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Former Blogger Aaron Stene Blasts Mayoral Candidate Harry Kim

Former Kona blogger Aaron Stene sent me the following commentary on his thoughts regarding Harry Kim entering the Mayoral race:

Harry Kim’s last minute entrance into the 2012 Hawaii County Mayor race was very disappointing. I wasn’t impressed by his eight year tenure as Mayor from 2000 until 2008. He dramatically increased the size of county government during this time. The county budget doubled over eight years. In addition, 442 additional employees were added.

Mr. Kim’s administration also tried execute poorly vetted proposals and directives. The Department of Public Works’s public information officer attempted to enforce a directive, which would’ve blackballed me and two other people from directly communicating with public works employees. I regularly e-mailed the Department of Public Works, so I  could  keep tabs on  roadway projects. However, these individuals likely found my inquiries intrusive and irritating. They concocted this directive in response.

This directive was the tip of the iceberg. His administration also advocated the construction of an ill  advised waste to energy plant in Hilo near DHHL homesteads during the latter half of his term.

The lack of managerial supervision also plagued certain departments, such as DPW during Mr. Kim’s administration. The HMP Inc. tack coat procurement scandal likely would’ve never happened if there was stronger oversight in place.

These frequent blunders marred his eight year term, so I strongly doubt Harry Kim is up to the task of leading Hawaii County for another four years.

Aaron Stene

Here is a copy of that memo that was sent out to folks in Hawaii County Government blackballing not only Aaron… but ME by Harry Kim’s Department of Public Works Director Noelani Whittington!

Policy for procedures for Citizen Journalists

Avoid a citizen journalist?

Citizen journalists are a new breed of bloggers who use the internet to express their opinions about DPW projects.  They are not journalists.  They write what they think

Blogging reaches 120 million viewers daily.

These individuals are Aaron Stene and Damon Tucker. Their e-mail addresses are aaronstene@****** or damontucker@ ******

Their blogs are: Kona blog, Poinography, Puna Web, and Hawaii Blog

How do we identify them?

They contact us by e-mail using their e-mail addresses. Rarely do they call us.

They never identify or consider themselves as a “citizen journalist.”

Procedure to handle a Citizen Journalist

  1. 1.      Stop. Do not give out information.
  2. Refer their e-mail inquiries to the Public Information office.
  3. Insert this message, “please contact our public information office at 557-6437 or by e-mail at nwhittington@co.hawaii.i.us.”

They will ask for information about:

  • Palani Road—why the delays?  Mamalahoa by-pass-the Coupe case, opening the entire by-pass, Grace Church moving the utility poles and why the delay?
  • Traffic in Puna, anything about Puna and DPW……….

 Issued: November 16, 2008

The Transit of Venus… The After Party

I’d like to personally say thanks to Andrew Cooper over at The Darker View for providing live commentary from the Keck Telescopes up on Mauna Kea today of the Transit of Venus.

I was truly watching the broadcast on and off all day and I think Cooper and the Keck’s coverage was much better then the actual NASA footage of the event.

If “Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus”… I’m wondering when it will be the guys day for some serious exposure?  All us Martians are pretty jealous of the Venutians!

Here are screen shots I took from the Keck Website today:



Puna Community Meeting with the Hawaii Police Department

The Hawaiʻi Police Department will hold a community meeting on Tuesday, June 19, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Keaʻau Community Center.

The purpose of the meeting is to allow the public to meet the Police Department’s command staff and to discuss police-related concerns with the police chief and commanders who oversee police operations in the Puna District.

The Puna event continues district community meetings, which are rotated throughout the eight police districts on the Big Island. To aid police commanders in focusing on specific community concerns, they ask that participation in this meeting be limited to persons who live or work in the Puna District.

Those interested in participating but unable to attend may e-mail their concerns or comments to copsysop@hawaiipolice.com.

For more information, you may call Lieutenant Reed Mahuna at 965-2716.

North Hawaii Community Hospital Announces Kaloa Robinson as New Director of Community Outreach

North Hawai‘i Community Hospital (NHCH) is pleased to announce that Kaloa Robinson has joined the NHCH ‘ohana as the hospital’s Director of Community Outreach. He will lead the organization’s outreach and community partnership efforts, as well as oversee communications programs.

Kaloa Robinson

“We are thrilled to have Kaloa on our team to help NHCH become a more active partner in the community,” said Kerry Howell, Vice President of Development, Marketing and Communications. “Kaloa’s deep experience in community relations and his personal commitment to community service is a tremendous contribution to NHCH, our stakeholders and the greater community.”

Kaloa has extensive experience in community relations with multiple outlets that include U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka as Legislative and Special Assistant in Washington, D.C.; John A. Burns School of Medicine’s faculty member; Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence as Recruitment Specialist; Hui Mālama Ola Na ‘Oiwi as Executive Director; and HMSA as Community Liaison. Kaloa is Vice Chairman of the Hawai‘i County Fire Commission, a member of the Akaka Falls Lions Club and a recent board member with Hawai‘i Island United Way. Kaloa graduated from Damien Memorial High School in Honolulu, HI, received his B.A. from Whittier College in Whittier, CA, and his M.A. in Issues Management from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

“I remember visiting NHCH just after it opened 16 years ago and felt a great sense of healing and peace,” says Robinson. “I wholeheartedly feel privileged to be a part of the NHCH ‘ohana and look forward to strengthening and building  relations in our community . . . being here is maika’i loa,” says Robinson.

Dancing on the Earth with Shizuno Nasu – Creative Dance Classes Return to Volcano Art Center

Volcano Art Center celebrates creative dance with internationally renowned and classically trained dance artist Shizuno Nasu. The exuberant praise for Nasu’s 2011 spring dance and movement classes was the only prompting needed for VAC to collaborate with her on a new summer series to begin in July.

“Watching Shizuno dance is pure magic; she always takes my breath away,” stated Volcano Art Center CEO Tanya Aynessazian. “We are delighted she has created this new series for us. ‘Dancing on the Earth’ promises to be our most enchanting class this summer!”

Each class will begin with warm-up stretches to provide conditioning, balance and vitality for physical health. The focus will then transition to learning expressive dance movements based on Hara Tanden chi energy theory. These Asian techniques inspired by the wind, water and fire energies increase concentration and enlightenment of the spirit through fluid motion and relaxation.


Dancing on the Earth with Shizuno Nasu is a three-part series that begins on Saturday, July 7. Subsequent classes will be held August 4 and September 1. All classes are open to all levels – including beginners and non-dancers – and will be held from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Tuition is $45 or $40.50 for VAC members for each session. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information, visit www.volcanoartcenter.org or contact Julie to register at (808) 967-8222 or julie@volcanoartcenter.org.

Full Service Spa Opens at Kailua Village Landmark

It’s where you can be transformed with a pulsating vichy shower, a sea salt scrub and a deep, relaxing massage. Or, pamper yourself with an indulgent, full day-island specialty package to rejuvenate and revive from head to toe.

The Spa at Kona Beach Hotel celebrates its grand opening Friday, June 15 with a 5-8 p.m. tour of its European-designed facilities at Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. Located across from the hotel’s infinity pool, the new 1,650-square-foot spa will also provide soothing massages in a private cabana just 10 feet from the ocean.

“We are Kailua Village’s only full-service, oceanfront spa,” says owner and Kona resident Mitesh Banthia, BNYS. “With our highly experienced, licensed technicians, state-of-the-art facility and value packages, we will provide an unparalleled Kona spa experience for both residents and visitors.”

Hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily and a VIP Club is geared for residents offering frequent user rewards, free parking, special rates and treatment upgrades that utilize The Spa’s premiere line of professional products, including Decleor of Paris.

Considered a leader in aromatherapy, Decleor “employs a heat distillation process guaranteeing purity and quality,” according to Banthia, an Indian-trained doctor of naturopathic and yogic sciences. Decleor specializes in a concentrate of highly targeted essential oils and plant extracts to provide a decadent experience with scientifically proven results.

In addition, The Spa incorporates the organic products of locally made Hawaiian Rainforest Naturals and the wisdom of HRN’s co-founder, Joy Johnson. A practioner of la‘au lapa‘au, the Hawaiian art of herbal healing, Johnson helped design The Spa’s treatment menu after visiting Kamakahonu Bay. The site was traditionally a place of rest, rejuvenation and religious ceremony for Hawaiian royalty, including King Kamehameha the Great, and inspired the spa’s exclusive Golden Ko‘ele Shell massage.

The facility is equipped with a five-head vichy shower, dry sauna and steam rooms and has private and couples’ treatment rooms for exfoliating polishes, cooling aloe wraps, aromatic facials and a lineup of reviving treatments. Also available are chiropractic and complimentary healing therapies: acupuncture, reflexology, chakra balancing and reiki. Salon services include expert eyebrow and eyelash tinting, waxing, plus manicures and pedicures using the latest Opi products.

Yoga enthusiasts can enjoy a personalized session at The Spa and in the works is an adjacent 850-square-foot yoga facility that will schedule classes and tailor-made sessions. Banthia says The Yoga Studio at Kona Beach Hotel will be available for yoga therapists in the community to offer meditative sessions. The Spa will sell organic yoga accessories and clothing by Yoganics.

The Spa at Kona Beach Hotel is a member of SpaFinder.com and the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce. For information and reservations, phone 808-329-4772 and visit www.thespaatkonabeachhotel.com.

The Spa at Kona Beach Hotel is Kailua-Kona’s only full-service, oceanfront spa located in the landmark Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. Open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, it offers healing therapies, massage, body treatments, facials, hair removal, manicures and pedicures. Proudly using Decleor and Hawaiian Rainforest Natural products. Member of SpaFinder.com, phone 808-329-4772 or visit www.thespaatkonabeachhotel.com,

3.6 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Volcano Area of Big Island

Magnitude 3.6
Location 19.344°N, 155.283°W
Depth 1 km (~0.6 mile)
  • 13 km (8 miles) SSW (203°) from Volcano, HI
  • 21 km (13 miles) SW (228°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 25 km (16 miles) SW (228°) from Eden Roc, HI
  • 45 km (28 miles) SSW (207°) from Hilo, HI
  • 344 km (214 miles) SE (129°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.2 km (0.1 miles); depth +/- 0.4 km (0.2 miles)
Parameters Nph= 54, Dmin=2 km, Rmss=0.13 sec, Gp= 68°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=2
Event ID hv60355866