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Bees Get Bronze

One thing cool about playing sports when I was growing up was receiving trophies.

I still have a few of my trophies around somewhere and they still mean something to me to this day.

Yesterday, my son got his second trophy!

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events in Hilo and Kona

Media Release:

The County of Hawaii Department of Environmental Management will be conducting Household Hazardous Waste Collections events at its Hilo and Kailua-Kona Recycling & Solid Waste Transfer Stations in December.

The Hilo HHW Collections Event will be held on Saturday, December 5; and the Kailua-Kona HHW Collection Event will be held on Saturday, December 12.  Both events will provide for residential drop-off of select materials from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. only.

These events are for household generated materials only; no business or farm wastes will be accepted.  For more information on what is acceptable at these events, and for instructions on how to properly dispose of common hazardous household materials, visit our website at www.hawaiizerowaste.org.

The Department of Environmental Management conducts these events to offer residents a convenient and environmentally responsible method to dispose of potentially hazardous materials like automotive fluids, used batteries, fluorescent lights and pesticides.  Proper disposal of these materials protects our health and the environment.

For more information, contact Chris Chin-Chance, Recycling Specialist with the Department of Environmental Management, 961-8554, or email to recycle3@co.hawaii.hi.us. Mahalo for your kōkua.

8th Annual Hawaii Ukulele Guild Exhibition and Conference

On November 21, 2009, the Hawaii Ukulele Guild held its 8th annual Conference and Exhibition. Mike Chock, founder of the guild, and Doug Long, a committee member, walk us through the exhibition showing us some of the beautiful ukulele produced by the members.


Who, Where or What is the Hawaii County “Traffic Safety Council” as Mandated

I sent the following email of to State Transportation Director Jiro Sumada:

Dear Mr. Jiro Sumada,

I was curious who is on the Big Island County Traffic Safety Council or if one has even been implemented as required by law.

See page 15 of the 2010 Highway Safety Plan:

The Governors of all states are mandated by federal law 23 U>S>C. 402 to establish and implement a statewide highway safety program.  Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) delegates this aoutority to the Director of Transportation as the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative.  The HRS also establishes a State Highway Safety Council to advise the Director of Transportation on highway safety inssues and establishes County Traffic Safety Councils”  Background of the 2010 Hawaii Highway Safety Plan

I received the following reply:

Each mayor is responsible for the selection of their County Traffic Safety Council. From what we understand, Mayor Kenoi has recently selected members for the Hawaii Traffic Safety Council. For the list of members and upcoming events, we suggest that you contact the Hawaii County Mayor’s Office at (808) 961-8211.

My understanding is that in the past the Council is made up of various people some are the Chairpersons of area Traffic Safety Committees like the Kona Traffic Safety Committee. Below is some info about the Kona Traffic Safety Committee. You may want to contact them directly for more info and how they fit in to the Mayor Traffic Safety Council.

Here is the memo regarding the Kona Traffic Safety Committee:

The Kona Traffic Safety Committee Meeting Agenda is provided for your information about traffic safety concerns in the North and South Kona Districts, as well as an invitation to attend the monthly meetings as schedules permit.

Please note that the KTSC meetings are now held at the Hanama Place Conference Room fka the Mayor’s Conference Room.

There is no meeting scheduled for December 23, 2009, due to holiday scheduling conflicts.

For 2010, the meeting date is changed to the second Thursday of the month, beginning January 14, 2010. The meeting will continue to be held at the same time and place.

Further information is available by contacting either of the current Co-Chairs:

Ken Obenski
Barbara Scott [327-1277]

I’ve asked the Mayor’s office who is on the Mayor’s Traffic Council and I’ll see what the response is.

I didn’t even know we had these things and I serve on the Keaau Pahoa Advisory Group for Highway 130!

Here was Jiro Sumada’s response to the person who got killed getting off the bus on Highway 130 in January:


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