Neil Abercrombie on Supporting the TMT Project… Video

I missed the first 20 seconds of this video where Hawaii Tribune Writer Peter Sur asks Congressman Abercrombie if he supported the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Project:


Neil Abercrombie Answers My Question on Encouraging Big Island Officials to Use Twitter

I had to ask Congressman Abercrombie about how he would encourage Big Island Officials to start using twitter and this was his response (sorry about the shaky camera, my arms were getting tired at this point):


Of course you can visit his Twitter Site or his website at

I just noticed on the Neil Abercrombies website…  his aide caught this picture of me!

You just never know when someone is taking a picture of you these days!

You just never know when someone is taking a picture of you these days!

Neil Abercrombie Video… Internet, Social Media and Other Random Thoughts

More video from tonights meeting at Waiakea High School.

“Get Involved Share Your Thoughts…Internet Community … Grassroots Campaigning… Twitterland… I’m Reaching Out Person by Person… $40 Million on Transportation to Oahu… Only $3 Million to Neighbor Islands for Transportation… etc.”


More Pictures from tonights meeting:

Neil Abercrombie on the Big Island, Hope and Energy… More Video From Tonight

Congressman Abercrombie talks about the Big Island and the energy he is feeling towards the campaign:


And here are some more pictures from tonights talk story with him:

Neil Abercrombie… “I’m Not Running for Governor as a Stepping Stone to Anything Else…” Video and Pictures


Former Hawaii Mayor and Ex Senator, Lorraine Inouye, greeted a crowd of about 3o people at Waiakea High School Cafeteria right on time at 4:00.


They embraced as only longtime political friends can:


You won't see Duke and him embracing like this

She introduced Congressman Abercrombie to the crowd and he went into his speech.


I’ll just post a few picture galleries with each of the upcoming videos.

Click on picture for larger view:

Neil Abercrombies Technical Support… And RJ Mendoza Beats Me to the Punch

For those of you who have been following Neil Abercrombies announcement that he is going to run for governor, you may notice that he has been streaming these announcements live on the internet.  Here is the tech guy behind Abercrombies U-Stream’s.  I’ll post his name once he twitters me:


To me, the bigger news of the four bloggable things tonight… is that little pip squeek RJ Mendoza beat me to the punch blogging about the same event we were both at (Teasing RJ).  You look different as a silhouette in your twitter picture.

I’ll just post one picture of Mr. Abercrombie now, and post more  to my blogs along with videos as they get loaded to youtube.


Neil Up and Close (Getting Ready To Whack A Blogger... j/k)

Grandma Nan on “People of Color”

73 year old Grandma Nan is at again:

Here she is on “People of Color”.


4.0 Earthqauke Hit’s Big Island and National Geographics Video “Ultimate Tsunami” Where Oahu Gets Wiped Out

Big Island was hit earlier with a 4.0 Earthquake.  No major damage has been reported that I can tell as of this posting.

This youtube video put out by National Geographic has been going around the internet for quite some time. If you haven’t seen it before… it is a definite must see video.

It shows what happens if the Big Island were to have a Big Earthquake and created a Tsunami that pretty much wipes out Oahu.

…Estimated time of impact 30 minutes…:


Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii

I’ll support this type of PSA on my blog, because I myself, got the opportunity first hand to see the value of the Boy’s and Girls Club while I was growing up:


Big Island Rules in Zeaxanthin, Superoxide Dismutase, and Carotenoids… I Mean Spirulina Potency

I know… I don’t even know what I just said… but here is the PR:

KAILUA KONA, Hawaii—Cyanotech applauded a study on the effectiveness and potency of Hawaiian spirulina compared to California and India-sourced spirulina. An independent third-party lab tested the nutritional content in three grams of spirulina powder from Hawaii, California and India and the results identified the Cyanotech’s product Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica as having the most vitamin A, zeaxanthin, superoxide dismutase, carotenoids, vitamin B-12, vitamin K and Iron. Spirulina is a food ingredient used to augment energy and immune response. Cyanotech Corporation produces Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica from microalgae grown at their 90-acre facility in Hawaii.

