Big Island Bus Fare Increase Fails to Pass Hawaii County Council

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Bill 51 – The $1.00 bus fare increase, failed to pass the County Council by a vote of 4/4 on its Second and Final Reading.

Hawaii Counties New Double Decker Bus

Hawaii Counties New Double Decker Bus

Councilmember Smart, due to constituent input and their concerns, voted against the rate increase. However, while there was mention of the kukua zones expiring at the end of this fiscal year, at no point in any discussions, including council chambers, the media, and community meetings, was it stated that the bus fares would revert to fares existing prior to the kukua zones. The debate has been revolving around charging the $1 fare or maintaining the current free system. The rates in existence prior to the kukua zones essentially charge Ka’u residents approximately $5.00 one-way to get into Hilo or Kona. This information was brought to Ms. Smart’s attention after the vote. Due to this new clarification, we have submitted a request to reconsider Bill 51.

Per Rules of Procedure and Organization of the Council of the County of Hawai‘i, Rule #15-2, “any Council Member voting with the majority may move for a reconsideration of the vote on the motion at the same meeting or at the next regular meeting. However, any Council Member who wishes to ask for a motion to reconsider at the next meeting must notify the Council or Committee Chairperson and County Clerk in writing of their intention to make such a motion within five (5) working days after the disposition of the motion to be reconsidered.” Should this request be approved we anticipate Bill 51 being reconsidered at the June 1, 2011 County Council meeting for the second and final reading.

Hilo Community Meeting on Hawaiian Perspectives in Support of Geothermal Development

Geothermal Meeting

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WHAT:  The second in a series of community forum and information sessions on geothermal development in Hawaii . The event will feature presentations from Native Hawaiians on community based models for geothermal development, cultural issues and the protection of cultural resources, OHA’s role in Wao Kele O Puna forest management, the revenue OHA receives from Geothermal development, and native Hawaiian/public ownership of geothermal ‘minerals’ as assets of the ceded land trust. Also, the issue of “peak oil” and its impacts to the global and local community; and the findings of the geothermal Working Group for Hawaii Island.

 WHO: Patricia Brandt, CEO of Innovations Development Group (IDG), a Hawaii-based corporation with geothermal projects on Maori Trust lands in New Zealand , will moderate the forum. Six native Hawaiian leaders will give presentations (information below).

WHEN: Saturday, May 28, 2011, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: University of Hawaii Hilo Campus Center , 200 W. Kawili Street.  Hilo , Hawaii , 96720 – Phone: (808) 965-2704

WHY: Geothermal energy in Hawaii has been controversial in the past. Come find out how this sustainable, domestic energy force can help fuel the Hawaiian Islands in the future and discuss community-based development of geothermal resources.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY : If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with one of our participants, please call Ryan Matsumoto at 808.536.0434 or email Ryan at

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Kailua Kona’s Controversial Issue of Development at Kohanaiki Also Known as Pinetrees

On the Big Island of Hawaii, Kailua Kona’s controversial issue of Development at Kohanaiki also known as Pinetrees, a local surf spot, has heated up once again.


Part II – a more in depth look on the development plans for Kona Hawaii’s Kohanaiki local surf spot Pinetrees. For more information you can visit,


Pahoa Dairy Farmers Feeding Cows Sodium Borate to Combat Milk Radiation

An open letter from dairy farmers on the Big Island of Hawaii shares some solutions for working with radiation problems in milk.

Dear Milk Share Members,

Our goal to offer high quality safe food to our community has recently been challenged in the reality of the radioactivity being released into our environment. In the past weeks radioactive levels have increased in Hawaii, with high spikes and a more current leveling off of radiation levels. Milk from the large dairies in Hamakua and Hawi has shown elevated levels of radiation, from 400 to 2400 times the recognized safe levels.

Why is milk contamination significant in the world of agriculture? Because milk represents the overall condition of the entire food chain, since cows consume grass and are exposed to the same elements as crops. So, when milk tests positive for radiation, it indicates the entire food chain is contaminated since cows eat grass. When grass is contaminated everything grown in the same soil is contaminated. This has proposed a serious concern to us farmers, with us asking what can we do? After much consideration, research, and conversations with much appreciated experts in the field of biological farming and human & animal health, we have found some things which we are able to do to protect our soil, animals, and bodies.

