Councilwoman Emily Naeole Meets the Emperor of Japan

Wow… Looks our Councilwoman Auntie Emily Naeole got to meet the Emperor of Japan!

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Naeole Meets the Emperor 004

Hastings and Pleadwell Win Koa Anvil Award for Puna Geothermal Work

Congrats to Hastings and Pleadwell for their work with one of their clients  Puna Geothermal Ventures.  Due to their work with PGV… they have taken home a prestigious Koa Anvil Award.

I just read the following tweet from Big Island Resident Laura Kinoshita:

CONGRATS to Hastings and Pleadwell for Award of Excellence, Technology for work on behalf of Puna Geothermal!!! #KoaAnvils

Hastings and Pleadwell were also the folks that tipped me off about the Scholarships that were being given to the Pahoa Highs School kids.

At the Pahoa H.S. awards ceremony: (top left) Tiana-Marie Kahealani Araujo- Thornton, Lei Kyna Ganiron, and Kaleikini; (bottom left) Fuafetoimailelagi-FiaSalemeanai Valinda-Sue Wilson, Krissel Anne Alcon Lagua, Denarose Fukushima and Rex Fiesta.

At the Pahoa H.S. awards ceremony: (top left) Tiana-Marie Kahealani Araujo- Thornton, Lei Kyna Ganiron, and Kaleikini; (bottom left) Fuafetoimailelagi-FiaSalemeanai Valinda-Sue Wilson, Krissel Anne Alcon Lagua, Denarose Fukushima and Rex Fiesta.

I remember being at the 15th Anniversary gathering  of Puna Geothermal Venture this past year and meeting a few Hastings and Pleadwell officials.

Naeole, Kenoi, and Aiona eat with Ormat Chief Technology Officer, Lucien Y. Bronicki

District 5 Councilwoman Emily Naeole, Mayor Billy Kenoi, and Lt. Governor Duke Aiona eat with Ormat Chief Technology Officer, Lucien Y. Bronicki

…In the early 1990s, Puna Geothermal Venture, a partnership between two mainland power companies, received a permit to produce renewable geothermal energy at a site in Puna in the East Rift Zone. The facility went online in 1993

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Lt. Governor Duke Aiona gave a brief speech about Hawaii becoming more self sustainable. His key words that I picked up on were:

“The Era of Oil is Over”

Lt. Governor Duke Aiona with Ormat Chief Bronicki

Lt. Governor Duke Aiona with Ormat Chief Lucien Y. Bronicki and Wife

Billy Kenoi and Some Ex-Blogger

Mayor Billy Kenoi and Some Ex-Blogger/ Mayoral Stalker (Hunter Bishop)

Geothermal Electric Vehicle

Geothermal Electric Vehicle

Kainui Stocksdale and Representative Hanohano

Kaniu Stocksdale and House Representative Faye Hanohano

Cousins Councilwoman Emily Naeole and State Rep. Hanohano

Cousins Councilwoman Emily Naeole and State Rep. Hanohano

Emily Naeole's New Legislative Aide(s) R.J. Hampton and Sativa

Emily Naeole's New Legislative Aide(s) R.J. Hampton and Sheryle "Sativa" Sulton

Kau Kau

Kau Kau

Emcee - Jacqueline "Skylark" Rosetti

Emcee - Jacqueline "Skylark" Rosetti

Mayor Kenoi and Wife Takako Meets Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan

From Hawaii County News extended coverage at Hawaii247.org:

Mayor Billy Kenoi and his wife Takako greeted Their Majesties the Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan at the Kona International Airport today to begin the Imperial visit to the County of Hawai’i.

Mayor Billy Kenoi and his wife, Takako, greet Their Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan at Kona International Airport Thursday. (photo courtesy of Baron Sekiya/Hawaii247.org)

Mayor Billy Kenoi and his wife, Takako, greet Their Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan at Kona International Airport Thursday. (photo courtesy of Baron Sekiya/Hawaii247.org)

As the Emperor and Empress exited the plane they were presented with a special chant written for the occasion by Kekuhi Keali’ikanaka’olehaililani, granddaughter of Edith Kanaka’ole. The chant is called “Welcoming the Rising Sun.”

The Emperor and Empress were greeted by dignitaries on the red carpet outside the airplane, and were treated to a hula performance by 60 children from five charter schools across the Island of Hawai’i. The children come from the communities of Kona, Ka`u, Puna, Hilo, Hāmākua and Kohala. About 150 invited guests from West Hawai’i looked on and waved the flags of Japan, the United States and the State of Hawai’i.

The invited guests are made up mostly of people of Japanese ancestry, and groups represented include the Kona Japanese Civic Association, Hiroshima, Kumamoto, Yamaguchi, and Fukuoka Kenjin Kai clubs, Mutsumi Kai, Daughters of Hawai’i, Kona Lion’s Club, Kona Historical Society, Urasenke Club, and Kona Saga Goryu Ikebana.

“This is a tremendous honor to be able to greet the Emperor and Empress and show them the aloha and warmth of the Island of Hawai’i,” Mayor Kenoi said. “We are so pleased and humbled to be part of the Imperial visit to Hawai’i.”

On behalf of the residents of the County of Hawai’i, Mayor Kenoi has given the Emperor and Empress a gift of a framed photograph by Jack Jeffrey of the ‘I’iwi bird feeding on the endangered Oha Wai plant, a plant found only on Hawai’i Island.

Their Majesties’ motorcade traveled from the airport to the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in South Kohala, where the Emperor and Empress were greeted in the lobby by about 130 well-wishers, most of whom were Japanese-Americans from East Hawai’i. Groups represented at the resort included the Japanese Community Association; East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjinkai; Hui Okinawa; Urasenke Hilo Association; and Kumamoto Doshi Kai.

