Over the Edge Raises $17,845 for Special Olympics Hawaii!

Media Release:

Thanks to an overwhelming turnout of participants and the generosity of the Hawai’i community, this year Special Olympics Hawai’i’s Holiday Classic will indeed take place December 5 – 6, allowing hundreds of local athletes to compete in the sports that they love.

Congratulations to the Tesoro Rescue Team who successfully raised $17,845 for Special Olympics Hawaii!

This year’s Over the Edge of Waikīkī event allowed 120 participants to rappel 31 stories – or more than 315 feet – down the edge of the Sheraton Waikīkī on November 13.


The event was filled to capacity – in fact the response was so great that SOHI added another rappelling line in order to accommodate an additional 40 more participants. Additionally, the event set a record, raising the most funds for a first-time, one-day event of any Over the Edge event, nationwide.


Plans are already in the works for next year’s event! If you are interested in participating or sponsoring next year’s Over the Edge please contact Kyle Karioka at (808) 943-8808 ext. 33 or kylek@specialolympicshawaii.org.

Pot Seizures on Big Island 2003 – 2008

I’m finding all sorts of interesting stuff on this site here that was updated today:  County of Hawaii Data Book Section 4: Law Enforcement

I highly suggest anyone curious to some of the inner-workings of our police department to read some of the stuff and reports written up in Section 4.

Table 4.15a– MARIJUANA CULTIVATION, HAWAII: 2003 TO 2008

Outdoor grow sites seized and plants eradicated

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Plants 388,903 377,332 251,163 188,742 28,168 7,602
Grow sites 9,662 7,945 5,096 3,974 157 115

Cannabis plants eradicated from indoor grow sites

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Plants 3,519 2,312 3,950 12,358 8,342 2,879
Grow sites 9 13 13 49 NA NA
Big Island grow sites 9 9 11 40 54 20

Pahoa’s Police Station Left out of Counties Data Book

Go figure… Pahoa’s Police Station is left out of the County of Hawaii Data Book:  Table 4.1 Hawaii County Police Stations By location (Last Modified 10/13/09)

Being that it takes up to an hour or more for them to respond to a call at times… Maybe there was a reason why it was left out.  :roll:

Table 4.1– HAWAII COUNTY POLICE STATIONS BY LOCATION,

DISTRICT AND PHONE NUMBERS: 2009

Name

Location

District

Phone

Hilo headquarters 349 Kapiolani St., Hilo S. Hilo 935-3311
Hilo station Hilo S. Hilo 961-2213
Honokaa station Honokaa Hamakua 775-7533
Kapaau station Kohala N. Kohala 889-6540
Keaau station Keaau Puna 966-5835
Kealakehe station Kona Kona 326-4646
Laupahoehoe station Laupahoehoe N. Hilo 962-2120
Naalehu station Naalehu Kau 939-2520
Waikoloa sub-station Waikoloa S. Kohala 885-4213
Waimea station Waimea S. Kohala 887-3080

Source: Hawaiian Telcom, (The Official Hawaiian Telcom), 2009-2010, County Offices  Section, p.12.

I know that they are gonna tell me something like, we didn’t publish the current one because it will be moving in a few months.  I’m not even gonna bother to ask.

I wonder how long it will take to update the online version?

December Big Island Adventures Await You!

Media Release:

Outdoor adventure is practically everywhere you look on Hawai’i Island. Hikers can walk in sand and snow and across a steaming volcanic crater-all in one day. Campers can pitch their tent on a beach, in a lush rainforest or on a high-desert lava plain where the rocks are actually purple. Snorkelers can float among sun-spangled reefs teeming with a rainbow of reef fish, and scuba divers can go deep for a meeting of the minds with manta rays-at night. And those who love the bird’s-eye view can board a helicopter or flight-seeing plane and cruise above this incredible landscape.

And all that is just for starters. Hawai’i Island is overflowing with untold adventure stories.

Lava Love – Kīlauea, the world’s most active volcano, is home to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, (www.nps.gov/havo) which is such a natural and cultural treasure that it is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in the state. More than 150 miles of trails take trekkers through lava tubes, fern rainforests, lava fields carved with ancient petroglyphs, and to remote campgrounds down by a rugged seashore or up the sometimes snowy summit of the world’s most massive mountain, 13,677-foot Maunaloa.

