Hawaii’s Scariest Attraction is Back – The Hawaii Haunted Plantation 2011

Hawaii’s Scariest Haunted Attraction is Back!  The Hawaii Haunted Plantation

Hawaii Haunted Plantation


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One of the scariest haunted attractions around

Hawaii Springs Water Expands Availability in Texas and Arizona

Still to this day I always think whoever created the concept of “Bottled Water” is simply a genius at times.  Just wish he could have figured out a better container then plastic bottles.  I wonder how much a bottle of this costs there?

Hawaii Springs

Hawaii Springs bottled from water here on the Big Island

“The Hawaii-based premium natural bottled water company, has increased its retail availability to 105 H-E-B grocery stores in Texas and 13 AJ’s Fine Foods stores in Arizona…

…We are pleased to expand our availability in the Southwest through our new partnerships with H-E-B and AJ’s, two superior grocery chains dedicated to delivering quality products to shoppers,” says Clint Welker, National Sales Manager for Hawaiian Springs Water. “Now Texans and Arizonans have even more access to the unique taste of natural lava-filtered artesian water, as only Hawaii’s Big Island can make it.”

Hawaiian Springs is sourced from an artesian aquifer at the base of the Mauna Loa volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii, and has been distributed in the U.S. mainland since 2009. The H-E-B and AJ’s partnerships represent the continuing significant expansion in Hawaiian Springs’ retail growth.

Full Article Here: H-E-B Carries Hawaii Springs Water

Mayor Kenoi, Mufi Hanneman and Hawaii Hotel Association to Distribute Charity Walk Funds

The Honorable Billy Kenoi, Mayor of Hawai`i County along with Mufi Hannemann, President & CEO of the Hawai`i Hotel and Lodging Association will be distributing the 2011 Charity Walk checks at a reception to be held Saturday, September 10th at 2:00 p.m. in the Koa Room at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel.  Approximately 60 Island of Hawai`i non-profit organizations will receive the more than $154,000 which was raised at the 33rd annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk held at the Mauna Lani Resort on Saturday, May 14, 2011.


The CHARITY WALK is a statewide event that occurs simultaneously on Oahu, Maui, the Big Island and Kauai on the 3rd Saturday in May. In 2011, more than 10, 900, walkers raised $1,155,100 and helped over 220 of our local charities. In 1974, the Hawai’i Hotel Association sponsored a charitable “Superwalk” to benefit one major charitable organization. In 1978, the Hawai’i Hotel Association members voted to extend the reach of support offered by the Walk’s fund-raising capability. The Visitor Industry CHARITY WALK is the result of this decision. Over the years, the HHLA’s annual walk has grown to become one of the largest single-day fundraising events by a non-profit organization in the State of Hawaii . Since its inception in 1978, over $23 million has been raised, helping hundreds of local charities throughout the State.

21st Annual Hawaii International Tropical Fruit Conference Expands to ALL ISLANDS

The 21st Annual Hawaii International Tropical Fruit Conference kicks off September 9-11 at the Keauhou Beach Resort and continues with consecutive “After the Conference” gatherings on Oahu, Kauai and Maui.

Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers

With the theme, “The Time for Quality and Profitability,” the four gatherings headline Shree Padre of India. The farmer/journalist is known for his passion for water conservation and rainwater harvesting. He is a specialist in value-added products.

Shree Padre, keynote speaker

Shree Padre, keynote speaker

Other presenters include fig expert Howard Garrison and pomegranate guru Jeff Moresfelder, both of the USDA in Davis, California.

The three-day meeting on the Big Isle includes a report on “Understanding Risk Management and the Cost of Production” by Dr. Kent Fleming of UH Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. In addition, there are 12 breakout sessions on topics like Selling to Wholesalers and Ag Tourism; a lively Farmer-Chef Roundtable with members of the ACF Kona Kohala Chefs Assn.; and a sweet plantation tour of the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory in Keauhou.

The multi-island conference format debuted in an effort to better serve and engage the members of the statewide Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers (HTFG), according to Ken Love, president. HTFG’s mailing list is 400 strong.

“We think it’s important to keep our members appraised of the latest research and market trends so we obtained funding to expand our reach,” says Love. “It’s more pricey now to travel interisland and the mini-conferences also offered convenience.”

The Kona gathering is open to the public. Registration forms and fee schedule are available at http://www.Hawaiifruit.net or by contacting Love at kenlove@hawaiiantel.net.

Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers

Incorporated in 1989 to promote tropical fruit grown in Hawaii, HTFG is a statewide association of tropical fruit growers, packers, distributors and hobbyists dedicated to tropical fruit research, education, marketing and promotion; http://www.hawaiitropicalfruitgrowers.org.

Ford Island Control Tower Set for Dedication on 70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack

The newly stabilized Ford Island Control Tower at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor will be dedicated in a ceremony Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 11:00AM, a part of the Pearl Harbor 70th Anniversary Ceremonies, it was announced today by Museum Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff.