Some of the guests who came to greet the Emperor and Empress are originally from Japan, while others are second-, third-, and fourth-generation Japanese-Americans. Some chose to wear a traditional kimono as a sign of respect for the royal couple, said Art Taniguchi, president of the East Hawai’i Hiroshima Kenjinkai.

“For us on the Big Island, it’s huge event,” said Taniguchi. “It’s a real honor for them to come to our island.”

From the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel the motorcade traveled to Parker Ranch in Waimea for a private reception hosted by the Ambassador of Japan and the Consul General of Japan. The reception was held for the Emperor and Empress at the 162-year-old home called Puuopelu, the home of former ranch owner Richard Smart. Parker Ranch is the fifth largest ranch in the United States, spanning approximately 130,000 acres.

Trustees of Parker Ranch Foundation Trust welcomed Their Majesties to the Parker Ranch. Paniolo of Japanese descent played a very important role over the years in the success of Parker Ranch, and five of the ranch’s more famous paniolo of Japanese descent have been inducted into the Hawaii Cattlemen’s Association Paniolo Hall of Fame. They include Yutaka Kimura, one of Parker Ranch’s most famous paniolo and the son of Japanese immigrants from Yano Village, Hiroshima prefecture in Japan.

Before departing from Parker Ranch, the Emperor and Empress were treated to exhibitions of paniolo prowess including calf roping and a demonstration of the Po’o Wai U. The Po’o Wai U is found only at Hawaiian rodeos, and involves roping a steer and restraining the steer at a Y- shaped post in the middle of the arena. It is a tradition that grew out of the cowboy practice of roping wild cattle in the mountains and tying them before moving on to round up more cows.

From Parker Ranch, Their Majesties’ motorcade returned to the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, and then proceeded to the Kona airport for their departure.

At the airport, hula halau Na Lei O Kaholoku from Kohala performed with the Lim family presenting “I Makana Na’u Ia Aloha,” which is a song written by Hawai’i’s King David Kalakaua for his wife while he was visiting in Yokohama, Japan in 1881.

The performers also sang “Aloha ‘Oe” written by Hawai’i’s Queen Liliu’okalani as the Emperor and Empress boarded their flight home. Mayor Billy Kenoi and his wife Takako, Hawai‘i County Police Chief Harry Kubojiri, 102-year-old Shizuko Teshima, owner of Teshima’s Restaurant, and 102-year-old Taketo Sasaki were among those wishing the Emperor and Empress a safe flight back to Japan.

Big Island Press Club Out to Get Me?

This is strange… Just as I was contemplating joining an organization I read this from one of the Big Island Press Club’s board members:

  • Rod Thompson Says:

    Wow, I wrote a simple announcement and there’s a flood of comment. Here are some responses. 1. Tiffany, I wish the price were cheaper. We went to the Coconut Grill in January. (I’m amused that you have it listed as the Coconut Girl.) The reason we are going back now is because this is the best deal there is. Or do you want to hold the meeting at McDonalds? We DO hold our Christmas meeting at a private home to lower the cost.
    2. Dave Smith is right; there are several categories of Press Club membership, most costing $25 per year. Adjusted for inflation, that’s roughly half of what membership cost in the 1970s. Being sponsored is very much a technicality. If you are still breathing and take a bath or shower at least once a week, we will get you sponsors. 3. Damon Tucker is right; we are all, all of us, every single one, out to get him. The SHOCKING thing is the secrecy inside the club. I didn’t even know that Peter Sur has a unicorn.

Peter… Do you rent that unicorn for kids parties?  I guess it would be something to fall back onto.

unicorn

Stop That Ship!

pacific-dawn

Five passengers on board the cruise ship Pacific Dawn are in isolation because of swine flu as the vessel is on a stop-over in the French Polynesian capital, Papeete.

The health ministry says the five have been given Tamiflu as have an unspecified number of other people who were in close contact with the five.

The ship is carrying nearly 2,000 passengers and almost 900 crew.

It arrived from Samoa and will sail to Bora Bora before continuing its voyage to Hawaii and California.

Meanwhile, the government in New Caledonia says three swine flu cases have been detected among people who have not travelled abroad or been in contact with people believed to have the infection.

This comes as the total number of swine flu sufferers in the territory has risen to 46 after the first case was recorded three weeks ago.

Swine flu fears have prompted one small island mayor to ban cruise ships from Australia which has thousands of swine flu cases.

http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=47783

This cruise ship comes to the Big Island.

Hilo – Hawaii

Due to it’s wide variety of terrain, vegetation, climate and attractions, many visitors find Hawaii the most interesting of all the islands. Called the Big Island, it is more than 4,000 square miles in size (twice the size of the other Hawaiian Islands combined) and, at 13, 796 feet, Mauna Kea is the highest point in the entire Pacific Basin. Hilo is the largest town on Hawaii and the countryseat.

General Information

  • The ship docks alongside at Pier 1 or Pier 3.
  • Local Standard Time: GMT – 10 hrs (PST – 2 hrs)


  • Point of Interest: Rainbow Falls, Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea in Volcanoes National Park, Kaumana Cave, Lyman House Memorial Museum, the Naha Stone, University of Hawaii, Nani Maui Gardens, Liliuokalani Park, Japanese Cultural Center, Onekahakaha Beach Park, Hawaii Tropical Gardens
  • Hawaii Folks Outcry for Health Care Reform

    People attending Congressman Neil Abercrombie’s second health care forum of the summer overwhelmingly supported legislative reforms to the nation’s health care system and offered different ideas on how to do it.

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