Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road on a Bike?

Many of us folks here in Pahoa have become quite used to seeing “Jon the Chicken Man” at many functions throughout Puna.

I just caught him riding his bike with one of his chickens on him earlier today.

Everytime I see him… he asks me why I’m taking pictures of him…. next time he asks me that… I’m gonna say I’m hungry.

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Institutions Serving Native Hawaiians Eligible for Medical Marijuana Research Grants


Media Release:

The U.S. Health & Human Services Department’s National Institutes of Health has six discretionary grant opportunities to support research that focuses on the development of a medication to treat disorders related to the use of cannabis. This funding opportunity uses the R01 award mechanism.

The award ceiling for this funding opportunity is $500,000.

This funding opportunity is open to state, county, city, township or special district governments; Native American tribal governments and organizations; independent school districts; public, state and private institutions of higher education; Historically Black Colleges and Universities; Tribally-Controlled Colleges and Universities; public/Indian housing authorities; nonprofits; for-profits; small businesses; Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-serving institutions; eligible agencies of the federal government; faith-based or community-based organizations; Hispanic-serving institutions; non-domestic entities; regional organizations; U.S. territories or possessions; and individuals.

A funding opportunity notice from the U.S. Health & Human Services Department’s National Institutes of Health states: “Applications may focus on the pharmacotherapy of one or various CRDs or clinical manifestations of the disorders. For example, research may focus on marijuana dependence or specifically on marijuana withdrawal. Clinical applications may include human laboratory studies to develop models for testing medications targeting single or multiple manifestations of the CRDs, and the interaction of cannabinoids with other medications, pharmacokinetic and/or pharmacodynamic studies of potentially therapeutic compounds.

Applications may also focus on the specific symptoms of the disorder such as withdrawal, craving or relapse, complications such as cognitive impairment, sleep disorders/disruption of normal rhythms or the clinical surrogates of their use such as depression and other mood disorders. Preclinical applications may include pharmacological studies on new chemical entities (NCEs) leading to the identification of candidates for advanced preclinical or phase I/II IND covered clinical evaluation as potential pharmacotherapies for CRDs.”

The funding opportunity number is RFA-DA-10-016 (CFDA 93.279). It was posted Sept. 24 with an application closing date of April 30, 2010.

  • Purpose. The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to issue a Request for Applications (RFA) to support research studies that focus on the identification, and preclinical and clinical evaluation, of medications that can be safe and effective for the treatment of cannabis-use and -induced disorders, as well as their medical and psychiatric consequences. The studies can be preclinical or FDA-defined Phase I, Phase II or Phase III clinical trials.
  • Mechanism of Support. This FOA will utilize the R01 grant mechanism and runs in parallel with two FOAs of identical scientific scope, PA-07-365 and PA-07-366, that solicit applications under the R01 and R21 mechanisms, respectively.
  • Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards. It is anticipated that a total of 6 awards will be funded for a total of $3,000,000.
  • Budget and Project Period. The requested direct cost amount for individual awards must be less than $500,000 per year, with project periods for up to five years.

More Here: RFA-DA-09-001

Hilo High Class of 1999 Reunion Information

Hilo, Hawaii-Hilo High School Class of 1999 reunion will be on Saturday, October 3.


Hilo High School Class of 1999 alumni and family are invited to attend these two activities to happen. Email hhs1999@gmail.com for registration form.

Who:    Alumni of Hilo High Class of 1999

What:   10th Year Class Reunion, Hilo High School Class of 1999

When:  Saturday, October 3, 2009

Where: Carvalho Park (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

8590 Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo, Hawaii

Family Picnic

$5 per person.

Includes bento, drink and snacks

8590 Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo, Hawaii

W.A.I- The Water and Ice Bar (5 p.m. to 9 p.m.) Classmates Only.

$35 per alumni before September 25, $45 at the door

Includes steak dinner, drink and cover charge

Doors Open to public at 9 p.m.

124 Makaala Street, Hilo Hawaii

Email:   hhs1999@gmail.com

Wordless Wednesday – State Van


Jamba Juice Launches Food Menu in Hawaii


Jamba Juice announced today the debut of its California Flatbreads in 32 Hawaii locations. Satisfying high customer demand for great tasting and value-priced, on-the-go food for a healthy lifestyle, Jamba Juice’s tasty new California Flatbreads are all under 330 calories, range from $3.75-$4.25 and are made with high quality, better-for-you ingredients…

…The lineup of California Flatbreads available all day long includes:

Tomo Artichoko(TM) Flatbread–Flaxseed crust baked to perfection, brushed with lightly seasoned tomato sauce, then topped with diced artichoke hearts, a three-cheese blend and finished with crunchy bread crumbs.

Smokehouse Chicken Flatbread –A thick and crispy crust topped with BBQ chicken, smokehouse-roasted sweet corn, black beans, poblano chilies ,red bell peppers, and a combination of mozzarella and cheddar cheeses–all atop a thick and crispy crust.

MediterraneYUM(TM) Flatbread –Crispy flaxseed crust topped with a medley of Mediterranean-style grilled veggies: zucchini, onions, bell peppers and mushrooms, with feta and mozzarella cheeses.

Four Cheesy(TM) Flatbread — A classic Italian four cheese blend of Mozzarella, provolone, parmesan and romano cheeses, melted on top of a crispy crust with a tomato basil sauce.

“Our customers in Hawaii are always looking for something they can eat on the go,” said Brian Lee, Vice President, Innovation, Jamba Juice Company. “Without sacrificing taste and quality, we are committed to offering our customers food served fast they won’t feel guilty about eating–at lunch, or dinner, or any time in-between…”

Jamba Juice Launches Food Menu in Hawaii