A Field Tweet Down Highway 130

Tonight was another KPAG Highway 130 Meeting. Before the meeting even began, we all got on a little Robert’s Tour Bus and toured the part of the Highway that we have been talking about for the last year.

Here are my tweets from that little field trip:








    No Staples Allowed

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    Hawaii County Used Vehicle Auction Next Wednesday

    Media Release:


    The County of Hawaii will open sealed bids for the sale of used vehicles and equipment on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in the conference room of the County of Hawaii, Department of Finance, located at 891 Ululani Street, Hilo, Hawaii.

    The items offered for sale will be sold “AS IS” and “WHERE IS” to the highest bidder. The highest bidder will be notified by telephone and must pay the balance by Wednesday, November 4, 2009. Any bidder defaulting on the payment will be rejected and the next highest bidder will be awarded the bid.

    Bidders must deposit twenty five percent (25%) of the bid price in cash or draft drawn on a financial institution (cashier’s check, traveler’s check, money order) payable to the Director of Finance, County of Hawaii, with their sealed bid. No personal checks or debit/credit cards will be accepted for the deposit payment. Bids must be at or above the upset price and will be accepted in whole dollars only. Only signed Bids will be accepted. Any bidder defaulting on the payment or cancelling their bid after the bids are opened shall forfeit their deposit. Bid deposits of unsuccessful bidders will be refunded. Bid deposits of successful bidders will be applied to the bid price.

    In the event of a tie bid, the award will be determined by the date of bid receipt.

    All sales consummated will be final and not subject to cancellation or refund. The Director of Finance reserves the right to reject any or all bids, and to waive minor defects in bidding.

    Upon acceptance and payment of the bid, the purchasers will be required to remove the items at their cost by Wednesday, November 11, 2009 or forfeit the payment and the purchased items.

    Bidders must submit bids in writing to the Department of Finance, Property Management Division, 891 Ululani Street, Hilo, HI, 96720, prior to 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 28, 2009. Bids that are mailed must arrive in the Property Management Division office before 10:00 a.m. on October 28; bids received after that will be returned unopened to bidders. Bidders shall be solely responsible for the timely arrival of the bid. Envelopes should be clearly labeled “BIDS FOR USED VEHICLES AND EQUIPMENT.”

    Items #1-10 may be viewed at the County of Hawaii, Automotive Division, located at 630 E. Lanikaula Street, Hilo, Hawaii, and Items #11-20 may be viewed at the Waiakea Fire Station Annex, located at 95 Keaa Street, Hilo, Hawaii, during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

    Further information may be obtained from the Department of Finance, Property Management Division at (808) 961-8069.

    To see a list of the vehicles, click here: Hawaii County Public Auction

    Click here for an Auction Bid Form.

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    Agenda for Tonights Highway 130 Meeting

    Keaau-Pahoa Advisory Group

    Meeting #8
    Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 5:45 PM
    Keaau Elementary School

    1.  Welcome – Jiro Sumada, Deputy Director, Hawaii Department of Transportation

    2.  Overview of Tonight’s Meeting – Cheryl Soon, SSFM Project Manager

    3.   Creating four-way intersections – Robin Barnes

    • a. Connections to Village Centers
    • b. Implications to adjacent and parallel streets
    • c. Right of Way implications
    • d. Discussion

    4. Roundabouts

    • a. Presentation by Michael Wallwork, Alternate Street Designs
    • b. CD on how to drive a roundabout
    • c. Right of way implications
    • d. Discussion

    5. Next meeting

    Wordless Wednesday – Hide and Seek


    Horned Gecko

    and seek:


    Video Proof That Lizards Eat Coqui Frogs in the Wild

    A while back I posted a video of a gecko attacking coqui frogs and this was in a controlled environment.

    AlaskaSteven made the following comment:

    Interesting, indeed. Seems like this question could be answered fairly easily but to be a fair test the coqui would need to be small enough for the gecko to ingest and the gecko would need to be “as per usual” with regard to access to other food sources, not starved. The natural experiment is probably happening all over Puna, all the time. Has anyone observed the outcome firsthand?

    If it turns out geckos do eat coquis then I wonder if a predator-prey population cycle like that between lynx and snowshoe hares will eventually come to pass?

    Well this morning I went outside and I noticed this lizard was attacking this coqui frog so I grabbed my camera and was able to capture the following before it ran off with the frog (Note frog in mouth around the :15 second mark):