Island Agriculture Inspectors Receive Layoff Notices… 25 AG Employees Stand to Lose Their Jobs

I attended the Big Island Press Club Scholarship Dinner where Mayor Kenoi shocked the Press Club by telling them that Layoff notices had been sent to Agriculture Inspectors on the Big Island earlier that evening.

Tiffany Edwards Hunt
spoke to the Mayor earlier today and was able to confirm what was said.

Yes, we heard right, all the island’s Ag inspectors have received layoff notices… A total of 25 Dept. Of Ag employees stand to lose their jobs… Big Island Chronicle

My Question: If a coqui frog chirps on a Mattson Container enroute from the Big Island to Oahu in the middle of the ocean… and no one hears it… is there a coqui frog?

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

Today’s Council Meeting to Be Live Streamed, Tweeted, Then Clipped and Archived on the Internet… WE ARE WATCHING

I just noticed that Margaret Wille’s Blog will be attempting the first ever live stream of a County Council meeting to the public tomorrow.

I love it… what the county won’t provide… the people will!

I have to say props to local company AMARAK.TV who appear to be the folks providing this service.

I have also contacted RJ Mendoza and if he is going to be at the meeting, then he will be providing some twitter coverage of the meeting at the top of my blog.

I appreciate all of those that are working to make our government more open and transparent to all of us… Even if our own government won’t do that for us.

Also, don’t forget to check out Big Island Video News for continuing coverage of events that are rarely ever covered by anyone else on this island.

If a single picture is worth a thousand word then what is a video worth?

Here’s just some of his recent clips:

VIDEO: Sights, sounds of Hawaii canoe championships August 3
VIDEO: Puna skatepark blessed before King of the Vert August 3
VIDEO: Elmo at Hilo Imiloa Astronomy Center August 3
VIDEO: Hilo hospital wins Heart Association award August 3
VIDEO: Hawaii welcomes Washington D.C. halau August 3
VIDEO: George W. Bush presidency evaluated in Hilo August 3
VIDEO: Last leap of summer at Coconut Island August 1

The Sky is Falling… and Mars is Not Getting any Closer to Us this Year

I got an email from a “reliable source” telling me that I should take Hayden and the family out one night in August to check out the sky and look at Mars because it’s going to be super close to the earth and will appear as bright as the moon.

Well here is a portion of the letter:

…In real life, the Red Planet is going to be the closest to earth in recorded history. Earth is catching up with Mars in a close encounter.

Due to the way Jupiter’s gravity tugs on Mars and perturbs its orbit, astronomers can only be certain that Mars has not come this close to Earth in the last 5,000 years, but it may be as long at 60,000 years before it happens again.

The encounter will culminate on Aug. 27, when Mars comes to within 34,649,589 miles of the Earth and will be (next to the moon) the brightest object in the night sky. It will attain a magnitude of -2.9 and will appear 25.11 arch seconds wide, at a modest 75-power magnification.

Mars will look as bright as the full moon to the naked eye and will be easy to spot. At the beginning of August it will rise in the east at 10 p.m. and reach it’s azimuth at about 3 a.m. By the end of August when the two planets are closest, Mars will rise at nightfall and reach its highest point in the sky at 12:30 a.m.

Children of all ages will enjoy watching at the beginning of August to see Mars grow progressively brighter and brighter throughout the month.

No one alive today will ever see this again.

Well I thought about this… and it just didn’t sound right, as I remembered something like this from a few years ago.

Sure enough I found this.

…The event described did occur back in 2003, but this message is now hopelessly outdated. No such close approach will occur in 2009

Here is what happened back in 2003 according to a more reliable source:


…Earth and Mars are rapidly converging. On August 27, 2003–the date of closest approach–the two worlds will be 56 million km apart. That’s a long way by Earth standards, but only a short distance on the scale of the solar system. NASA, the European Space Agency and Japan are all sending spacecraft to Mars this year. It’s a good time to go…

Science @ NASA

Beauty and the Beast


Before I left for California, I mentioned a brief blurb about a Beauty and a Beast and to stay tuned…


Asian Supermodel Jacylnn Joseph has returned home to the Big Island for a short vacation where she has been seen in local spots such as her former place of employment, Luquins Restaraunt in Pahoa Town,  hanging out with her father and a certain beast from the blogging community.


Unfortunately, the picture from that luncheon didn’t turn out very well as I had stains all over my shirt and I wasn’t going to publish that.

I did get permission from Ms. Joseph to publish some of her pictures from modeling work that she has done… but with due respect to her father, Wayne Joseph, I’ll try and keep him from blushing too much.


Although I didn’t get the picture I wanted at Luquins… I was fortunate enough to run into her again at the Big Island Press Club’s Scholarship Dinner, where I begged and pleaded with her for another picture and she was gracious enough to strike a pose.

No Wayne... my hand is not on your daughter's butt!

No Wayne... my hand is not on your daughter's butt!

Jacylnn has been having a great time back on the Big Island and is doing all the sin’s that a model like her shouldn’t be doing… like eating, going out, and having fun!

You can check out her Model Mayhem site here, Jacylnn Joseph, and if you are on facebook… you can also find her there.

She’s a real sweet girl with a great head on her great body… Wait did I say that right?

Look for Jacylunn Joseph to really go big in the next few years across the world.   Thanks for the shirt from Taipei and thanks for the lunch Mr. Joseph.

57th Annual Hilo Orchid Society Show and Sale

orchid society