Aerial view of Cyanotech on the Big Island

Aerial view of Cyanotech on the Big Island

Puna Man Dies in ATV Accident Yesterday

A 49-year-old Puna man died Sunday (March 8 ) from injuries he sustained in an all- vehicle crash on Road B in the Hawaiian Acres subdivision in the Puna District.

The victim was identified as Robert Teixeira of a Kurtistown address.

Responding to an 8:17 p.m. call, Puna patrol officers determined that the victim was operating a Suzuki King Quad ATV and traveling north on Road B when he lost control and overturned. The ATV was found on the victim.

The victim was wearing a helmet.

The victim was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 11:50 p.m.

It is unknown at this time if speed or alcohol were involved.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a coroner’s inquest case and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask anyone with information on this crash to call Officer Andres Fojas at 961-8889.

Because this crash occurred on a private road, the death is not counted toward the island’s official traffic fatality count.

“The Ledge” HB 444 Civil Unions… The Video

Once again Rep.  Morita’s office has come out with another excellent segment of “The Ledge“:


HB444 HD1
Civil Unions
Extends the same rights, benefits, protections, and responsibilities of spouses in a marriage to partners in a civil union. (HB444 HD1)

4.0 Earthquake Hits Big Island

Magnitude 4.0
  • Monday, March 09, 2009 at 19:44:52 UTC
  • Monday, March 09, 2009 at 09:44:52 AM at epicenter
Location 20.121°N, 155.167°W
Depth 10.5 km (6.5 miles)
  • 17 km (10 miles) NNE (25°) from Laupahoehoe, HI
  • 23 km (14 miles) ENE (68°) from Paauilo, HI
  • 28 km (18 miles) N (349°) from Honomu, HI
  • 47 km (29 miles) N (350°) from Hilo, HI
  • 306 km (190 miles) ESE (115°) from Honolulu, HI

2010 Governor: “Neil Abercrombie or Duke Aiona”… Unofficial Poll

Well it looks like it’s Neil Abercrombie and Duke Aiona in the early race for the 2010 Governor’s seat.

If the election was today, who would you vote for?

Poll has been moved here.

Big Island “Cosmic Poster” Contest

Hat tip to Andrew Cooper for reminding us about the 2009 Big Island of Hawaii Cosmic poster contest:


Don’t forget to follow the full rules here.

East Hawaii Schools Submit Entries to KTA Puainako:

Chiefess Kapiolani Elem. School Kea’au High School
Christian Liberty School Kea’au Middle School
Connections Public Charter School Keaukaha School
E’Makaala School Keonepoko Elementary School
Ernest B. de Silva School Kua O Ka La
Haaheo School Laupahoehoe High & Elem. School
Haili Christian School Malamalama Waldorf School
Hale Aloha Nazarene Mauna Loa School
Hawaii Academy of Arts & Science Mountain View Elem. School
Hilo High School Naalehu School
Hilo Intermediate School Pahoa Elementary School
Hilo Union School Pahoa High & Inter. School
Ka ‘Umeke Ka’eo St. Joseph Elementary School
Ka’u High & Pahala Elem. School St. Joseph Jr./Sr. High School
Kalanianaole School Volcano School of Arts & Science
Kamehameha School-Hawaii Waiakea Elementary School
Kaumana School Waiakea High School
Ke Ana La’ahana Waiakea Intermediate School
Ke Kula ‘O Nawahiokalani’opu’uiki Waiakeawaena School
Kea’au Elementary School Waters of Life New Century

The Next 10 Major Newspapers That Will Either Fold or Go Digital

I think everyone here in Hawaii is shocked at how quickly the Starb -Bulletin is sinking.

Here is a list provided by TIME magazine that they think will be the next 10 papers to fold or go digital.

1. The Philadelphia Daily News. The smaller of the two papers owned by The Philadelphia Newspapers LLC, which recently filed for bankruptcy. The parent company says it will make money this year, but with newspaper advertising still falling sharply, the city cannot support two papers and the Daily News has a daily circulation of only about 100,000. The tabloid has a small staff, most of whom could probably stay on at, the web operation for both of the city dailies.

2. The Minneapolis Star Tribune has filed for Chapter 11. The paper may not make money this year even without the costs of debt coverage. The company said it made $26 million last year, about half of what it made in 2007. The odds are that the Star Tribune will lose money this year if its ad revenue drops another 20%. There is no point for creditors to keep the paper open if it cannot generate cash. It could become an all-digital property, but supporting a daily circulation of over 300,000 is too much of a burden. It could survive if its rival the St. Paul Pioneer Press folds. A grim race.

3. The Miami Herald, which has a daily circulation of about 220,000. It is owned by McClatchy, a publicly traded company which could be the next chain to go into Chapter 11. The Herald has been on the market since December, and but no serious bidders have emerged. Newspaper advertising has been especially hard hit in Florida because of the tremendous loss in real estate advertising. The online version of the paper is already well-read in the Miami area and Latin America and the Caribbean. The Herald has strong competition north of it in Fort Lauderdale. There is a very small chance it could merge with the Sun-Sentinel, but it is more likely that the Herald will go online-only with two editions, one for English-speaking readers and one for Spanish.

4. The Detroit News is one of two daily papers in the big American city badly hit by the economic downturn. It is unlikely that it can merge with the larger Detroit Free Press which is owned by Gannett. It is hard to see what would be in it for Gannett. With the fortunes of Detroit getting worse each day, cutting back the number of days that the paper is delivered will not save enough money to keep the paper open.

5. The Boston Globe is, based on several accounts, losing $1 million a week. One investment bank recently said that the paper is only worth $20 million. The paper is the flagship of what the Globe’s parent, The New York Times, calls the New England Media Group. NYT has substantial financial problems of its own. Last year, ad revenue for the New England properties was down 18%. That is likely to continue or get worse this year. Supporting larger losses at the Globe will become nearly impossible., the online site that includes the digital aspects of the Globe, will probably be all that will be left of the operation.

6. The San Francisco Chronicle. Parent company Hearst has already set a deadline for shutting the paper if it cannot make tremendous cost cuts. The Chronicle lost as much as $70 million last year. Even if the company could lower its costs, the northern California economy is in bad shape. The online version of the paper could be the only version by the middle of the 2009.

7. The Chicago Sun Times is the smaller of two newspapers in the city. Its parent company, Sun-Times Media Group trades for $.03 a share. Davidson Kempner, a large shareholder in the firm, has dumped the CEO and most of the board. The paper has no chance of competing with The Chicago Tribune.

8. NY Daily News is one of several large papers fighting for circulation and advertising in the New York City area. Unlike The New York Times, New York Post, Newsday, and Newark Star Ledger, the Daily News is not owned by a larger organization. Real estate billionaire Mort Zuckerman owns the paper. Based on figures from other big dailies it could easily lose $60 million or $70 million and has no chance of recovering from that level

9. The Fort Worth Star Telegram is another one of the big dailies that competes with a larger paper in a neighboring market – Dallas. The parent of The Dallas Morning News, Belo, is arguably a stronger company that the Star Telegram’s parent, McClatchy. The Morning News has a circulation of about 350,000 and the Star Telegram has just over 200,000. The Star Telegram will have to shut down or become an edition of its rival. Putting them together would save tens of millions of dollars a year.

10. The Cleveland Plain Dealer is in one of the economically weakest markets in the country. Its parent, Advance Publications, has already threatened to close its paper in Newark. Employees gave up enough in terms of concessions to keep the paper open. Advance, owned by the Newhouse family, is carrying the burden of its paper plus Conde Nast, its magazine group which is losing advertising revenue. The Plain Dealer will be shut or go digital by the end of next year.

Puainako and Komohana… What Were They Thinking?

You would have thought with all the planning that was done with the Puainako extension, that they could have at least had the two  roads align with each other without having to go through two sets of lights just to continue on the same road.