Oh My God! Look What I Just Found

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I just went out to take out some compost and look what I came across! I think these things are illegal in Hawaii!  (Update… I posted this from my phone and I don’t know why it’s taking so long to upload to my blog)

Rail Team to Donate $25,000 to Hawaii Academy of Science to Help Sustain Science Fair

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The Honolulu Rail for Growth (HRFG) team of companies will be collectively donating $25,000 to the Hawaii Academy of Science to support the Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair (HSSEF). Each member of the Honolulu Rail for Growth team is contributing $5,000 to the donation. The team is led by Sumitomo Corporation of America (SCOA) and includes partners Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc. (MHIA), KINKISHARYO International, LLC (KI), Thales Transport & Security, Inc. and Wasa Electrical Services, Inc.

The Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair is an enrichment program that stimulates interest in science and encourages students throughout the islands to enter science and engineering-related careers. Now in its 53rd year, the science and engineering fair is the oldest and largest science education program in Hawaii with nearly 12,000 schoolchildren participating each year statewide. The science fair will take place next week at the Hawaii Convention Center on April 6 & 7th.

Recent reports that the state legislature had cut funding for the HSSEF due to the state’s budget deficit prompted this donation. Chairman of the Hawaii Science Academy’s fund-raising committee, eye surgeon Dr. Neal Atebara, who was co-winner of the 1981 fair, called it the biggest crisis in the science fair’s history…

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Big Island Candies & Sig Zane Designs Box Collaboration

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Ka Lei `Ahinahina

Noho ana `o `āhinahina kūpaianaha i ke po`o o ka `ohu!

Wreathed in mist, the extraordinary Silverswords dwell with the summit clouds!

Ka Lei `Ahinahina

The Silversword chooses to live in the Wao Akua. This region is where the gods dwell and is near the summit of our tallest mountains. On Hawai`i island, the `ahinahina is a close relative to its cousin on Maui isle. “Lei `ahinahina” is a metaphor that there is nothing greater, as no other plants grow closer to the heavens. This is compliment given often to a wise person who has accomplished much in their lives.

Ka Lei `Ahinahina Print on a Big Island Candies Box

This special version of the esteemed Silversword is dedicated to Allan Ikawa and Lance Duyao. Both have been inspirational creating anew for every season and for their unique products.

Sig Zane with Allan Ikawa and Lance Duyao

Established in 1977 in the bayside town of Hilo, Hawaii, Big Island
is world renown for their Chocolate Dipped Macadamia Nut
Shortbreads, decadent brownies, exotic truffles and more. The
award-winning Hilo chocolatier is equally famous for their outstanding
product packaging.
Boxes are available at Big Island Candies Hilo location or through their mail order catalog.


IT Problems Put Accuracy of Census at Risk, Say Government Auditors

I wish I could talk more about the Census at this point… I’ll just let others talk about it:

Information technology problems at the U.S. Census Bureau could cause inaccuracies in this year’s constitutionally mandated count of the U.S. population, according to government auditors.

“IT problems place the efficiency and accuracy of Non-Response Follow-Up at risk and final decennial costs remain uncertain,” said Judith Gordon, the principal assistant inspector general for Audit and Evaluation at the Department of Commerce, in testimony before Congress last week.

Non-Response Follow-Up (NRFU) is the Census Bureau’s program for sending people into the field to count people who have not returned mailed Census forms. The NRFU is the Census Bureau’s largest operation and involves personally interviewing millions of people nationwide.

Robert Goldenkoff, the director of strategic issues for the Government Accountability Office (GAO), told CNSNews.com that “an estimated “50 million housing units out of a mail-out universe of about 120 million” will be non-respondents that will require an in-person follow-up to count.

The Census Bureau is specifically having problems with two IT systems. One is the Paper-Based Operational Control System (PBOC), which is the computer database where Census Bureau field operatives upload the data they collect from people who did not mail responses to the bureau.

The second is the Decennial Applicant Personnel and Payroll System (DAPPS), which is the system used to keep track of, and pay, the more than 600,000 temporary federal workers who help conduct the Census operations.

Last Thursday, the GAO released a report on the Census Bureau’s IT problems entitled, “Data Collection is Under Way, But Reliability of Key Information Technology Systems Remains a Risk.” The report indicated that the government has known about the problem for some time.