Kīlauea is also home to Pele, Hawai’i’s tempestuous volcano goddess. Since March 2008, visitors to Halema’uma’u Crater at the summit of Kīlauea have stood in awe at the voluptuous plume of steam that suddenly appeared, rising in a seductive hula from a small (but growing) vent in the crater floor. And at night, sometimes an orange glow from the vent hints at what passionate Pele may bring. Park rangers at the crater-side Jaggar Museum are a fountain of knowledge about the eruption.

Meanwhile, miles away down-slope, molten lava continues to pour into the sea in a dramatic show of steamy fireworks. Visitors can watch it all at a viewing area that requires only a short stroll.

How long will the eruption last? No one knows but back up near the summit, at the park visitors’ center, rangers can tell explorers all about trails, campgrounds, guided hikes and Hawaiian cultural activities. Respected tour companies also offer interpretative drives and hikes through the park.

And down the road, visitors can explore the Kazumura lava tube system-the deepest, longest, tallest known lava tube system on Earth, on a guided trek.

Ocean Commotion – Hawai’i Island has 266 miles of coastline-more than double that of any other Hawaiian Island-and there are many ways to explore the warm, clear ocean that surrounds us. Start with charter boats-traditional Hawaiian outriggers for paddling or sailing, cush catamarans for snorkeling and scuba expeditions to tucked-away bays, sturdy craft for close-up views of lava exploding into the sea, even a real submarine with very big windows. And don’t forget the stalwart yachts that cruise Kona’s famous deep-sea fishing grounds, hooking some of the world’s most spectacular fighting fish. Adventurers can also rent kayaks to discover hidden coves on their own for snorkeling and secluded picnics.

But you don’t need a boat to enjoy the ocean around Hawai’i Island.

Surfing (he’e nalu) was invented by Hawaiians, and the Big Island surf breaks are so treasured that songs and chants have been written about them. Surf lessons are a perfect way to learn where to go and what to do. Two local favorites are Honoli’i Beach Park outside of Hilo, and Kahalu’u Beach Park just south of Kailua Village.

Scuba guides will lead newbies or old salts out into the sparkling blue right from shore along the Kona and Kohala coasts, swirling through arches and caves, racing green sea turtles and flying weightless underwater. Or just put on your mask and snorkel and float in the shallows at one of the many beaches around the island where families love to gather. Or don’t even get your face wet-tip-toe among the tidepools and see a whole miniature world you never knew existed.

Star Struck – The ocean is pretty deep, but not compared to the heavens. At the 13,796-foot summit of Maunakea stand the planet’s most powerful astronomical observatories. From here, telescopes peer billions of light-years into the universe. Before going to the summit, cosmos-oriented dreamers will want to stop at the 9,300-foot visitors’ center and peer through portable telescopes to the rings of Saturn and beyond. Then they can drive or take a tour to the summit, be dazzled by a sky shimmering with more stars than they’ve probably ever seen, and stand next to the giant observatories that, at that very moment, might be discovering extraordinary new truths about our universe.

History and Mystery – The story of this island is chiseled into the very stone, but it is not always an open book. Prehistoric petroglyphs hint at the cycle of life. Stacked-rock ruins of heiau (temples) whisper chants of human sacrifice. Hula dancers’ hands and hips evoke the gods’ desires. No true adventurer can hope to understand the deeper meaning of Hawai’i Island without exploring places like Pu’uhonua O Hōnaunau, (“the place of refuge,”) the relic of a fishing village at Lapakahi State Park, or the commanding heiau, Pu’u Koholā. And to explore the ancient coastal trail known as the Ala Kahakai (King’s Highway) is to feel the mana (power) of all the warriors who marched this way before, in another lifetime.

Pedal Power – With two wheels singing beneath them, cyclists find the Big Island’s good roads and trails, temperate weather, and sweeping scenic views to be a biker’s dream. Cycling fanatics can pedal their mettle along the famously grueling Ironman route, or enjoy a peaceful glide through a former sugar plantation town to Waipi’o Lookout, or get off the pavement and face the challenges of Mana Road on the slopes of Maunakea. They go it alone on their own bikes or rented ones, or hook-up with a bike tour company. One tempting tour goes through Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park and culminates in wine tasting at Volcano Winery. The Big Island’s campgrounds also make it a great place for touring bikers with a tent lashed to their saddlebags. And the valets at our resorts are happy to park your bike too!

