Sig Zane Designs Sells Out of Lingerie Collection in One Day

Today I posted the press release from Sig Zane designs regarding the release of their new SZ Lingerie line.

I have been told that they have sold out of the product and will no longer be selling lingerie.

In the meantime… Have a great April Fools month.

April Fools Day!

Lawmakers to Host Informational Meeting to Provide Updates on Ke’ehi Boat Harbor Recovery Efforts

Media Release:

Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland (D13- Sand Island, Kalihi, Liliha, Nu’uanu, Pauoa, Pu’unui) and Representative Joey Manahan (D29- Sand Island, Mokauea, Kalihi Kai, Kapalama) have scheduled a meeting for the public to receive updates on the amount of damage caused by the recent tsunami and the ongoing recovery efforts, as well as the pier improvements recently completed, in progress, and being planned.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2011, from 5-6 p.m. at the Ke’ehi Boat Club (4 Sand Island Access Road).

Representatives from state organizations who will be in attendance include Ed Texeira, State Civil Defense; William Aila, Director of the Department of Land and Natural Resources; Ed Underwood, Small Boat Harbor Administrator; Meghan Statts, Oahu District Administrator; Carty Chang, Land Division, Engineering Division; Eric Yuasa, DOBOR Engineering Branch, and Sen. Suzanne Chun Oakland and Rep. Joey Manahan.

“What we do in the aftermath of a natural disaster is just as important as what we do in responding to it,” said Rep. Manahan. “We should evaluate the effectiveness of our reactions and responses to see if we can improve our preparations for another disaster.”The Ke’ehi Boat Harbor community is invited to share their concerns and to give feedback and make recommendations for future improvements based on their experience during the recent tsunami. Individuals can also email their concerns in advance to manahan3@capitol.hawaii.gov or by calling Dan Kalili at 808-586-6547.

NASA Airborne Radar Set to Image Big Island Volcanoes

Media Release:

The Kilauea volcano that recently erupted on the Big Island of Hawaii will be the target for a NASA study to help scientists better understand processes occurring under Earth’s surface.

A NASA Gulfstream-III aircraft equipped with a synthetic aperture radar developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., is scheduled to depart Sunday, April 3, from the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif., to the Big Island for a nine-day mission.

The Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar, or UAVSAR, uses a technique called interferometric synthetic aperture radar that sends pulses of microwave energy from the aircraft to the ground to detect and measure very subtle deformations in Earth’s surface, such as those caused by earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides and glacier movements.

As the Gulfstream-III flies at an altitude of about 12,500 meters (41,000 feet), the radar, located in a pod under the aircraft’s belly, will collect data over Kilauea. The UAVSAR’s first data acquisitions over this volcanic region took place in January 2010, when the radar flew over the volcano daily for a week. The UAVSAR detected deflation of Kilauea’s caldera over one day, part of a series of deflation-inflation events observed at Kilauea as magma is pumped into the volcano’s east rift zone.

This month’s flights will repeat the 2010 flight paths to an accuracy of within 5 meters, or about 16.5 feet, assisted by a Platform Precision Autopilot designed by engineers at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. By comparing these camera-like images, interferograms are formed that reveal changes in Earth’s surface.

Between March 5 and 11, 2011, a spectacular fissure eruption occurred along the east rift zone. Satellite radar imagery captured the progression of this volcanic event.

“The April 2011 UAVSAR flights will capture the March 2011 fissure eruption surface displacements at high resolution and from multiple viewing directions, giving us an improved resolution of the magma injected into the east rift zone that caused the eruption,” said JPL research scientist Paul Lundgren.

This injection of magma takes the form of a dike, a thin blade-like sheet of magma extending from the surface to several kilometers depth, with an opening of only a few meters.

“Our goal is to be able to deploy the UAVSAR on short notice to better understand and aid in responding to hazards from Kilauea and other volcanoes in the Pacific region covered by this study,” Lundgren added.

For more on UAVSAR, visit: http://uavsar.jpl.nasa.gov . For more information about NASA’s G-III Earth science research aircraft, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/news/FactSheets/FS-089-DFRC.html.

JPL is managed for NASA by the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

UH Hilo Professor in Running for President of University of Houston-Victoria

Philip Castile

A search committee chaired by Dr. William A. Staples, president of UH-Clear Lake, has identified five finalists for the position of president of the University of Houston-Victoria…

The five finalists and dates of open forums are the following:

April 19: William Fannin, provost and vice president for academic affairs, University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

April 21: William Nunez, chancellor and professor of biology, Louisiana State University at Eunice.

April 26: Philip Castille – professor and former vice chancellor of academic affairs, University of Hawaii at Hilo.

April 29: Ray Wallace – provost and senior vice chancellor, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.

May 4: Earl Yarbrough – president, Savannah State University.

More information here: Finalist for UHV President Job Released

Sig Zane Rolls Out New Lingerie Collection

Media Release:

Just in time for the 2011 Merrie Monarch, fashion designer Sig Zane has done it all now.  Today Sig Zane Designs released their new SZ Lingerie line of clothing to the world.

 

Chocolate Uluwehi Keaukaha Ululani Body Piece

Company spokesman Kuhao Zane stated, “We had many requests from folks all around the world asking why we didn’t have an underwear line and so today we introduce SZ Lingerie”.

Sig Zane Designs is based on a strong, simple love. Our designs are wedded to a place, nature and culture, and our values are simple. Honor the land and the native culture. Celebrate excellence and beauty. And share what we know.

“We are just starting with a few garments now to try it out the market and if they become popular we will be adding to the collection.” said Zane.

To view the collection click here: Sig Zane Lingerie

About Sig Zane Designs:

In 1985, Sig Zane Designs opened in Hilo and in 1999, his first neighbor-island store opened in Wailuku, Maui. The staff now numbers 13, including Sig’s son, Kuha’o, a graphic artist.

Company spokeswoman Aprel Fuhller contributed to this article.

Tsunami Updates Courtesy of the Big Island Visitors Bureau

Media Release:

It’s business as “almost-usual” for Hawai’i Island, following the tsunami that struck March 11 due to an earthquake near Honshu, Japan. There were no deaths or injuries in Hawai’i, and the majority of Big Island businesses are back to normal (those impacted most are in the Kona District.) See below for Big Island updates. For detailed statewide updates, visit the Hawai’i Visitors and Convention Bureau’s special alert website. BIVB supports the statewide relief effort for Japan, “Aloha for Japan.”

Thanks to the help of dedicated community volunteers, Hulihe’e Palace has reopened for self-guided museum tours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Repair of damages suffered by the March 11 tsunami continue to the palace basement, grounds and exterior buildings; the gift shop remains closed. Hulihe’e Palace continues free monthly outdoor concerts honoring late Hawaiian royalty. Time is 4 p.m. Apr. 17, May 15, June 12, July 17, Aug. 14, Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18. Call (808) 329-1877 or visit www.daughtersofhawaii.org.

Four Seasons Resort Hualālai at Historic Ka’upulehu will reopen Apr. 30, 2011.  While there is no significant structural damage, management is well aware of what their guests desire and their need to provide an uncompromising experience.  For updates, visit www.fourseasons.com/hualalai.

Kona Village Resort remains closed “for an extended period of time,” according to a statement issued by its management. Damage to the 45-year-old iconic resort was severe enough to cause the layoff of all employees and no re-opening date has been established at press time. For information, visit www.konavillage.com.

King Kamehamemeha’s Kona Beach Hotel is open and there was no damage to guest rooms. The award-winning Island Breeze Lu’au has resumed its normal schedule. Carpets are being replaced in the lobby and meeting areas, and the Billfish Bar is serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

‘Anaeho’omalu Beach is again open on both sides. The public parking, restrooms and access on the south side had been previously closed due to debris.

All Big Island National Parks Are Open. Assessment continues at Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park on impacts to its cultural sites, but the park is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Its royal grounds, pu’uhonua and coastal trail are closed. All other areas of the park are open. Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park is open daily and the only area closed is the coastal trail between the north end of ‘Aimakapā and the south end of Kaloko fishponds.  The visitor center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.