Thirty Meter Telescope to Sponsor WordPress Bloggers

TMT and WordPress

Media Release:

In a stunning move today, the Thirty Meter Telescope announced an alliance with WordPress Bloggers.

WordPress Project spokesman Nick states:

Between the WordPress Bloggers and the Thirty Meter Telescope… We look forward to working with the TMT

Well It’s not April… But I may have gotten a few of you!

If you look closely at the TMT Dome… You will see that I inserted the WordPress Logo into it somewhere.

I’m gonna try and win this contest: “Support Hours and WordPress Logo Fun

Mainland Expert on “Roundabouts” to Speak to Highway 130 Group

Roundabout Expert Michael Wallwork

Roundabout Expert Michael Wallwork

The meeting date for the next KPAG (Keaau Pahoa Advisory Group) has been changed to Wednesday, October 21. It will begin at 6:00 PM, with doors open at 5:30.

The meeting topic will be Part One of our traffic discussions for the Alternatives. At this meeting, we will look at ways to convert the side streets into four way intersections, and we will look at the subject of roundabouts. Our invited guest is Mr. Michael Wallwork, one of the world’s leading experts in using roundabouts to improve safety.

In addition, we are pleased to invite KPAG Members on a field trip of the corridor along with the HDOT , the project engineers and Mr. Wallwork. This field trip will start at Keaau Elementary School at 4:00. There will be a safety briefing and the bus will leave at 4:15 SHARP. The field trip is meant primarily for KPAG members. It will be opened on a first come, first served basis to members of the public ONLY after all KPAG members have been accommodated.

130 plan

Councilwoman Naeole to Go Before Board of Ethics for “Pen Throwing” Incident Next Week

Naeole and her Fiance Raymond

Naeole and her Fiance Raymond

I just noticed that it Councilwoman Emily Naeole will be going before the Board of Ethics for the alleged pen throwing incident that occurred during the Hawaii County Council Meeting on Wednesday the 14th of October:

a. Petition No. 2009-9: Petitioners allege that a County officer or employee violated Section 2-83(a)(3) of the Code of Ethics (regarding fair treatment) by throwing a pen at the June 2, 2008, County Council meeting.

You can view the full document here: “Board of Ethics, 10/14/09 Agenda

I’d love to see video of this before I pass judgment and have requested Big Island Video News to see if they have any footage of this.

I’ve sailed a few inadvertent pens in my life… I’m sure I’ll sail a keyboard soon enough.

The Hawaii Coqui Frog Blog

Well I learn something new every day.


I just came across another Big Island Blog called the Hawaii Coqui Frog Blog where people can post frog horror stories:

An invitation to YOU, Hawaii residents to share your personal experience managing invasive coqui habitat in your neighborhood. A resource for education and empowerment: We welcome your success stories, suggestions and struggles toward the goal of community coqui control. Thank you.

It looks like it started up in August of this year and has 21 posts on it so far.

A few quick excerpts:

It’s now mid-2009 and while legions of coqui frogs screech and squeal on all sides of us, closing in alarmingly, our Kona Paradise subdivision remains heavenly quiet at night due to the undying diligence of our residents. We have had a few frogs pop up, but most have been quickly been eliminated, as frog squads were immediately out in force…

I can’t make these things up:

…I pulled over and actually saw a frog jump along the ground. There must be 1000’s of da buggahs…

I have to applaud this community for at least attempting to take action:

…When a frog is heard I am called or emailed. I then make the phone calls or send emails to mobilize a neighborhood posse of people…

So check out the Hawaii Coqui Frog Blog and let’s all do our part to eradicate them to the best of our ability.

Here is that picture of the Coqui eggs that I found in my yard back in July.


Huli Huli Today

Tom Lackey is selling Huli Huli Chicken this morning at the Keaau Bypass Bottleneck.

$9.00 for one whole bird and they are ONO.

He will be there until the last bird is sold.
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Video – 12th Annual Ironman Underpants Fun-Run

It started out as a way to poke fun at the Europeans strolling around Kona in the Speedos almost 12-years-ago now.
But today the 12th annual “Underpants Fun-Run” has grown into an Charity event with over 400 hundred underwear clad Ironman athletes running one mile in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.


*note you can also see my post on this event last year: “The Kona Whitey Tighty Underwear Run