Final EA and Findings of No Impact Statement for Makuu Farmers Market and Community Center

The Final Environmental Assessment and the Findings of No Impact for the Maku’u Farmers Market was released this weekend.

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I haven’t had a chance to attend any of the meetings involved in this, nor have I read the full EA, however I do know that this will impact Highway 130 in some way or another.

The files aren’t that big… so even those that are still on dial-up in Puna should be able to download the files.

Hawaii’s Carnivorous Caterpillars

Ok I thought Hawaii’s Stinging Caterpillars were bad… but this one might just top them off!

Hawaiian Carnivorous Caterpillar

Hawaiian Carnivorous Caterpillar

Whoa!  I’ve never seen one of these close up… but check out these Hawaiian Carnivorous Caterpillars that eat flies!

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UPDATE: I just received the following comment on Facebook about the type of caterpillar this is from “Native Hawaii Guide” Warren Costa:

I’ve seen them around Nahuku, (Thurston Lava Tube). According to “Hawaii’s Plants and Animals”, by Charles Stone and Linda Pratt, this is an endemic species to Hawaii. It is called a Predaceous or Grappler Caterpillar, and it is in the genus Eupithecia spp., in the Measuring Worm or Inchworm family, Geometidae.

Another Fatality Reported on Big Island Highways

Media Release:

A 41-year-old Hilo man died Sunday (July 24) from injuries he sustained in a two-vehicle crash on the Hawai’i Belt Road (Route 19) .5 miles north of the 11-mile marker in Pepe’ekeo.

Responding to a 9:41 p.m. call, South Hilo Patrol and Traffic Enforcement Unit officers determined that the man who died was operating a 1996 Infinity four-door sedan and traveling north on the Hawai’i Belt Road when he crossed the centerline and collided with a 2005 Honda multi-purpose vehicle traveling south.

Fire Rescue personnel took the driver of the Infinity and the driver of the Honda, a 43-year-old Hilo man, and his passengers, all females, ages 44, 18, 13 and 4, to Hilo Medical Center.

The driver of the Infinity was pronounced dead at 10:35 p.m. He was not wearing a seat belt.

The occupants of the Honda were all being treated for minor injuries.

It is unknown at this time if speed was involved but alcohol was a factor in this crash.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

This is the 14th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 18 at this time last year.

Another Highway 130 Fatality

Media Release:

A 22-year-old Kurtistown man died Sunday (July 24) from injuries he sustained in a two-vehicle crash on Route 130 at the 4-mile-marker in Kea’au.

The victim was identified as Ikeole Filoteo of a Kurtistown address.

Responding to a 3:34 a.m. call, Puna patrol officers determined that the victim was operating a 1999 Mazda four-door sedan and traveling south on Route 130 when he crossed the centerline and collided with a 2008 Toyota two-door sedan traveling north.

Fire Department personnel took the driver of the Toyota, a 22-year-old Hilo woman, and three passengers, a 20-year-old Hilo man, a 32-year-old Hilo man and 20-year old Hilo woman, to Hilo Medical Center.

The 20-year-old man sustained critical injuries and was flown to The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu for further treatment.

The other occupants received minor injuries.

The victim was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:40 a.m.

It is unknown at this time if speed was involved but alcohol was a factor in this crash.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask anyone with information about this crash to call Officer Clarence Davies at 961-8118.

This is the 13th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 18 at this time last year.