• 05 Jul 2015 /  Uncategorized

    TBhandari and Paulhe Indian Classical Music Circle of Hawaii will be presenting a series of concerts and workshops to raise money to help Nepal rebuild after the disastrous earthquakes that struck the impoverished Himalayan nation last April and May. The statewide concert tour, featuring sarangi virtuoso Parashuram Bhandari, tabla maestro Daniel Paul, and tanpura artist Babette Ackin will come to Waimea’s Kahilu Theater at 7 p.m on Friday, July 10 and Hilo High School’s Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. on July 11.

    Bhandari, who hails from Nepal, is a master of the sarangi, an instrument whose name means “hundred colors”: it is bowed on three melody strings with thirty-six sympathetic strings underneath, giving it a haunting cello-like resonance and bright reverberating echo. Bhandari’s music ranges from the wildly exuberant to hauntingly delicate, presented with the rhythmic power that is his signature.

    Daniel Paul is a graduate from the Ali Akbar College of Music, a Fulbright India Scholar and long-time tabla accompanist to Grammy nominee Jai Uttal. Together in a time honored tradition whose roots go back thousands of years, Parashuram and Daniel will present an evening meditation of melodies and rhythms from Nepal and India. Tickets are a minimum $20 a the door—larger donations are welcome.

    On Saturday, July 11 from 10 a.m. to noon, Bandari and Paul will conduct an “Introduction to Raga for Kirtan Lovers” Workshop at Kalani Retreat Center in Pahoa. Workshop minimum donation: $20; Raga is Music for the Soul. Participnts will earn how tradition, mood, raag (melody) and tal (rhythm) create this transcendent form. Rare workshop opportunity to learn about raga melody and rhythms (how to count the 16 beat cycle) with two masters, sarangi virtuoso Parashuram Bhandari of Nepal and tabla maestro Daniel Paul. Especially for kirtan lovers, experience how raga, kirtan, bhajan, meditation, devotion all spring from one source. No prior music experience is necessary;  Singers, dancers and non-musical people are welcome.  A minimum of ten reservations is needed for the workshop to go forward.

    Proceeds from the concerts and workshop will go to the The Nepal Foundation and Society of Nepalese in Hawaii for relief to areas stricken by the earthquakes of April 25 and May 12 of this year, which caused over 6,000 deaths and 7,000 injuries, and flattened more than 90 percent of homes and buildings in villages near the temblor epicenters.
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    Dear Governor Ige,

    Because we are Hawaiian Cultural Practitioners and are fairly well-acquainted with Mauna Kea, on April 8, 2015, Paul Neves and I guided you and your party to the summit of Mauna Kea. I have made pilgrimages to the summit a few times since that momentous trip up there with you.

    One of my primary activities of my cultural practice is to walk in the footsteps of my ancestors – and i have walked over many parts of Mauna Kea, including having my cultural hiking group – Huaka’i i na ‘Aina Mauna – in 2002 – hike from sea level at Koholalele Landing, at Kukaiau, on the Hamakua coast, to the summit of Mauna Kea, following the Umikoa Trail, then descending the Skyline Trail, crossing Pohakuloa Training Area and following the Kona Highway to the vicinity of Pu’uAnahulu, then hiking the Pu’uAnahulu-Kiholo Trail back to sea level at Luahinewai, at Kiholo Bay on the Kona coast.

    I am desirous to ascend Mauna Kea again – but I hear that you have illegally placed certain restrictions on cultural practitioners (such as me) to be able to go up the Mountain only at 1 p.m. on a daily basis in a group of less than 10.  And I understand that the reason for this restriction is that you have declared the road to be unsafe, making it a public safety issue.  But what I don’t understand is that the observatory people have access to go up and down the Mountain.- with no limitations.  It seems to me that if the road is unsafe for cultural practitioners, that it would be unsafe for astronomers and the public.  Do they sign disclaimers or something of that sort – to be able to do what they are being allowed to do?  If so, I’m willing to sign a disclaimer too.  In other words, I’m willing to disclaim the risk of using the road that you have declared to be unsafe.  However, I hear that there are no restrictions for cultural practitioners who are willing to hike.

    Well, back to my wanting to ascend the Mountain.

    Despite having a hypertensive condition, and suffering from a side effect of gout, I thought I’d visit the summit area on Sunday, leaving the HalePohaku Visitors’ Center area at 5 a.m.  As you are a relatively young man compared to my being 79 years old – I would love to have you share the hike up the Mountain with me.  We can do this by ourselves – and you can give your bodyguards the day off – as there won’t be any of those “unruly,” young Protectors on the road that is being restricted to them.  And since they will be escorted up the mountain by one of the Mauna Kea rangers when they can come up at 1 p.m., things should be quite secure.  And since there will be just you and me – we’ll be able to enjoy the spirituality and serenity of the Mountain in peace and quiet.  Lake Waiau should be at its shimmering best.  Even if we take our time moving at a leisurely pace, going up to an altitude of 13,000 feet, we should be back to the Visitors’ Center before 10 p.m.

    There is only one problem – and that is that if my feet swell excessively because of my medications and subsequent water retention – that I’ll have to abort any further ascent at that point – and start down.  Will that be OK with you?

    Can I look forward to your timely appearance at 5 a.m. on Sunday morning as we engage in this wonderful cultural (we don’t have to call it religious) activity?  Please make sure, though, that you have good hiking boots, some energetic food and snacks and warm clothes (in case the weather should turn a bit cold).

    Thanks.  I’m looking forward to spend a very nice and pleasant day with you.

    ku ching

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  • 05 Jul 2015 /  Uncategorized
    After holding a successful summer health fair in Kapa`au last month, Hamakua-Kohala Health (HKH) is celebrating the award of a significant grant from HMSA. The HMSA Foundation has awarded the Center a the grant to fund the position of Patient Care Coordinator (PCC).
    “The PCC is an essential function of primary health care,” said Irene Carpenter, Chief Executive Officer. “They provide a bridge across multiple systems, such as schools, health care providers, etc., and also coordinate appointments, referral forms, transportation, and more.”
    “The Patient Care Coordinator also communicates effectively with providers, patients and families across the health system, and among the multiple technical systems,” said Carpenter. “This proactive holistic approach has been shown to result in healthier patients and families.”
    Hamakua-Kohala Health was formed to povide “primary care that is accessible, affordable, continuous, comprehensive, family centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally sensitive.” In addition, the Center assists with support services, including the Amazing Tooth Bus, and offers sliding fee scales to help provide services for low-income and uninsured patients. The 340B program provides discounted medication to patients that qualify. For more information, please visit www.HamakuaHealth.org, or call 808-775-7204.

  • 04 Jul 2015 /  letters

    Dear Editor,

    This bill is very bad, it is not for the people of Hawaii.  This bill is so over regulated and the compliance terms are so over-kill that any medical marijuana product sold there will be unaffordable for the common person, much less sick people who lived on fixed incomes.  

    I have a feeling the legislation has been severely influenced by large corporations who have several million available to invest and the criminal and legal profession who still wants to make arrests, prosecute and jail people for cannabis.

    This law is discriminatory against regular Hawaii residents from the amount of money needed too pre-qualify down to the idiotic micro-management requirements from seed to plant to consumer.  I beg you Mr. Ige, please VETO HB321!  

    Very sincerely,

    Sara Steiner
    P.O. Box 2011
    Pahoa, HI 96778

  • 01 Jul 2015 /  letters

    The recent Supreme Court ruling that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry is an historic victory not only for gay and lesbian Americans but for all Americans who cherish equality, liberty, and justice for all.

    Reassuringly, this ruling bears witness that “equal justice under law”—words that are etched into stone on the front of the Supreme Court—has at long last triumphed over discrimination and inequity.

