Lake Waiau on Top of Mauna Kea

The hike to this fresh water lake on Mauna Kea is about 3/4 mile one way and is surrounded by spectacular views.

Lake Waiau on Mauna Kea

The only sound is that of the wind.


Lake Waiau is a high-elevation lake located at 13,020 feet (3970 m) above sea level on Mauna Kea, on the island of Hawaiʻi. It is the seventh highest lake in the USA  (higher than Lake Titicaca), and one of very few lakes at all in the state of Hawaiʻi. It is relatively small, only about 100 m across, and varies in size as the water level rises and falls. At high water levels a small outlet stream appears at the northwest end, but it is absorbed into the ground after a short distance. The name means “swirling water” in Hawaiian, though it is usually rather placid. It usually freezes in winter, but aquatic insects such as midges and beetles can be found breeding in the water.

Dayblaze in Waikiki

I posted a clip awhile back of this base jump in Waikiki.

Here is a longer version taken by someone else.


3.5 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes the Big Island This Afternoon

Magnitude 3.5
Location 20.110°N, 155.796°W
Depth 20.5 km (12.7 miles)
  • 14 km (8 miles) S (186°) from Halaula, HI
  • 14 km (9 miles) S (176°) from Kapaau, HI
  • 15 km (10 miles) SSE (165°) from Hawi, HI
  • 16 km (10 miles) NW (306°) from Waimea, HI
  • 87 km (54 miles) WNW (301°) from Hilo, HI
  • 250 km (155 miles) ESE (122°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 4.1 km (2.5 miles); depth +/- 4.5 km (2.8 miles)
Parameters Nph= 31, Dmin=3 km, Rmss=0.07 sec, Gp=216°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Event ID hv60374956

RIMPAC 2012 Enters Final Week of Exercises

RIMPAC 2012 is scheduled to officially end it’s exercises in the Pacific Ocean around the Hawaii Islands on August 3rd.  The other day this shot was posted on the RIMPAC Facebook page:

Ships and submarines participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise 2012 sail in formation in the waters around the Hawaiian islands. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith Devinney/RELEASED)

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New Online Resource for Hawaii Military Members – Hawaii Military Pets

Hawaii Military Pets is an online resource, celebrating the bond between all animals and our Hawaii men and women in uniform with an emphasis on responsible pet ownership.

Through the website and social media channels, find information on moving with pets, ethical locations to obtain a pet and overall ways to make a family pet a life-long commitment. We advocate for pet-friendly policies in city, state, and federal governments, as well as military housing.


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Sign our petition to standardize military pet policies:

HI-PAL “Click It or Ticket” Youth Basketball Clinic Scheduled for August

The Hawaiʻi Police Department is reminding the public that it is hosting the HI-PAL “Click It or Ticket” 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament on August 10-12 at the newly completed covered facility in Panaʻewa. This event is part of the “Click It or Ticket” series of basketball tournaments.

Officer Joseph Botelho

Team entries are being accepted in the following age groups: 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, high school boys, girls 10 & under, girls 12 & under, girls 14 & under and high school girls. The age cut-off date is December 31, 2012.

Deadline for teams to enter is August 6. Each team is required to complete a registration packet, which must be submitted by August 6.

Teams interested in participating or anyone requesting additional information may call Officer Joseph Botehlo Jr. in East Hawaiʻi at 961-2220 or Officer Randy Morris in West Hawaiʻi at 326-4646, extension 258.

In addition to the tournament, the Hawaiʻi Police Department will have information available on safe driving and seat belt use.

“Click It or Ticket” is a national education and enforcement campaign to increase seat belt use and decrease traffic fatalities and injuries. The Hawaiʻi Police Department encourages all youth, teens and adults to use their seat belts.

West Hawaii Seeing Rash of Auto and Moped Thefts

Big Island police are warning the public that West Hawaiʻi has experienced a rash of auto and moped thefts in recent weeks.

The auto thieves seem to be targeting Honda sedans, Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks and mopeds, but other vehicles have also been stolen. Since July 1, police have investigated 25 cases of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle.

Police advice the public to lock vehicles doors, even those parked in a private driveway. It takes only a few minutes to steal a car left unattended and unlocked.

Police recommend that managers of apartment and condominium complexes with surveillance equipment inspect the equipment regularly to ensure that it is functioning properly.

Police ask that anyone with information about who might be responsible for these auto thefts call Detective Sean Smith at 326-4646, extension 262, 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.

Puna Men’s Chorus – Flashback

The Puna Men’s Chorus (PMC) is coming back with a season that promises to be its best yet (and that’s saying a lot!) This year marks their fifth year as a chorus and to celebrate the occasion they’ve gone back through their performance files and picked out the most meaningful and popular songs they’ve performed to date. The show will be called “Flashback!”
For this production you can expect some beautiful singing, some good laughs, and some of the most beautiful choral music you’ll ever hear.
Three distinguished PMC alumni have been invited to return as Guest Artists. “Douglas Wayman, and his alter ego Janelle Neiman, have entertained audiences all over the country. This show will be Janelle’s debut with the Chorus. We have tried many times to keep Bob Kirk off our stage, but his fans adore him so he just keeps coming back. Daron Scarborough was the original Artistic Director, and one of the founders, of Puna Men’s Chorus. We are happy to see his smiling face with us once again”
“I can guarantee that you will be hearing (and seeing) things never before heard nor seen on any stage before!” says an animated Reinhardt. “Cowboys and boas, hippies and Broadway, ABBA and Hawaiian mele – this is the essence of four years of Puna Men’s Chorus, distilled into one show!”
Showtimes are at the following venues below:
  • Friday August 10 Kalani Honua
  • Sunday August 12 HPP Community Center
  • Friday August 17 The Palace Theater, Hilo
  • Sunday August 19 Keauhou Beach Resort, Kona
All performances start at 7:00 pm with a silent auction tickets are $15 General / $12 students and seniors (60+) Purchase tickets at the door or at the following outlets; Basically books, Hilo Bay Books, Kona Bay Books, Kalani Honua, Jungle Love, My Bar, and The Mask-Querade Bar.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 39-Year-Old Hilo Woman

Big Island police are searching for a 39 year-old Hilo woman reported as missing.

Mory Koi

Mory Koi was last seen in Hilo Saturday afternoon (July 28). She is described as being Japanese, 5-foot-4, 110 pounds, having a medium build with a tan complexion. She has long dark hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a black strapless dress with gray pants, carrying a green and yellow camouflage-patterned handbag.

She does have a medical condition that requires medication.

Police ask that anyone with information on her whereabouts call 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.