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Ziplinegate – KapohoKine vs. Umauma

So just to let folks know… it looks like KapohoKine vs. Umauma Ziplines is going to be an interesting legal case if there even is a case made.

The notorious and very well known attorney Gerard Leeloy talked to me today off the record for awhile and just needed to get my view on things.  I appreciate him not attempting to throw me under the bus and just wanting to get to know me a bit better.  I told him I have nothing to hide.

This is the first time I’ve met him in person as I’ve only heard about him from some of the high profile cases that he has taken on.

I believe that he knows that I have done nothing wrong and I don’t believe I will be targeted for anything… although I may be called as a witness.  He didn’t mention anything about the letter I received asking me to remove the post from my blog either.

I’m not gonna blog too much about things as I hate pushing buttons that don’t need to be pushed at this time.  I did tell him I would be posting something about today’s meeting with him.

I  referred him to my website’s search engine and just to make it easier for everyone… I’ll simply share this link so anyone can see what I’ve written about Umauma Ziplines and that I believe I’m being as fair as possible in my reporting of what I have learned.

Hawaii Mayors Meet with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

Media Release:

County of Hawai’i Mayor Kenoi and Kaua’i Mayor Bernard Carvalho met with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack last week to discuss strategy for diversifying agriculture. Mayor Kenoi discussed farming on the Big Island , which is home to more than 4,600 farm and livestock operations, representing 62 percent of the state’s total.

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Mayor Kenoi and Kaua’i Mayor Bernard

Mayor Kenoi and Secretary Vilsack also discussed federal work underway at the Pacific Basin Agriculture Research Center and the County’s work to expand community based agriculture on 1,739 acres in Hamakua.

Mayor Kenoi attended the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCOM) last week in Washington , D.C.

Toad The Wet Sprocket Coming to the Royal Kona Resort

I also got wind tonight that Toad the Wet Sprocket will be coming to the Royal Kona Resort.  This is a few weeks after the Five for Fighting concert and will be held on Friday May 6th.

TTWS, as many of their fans call them, have been a favorite of mine since the early 90’s and I can’t believe this is going to the first time I have ever seen them perform live!

One of my favorite songs is Walk on the Ocean:


Another favorite is “All I Want”:


I look forward to both of these upcoming concerts!

Five For Fighting Coming to the Royal Kona Resort

*UPDATE* Tickets can be purchased below

I just got wind that the contemporary band Five for Fighting will be performing at the Royal Kona Resort on Thursday April 21st.

They are best known for their song 100 Years:


And the 2000 hit Superman (It’s Not Easy)


Hopefully I can get backstage with them or check out their sound check!

UPDATE: Tickets can be purchased here!

How Impact Fees Impact Me Meetings Moved to Februrary

As many of you may know Councilman Pete Hoffman suffered a heart attack last week.  I just received the following notice regarding the impact fee meetings that were scheduled have now been moved to February.

Media Release:

The January community meetings in District 6 to discuss impact fees with Councilmembers Brittany Smart and Pete Hoffmann have been moved to February.

“How Impact Fees Impact Me” meetings will be

  • February 9th at Yano Hall 6:30p.m.
  • February 10th at Cooper Center 7:00p.m.
  • February 17th at Pahala Community Center 7:00p.m.*
  • February 23rd at Na’alehu Community Center 7:00p.m.*

*Previously, the meetings in Pahala and Na’alehu were scheduled for January.

Vice Chairman Pete Hoffmann will speak on how the proposed impact fee system is designed to enable our County government to impose such fees, the flexibility inherent in this system, how the rates can apply, as well as the constraints of such a capability. Questions from the audience are encouraged and light refreshments will be provided.

Contact: Jen at (808) 961-8536 or district6@co.hawaii.hi.us for more info.