Ford Tower

Ford Tower being stabilized

“We’re ready to show off the first phase of the monumental stabilization work that has been done to save this historic landmark where the first attack alert was broadcast on December 7, 1941,” said Mr. DeHoff.

Ford Tower

Ford Tower

Work on this first phase of renovation began January 2011. Mason Architects was the architectural design firm. Kiewit Building Group was the contractor. Both are in Honolulu.

Ford Tower

Workers work on the top of the tower

Events at the Museum December 7 (included in the price of admission):

  • Home of the Brave Quilt project – 10am to 2pm, Hangar 3 Sign a quilt and see quilts being sewed for the families of fallen Hawaii soldiers
  • Ford Island Control Tower Dedication, 11am, Tower Lawn
  • Holland American Legion Band, 1pm, Tower Lawn

A special Commemorative 70th Anniversary Coin will be available in the Museum Store.

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Halemaumau Crater Timelapse Video: June 6th – June 24th

Halemaumau Timelapse

Images captured from http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo/cams/KIcam/ every 15 minutes from the Halemaumau Crater from June 6, 2011 – June 24, 2011.


Information from originating website:

Relocated this webcam to the HVO building to view the activity within Halema’uma’u crater. The new vent is 1.9 km (1.2 miles) SSE from the webcam. For scale, Halema’uma’u crater is approximately 100 m (330 ft) deep. DISCLAIMER: This panorama is a composite of three images from a temporary research camera positioned in the observation tower at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. At times, clouds and rain obscure visibility. The camera is subject to sporadic breakdown, and may not be repaired immediately. The camera is observing an area that is off- limits to the general public because of significant volcanic hazards.

Hawaii Leads the Nation in Methamphetamine Use in the Workplace

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE: DGX), the world’s leading provider of diagnostic testing, information and services, today issued its annual report on U.S. worker drug use, the Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™. The study includes its first state-by-state analysis of methamphetamine positives, based on more than 4.5 million urine specimens collected from the general U.S. workforce from January-December 2010, revealing that several Western and Midwestern states register dramatically higher workforce positive prevalence rates for methamphetamine than the national average.

The report also shows that while efforts around the country to control availability of the highly addictive substance and educate against its use may be making progress in some areas, the drug’s attraction among U.S. workers may be moving eastward.

Among the 42 states with sufficient data to compare to the national average for positive workplace drugs tests for methamphetamine in 2010, those notably above were:

  • Hawaii – 410% greater than the national average
  • Arkansas – 280% greater than the national average
  • Oklahoma – 240% greater than the national average
  • Nevada – 180% greater than the national average
  • California – 140% greater than the national average
  • Wyoming – 130% greater than the national average
  • Utah – 120% greater than the national average
  • Arizona – 100% greater than the national average
  • Kansas – 80% greater than the national average

“While the western half of our country consistently struggles with dramatically higher methamphetamine positives than the nation as a whole, the American workforce overall faces a continued national challenge, and our data suggest that methamphetamine’s stronghold may be moving eastward into the Midwest and South,” said Dr. Barry Sample, Director of Science and Technology for Quest Diagnostics Employer Solutions. “In 2010 alone, thousands of U.S. workers tested positive for this highly addictive substance that can affect behavior and judgment, and quickly change the course of a life.”

While overall positivity for methamphetamine use in the U.S. general workforce dropped dramatically from 0.18% in 2006 to 0.11% in 2008, the decline in the drug’s use appears to have halted thereafter, with a 0.10% positivity rate in both 2009 and 2010. Regional analysis of the same five-year period suggests that some high prevalence areas may be showing improvement while others are rising in comparison to the national average in recent years.

Regional Comparison to National Average – Methamphetamine* 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
West Region – Pacific Division (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 161% 150% 145% 160% 130%
West Region – Mountain Division (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, UT, WY) 133% 114% 82% 90% 70%
South Region – West South Central Division (AR, OK, LA, TX) 22% 21% 18% 30% 50%
Midwest Region – West North Central Division (IA, KS, MO, MN, ND, NE, SD) 6% 7% 0% 10% 20%
South Region – East South Central Division (AL, KY, MS, TN) -39% -43% -45% -20% -10%
South Region – South Atlantic Division (DC, DE, FL, GA, NC, SC, VA, WV) -61% -64% -64% -60% -60%
Midwest Region – East North Central Division (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) -83% -86% -82% -80% -80%
Northeast Region – Middle Atlantic Division (NJ, NY, PA) -89% -86% -91% -90% -90%
Northeast Region – New England Division (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT) -94% -93% -91% -90% -100%
*Percent Difference in Positive Prevalence Rates for Methamphetamine in Regional Divisions (as defined by the US Census Bureau) as Compared to the Overall U.S. National Data – Urine Drug Tests, General U.S. Workforce as a percentage of all tests for amphetamines.

The Eastern border of the nation so far remains relatively insulated from methamphetamine prevalence in the workforce. New York fared well below the national average in 2010, as did Washington DC, and Massachusetts. Methamphetamine prevalence in Georgia was 20% higher than the national average.  Recent news reports tell of large-scale “drug busts” seizing millions of dollars of the substance per incident in various parts of the country, including the East.

