Saturday: Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival

Media Release:

The Hawaii Island Land Trust and Kona Kai Ea (SP?) Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation are presenting the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival this weekend.

Beginning this Saturday, April 17th at 7:30 PM in the Aloha Theater in Kainaliu Town the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival will take place.  Tickets are $12.00.

Here is a quick summary of the films to be screened.

Lady Bug  Swarm

Enjoy one of the wonders of nature … and rediscover the beauty of nature through the eyes of a child.

Ascending the Giants

You may hug a tree, but would you climb one? Join tree lovers & climbers Brian and Will as they attempt to find Oregon’s largest Sitka Spruce trees.  Through their eyes, from both ground and canopy views, we discover the breathtaking beauty of these beautiful giants.

Garbage Angels

What happens when trash meets trash? Could there be life in a dump? Best Canadian Short, Planet in Focus


Written and produced by South Kona’s Alison Teal.  This film documents a family adventure following Alison and her partents as they set off into an uncharted region of the Peruvian Andes, in search of an untouched village said to have some of the last Incan descendants and the most powerful shamans in the world.

Malama Wai’aha

Two budding citizen journalists travel with their mentors to cover a critical issue in West Hawai’i, that is, the danger of development within Kona’s immature floodplains.  Their creation, Malama Wai’aha, and the music video, E Malama Wai’aha makes it clear that this generation cares deeply about public education and protection of our island’s culture and environment.

A Sheltered Sea

There is a pioneering conservation movement taking place along the coast of California. The Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) brings together diverse stakeholders—fishermen, conservationists, scientists, government, divers, and ocean-loving citizens—in a process to set aside marine refuges akin to our country’s National Parks. Best Ocean Conservation Film, Blue Ocean Film Festival.

The Fun Theory: Piano Staircase

The Fun Theory. We believe that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people’s behavior for the better. Be it for yourself, for the environment, or for something entirely different, the only thing that matters is that it’s change for the better. “Take the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator and feel better” is something we often hear or read in the Sunday papers. Few people actually follow that advice. Can we get more people to take the stairs over the escalator by making it fun to do? See the results here.

Secret Life of Paper

Ever wonder what happens to the newspaper we read in the morning? Have you ever considered what impacts these products have on the environment, from beginning to end? INFORM’s Secret Life Series is a collection of videos that highlight the environmental impacts of everyday products we all use.

Flathead Wild

“You could argue that an area that’s been clear cut may eventually come back in 1000 years or so. Mountain top removal is different though… the mountain is actually removed, trucked and taken away. No one’s ever going to put that mountain back.” As a result of this type of mining and drilling proposals, the Flathead River is one of North America’s most endangered. Flathead Wild follows the International League of Conservation photographers as they descend on the Flathead River Valley with local conservation groups and work to get the perfect, iconic image to give the Flathead coalition the tools it needs for success.

Hawaii: 1946 Tsunami Photos Overlain with 2010 Views

You’ve seen archival photos of the 1946 tsunami damage in Hilo, but you’ve never seen anything like this.

Sean O’Neill carefully photographed the identical locations in 2010, and this video morphs each archival photo into its modern counterpart.

The result is stunning, as you watch the same tree or telephone pole or concrete pier, surrounded by water and debris in black-and-white, melt into a color photo that is precisely aligned.

For more information on tsunamis, visit our Natural Hazards Hawaii web site:

Aloha Congress… Neil Abercrombie

As a historic piece of legislation is readied for passage, members of the U.S. House say farewell to one of the prime movers of the legislation, Congressman Neil Abercrombie.


I Spy… ME in the Honolulu Advertiser

If you have been following my blog, you will know that a week ago I had the chance to tour the USS Destroyer Chung-Hoon out at sea.

Today, Honolulu Advertiser Copy Editor and Odds and Ends writer Shauna Goya featured her pictures and write up on the trip.

I also notice that there are a couple pictures of me included!

You can check it out here: Jack is the ODD Winner

Bat Boy the Musical Coming to Pahoa!

Media Release:

The Hilo Community Players presents: Bat Boy the Musical

THE STORY: Based on a story in The Weekly World News, “BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL” is a musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. For lack of a better solution, the local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the town veterinarian, Dr. Parker, where he is eventually accepted as a member of the family and taught to act like a “normal” boy by the veterinarian’s wife, Meredith, and teenage daughter, Shelley. Bat Boy is happy with his new life, but when he naively tries to fit in with the narrow-minded people of Hope Falls, they turn on him, prodded by the machinations of Dr. Parker, who secretly despises Bat Boy. Shelley and Bat Boy, who have fallen in love, run away together from the ignorant townfolk and have a blissful coupling in the woods, but their happiness is shattered when Meredith arrives and reveals a secret. Soon the entire town arrives and hears the shocking story of Bat Boy’s unholy origin.

All performances will be held at the Historic Akebono Theater, in Pahoa HI.

OPENING NIGHT – April 30 – 7:30pm


Show Dates:

All shows at 7:30pm

Thurs. April 29 (Special Preview Performance), Fri. April 30 (Opening Night), Sat. May 1

Thurs. May 6, Fri. May 7, Sat. May 8

3.9 Earthquake Shakes East Hawaii *Edit* Downgraded to 3.8

A minor earthquake occurred at 7:37:58 AM (HST) on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 .
The magnitude 3.9 event occurred 3 km (2 miles) WNW of Pahala.
The hypocentral depth is 36 km (23 miles).

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