Women in Aviation Conference Being Held at Pearl Harbor this Weekend

Media Release:

Saturday, the second day of the first annual Women in Aviation Conference attracted the career-oriented and those interested in aviation at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. The Conference opened yesterday, Friday and runs through tomorrow, Sunday, April 18, with today, Saturday, being the big day.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Volunteer Angel Uherek and Education Coordinator April Emerson hosted the first annual Women in Aviation Conference at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor this weekend through Sunday.

Women in Aviation features enhanced exhibits, seminars, talks, an aviation career fair, and a showing of the film, Amelia with discussion about the contribution women have made to the field of aviation. The conference is free with Museum admission and over 500 attended the Museum today, many participating in the Conference exhibits and presentations.

CDR Kristen Herr-Garrett of JPAC was one of the guest presenters at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor today at their first annual Women in Aviation Conference. The conference was free for Museum attendees

Seminars and talks were presented today by: the Aloha Chapter of the 99s, the women’s aviation organization whose first president was Amelia Earhart; Hawaiian Airlines pilot Cindy Fluai and SkyWest pilot Suzy Swim who spoke on “History & Our Roles in Aviation; Commander Kristen Herr-Garrett of JPAC who spoke on “A Day in the Life of a Female Aviator;” Robin Jackson, who spoke on “African American Women in Aviation,” and Evelyn Greene of Honolulu Community College who made a presentation on the college’s Aeronautic Program.

The Career Fair today, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm was a popular feature with national and local companies’ and organizations’ booths throughout the lobby. It gave aspiring aviators and aviation enthusiasts an opportunity to network with those who work in the field, from pilots to mechanics.

A career fair was held at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor this weekend, Friday through Sunday, part of the first annual Women in Aviation Conference hosted by the Museum.

The feature film Amelia was shown Friday & will be shown again Sunday at 2:00 pm in the Museum Theatre, with an historical talk by Burl Burlingame. Amelia tells the story of the life of legendary American pilot Amelia Earhart.

Aviation Prizes:

A Robin Olds signed F-4 Phantom II Model Plane, Stearman Biplane Rides, flights on Mokulele/go!, signed aviation books by Museum Curator Jim Goodall, Museum memberships and logowear are among the prizes to be given away at the end of the Conference. All guests can enter and need not be present to win.

According to Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff, “The conference is designed to encourage individuals to become active participants in the aviation community and to create interest in the fields of math and science, in keeping with our mission to educate young and old.”

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is open 9am to 5pm daily and is accessed by air conditioned shuttle buses from the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center at Pearl Harbor. Museum admission tickets are available online at PacificAviationMuseum.org or at the Arizona Memorial Visitor Center. A free flight simulator coupon is available online. Phone (808) 441-1000 or visit PacificAviationMuseum.org.

Daily, visitors from all over the world view the vintage aircraft collection, enjoy hands on technology experiences including combat flight simulators, hear moving stories told by veteran docents, and experience “The Date Which Shall Live In Infamy” through historic films and audio.  The Museum gift shop and restaurant are unique in their offerings and their authentic 1940s ambiance.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. Its mission is to develop and maintain an internationally recognized aviation museum on historic Ford Island that educates young and old alike, honors aviators and their support personnel who defended freedom in the Pacific Region, and preserves Pacific aviation history. The Museum provides educational programs for adults and children and is located at 319 Lexington Boulevard, on Ford Island at Pearl Harbor.

Rising Sun of Ka’u Earns Coffee of the Year Honors

Media Release:

The Rising Sun Farm of Ka’u again reached the pinnacle of the specialty coffee world by earning the 2010 Coffee of the Year award in the Hawaii-USA category at the prestigious Specialty Coffee Association of America’s Roasters Guild international cupping competition at the SCAA’s 22nd annual expo.

This marks the fourth consecutive year Ka’u coffees have earned international acclaim in the prestigious competition and the second time Rising Sun has earned a top spot. Competing against 134 exceptional coffees assembled from such legendary coffee origins as Columbia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, Nicaragua, Panama and Peru, the Rising Sun earned an impressive 87.563 score. After an initial vetting round, the 134 entries were winnowed down to 74 coffees scoring 84 or better. Ten of the 74 finalists were chosen from Hawaii and were among 18 entries collected from across the state. Six of the 10 Hawaiian finalists are from Ka’u farms.

The seven-acre farm, operated by Will & Grace Tabios of Na’alehu is located at 1900-foot elevation on lands mauka (upland) of the town of Pahala where the family cultivates Guatemalan Typica and Bourbon varietals. Will & Grace’s winning coffee was produced by the labor-intensive “pulped natural” method which produces pleasantly sweet, bright, citrus and floral flavors.  The steady evolution of Ka’u’s coffee quality has been influenced in part by consultant Miguel Meza.

Among other fine Ka’u coffees whose final scores were 84 or better are Castaneda Coffee Farm (85.35), R&G Farms (84.9), and Rusty’s Hawaiian (84.75). Other Ka’u farmers who entered the competition and are on hand to promote Ka’u coffees are Efren Abellera of Kehua’s Coffee Farm, and “Bull” Kailiawa. Kailiawa Coffee Farm scored an impressive 7th in the 2009 Coffee of the Year competition. These entries into the SCAA competition are sponsored by Ka’u Farm and Ranch Company, LLC, the management entity of the lands on which the award-winning Ka’u coffee farms are located.

