Polynesians Originated in Taiwan?

By tracking the evolution of language and gut bacteria, scientists may have settled a debate over the spread of humans across the Pacific.

The evolutionary trajectory implied by words and bugs begins with an initial migration from Taiwan 5,000 years ago, with a first wave of people spreading to the Philippines and a second to western Polynesia.

The findings, writes University of Cambridge archaeologist Colin Renfrew, “mark a substantial advance in our understanding of human population history” — and they involve some cutting-edge archaeological sleuthing to boot.

Physical remains, rather than linguistic patterns and microbes, are the preferred form of evidence for human migratory maps. Population genetics has also proved useful, with the progressive differences between modern and ancient DNA samples forming a biological tapestry of human history. But archaeologists attempting to understand the settlement of far-flung Pacific islands have been stymied by a lack of hard evidence, and genetic studies have proven inconclusive.

As a result, some historians concluded that settlement occurred gradually, over the last 30,000 years, by descendants of an initial population from inland southeast Asia — the so-called “slow boat from Wallacea” theory. Others hypothesized a recent, Taiwan-based origin…

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Mayor Kenoi Press Conference Tomorrow

Media Release

Press Conference: Mayor to discuss tsunami alert, stimulus package

Tuesday’s island-wide tsunami alert exercise will be the focus of a press conference with Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi at 10 a.m., Friday, January 23, at the Aupuni Center conference room.

Mayor Kenoi will discuss the importance of the exercise and take questions.

Also on the press conference agenda will be Mayor Kenoi’s recent trip to Washington, D.C., where he made the County’s case for its fair share of the proposed federal economic stimulus package.

Mayor Kenoi will also share his reflections on attending the inauguration of President of Barack Obama.

All media are invited to attend. Please call if there are any questions.

New NASA Moon Rover Revealed – The Video

I was fortunate enough to be on Mauna Kea when they had the “Media Day” and got to see the SCARAB rover in action.


Here is NASA’s Latest Mars Rover. It doesn’t have a name yet, however, NASA is offering kids a chance to name it: (DOUBLE CLICK TO GO TO VIDEO)


NASA unveiled its latest prototype lunar vehicle at the tail-end of Barack Obama’s inauguration parade in Washington DC.

The Lunar Electric Rover was tested in the Arizona desert last October and is run by a plug-in electric Lithium-ion battery.

NASA is sharing its technology with the US automobile industry.

The strange looking vehicle has plenty of time to wait till being used for its intended purpose, as astronauts are not due to go back to the moon until 2020.

Tomorrow: New Media Workshop – Hilo


Barbra Pleadwell of Hastings & Pleadwell and Christian Engelhardt of Gum Design will deliver the workshop “Use New Media Communication: Boost Your Business” to Big Island businesses and organizations this month.


Hilo Date: Friday, Jan. 23, 2009
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Location: 2009 Technology in the Workplace Expo & Seminar, Hawaii Community College (1175 Manono St., Building 382, Cafeteria)
Cost: HTDC clients, Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce and National Federation of Independent Business members; attendees of the 2009 Technology in the Workplace Expo & Seminar: FREE
Registration: Call Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, 808-935-7178

Kona Date: Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009
Time: 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (coffee, pastries served)
Location: King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel
Cost: HTDC, Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce and National Federation of Independent Business members: FREE; non-members: $30
Registration: Call the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, 808-329-1758

BEGINNING TONIGHT – RENT to Be Performed as Fundraiser for Puna Community Medical Center

Theater Arts Conservatory (TAC) is a non-profit theater school and production company located on the Big Island of Hawaii. TAC has produced “Les Miserables,” “Broadway- The 21st Century,” “CATS,” and “AIDA” since its inception in 2005.

TAC plans to produce the musical RENT this January as a fundraiser for the Puna Community Medical Center.


Performances for RENT will be January 22nd (Thursday) at the Akebono Theater, January 23rd (Friday) at the Palace Theater, January 24th (Saturday) at they Kahilu and January 30th and 31st (Friday and Saturday) at the Palace Theater.

More Info Here

Cast of Rent Here

$100,000 Allocated to “Consultants” for Bus Stop Projects

Yesterday, there was a fatal pedestrian accident involving the Counties buses.  Bus stops along H-130 have long been a problem.  I mean, there are none!  Drivers do not know when buses are pulling off and pulling back on, people don’t understand some of the laws regarding buses, and the lack of crosswalks all contribute to just a few of the problems with the public transportation system on H-130.

I was looking at the line item of 12/10/08 on this Professional Services Awarded by the County and I just noticed that $100,000 was awarded to SSFM to consult on Bus Stops.

I’ve been working with the SSFM people on the H-130 Project and I’m telling you now that I could do an island wide “consultation” of where these bus stops should be laid out for a lot less then $100,000!

They are currently “Consulting” the KPAG group… so trust me, I know what’s going on at some of these “Consulting Meetings”.

Anyone want to give me a 6 figure contract to tell people where bus stops should go.  It’s really not that difficult thing to do.

I mean sheesh, we don’t have any now.  It seems ridiculous to pay money to a firm to figure out where they should go.  Just put some in for god’s sake.  It’s not that tough of a job.

$100,000… I really need to get in on some of this easy money some time.

Tomorrow: 1st Annual Bob Marley Day Concert & Agricultural Fair

1st Annual Bob Marley Day Concert & Agricultural Fair


Sunday, February 8, 2009 from 12:00 – 5:00 PM

Mo’oheau Park and Bandstand Downtown Hilo, HI

Da Music: International Reggae artist Tuff Lion (formerly of Bambu Station & Midnite), Sahra Indio, Ai Pohaku, Big Island Conspiracy, HPP Studio Artists: Kalei’o, Mockmood & Sarah Niau. Special Guest, Nectarina plus Messenjah Selah & Lady Passion from the Virgin Islands backed by the HPP Band.

Special Guest Speaker Reknown Reggae Historian  Roger Steffens.

Bring da family to the FREE Bob Marley Day Concert & Ag Fair.

Da Fair: Food & Vendor Booths, Master Storyteller, Jeff Gere (Honolulu), Supervised Art Activities for the Youth, a Seed Exchange & Farmers Market, CPR/1st Aid Demonstrations, Disaster Preparedness info, Exhibits and Youth Garden Clubs.

Bring a container water provided by the WATERMAN.   Drug Free!  Alcohol Free!  Zero Waste!

Followed by a Digital Presentation of ‘The Life of Bob Marley’ by Roger Steffens at UH Hilo 7:30 PM

For more information contact: Sahra Indio bobmarleyday09@gmail.com

More info on the official myspace page click here

ABC News on Kalaupapa

Just noticed that ABC did a online feature on Kalaupapa.

Anyone know if this was on television?