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug stimulant. The substance produces short, intense periods of euphoria, alertness, concentration, and energy as well as irritability, restlessness and aggressiveness, among other effects. Methamphetamine is also known for its intense withdrawal symptoms, including fatigue and depression, which can last for weeks and months in chronic users.

Dr. Steven Shoptaw, Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Department of Family Medicine, and a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded clinical researcher focused on medications and behavioral therapies for methamphetamine dependence, commented on the study findings, “In the mid 2000’s, indicators were that use of methamphetamine was dropping across the population. But this is a highly addictive substance, and in the clinics, we saw demand for treatment remain high during that time. While many people use methamphetamine recreationally for its euphoric effects, I’ve also worked with patients who, paralyzed by the recession and juggling multiple jobs and family responsibilities, started using methamphetamine for its ‘functional’ stimulant benefit. What they didn’t realize is that methamphetamine can wreak havoc on their judgment, their health, their families and their lives. For these sorts of people, we now provide economic counseling in the treatment setting, helping people to live their lives in scale, without using methamphetamine.”

Recently, cross-border drug cartels have been reported to be operating highly productive “superlabs” that are creating new access points to methamphetamine in the U.S. At the same time, new methods for making small amounts of methamphetamine have proliferated in the U.S., creating unprecedented mobility in the domestic “meth lab.” Attempts to control the availability of over-the-counter medications used in methamphetamine production persist, but do not appear to date to have completely curbed the illicit manufacturing. In fact, illegally acquiring and reselling over-the-counter medications used to make methamphetamine has been noted as a flourishing cottage industry. According to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (SAMHSA 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health), “past-month” methamphetamine use rose in 2009 after declining between 2006-2008.

Five-Year Positivity Rate for Cocaine in the U.S. General Workforce Drops 65%; Amphetamine Up 57%

Other results from the Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index show that positive workforce drug tests for cocaine in the general U.S. workforce continued to decline in 2010 vs. 2009, down 13.8% (0.25% vs. 0.29%) and down 65% (0.25% vs. 0.72%) during the five-year period 2006-2010. However, positive workforce drug tests for amphetamine in the U.S. general workforce continued to increase in 2010 vs. 2009, up 15.8% (0.57% vs. 0.66%) and up 57% (0.42% vs. 0.66%) during the five-year period 2006-2010. Since Quest Diagnostics began tracking positive workforce drug tests in the Drug Testing Index in 1988, there has been a steady decline in overall positives in the U.S. general workforce.

For more information on the Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index and the full 2010 tables, visit http://www.questdiagnostics.com/employersolutions/drug_testing_index_es.html.

About the Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index

The Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index is published as a public service for government, media and industry and has been considered a benchmark for national trends since its inception in 1988. It examines positivity rates — the proportion of positive results for each drug to all such drug tests performed — among three major testing populations: federally mandated, safety-sensitive workers; the general workforce; and the combined U.S. workforce. Federally mandated, safety sensitive workers include pilots, bus and truck drivers, and workers in nuclear power plants, for whom routine drug testing is mandated by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

About Quest Diagnostics

Quest Diagnostics is the world’s leading provider of diagnostic testing, information and services that patients and doctors need to make better healthcare decisions. The company offers the broadest access to diagnostic testing services through its network of laboratories and patient service centers, and provides interpretive consultation through its extensive medical and scientific staff. Quest Diagnostics is a pioneer in developing innovative new diagnostic tests and advanced healthcare information technology solutions that help improve patient care. Additional company information is available at: www.QuestDiagnostics.com.

7.1 Earthquake Strikes Alaska… Tsunami Alert Generated… But NO TSUNAMI THREAT FOR HAWAII

2:12 AM UPDATE: Tsunami warning CANCELLED for Alaska’s Aleutian Islands per Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

The West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center has posted this alert:

“A Tsunami Warning is now in effect which includes the coastal areas of Alaska from Unimak Pass, Alaska (80 miles NE of Dutch Harbor) to Amchitka Pass, Alaska (125 miles W of Adak).”

Magnitude 7.1
  • Friday, September 02, 2011 at 10:55:54 UTC
  • Friday, September 02, 2011 at 01:55:54 AM at epicenter
Location 52.184°N, 171.684°W
Depth 35.5 km (22.1 miles)
  • 172 km (107 miles) E (90°) from Atka, AK
  • 209 km (130 miles) WSW (247°) from Nikolski, AK
  • 341 km (212 miles) E (82°) from Adak, AK
  • 1659 km (1031 miles) WSW (243°) from Anchorage, AK
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 14 km (8.7 miles); depth +/- 4.4 km (2.7 miles)
Parameters NST=824, Nph=825, Dmin=172.5 km, Rmss=0.81 sec, Gp= 54°,
M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=9
  • Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID usc0005n83
106 AM HST FRI SEP 02 2011





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