Governor’s Site Now a Direct Feed… Can You Hear Me Now Mayor Kenoi, County of Hawaii, etc.?

I’m removing the link to Governor Lingles Press Releases under the “Official Links”.

The Governor’s office has now enabled feeds from their site so bloggers and news media outlets can just pick up the feed straight from the source. I’ve put that link in the column on the left. This way even if I don’t blog for a few days… those links still automatically get updated with no effort at all.

This is what I’m hoping the County of Hawaii will do with their current bogus site so I can quit copying and pasting the PR’s sent to me through email, and so that people can pick and choose whether they want to read that release on my blog or not.

Disclosure and Disclaimer?

Capsun’s Corner wrote an interesting piece the other day on whether blogs should have a “disclosure” policy on them or not.

At the time I didn’t really think too much about what I would put on a disclosure if I ever had one on my blog and I said:

I just figured out a disclosure if/when I ever do put one on:

“This is my blog… if you don’t like what I am posting…don’t read it. I won’t pull the trigger holding you to my blog… I promise”

I have thought about this a bit further and thought I would put a little “Disclosure/Disclaimer” on my blog in the bottom left corner (DISCLOSURE – These are snippets from other blogs).

Feel free to challenge me, disagree with me, or tell me I’m completely nuts in the comments section of each blog entry, but I reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason whatsoever (abusive, profane, rude, or anonymous comments) – so keep it polite, please.

In addition, my thoughts and opinions change from time to time…I consider this a necessary consequence of having an open mind. This weblog is intended to provide a semi-permanent point in time snapshot and manifestation of the various memes running around my brain, and as such any thoughts and opinions expressed within out-of-date posts may not the same, nor even similar, to those I may hold today.

Just in case. If I say something stupid in the future, it’s better to be able to point out that the stupidity is mine, and mine alone. My stupidity! You can’t have it! :)

While every caution has been taken to provide my readers with most accurate information and honest analysis, please use your discretion before taking any decisions based on the information in this blog. Author will not compensate you in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss/inconvenience/damage because of/while making use of information in this blog.

I actually had to look up the difference between “Disclosure and Disclaimer” to make sure I was getting things straight:


1. the act or an instance of disclosing; exposure; revelation.
2. that which is disclosed; a revelation.
3. Patent Law. (in a patent application) the descriptive information imparted by the specification claims, drawings, and models submitted.


1. the act of disclaiming; the renouncing, repudiating, or denying of a claim; disavowal.
2. a person who disclaims.
3. a statement, document, or assertion that disclaims responsibility, affiliation, etc.; disavowal; denial.

Official Statement From Military on Grounding of USS Port Royal Off Oahu… The Video


*Update* Hapuna Beach Drowning… What Really Happened?

The other day I posted the police report from the Hapuna Beach drowning that happened the other day.

The comments that have followed have just amazed me and only made me wonder… what really happened on that fateful day?

I’m not going to speculate… I’ll just repost some of those comments here:

10 11 Responses to “17 Year Old Exchange Student Drowns at Hapuna Today”

  1. This is so sad. I know it can be really dangerous this time of year. Any news on how it happened?
    We were at the beach last week and it was really calm.

  2. What sad news. It seems odd that this happened at Hapuna…two or more lifeguards are usually watching the beach at that time of the day. Lots of people in the water to notice or help a distressed swimmer. There was surf but nothing very large.

    This State Park is in a shameful state of disrepair including terrible bathrooms, a picnic area damaged from rains in 2004 still unrepaired, broken pavement among other problems. I have never noticed the lifeguard staff at the beach beyond the fact that they sit in the towers. I hope there will be an investigation into the drowning — what can be done to prevent this, what proactive measures to keep people safer at this beach.

  3. I don’t know why they say the lifeguards retrieved the body. My son was trying to help a bunch of the students who were in trouble. He brought one student to shore and in the process and almost drowned himself. He went back out there and found the boy who had drowned and brought him in himself. He said he didn’t know what the life guards were doing as at first they didn’t seem to notice what was going on.

  4. I agree with Jennifer’s comments- I was there with my wife, we were on a vacation and wanted see some of the local spots. We arrived at the beach to see a group of about 15 students franticaly looking for someone. The lifeguards didn’t seem to engage initially and it was one of the group that pulled the boy out. I was filming this with my camcorder. I stopped when it became apparent the boy was’nt responding to the life guards efforts. The surf didn’t seem that heavy, but we still must respect her power.

  5. I was there to witness how it happened and I feel sorry for the kid and his parents.

  6. We were there as well. We witnessed the lifeguards save several of the students about 20 minutes or so before the body of the 17 year old was retrieved from the surf. Lifeguards did not retrieve the body but they sure as heck tried very hard to save the life of that boy. Shame on the person with the camcorder. My wife and I sat there and watched you video tape the boy as he was pulled lifeless from the waters. I’m glad you stopped but I could not understand what possessed you to begin taping. I think the boys, the group that organized the event were unprepared. While it wasn’t the roughest surf, it is relative to the experience that one possesses. Let’s hope we all learn from this tragedy.

  7. Mahalo Kim

    I’m there supervisor at Hapuna and I know for a fact that they rescued at least 8 of those kids.

    They are suppose to be supervised by there escorts. What they were doing with 20 plus kids that can barely swim at the beach voted most dangerous in Hawaii I will never know.

