Tom Lackey Getting the Police Called on Him for His Online Blog

Longtime Puna resident Tom Lackey has recently had a run in with the law due to some cartoons he posted on his own website and recently posted the following on PunaOnline:

KathyH is the pseudonym used by a woman named Kathy H*******… do I know this to be true? Well I’ll tell you how but first let me lay some ground work.

I got a phone call yesterday from a police officer who I will leave nameless at this time. He asked me if I had time for an interview over a harassment complaint made by Kathy H****** aka KathyH. After I stopped laughing I said sure where are you I’ll be right over. Off to the Pahoa police department I go to have a small chat with officer S……. and at the end of our conversation we both were laughing so hard it brought a tear to his eye. Then officer S…… said do you want to hear the really funny part of this? I’m on overtime to investigate this crap and now I have to go to your web site and spend the next two or three hours looking at your cartoons.

So a tip of the hat to Kathy H******** aka KathyH for making a bad day turn into a fun day. To bad that the taxpayers have to pay for this bimbo’s ego trip. I was going to wipe my ass of this POS but now I believe that I will continue it’s just too much fun to let go. I must say that it was a lot more fun not knowing what this POS’s real name was but after all she made the complaint and tried to sign it as KathyH but the police made her use her real name and not her pseudonym.

Oh….. by the way Kathy H******* also named Punaonline as another web site that is harassing her so I only find it appropriate that the members here be warned because KathyH is a woman scorned and has a case of permanent PMS and all of you bastards are going to pay for it.

So this is how I came to find out who Kathy H****** aka KathyH really is.

The Lack

I’m not going to get into all the details of how things have unraveled to the point where POLICE HAVE BEEN CALLED IN OVER A CARTOON and an anonymous figure that was posted on some message board.

However, I will totally support any blogger that wants to post content to their own site as a matter of principle of freedom of speech no matter what their viewpoints are.

Tom has long been known as a political sketch artist and comic drawer in a sense and he should be allowed to do what he wants on his blog without some crazy lady running to the police about what he posted!

With that… I’m posting his latest toon on the incident here just to support his online effort for free speech no matter how I feel about the toon.

Click Cartoon for "Lack's" take on the scenario

Protecting Hawai’i’s Bees And Our Local Agriculture

From the Governor’s Office:

She stood unfazed as a swarm of busy bees buzzed all around her. Everyone else was covered head to toe in oversized, white bee suits. She wore a sleeveless gray top and black pants. The only protective gear on her was a beekeeper’s hat.

Danielle Downey, the State of Hawai’i’s bee expert, has a special relationship with the creatures that are more often feared than appreciated for their vital contributions to our food supply and environment.

Bees are a central part of Hawai’i’s economy. And while most of us are oblivious to this fact, our environment and food supply rely on bees to pollinate plants, to fertilize seeds and to produce fruit and vegetables. Without bees, we would not have fruits such as watermelon, which is entirely dependent on bees. In 2009, watermelons brought about $1.4 million in revenue for the state. Other dependent crops include other melons, mango, lychee, avocados, macadamia nuts, squash and cucumbers.
“It’s a simple but imperative relationship between pollinators and the food at our table,” said Downey, Apiary Specialist with the Hawai’i Department of Agriculture.
Since 2007, these local bees have been threatened with the discovery in Hawai’i of parasitic mites called varroa mites. The mites crawl onto the bees and suck their blood and, at the same time, spread viruses, bacteria, and diseases. Another pest, the small hive beetle, arrived in Hawai’i last year and with the varroa mite, they have decimated local bee populations. The small hive beetles – which are attracted to weak, stressed bee colonies – leave a slimy film over everything, covering the bees and ruining beekeepers’ equipment and ruining the honey. The invasive beetles can fly for many miles, live over a year, and lay hundreds of eggs that hatch into maggots.
In December 2010, Russell Kokubun was appointed as the Chairperson of the Agriculture Department and recognized that the state needed to hire a specialist to handle the magnitude of the problems caused by these two pests. The state had secured a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Chairperson Kokubun immediately put these federal funds to use by hiring Downey to help local beekeepers and farmers.
“My ultimate goal is keeping healthy bees and ensuring pollination needs of agriculture are met,” said Downey.
Protecting the essential and indispensable insects from destructive pests is what drives the 38-year-old Downey at work. Her fascination with bees began almost 20 years ago during her undergraduate years at the University of Minnesota, where she conducted research on bees.
One of the most important components of Downey’s job is to educate other beekeepers on these pests and techniques and pesticides to keep their bees and hives prosperous. She travels to all the islands to meet with beekeepers, listening to problems they encounter and offering assistance and information.  Downey hopes that her work will complement work that has been ongoing by the University of Hawai’i at Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) to assist local beekeepers.
So what can the public do to help the bee industry in Hawai’i? Downey suggests buying local honey – honey collected in different areas taste different depending on the flowers in that area.  Homeowners can plant habitats that attract pollinators like bees and butterflies.  Simple actions, such as not spraying pesticides and other chemicals when flowers are in bloom, reduce harm to pollinators.
“I like helping people see bees in a new way, for their gentleness, complexity and value to us,” said Downey. “It’s great to have a job that allows me to be outside doing field work in addition to office and lab work. Hawaii is a great place for that.”
Written by Amy Lee
Video by Puanani Akaka

