3.0 Earthquake Just Shakes Kalapana

A minor earthquake occurred at 9:34:31 PM (HST) on Thursday, November 19, 2009 .
The magnitude 3.0 event occurred 6 km (4 miles) S of Kalapana.
The hypocentral depth is 42 km (26 miles).

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5 New Jets Arrive at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Pacific Aviation Museum Aircraft Collection Expanded by Five: Two F-86 Sabres, a MiG-15, F-4 Phantom, and F-102 Delta Dagger Arrive.

Media Release:

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s aircraft collection received a major boost yesterday and today, November 18 and 19, when it received five of the most famous jets from the Korean and Vietnam conflicts.


Donated by the Hawaii Air National Guard (HIANG) and the USAF Museum, the five aircraft now reside in the 85,000 sq. ft. Hangar 79, the home of the Museum’s Lt. Ted Shealy Restoration Shop. There, they join the F-14 Tomcat,
F-15 Eagle, Bell UH-1 “Huey”, Bell AH-1 Sea Cobra, Stinson L-5 and others undergoing or awaiting restoration. Visitors to the Museum will be able to experience the aircraft on the Aviator’s Tour to Hangar 79.

F-102 Delta Dagger and F-4 Phantom

The Story Behind Expanding the Collection
For more than 60 years, the Hawaii Air National Guard (HIANG) has been protecting the skies over Hawaii and the Pacific with airplanes like the North American Aviation F-86 Sabre Jet, the Convair F-102 Delta Dagger, and the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom. As each successive plane came along, the HIANG kept one as a display model. Because funds were never budgeted, the planes have been deteriorating over the years. HIANG leadership felt Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor was the logical place for them to land and be restored.

MiG 15 in front of the tower

Clint Churchill, president of the Board of Directors of Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor said, “I was privileged to fly three generations of fighters during my Guard career-each was a leap in technology over the previous plane. Our Board of Directors and I couldn’t be more pleased that the HIANG has entrusted the Museum with the long-term care of the three fighters and the F-15 that we have already received. They mean a lot to all who flew and maintained them from 1954 to the present.”

Churchill flew airplanes like the F-4 and F-15 for more than 30 years in the Air Guard.

Sabers in Trail

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is open 9am to 5pm daily and is accessed by air-conditioned shuttle buses from the Arizona Memorial parking area. Daily, visitors from all over the world view the vintage planes, enjoy hands on technology experiences including combat flight simulators, hear moving stories told by veteran docents, and see “The Day That Shall Live In Infamy” through historic films and audio. The museum gift shop and restaurant are unique in their offerings and their authentic 1940s ambiance. Phone (808) 441-1000 or visit www.PacificAviationMuseum.org for tickets, information, and to download a coupon for a free combat simulator flight.

F-102 in front of the Pacific Aviation Museum

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. Its mission is to develop and maintain an internationally recognized aviation museum on historic Ford Island that educates young and old alike, honors aviators and their support personnel who defended freedom in The Pacific Region, and preserves Pacific aviation history.

The Museum provides educational programs for adults and children and is located at 319 Lexington Boulevard in Hangar 37 on Ford Island at Pearl Harbor.  Opened December 6, 2006, this year the Museum welcomed its 300,000th visitor in July 2009.

F-86 Sabre being towed to its new home

Hilo Entomologist Working to Thwart the Stinging Caterpillar

This is cool as Mr. Jang was one of my wife’s co-workers at one time and if you have ever been stung by one of these buggahs… you know it hurts like hell:

…That’s why Jang, who’s at the U.S. Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center in Hilo, Hawaii, is working with colleagues in that state and elsewhere to explore new ways to thwart the insect.

In a highly experimental approach, Jang plans to use sexually sterilized fruit flies, such as sterilized melon flies, as winged carriers of an alluring nettle moth scent, a component of what’s known as a pheromone. Sterile melon flies are a logical choice because techniques for producing large numbers of them—to disrupt their normal reproduction and cause their populations to crash—are already in place…

More Here: Invasive Nettle Moth Triggers Hawaii Research

Nothing Better then Free Ad Space

Puʻukoholā Heiau, Kaloko-Honokōhau, Puʻuhonua o Honaunau, and the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail

…series on the National Parks of the Pacific, this :60 interstitial was created for PBS Hawaii to air in conjunction with the Ken Burns series, “The National Parks: Americaʻs Best Idea.” This piece features the four parks on the West side of Hawaii Island: Puʻukoholā Heiau, Kaloko-Honokōhau, Puʻuhonua o Honaunau, and the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail.