PBS HAWAII Presents a Special Preview Screening of The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, a Film By Ken Burns

In partnership with the National Park Service and the Arizona Memorial Museum Association, PBS Hawaii is inviting the public to attend this special preview at the Arizona Memorial Museum Theater on Sunday, September 20, from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Seating is limited, and reservations are required by calling (808) 973-0289 before Monday, September 14.

The 12-hour, six-part documentary series will air nightly on PBS Hawaii from Sunday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. through Friday, October 2.  Directed by Ken Burns, it is the story of an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence and just as radical: The most special places in the nation should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone.

Filmed over the course of more than six years – from the Everglades of Florida to the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska, and Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii…


…the documentary is nonetheless a story of people from every background, who were willing to devote themselves to saving some precious portion of the land they loved, and in doing so, reminded their fellow citizens of the full meaning of democracy.

The narrative traces the birth of the national park idea in the mid-1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years.  Using archival photographs, first-person accounts of historical characters, personal memories and analysis from more than 40 interviews, and stunning cinematography, the series chronicles the steady addition of new parks through the stories of the people who helped create them and save them from destruction.  It is simultaneously a biography of compelling characters and of the American landscape.

THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA ’S BEST IDEA is a production of Florentine Films and WETA Washington, D.C.  Director/producer: Ken Burns.  Producer/writer: Dayton Duncan .  Co-producers: Craig Mellish, Julie Dunfey and David McMahon.  Supervising editor: Paul Barnes.  Episode editors: Paul Barnes, Erik Ewers and Craig Mellish.  Cinematography: Buddy Squires, with Allen Moore, Lincoln Else and Ken Burns.  Narrator: Peter Coyote.

Funding is provided by General Motors; Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund; Corporation for Public Broadcasting; The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations; Park Foundation, Inc.; Public Broadcasting Service; National Park Foundation; The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation; The Pew Charitable Trusts; and Bank of America.

For More Information

Christina Kanemoto – 973-1187 – ckanemoto@pbshawaii.org

Three Hours = Lockjaw

I went to the dentist today and anyone that knows me… knows that I’m the biggest baby when it comes to them.

Staring at something I dread

Staring at something I dread

I’m having crowns put in on some teeth on my back upper left side of my mouth and the dentist did the first part today and put a temporary crown on.

I really thought I was only going to be there for maybe an hour or so… but I didn’t realize until I got up from that chair… that I had been there for three hours with my mouth pried open by some block that kept my mouth from closing.

Still in the chair

Still in the chair

I now have serious lockjaw and I can barely even open my mouth.

I think I’m the first person to ever tweet their dental experience from my dentist’s office.  I’m amazed he actually knew what Twitter was though.

Here is my Tweets from the dentist.  I would have tweeted more… but I was in too much pain.

At my favorite place in the world… the dentist preparing to get a crown about 8 hours ago

Not where anyone wants to be http://twitpic.com/h07in about 7 hours ago

I fear these with a passion http://twitpic.com/h07sm about 7 hours ago

Still under! http://twitpic.com/h0dm3 about 6 hours ago

2009 – 2010 Hawaii County Charter Review and Public Hearings

2009 – 2010 Charter Review

This year is the fourth ten-year review of our County Charter.

The Mayor has appointed an 11 member Commission which is beginning the review process.

The Commission is seeking input from County agencies and any interested citizen or organization.

The Commission plans to hold meetings for the remainder of 2009 and early 2010, after which the proposed amendments will be acted upon by the voters in an election in the year 2010.

All Meetings are open to the public.