Aside from the much recognized supplement potassium iodine as a protection against radioactive iodine, there are a number of ways we can help. We have remembered our friend, elemental boron and the position it plays on the earth. Boron is the only mineral capable of accepting and ionizing radiation that never changes the innards or the nucleus of the cell. Spoken simply, boron can take radiation and release it without upsetting its own very delicate balance.

Boron is used extensively in the nuclear industry. Sodium borate is regularly used for standby liquid control systems, in case of emergencies. It was used in Cheronbyl in 1986 mixed with sand to prevent further radiation leakage. It was also used in 1999 in Tokaimura, Japan, to absorb the massive amounts of radiation after an accident at a plant. Currently it is being dumped on fuel rods and in surrounding waters of the Fukushima plant. Boron is widely recognized as extremely safe and can be used to capture radioactivity on our soils, gardens, orchards, etc. It also can be safely ingested by humans and animals. Boron will accept radiation and ionize it within our bodies, after which our bodies will safely excrement the boron and radioactivity.

We have begun feeding our cows and goats sodium borate at milking times, as well as adding it to free choice kelp and water troughs. In the past years we have monitored boron and other minerals in the soil and have added as necessary to bring levels up to recognized healthy levels. As a safety measure we are planning to implement a boron dosage to all of our pastures, as well as neighboring pastures. For humans, boron can safely ingested at a dosage of 4-10 mg per day. Borax, 11% boron, can be used as a tea and sprayed on your gardens, or land surrounding your home, at a rate of 10# of Borax per acre, 1#, if using elemental boron. Borax can also be ingested at 1/8 tsp to 1 litre water for women, ¼ tsp to 1 litre water for men. Fortunately, red wine and coffee are significant sources of boron, as well as non-citrus fruits, red grapes, plums, pears, apples, avocados, legumes and nuts! Boron is known to be non-carcinogenic, non-mutagenic and has been used internally to protect the astronauts in space as they leave the earth’s protective magnetic field.

Other things we can do to protect our bodies are to consume zeolites, use potassium iodine, receive plenty of glutathione, the best source of which is whey!, eat plenty of supergreens, such as kale, but including chlorella and spirulina, maintain healthy mineral levels, and eat lots of good healthy fats, including raw butter, and coconuts, which offer a fantastic layer of protection for our cells. Baking soda has been known to diminish the severity of change produced by uranium to the kidneys, which are the first to show radiation damages of uranium. Dosage is 1 tsp to 8 oz water for adults and ¼ tsp in 4 oz water for children.

According to Cheryl McCoy,, Calcium Bentonite Clay acts as a magnet absorbing anything with a positive charge, ie radiation and toxicity. She suggests washing all produce which may be considered radioactive in 1 part clay to 8 parts water in a non-metallic bowl, soaking for 10 minutes, then rinse and dry as usual. Bentonite clay can be added to catchment tanks, drinking water or raw milk to isolate radioactivity, which will not be released once captured by clay. Also, the body cannot digest clay, but will rather release clay through excrement. Clay can be added to milk or drinking water at a dosage of 1 oz liquid calcium bentonite to 1 gallon raw milk or drinking water. Either allow to settle and pour off or mix and consume clay and liquid. 1-2 oz liquid bentonite clay can be safely consumed per day by an adult, with significant detox abilities.

In these tenuous times it is all we can do to be honestly informed of the situation at hand and act accordingly. We are doing our best to protect our soil, animals and bodies from the elevated levels of radioactivity, and hope that you will also. Our prayers and blessings are with the farmers and families closer to the source of radioactive pollution. We send them our love and hopes for a green, safe future for all on this earth.

Britton & Shekinah
Milk and Honey Farm
Pahoa, Big Island Hawaii

Big Island Police Week Honors Four Officers Killed in the Line of Duty

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Members of the public helped the Hawai’i Police Department celebrate Police Week on Monday (May 16) at the Hilo police station.

Daniel Oili and Raynette Taketa, descendants of William "Red" Oili, light candles in his honor and for three other Big Island police officers who have been killed in the line of duty since 1918.

Daniel Oili and Raynette Taketa, descendants of William "Red" Oili, light candles in his honor and for three other Big Island police officers who have been killed in the line of duty since 1918.

The outdoor ceremony honored four Big Island police officers killed in the line of duty: Manuel Cadinha (1918), William “Red” Oili (1936), Ronald “Shige” Jitchaku (1990), and Kenneth Keliipio (1997).

