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Is the Census Count Finished or Pau…. NO!

I keep getting this question… is the census count finished.

What I can tell folks… is there is ONE MORE operation that will be done during the month of July.

This operation will be sending enumerators out to verify the vacant and deleted properties and also add on any housing units that may have been overlooked or deleted in the previous operation for one reason or another.

I’m sworn by  oath not to mention the protocol that the census uses to get it’s figures… however, I think I can legally say that I don’t think this method is the best available now that we are in the year 2010.

Hawaii County Shareride Taxi Program Information

Media Release:

In an effort to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving, and to promote the Hawai’i County shared ride taxi program, the Impaired Driving Task force recently developed two new posters. With the help of various county agencies, community organizations and private professionals, pictures were shot at two prominent Hilo locations. The resulting posters are now in the process of being printed and distributed to schools, hospitals, doctor’s offices and places of social gathering.

Shared ride taxi coupons are available for purchase all year long at the Mass Transit Agency, 1266 Kamehameha Avenue, Room A2, Hilo or at the Downtown Improvement Association, 329 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo.

The coupons are subsidized by the county, allowing the taxi companies to receive reasonable payment for providing cab rides while giving the customer a reduced rate. The most economical package is a booklet of 15 coupons for $30. Also available are booklets with 10 coupons for $20 and 5 coupons for $15.

One coupon is good for four miles of travel and two coupons are good for nine miles of travel, provided the travel is within urban Hilo or Kailua-Kona. Any distance beyond that covered by the coupons must be paid for in cash.

Eight taxi companies participate in the program. They are Ace One Taxi, Ali’i Taxi, Bay City Taxi, Bobby Taxi, Hot Lava Taxi, Marthysha’s Taxi and Percy’s Taxi in Hilo and J & A Taxi in Kailua-Kona.

For more information about purchasing discount taxi coupons, call the Mass Transit Agency at 961-8744.

Please remember, it only takes 2-3 drinks to exceed the legal limit of 0.08 percent blood alcohol content – so don’t take a chance – take a taxi!

For more information about the Impaired Driving Task Force, you may call Coordinator Dieter H. Blattler at 961-2226.

Voyagers: The First Hawaiians – The Premiere

Autographed copy of the DVD!

So a couple weekends ago I got to go to the Hilton Waikoloa Village for a weekend get away.

On Saturday night, my wife and I were lucky enough to attend the premiere of “VOYAGERS: The First Hawaiians”.  It’s a film produced by Paul Csige based on the book that Herb Kawainui Kane wrote.

Herb Kawainui Kane and his wife along with film maker Paul Csige and his wife

I felt very honored as my ohana was given VIP seating up front so my son my nephew wouldn’t have any problems viewing the film.

The movie begins with a trailer about Mauna Kea

I knew things were about to begin, when two guys came out on the top of the roof of the stage and started blowing conch shells.

What a cool way to start the production!

The evening started out with a Pule (a Hawaiian Prayer)

A Pule

Then we had some entertainment from a local dance group.


An intense glare

One for the ladies as well

Then dignitaries were honored on stage with Herb and Paul

Dignitaries on stage

The Hilton Waikoloa Staff then surprised the audience with free popcorn and then the movie began.

Here is a short clip from it that can give you the general feel of the movie:

“In 1976 a voyaging canoe set sail from Hawaii to Tahiti for the first time in over 600 years.  Accompanying these mariners aboard their historic voyage was a a single book.

Over 30 years later, the tale told in those pages comes to life through the images of Herb Kawaianui Kane and the vision of Filmmaker Paul Cisge.”