Where Do Stories Come From?

A national survey, conducted by Cision and Don Bates of The George Washington University, found that an overwhelming majority of reporters and editors now depend on social media sources when researching their stories. Among the journalists surveyed, 89% said they turn to blogs for story research, 65% to social media sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn, and 52% to microblogging services such as Twitter. The survey also found that 61% use Wikipedia, the popular online encyclopedia…

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Well here on the Big Island, I’d say a lot of our newspaper stories are just re-written press releases and AP Generated stuff.


A Half A Million… and I Missed It… ARGH!

Well thanks everyone for viewing my blog.  I just noticed that I had 500,166 page visits to my site.

I was hoping to be online when it happened just to see where the visit came from but so goes it… ARGH!

Thanks again to my sponsors, my friends, my family and most importantly to you reading this post now.  With out all of you reading this site… I wouldn’t strive to make it what it is.


Commentary – Partners in Crime: Environmental Group and Hawaii Government Sued for Poisoning Shoreline

Commentary Submitted by Sydney Ross Singer:

A righteous lawsuit has just begun on the Big Island of Hawaii to seek an injunction ending the environmental destruction caused, not by invasive species, but by invasive species eradicators.

Being eradicated is the famous mangrove tree, which lives in brackish waters along shoreline wetlands. Mangroves are valued around the world for their beauty, protection of the shoreline during tsunamis and storms, protection of coral reefs from runoff and siltation, creation of fish nursery habitats, and purification of polluted waters, among other things.

But in Hawaii, where native species supremacists run amok, the mangrove’s “non-native” status has condemned it to extermination, to the very last propagule…

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Puna CDP Meeting Thursday

Media Release:

The public is invited to attend the Puna CDP Action Committee monthly meeting on Thursday, February 18, 2010, 3-6 p.m. at the Kea‘au Community Center.

Agenda topics include an update from Bill Walter of W.H. Shipman, LTD. on the status of the Kea‘au Town Conceptual Master Plan, amendments and other plans that W.H. Shipman may have in place for its lands in Puna.

Subcommittees of the Action Committee will provide status updates on their recent activities and the Action Committee will commence its review and discussion of the proposed amendments to the Puna CDP that have been received to date.  Click on the following link to view the meeting agenda:   http://tinyurl.com/yz2d7fd

The Action Committee is looking for volunteers to participate in the various subcommittees that were recently established:  Amendments, Budget & Finance, Malama I Ka ‘Āina, Transportation, and Managing Growth.  In addition, the Managing Growth Subcommittee has formed the following working groups:  Agriculture & Economic, Social Services, Public Safety, Parks & Recreation, and Energy Sustainability.

Additional information on the subcommittees and working groups, go to www.punacdp.info or call Rachelle Ley, 937-3217.

Hawaii Forest Institute Awarded HCF Grant

Arthur Lawrence Mullaly Fund of the Hawai’i Community Foundation Provides Dryland Forest Restoration and Community Volunteer Opportunities

Media Release:

The Hawai’i Forest Institute (HFI) has been awarded an $8,000 grant from the Arthur Lawrence Mullaly Fund of the Hawai’i Community Foundation for the Ka’upulehu Dryland Forest Restoration and Education project. This volunteer outreach project provides dryland forest restoration and forest stewardship opportunities at Ka`upulehu Dryland Forest Preserve in North Kona.

HYCC Intern David Cadaoas gives planting instructions to students at Ka`upulehu. Photos by Brad Ballesteros

HFI, in conjunction with community partners, is working to sustain fragile endangered dry forest ecosystems and share their unique historical, cultural, restoration, and scientific aspects to benefit Hawai’i residents and visitors. Volunteers will receive a hands-on, land-based, learning experience to effect positive change in the areas of responsibility, stewardship, and interdependency of all living things.

Enthnobotanist Jill Wagner gives planting instructions to eager volunteers at Ka`upulehu

In 2010, 150 volunteers will participate in stewardship learning events at Ka`upulehu Dryland Preserve. Site stewardship activities will include planting seedlings, collecting and distributing seeds, building trails, and pulling weeds. The project also includes invasive weed control and creating web pages and news articles documenting stories and photographs of the
A portion of this grant will help sponsor the Mauka-Makai Ka`upulehu “Connection Not Forgotten” talk story evening, which is planned for February 25, 2010 at the Kalaemao Cultural Center in North Kona. Speakers Ku’ulei Keakealani, Yvonne Yarber Carter, Keoki Apokolani Carter, and Wilds Pihanui Brawner will address ahupua’a perspectives connecting land and people, mauka-makai, through a cultural ecology partnership. Restoration, science, cultural history, and contemporary relationships to the land are vital components to the perpetuation of a dynamic Ka’upulehu dryland forest and coastal ecosystem. A grant from Hawai’i County’s Department of Research and Development is also assisting with sponsorship. Call HFI at 808-933-9411 to RVSP for this free informal talk story by February 19.

Other project supporters include: Kamehameha Schools, Bishop Museum, Kukio Resort, and Hawai’i Forest Industry Association.