    With the landmark ruling, same-sex marriage now becomes legal in all 50 states. My guess is we’ll get used to it in no time.



    Michael Ra Bouchard, Ph.D.

    Clinical Sexologist

    Pahoa , Hawaii


  • 26 Jun 2015 /  commentary, Energy, letters

    Dear Editor:

    The purpose of the Big Island Community Coalition is to work towards reduced electrical energy costs on the Island of Hawaii – where we pay up to four times the national average for our power.  We are particularly sensitive to electric power rates as very high rates serve essentially as a regressive tax on our population while greatly reducing the probability of generating jobs in any sector that is dependent on electricity.

    There are occasions when events are so alarming that groups such as ours feel compelled to move beyond our primary task.  This is such a time.

    We have observed with increasing alarm as our community has taken steps that inexorably blunt the forward movement of our economy and even move us backwards.  These include:

    1.     Anti-Geothermal activists encouraged County government to ban nighttime drilling, effectively stopping expansion of a major source of renewable and inexpensive electric power beyond already-existing permits.  This action was taken despite the existing plant meeting all applicable noise standards.  It appears that government officials took this action without first going to the site to verify that the noise was disruptive.  Once they did go to the site, some years later, government found that the noise was less than other environmental sounds (i.e., coqui frogs) and essentially no more than typical background noise.

    2.     Anti-GMO activists lobbied to stop any new GMO products from being grown on the island – despite the fact that the vast majority of scientific, peer-reviewed studies found such products to be as safe, and in some cases more nutritious, as their non-GMO counterparts.  Legislation even prohibited GMO flowers – not consumed by anyone – from being grown on the island.  Thus family farmers lost the most effective new tools needed to reduce pesticide and herbicide usage while increasing productivity needed to keep their farms competitive.

    3.     Now we have anti-Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) activists taking steps to stop construction of the most advanced telescope in the world.  If successful in stopping TMT, despite its sponsors following every legal requirement over a seven-year period, we will lose our world leading advantage in understanding the universe.

    All of these actions share similar characteristics:

    ·      The arguments used to justify such actions are consistently anti-scientific.

    ·      “Anti” groups often obscure the lack of scientific evidence to support their position by using emotional pleas intended to incite fear.

    ·      The only “win” for many of these groups is to completely stop, thereby making them completely unwilling to consider any facts that refute their position or to make any reasonable compromise.

    ·      Long-term consequences are significant both culturally and economically.

    Cultures that survive and thrive embrace new technologies carefully, thoughtfully and steadily.  Cultures and economies that thrive are innovative beccause they generate ideas and solutions, solve problems and take calculated but careful risks.

    Cultures that fall backwards are those that fear advancement, fear change and cling to a mythicized view of yesteryear.  The net result is loss of their brightest and most hard working youth.  Those youth that remain find fewer and fewer jobs – those jobs having greatly diminished economic value and lower wages.  The downward spiral becomes inexorable.

    As we look to tomorrow, we need to ask ourselves whether we wish to give our children the exciting and invigorating job market typified by Silicon Valley or a job market that is much closer to the poorer regions of third world countries.  It is up to us to point one way or another.  Driving TMT out will be one more major step to cultural and economic poverty.


    Big Island Community Coalition

    Richard Ha, President,

    David DeLuz Jr., Rockne Freitas, Michelle Galimba, Wallace Ishibashi, Noe Kalipi, H.R “Monty” Richards, William Walter

