Ziplining at World Botanical Gardens with Dave Haggen!!!

Last weekend I had the opportunity to go Ziplining at the World Botanical Gardens Zip Isle.

Not only did I have an opportunity to go… I had the opportunity to go with a friend, Dave Haggen, that I had not seen in many years.  This was truly special for me beyond words can even speak or what I can even really blog about and I really want to say thanks to those involved.

Mahalo to the folks at World Botanical Gardens and Zip Isle for providing this experience for me and Dave.

We started out the day by checking in at the World Botanical Gardens check-in kiosk.

After that they lead us down a short path to a place where they debriefed us on what we were about to take part in.

After the debriefing, we boarded a bus and headed up to the zipline adventure site.

We arrived at our destination and then we began our tour of 8 Ziplines.

Most of the Ziplines were about 400 – 500 feet as they spanned this valley of trees and jungles and a river bed.

I enjoyed this experience spending time with my friend who I hadn’t seen for a long time.

There is a lot to be told about the whole story… but I’ll keep that between Dave and I as I was just stoked to see him for the first time in a long time.

I was able to catch this video of him riding on the 2nd longest dual zipline on the Big Island… I can’t believe I’m not fat enough to have this zipline carry me all the way to the end like it did him!

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I think it’s pretty cool Big Island residents and tourist have so many cool new things popping up and around us!

Dave and I also got to go on the Umauma Ziplines that are close to the WBG ones as well.  I’ll be blogging about that closer to their opening.

Still waiting to see if some hang gliding company will pop up around here.

Hazardous Household Wastes to be Collected

Media Release:

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Environmental Management will be conducting Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection events at its Waimea and Pāhoa Recycling & Solid Waste Transfer Stations in March.

The Waimea HHW Collection Event will be held on Saturday, March 6, and the Pāhoa HHW Collection Event will be held on Sunday, March 7.  Both events will provide for residential drop-off of select materials from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. only.  During the Pāhoa HHW collection event, the ARC of Hilo’s HI-5 Certified Redemption Center will be closed for the day; residents may use the Kea‘au Recycling & Transfer Station, which will be open.

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

The County of Hawai‘i conducts these events to offer our residents a convenient and environmentally responsible method to dispose of potentially hazardous materials like automotive fluids, used batteries, fluorescent lights, pesticides, etc.  Proper disposal of these materials protects our residents’ health and the environment.

Please note that if you are unable to attend these Household Hazardous Waste collection events, the next events are scheduled for Hilo on June 5 and Kona on June 12.

Should there be any comments or questions on the above, please contact Chris Chin-Chance, Recycling Specialist with the Department of Environmental Management at 961-8554 or email to recycle3@co.hawaii.hi.us.  Mahalo for your kōkua

Greenwaste Facility to Close for Repair

Media Release:

The County of Hawai`i Department of Environmental Management operates a green waste mulching facility in Kona through a contract with Big Island EKO Systems, Inc. (EKO).  EKO will be conducting water system repairs at the County’s Kona Green Waste Mulching Facility located at the Kealakehe Recycling & Solid Waste Transfer Station.

In order to protect the safety of the public and complete the repairs in a timely manner, the facility will be closed on Friday, February 26, 2010.  Repairs are anticipated to last all day and the facility is expected to reopen on Saturday, February 27, 2010. For further information, please contact County Recycling Specialist, Chris Chin-Chance at 961-8554.

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Kona Brewers Festival… Saturday, March 13th

Flag Votes Not Counted

Three votes were not counted by the Chief Clerk- Representatives Tom Brower, Marilyn Lee, and Maile Shimabukuro. Had these three votes been accurately counted and made inclusive with the fourteen votes that were counted, the total would have been seventeen votes. Seventeen votes in the affirmative is what was needed to recall HB2311 from committee.

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