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Council of Neighbor Island Advisors for East Hawaii to Receive Briefing From Hawaii Correctional Industries

Media Release:

The Council of Neighbor Island Advisors for East Hawai‘i will meet on Thursday, November 19, 2009, at 5:30 p.m. in the County of Hawai‘i, Aupuni Center Conference Room, which is located at 101 Pauahi Street. The public is invited to attend.

Matthew Kaneshiro, Hawai‘i Correctional Industries (HCI) administrator, will present to the Council and the public plans for expanding services on the Big Island.  HCI, a self-sustaining division of the state Department of Public Safety, provides inmates with real-world work opportunities to help increase their employment prospects upon release.  Kaneshiro will also share results about projects completed by inmates this past fiscal year that have benefited the community.

“The Council of Neighbor Island Advisors does a great service in keeping our local community informed and also providing the Administration with input on projects on the East Side of the Big Island,” said Marc Miranda, the Governor’s East Hawai‘i liaison.

Governor Linda Lingle created Councils of Neighbor Island Advisors to give neighbor island residents a stronger voice in state government. The Governor’s Council of Neighbor Island Advisors for East Hawai‘i holds monthly public meetings to seek community input, advise the Governor of important issues and make recommendations for State boards and commissions.

The members of the Council are Julie Hugo, Alton Okinaka, Norman Stahl, Carol VanCamp, Albert Nakaji, Scott Enright and Jennifer Zelko.

Anyone requiring special assistance or accommodations to participate at this meeting may call (808) 974-6262.  For additional information Council for Neighbor Island Advisors for East Hawai‘i, including meeting minutes and agendas, visit the Governor’s Web site at www.hawaii.gov/gov.

Roundabouts Ruled Out in Initial Hawaii 130 Draft Environmental Assesment

Thanks to the Aaron over at The Kona Blog for emailing me a link to the Highway 130 Draft Environmental Assesment that was prepared and delivered to the State recently.

A quick scan of the 171 page document shows me that they have ruled out roundabouts at this point in time.  I may be missing something.

When I have more time, I will be examining this a bit closer.

Alaska Airlines Launches Hawaii Service From Bay Area

Alaska Airlines
Media Release:

OAKLAND—Alaska Airlines today will inaugurate four-times-weekly service between Oakland, Calif., and Kahului, Hawaii, on the island of Maui, and tomorrow will begin thrice-weekly service between Oakland and Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii.

“Known for its beautiful beaches and stunning sunsets, the Hawaiian Islands are among our most popular leisure vacation destinations,” said Alaska Airlines’ President Brad Tilden. “Customers will enjoy Alaska’s low fares, convenient schedule and award-winning service.”

Summary of flights

Start date       City pair                      Departure time     Arrival time      Day of week

Nov. 9             Oakland-Maui             7:45 a.m.                11:05 a.m.          Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat

Nov. 9             Maui-Oakland             12:05 p.m.              7:10 p.m.            Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat

Nov. 10           Oakland-Kona             7:45 a.m.               11:15 a.m.          Tues, Thur, Sun

Nov. 10           Kona-Oakland             12:15 p.m.              7:30 p.m.           Tues, Thur, Sun

All times based on local time zones

“Travelers will start their vacation with a smooth departure from Oakland International, where they can park close to the terminals and quickly access their flight,” said Deborah Ale Flint, the Port of Oakland’s acting director of aviation. “Oakland’s on-time performance record allows passengers to easily begin their Alaska Airlines experience,” she added.

Flights are available for purchase at alaskaair.com or by calling 1-800-ALASKAAIR

(1-800-252-7522 or TTY/TDD line 1-800-392-0228).

The new flights are operated with Boeing 737-800 aircraft, accommodating
16 passengers in first class and 141 in the main cabin. All flights to Hawaii offer Hawaiian-themed beverages and meal service. Customers in the main cabin are offered complimentary Mauna Loa macadamia nuts and a complimentary Mai Tai or POG juice, as well as a Hawaiian-themed meal-for-purchase option for $6.

Inflight service includes Alaska Airlines’ digEplayer, a personal entertainment system offering a variety of movies, television shows, music and other features.

Alaska Airlines Vacations offers a full line of vacation packages for travel to the islands of Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island of Hawaii. Packages include air transportation, hotel accommodations, ground transportation and tours. For more information about Alaska Airlines Vacations, visit alaskaair.com/vacations.

Kea’au 6th Annual Lighted Parade Coming Soon, Entry Deadline Friday


Me judging the 2010 Keaau Parade

Kea’au 6th Annual Lighted Parade

“A Story Book Christmas”


Please join us for the 6th Annual Lighted Christmas parade on Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 5:30 pm.

The deadline to turn in participant entries is November 13, 2009.

If you need a parade participant packet, please e-mail lehua82@hotmail.com (indicate Christmas Parade in subject line) or you can pick up one at Kea’au Village Market at the Main Office.

For more information contact:

Val Summers   557-9801 or Arline Macanas 896-1236


Wendy Davis:  938-5435

Business Wreath Contest:

Sally DeRyke:  896-7001

Get Well Soon Mom… Seeking Housekeeper

broken arm

My mom was at the beach yesterday and I gather as she was getting out of the water, she slipped on some limu (seaweed) and as she was falling she used her arm to break her fall.

Well instead of breaking her fall… she broke her arm.

My mom’s a tough lady and has been through much worst then this… so I’m not as worried as I could be.  I know she is in good hands with the doctors and will be getting her arm casted today when the swelling g0es down.

Now she get’s to know how I felt when I broke my arm when I was 5.   Just teasing mom… you have a much better excuse then me… as I shouldn’t have been playing in the dumpsters!

Get well soon!

I’m also looking for someone that might be able to swing by her house a few hours a week and just do some light cleaning, like vacuuming, dishes and taking her garbage to the dump for a few weeks.

Please email me at damontucker @ yahoo.com for more information.