  • 26 Jun 2015 /  Arts, Island Art, Island Events, news

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  • The 2015 Hawai‘i Belly Dance Convention will bring performers and teachers from near and far to Honolulu to share the beauty and drama of Middle Eastern dance October 8-12.
    “This year will be the best yet, bringing some of the best belly dancers in the world to Honolulu to share their knowledge and passion with dancers and dance lovers alike,” said convention founder Malia Delapenia. “We hope you’ll join us this October.”
    Featured visiting performers and instructors include Moria Chappell, a tribal fusion belly dancer from Washington DC; Shahrzad, an Oriental belly dancer from Virginia, and belly dance royalty Princess Farhana from Los Angeles as well as Andrea Aranda from San Francisco and Draconis from Texas.
    Festivities start on October 8 with the no-host HBDC Welcome Gathering from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the beachside Hau Tree Bar at Waikiki’s Hilton Hawaiian Village (2005 Kalia Road).
    The dancing kicks off with the Shimmy Showcase Gala on Friday, October 9 at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Doris Duke Theatre (900 S. Beretania Street). The Shimmy Showcase is an opportunity for convention participants to see their teachers in action, and for everyone to appreciate the art of Middle Eastern dance. The two shows will be preceded by a no-host reception with special preview performances. “Essence” the 6 p.m. show, will be a family-friendly show that traces the once traditional movements of belly dance to its contemporary existence. “The Reveal” will continue the modern exploration with more edgy, sensual, fusion performances for an audience 18 years and older at 8 p.m.
    The Shimmy with Aloha Workshops, now in their eighth year, will be held at the Neal Blaisdell Center on Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11. The workshops will cover topics ranging from Folkloric Dance (Shaabi, Egyptian Saidi, and Lebanese Dabke) to tribal and modern fusion belly dance techniques. The teachers bring decades of experience to each workshop, and offerings will be available for belly dancers at all levels of experience. 
    Individual workshops are $35-$70. New for 2015, a free Beginners of Belly Dance class will be taught on Sunday from 12:30-1:15 p.m. All ages and levels of experience are welcome and encouraged to share in the love of the art.
    Just outside the Shimmy with Aloha Workshops at the Neal Blaisdell Center, a marketplace will be set up with belly dance costumes, dance wear, and other Middle Eastern artisans from around the world. Many of these products are not available locally most of the year. The Middle Eastern marketplace will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, October 10 and 11.
    Following the Sunday workshops, an official HBDC VIP After Party will be held at Bar 35 in Chinatown (35 North Hotel St.) from 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. The after party will feature belly dance and burlesque performances by Lorien Archambeault from California, Nizana from Florida, Vila Donovan, and many more surprises. 
    The final day of this year’s HBDC, Monday, October 12 will begin with a half day of outdoor adventures with friends old and new. Participants can learn to surf, paddle board, take a ride on a canoe, or just kick back under an umbrella. Waikiki Beach Services is offering a discount for HBDC participants from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. Book your activities on HawaiiBellyDanceConvention.com.
    The closing event is new for this year: Reflection is an intimate night of performances and commentary, an opportunity for professional feedback from HBDC’s visiting instructors. From 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Ong King Art Center in Chinatown (184 N King St.), dancers can participate in a question and answer session with the visiting instructors and get feedback on their own performances. This years panel will include Shahrzad Raqs, Moria Chappell, Princess Farhana, and Marshal Bodiker. This forum is open to the public. Dancers wishing to perform must apply. Forms are available on HawaiiBellyDanceConvention.com.

    Also new for this year, attendees can save over $100 and gain admission to all HBDC events with the All Access Pass. The $415 pass includes VIP access to the Shimmy Showcase Gala, Shimmy with Aloha Workshops, HBDC VIP After Party, and Reflection.
    For more information, to purchase tickets for the Shimmy Showcase, or to register for workshops or other convention events, visit HawaiiBellyDanceConvention.com or call (808) 234-1006.

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  • 23 Jun 2015 /  Crime, news

    Police have determined that  23-year old man who died following a motorcycle crash Tuesday night (June 16) in Volcano was riding a non-street-legal dirt bike with no headlights at the time of the accident, which occurred  near the 25-mile marker in the Volcano area of Puna.

