Video of Zebra Eel Eating a Large Crab Off the North Shore of Oahu

Zebra Eel

Amazing footage captured on a night dive on the North Shore of Oahu.  Zebra Eel killing and eating a crab on the North Shore of Oahu – Hawaii by Hawaii Eco Divers & Surf Adventures.


Results From the 5th Annual Peace Day Parade & Festival

The peaceful plantation town of Honoka’a was filled with people celebrating the United Nations International Day of Peace on Sunday, during its 5th Annual Peace Day Parade & Festival.  More than a thousand gathered to enjoy the lively “moving stage” of music, floats and entertainment with a message–as marching bands, Taiko drummers, bon dancers, cirque performers, hula halau and more, joined together in the spirit of peace.

Honoka'a Peace Parade

Peace Corps honored.  Special honorees for the Parade were about 30 Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV’s) from the Big Island, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Peace Corps.  At least eight “Peace Corps couples” residing in the Honoka’a/Hamakua area found love and married during, or as a result of, their service. Elene Hertweck, from the San Francisco Region Peace Corps office was on hand for the festivities.  Hertweck served two times, in the Ukraine and in South Africa, both after she reached the age of 60.  “We have no upper age limit,” she said.  “The oldest volunteer is 84… This is a way to serve your country and learn about another culture, share your skills and have an adventure!”

Honoka'a Peace Parade

Run for Peace.  Sunday’s events also included the first annual 5K “Run for Peace.”   Top finishers for the men:  Billy Barnett at 17:22 (20-29), Jason Braswell at 17:53 (30-39), Lyman Perry at 18:50 (40-49), Tony Connors at19:34 (15-19).  For the women:  Heidi Schmidgall at 26:15 (20-29), Elizabeth Aguirre at 31:27 (15-19), Abigail Andrade at 31:28 (under 15).

A Peace Day Festival following the Parade featured food booths and entertainment by the Honoka’a High School Jazz Band, John Keawe and others, a performance by Terminal Circus and a large community Bon Dance that filled the field.

Tradition of peace.  The Festival program began with a message from Rev. Marcia Hartsock of the Honoka’a United Methodist Church, a ceremonial chant and bell-ringing by Rev. Kosho Yagi of Honoka’a Hongwanji and the release of white peace doves.  Rev. Eric Matsumoto, Bishop of Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii and Former Minister of the Honoka’a, Kamuela, Pa’auilo and Kohala Hongwanji Buddhist Temples, addressed the audience of about 1,000.  “So today, we gather for the purpose of nurturing peace in our hearts and minds, our local community of Honoka’a and the Big Island and the whole world,” said Matsumoto.  “I would like to close by expressing my appreciation to the Honoka’a Community for hosting this event, the entire Big Island Community for your participation and support of nurturing peace in our world.”

Peace Poster Contest.  Also during Festival, winners of the annual student Peace Poster Contest were announced.  They are:

K-3: Chloe Salom, 2nd grade, Ha’aheo School

4-6 grade
3rd  Place: Latrece Fernandez, 6th grade, Pa’auilo School
2nd Place: Xyan Ancheta, 6th grade, Pa’auilo School
1st Place: Seira Gleason, 6th grade, Pa’auilo School

7-8 grade
3rd Place (tie): Kristopher Nobriga, 8th grade, and Tyanna Aranaydo, 7th grade, Honoka’a High and Intermediate School
2nd Place: Kamea Phenicie, 8th grade, Honoka’a High and Intermediate School
1st Place: Jacie Carvalho, 7th grade, Honoka’a High and Intermediate School

9-12 grade
3rd Place: Shelby Bakin, 9th grade, Pa’auilo School
2nd Place: Saysha Cadabona, Pa’auilo School
1st Place:  Shrone Baton, Pa’auilo School

Sponsor prize, presented by Waianuhea Bed & Breakfast:  Donalyn Kaneo, 8th grade, Honoka’a High and Intermediate School

Honoka'a Peace Parade

The 5th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace is presented by the Peace Committee of the Honoka’a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in cooperation with the United Nations and numerous community organizations. Major financial support has been provided by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, County of Hawaii Department of Research and Development County Product Enrichment Program grant and the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii Social Concerns Committee.

The Peace Committee depends upon the community’s help and support for the continued success of the parade and festival annually.  The goal is to engage in and support activities year-round to promote peace, compassion and awareness of universal interdependence.  Contributions can be made as tax deductible donations, purchases of t-shirts and various sponsorship packages.  Call 808-640-4602 or visit

John Carroll To Make Announcement Regarding His Candidacy for U.S. Senate


John Carroll is going to announce his run for the U.S. Senate tomorrow at 2:00 pm at the Republican Party Headquarters at 725 Kapiolani Blvd. #C-105

For those that may remember, Mr. Carroll previously had one of his campaign hauncho’s emailing me about my blog when he ran for governor a few years back.  They were insisting that I remove this post that I posted on my site… and as you can see, I didn’t remove it.

Needless to say… I’m not a big fan of Mr. Carroll after he pulled this stint on me during the 2010 elections.

The Descendants – Official Movie Trailer

The Descendants

The Descendants

From Alexander Payne, the creator of the Oscar-winning SIDEWAYS, set in Hawaii, THE DESCENDANTS is a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King (George Clooney) an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki. The event leads to a rapprochement with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family’s land handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries.


Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers Names Recipients of Appreciation Awards

The Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers names the recipients of its appreciation awards, given annually to supporters of Hawaii’s tropical fruit industry. They are Chef Stephen Rouelle of The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii; Chef George Gomes Jr. of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel; Russell Ruderman and Island Naturals; Randyl Rupar of the annual mango and avocado festivals and Dr. Angela Keppler and Frank Rust, authors for the up-and-coming book, “The World of Bananas in Hawaii: Then and Now.”

HTFG Roundtable-Sharing tips for the development of farmer-chef relationships at the Big Island meeting are from left: James Babian, executive chef Four Seasons Resort Hualalai; Jason Koppinger, former chef of The Ritz Carlton Residences Malaysia; Ken Love, HTFG president; and Dr. Kent Fleming, UH adjunct professor and professor of Ag and Resource Economics at Oregon State University

Recipients were named at the recent 21st Annual Hawaii International Tropical Fruit Conference that opened at the Keauhou Beach Resort and continued on Oahu, Kauai and Maui. Joining the HTFG board is Ian Cole of Maui and Dave Longacre of East Hawaii.

SHREE PADRE of India, keynote speaker at this year's Hawaii International Tropical Fruit Conference, inspects purple passion fruit at Kupa'a Organic Farm on Maui. Photo courtesy HTFG

With the theme, “The Time for Quality and Profitability,” the four gatherings headlined 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.

Other presenters, who also met with growers on all four islands, included fig expert Howard Garrison and pomegranate guru Jeff Moresfelder, both of the USDA in Davis, California.

The three-day meeting on the Big Isle included 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 were 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.

Led by Bob Cooper, the conference field trip on the Big Island was a plantation visit to Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory in Keauhou

On Kauai, attendees visited the National Tropical Botanical Garden to visit with Dr. Diane Ragone, director of HTBG’s Breadfruit Institute. Other field trips included stops at Kupa’a Organic Farm and Pali-o-Waipio on Maui and Frankie’s Nursery in Waimanalo.

During the roundtable, James Babian, executive chef at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, advised growers to give chefs a weekly market list of fruit available now and in the near future. “Relationships with growers have allowed us to embrace the use of local products and grow our menu around what’s available,” he detailed. He also said the use of fresh fruit in beverages is trending.

Lava Update at Pu’u O’o Crater Courtesy of Paradise Helicopters

LAVA UPDATE (Courtesy of Paradise Helicopters)

The lake of active lava in Pu’u O’o is spilling over the side and creating a flowing river of red. This pic was taken today Tuesday 9/20 at about 10 am on our Hawaii Experience Air Adventure.  Amazing feeling to hover over this!!

