Hawaii County Offers Pa’auilo Lands for Long-Term Leasing

Media Release:

The County of Hawai`i is inviting farmers, ranchers and other interested applicants to bid on long-term leases for 718 acres of county-owned lands at Pa`auilo.

The 16 parcels of land range from less than 13 acres to nearly 110 acres, and are available for 10-year leases. The minimum rental price will be $11.63 per acre per year, which is based on an outside market appraisal of the land.

“We are pleased to be offering these lands up to the community to put them back into productive agricultural use,” said County of Hawai`i Mayor Billy Kenoi. “These lands have been sitting idle since the county first acquired them about 16 years ago, and we believe putting these lands back into production will provide a welcome boost to our agricultural sector.”

The county will host an informational open house at Pa `auilo Gym from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on September 1 to discuss the details of the new leasing program, and to answer questions from the public.

All proposals by bidders must comply with the current agricultural zoning on the Pa`auilo lands, and must meet the terms of Hawai`i County Council Resolution 38-11. All proposals must be received by the county by 4:30 p.m. on October 14, 2011.

For more information, please visit www.co.hawaii.hi.us, or contact the county Property Management Division at (808) 961-8069.


SpaceX Launch Pad in Hawaii?

Could Hawaii potentially capitalize on it’s location and become the next SpaceX launch facility?

I remember a few years ago they were thinking about putting rocket planes here in Hawaii.

According to the Cosmic Log at MSNBC, NASA has been thinking about it: “SpaceX Looks for an Extra Base

“We have our main launch facility, which is Cape Canaveral in Florida. Then we are in the process of developing our second launch facility, which is Vandenberg in California. And we do intend to develop a third launch facility. Texas is one of the possible states. But we’re also looking at a number of other locations: Puerto Rico, potentially another location in Florida, potentially Hawaii. And there are a few other locations that could work. So we’re trying to make the right decision for the long term.

I think this would be a perfect project for the Big Island!

I still remember when NASA was here up on Mauna Kea showing us how they could extract water out of moondust!

Controlled Burn Planned to Help Regenerate Growth of Native Plants in Volcanoes National Park

The fire management team at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is planning a controlled burn at Kealakomowaena on Fri., Aug. 19, near the bottom of Chain of Craters Road.

The 130-acre burn will regenerate the growth of native pili grass and other indigenous plant species, as well as maintain a cultural landscape once occupied by families living in the Kealakomo ahupuaa. There are no closures planned, and park visitors and normal park activities will not be impacted.

Kealakomowaena is an island of vegetation, or kīpuka, spared by recent lava flows in the middle of the Kealakomo ahupua‘a. Hawaiians thrived in this coastal lowland area, growing sweet potatoes, harvesting fish and drying salt. House sites, trails, lava rock walls and agricultural plots are found throughout Kealakomowaena. The controlled burn will be done in a manner to help maintain the traditional landscape of the area.

Controlled burning is part of a comprehensive restoration plan for the coastal lowland ecosystem at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Historically, controlled fire in this area has proved beneficial in reducing the dominant alien woody plant and grass species, allowing park resource managers to plant seeds of native species and reintroduce the pili grassland system.

An eight-person fire crew will administer the controlled burn, expected to last all day Friday. There will be a pullout along Chain of Craters Road at the top of the Hōlei Pali where park visitors may stop and watch the controlled burn taking place throughout the day.

“These types of prescribed burns are beneficial as they fortify the cultural landscape by stimulating the growth of native vegetation,” said Fire Management Officer Joe Molhoek.

Composting Workshops in Volcano and Pahoa

Composting workshops in Volcano and Pahoa.
Composting Workshops
Event Date: 
August 27, 2011 – 10:00am – 4:00pm

Locations:  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Volcano Cooper Center
2:00 p.m. –   4:00 p.m. at the Pāhoa Feed & Fertilizer

Cost for the 2 hour long composting workshop is $10 per person and includes a free composting bin for those who attend the complete session. To register or for more information, email ann_hassler@yahoo.com or call her at 937-1100.

Composting bins may not be immediately available after the completion of the workshops, in this situation vouchers for future composters may be distributed to qualified attendees.  Vouchers may be redeemed according to the terms of the voucher or the directions of your instructor.

Former Director of the North Hawaii Community Hospital Appointed Senior Jobs Adviser for California Governor Jerry Brown

The former Director of the North Hawaii Community Hospital, Michael E. Rossi,  has been named Senior Jobs Advisor for California Governor Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown Jr.

California Governor Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown Jr.

Media Release:

Governor Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown Jr. on Wednesday announced the following appointment: Michael E. Rossi, 67, of Pebble Beach, has been appointed senior jobs advisor in the Office of the Governor. In this role, Rossi will be the point of contact between California’s business and workforce leaders and the Administration; he will streamline and invigorate the state’s economic development infrastructure; and he will advise Governor Brown on regulatory, legislative and executive actions needed to drive job growth.

From 2005 to 2008, Rossi served as an advisor and senior member of the operations team at Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. and as chairman and chief executive officer of Aozora Bank, taking it public in November 2006. From 2007 to 2008 he also served as chairman of GMAC Residential Capital, LLC. Rossi was retired from the private sector from 1997 to 2005. He was vice chairman and chief risk officer of BankAmerica Corporation and was the chairman of its Fiduciary and Investment Policy Committee from 1993 to 1997. Previously, he was BankAmerica’s chief credit officer and held various executive positions including running BankAmerica’s Commercial Banking, Global Private Bank, Asia, Latin America, Commercial Real Estate, Corporate Real Estate, Personal and Corporate Trust and Cash Management divisions. He also served as the senior credit officer of BankAmerica’s World Banking Group.

Rossi currently serves on the Advisory Board of Shorenstein Properties LLC, the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Monterey County, Special Olympics Committee of Northern California and Claremont Graduate University. He is also a senior advisor to the San Francisco 49ers.

Rossi is a former director of North Hawaii Community Hospital, BAWAG Bank (Austria), Pulte Homes, American Bankers Association, Monterey Institute of International Studies, American Graduate School of International Management, University of California at Berkeley Art Museum, Del Webb Corporation, BlueLinx Corporation, San Francisco Opera, National Urban League, Union Pacific Resources, Lifesavers, American Diabetes Association of California and United Way of Northern California. He was a member of the nominating committee of the Bankers Association for Foreign Trade and was the president of its Board. He also served on the President’s Campaign Cabinet for University of California at Berkeley.

Rossi received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley. This position does not require Senate confirmation and Rossi will serve with no compensation. Rossi is a Democrat.

I Have an Attorney – Future Inquiries May be Sent to Him

I have hired Big Island Attorney Gerard Lee Loy to represent me in my recent legal case against the County of Hawaii.

All future media inquiries should be sent to him.