Police Week is a nationally recognized week of activities in support of police work and in recognition of officers who have died or been disabled in the line of duty. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed every May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week it falls in as Police Week.

At the Hilo ceremony, Mayoral Aide Desiree Cruz thanked police, their families and civilian staff for their sacrifices and support that “give us that wonderful sense of peace and security that we feel and are so blessed to have here on our island.”

Oili’s grandson, Daniel Oili, and great-granddaughter, Raynette Taketa, lit candles in memory of Officers Oili, Cadinha, Jitchaku and Keliipio. The four fallen officers were also honored with a 21-gun salute. Uniformed police officers in attendance then saluted during the playing of “Taps.”

A similar ceremony was held Tuesday (May 17) in Kona.

The Best City to Watch People “Make-Out” – Honolulu Ranks Number One In Public Displays of Affection

Want to see a couple making out?  Well it looks like Honolulu is the city to do it according to

If you’re the kind of person who cringes when people kiss, don’t go to Honolulu…you won’t fit in at all.

For the Hawaiian city has topped a list of U.S. places where people feel the most comfortable with public displays of affection or PDA…  More Here

It seems natural to me though if you think about it.  There are so many people that come here on romantic vacations and honeymoons.

Plus it’s much more easy to make out with your spouse when you know that you aren’t being watched by someone you may know. :roll:

What happens in Honolulu… stays In Honolulu!

Update From Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz

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In our efforts to work towards a New Day, Governor Abercrombie has asked me, as your Lieutenant Governor, to take the lead on some important initiatives – programs that will make a difference to our State, to our communities and to each of us.


One such program is the Fair Share Initiative.

The Fair Share Initiative is based on a simple idea. In these challenging times, we need to pull together and aggressively pursue funding outside of Hawai‘i to bolster our economic prosperity.  So we’ve put together an action-oriented team to support important projects in renewable energy, workforce training, military construction and small business development to ensure that they get the financial assistance they need in order to succeed.

The progress we’ve already made is promising. Through this initiative, we are seeing government agencies and organizations strategically collaborate to find important opportunities to bring in new money.

So what does this all mean, as a practical matter? We stand to get more than $90 million dollars in needed repairs for our National Guard facilities. We are working closely with the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations on training initiatives to ensure that our workforce is prepared for the green jobs of the future. And we’re working hard to get needed federal support for small businesses.

The Fair Share Initiative is an example of what we can do when we become more creative and nimble and work together closely.

This is part of the New Day plan to effectively use existing resources to ensure that Hawai‘i succeeds.

I am excited about this program and will continue to check in with you in the coming weeks and months about its progress. In the meantime, please feel free to learn more about the Fair Share Initiative (FSI) by contacting Lynn Heirakuji, FSI director, and Jacce Mikulanec, FSI deputy.  Or visit us on the web at


Brian Schatz

Hawaii Wildlife Center Community Volunteer Day

More than 100 volunteers helped with landscaping

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On a recent Saturday, more than 100 volunteers of nearly every age gathered at the Hawaii Wildlife Center in Kapaau for a community volunteer day and the inaugural planting of native Hawaiian landscaping.


Hawaii Wildlife Center Community Volunteer Day

Kohala Middle School students, teachers and the principal were joined by individuals representing Hawaii Preparatory Academy, home schooled children and parents, a police officer, other community members at large, Aikane Nursery, Chambers Landscaping, and individuals from the Hawaii Wildlife Center board of directors.

Landscape Architect Jason Umemoto of Umemoto Cassandro Design Corporation generously donated time and expertise to oversee volunteers’ efforts as they planted Loulu Lelo, Ho’awa, Ae’Ae, Uki’Uki, Palapalai fern, Naio Papa, Pohinahina, Akia and many native plants.

“Plantings now beautify the Center and provide a more pleasing place to learn and enjoy,” expressed a thankful Linda Elliott, Hawaii Wildlife Center President and Director. “Students and the community have been involved in the development of the HWC from ground up and this is just one more step that brings us closer to completion.”

The Hawaii Wildlife Center will offer opportunities for collaboration with the Kohala School Complex for hands on learning programs in math, science and conservation both during and after school.

The volunteer day included tours of the facility and the opportunity to meet the non-profit organization’s board of directors. Volunteers received posters, gift cards, stickers and more donated by the Conservation Council for Hawaii.

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