Hulihe‘e Palace Reopens Tomorrow

Media Release:

Hulihe‘e Palace reopens tomorrow for self-guided tours following cleanup after the March 11th tsunami. Starting Wednesday, the palace resumes its regular museum hours of 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

The next-door Kuakini Building, which houses the palace’s kitchen and gift shop, suffered interior water damage. The palace’s gift shop, which needs a new floor, will remain closed until further notice.

The annual fundraiser, Day at Hulihe‘e, is still on for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., March 26. The palace museum will also be open for the gala event.

“We want to thank the community for helping us during the massive cleanup,” says Fanny Au Hoy, long-time palace administrator. “We lost numerous items stored in the basement and would greatly appreciate monetary donations to help fund replacement costs.”

Donations are greatly appreciated and can be mailed to Hulihe‘e Palace, 75-5718 Ali‘i Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740. For information, phone 329-1877.

Hulihe‘e Palace reopened in September 2009 after receiving a $1.5 million renovation to repair damage suffered in the October 2006 earthquake.

Hulihe‘e Palace admission, which at this time includes a self-guided tour brochure, remains $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and $1 for keiki under 18. Volunteer docents are sometimes available to give guided tours. For details, contact the palace at 329-1877, the palace office at 329-9555 or visit

Caretakers of Hulihe‘e Palace are the Daughters of Hawai‘i. The organization was founded in 1903 and opens membership to any woman who is directly descended from a person who lived in Hawai‘i prior to 1880. Helping the Daughters in its efforts since 1986 are the Calabash Cousins; membership is available to all.

Hawaii State Civil Defense to Test 13 Oahu Outdoor Warning Sirens on Wednesday and Thursday

Department of Emergency Management Message:

State Civil Defense will test 13 Oahu sirens this week Wednesday and Thursday, March 23-24, 2011.

Residents in the areas listed below may hear the steady siren tone during the scheduled times and should not be alarmed.

The sirens and schedule for testing is:

Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Makaha North
Waianae Shopping Center
Nanaikapono School

Wednesday, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sandy Beach
Hanauma Bay
Maunalua Beach Park
Kamioiki Neighborhood Park

Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Aikahi Park
Heeia Kea Pier
Ahuimanu Sewage Treatment Plant
Waihole Beach Park

Thursday, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Turtle Bay

Times are approximate and may change based on installation times. Residents in these areas may call State Civil Defense at 733-4300 with any questions or concerns.

WordPress Problems, Crashes and Bloggers Cry Foul

Well crashed hard on many of its users today.

I first started noticing the problem around 9:00 this morning and it has been driving me nuts.

I sent off a notice to the wordpress folks and the first reply I got back was this:

Hi there,

Thank you for reporting this. We are working quickly to track down and correct the issue. We will keep you updated as soon as we know more details and you should hear from us shortly.

If there is anything else I can help you with please let me know.

The next message I got stated the following:

We’re experiencing some problems on and we are in read-only mode at the moment. We’re working hard on restoring full service as soon as possible, but you won’t be able to create or make changes to your site currently.,

I was watching some reports on it and here are a few exasperated tweeters:

Janel Ovrut MS RD
DietitianJanel Janel Ovrut MS RD

@karalydon I’m having major problems with #wordpress and #safari (and maybe @godaddy?) all of the above. such a pain.
MelanieKV Melanie
#CNNbreakingNews: #Wordpress has crashed. Millions of blogs affected. Look into it. Oh, no word from #Wordpress on twitter. Check it out.

Oceanic Time Warner RoadRunner is Sucking Today

Well Oceanic Time Warner RoadRunner service seems to be taking a hit all over the State of Hawaii right now.

I started noticing the problem last night as well as folks all over the Big Island.

Now I’m hearing reports that Oahu is also very slow today.

You can try your own “Speed Test” that Oceanic technicians use themselves to test your speeds of uploading and downloading rates by checking this site: Oceanic Time Warner Speed Test

The first test I did at 8:10 gave me these download and upload transfer rates:

Download Speed: 16762 kbps (2095.3 KB/sec transfer rate)

Upload Speed: 895 kbps (111.9 KB/sec transfer rate)

The next reading I took at 8:26 gave me these transfer rate speeds:

Download Speed: 17153 kbps (2144.1 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 949 kbps (118.6 KB/sec transfer rate)

And this final reading I took at 8:30 gave me these rates:

Download Speed: 15208 kbps (1901 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 930 kbps (116.3 KB/sec transfer rate)

So if you want to check yourself what type of speeds you are getting… I’d be interested to hear.

Oceanic Time Warner Speed Test

I'd be more then happy to see the Coyote eat the RoadRunner today!