Award-winning Ka’u estate coffees will be available for tasting and purchase at the second annual Ka’u Coffee Festival happening on May 1-2 in the plantation heritage town of Pahala. Events will include Ka’u Coffee ho’olaule’a (admission is free) with coffee tasting, entertainment, food, education, arts and crafts, Ka’u Coffee recipe contest, farm tours, and Ka’u Coffee College, a series of educational workshops focused on coffee farming, roasting, cupping and processing.  For event information & schedule, visit www.kaucoffeefestival.com, call (808) 929-9550 or email info@kaucoffeefestival.com.

Rising Sun coffee is available at Alan Wong’s famous King Street restaurant in Honolulu, Will and Grace’s own variety store in Naalehu or by calling (808) 557-4441.

Coffee cupping is a combination of art and science where coffees are evaluated and scored based on subtle characteristics including, flavor, aroma, “mouth-feel,” acidity, sweetness and aftertaste. Participating coffees are cupped blind by a panel of highly qualified experts.

The SCAA is the world’s largest coffee trade association dedicated to supporting a vibrant specialty coffee community. They recognize, develop and promote specialty coffee by setting and maintaining quality standards for the industry; conducting research on coffee, equipment and perfection of craft; and providing education, training, resources and business services for members.  Celebrating 28 years of success, the strength of the organization is reflective of members who represent more than forty countries and every segment of the specialty coffee industry, from coffee growers to coffee roasters and retailers. Visit www.scaa.org

For more information, contact: Chris Manfredi (808) 929-9550, cmanfredi@kaufarmandranch.com

A Big Island Newspaper Finally Getting It?

Wow a Big Island newspaper beginning to understand social media?

It looks like the West Hawaii Today is finally on Twitter.

I’m their 18th follower… I wonder if they will actually get Twitter and realize they need to follow people back otherwise it’s pretty useless and they are only sending stuff and not receiving stuff that could interest their newspaper readers.

They also have a Facebook page, which I just became a fan of.

Are we going to start getting local news faster via Twitter and Facebook then those damn paper rags?

I wonder if the Hawaii Tribune will also get with the times?

1959 Eruption Kilauea Iki Courtesy of Center of Study of Volcanoes

Part 1 of this volcanic eruption features early high fountains, rivers of lava pouring into the lava lake, and the view from Volcano House. Professional photographer Fred Rackle filmed the eruption with a B&H movie camera and a tripod. Decades later, he donated a narrated SVHS copy to CSAV, with permission to distribute. Now, 50 years after the eruption, we are pleased to honor Rackle by sharing this astonishing video with the world. Visit our new Fred Rackle web page, to learn details of this photographer’s life and adventures, at http://www.uhh.hawaii.edu/~csav/rackl


Part 2 of this Kilauea Iki eruption includes visitors for scale, hot cinders landing on the old road, fountains by day and night, and of course Rackles inimitable narration.


Part 3 of Kilauea Iki covers the heavily damaged forest, highlights of the ending of the fountains, pieces of the cone sliding off into the lake, and NPS rangers planning trails over the devastated areas.


Debbie Hecht – “The 2% Land Fund is Now the 1% Land Fund”

Aloha 2% Supporters:

The Hawaii County council will meet on Tuesday, April 20th at 9:00 am at the Sheraton Keauhou. There will be video-conferencing from Hilo ONLY. The first order of business that morning will be Communication 687.1 REPORT FROM THE CHARTER COMMISSION .

The 2% Land Fund is now the 1% Land Fund (approximately $2 million per year) .

If this upsets you, please show up to testify or send an email to the county council and the Mayor.


On the subject line be sure to note :

Comm. 687.1- Report from the Charter Commission about the Land fund.

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I’ve attached CA-15 which is the proposed legislation from the Charter Commission. You can scroll down to read the clauses that I think should be added to honor 63% of us who voted for the 2% Land Fund in 2006, to protect the fund AND the land that is purchased.


MY TESTIMONY to the HAWAII COUNTY COUNCIL- As you know the charter commission has been meeting since January. Many of the 2% supporters have attended almost every meeting. We are very frustrated. Over 100 people sent emails to the commission and at 100 people took time out of their busy lives to show up and testify in front of the commission. All of these voters testified about a 2% Land Fund, not a ½% Land Fund and not a 1% Land Fund.

We ask that you recommend that the charter commission reinstate the 2% amount, as voters approved by 63% in 2006. People in your districts are upset that you cut the 2% deposits for 2 years. This will be a campaign issue for the 2010 campaign season.

Please recommend that the charter commission include the following in their proposed charter amendment CA-15 The Land Fund:

The amount that shall be deposited at least twice per year shall be 2% of property taxes including penalties and interest.

The land Fund shall be an Interest bearing account. We heard testimony that the Finance department does this anyway, but unless it is in the legislation this is not a requirement.

Land Fund monies shall be used for acquisition only and not for development or maintenance of properties.

To protect the lands purchased by taxpayers money, we must have a clause to protect these lands from being resold. This clause that 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.


Debbie Hecht

Campaign Coordinator, Save our Lands Citizen’s Committee