20 Years Later… Still No Spaceports South of Volcanoes National Park

Spaceports and rocket ships are in the news again:

Today, the US Federal Aviation Administration has given the green light for the world’s first commercial spaceport, New Mexico authorities said Thursday…

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Anyone remember the ones that were planned for Hawaii?:

THE state of Hawaii, encouraged by President Reagan’s policy to encourage the commercial space industry, is moving ahead with plans to create a private spaceport for launching commercial rockets into space...

…The site, which is just south of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, would have four launching pads…

…Jim Burnley, Secretary of Transportation, said in a statement yesterday that Hawaii’s move was ”a major step forward” for America’s commercial rocket industry. ”Today,” he said, ”private-sector companies launching telecommunications and weather satellites can only use federally owned launch facilities. The state of Hawaii’s decision both creates an alternative and sets an example. I hope we’ll see many states follow Hawaii’s lead. February 23, 1988 New York Times

And if you feel like seeing one of Lingles talks about Spaceports in Hawaii… click here.

*Updated* County Looking to Work With State on H-130 Project

*Updated for clarification

Aaron Stene emailed me some informative .pdf files regarding the State Transportation Improvement Plans (REVISONS) (STIP), and we briefly emailed each other a few thoughts on the project.  I appreciate him putting the link to the detailed break down on his blog here.

This morning I received an email from Public Relation Specialist to the Mayor, Hunter Bishop, asking me to call him regarding the STIP.

I spoke with him for a few as I looked over the .pdf files and Mr. Bishop discussed that the County is looking towards working efficiently with the State on projects that are happening that will impact the lives of County residents.

Mr. Bishop mentioned that the County is specifically interested in continuing working with the State on the Highway 130 Project as well as the overall safety and  design of the highway.  Bishop does recognize that the project is a State project, however, he reminded me that the side roads that link to H-130 are County roads.

Hunter Bishop and Mayor Kenoi, Photo By Damon Tucker

Public Relation Specialist Hunter Bishop and Hawaii Mayor Billy Kenoi at the recent PGV Anniversary, Photo By Damon Tucker

If the State and the County can work effectively together on this project, then the overall results will benefit us all.  I believe local officials know more about the needs of our community then the State Officials.

Mr. Bishop has attended past meetings, as well as other county officials. I hope there will continued to be someone from the County and Mayors offices attending future KPAG meetings currently scheduled at Keaau Elementary School.  We as a community, really need to make sure that the “County” does assist us in monitoring this project so that the long term benefits of this project do help us as a community.

I will be putting a link to the latest revision (#5) to the State Transportation Improvement Plan on the left of my blog for future reference.

Of note to Puna residents (page 3):

  • HS20. Keaau-Pahoa Road (Route 130) Improvements, Keaau to Pahoa Defer and reflect design estimate increase. Defer and inflate right of way. Schedule adjusted to reflect completion schedule for EA.
  • HS21. Keaau-Pahoa Road (Route 130) Improvements,Keaau to Pahoa, Phase 1 Defer construction. Design is delayed. See HS20.
  • HS24. Keaau-Pahoa Road (Route 130), Shoulder Lane Conversion, Keaau Bypass Road to Shower Drive Defer and inflate construction. Scope change to include PM shoulderlane. This added scope will delay design completion.

*Updated for clarification purposes

June Jones vs. UH Settlement Details: The Video

I’m still amazed at how many people are interested in the Lily Kahumoku/June Jones story I posted a long time ago.  :shock:


Korean Air Confirms Expanded Hawaii Service

A month ago I blogged about Korean Air possibly expanding it’s service in Hawaii.

It has now been confirmed:

Korean Air will begin flying 747s to Hawaii on March 1 in response to higher demand for nonstop service between Seoul and Honolulu.

A spokesman for Korean Air said 581 more seats will fly to Hawaii per week, a 28 percent increase over current capacity…

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Parking at WalMart

I simply hate it… I guess its god’s way of getting back at me for shopping there.

The parking lot is so poorly designed that it sucks.

I thought the one near Ala Moana was poorly designed… this Hilo one has less traffic then the Ala Moana one… but the traffic mess is just a nightmare.

You tell me… is it the parking lot… or is it the drivers?

Keep this between me and you. When leaving WalMart and heading towards Puna… it’s much easier to go out the backside and then travel down Railroad for about a mile instead of trying to deal with the Puainako/Kanoelehua traffic!

Today’s KO

Since I missed another day of KO’s yesterday…

I’ll give you a couple, if I had my choice… my vote would be for the last one:


Two Board Members Depart From Horizon Lines

Horizon Lines, Inc. (NYSE: HRZ), today announced the departure of two members of its Board of Directors, a corresponding reduction in the board composition to nine from 11 members, and the appointment of a new Audit Committee Chairman and Audit Committee member.

Mr. Ernie L. Danner and Mr. Francis Jungers are stepping down from the company’s Board of Directors, effective December 31, 2008. Upon their departure, the Board composition will be reduced to nine from 11 members…

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New Flubug Resistant to Tamiflu… Hawaii Residents Take Note

I’ve been fighting this flu for about 7 days now. I’m finally getting over it. I’ve had a couple people email me talking about having flu like symptoms as well. Ian Lind reported on his blog a few days ago that he too was feeling down in the dumps.

I was just reading this Reuters article about Tamiflu just now:

A common strain of influenza circulating in the United States this winter is resistant to Tamiflu, the most popular drug used to treat it, federal health officials said on Friday…
In a normal flu season, three strains of flu circulate called H1N1, H3N2 and influenza B. Flu kills about 36,000 Americans in an average year.

It is the H1N1 strain that is turning up resistant samples, Gerberding said, and comes mostly from Hawaii, Massachusetts and Texas, the states with the most cases of influenza…

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