Reed Flickinger Was at the BIPC Dinner… Or Was He?

I guess the joke is on Reed Flickinger at this years BIPC Scholarship dinner.


Bonus Point if Anyone can Recognize the Handwriting!

Not only did I get to wear a “Hello my name is: Reed Flickinger” name tag… I noticed about 8-10 others wearing this same tag.


Mahalo to the Big Island Press Club

I’d just like to thank all of the members of the Big Island Press Club that took their time to introduce themselves to an “Outsider” such as me at their Club Scholarship dinner tonight at the Hilo Seaside Resort.

I learned a real quick and easy lesson… and that is that cell phones suck as camera’s indoors with not much light… and that my “Data Plan” on my phone sucks big time.

I only had one major outage the entire time I was in California and within a matter of a half an hour to an hour I think I backed up my phone with so much outgoing data… that it froze up for a while.

Of course in California I was able to take advantage of the T-Mobile G3 Network that is available… of course it’s not available here in Hawaii.

Mayor Billy Kenoi is very gracious to those that represent the “Press” on the Big Island and even went as far as telling us three of the reasons why he chose Hunter Bishop and the other former Journalists as his aides.

One of the key things that stood out… was that they care about their community in an unbiased way… and they are informed.

Mayor Kenoi then allowed questions from the members of the BIPC.  I’ll let those that asked them blog about them if they feel like doing so.

I asked Mayor Kenoi when the counties website would get updated… He deferred to Hunter Bishop who pretty much through it onto something else talking about videos and what not.

I should have stopped him there and just said… No… I want a new website… not just some stuff added onto it.

Our county website has to be the ugliest thing.

It’s not just the front site… it’s all of the damn county office sites need to be updated!  They look like they were built in 1995 or something… I mean seriously!

Once again, I’d like to thank the BIPC for allowing someone who isn’t even a member to come in and take a look at what this organization is about.


Here is my favorite blurry picture of the night… Tiffany Edwards Hunt dominating Mayor Kenoi in a spur of the moment conversation.

tiffany and billy

*Side note

Mayor Kenoi… Thanks for showing up on time. I was asked to be a “filler” for time if you weren’t there on time! That would have really put people to sleep!

Blogging Live From the Big Island Press Club Scholarship Dinner

I ask the two readers that view this blog to check out the Big Island Press Club’s blog NOW.

Big Island Press Club - Protecting the public's right to know since 1967

Big Island Press Club - Protecting the public's right to know since 1967

I will be blogging and tweeting live from the Scholarship Dinner tonight.

So check it out…

The Big Island Press Club Scholarship Dinner LIVE

Mayor Kenoi is scheduled to speak, and I heard they might even have a couple other surprises in store.

Puna CDP Application Process Reopened

Media Release

The County of Hawai‘i Planning Department has reopened the application acceptance period for the Puna Community Development Plan Action Committee. The deadline to submit an application is 4:30 p.m., September 4, 2009.

Anyone that has previously submitted an application through the Planning Department or the Mayor’s Office do not need to resubmit their application. Applications can be downloaded at or picked up at the Planning Department, 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 3, Hilo.

Nine volunteers are being sought by the County of Hawaii Planning Department to serve on the Puna Community Development Plan Action Committee. The Action Committee will serve as a proactive, community based steward of the plan’s implementation and update.

Volunteers who serve on the Puna Community Development Plan Action Committee will be asked to attend monthly meetings, meet with supporting partners, participate in training workshops and or retreats, help organize and attend public involvement meetings, workshops and or charettes, and serve as a source for promoting and sharing information about the Puna Community Development Plan with individuals and community groups.

Interested persons will be required to submit an application to the Planning Department. From the total pool of applications submitted since the initial application acceptance period began in October 2008, a sufficient number will be selected using pre-determined selection criteria to be interviewed by an Applicant Review Committee. The review committee will recommend nine applicants for appointment to the Action Committee. The nine nominees shall then be approved by the Planning Director and referred to the Mayor for appointment and confirmed by the County Council.

“We want community-minded individuals who can bring a wealth of knowledge, have a positive attitude and are willing to share their skills and life experiences with others,” said Larry Brown, Puna CDP Project Manager.)

The Puna Community Development Plan was the first of six plans initiated by the County of Hawaii Planning Department, as prescribed by the General Plan, to be adopted by ordinance. The General Plan is an broad planning document for the Island of Hawaii, while the Community Development Plans are district specific, allowing for more detailed planning efforts and ongoing community involvement.

For information, contact Larry Brown, 961-8135 (, or Rachelle Ley, 937-3217 (

Puna Trail Clean Up Day

Media Release:

Puna Trail Clean Up Day!

August 4, 2009

9:00am – 2:00pm

In collaboration with Na Ala Hele (State of Hawaii trail and access program), the Shipman Family and the University of Hawaii, the QB team will be hosting a “Puna Trail Clean Up Day!”. The project date is set for AUGUST 4th, TUESDAY 0900-1400. This trail runs along the Puna coastline, through Shipman property, and ends at Haena Beach (the locals refer to it as the “white sand beach“).  Lunch, tools and a van ride to and from the site will be provided. If anyone is interested, please contact Koa Robinson (808) 282-3475. (We will need to speak with volunteers prior to the 4th.)

Missile Fired and Then Shot Down Off Kauai This Morning

A short-range ballistic missile was fired and then successfully shot down by a 3-stage interceptor missile off Kauai this morning: