Puna “Youtube Event” in the Making… Calling All Creative Puna People

Mike Hale, of the Punatic Cyber Cafe, talks about a new project that is seeking Puna people for a “Cyber” documentary.  It sounds kind of like a spin off of MTV’s “Real World” where they follow a cast of characters around and just show what their every day life is like in Puna.

This is a call to action for local musicians, artists and eccentric characters. We need filmers and characters for local drama-documentary-comedy series being kicked off as a non-profit community service. Were here For Puna & Pahoas Talent.


The Punatic Cyber Cafe now has it’s own youtube site that you can find here.

Momentum is building as more and more Raving Punatics come out of the woodwork to film or be filmed. Here, too-long-time resident “Drainbow Dark” previously known as “Rainbow Light” has been booted off the property- twice- by the cops- not shown.


“Plastiki” to Set Sail Across Pacific Ocean Stopping in Hawaii

In a few weeks, the heir to one of the world’s greatest fortunes, David de Rothschild, will set sail across the Pacific – in a boat, the Plastiki, made from plastic bottles and recycled waste. The aim of this extraordinary venture is simple: to focus attention on one of the world’s strangest and most unpleasant environmental phenomena: the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a rubbish-covered region of ocean, several hundred miles in diameter.

David de Rothschild

David de Rothschild

The patch, north-west of Hawaii, was discovered in 1999 by researchers who found that its waters contained tens of thousands of pieces of plastic per square mile, the remains of rubbish caught in the region’s circulating ocean currents. This pollution is now devastating populations of seabirds and fish that live in the region.

Kamilo Beach, Hawaii

Kamilo Beach, Hawaii

During his trip, which is being sponsored by the International Watch Company and Hewlett-Packard, de Rothschild will collect water samples and post blogs, photographs and video clips of the area, in an attempt to publicise the perils posed by plastic pollution.

To further highlight the oceans’ plastic pollution problems, the 30-year-old environment crusader has designed a special catamaran with a hull made of frames filled with 12,000 plastic bottles. The cabin and bulkheads of Plastiki have also been constructed out of a special recycled material called srPET, made of webs of plastic.

“The plastic water bottle epitomises everything about this throwaway, disposable society,” said de Rothschild, who trained to be a showjumper in England and who has trekked to both the north and south poles. However, he added that he was not aiming to demonise plastic, but was trying to highlight its alternative uses, as well as focusing global attention on the dangers posed to the ecology in regions such as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

The Plastiki – its name inspired by the balsa raft Kon-Tiki that was built and sailed across the Pacific in 1947 by the Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl – is now undergoing trials in San Francisco harbor. “The project has gone through several materials, exploring everything from bamboo to plywood, even playing around with the idea of sewing all the bottles together in one giant sock,” said de Rothschild. As a result, the 20-meter catamaran has cost several million dollars to construct and has taken three years to reach its current design. When it is ready, in a few weeks, it will carry de Rothschild and a crew of six on a 10,500-mile journey from San Francisco to Hawaii, Midway Island, Bikini Atoll, Vanuatu and, finally, Sydney. There will be no accompanying craft, but the Plastiki will be met by a support team at each landfall.

The destinations for the craft’s great voyage have been selected to highlight a variety of environmental threats, including overfishing and climate change. However, the most important part of Plastiki’s route will be its voyage round the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the Pacific, where it will focus global awareness on the issue of marine debris and pollution.

The patch was discovered 10 years ago by the oceanographer Charles Moore when he was sailing off Hawaii. “I was confronted, as far as the eye could see, with the sight of plastic,” Moore later recalled. Among the items he spotted were plastic coat hangers, an inflated volleyball, a truck tyre and dozens of plastic fishing floats.

“In the week it took to cross, no matter what time of day I looked, plastic debris was floating everywhere: bottles, bottle caps, wrappers, fragments.” Indeed, the term “patch” does not begin to convey the nature of the phenomenon, Moore added. A “plastic soup” has been created, he said, one that has spread over an area that is now bigger than state of Texas.

The plastic – most of it swept from coastal cities in Asia and California – is trapped indefinitely in the region by the North Pacific Gyre, a vortex of currents that circulate clockwise around the ocean. Scientists estimate that there is six times more plastic than plankton by weight in the patch and that this is having disastrous ecological consequences. Fish and seabirds mistake plastic for food and choke to death. At the same time, plastics absorb pollutants including PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) and pesticides, bringing poisons into the food chain.

In one study of plastic pollution in the Pacific, scientists found that populations of albatrosses in the north-west Hawaiian islands, a national marine sanctuary, have been devastated by plastic from the garbage patch. “Their body cavities are full of huge chunks of many types of plastics, from toothbrushes to bottle caps to needles and syringes,” said Myra Finkelstein, an environmental toxicologist based at University of California, Santa Cruz. “They can’t get them up. They can’t get them out. It’s heartbreaking.”

This point is backed by Moore. “The plastic gadgets one typically finds in the stomach of one of these birds could stock the checkout counter at a convenience story,” he said.