    Responding to an 8:34 p.m. call, police found  that the rider,  who has been identified as Ronson Bento of Volcano, was riding
    a 2003 Honda XR100R dirt bike, heading north on Route 11 with no lights on when it struck a southbound 2005 Dodge Caravan that was making a left turn onto Nahelenani Street. Bento, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from his bike in the crash. He was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 9:30 p.m.

    The driver of the van, a 48-year-old Volcano woman, was not injured in the crash.

    The dirt bike had no license plate and was not equipped with features to be lawfully operated on a public highway.

    It is undetermined if speed or alcohol were factors in the collision.

    Police have initiated a standard negligent homicide case and are continuing the investigation. They ask anyone who may have witnessed the crash or operation of the dirt bike prior to the collision to call Officer William Brown at 965-2716.

    This is the 12th traffic fatality this year compared with seven at this time last year.

  • 22 Jun 2015 /  Arts, news

    The national Native Arts and Cultures Foundation(NACF) has awarded fellowships to three Big Island Kanaka Maoli artists.  Robi Kahakalau and Kaumakaiwa Kanakaole have won awards for music. Bernice Akamine, who is from O‘ahu but now lives on Hawai‘i, Island, received an award for visual arts.
    The fellowships recognize native artists whose works to date exemplify great strength and creativity in the fields of visual arts, dance, music, and traditional arts. Over 150 artists applied for the fellowships in the state this year; 12 fellowships were awarded.

    “NACF is proud to be honoring twelve talented k?naka maoli. The rigor and commitment reflected in their body of work–and in all the work we reviewed–made me wish we could have given awards to every one of the applicants,” said Lulani Arquette who is Native Hawaiian and the President/CEO of NACF.

    Kahakalau, a N? H?k? Hanohano award-winning singer and musician, will use her fellowship to compose a collection of music and an accompanying curriculum to teach Native Hawaiian pre-school age children language and heritage through music. This “Music Energizes Language Education” (MELE) collection will include a teaching module for 20 Native Hawaiian language songs focused on specific topics.

    Janaka‘ole, an openly transgender recording artist and kumu hula, grounded in the traditions of hula and ha‘a, composes mele oli, and choreographs performances for H?lau O Kekuhi. Her fellowship will allow the N? H?k? Hanohano award winning performer to create a series of hula and ha‘a presentations based on the rituals of the goddess Pele tradition from the Malaeha’aho’a text. She will choreograph, collaborate, and compose new chant verses and stage presentations with her family that will be ready to tour in 2016.

    Akamine is known for the abstract glass sculptures and vessels she creates with smooth flowing lines, often covered with a form-fitted skin of texture and color. She will use her fellowship to complete Kalo, a traveling installation of 79 plants made of stone and newsprint to be exhibited in honor of Queen Lili‘uokalani of Hawai’i. A kumu in the methods of creating and using waiho‘olu‘u, or natural plant dyes, and beaten-bark kapa cloth, the artist will create newsprint petals on each plant featuring handwritten renditions of each island’s Native boundaries or ahupua‘a on one side, with copies of the hundreds of signed petitions against the U.S. annexation of Hawaii on the other. After exhibiting in Hawai’i and beyond, the artist will give the plants to the 23 listed Homestead Associations and 10 Native Hawaiian centers in community colleges and universities across the state.

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  • 22 Jun 2015 /  news

    The Pahoa Senior Ceter, closed since September of 2014 because of the lava crisis, will re-open on Monday, June 29. Services returning to the Center will include the Hawai‘i County Nutrition Program (HCNP), Elderly Recreation Services (ERS), Coordinated Services for the Elderly (CSE), and the P?hoa Senior Club.

    The Center wad been closed in order to use the building as a temporary fire station for Lower Puna when an advancing lava flow threatened to inundate P?hoa last year.

    “The Department of Parks and Recreation thanks the public for its patience and understanding while the P?hoa Senior Center was closed for emergency purposes,” read a press release announcing the re-opening.