Horse Power -Paniolo, or Hawaiian cowboys (and cowgirls), have worked the livestock pastures along the mountain slopes of Maunaloa, Maunakea, Hualālai and Kohala since the 1800s, and continue today. Adventurers who want to ride the Hawaiian range, whether on horseback or from the saddle of an ATV, will find exciting ways to get a glimpse of paniolo life. Scenic, guided horseback rides venture into lush, mesmerizing Waipi’o Valley and across the ranges of North Kohala.

Whale of Fortune-Hawaii’s Big Island welcomes “our” beloved, migratory humpback whales back every winter, and a bevy of whale watching charters depart from our island harbors from December through April, during peak humpback whale season. Visitors and residents can also watch whales from shore, and volunteer for the annual humpback whale counts sponsored by the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, http://hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov/welcome.html. But did you know that other whale species can be observed year-round? Pilot whales, pygmy sperm whales, beaked whales, sperm whales and false killer whales are frequently spotted off our shores, as are spinner and bottlenose dolphins. On the Big Island, it’s whale season all year long!

For info on adventure destinations, parks and tour operators, go to www.bigisland.org/adventure.

Climate Refugees in the South Pacific

100,000 people still live on the 32 atolls that make up the south Pacific island nation of Kiribati,but global warming is causing sea levels to rise. The archipelago, which lies halfway between Australia and Hawaii, lies just two meters above sea level and is considered especially endangered.

The first two atolls have already been submerged.

Kiribati’s president is faced with a dilemma: does he have to evacuate all the country’s residents?

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Local Girl Attaches on to Sabata Jr.

In his VH1 show My Antonio, Antonio Sabato Jr. traveled to Hawaii in search of love – and he found it!

Cheryl Moana Marie

The actor, 37, stepped out with his new love, singer-songwriter Cheryl Moana Marie, on Sunday at the Hollywood Christmas Parade, introducing her as “my girlfriend…”

More Here: Antonio Sabata Jr. Has a New Girlfriend

Hawaii Island Humane Society Recommends Pick-A-Pet Certificates for the Holidays

Media Release:

For many children Christmas morning is all squeals and delights as they tear in to packages beneath the tree. For a puppy or kitten that may be amidst the chaos, it can be traumatic. That is why Hawaii Island Humane Society is recommending parents purchase “Pick-your-own-Pet” Holiday Gift Certificates from HIHS instead.


With certificate in hand parents and children can take their time visiting one of three Hawaii Island Humane Society Shelters in Kona, Waimea or Keaau post-holiday and together select the perfect pet for their home and circumstances.

All adopted pets are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped. Bonding with a pet is a lifelong memory made even more special by involving all of the pet’s eventual caretakers. By waiting until after the craziness of Christmas, children and pets have more time to connect with one another and form that irreplaceable friendship that only pets can offer.

Other gift options might include purchase of a 2010 Pets in Paradise Calendar with proceeds benefiting HIHS, or contributing to HIHS’ efforts to send toys and treats to military dogs overseas.


Residents are also encouraged to become a foster family for an animal in need or to volunteer at a nearby shelter.

Visit www.HIHS.org to see adoptable animals currently available or call the Hawaii Island Humane Society’s Kona shelter, 329-1175, Waimea, 885-4558 or Keaau at 966-5458.

UPDATE: Caught the Buggah on Tape

*UPDATE*

This comment was left at the Bishop Museum Site:

This distinctive fly is Taeniaptera angulata (Loew, 1866) and belongs to the family Micropezidae (the stilt-legged flies). This species is native to Central America and first found in Hawaii in the late 1980s. The larvae are thought to breed in rotting vegetation.

The other day I asked what in the world is this:

I submitted it to the Ask a Bishop Museum Scientist and they posted it here, “A Strange Fly“, but they haven’t identified it yet.

Well today I caught him on video:

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Talk Story With 2010 Lieutenant Governor Candidate Senator Hooser on Big Island Tomorrow

Senator Gary Hooser will be meeting with supporters of his campaign for Lieutenant Governor 2010 and those who might be interested in getting to know him.

LOCATION:  The Hilo Burger Joint, 3-6:30pm, Wed. Dec. 2nd

Or contact:
Nova Lee, Hawaii Island Campaign Coordinator
808.443.1377