Honolulu Advertiser Begins Cuts… Editor Mark Platte Joins TV’s Hawaii News Now

I feel sorry for many of the great journalists that are losing their jobs.

I’d just like to say congratulations to former Editor Mark Platte for getting a new job at Hawaii News Now:

It’s official: I’m leaving The Advertiser to become news director of Hawaii News Now.  First day is May 10. about 2 hours ago via web:

Honolulu Advertiser Editor Mark Platte has been named news director for Hawaii News Now…

Councilwoman Naeole-Beason Asks for Support on Bill 250 (234)

Commentary:

BIL 250 Draft 01 2008-2010

Aloha Kakou,

Many decisions are being made fast and furious these days. The County Council postponed the vote on Bill 234, to delay implementation of the new building codes, until Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 1 p.m. In the interim, Councilman Hoffman has proposed an amendments bill for consideration.

We understand that significant progress has been made in amending Ordinance 09-48. While the initial response has been extremely favorable to Councilman Hoffman’s proposed amendments, its implementation date exceeds the May 11 effective date. Therefore, it is paramount that all who initially supported Bill 234 continue in their support to delay the effective date! Clearly, the process of review must happen, the process of county government must transpire, all of which would take longer than the required 2 weeks remaining for ordinance 09-48 to become law.

The only solution that would result in obtaining a well written, viable Energy Conservation Code is to take the proper time and utilize the available expertise to complete a thorough review and rewrite of the amendments. The only way to accomplish this is to delay the effective date of Ord. 09-48 as is the intent of Bill 234. Upon completion of a thorough review and the writing of a new Ordinance, bill 234 could be amended to fast track implementation sooner than the January 1, 2011 date.

A very sincere thanks to everyone for all of the support — it was through your support that we have made significant progress in amending this ordinance. Your continued support of Bill 234 on May 5th is imperative.

I am asking you to please make time to attend the next county council meeting on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 1 p.m. to encourage the council to support and pass Bill 234 to delay implementation of the new energy codes. Here are the locations:

Hilo:  Hawai’i County Building Hawai’i, 25 Aupuni Street

Kona:  Hawai’i County Council office Holomua Center, Kailua Trade Center 64-1067 Mamalahoa Highway

Waimea:  75-5706 Hanama Pl Suite 5  Suite 109

Lau lima,

Emily I. Naeole-Beason

Council Vice Chair

Councilmember 5th District

BIL 250 Draft 01 2008-2010

Warning… Sirens

This is pretty cool… well at least to me.

This guy (reception73) on Oahu is putting a lot of the warning sirens on youtube.

Here is a few samples that he has posted over the years.

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Tesoro Evaluating the Future of Hawaii… Fuel Terminal?

Fuel Terminal???

Later this year Tesoro will conduct another turnaround at its 93,500 bpd Kapolei, Hawaii refinery, Wheeler said.  He did not give a date for that work.

Tesoro has been evaluating the future of the Hawaii plant as part of a general review of the company’s seven refineries, including the possibility of turning it into a fuels terminal. The Hawaii refinery lost money in 2009 and has continued to do so this year.Tesoro chairman and chief executive Bruce Smith told analysts on Friday regarding the Hawaii refinery that the company is, “closer to being able to potentially unlock some additional value there.”

“Hawaii’s still a focus for us. A lot of effort’s going into determining how to improve the profitability of that on a sustainable basis,” Smith said…

So I’m like thinking if we get these terminals… Prices of our local gas should drop immediately?

Anyone know anything about Fuel Terminals?

Mahalo James Weatherford, Candidate Hawaii County Council – District 5

I received my first ever political campaign check for an “AD on my blog” from James Weatherford a candidate for County Council 5 a few days ago and I just wanted to thank Dr. Weatherford for supporting my blog.

As I told him in a recent receipt:

…Please understand that placing an ad on my site will not prevent me from blogging anything and everything that I so choose to blog about…. whether it has to do with you now… or in the future if elected.

