TODAY: Depleted Uranium Teleconference

Media Release:

The NRC’s (Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s) Petition Review Board will hold a teleconference at 9 AM on Wednesday April 14 with several Hawai’i residents to address their concerns about DU (depleted uranium) and other possible radioactive hazards in Hawai’i. The residents are Jim Albertini, Cory Harden, Isaac Harp, Dr. Lorrin Pang, and Dr. Mike Reimer.

Pang, of Maui, is a former Army doctor and a consultant to the World Health Organization. Reimer, of Kona, holds a Ph.D. in geology.

Albertini of Kurtistown, Harden of Mountain View, and Harp of Waimea challenged the Army’s application for a license to possess DU in a separate proceeding in January 2010, but the NRC ruled they had no standing.

On Wednesday, the residents plan to question the Army’s assessment, cleanup plans, and monitoring for DU in Hawai’i, the legality of the Army possessing DU in Hawai’i for 40 years,  and the adequacy of surveys for any other forgotten military radioactive hazards in Hawai’i.

The public can listen to the teleconference by calling 1-800-772-3842 and using security code 2206.

Mahalo Deston Nokes

John Fischer from "" and Deston Nokes from "Nokes"

So for the two people that follow my blog know that I’ve been struggling to find a better header then the one I had.

I’d like to thank Portland, Oregon resident Deston Nokes for designing the current header.

I met Deston on one of his media adventure tours here on the Big Island and he is the one that actually snapped the picture of me.

I was actually lucky enough to spend three days with a great group of media folks from the mainland and still continue to have dialog with them.  I look forward to meeting more media folks as they spend their time in the islands.

I feel very lucky to be living in Hawaii and have the opportunity to do some of the things I have been doing.

Kona Premier of Malama Wai’aha Saturday

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This Saturday evening, there will be the Kona premiere of the short film “Malama Wai’aha” and the music video, “E Malama Wai’aha” (see below) at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival this Saturday evening, April 17th, at 7PM.


The film festival is being hosted by the Hawai’i Island Land Trust and the Kona Kai Ea Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.

Please come and show your support!  Tickets can be purchased at ‘Apono Hawai’i or Kona Stories bookstore in Mango Court or on-line at

This short film created at Keaau Youth Business Center questions the impact and value of increased development in the Waiaha floodplain in Kona from a youth perspective.  Mentored by Kristine Kubat , this film combines fresh footage of a Kona watershed area as seen through the young eyes of Jasmine Kupihea with sage mana’o/advice from local elders and an original soundtrack by well-known Hawaiian activist Skippy Ioane, Jr.  The short film includes the music video, “E Malama Waiaha”, with original music by Kaimana Nakea, Ricky Alaniz, and Makana Kamahele. Nakea and Kamahele sing lead vocals, while Kupihea and Schae-Ann Like provide back-up vocals with Alaniz playing keyboard.  Daniel Morii of Island Planet One Productions mentored the video portion.

17 youth interns from Puna were employed by Alu Like in these productions using federal stimulus funds.  Project mentors were contracted by Sustainable Living Institute and `Apono Hawai`i using funds from the Flaherty Directed Account of the Hokuli’a Foundation.

Best wishes for future success to the Alu Like interns of the Hawai’i Youth Media Mentoring Project: Ricky Alaniz, Justin Ferreira, Kaleo Kaapana , Nainoa Kalaukoa, Kelia Kama, Jahnikki Paiva-Kamai, Makana Kamahele, Nicole Kruse, Jasmine Kupihea, Alyssa Marie Like, Schae Ann Like, Kaimana Nakea, Kyle Nakapaahu, Jeffrey Oher, Brianna Shung-Pacheco, Landis Shung-Pacheco, and Kuuipo Pereira.

Mahalos to mentors: Isaac Frazer, Tiana-Nicole Heyano, Kristine Kubat , Lisa Malakaua, Jamal Mamalias, Daniel Morii, Keana Okuda, Mark Richford, Carlton Stout, Damon Williams, and Denyse Woo.

Special kokua mahalos to: Alu Like – Diane Aki, Angel Pilago, Bob Jacobson , Charles Brotman, Hamakua Springs, Island Naturals Market, Island Vortex, Kea’au Youth Business Center, Kona Community Cultural and Educational Foundation, Kona Historical Society, KTA Superstores, Lily Kong, Arthur Mahi, Malama Waiaha community group, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Puna Fresh Foods, Surfrider Foundation -Kona Kai Ea Chapter, Sustainable Island Products, Sustainable Living Institute, and The Waiaha Families.

