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Solid Waste Advisory Meetings Set For Big Island

This is the second round in a series of three sets of meetings reporting on the progress made to date.

More Here

See column on left for list of locations and dates.

East Hawaii Cultural Center Putting Performances and Workshops on Youtube

The East Hawaii Cultural Center has joined the digital era by putting youtube clips of some of the workshops and performances that happen at the place online.


This is great for many people who are not able to attend the events.

Check them out Here.

Here is one of the more recent performances:


Maureen Freehill, who has studied with Butoh masters, including Kazuo Ohno, performs to live music with the influence of 2-dimensional artwork by Sudha Achar Freehill…

B.J. Penn and Mayor Kenoi to Hand Out Toys for Toy’s For Tots Tomorrow

I noticed on the front page of the print edition of the  Hawaii Tribune, that tomorrow is the 13th Annual Hilo Toys for Tots Run and Rally.

“…Motorcycles and vintage cars will leave Hilo Wal-Mart parking lot at 10:00 am for a short run to “4 miles” in Keaukaha, back to Banyan Drive and ending at Aunty Sally’s Luau House…

…Mayor Billy Kenoi, BJ Penn and other contributors will present the bikes to kids who otherwise would not have a gift at Christmas…”

BJ is apparently a big supporter of the new Mayor.  I posted earlier the youtube clip when he was supporting Kenoi in his run for the mayors office:


More on the Hawaiian Honeykeepers: Convergent Evolution

I mentioned the other day about the Honeykeepers in Hawaii being different then elsewhere the other day here.

Former reporter Jan TenBruggencate has more on these unique birds here.

“…This sort of thing has happened before in nature, and it’s something the scientific community calls convergent evolution. That’s when very different things evolve to have similar features. Example: Salmon have fins and seals have flippers. One’s a fish and one’s a mammal, but those swimming devices look quite alike. Another example: wings on bats and birds…”


Convergent Evolution:

Describes the acquisition of the same biological trait in unrelated lineages……One of the most famous examples of convergent evolution is the camera eye of cephalopods (e.g. squid) and vertebrates (e.g. mammals)…

Big Island’s Advertiser Bureau to Shut Down After 48 Years?

I just read this comment by former reporter Hugh Clark on the Big Island Chronicle:
There also are unverified reports that the Advertiser bureau here is being closed after at least 48 years of full time bureau chiefs, including a time when fewer than 60,000 residents lived in this county following 1960 tsunami that leveled much of Hilo…

If that’s the case, then it’s going to be even more important for bloggers on the Big Island to stay on top of things.

Can anyone confirm this report at this time without losing their jobs?

When will people start believing me that newspapers are a thing of the past?

Today’s KO

Don’t ask:


Down for the Count Still

Well folks,

I won’t be able to post any Kea’au parade pictures because I took some medicine and knocked myself out for awhile.

Woke up… and it’s already 6:00.

Good thing I didn’t promise anyone to take pictures of the Parade.

Hope all was good for those who did attend.

Akaka Fights for War Veteran Widows… Government Flubs Big Time

Surviving spouses of war veterans have been wrongfully denied up to millions of dollars in government benefits over the past 12 years due to computer glitches that often resulted in money being seized from the elderly survivors’ bank accounts

Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, who chairs the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, confronted Peake about the problem in a letter last week after receiving a complaint from a widow…

…The VA has yet to identify the exact number of widows or widowers affected, but acknowledged Saturday it could be “sizable.” Akaka’s committee estimates that 50,000 surviving spouses each year since 1996 could be affected, based on VA numbers indicating more than 100,000 veterans die each year — some of whom may have been single or divorced — while receiving VA benefits…

More Here

Kea’au Parade ON… Rain, Shine, Tornadoes or Lava Flows

I just talked to the Kea’au Parade coordinator and she said the weather is clearing up and the Parade will be going on no matter what.

Everyone come out and support this great parade at 5:30 this evening in Kea’au.