(Sorry Dr. W… This is the only way I know how to really be legit about taking money from ANY CANDIDATE)…

If any other political candidates would like to place an ad on my blog… I will only call it an “Ad”.   I will not call it a “Sponsorship” as some of the sponsors I have on my blog are just that… sponsors of my blog.

The rate is $30.00 per month for the same size as Dr. Weatherford’s ad.

I’d like to thank James for supporting my blog.

If any other candidates wish to place an ad on my blog… feel free to contact me at damontucker @ yahoo.com

1% or 2% Charter Amendment for the Land Fund – Council Recommendations

Commentary:

More 2% News:

The Charter Commission has submitted their charter amendments to the council for comments (as required by the Hawaii County Charter). The council’s comments are due to the charter commission by mid-May. The following resolutions are recommendations to the CHARTER COMMISSION about what will be placed on the ballot.  The following THREE Resolutions recommending changes in the 1% Land Fund Charter amendment will be heard on Wednesday, May 5th at 9:45 at the Sheraton Keauhou.

We recommend that you support Resolution #335.  We have been working with Dominic Yagong and his staff to bring forward this resolution.

TWO things to REMEMBER:

  1. You will see charter amendments on the ballot in November.
  2. The 1% amount as part of  the charter guarantees that at least 1% be placed in the fund each year. The open space ordinance in the code still exists at 2% and is set to resume July 1, 2011.

Council member Yagong’s Resolution #335 recommends:

  1. 2% of property taxes are deposited in the fund at least twice per year (2% is what 63% of the public voted for in 2006 and approx. $4 million per year- this would reinstate the 2% amount)
  2. The Land fund is an interest bearing account ($400,000+ in interest has been earned over the last 4 years).
  3. The fund shall be used for acquisition and NOT for maintenance (This is a Parks and Recreation function, they have a $23 million per year budget- the mayor and council can appropriate funds for maintenance)
  4. To protect the lands purchased by taxpayer’s money, we must have a clause to protect these lands from being resold.  This clause shall run with the land and be recorded as part of the Deed on all past and future purchases: “This property was purchased with monies from the Public Access, Open Space, and Natural Resources Preservation Fund. It shall be held in perpetuity for the use and enjoyment of the people of Hawai’i County. This land may not be sold, mortgaged, traded or transferred in any way.”   (This is necessary because we have seen that the State sells off conservation land in the regular course of business.  Who’s to say that the county won’t start selling land to balance their budget?  A good case in point is the sale of the Hamakua Sugar lands.)

Council member Enriques’ Resolution #336 recommends:

  1. Land fund deposits shall be at 1% per year (which is only approximately $2 million per year)
  2. Monies in this fund shall be used solely to:  (c), – ” Maintain and manage lands purchased by this fund. Ten percent of the annual fund deposits shall be designated for such maintenance and management of the lands purchased by this fund.” My comment (Hecht): The great gift of the fund is to attract matching funds. The matching funds are for acquisition only. We may not be able to attract matching funds, with this clause in the charter. ALSO all of the Land Fund money will be used for maintenance- which is like adding the money back to the general fund. )

Council member Ford’s Resolution #337 recommends:

Much the same as council member Yagong’s resolution, and recommends to reinstates he 2% amount BUT does not include Yagong’s  #4 because it would conflict with Ms. Ford’s

(g) which states: “Other funds for purposes other than public access, opens space or natural resources preservation may be used on a prorated basis to purchase a portion of a proposed public access, open space and natural resources preservation fund acquisition. Other funds shall consist of County operational or capital improvement project funds, grants or proceeds form the sale of bonds from any other sources of revenue or funding. The prorated portion of the land purchased with other funds may then be used only for County public health, safety and welfare purposes.”

QUESTIONS OR WANT TO DISCUSS THIS FURTHER?  Call me:  989-3222.

PLEASE EMAIL TESTIFY AT THE COUNCIL MEETING OR CALL OR EMAIL THE COUNCIL MEMBERS:

<dikeda@co.hawaii.hi.us>, <donishi@co.hawaii.hi.us>, <enaeole@co.hawaii.hi.us>, <cohmayor@co.hawaii.hi.us>, <counciltestimony@co.hawaii.hi.us>, <dyagong@co.hawaii.hi.us>,  <genriques@co.hawaii.hi.us>,  <bford@co.hawaii.hi.us>,  <kgreenwell@co.hawaii.hi.us>, <jyoshimoto@co.hawaii.hi.us>,  <phoffmann@co.hawaii.hi.us>, <KEOFF@co.hawaii.hi.us>,

Mahalo-

Debbie Hecht

Campaign Coordinator, Save our Lands Citizen’s Committee

Hawaii Legislators Vote Yes to Historic Civil Unions Bill (HB444) – Interesting Tweets Leading Up to It

  1. that is #HB444 passed with 31 ayes and 20 noes. IT PASSES! about 1 hour ago
  2. A roll call vote is now being taken to pass #HB444. The votes are 31 ayes 17 noes. about 1 hour ago
  3. Rep Coffman reads from the Hawaii State Constitution that all should be treated equally. about 1 hour ago

  4. Rep Yamane is in opposition. about 1 hour ago via

  5. Rep Barbara Marumoto rises in support of #HB444

  6. Rep Bertram says he is for Civil Rights not for Civil Unions.! about 2 hours ago

  7. Rep Oshiro motions to pass #HB444 and Rep Karamatsu 2nds. about 2 hours ago

  8. Roll Call vote for accepting Senate amendments to #HB444 is 31 ayes 20 noes. IT passes. One more vote about 2 hours ago

  9. Rep Ching is in opposition of the Senate amendments to #HB444. about 2 hours ago

  10. Rep McKelvey agrees to Senate Amendments to #HB444

  11. RT @georgettedeemer: If motion to accept Senate amendments passes, a final reading vote still required. about 2 hours ago via 

  12. Rep. Ward rises in opposition to accept the Senate Amendments on #HB444 about 2 hours ago

  13. Rep Oshiro makes the motion and Rep Karamatsu 2nds. about 2 hours ago

  14. next motion is to agree on the Senate amendments to #HB444 about 2 hours ago

  15. Roll Call vote on reconsideration motion on #HB444 is 34 ayes and 17 noes. about 2 hours ago

  16. Finnigin believes in giving the people a straight answer. about 2 hours ago

  17. Finnigin annouces she will vote Yes on reconsideration of #HB444 about 2 hours ago

  18. RT @georgettedeemer: Now the motion is to reconsider action on indefinitely postponing HB444. about 2 hours ago

  19. RT @ddepledge: House votes 34 to 17 to bring back civil unions to the floor for consideration. about 2 hours ago

  20. Rep Ward rises in opposition of HB444 about 2 hours ago via 

  21. Motion to suspend the rules passed with 34 ayes! about 2 hours ago

  22. Blake Oshiro motions to take action on HB444 about 2 hours ago

  23. Roll call vote is being taking on the suspension of the rules. If this passes they move on to voting on HB444 about 2 hours ago

  24. it is a voice vote. about 2 hours ago

  25. not debate on suspension of rules. There will be a role call vote! about 2 hours ago

  26. Speaker Say is giving speech telling everyone to behave about 2 hours ago

  27. RT @GilKeithAgaran: House majority coming back to floor after caucus on HB444 reconsideration. about 2 hours ago

  28. Sorry we are still waiting on all the members to return from caucusing on #HB444 about 2 hours ago

  29. Caucus is coming back. Stand by and keep your fingers crossed! about 2 hours ago

  30. RT @EqualityHI: starbulletin Star Bulletin reports: House may take up #HB444 civil unions bill again today… http://bit.ly/9mZZou about 2 hours ago

  31. RT @rachelorange: it’s time like these that twitter is actually useful. waiting in anticipation of the potential passage of #HB444 about 3 hours ago

  32. Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. #HB444 about

  33. The anticipation of what might happen next and will history be made today in Hawaii on the passage of HB444 and equality for all. about 3 hours ago

  34. RT @LoomisISChawaii: After a long #HB444 seems to have electrified the gallery, anticipation for civil unions and @equalityhi! about 3 hours ago

  35. RT @ddepledge: The civil unions bill passed the Senate in Jan. If passed by the House today, it would go to the gov for her consideration. about 3 hours ago

  36. RT @ddepledge: The civil unions bill would give both same-sex and heterosexual couples the same rights as marriage under state law. about 3 hours ago

  37. RT @tracyhylokubo: 2day could be slightly redeemed if the House passes HB 444Relating to Civil Unions. A small victory on a day of sadness. about 3 hours ago

  38. RT @rachelorange: I am hoping our Representatives have the courage to vote on and pass HB444. Pretty please…. :) about 3 hours ago

  39. Fear should not win over equality! Legislators, do the right thing and pass civil unions. See the video here: http://bit.ly/9ahmnA about 3 hours ago

  40. RT @theHI: 11 members would need to vote to force a roll-call vote on the motion. about 3 hours ago

  41. RT @theHI: A majority — 26 of 51 House members — would have to agree to the motion in order to bring civil unions back to the floor. about 3 hours ago

  42. The House Majority is caucusing. Will they vote to suspend the rules to bring back HB444.? #civilunions #HB444 about 3 hours ago

  43. Maj. Leader Blake Oshiro motion to suspend rules to bring back HB444. JUD Chair Karamatsu 2nd the motion. about 3 hours ago

  44. RT @ddepledge: House Majority Leader BOshiro makes motion to bring back civil unions bill. House Democrats go into caucus.

Stay on Top of Cop on Top

Media Release:

Don’t be surprised to see law enforcement taking to new heights when Special Olympics Hawai’i holds its ninth annual Cop on Top event. Starting April 29 – May 1, volunteer, off-duty police officers will mount 14-foot scaffolds at Safeway stores statewide, to raise funds for Special Olympics athletes. Officers will eat, sleep and collect donations from the top of scaffolds to raise donations and awareness for Special Olympics.

“Having an opportunity to represent our department in support of a great cause and sharing the experience with others makes me love the experience even more,” said Patricia Ann Doronila, Hawai’i Police Department officer and Special Olympics Hawai’i coach.

Last year’s event raised more than $210,000 for Hawai’i’s athletes and we hope to increase that number in 2010! Please be sure to stop by and show your support!

We are still looking for volunteers for this event to help create excitement and collect money on the ground, while our cops are on top! This is a fun event and children and families are welcome! All volunteers will receive a volunteer Cop on Top t-shirt! Please contact Cindy Ujimori at volunteers@specialolympicshawaii.org with the location and date/time you’d like to volunteer. Please include your t-shirt size and contact phone number.

Every swipe can help Special Olympics:

Sign up with eScrip and support Special Olympics Hawai’i each time you use your credit or debit card! When you shop at participating merchants between one percent to eight percent of your purchase will be donated to Special Olympics Hawai’i as well as your choice of a local area programs. Just click here to get started.

Please write in the group ID numbers for Special Olympics Hawai’i and any local area programs when selecting which organization to support. You may support up to three groups.

The codes for Special Olympics Hawaii include:
Special Olympics Hawaii: 141876984
Special Olympics Central/Honolulu: 141877019
Special Olympics Windward: 141877070
Special Olympics East Hawaii: 141877176
Special Olympics West Hawaii: 141877297
Special Olympics Maui: 141877223
Special Olympics Kauai: 141877330

Kona’s Crown Jewel is Restored

Media Release:

It takes a lot to invest millions into any project at any time, much less during a recession. But the team at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel knew that the time was right for the iconic hotel to get a much-deserved “face-lift,” and began the initial planning in late 2007. With plans in hand by 2008, the project began. Today marks the completion of a two-year, $35 million renovation – the largest, most expensive, comprehensive enhancement undertaking in the hotel’s 35 years of operation.

Renovation

While a portion of time/investment went into things not readily visible (internal systems upgrades – fire, safety, energy-efficiency, plumbing, etc.), improvements to the things you can see are quite impressive. All 452 rooms, including five oceanfront one-bedroom suites, have been completely re-done. Everything is brand new. Contemporary in feel, island in vibe, soft good patterns mirror nostalgic Kona – with burnt red, brown, and celadon green hues and coffee motifs to celebrate Kona’s coffee history. Hardwood furnishings are enhanced with embossed Polynesian tattoo patterns. And subtle hints of the colors and texture of lava complement the overall design.  Spacious bathrooms have brand new bathtubs, sinks, furniture and fixtures. New in-room amenities include Bath & Body Works® bath products, iron/ironing board, flat screen television, complimentary coffee (and coffee makers), complimentary wireless Internet, and new mini refrigerators.

A brand new lobby and reception desk await guests, as does a new infinity-edged pool with Billfish Bar, lava-rock whirlpool, renovated dining room, and a selection of new retail shops.

Restoration

Nestled at Kamakahonu Bay, King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel sits adjacent to Ahu’ena Heiau, Kamehameha the Great’s personal and final residence, and the center of political power in the Hawaiian Kingdom. Kamehameha used this site as a gathering place for his kāhuna (priests) and advisors to counsel and guide both he and his successor, Kamehameha II (Liholiho).

Sitting in such close proximity to an important cultural/historic site comes with much honor, respect, and responsibility. Ahu’ena Heiau, a National Historic Landmark, was last restored in 1999. Toward the end of 2008, Ahu’ena Heiau Inc. began a project to restore the roof of Hale Mana, one of the buildings at Kamakahonu. The completion of this project is slated for the end of May.

Several original portrait paintings of Hawaiian royalty that have graced the lobby of the hotel for decades, a treasured feather cape ahu’ula, feathered helmet mahi’ole, feather lei, war weapons, and lei niho palaoa (whale or walrus tooth necklace, usually made with human hair and worn only by royalty) are being restored as well. And, an original oil by notable Historian/Artist Herb Kawainui Kane that depicts Kamehameha I, his family, and advisors at Kamakahonu, is being restored by the artist himself.

Today, the grounds of Kamakahonu are still regarded as a gathering place – for meetings, planning sessions, training, events, luncheons, weddings, reunions, concerts, and more. Four meeting rooms located within the hotel have been fully refurbished to accommodate modern-day gathering needs.

Rediscovery

“A resort renaissance has happened at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, and it’s time for rediscovery. Our repeat visitors are overwhelmed with the changes. We have received tons of positive ‘WOW’ comments,” says Jak Hu, the hotel’s general manager. “The renovations have not only generated a lot of excitement from our guests, but they have had an incredible impact on our employees. This transformation is the start of a new beginning for our hotel and has restored a new sense of pride in our staff.”

“Pacifica Hotel Company has a history of purchasing hotels, renovating them, and bringing them back to life. The owners view King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel as a wonderful asset with a great location of historical and cultural significance,” added Hu.

E hele mai … come, rediscover King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. Special introductory rates and promotions are being offered celebrate the project’s completion. For more information or to enter your name in a three-night stay giveaway, visit www.konabeachhotel.com, or find us on Facebook®.

Mayor Kenoi Convenes Tourism Strategy Initiative in Response to Japan Air Lines Flight Suspensions

Media Release:

Mayor Billy Kenoi today said he is disappointed that Japan Air Lines has decided to halt direct-flight service from Narita to Kona, but said that he is convening a special meeting between the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, the County, the State Tourism Liaison and other major stakeholders such as the hotels and tour wholesale companies to pursue a strategy to respond to the flight suspension.

“Direct flights are critical to the well-being of our working families and small businesses, and we will work with all of the major players to preserve this vital component of our economy,” Mayor Kenoi said. “Kona is the only airport outside of Honolulu that receives international direct flights, and it is important that we develop a strategy that helps us preserve the federal infrastructure that is now in place in Kona to serve international arrivals.”

“The early warning that JAL plans to suspend flights to Kona in October gives the stakeholders an opportunity to collaborate with other airlines that may be interested in the Kona route,” Mayor Kenoi added.

HTA President and CEO Mike McCartney said JAL has been an excellent partner and participant in Hawai‘i’s tourism industry, providing direct flights to Kona since 1996. McCartney said he hopes the airline will re-evaluate its decision and restore its long-standing direct-flight service to Kona soon.

“We understand that the suspension of the Narita-Kona route was a difficult business decision for the airline.  JAL has been a loyal partner and friend to Hawai‘i.  While saddened by their difficult decision, we will continue to stand by and collaborate with JAL,” McCartney said.

“Like airlines worldwide, JAL is facing difficult market conditions and financial challenges,” said State Tourism Liaison Marsha Wienert.  “Fortunately, JAL’s decision comes at a time when the tourism data demonstrate there is still demand in Japan for travel to Hawai‘i.  Japanese arrivals to the County of Hawai‘i were up 1 percent year-to-date through March 2010 over arrivals during the same period in 2009.  In fact, JAL’s flights to Kona brought 69,175 visitors to the County of Hawai’i last year, a 4.4 percent increase over 2008 arrivals on the same route.  These are positive indicators that may encourage other airlines that are looking at Kona.”

JAL considered suspending service to Kona last year, but state, County and tourism industry officials urged the airline to reconsider and continue providing service. The latest announcement that JAL will halt service to Kona in October comes in the midst of a company-wide restructuring that will eliminate 16,500 jobs at JAL.

Leaders in the County of Hawai‘i visitor industry will gather in Kona today with HTA leadership and State Tourism Liaison Marsha Wienert to plan the next steps forward. Attending that meeting will be Mayor Kenoi; HTA President and CEO Mike McCartney; David Uchiyama, who is HTA’s vice president of brand management; and Big Island Visitor Bureau Executive Director George Applegate. Other participants will include representatives of major hotels, tour companies and other interests with a stake in the direct flights.

Hawaii: Kaimu Beach & Queens Bath 1986

Center for Study of Active Volcanoes:

Rare footage of the Big Island in 1986 & 1987: Kaimu Black Sand Beach & Queens Bath, BEFORE lava.

In 1986, Hurricane Estelle sent huge waves over roads along the Puna coastline. High-quality Beta tape was used to document the damage; in the process, footage of beloved Kaimu Beach was included. Then, in 1987, Kapaahu residents needed to evacuate as lava flows approached; again, events were recorded on Beta tapes, including Queens Bath.

The Beta tapes have been carefully edited to show only the beauty of this magnificent coastline, before lava flows covered the area. This video shows no burning houses, no roads getting covered, no ocean entry. There is only a single second of lava.

Everything was shot in 1987, except for the Hurricane Estelle footage of 1986, which runs from 00:23 to 01:14. Reference points: Kaimu Black Sand Beach begins at 00:00. Drainpipes surfing area is at 00:44. Harry K Brown Park is at 00:59. Queens Bath begins at 1:51.

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Ho’ike 2010 – Liko Ka Palapalai

Governor Lingle Vetoes Quota Bill

Media Release:

Governor Linda Lingle today vetoed a bill that would have mandated the makeup of the workforce on state and county public construction works projects.  The bill, SB2840 SD2 HD1, would impose an ambiguous quota system that would impair contractors’ flexibility to maintain a workforce that is responsive to the specific changing needs of a project.  This bill would further stretch the limited resources and staffing of state and county agencies that award the contracts by adding the burden of having to monitor and enforce the quota requirements, as well as verify the residency status of each contractor’s employees.

While the bill has been touted as a job creation measure, the end result would likely discourage job creation by increasing project costs to taxpayers, as well as increasing the likelihood of project delays due to additional grounds for protests by contractors who are not selected…

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Census Enumerators Will Begin Knocking on Doors Again Soon

Here on the Big Island, Census workers will begin knocking on doors again on Wednesday, April 28th. This is the Non Response Follow Up operation, so if you didn’t send in the questionnaire the first time… the census bureau sends enumerators out to find you.

Continuing a White House tradition of strong support for the census dating back to 1790, President Barack Obama recorded a public service announcement encouraging national participation in the 2010 Census.

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15 Year Drought Ends… Pop Warner Football Returns to Pahoa-Puna District

After a long 15 years, Pop Warner “Flag” Football has returned to the Pahoa-Puna district after the hard work of many involved.

The Puna Panthers were spearheaded by Fred Blas, Keven Lee and Kyle Lee and they had their first game today at Hawaiian Beaches Park.

I started playing football when I was 8 years old and the things that I learned from playing on a team that young… stuck with me for the rest of my life.

It was great to see so many folks from the community come out to this historic event.  Even Hunter Bishop from the Mayor’s Office made.

Teamwork is the key to winning football games and these kids definitely had teamwork.

Its pretty cool because they are allowing females to play which definitely wasn’t allowed when I was playing.

From what I could tell, it looks like the Pahoa-Puna Panthers have several different teams at different age groups… But there always seems to be that one big boy that just looks like he would kill the smaller kids!

You can click on the pictures below for a larger version:

A Taste of Puna Cook-Off

SATURDAY • MAY 15, 2010 • 10AM-3PM

CONTEST RULES:

1. Recipes and decorations must include products raised or made in Puna.

2. One entry per contestant.

3. Categories include: Pupu, Entree, and Dessert

4. Entry blanks may be obtained from Foodland Kea`au, Ace Hardware or online at keaaushoppingcenter.com

5. Entries will be judged based on creativity, taste, presentation, and use of Puna

products. Written recipe must be included.

6. Participants will allow Keaau Shopping Center to reprint recipes, and contestants

will give consent to release photos to the public.

7. Entries must be at Keaau shopping Center on Saturday, May 15th by 9:30am.

Each recipe must have the ingredients and cooking instructions and be suitable

for display. Set-up to be completed by 10am, and sampling of your dish will

follow judging.

8. Keaau Shopping Center will not be responsible for clean-up or returning of

dishes.

9. Deadline for entries is Thursday, May 13 at 5pm. Completed forms must be

turned in to Foodland Kea`au or Ace Hardware by that time. Enter early.

Limited space for per category.

10. Entry display limited to 2’ x 2’ table top space.

PRIZES

1st Place in each category $250 CASH

2ND Place merchant gifts and gift certificates $150 value

3RD Place gifts and gift certificates $100 value

Do You Check Your Links? Re: Poinography Blog

To the person that asked me if I check my links on my site and that the Poinography blog is dead…

Go jump in a lake!

My guess is that Doug at Poinography has taken some time off (yes a long time off) and is probably working on something much more important then blogging.

If you would actually read some of the content of his site… you will find, that he is/was/ and still will be one of the better bloggers in the state.

Just because I link to a site that hasn’t been updated in awhile… doesn’t mean I don’t know what’s going on with my own blog.

Pfft… by the way… funny how the person telling me this doesn’t even have a blog of their own that I know of.

Maybe if you read more of Poinography… you would realize that it extends to more then the first page… pfft!

Question… Would You Fork Out $240.00 a Year for Online News?

eBay founder Pierre Omidyar has had a soft launch with his new attempt at making news profitable online with the Honolulu Civil Beat and I myself am pretty disappointed that it isn’t going to feature neighbor island news at this time.

I sure won’t be paying $240.00 a year to basically be allowed to make comments on the site… However, what I could do… is simply take snippets of their news and allow any Joe Blow that wants… to make the comments on my site for free.

So I ask the question… would you be willing to pay $240.00 a year to billionaire Omidyar to run what at this point, just looks like a contributory news site run by folks that were hand selected by the billionaire?

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New 1994 Footage of Kilauea Erupting… The Best I’ve Ever Seen

This Footage was taken in 1994:

Molten lava mixes with seawater, producing spectacular fountains of spatter, and fascinating bubble bursts. The bubbles stretch and rapidly cool, forming Peles Hair and Limu o Pele.

Videographer: JJ. Camera with telephoto lens was set up far away to capture footage from this rare and short-lived event. Current conditions are very different; visitors & scientists must remain in government-designated areas to view lava safely…

Learn more about the formation of volcanic littoral cones: http://www.uhh.hawaii.edu/~csav/gallery/littoral.php

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It really get’s good around 3 minute 20 second spot