Damon Tucker Google SearchStories

In response to Traci Toguchi’s “SearchStories” post… I thought I’d put one of my own together.


NASA Partners With Hawaii on Space Exploration, Science

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NASA and the State of Hawaii agreed Tuesday to collaborate in a variety of activities involving small satellite development, advanced aviation, space exploration, education and science.

"Nano Satellite"

During a ceremony at the state capitol in Honolulu, NASA’s Ames Research Center Director S. Pete Worden and Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle signed a three-year non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement establishing a partnership for space exploration, scientific research and education initiatives in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known as STEM.

“NASA and Hawaii have collaborated in space exploration since the early years of our space program when Apollo astronauts trained for their missions on the lunar-like volcanic terrain on the Big Island of Hawaii,” said Worden. “With this agreement, we look forward to extending that partnership even further as we continue to explore and expand into space.”

“The inauguration of a new Space Act Agreement with NASA is an innovative partnership that will leverage Hawaii’s unique location, strategic technological assets and capabilities, and international ties throughout the Asia-Pacific region to advance space exploration, next-generation aviation, scientific research and STEM education,” said Lingle.

“This alliance represents a truly exceptional and timely opportunity for our state that will help diversify our economy by developing the local aerospace industry, as well as expand Hawaii’s leadership role in the global space enterprise,” Lingle added. “We look forward to continuing to collaborate with NASA in realizing the substantial scientific, educational and commercial development opportunities this agreement will afford both our state and our nation.”

“For nearly 50 years, Hawaii has been at the forefront of pioneering programs in astronomy, planetary geosciences, broadband satellite communications, space-based environmental monitoring, and deep-space surveillance,” said Lt. Governor James R. “Duke” Aiona, Jr., who represents Hawaii as a vice chairman of the national Aerospace States Association. “This new agreement builds upon a dynamic partnership with NASA that over the next three years will substantially increase Hawaii’s competitive advantages and help to enhance our long-term economic prosperity.”

NASA maintains a satellite tracking station on the island of Kauai and has a long history of conducting deep space observations from the advanced telescopes on the Hawaiian Islands. It also supports a broad range of educational programs through the Hawaii Space Grant Consortium at the University of Hawaii. NASA’s Space Grant national network of 52 consortia in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico includes more than 850 affiliates from universities, colleges, industry, museums, science centers, and state and local agencies supporting and enhancing science and engineering education, research and public outreach efforts for NASA’s aeronautics and space projects.

The agreement’s first annex provides for small satellite development with the University of Hawaii’s Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory under a new program called HawaiiSat. The Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory will train engineering and science students to design and build small satellites.

Students and professors from the university will be sent to Ames to work with scientists and engineers to design, integrate and manage small satellites. During their training, the visiting students and professors also will work with other small satellite contractors in NASA Research Park, such as Santa Clara University.

The overall goal of the collaboration is to develop a Hawaii-based program for small spacecraft missions and a satellite project developed and managed by students. NASA will benefit from the insights provided by the students and their professors toward future NASA missions. HawaiiSat also will enable NASA to help develop the next generation of explorers, engineers and scientists needed for future space exploration. The Space Act Agreement also provides for the addition of future annexes for NASA and Hawaii to collaborate.

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Hilo Coffee Mill “Market @ The Mill” on Saturdays

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Mountain View’s Favorite Gathering Place!

“The “Market @ The Mill” is located at the Hilo Coffee Mill farm and is open every Saturday from 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM — a significant convenience for local residents and visitors of the agriculturally rich Puna District.

The market features Hawai`i grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants and other Hawaii-grown farm and value-added products, with a maximum of 20 vendors. All vendors, or their representatives, sell products grown on local farms or value added products using Big Island grown produce. Fresh cooked local ingredient breakfasts are cooked outside on the griddle every Saturday. We want to showcase locally grown items and give our local farming community another revenue stream especially in these economic times. In addition, it promotes the purchase of locally grown items and sustainable agriculture. Having a market in Upper Puna / Mountain View can help save money on gas, groceries and entertainment. It can build community spirit.

Hilo Coffee Mill is conveniently located on Highway 11, the beautiful Volcano Heritage Corridor, midway between Hilo and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Hilo Coffee Mill works diligently to bring East Hawaii coffee to the forefront of the world market and to add East Hawaii to the list of Best Coffee Growing Regions Worldwide.