The report stated that last February, the GAO had testified that “key IT systems — most notably an automated system used to manage field-data collection known as the Paper-Based Operations Control System (PBOCS), and a personnel and payroll processing system called the Decennial Applicant Personnel and Payroll System (DAPPS) — were experiencing significant performance issues.”

The new GAO report concluded that IT problems have not been solved…

More Here: IT Problems Put Accuracy of Census at Risk, Say Government Auditors

Alesha “Ulu” Makuakane… Not Your Typical Teenage Saturday

Alesha “Ulu” Makuakane - goalie for the Kau High water polo team

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Alesha ‘Ulu’ Makuakane played water polo in the morning and won Miss Ka‘ū Coffee in the evening. On Saturday, March 27, the Ka‘ū High School senior woke up, traveled to Hilo to captain her team as water polo goalie against Kamehameha Schools, and zoomed back to Pāhala to the pageant. She touched everyone by expressing her goal of helping native Hawaiians to improve health through good nutrition and fitness. Pageant Judge Nona Wilson, Director of Nursing at Ka‘ū Hospital, said that Ulu and her infectious smile are “from the heart.” Veteran Hawaiian entertainer and Judge Sammi Fo said, “Ulu’s hula brought tears to my eyes.”

Ulu also won both the Talent and the Interview trophies. During the interview, she talked about the future of Ka‘ū Coffee. She praised the hard work of the displaced sugar workers who have created a world-class coffee and industry for themselves since the Pāhala sugar mill closed in 1996.

Ulu is 17 and the daughter of Pāhala Community Center manager Winona Makuakane, and Paul Makuakane. The family lives in Wai‘ohinu. Ulu plans to attend college and major in health and human nutrition. “Obesity has become a major issue for Hawaiians, and I want to help these people lower these statistics so they can live healthy and active lifestyles,” she said.

Ulu said she loves Ka‘ū “because it is an undeveloped district with agriculture and pristine beaches. As a native Hawaiian, it is my duty to perpetuate the area for future generations to enjoy.”

Later in the evening capturing the Miss Ka‘ū Coffee Festival

Makuakane’s first public appearance since winning Miss Ka‘ū Coffee, will be dancing at the islandwide Youth Awards Banquet for the Boys & Girls Club on Monday, March 28 at Hilo Yacht Club. She and her court will represent Ka‘ū Coffee in the Merrie Monarch Parade on Saturday, April 10 and reign over the Ka‘ū Coffee Festival Ho`olaulea on Saturday, May 1 on the grounds of the Pāhala Community Center.

Miss Ka‘ū Coffee First Princess is Brandy Kayumi Haunani Shibuya, 21, of Na`alehu, daughter of Police Officer Dane Shibuya and Pāhala Boys & Girls Club director Terry-Lee Shibuya. Brandy won the gown and swimsuit competition. Second Princess is Eunice Nika Longakit, 15, of Pāhala, daughter of veteran sugar union leader Franco and Alejandrea Longakit.

Miss Ka‘ū Coffee Peaberry Queen is Karlee Kaliyah Kealaikamaile Fukunaga-Camba, 8, of Pāhala, daughter of Keala and Justine Camba. First Princess is Melia Kate Tabilin Okimoto, 8, of Pāhala, daughter of Sheilah and Malcom Okimoto. Second Princess is Kailee Kuhaulua-Stacy, 8, of Pāhala, daughter of Cheyenne Kaluahine and Sheldon L. Salmo.

The pageant was organized by the Ka‘ū Coffee Festival Committee and the Ka‘ū Coffee Growers Cooperative. Miss Ka‘ū Coffee earned a $1000 scholarship from the Edmund C. Olson Trust. Pageant Chair Gloria Camba, herself a coffee farmer and teacher at Pāhala Elementary School, said “it is wonderful that the entire community is coming out to support our coffee industry as it is important to the future of Ka‘ū.”

Vancouver-to-Hawaii Westjet Aircraft Has Trouble on Takeoff

A Westjet aircraft taking off for Honolulu from Vancouver Internatonal Airport had technical problems on takeoff and is now sitting on the south runway.

“Everybody’s safe on board,” said Alana Lawrence, YVR spokesperson. “It’s undergoing an inspection right now…”

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