Submitting Public Testimony

Public Testimony can be submitted to the Commission Secretary, Karen Eoff

  • By email: keoff@co.hawaii.hi.us
  • By Fax: 808-329-4786
  • By US Mail:
  • Karen Eoff
    Secretary, Hawai‘i County Charter Commission
    75-5706 Hanama Place, Suite #109
    Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i

Questions: Call Karen Eoff 808-327-0099

Regular Meeting Schedule

1:30 p.m.
Second (2nd) Friday of each month

Friday, September 11, 2009
Sheraton Keauhou
Kona, Hawaii

Friday, October 9, 2009
County Council Chambers
Ben Franklin Building
Hilo, Hawaii

Articles to be considered:

Articles I – IV (April 2009)
Articles V – VI (May 2009)
Articles VII – VIII (June 2009)
Articles IX – XI (July 2009)
Articles XII – XIII (August 2009)
Articles XIV – XVI (September 2009)

Community Public Hearings Schedule
Date Time Location
Friday September 11, 2009 6:00pm Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa
78-128 Ehukai Street
Kailua-Kona HI 96740
Saturday September 19, 2009 9:00am Waimea Elementary School Cafeteria
67-1225 Māmalahoa Highway
Kamuela HI 96743
Saturday September 19, 2009 1:00pm North Hawai‘i Education & Research Center
45-539 Plumeria Street
Honoka‘a HI 96727
Saturday September 26, 2009 9:00am Pahala Community Center
96-1149 Kamani Street
Pahala HI 96777
Saturday September 26, 2009 2:00pm Kea‘au Middle School Cafeteria
16-565 Kea‘au-Pahoa Road
Kea‘au HI 96749
Friday October 9, 2009 6:00pm Hilo Council Chambers Ben Franklin Building
Second Floor, 333 Kīlauea Avenue
Hilo HI 96720

Tim Esaki Named Deputy Public Works Director

From the Mayors Office:

Tim T. Esaki has been appointed Deputy Director of the Hawai‘i County Department of Public Works, department director Warren Lee announced today.

Tim T. Esaki

Tim T. Esaki

Esaki, a certified public accountant who resides in Kamuela, has an extensive background in accounting, finance and operations.  He was an Audit Senior Manager at Ernst Young, LLP in Honolulu where he worked for 13 years before moving to the Big Island.

Esaki was most recently employed as Senior Vice President of Finance and Accounting at 1250 Oceanside Partners, the developer of the Hokuli’a project in Kona.

Esaki received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, double-majoring in Accounting and Management Information Systems, from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa in 1986.

“The addition of Tim to the County of Hawaii and the Department of Public Works team is a blessing.  His unique set of business skills, strong financial background and auditing experience will assist the DPW in moving forward and improving through these difficult economic times” said Warren Lee.

“I appreciate this opportunity to serve our county and am looking forward to the opportunity to help address some of the challenges and pressing concerns facing our department and our community” said Esaki.

Open Challenge to Mayor Kenoi

Dear Mayor Kenoi,

You just got back from a trip to California with some of the other mayors from the neighbor islands and I think you may be learning the importance of Social Media and the Internet.

I challenge you, Mayor Kenoi,  to get with the times and join Twitter.

Mayor Carvalho from Kauai is on Twitter:


  1. http://twitpic.com/gzy5y view from my office!about 5 hours ago from TweetDeck
  2. @ronwileykong good morning Ron! Mahalo for all that you do! Look forward To seeing you on the marathon course in 2010!about 5 hours ago from TweetDeck in reply to ronwileykong
  3. @PhilConsulate got your Tweet! Aloha from Kauai!about 5 hours ago from TweetDeck in reply to PhilConsulate
  4. I finished the half Kauai Marathon @ 13.1 miles in 3hrs. 39 min. My goal was 4hrs. or less. Still sore but happy to be back @ work!about 6 hours ago from TweetDeck
  5. Just received my new I Phone… Not too familiar with the menu of options8:38 AM Sep 2nd from Twitterrific
  6. Looking forward to going to the Kauai County Farm Burau Fair! Hope to see you there!6:40 PM Aug 28th from web

I do see that Public Information Specialist Hunter Bishop has signed up for twitter, but apparently has found no use for it yet.

There is a fairly large growing community of Big Island users now using Twitter…

It’s free, easy to use, and available anywhere you may be located.

Tasty Tuesday: Gecko’s Love Jelly

Ran across this youtube clip… I just thought it was kind of cool: