Hilo Flooding… Laupahoehoe Rockslide… Youtube Clips

I’m not in Hilo, but reports are coming in that Bayfront did get flooded.  These reports have not been confirmed yet from any source that I can find online as of yet.

Here are some youtube clips that have been posted today:


Hawaii 24/7 posted this youtube clip and has more pictures here:


My mom lives upper Kaumana and reported that a “river” is running behind her house into a lavapit that only gets that way when it’s raining very hard.

Civil Defense still has there flash flood warnings up.

Lucky we live in Paradise

Getting Support From Other Bloggers on Police Incident… Mahalo

The other day I blogged about my incident at the Pahoa Post Office.

I have received numerous support through email, comments on my blog, as well as in person about the situation that occurred Christmas Eve.

What is even more interesting, is the way other bloggers have actually blogged about the incident in ways that I could never fathom.

Oahu Blogger Ian Lind says “Ho! Ho! Ho!”

Kauai Attorney, Charley Foster, asked the same question I did “Is it illegal to take pictures outside federal buildings.

Editor and Publisher of Parx News Net writes about my situation like it’s a script straight out of  CSI in “Tracking Trouble“.   However, from reading his blog, it does seem that he likes to be hypocritical of the police often.

I really appreciate the support from everyone on this issue.

It was never my intention to make a mountain out of a molehill.

I hope the police understand the rights of us citizens.

I’m still contemplating filing a report with the police commission and Mayor Kenoi’s office.

Thanks once again to the other bloggers who are also sticking their neck out on the line to report about things… It’s not like I was trying to make an issue… I only became an issue and that’s not what my intent was.

New Puna Shopping Center Planned… Also Ulupono Shopping Center Still Going Ahead With Plans

Since I added the 4 top stories from the RSS feed from the local papers I figured there wouldn’t be much purpose in blogging about many breaking stories since the feed is right there for everyone to look at.

Aaron Stene nudged me, as he always does, anytime an article that comes up about East Hawaii.

If you haven’t heard of the proposed Puna shopping center, you can read about it here.

This one is different then the Woodland Center one that I blogged about here in November with the KFC and Burger King


Also, a few weeks ago I emailed the developers and asked them what was up with the up and coming Ulupono shopping center since the website was down at the time.  They did respond:

…We are currently working on the website, and it should be back up in the coming days…

Well the new site is now up and running and you can view it here.

It’s got a really nice overhead picture of the layout:


This picture shows it’s relation to the schools in the area:


You can find out the prices for these lots by clicking here.


Things are going to get mighty busy around these neck of the woods.

We need to start improving our traffic problems NOW!

New Years Eve Early Park Closures

Contact Person:     James Komata, Acting Director

Department of Parks and Recreation, 961-8311

The County Department of Parks & Recreation announces the early closure of the Old Kona Airport Park and Kailua Park on New Year’s Eve, Wednesday, December 31, 2008.  The Old Kona Airport Park, which includes the old runway, beach, pavilions and walking path, will be closed at 6 p.m.  Kailua Park, which includes the playing fields, play courts, playground, pool and gym, will be closed at 8:30 p.m.  Both parks will reopen the following day and resume their standard hours of operation.

The department thanks the public for their understanding and cooperation in these early closures and wishes everyone a safe and Happy New Year!

Pohoiki Bypass Blessing and Opening Monday… More Puna Projects Planned

Pohoiki Bypass Blessing, Opening on Monday

The public is invited to the opening blessing of the new Pohoiki bypass road near Isaac Hale Beach Park in Puna at noon, Monday, December 29.

The three-quarters of a mile long county bypass road will allow motorists to avoid the portion of coastal Highway 137 near Isaac Hale Beach Park where it routinely floods during high tides. William C. Loeffler Construction Inc., is the contractor for the $1.8 million project.

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi will participate in Monday’s blessing ceremony along with Fifth District Councilwoman Emily Naeole, which will be held at the newly renovated Isaac Hale Beach Park. Dignitaries then will take the first official ride on the new bypass road.

The project is one of several ongoing county Department of Public Works projects in the District of Puna. Other projects include:

Sight Distance and Drainage Improvements

  • $1.5 million in sight distance improvements completed on Ainaloa Drive at Puhala and Silver Oak drives, including a 2,600-foot pedestrian path
  • $2.1 million for drainage improvements on Road 8 in Hawaiian Acres, expected to be completed by October 2009.

Park Improvements, Road Realignment

  • The renovation of Isaac Hale Beach Park was completed earlier this year.
  • Realignment of Highway 137 between the 14 and 15 mile markers, avoiding a stretch where high surf threatened to collapse the road, also was completed in 2007.

Road Widening and Resurfacing

  • Resurfacing of a mile each on S. Puni Mauka, N. Puni Mauka, S. Puni Makai and N. Puni Makai, all in Hawaiian Beaches, was recently completed; resurfacing and widening of 1.5 miles of Pohoiki Road, resurfacing 1.6 miles of road in Nanawale Estates, and 1.6 miles in Hawaiian Beaches, are awaiting scheduling.

Public Safety

  • A new $4.8 million Pahoa Fire Station is nearing completion.
  • A $4.9 million police station in Pahoa is scheduled to begin construction in 2009.

Monday’s Pohoiki bypass dedication will take place at the new four-way intersection at Isaac Hale Beach Park. The public is cordially invited to attend.

Lind Collection Features Photos From Duke Kahanamoku Funeral

I’m not sure when Ian Lind posted his latest album on his website of the Duke Kahanamoku funeral, however, it does give a glimpse of what a REALLY BIG ocean  “Ash Scattering” looks like.

The last time I attended a scattering of ashes at Waikiki, was about 4-5 years ago when my wifes uncle Zulu’s ashes were scattered off Waikiki.

Here is just one picture from Dukes Funeral featured on Lind’s Site:

Crowd Gathers to Scatter Duke Kahanamoku's Ashes

Crowd Gathers to Scatter Duke Kahanamoku's Ashes

Go! Pilot… “Regularly Napped About Once a Week for About 20 Minutes at a Time While in Flight”

The Go! pilot who fell asleep during a routine flight from Honolulu to Hilo made this astonishing admission:

The captain who fell asleep on a go! Airlines flight to Hilo from Honolulu said he regularly napped about once a week for about 20 minutes at a time while in flight prior to a Feb. 13 incident when the plane overshot the Hilo airport, according to a National Transportation Safety Board report…

Still want to Fly Go?