Construction Begins on Crater Rim Drive in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

A series of projects to reconstruct park roads will begin on Mon., July 11 at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Work will start on Crater Rim Drive at Jaggar Museum and work back to the park entrance at Highway 11. Parking lots at Jaggar Museum, Steam Vents, Kīlauea Visitor Center and Volcano House are also targeted to receive improved surfaces. One lane of traffic will remain open with 15-minute delays anticipated Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Simultaneously, pavement reconstruction will also occur on the first two miles of Mauna Loa Road, including roadways within Tree Molds and Kipukapuaulu picnic area. The construction project was awarded to Jas. W Glover, Ltd. of Hilo.

Crater Rim

Superintendent Cindy Orlando stated her appreciation for driver patience adding, “A lot of noise from heavy equipment is expected yet we wanted to be sure to time these projects to avoid interfering with the nesting schedule of the endangered Nēnē. Visitors are advised to be mindful of slow-moving equipment on the roads and to use caution. Safety is of the highest priority to us.”

Roads included in pavement preservation projects include Mauna Loa Road above Kipukapuaulu, extending about two miles up to the first cattle guard as well as the section of Crater Rim Drive that extends from the park entrance to Thurston Lava Tube (Nāhuku) and all of Chain of Craters Road extending from the Devastation Trail parking area to the coast as well as Hilina Pali Road. These projects are being funded by the Federal Highways Administration and are expected to last 10 months.

Pahoa Grad Sean Robbins to Perform at this Weekends Big Island Music Festival:

Big Island Music Festival

Pahoa Grad Sean Robbins will be taking the stage at 4:30 on Sunday this weekend at the  Big Island Music Festival:

Sean Robbins

Born and raised on the Island of Hawaii, Robbins calls the beautiful district of Puna home, known for its majestic Hala Groves, and oh so pleasant people. He fondly recalls stories of going holoholo down Pohoiki and kanikapila every weekend at Kalapana. He says, “This is where my love for Hawaiian music began”.

He is a 2011 Graduate of Pahoa High School. plays slack key guitar, ukulele, and sings.

From September 2006 to May 2011, he was a member of Na Pua Mae’ole Music Ensemble of Pahoa High School under the direction of Mr. Arnold Penueta and Pi’ilani Ka’awaloa(now known as Na Kamalei Lanakila). With the ensemble, he toured the islands and performed on cruise ships. Sean currently studies with Cyril Pahinui.

Sean Robbins

He has performed at the Big Island Hawaiian Music Festival for the past 3 years and been a featured performer at the Palace Theater’s May Day Mele 2010 and May Day at Kalakaua Park 2011.

For his Arts Leadership Project at Hilo Union School in May 2010, Sean visited three 4th grade classes. After talking about his instrument, playing slack key and singing falsetto, he led a question and answer session with the students. As part of his service commitment, Sean has performed at the Hilo Hospital and Adult Day Care Center during the Holiday Seasons as well as Montessori Country School’s 2009/11 Ho’olauleas.  May 2010 he performed in a benefit fundraiser for the Kapiolani Children’s Network at Hilo’s historic Palace Theater and most recently on May Day 2011 at the Puna Folklife Festival.

Google awarded Sean a Laptop Computer for a top Math score in Hawaii State Assessment tests.

Sean was selected to perform on National Public Radio’s  From the Top, as well as being awarded a Jack Kent Cook Young Artist Scholarship. In April 2010, the Hawaii State Senate recognized his musical, academic and leadership accomplishments. In April 2011, the Hawaii County Council recognized his musical accomplishments. He is a 2011 Graduate of Pahoa High School.

Sean is currently recording his first CD with Brandon Nakano. He looks forward to attending UH Hilo beginning in the Fall of 2011 majoring in Hawaiian Studies.