Big Island Resident Wants to Build Non-Commercial Airstrip Off Highway 11

I just noticed this from yesterday’s Windward Planning Commission Meeting that someone wants to build a private non-commercial airstrip off Highway 11:

Special Permit to allow the development of a private, non-commercial airstrip on approximately 5 acres of land situated within the State Land Use Agricultural District.
The property is located approximately 1,000 feet northeast (mauka) of Waiohinu Park and also mauka of Highway 11, Waiohinu, Ka’u, Hawaii, TMK: 9-5-5: portion of 13.

Here is Mr. Olivers Registered Aircraft:

Aircraft: STEUBER EDWARD P BARNETT J4-B (Rotorcraft, Category: Land, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: CONT MOTOR 0-200 SERIES (100 HP) (Reciprocating) N-Number: 63239 , Serial Number: 009, Year manufactured: 1997, Airworthiness Date: 12/23/1997
Registrant (Individual): Martin S Oliver, ********, Hilo, HI 96720

Hawaii County Deputy Managing Director Loans $16,000 Personal Money for Kona Fireworks Show

Barbara Kossow

Barbara Kossow

Hawaii County Deputy Managing Director, Barbara Kossow has apparently loaned $16,000 dollars of her own money to help fund the Kona Fireworks show this year.  I read the following tweet a little while ago:

Kudos to Barbara Kossow who personally fronted a big deposit needed to secure fireworks for the 4th + fundraised. Model county employee.

I followed up on the tweet and asked more about this and this was the reply:

Pyro people needed 50% deposit to secure. Barbara Kossow wrote the personal check knowing she’d be reimbursed later – but still it was $16k.

What a nice thing for her to do… but I have to wonder why the SNAFU and why a county employee would have to loan their own private money to a function like this?

Water Prices Dropping on Big Island

Media Release

The Department of Water Supply (DWS) announces it is reducing its Power Cost Charge (PCC) on customer bills from $2.38 to $1.83 per 1,000 gallons of water used. The change marks the first time the surcharge has been reduced since at least 2006.

The PCC is applied to each 1,000 gallons of water used by the customer to account for fluctuations in the cost of energy needed to operate the water system. For an average residential customer using 20,000 gallons of water in a two-month period, the change will save $11.00 over the two-month billing cycle, or $5.50 per month.

The Water Board cautioned consumers that the PCC lags behind the market price of oil by four months, and may need to be adjusted upward again soon because of recent increases in the cost of oil.

Under rules adopted by the Board of Water Supply last year, the PCC can be adjusted every two months.

The PCC is one part of the total water bill. A brief public hearing on proposed changes to the PCC on DWS billings was held in Waimea Tuesday before the Water Board of the County of Hawaii monthly meeting.

During the discussion, Chairman Riley Smith said, “In the past years on the Water Board, we never had the ability to adjust the PCC except annually.  We worked with the Department to agree on a process that can react quicker to fuel market fluctuations. We now have a formula that can lag by two months rather than 12 months.  In a rising fuel market with rising fuel charges we are always lagging and not charging the current rate because we are relying on past data. To the contrary, in a decreasing fuel market, we’re going to be charging more because we can’t react soon enough.”

In agreement, Manager Milton Pavao urged Board members to consider $1.83 as the correct rate all customers should pay per 1,000 gallons consumed. Based on the most current data available, as well as the approved methodology to calculate the PCC, the Board unanimously moved to lower the PCC to $1.83 per 1,000 gallons–the current cost now being paid to HELCO.

In conclusion, Chairman Smith stated, “Our goal is to have a transparent system so the public knows what we are doing to provide water services to them.” Vice-Chairman Dwayne Mukai finished the discussion with saying, “We represent the public, and need to rely on the approved methodology to serve the best interest of the public.”

UH President McClain Resigns From Mauna Loa Macadamia Orchards

Mauna Loa (ML)  Macadamia Orchards, announced that the Partnership has accepted the resignation of director Dr. David McClain effective June 30, 2009.

Dr. David McClain

Dr. David McClain

Dr. McClain has served as a director of the managing partner, ML Resources, Inc., since September 2000 and has chaired and served on the Audit, Governance, Nominating and Compensation Committees. Dr. McClain concludes more than five years of service as President of the University of Hawaii at the end of July 2009, after which he will be out of state on a professional improvement leave, returning to the faculty of the University’s Shidler College of Business in August 2010.

ML Macadamia Orchards, L.P. is the world’s largest grower of macadamia nuts, owning or leasing 4,169 acres of orchards on the island of Hawaii.


Nations First Mobile Health Vehicle Coming to Big Island


Kaiser Permanente Hawaii today officially celebrates the arrival of its Mobile Health Vehicle (MHV), the nation’s most technologically advanced medical vehicle on wheels. Complete with real-time access to patients’ electronic health records, telemedicine capabilities, and state-of-the-art digital mammography, the mobile clinic advances Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to make health care more accessible and convenient for its members. The 45-foot long, 10-wheel Mobile Health Vehicle will begin providing service to Kaiser Permanente’s Big Island members the third week of July

…The MHV will be staffed by a Kaiser Permanente nurse practitioner, medical assistant and mammography technologist, with physician services available as well. The team will have access to specialist consultations via video (telemedicine), Kaiser Permanente’s electronic medical record system, HealthConnect, and state-of-the-art digital mammography. While more services will be added in the future, initially, the team can provide basic exams and screenings, including cholesterol, colorectal, glucose, waive testing, urinalysis, and gonorrhea and chlamydia testing. Specific women’s services include mammography, breast and pelvic exams, and Pap smears. Flu shots and pneumovax vaccines will be available.

During the first phase of service beginning the week of July 20, the Mobile Health Vehicle will serve members near its Hilo, Waimea and Kona clinics. In Kona, the mobile unit will be located at the Walmart parking lot. Members may make appointments for any location by calling their clinic…

More here with video of MHV


Prior to launching service on the Big Island, Kaiser Permanente will be hosting public viewings of the Mobile Health Vehicle at the following locations:

– July 4, beginning at noon until 9:00pm, Ala Moana Shopping Center (bus parking location parallel to Ala Moana Blvd.)

Big Island
– July 11, beginning at 6pm, Kona American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Old Kona Airport (baseball field)
– July 18, beginning at 6pm, Hilo American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Francis Wong Stadium

More here

Robert Alm to Head PBS Hawaii Board of Directors

Robert Alm

Robert Alm

Hawaii’s only public television station, PBS Hawaii, has a new Board Chair—Robert Alm, Executive Vice President of Hawaiian Electric Company, succeeding longtime Chair Neil Hannahs.  Alm is also the new Board Chair of another nonprofit organization, Enterprise Honolulu, and teaches a graduate course in leadership at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Other members of the PBS Hawaii Board Executive Committee are Vice Chair, auto executive Ronald Hansen; Secretary, Timothy Johns, CEO of Bishop Museum; and Treasurer, Big Island building supply executive Jason Fujimoto.

In addition, four new members joined the PBS Hawaii Board of Directors: marketer Ian Kitajima, musical artist Kawika Kahiapo, governmental affairs specialist Ken Hiraki, and community development executive Marissa Sandblom.  PBS Hawaii Board members are unpaid and serve three-year terms.

PBS Hawaii, an educational media organization, is the home of high-quality television programs including Sesame Street , Nova, Na Mele, and many documentaries, which are broadcast without commercial interruption.

The viewer-supported organization, located in Manoa, bought a parcel of land along Nimitz Highway and plans to build its future home there.

The PBS Hawaii Board of Directors:

ROBERT ALM (Chair)  – Executive Vice President of Public Affairs for Hawaiian Electric Company

RONALD HANSEN (Vice Chair)   –  VP and COO King Automotive Group

TIM JOHNS (Secretary)   –  President, Director and Chief Executive Officer of Bishop Museum

JASON FUJIMOTO (Treasurer)  –  Vice President & Director of Corporate Operations for Hawaii Planing Mill, Ltd.

