forward, one of the immediate challenges we are facing, along with all of Hawai‘i, is a softening economy and budget cuts. To handle this challenge, we are not planning to “do more with less,” but rather “better with less.” At the same time, we are actively seeking to increase revenues from other sources to support our ability to serve Hawai‘i.

In closing, we enter our second century with a strong sense of optimism. I do believe that this time is truly our “Mānoa Moment,” and our actions now will define a bright future for UH Mānoa. Our university is woven into the fabric of Hawai‘i – from our athletic teams to our alumni to our new freshman students (the “graduating class of 2012”). There is much to celebrate and there is much yet to do. Mahalo for staying connected with your university and enabling UH Mānoa to serve society in the best way possible.

With much aloha,
Virginia Hinshaw
Virginia S. Hinshaw

GMO Taro/Coffee Video Online with Clips from the Council Meeting

Great Video DAVID!

Thanks to Big Island Video News for getting this video online.

Shark Attacks on the Rise?

Another shark advisory was posted today along beaches on Oahu.  My neighbor was killed two weeks ago and a shark is the suspect in that death.

*edit* I also see that Big Island Video News has posted a small clip on the Big Island beaches.

It does seem like there has been an increase in shark attacks recently:

• July 25, 2008, a woman snorkeling off Makaha, O’ahu, was bitten,

• December 2007, in Kaiaka, O’ahu, a surfer was bit by a shark while on his surfboard,

• October 2007, in Kihei, Maui, a swimmer was bit on the leg by a shark, and

• About a year ago, another surfer was bitten on the foot near Kahana Bay.

This map shows where sharks attacks have been reported:

This graph of shark attacks here in Hawaii was last updated in February of 2008, as Kameron just passed away on the Big Island two weeks ago.

Territory Total
Maui 36 3 2004
Oahu 34 6 1992
Kauai 19 2 1986
Hawaii 12 4 1963
Molokai 5 0
Unspecified 7 0
HAWAII 113 15 2004

Geothermal – Ormat Technologies Expands to Alaska

Ormat – the company that owns the Puna Geothermal Plant, has announced plans to expand to Alaska.

As much as some people not like the idea… Geothermal IS the answer for the Big Island’s energy crisis.

…Ormat Technologies has secured geothermal rights to about 35,000 acres of land near Anchorage, Alaska for geothermal exploration for around US$3.3 million….

9/11 A Reflection

We all remember 9/11 in different ways.

For me, I remember it as an attempt to get my wife out of bed to watch the second tower falling down.  She kept telling me I was dreaming.

I don’t know why I was up that late that night…. but I certainly couldn’t get back to sleep.  It was a very creepy feeling in the morning driving towards my work site in Honolulu, as I lived closed to both the Airport and Pearl Harbor.

At the time, planes were still in the air and were being grounded.  I watched many planes land that morning thinking each one of them could just swerve right into Waikiki and take out a bunch of people.

Everyone at my work was gathered around TV’s and many of us were obviously very shaken by what was going on.  We didn’t know whether we should go home… continue working… etc… All we knew, was that America was under attack.

The people lost will never be forgotten.  The Twin Towers will always be an image that everyone will hold in their minds forever.

Three years later, I was booking a flight to go see UH play USC in Los Angeles.  I was looking for the cheapest flights to fly around a certain date…. go figure… flying on 9/11 was nearly $100.00 cheaper then the day before or day after.

A Closer Examination of “Earth Light”

Ok… so I’m on a bit of a tangent right now about Highway Safety and Lights.

I don’t mean to pick apart anyone or anybody…. Especially really nice guys like Andrew Cooper who is providing us all with so much valuable information.

He recently posted this blog “The Use Of Outdoor Lighting” where he furthers his argument as to why Hawaii is the perfect place for astronomy and why residents of the Big Island should keep driving on unsafe roades… (Well… I’m stretching it there…and just poking fun at Andrew)

Anyrate… this picture posted on his recent blog:

Shows what the lights look at night.

I see bright lights and big city next to the Big Island over there on Oahu if you look real close.  Honolulu is fricking a bright blip on that screen…. yet Africa looks pretty desolate along the same latitude as Hawaii with much less bright blips on the screen.

Ok… I know… I’m setting myself up to just get blasted by the scientific community… but I want to know why studying stars and what not means more then public safety on these damn roads.

While Mauna Kea’s Elevation is a great thing…. you would think those bright Honolulu lights might be cumbersome?

I’m still so undecided about this whole TMT thing.  I see benefits and problems.

I’m not gonna expand on it to much.  I’m very mixed on a lot of things.

But if the scientist’s are going to throw this map at me and say that Mauna Kea is the darkest spot available for research of this kind… I say look at the map closely and think again.