    Jennifer If you and your son think you can do a better job than you should apply. I have been Involved in 4 cpr cases at Hapuna and only 1 survived. We can’t save everyone. We have about 500,000 people a year at that beach and this was the first death in 2 years.

    I know that I made 7-8 rescues on Saturday.

  8. We were at Hapuna and witnessed the event as well. As we were walking at that end of the beach, we noticed there was a large group of Japanese kids looking out towards the water trying to locate someone or something. We saw three lifeguards run into the water with their rescue gear. Then, we saw a young man bringing a Japanese boy out of the water. The lifeguards engaged in all aspects of rescue and seemed to do everything they could to help. It’s hard to say how long this boy may have been out in the water, or what his swimming experience was, or if there was proper supervision within the group. There were signs posted all over warning about the conditions on the beach. . My heart goes out to the family of the boy, as well as his friends who were there at the beach with him. A very sad outcome indeed.

  9. j nixon – Don’t construe Ms. Wohl’s comments to arrive at your ignorant comment that she and her son should apply for your jobs. Try reading it again (the lifeguards didn’t retrieve the student), then try a little compassion. You’re not the only ones who lost one on Sunday. Sorry to all of us at a loss.

  10. Her statement is false or there escorts are lying. The escorts told me that one of there escorts bumped in to him and was assisted by the lifeguards getting him out.

    There is a good chance that he was knocked out by a set wave prior to going under. His friend told me that he was next to him swimming until a wave it him and he didn’t see him again.

  11. Colleen, on February 11th, 2009 at 11:41 am I would just like to clarify again that the police report is wrong!! He was not retrieved by lifeguards and CPR was preformed by a registered nurse who responded before they did!
    I am sure that the lifeguards were the ones who gave the false information to the police, (that is how they made their report) obviously.. because if they had told the truth it would make them look very irresponsible & incompetent. Their job is to save lives, they get paid to be watchful & ready to rescue at ALL TIMES! True, they can’t save everyone but if they were paying more attention they would have noticed the boy being pulled to shore by someone, other than a lifeguard and they would have ran over to him immediately, before a registered nurse starting giving CPR! Even better still, perhaps if they were scanning the waters with binoculars prior to him being pulled ashore, they would have noticed him being pounded by a wave, then never reappearing. He must have been in that water for at least 10 minutes before he was pulled out.

Hawaiian Idol VI: Preview of 2009 Qualifiers

If you haven’t noticed, the Hawaiian Idol VI competition is in full swing going on over at the Kona Bowl. I’ve put a tab up on the top of the page so that you can follow the competition as they get uploaded to youtube.

The 2009 Qualifiers were recently announced:


In order of appearance on above clip:
Kalona Klopfenstein, Jessica Lopez, Miguel Meza, Leilani Balanay, Jene Green, Shayna Baptiste, Kalani Pe’a, Koa Akau, Joyce Lapenia, Kimberly Hawks, Arnold Del Los Reyes, Nicole Loa, and Matthew Hanato.

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Ehime Maru – 8 Years Ago

Yesterday, marked 8 years since the Ehime Maru incident off Oahu waters that left 9 crew members dead including 4 high school students after the submarine USS Greenville slammed into it as it was rising to the surface of the ocean.

The Ehime Maru before being hit by the US Submarine Greenville.

The Ehime Maru before being hit by the Submarine USS Greenville

The following is from a Japanese newspaper out of the Ehime Prefecture:

MATSUYAMA, Ehime Pref. (Kyodo) About 340 people offered silent prayers Tuesday for the nine people who died eight years ago when a U.S. submarine surfaced under a Japanese fisheries high school training ship off Hawaii.

At a memorial service at Uwajima Fisheries High School in Uwajima, Ehime Prefecture, students, family members and teachers rang a bell recovered from the sunken Ehime Maru nine times at 8:43 a.m. — 1:43 p.m. Hawaii time — the exact moment when the 499-ton ship was struck from below by the USS Greeneville.

“Tremendous anger and grief have not gone away even after eight years. It is our duty to learn the lessons from the accident,” said Shinzo Imaoka, principal of Uwajima Fisheries High School.

In Honolulu, 60 people, including relatives of three of the victims, held their own memorial ceremony Monday.

“I don’t want to bring back the memory of the accident, but I really appreciate so many people attending the ceremony every year,” said Tatsuyoshi Mizuguchi, who lost his 17-year-old son, Takeshi, in the accident.

Mizuguchi’s son is the only victim whose body was not recovered.

Hawaii’s Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro produced the following Ukulele Song for the people of Ehime Maru and entitled it appropriately “Ehime Maru”:


Here is a clip of the salvation mission under sea:

Some shots of Canyon’s XL-16 and Quest ROV during salvage operations of the ‘Ehime Maru’.


Taro Production Up 10%

The National Agricultural Statistics Service said Hawaii farmers produced 4.4 million pounds of taro in 2008. That’s a 10 percent increase over the 4 million pounds of the traditional island staple and poi base that was cultivated in 2007…

…The service said the total value of Hawaii’s taro crop rose 16 percent in 2008 to $2.7 million…

…The number of taro farms remained unchanged last year at 105. But taro acreage increased by 10 acres to 390 acres…

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Big Island Kalo Farmer Jerry Konanui

Big Island Kalo Farmer Jerry Konanui