ANDREW AOKI – Co-founder of 3Point, a Hawaii-based firm that thinks strategically about the organizational, analytical, and political facets of creating public value

CAROLYN BERRY —  2003 recipient of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Jefferson Award and  a board member for Adult Friends for Youth, Diamond Head Theatre, Chaminade University and Hawaii Youth Symphony

JIMMY BORGES – Renowned entertainer and recipient of Na Hoku Hanohano Lifetime Achievement award

KEIKI-PUA DANCIL, PH.D. – Executive Vice President of Business Operations for Hawaii Chitopure

ROBIN PUANANI DANNER – Founding President & CEO of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement

GUY FUJIMURA – Secretary/Treasurer of ILWU Local 142

KEN HIRAKI – Attorney and Government Affairs Director for Hawaiian Telcom

ALAN HOFFMAN – Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs for Hawaiian Airlines

HŌKULANI HOLT-PADILLA –   Director of Cultural Programs, Maui Arts & Cultural Center

JOAN LEE HUSTED – Retired Executive Director of Hawaii State Teachers Association

KAWIKA KAHIAPO –  Three-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winner, as a master of slack key guitar, composer, musician and member of the band Kaukahi

IAN KITAJIMA – Marketing Manager of Oceanit, a leading Honolulu-based international tech company

THOMAS KOIDE – Senior Executive Vice President & Manager Hawaii Branch Division for Bank of Hawaii

BILL MILLS – Chairman of The Mills Group.  Also serves on the boards of Grace Pacific Corporation, Iolani School , Hawaii Pacific University and St. Andrew’s Priory

CAMERON NEKOTA – Director of Kapolei Property Development, LLC, an affiliate of the James Campbell Company, LLC.

MARISSA SANDBLOM – Vice President of Kauai-based Grove Farm Company and President of the Grove Farm Company Foundation

DAVID WATUMULL – Co-founder, President & CEO of Cardax Pharmaceuticals.  Co-inventor of the initial Cardax technology

Welcome to the World “Hapa Brown Ale”

Hawaii Nui Brewing
Big Island Brewing company Hawaii Nui Brewing has introduced a new label to it’s stock of premium beers.

…Available on draught all over the islands, Hapa Brown Ale has really caught on in Hawai’i.

The production crew was proud to put this beer in bottle and have it released to the market. It signifies another step forward for Hawai’i Nui Brewing. We look forward to the next one…


Picture from Aloha IBU Blog:

You can learn more about this new brew and see pictures of their new “baby” here.

Councilman Yagong Speaks Out

Phaethon Keeney has an interesting interview with Councilman Dominic Yagong where he talks about the recent Count Council reorganization.

Recently there has been a lot of discussion about the reorganization of the County Council, and I thought it would be great to know a firsthand account of what happened. So over the weekend I sat down with my elected Councilmember Dominic Yagong to get a clearer picture of the controversy. Here’s what he had to say…

More Here


That fall way short of Hawaii:

North Korea test-fired three short-range missiles Thursday, South Korea’s Defense Ministry said, a move that aggravates already high tensions following Pyongyang’s recent nuclear test and U.N. sanctions imposed as punishment.

Two ground-to-ship missiles were fired from the eastern coastal city of Wonsan on Thursday afternoon, a ministry official said on condition of anonymity citing department policy.

The North also fired a third missile later from the east coast, but the exact site and the type of a rocket was not immediately known, the official said. Yonhap news agency, citing an unnamed military official, reported all three missiles flew about 60 miles (100 kilometers) and identified them as KN-01 missiles with a range of up to 100 miles (160 kilometers).

North Korea had earlier called for a no-sail zone in waters off its east coast through July 10 for military drills. That designation was viewed as a prelude to such missile tests….

More here:


Back when I started this blog, I was following the “Junk” raft across the Pacific Ocean.

They have finally put this video together of their trip:

In the Spring of 2008 three marine scientist built a raft from 15,000 plastic bottles, 30 sailboat masts, and a Cessina 310 aircraft fuselage. We launched on June 1, beginning an 88 day adventure from Long Beach, CA to Hawaii. We ran out of food, outran three hurricanes, and met a female rower in the middle of the ocean. It was an amazing adventure to bring attention to the rising plague of plastic waste in our ocean.


Here is Marcus Eriksen on the Martha Stewart show: