The Last BASE Jump of the Year in Hawaii… “3, 2, 1… C-Yah”

One of my friends posted the following BASE Jump on youtube New Years Eve.  I thought the jump was scary… but wait till you see the dog that wanted to bite him at the end!

Ghost does his last BASE Jump of 2011

If your interested in learning how to BASE jump… I was told that Idaho is one of the places that it’s legal to learn how to BASE jump.  There is no such thing as tandem BASE jumping that I’ve heard of… so I sure hope you know how to BASE jump before you do it for the first time.


The last BASE Jump of the year [in Hawaii] for the Ghost on 12-30-11

Unmarketable Hawaiian Papayas to be Used to Produce Green Fuels for Military Markets

BioTork has successfully converted unmarketable Hawaiian papayas to fatty acids that can be refined into green fuels. This result is a first milestone in a developmental research project conducted in collaboration with the US Dept of Agriculture Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center (USDA-PBARC) and Rivertop Solutions.

The objective of the project is to assess the capacity of BioTork’s proprietary technology to convert agricultural by-products into fatty acids, and its implications for the Hawaiian agriculture and military markets.

BioTork successfully developed strains of microorganisms, algae and mushrooms, which can eat papaya culls and convert the sugars in that waste stream into high value oil suitable for the production of advanced drop in green diesel and jet fuel.

First laboratory results show that BioTork and PBARC have the capacity to turn an economic liability for Hawaiian papaya farmers into a high value co-product while addressing at the same time the need for domestic production of renewable non-petroleum-based biofuel. PBARC is taking the process a step further by conducting tests to use the meal (de-oiled algae and mushroom) as a high protein feed for fish.

Tests are scheduled to start in 2012. In parallel, Rivertop Solutions is identifying all the agricultural by-products in Hawaii that can be used as a feedstock for biofuel production, and assessing the potential positive impacts on Hawaiian farmers and energy security of Hawaiian military.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of tons of fruit and vegetables are culled at the packinghouse and thrown away. Very often, growers don’t even bother to harvest some produce because they know it will be culled at the packinghouse and they don’t want to incur the cost of transporting the fruit. Thus, the percent of wasted produce is often much higher than is reported by packinghouses. This waste is a tremendous economic liability for farmers in Hawaii and the U.S. For example, as much as 40% of the papaya fruit grown in Hawaii are culled at the packing shed putting the industry on shaky financial footing. Tomato and banana farmers suffer from a similar situation.

If a use for culled, and unharvested, fruits and vegetables is found, it could go a long way towards improving the economics of many agricultural industries and securing abundant biomass for green fuel production. In order to make these options available to both crop growers and biofuel producers all over the US, BioTork is improving the metabolic capabilities of various microorganisms to convert different types of biomass into highly valued oil for green fuel production.

Encouraged by the positive results of the first phase of the project, BioTork and PBARC are exploring a further collaboration to increase the yield of lipids from papaya and use of other fruit culls in the State of Hawaii for green fuel production.

Established in 2009, Rivertop Solutions LLC is a Hawaii based system engineering and economic development firm formed to coordinate government and private efforts in rural communities.

The USDA Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center (PBARC) is located in Hilo, Hawaii. Its mission is to conduct research for the development of sustainable agricultural systems and pest management programs in support of Hawaii, the Pacific Basin, and U.S. agricultures.

Created in 2008, BioTork, LLC is a biofuels solution developer based in Gainesville, Florida. The mission of BioTork is to improve the economics and efficiency of existing biofuels production processes and develop of new ones.

Big Island Man Attempts to Get Into the Darwin Awards… Lights Himself Up With Firecrackers

This Big Island man goes down as my “Idiot of the New Years” award winner as it looks like he’s trying to get put into the Darwin Awards category.

He literally wraps himself up in a stringer of firecrackers and then has someone light it!


Here is the comment that followed it:

PUT THIS ON TOSH. O happy new year. This is how we do hawaiian style.


Murder of Mt. Rainier Park Ranger Reminds Me of the Big Island Murder at Kaloko-Honokohau National Park

Yesterday’s murder of Park Ranger Margaret Anderson in Mt. Rainier National Park  reminded me of the senseless killing that happened here on the Big Island back in December of 1999.

Park Ranger Makuakane-Jarrell was shot and killed in Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park, Hawaii Island

On December 12, 1999, Park Ranger Makuakane-Jarrell was shot and killed in Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park, Hawaii Island, Hawaii. His body was found by a visitor to the park in a brushy area, with his service weapon missing.

Ranger Makuakane-Jarrell had responded to a visitor’s complaint of a man with three unleashed dogs. Upon confronting the suspect, a struggled ensued in which Ranger Makuakane-Jarrell used his pepper spray. The suspect gained control of Ranger Makuakane-Jarrell’s service weapon and shot him several times, including a fatal shot while he lay on the ground, wounded.

The suspect was arrested several days later and charged with the murder of a United States Park Ranger. In 2006 the suspect was found not guilty be reason of insanity and committed to a federal mental institution.

Ranger Makuakane-Jarrell had served with the agency for 15 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

According to National Parks Traveler, Ranger Margaret Anderson was the 9th National Parks Ranger murdered in the line of duty.

When Mount Rainier National Park law enforcement Ranger Margaret Anderson was shot and killed on New Year’s Day, she became the ninth ranger in the history of the National Park Service to be murdered in the line of duty, according to Park Service records…

I have a few friends that work at some of the National Parks here on the Big Island and I sure hope they stay safe.  I never really thought the job of a Park Ranger could be so difficult… but then I guess there are some crazy folks out there!

3.0 Magnitude Earthquake Registered in Puna on the Big Island


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Location 19.353°N, 155.046°W
Depth 0 km (~0 mile) (poorly constrained)
  • 16 km (10 miles) SE (146°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 17 km (10 miles) SSE (159°) from Eden Roc, HI
  • 18 km (11 miles) SSE (165°) from Fern Acres, HI
  • 26 km (16 miles) SW (214°) from Hawaiian Beaches, HI
  • 39 km (24 miles) S (174°) from Hilo, HI
  • 362 km (225 miles) SE (126°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.6 km (0.4 miles); depth +/- 3 km (1.9 miles)
Parameters Nph= 19, Dmin=6 km, Rmss=0.13 sec, Gp=180°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Event ID hv60295326


President Obama Nominates Admiral Locklear III as Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced Dec. 28 that President Barack Obama has nominated Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III for reappointment to the rank of admiral and for assignment as commander, U.S. Pacific Command, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III

Locklear is currently serving as commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe; commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa; and commander, Allied Joint Forces Command, Naples, Italy.

Pacific Command is likely to assume increasing importance in the coming years, as senior government officials including Obama, Panetta and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton have all spoken in recent months about the Asia-Pacific region’s increasing strategic importance.

During a visit to the region in November, Obama said as the United States plans for the future, “we will allocate the resources necessary to maintain our strong military presence in this region. We will preserve our unique ability to project power and deter threats to peace.”

The nation’s enduring interest in the Pacific region requires its enduring presence, the president said. “The United States is a Pacific power, and we are here to stay,” he added.

Locklear this year commanded Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn, the U.S. part of the coalition effort aimed at protecting the people of Libya from forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi and establishing a no-fly zone over the nation. The overall name of the NATO-led operation was Operation Unified Protector.

Locklear graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1977. His career as a surface warfare officer culminated in command of the USS Leftwich. Subsequent fleet command assignments include commander, Destroyer Squadron Two; commander, Nimitz Strike Group; and commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet.

Locklear has served ashore as executive assistant to the vice chief of naval operations; the 78th commandant of midshipmen, U.S. Naval Academy; director, assessment division; and director, programming division. Before his current assignment, he served as director of the Navy Staff from July 2, 2009, to Sept. 10, 2010.

Locklear is a 1992 graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and holds a master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University.

If confirmed as Pacom commander, Locklear will replace Navy Adm. Robert F. Willard, who has served in that position since Oct. 19, 2009.