Recycling and Reuse Centers Closed at County Transfer Stations Monday and Tuesday Due to Felicia

From the Mayor’s Office:

Due to the approaching storm, HI-5 Redemption Recycling, Mixed Recycling Centers and Reuse Centers will be closed at all County Transfer Stations on Monday, August 10 through Tuesday, August 11, 2009. These sites will reopen on Wednesday, August 12, 2009.

County Transfer Stations, Green Waste, and Scrap Metal Facilities will remain open until further notice.

For more information, please go to the County Solid Waste Division’s website: www.hawaiizerowaste.org

The safety of the Public and our employees is our priority. Mahalo for your kōkua.

Online Petition Started to Oppose the Closing of Kulani Prison

I received the following email:

Email Release:

The petition

WE, the undersigned, OPPOSE the closing of Kulani Prison on Moku o Keawe (Hawai`i Island).

WHY close a prison in Hawai`i while continuing transfers outside of Hawai`i and while there is empty bed space in Hawai`i?

Hawai`i continues to banish more than half of our prisoners to the hands of Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) profiteers. Currently more than 2,000 Hawai`i prisoners are serving their sentences in CCA prisons thousands of miles from home and `ohana.

Why would we close the prison that provides a program that effectively addresses a community safety issue?

Kulani is home to the largest and most successful sex offender treatment program in Hawai`i. The Department of Public Safety’s 2008 Annual Report (page 51) stated: Hawai`i is the only state to track each offender’s criminal history throughout his life after his release, which allows the department to collect long-term recidivism data. National statistics suggest that 11% of sex offenders who receive treatment in prison will commit a new sex crime within two years of their release. Hawai`i offenders do much better. Since 1988, fewer than 2% of Hawai`i sex offenders who received treatment have returned to prison for new sex crimes, which is the lowest recidivism rate in the nation by far.

In this challenging economy, is it smart government to put 90 people out of work in a very rural area where jobs are already scarce?

Sign the petition

Hawaii Airports to Get $31 Million for Explosive Detection Systems

Media Release:

Department of Homeland Security announced that it will provide $42 million in economic stimulus funds for the construction of new inline baggage handling systems at Sacramento International, Honolulu International and Kahului (Hawaii) airports.

Sacramento International will receive $11 million to replace stand-alone screening units in Terminal B with an inline baggage handling system. Honolulu International and Kahului Airport will receive $24 million and $7 million, respectively, for explosives detection systems.

Since June, DHS has announced more than $62 million in stimulus funding for explosives detection system projects at Orlando International, San Francisco International, Philadelphia International and Jackson Hole (Wyo.) airports.

Just an “OH MY GOD” Video or IS IT?

Hat tip to Radio DJ Darren “DC” Carlson for the heads up on this one:

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And a Hat Tip to Island Trust for showing me it’s a hoax:

A “megawoosh” waterslide video has been making the rounds on the internet this week. While most have already come to the conclusion that it’s a hoax, its gets even more interesting when we find that Microsoft appears to be behind the video.

The website for megawoosh.com now forwards to a German page (translated) for what appears to promote the “planning” aspects of Microsoft Office Project 2007.

Regardless of what significance this really plays in Microsoft’s latest marketing tactics, it’s still a pretty entertaining video.

There Seems to be Some Controversy About My Place of Birth

A new birth certificate has been found courtesy of Burl Burlingame and it does state that I too, just like Barack Obama, was not born here in America but in Kenya.

You can click for a full view of it

You can click for a full view of it

Pahoa Youth Concert Next Friday

PAHOA YOUTH CONCERT

On August 13th there will be a youth Concert at the Pahoa Neighborhood Facility (Pahoa Rec. Center) from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.

Pahoacommunitycenter

Bands performing: Defiance, Pss Fitt, OHDH (Old Habits Die Hard), Scar, and Drip Dry.

This is an Alcohol Drug Free event partly sponsored by Pahoa Weed and Seed Youth Council.

A donation of $5.00 to help defray cost would be appreciated.

This concert is put together by our Youths.

Honoka’a: Parade and Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace

peace parade

Arrow-Button Who We Are: The Peace Committee, producers of the 3rd Annual Parade and Festival for the
United Nations International Day of Peace
Arrow-Button Where It Is: Downtown Honokaa, Hawaii
Arrow-Button When Is It: September 20, 2009 – Parade is at 12 Noon and Festival is at 1 PM
Arrow-Button How You Can Help: We are seeking participation and support for our events   Link: See how you can help!

Peace Day Parade In Action!

Featured Perfomers - The Jesse White Tumbling Team

Facebook Applications… Quit Poking Me

So I joined Facebook a while back, and I’m just curious why are there so many fricking little applications on there!

I keep getting cyber beers, drinks, hugs, kisses, pots of golds and whatever else sent to me.  They are kind of annoying I guess for me.

I understand facebook is a great tool for communicating and I find myself using it more and more, it’s just that I’m going to start turning off these applications as they are sent to me.

I really don’t have time to be going back and forth sending beers online to my old partying buddies from High School… But if they want to send me a real beer in the mail… they can have my address.

And that whole annoying “Poke” feature… That’s pretty strange to be getting “Poked” by folks!!!  I certainly don’t know how my wife would feel about me poking folks.

Why can’t they use a term like “Nudge” or “notify” or “send aloha” … but “POKE”?  Does anyone enjoy getting “poked” in real life?

Congressman Abercrombie and Congresmman Tanner on Healthcare Reform

Congressman Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii and Congressman John Tanner of Tennessee analyze the legislative progress of healthcare reform legislation in the U.S. House. Tanner is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and Blue Dog Coalition.

Pt. 1

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Pt. 2

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