Heavy Rains Coming to East Side Now

Here comes our rain… I think.   Of course the last time I said that on my blog, it didn’t happen. ;)


Hawaii Academy of Arts and Sciences (HAAS) “Winter Social”… Video




The tornado is expected at Waimea and Hanapepe at 12:50 p.m. and 6 miles south of Hanalei at 1:15 p.m…

Heavy rainfall may obscure the tornado, the weather service said…

Take cover now! the weather service advised.

Power Outtage In Pahoa

I just heard that the area near Montessori Schools and Pauls Gas Station is having a power outtage right now.

“My Chances of Being A Victim in Pahoa”… 1 in 216

The Big Island Chronicle recently wrote a blog about crime in Puna.

Police: Why Are The Thugs Being Left To Rule in response to the recent murders that we have had here in Pahoa and Puna.

Many of us feel safe here in our little corner of paradise, however statistically we are not as safe here in Pahoa, as we would be in other parts of Hawaii according to the the website neighborhood scout.

There was this murder that happened at MacKenzie State park the other day and just a month ago someone was assaulted and later died next to the fire station in downtown Pahoa.

I’ve heard stories of back in the days when Puna was much more violent then it is now.  I take it all for granted, knowing that I very rarely frequent spots where a crime may occur.

According to this site (Which I don’t know how accurate it is), it states that people in Pahoa have a 1 in 216 chance of being a victim of a violent crime.

This statistic is much higher then the rest of the State at 1 in 392 chances of being a victim.

More on the site here:

Violent Crime Comparison per 1000 residents.

“Got Barf Bag”… Hawaii Superferry Forced to Return To Port… Video

I just noticed these youtube clips of a trip on the Superferry from two days ago,  where the superferry actually got turned around because of rough conditions.

If you look around the 1:20 mark of this video… you see some scary stuff!

“My superferry ride from 12/11/08 – I uploaded this from my phone so the video sucks but the audio should give you the idea of what was going on. This is the first SF voyage that was forced back by weather. 25′ waves will do that…”


Part 2:

“…Continued from part 1: After five minutes of beating the crap out of the boat and passengers, the captain gives up and heads back to port…”


Around 1:20 mark… captain gets on loudspeaker to explain to customers that there trip has been canceled and the Ferry is turning around.

Radio Station LAVA 105.3 Airing Community “Island Issues” and Seeking Questions

Island Issues is broadcast around the island on Sunday mornings at 6:30 a.m on KOA Country (KKOA-Volcano, 107.7 FM, Hawaii Island’s Country Station) and at 8:00 a.m. on LAVA 105 (KBGX-Kea’au, 105.3 FM, Hawaii Islands Oldies Station)

This coming Monday (Dec. 15th), they will be taping an episode with Council Chair John Yoshimoto.

There is still a limited amount of time to submit questions for this program with Chairman Yoshimoto that will Air on December 21st.  (You will need to email Sherry Bracken by the end of today for Yoshimoto questions.  Questions submitted will not be guaranteed to be asked)

Host Sherry Bracken welcomes your suggestions and questions–email her at sherryb@lava105.com.

For more information on upcoming shows Go to the Island Issues website, and click on Upcoming Shows to see who upcoming guests will be.

The following is the question that I submitted for Council Chair Yoshimoto, which was based upon the new council rules that testifiers would only be given three minutes to testify… and council members would not have a chance to respond until all people testifying gave their testimony:

How will the general public know and the council members confirm or verify mis-information or mis-representation of testimony if the council members cannot question the testifier immediately after their testimony is given?

Because once the testifier has completed testimony, and he or she leaves the council room, there is no protocol for requiring the testifier to stick around and answer questions the council members may have.


Damon Tucker
Pahoa, Hawaii

Down For the Count

I caught the bug that is going around.

I’m hoping I’ll be feeling better enough to attend the Keaau Parade tonight to post pictures later.

More later.