Kayaking Near Erupting Lava

Well here is an interesting video that was uploaded to YouTube today entitled “Kayaking in Erupting Lava – Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii”:

Kayaking in Lava
They certainly have a lot of guts!


Hawaii Turning Derelict Fishing Nets Into Electricity

A recent CNN news report has highlighted how fishermen in Hawaii are collecting discarded fishing nets and other waste items found in the Pacific as part of the Nets-to-Energy program on Hawaii.

Whale Snag

The nets recovered under the program are taken to Covanta’s waste to energy facility in Honolulu, which processes up to 3000 tons (2700 tonnes) per day on the island of Oahu, generating some 90MW – around 10% of the island’s total requirement.

In 2012 Covanta completed a 900 ton-per-day expansion of existing waste to energy facility, which included the addition of a third combustor unit, turbine/generator and associated air pollution control equipment.

According to the report up to 300,000 marine mammals are killed each year by rogue fishing nets swirling in the ocean.

The full report is below:

Hawaii turns derelict fishing nets into electricity. CNN’s Kyung Lah explains:


UH Hilo Campus Center Plaza to Serve as Overflow Venue for 50th Annual Merrie Monarch

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo invites the public to watch the 50th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival hula competition April 4, 5, 6 from 6 p.m. to midnight on the Campus Center Plaza.

Photo from the Merrie Monarch Site

Photo from the Merrie Monarch Site

The events will be shown on a large screen with 125 seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no admission charge.

“UH Hilo is proud to serve as an overflow venue for the viewing of this year’s festivities,” said University Relations Director Jerry Chang. “We will also have food booths available by various University clubs and organizations.”

The event is sponsored by the UH Hilo Student Association and the Office of the Chancellor.

For more information, contact Rachel Nazara at 974-7500 or Gail Makuakane-Lundin at 974-7444.


Public Invited To Suggest Properties For Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources Preservation Commission Purchase

The County of Hawai’i Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources Preservation Commission, commonly referred to as PONC, is inviting the public to submit suggestion forms for properties to be included in its annual prioritized list and report to Mayor Billy Kenoi.
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These suggestion forms can be downloaded from http://hawaiicountymayor.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/2013-01-14-PONC-Suggestion-Form-fillable.pdf or by obtaining a form at the Property Management Division, County Building on 25 Aupuni Street, Suite 1101. Completed forms can be mailed or e-mailed to the addresses listed on the form. Suggestion forms are due by the last business day of June which in the current year is June 28, 2013.
Past purchases, which total nearly 1,000 acres have included the Waipi‘o Lookout in Hāmākua; Kāwā oceanfront parcels in Ka‘ū; Kaiholena and Pa‘o‘o oceanfront parcels in North Kohala; and the Kingman property (across Magic Sands Beach) in Kona. PONC funds are generated from 2% of Hawai‘i County’s annual real property tax revenues.
There are nine PONC commissioners that represent each of the nine County Council districts on Hawai‘i Island. These commissioners meet every other month rotating between the Hilo County Building and West Hawai’i Civic Center. Public testimony is allowed during each meeting. Commissioners review the current submittals and consider the significant factors of each property that may include historic and culturally important features; public outdoor recreation and education; public access to beaches or mountains; preservation of forests, beaches, coastal areas, and natural beauty; protection of natural resources and watershed lands; and the general benefits to the public. The potential acquisitions are then prioritized and the list and accompanying report is sent to the Mayor at the end of the calendar year. The Mayor then forwards his recommendations to the Council where resolutions are passed to purchase the properties.
If you need further information, please contact Alexandra Kelepolo of the County of Hawai‘i Property Management Division at (808) 961-8069 or visit the website at: http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/boards-and-commissions

Big Island Police Charge Pahoa Man in Connection with Burglary From Last Year

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a 20-year-old Pāhoa man in connection with a burglary that occurred last year in the Puna District.

Isaiah Kaonohi Ekau

Isaiah Kaonohi Ekau

At 5 p.m. Monday (April 1), after conferring with prosecutors, detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section charged Isaiah Kaonohi Ekau with first-degree burglary and second-degree theft.

His bail was set at $7,000. He was scheduled to make his initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon (April 2).

On September 9, 2012, a 61-year-old Pāhoa man reported that upon returning home, he discovered his house had been entered and several items had been stolen.

14th Annual Waimea Healthy KeikiFest

The 14th Annual Waimea Healthy KeikiFest will be held 9 am ~ 2 pm Saturday, April 13 at the Parker Ranch Center in Waimea.

The annual celebration of keiki health and safety will feature more than 35 FREE hands-on activities for keiki, ages 3 to 12 ranging from a bike rodeo to ham radio, and other experiences of healthy eating and active living. Kids will earn credits they can use for face painting, balloon art, a turn in a bouncer, and a water bottle. Parents, grandparents and family members are welcome to enjoy a variety of fun learning experiences about growing up safe and healthy.

Over the past 14 years, hundreds of community members from Hawai`i Island and O‘ahu have taken the time to provide fun, interactive learning experiences for the keiki at the popular event. KeikiFest is organized by Tutu’s House. For more information, call Sharnell Kalahiki at 885-6777.

Tutus House

Tutus House

Tutu’s House is a project of Friends of the Future, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which facilitates community-led change, perpetuates cherished cultural anchors, and improves health-related quality of life for those who live work and play on Hawai`i Island. For the Friends of the Future Annual Report and information about its programs visit the web at fofhawaii.org or call Michelle Medeiros at 885-8336.

Obake Stories and Ancient Hawaiian Myths April 13th

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Performing Arts Center’s final event of the season will be held on Saturday, April 13 with Obake Stories and Ancient Hawaiian Myths, told by Alton Chung and Jackie Pualani Johnson at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

UH Hilo

Chung grew up with the stories, superstitions, and magic of the Hawaiian Islands. “This combined with his Japanese and Korean roots gives him a unique perspective to tell cultural tales and personal stories with a deep sense of reverence and authenticity,” noted PAC Manager Lee Dombroski. “Alton breathes life into traditional Asian folktales with sensitivity and deep connection, and enjoys telling true stories of the Japanese-Americans during WWII. But his true passion is telling ghost stories.”

Storyteller Johnson weaves the epic tale of Pele and Hi`iaka into a stirring journey of moving images and lilting voices to recreate drama of devotion, revenge and love.

“The words and powerful visuals are taken from Volcano artist Dietrich Varez in his retelling of the ancient story of Pele and Hi`iaka ‘A Tale of Two Sisters,’ released by Hilo’s Petroglyph Press and graced with block prints befitting the striking confrontations between the passionate siblings,” Dombroski said.

Tickets are reserved seating and are $15 General, $10 Discount, $7 UH Student and Children 17 and under and are currently available at the PAC Box Office.

Parental discretion advised as some material may be too intense for children under age 11.