Lava Update: Pu'u O'o

Lava Update: Pu'u O'o (Tuesday 9/20/11 10:00 am)

Big Island Police Searching for Man Wanted for Kidnapping and Attempted Sex Assault of Female Child This Morning

*EDIT 10:12 am* Suspect has been located and arrested in attempted child sex assault case. Details to come. Mahalo to the public!

Big Island police are searching for a man wanted for the attempted kidnapping and attempted sexual assault of a female child in a restroom at a Hilo public school this morning (September 20).

The child managed to escape from the man, who was last seen on Kapiolani Street heading in the direction of Haili Street around 6:30 a.m.

He is described as a man in his 30s with a brown complexion, 6-foot-1, 200 pounds with 2-to-3-inch-long brown or black hair and no facial hair. He was wearing a dark red nylon track suit with white shoulders and elastic cuffs at the wrists. He had on large white wireless headphones and may have been riding a two-wheel bicycle.

Police are very anxious to identify and apprehend this predator before any child is hurt and, therefore, ask that anyone with information on his identity or whereabouts call 911 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Hui Laau Kamaaina LaiOpua Preserve Project Receives Cooke Foundation Grant

The Hawaii Forest Institute (HFI) was awarded a $12,000 grant from the Cooke Foundation for the Hui Laau Kamaaina LaiOpua Preserve project. This dryland habitat restoration project is providing forest stewardship opportunities at the endangered plant preserves within the Villages of LaiOpua in Kealakehe, North Kona.

LaiOpua reserve

Kealakehe Intermediate Na Kahumoku Youth Leadership Program students assist Site Manager Wilds Brawner at LaiOpua Preserve. Photo by Keoki A. Carter

HFI, Hawaii Forest Industry Association (HFIA), landowner Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL), and community partners are working to protect and perpetuate this fragile endangered dryland ecosystem and share its historical, cultural, restoration, and scientific aspects with Hawaii residents and visitors. Volunteers are receiving a hands-on, land-based, learning experience to effect positive change in the areas of responsibility, stewardship, and interdependency of all living things.

In addition to creating a safe haven for the endangered plants Aupaka (Isodendrion pyrifolium) and Uhiuhi (Caesalpinia kavaiensis), endemic, indigenous, and Polynesian introduced species are being protecting under the leadership of Site Manger Wilds Pihanui Brawner.

Community Engagement Coordinator Keoki Apokolani Carter has been engaging community volunteers in preparing a site for the Hui Laau Kamaaina Outdoor Learning Center. Groups who have participated include Family Support Hawaii youth, Kealakehe Intermediate Na Kahumoku Youth Leadership Program students, Pono Pacific volunteers, and Brown University BELL program students.

The outdoor learning center will provide an opportunity for gathering, cultural practices, and ways to learn about this unique cultural ecology site. Site stewardship activities this year will include planting seedlings, pulling weeds, and collecting and distributing native seeds. The project also includes web pages documenting the stewardship activities at Hui Laau Kamaaina: Restoration and Education at LaiOpua Preserve and Kealakehe Restoration-Hui Laau Kamaaina, field learning guides, and a resource card featuring native plants of the Kealakehe region.

LaiOpua Reserve

Family Support Hawaii volunteer work day LaiOpua Preserve. Photo by Keoki A. Carter.

In addition to Keoki Carter and Wilds Brawner, Cultural Ecology Team members are Restoration Technician Kealakai L. Knoche and Outreach Consultant Yvonne Yarber Carter. Hawaii YouthConservation Corps (HYCC) intern Justin Ah Puck is assisting and learning from the Team.

DHHL’s LaiOpua Plant Mitigation and Preserve Restoration Plan (LPMPRP) outlines strategies to protect endangered plants and restore dryland habitat on approximately 70 acres within the 570-acre Villages of LaiOpua. The Cultural Ecology Team is forming relationships with local community members so they can adopt the project as their own over the next three years.

In addition to DHHL and the Cooke Foundation, other project funders are Arthur Lawrence Mullaly Fund and Kukio Community Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation and U.S. Department of Education’s “Education through Cultural & Historical Organizations.”