Last year, a raft built of waste and debris, known as the Junk Raft, was built by the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, which had been set up by Charles Moore after discovering the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This simply constructed craft floated on a mass of 15,000 plastic bottles and was sailed through the patch by oceanographers Marcus Eriksen and Joel Paschal. They too were aiming to highlight the global issue of plastic pollution in the oceans.


However, de Rothschild insists his project has a grander vision. He is seeking not just to show up the planet’s ecological woes but, through the design and construction of Plastiki, he will also be highlighting how disposable plastics can be used in a constructive way.

“I want the Plastiki to make a statement that it’s our lack of reuse, uses and disposal that it is at fault, not the material itself,” he said.

The eco-warrior has also designed his mission so that it copies key features of the voyage of the Kon-Tiki in which Thor Heyerdahl – a hero of de Rothschild – sailed across the Pacific to show how ancient South American Indians could have colonised Polynesia. As a result, de Rothschild originally set his launch date for 28 April – exactly 62 years to the day when Heyerdahl set out on his epic journey across the Pacific. However, teething problems with Plastiki recently forced him to postpone departure until later this summer.

Nevertheless, de Rothschild insists his craft will sail in the next few weeks and could one day revolutionize the use of recycled plastics in general and the design of boats in particular. Much will depend on how his craft behaves once the Plastiki expedition is under way, he admitted to the New Yorker recently. His craft should perform well, but could break up, he said…

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Your Family’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Calculated… Dave Smith: Cow Fart Expert

You can use this online calculator to get a rough “ballpark” estimate of your personal or family’s greenhouse gas emissions and explore the impact of taking various actions to reduce your emissions.

And news from India which reader Dave Smith pointed out earlier in a comment:  Actually, farting would be a much more accurate headline. Many researchers believe that cow and even termite flatulence make up a major portion of greenhouse gases.”

Cows With Gas: India’s Contribution to Global Warming:

…By burping, belching and excreting copious amounts of methane – a greenhouse gas that traps 20 times more heat than carbon dioxide – India’s livestock of roughly 485 million (including sheep and goats) contribute more to global warming than the vehicles they obstruct. With new research suggesting that emission of methane by Indian livestock is higher than previously estimated, scientists are furiously working at designing diets to help bovines and other ruminants eat better, stay more energetic and secrete lesser amounts of the offensive gas…

More on that here

Mel Cabang Live Tonight in Hilo

Comedian Mel Cabang will be performing tonight at the East Hawaii Cultural at 8:00 pm.


And here is a rap video staring Big Phazz and Mel Cabang:


Superferry Builders AUSTAL Laying Off Workers

Austal USA officials said they laid off 15 employees Friday and plan to cut another 47 jobs.

The losses result from Austal concluding work on a second Hawaii Superferry, and from the company not receiving a contract that it had expected, said Bill Pfister, vice president for external relations.

Pfister said he could not provide details about the work that Austal did not get

After the layoffs, Austal will employ 1,067 workers at its Mobile River shipyard, Pfister said.

Laid-off workers will not get severance pay, and their benefits stop at midnight of their last day, Pfister said..

…The layoffs came at the end of a week that started with good news for Austal.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates recommended Monday that the Navy buy three, not two, littoral combat ships in the 2010 fiscal year…

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Destination Hawaii Presents “Proof of Alien Existence”

I just came across this weird series of videos put out by a blogger that goes by “Destination Hawaii“.

And someone tried to tell me that bloggers don’t always tell the truth.  :oops: :lol:

Part I:

Destination Paradise Hawaii takes a look at the UFO phenomenon. Aliens seem to be real. In an effort to disprove UFO’s I actually ended up finding evidence that supports the existence of life from other planets.


Part II:

Destination Paradise Hawaii looks into the UFO phenomenon. In an effort to disprove UFO’s I actually ended up finding evidence that supports the existence of life from other planets.


Part III:

Destination Paradise Hawaii takes a look at the UFO phenomenon. Some powerful evidence that supports the theory of life on other planets and other solar systems.


Hawaii Will Get Millions in Stimulus Funds for Volcano Monitoring

U.S. Sens. Daniel K. Akaka and Daniel K. Inouye announced yesterday that the U.S. Geological Survey will invest millions of dollars in Hawaii for volcano monitoring, flood monitoring, and water program maintenance projects as part of the federal economic stimulus package.

“Home to Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, Hawaii knows how critically important volcano monitoring is,” the senators said in a joint statement. “It was just 25 years ago this month that a Mauna Loa eruption ended after sending lava within 4 miles of Hilo. This funding is significant because we need to know what our volcanoes are doing to prepare for eruptions, lava, vog, earthquakes and other disasters, to help save lives and protect public and private property.”

The USGS will spend $15.2 million nationwide to modernize equipment in the National Volcano Early Warning System at all five USGS volcano observatories, including the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. According to the USGS, Hawaii will receive the second largest portion of the funding behind Alaska.

Exact state-by-state figures have not yet been announced pending competitive bidding of contracts.

The HVO monitors volcanoes Kilauea, Mauna Loa, Hualalai, Haleakala and Loihi, as well as hazards such as earthquakes, vog and lava ocean entry.

In addition, the USGS will dedicate $560,000 to upgrades in streamgages used in flood monitoring and water program maintenance in Hawaii.