HSTA (Retired) Big Island President Confronts Governor Abercrombie at Today’s Big Island Visit

I mentioned the other day that Hawaii State Teachers Association-Retired (Big Island) President, Wayne Joseph was rallying the troops to have a demonstration against Governor Neil Abercomberie when he visited Hilo today.

Jacylynn Joseph, Neil Abercrombie and Wayne Joseph during happier days.

The following was posted on youtube today of the conversation held between the two of them today when Mr. Joseph had a chance to confront Governor Abercrombie.

On Facebook Wayne’s daughter Jacylynn,wrote:

My dad confronting the lying, underhanded Hawai’i Governor. If you know the issues (if you or a loved one is a teacher) then you’ll catch him in several lies. He also spends the entire 11 mins. blaming the union reps…

…At around 3:15 they ask me to TURN OFF THE CAMERA…you can hear my NO, as I continue filming. :P


HSTA-R Big Island President, Wayne Joseph, confronts governor Neil Abercrombie on retirement issues. Medicare Plan B reimbursement discussed, Governor criticizes HSTA negotiating team for backing out of deal in response to Joseph’s anti-collective bargaining remark. Governor comments about his no furlough days for teachers, which is a farse, as they have simply been renamed Directed Leave Without Pay days.

Road Rage Against Ex-Boyfriend… Leads to Multiple Charges Against 22-Year Old Big Island Woman

Media Release:

A Hōnaunau woman was arrested Monday (August 1) after she allegedly tried to run her ex-boyfriend’s pickup truck off the road in Kailua-Kona.

At 6:15 p.m. Monday, police received a report of what was initially described as a road rage incident on Palani Road.

A few minutes later, an Area II vice officer was traveling east up Hinalani Street above the Kaloko industrial area, when he saw vehicles pulling off to the shoulder of the road to make way for two vehicles that were traveling down the road at a high rate of speed. A red Toyota pickup truck was traveling west in the west-bound lane and a blue Ford sedan was traveling west in the east-bound lane. The car nearly collided with the vice officer’s car before it swerved into the west-bound lane.

As the vice officer radioed for backup and turned his car around to pursue the vehicles, he observed both vehicles stopped on the shoulder of the roadway. The woman who had been driving the car got out and ran toward the truck, occupied by a 20-year-old Kailua-Kona man and his 17-year-old female passenger. The vice officer detained the woman, 22-year-old Kahea Reyes of Hōnaunau, until patrol officers arrived to take control of the scene.

Kahea Reyes

Kahea Reyes (Photo from her Myspace Page)

Patrol officers determined that Reyes was the ex-girlfriend of the driver of the pickup truck. She reportedly had been following the truck from Palani Road and had attempted to run it off the road three times on Hinalani Street by ramming it in the side and rear.

Reyes was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving, criminal property damage, two counts of reckless endangering and two counts of terroristic threatening. She was also arrested and charged with contempt of court for an outstanding bench warrant and was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday on that charge.

Following her court appearance, she will be held at the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

3.3 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes East Hawaii

A 3.3 magnitude was recorded early Tuesday morning, 18 kilometres (11 miles) from the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii, USA. The shallow tremor was recorded at 1:54 AM local time at a depth of 8.5 km (5.3 miles).
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) the tremor’s epicentre was located 16 km (10 miles) S (176°) from Fern Forest, 18 km (11 miles) S (185°) from Eden Roc, 42 km (26 miles) S (185°) from Hilo, and 358 km (222 miles) SE (127°) from Honolulu.


Kilauea presently is the world’s longest-lived volcanic eruption. Cycles of activity at the volcano’s summit have been stable for months, however, ever since lava flows at the Kamoamoa Fissure subsided in March 2011.

Deep within Halema’uma’u Crater (which is itself in the Kilauea Caldera) a small lava lake rises and falls as magma ebbs and flows within the volcano. Sensitive instruments monitor these movements by recording the tilt of the summit: decreasing tilt reflects deflation of the magma chamber, increasing tilt inflation. Each cycle of deflation and inflation usually lasts several days.

The below natural-color satellite image shows the summit of Kilauea Volcano, near the southern coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. Kilauea Caldera and Halema’uma’u Crater are both visible, as well as the Hawaii Volcano Observatory and the village of Volcano. The northeast, windward side of Kilauea is covered in dark green Ohia forest. The dry, leeward side is a nearly barren brown. Fresh lava flows are dark gray. A blue-tinted volcanic plume rises from within a pit near the southeastern edge of Halema’uma’u.

It has been a busy three days in the Pacific. Saturday there was a 6.4 magnitude near the east coast of Honshu, Japan and on Friday a 6.7 magnitude struck Fiji. None of the earthquakes generated a tsunami.

Hawaii County Mayor Poll: Kenoi vs. Yagong

Last Thursday, Nancy Cook Lauer wrote an article in the Hawaii Tribune entitled “Yagong vs. Kenoi for Mayor?

Two Hawaii County councilmen have cleared the decks for a potential Dominic Yagong-Billy Kenoi mayoral match-up next year.

I know Yagong hasn’t officially filed but if the Hawaii County Mayor Elections were held today, who would you vote for?  I know this isn’t anything official… just curious to see who the readers of this site would vote for.

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