Big Island Mango Festival Seeks Participants

Media Release:

Get your mouth watering for all the juicy fun at the free annual Mango Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 30 at the Keauhou Beach Resort.

The all-day, family festival celebrates Hawaii’s delicious and diverse mango varieties during the peak of the harvest season. Mango mania includes fruit tastings, grafting and growing demonstrations and culinary expertise. See why mango is ranked among the most widely produced and consumed fruit in the world.

Also on tap are sustainable living displays and opportunities to experience the healing arts. Enjoy a novel Eco Fashion Show and non-stop Hawaiian music and dramatic hula on the scenic, palm-fringed grounds of the Keauhou Beach Resort’s Royal Garden. Kumu Hula Keala Ching will open the festival with a traditional Hawaiian pule (prayer).

The mango celebration is a zero waste event and presented by the non-profit Sanctuary of Mana Ke‘a Gardens with support from the Keauhou Beach Resort.

The community is invited to collaborate, support and participate. Exhibitor booths are available for businesses and non-profit organizations. Volunteers are encouraged to help with festival day activities, speaker support and workshops. For info, contact event organizer Randyl Rupar at 808-334-3340.

Snow in Hawaii in JUNE!

We have snow in Hawaii in June! I’m not sure if this has ever happened before, but this just seems crazy to me!

Andrew Cooper first mentioned it on Facebook and now the Mauna Kea Web Cams show the snow!

Current pictures of Mauna Kea's Web Cam's. Click for current views

New Habitat Protections Proposed for Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals

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The federal government has proposed to designate more than 11,000 square miles of critical habitat for endangered Hawaiian monk seals. The proposed rule protects beaches and coastal waters on all the main Hawaiian Islands and expands protected habitat in the Northwestern Islands. The proposal responds to a 2008 petition filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, KAHEA: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance, and Ocean Conservancy. Hawaiian monk seals are among the most endangered marine mammals in the world, with a population of approximately 1,000 animals. The proposal will protect coastal areas for seals to raise pups and marine waters for foraging.

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“New habitat protections, including all of the Hawaiian Islands, are essential to bring endangered Hawaiian monk seals back from the brink of extinction,” said Miyoko Sakashita, oceans director at the Center. “The proposal to protect Hawaii’s coastline for monk seals is a landmark decision that will benefit seals and the coastal environment for generations.”

The proposed rule expands the current critical habitat area for the Hawaiian monk seal in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands to include deeper waters. It also designates new areas on all of the main Hawaiian Islands: Niʻihau, Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Kahoʻolawe, Maui and Hawaiʻi. Areas protected would include coastal land up to five meters inland and waters out to 500 meters in depth, with certain exclusions.

Studies have shown that species with critical habitat are twice as likely to be recovering as species without it. The revised habitat protections are vital for monk seal survival because monk seals are dying of starvation, and populations of the seals on the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are plummeting. Seal pups have only about a one-in-five chance of surviving to adulthood. In contrast, monk seals in the main Hawaiian Islands are in better condition and giving birth to healthy pups. Hawaiian monk seals are present on each of the main islands, and their numbers are slowly increasing. Thus the main islands are essential important habitat for the monk seals. Additionally, habitat in the main islands will provide a refuge for monk seals as important beaches where seal pups are born and raised have been lost due to sea-level rise and erosion.

Monk Seal sign posted at Onekekaha Beach Park

“Critical habitat compels U.S. federal agencies to consider the survival of this Hawaiian seal before they permit shoreline development — protecting our beaches and reefs not only for monk seals, but also for Hawaii’s paddlers, fishers, surfers and all people of these islands,” said Miwa Tamanaha, executive director at KAHEA: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance.

Critical habitat designation will mean greater protection of Hawaiian monk seal habitat under the Endangered Species Act. Critical habitat protection does not close areas, but it does limit federal government activities that could harm monk seals or their habitat. Once designated, any federal activities that may affect the critical habitat must undergo review to ensure they will not destroy or damage that habitat. For example, habitat protections can help prevent pollution and require modification of construction activities to prevent destruction of the environment.

The proposed critical habitat designation for the Hawaiian monk seal is scheduled to be published in Thursday’s Federal Register. The National Marine Fisheries Service is accepting public comments on the proposal for 90 days.

For more information about Hawaiian monk seal critical habitat and how to comment on the critical habitat designation, go to: http://www.fpir.noaa.gov/PRD/prd_critical_habitat.html.

The “Unofficial” Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Ceremony After Party

I have now recovered from this event… LOL

This Go Go Dancer asked for a shot like this!

Well after the 34th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards show happened on Sunday evening the big question on a lot of folks mind was where was the after party going to be?

Well the “Unofficial” after party happened at The Shack in Waikiki where many of this years Na Hoku Hanohano winners and nominees as well as former award winners enjoyed themselves while FIJI rocked the crowd.

Fiji

R&B/Hip Hop Album of the year winner Kepa Kruse was there.

Kepa Kruse

From Sudden Rush, KWXX Radio Personality Don Ke’ala Kawa’auhau Jr (AKA King Don 1) was also in the house.

King Don 1

Leslie Ludiazo from The Green actually played the Drums for Fiji that night.

Leslie Ludiazo

Of course The Green lead singer Caleb Kaleonui was in the house as well!

Caleb Kaleonui on the right with a buddy

Of course most of the clubs in Waikiki now seem to have Go Go dancers!

Go Go!

A great time was had by everyone in attendance!

Of course  you can click on the pictures below for larger images:

DUI Claims 22 Year Old California Woman on the Big Island

Media Release:

A 22-year-old California woman died Monday (May 30) from injuries she sustained in a one-vehicle crash on the Rubbish Dump Road at the Hilo landfill on Sunday (May 29).

The victim was identified as Christina L. Delgado of Santa Cruz, California.

Responding to a 1:35 p.m. call, south Hilo patrol officers determined that a 26-year-old Kea’au man had been operating a blue 1992 Toyota SR-5 pickup truck and traveling south on the Rubbish Dump Road when he lost control, ran off the left side of the road and dropped about 50 feet down an old rock quarry.

The truck landed on its roof and pinned his female passenger inside.

The driver was able to free himself from the vehicle and go for help.

Fire Department personnel extricated the woman from the vehicle and took her to Hilo Medical Center. She was later flown to The Queen’s Medical Center, where she died at 7:45 p.m. Monday (May 30).

The driver of the vehicle, Marco A. Delgado, is the brother of the victim. He was arrested on suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant, negligent injury and having no insurance. He was released pending further investigation, as he was confined at Hilo Medical Center due to his injuries.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have reclassified the negligent injury case to a negligent homicide investigation. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask that any witnesses who saw the vehicle at the Hilo Drag Strip prior to the crash call Officer Andres Fojas at 961-8889.

Because this crash occurred on a private road, the death is not counted toward the island’s traffic fatality count.

Wordless Wednesday – Rainbow Worm

This worm is either a real strange worm… or is sick and dying? For now I’ll just call it a “Rainbow Worm” for it’s weird colors!

A sick worm?

A sick worm?

I guess it’s better then the “Butt Ugly Worms” I found a while back!