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  • 19 Jun 2015 /  commentary, Energy, environment

    On the Island of Hawai‘i, where I live, I have witnessed the best of what renewable energy has to offer – geothermal, wind, water and sun. I was a member of the State Senate when the original statute on the renewable energy portfolio standards, Act 272, was approved in 2001. At that time, we were the only state to propose such a program. As the recently appointed Chair of the Senate Transportation and Energy Committee, I look forward to learning what other technologies and resources are available to help wean ourselves off fossil fuels and to showcase to the world that the state of Hawai‘i is a leader when it comes to embracing the power of clean energy.
    That is why I was encouraged when Gov. David Ige last week signed into law with great and well-earned fanfare House Bill 623 (Act 97), which sets new targets for Hawai‘i’s renewable energy portfolio standards. These standards were strengthened in 2004, 2006 and 2009. The new law now takes the standards to a more aggressive goal of 100 percent by the year 2045. Hawai‘i, once again, is blazing trails when it comes to setting targets that are good for the environment and good for the state overall.
    I commend all State Legislators including the bill’s sponsor, Representative Chris Lee and Senator Mike Gabbard, for shepherding the legislation through the process. These are aggressive goals and the right thing to do.
    But then I learned of a bit of irony.
    Within a couple of days of the signing of the bill, the Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission (PUC) took adverse action against eight solar farms – one was denied and seven were deferred. These projects are designed to add 240 megawatts of clean solar energy to the grid. But the PUC’s decisions put these projects at risk of going away. That’s 240 megawatts of solar energy — which could get us 6 percent closer to the goal — that could simply disappear.
    Why? Did the PUC think these projects were not worthy?
    Not at all.
    What the PUC signaled in its orders was that Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) did not do its job in addressing the commission’s questions and concerns regarding costs and benefits to the state. In other words, HECO’s unresponsiveness to the PUC was holding us back from achieving our renewable energy goals.
    I am glad that the PUC took the steps necessary to hold HECO accountable, and the good news is that the PUC’s efforts seem to be working. Subsequent filings by HECO provide the analysis necessary to show these 240 megawatts can help us achieve our renewable goals and help lower HECO’s electricity rates at the same time.
    Things are heading in the right direction but we need to keep moving. Any further delay will place our renewable energy future – and projects like these – in jeopardy. A dire consequence of a delay: missing a critical deadline by the end of 2016 in order to qualify for federal tax credits. The tax credits are what allow the projects to offer unprecedentedly low prices to HECO’s customers. If the projects aren’t started in time to meet the deadline, they might never be started.
    Not to mention, Hawai’i’s business reputation will be tarnished when investors wanting to help finance clean energy projects will simply go somewhere else. This puts a chilling effect on future investment. Companies wanting to come here could again say, “It’s too difficult to do business in Hawai‘i.”
    Also at stake: hundreds of local construction jobs. This means less money in the pockets of carpenters, electricians, heavy equipment operators and other construction workers. This is the cash they use to pay mortgages and rents, food and other bills.
    With the higher renewable portfolio standards, we need to send a strong message that we welcome more clean energy investment to the state — especially when the investment helps lower and stabilize our electricity rates. That’s why I’m asking the Commission to move quickly. Let us start by giving the green light to solar projects that will move Hawai‘i forward towards a more sustainable future.

    State Senator Lorraine R. Inouye represents Senate District 4, which includes Hilo, Hamakua, Kohala, Waimea, Waikoloa and Kona. She is the chair of the Senate Transportation and Energy Committee.

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  • 12 Jun 2015 /  commentary, Hugh-isms, news, Obituaries

    Hugh Clark, former Big Island bureau chief for the Honolulu Advertiser and, later, columnist for the Chronicle, passed away from cancer this morning. He was 73.

    Clark, who reported for the Hilo Tribune Herald for five years before before joining the Advertiserand staying for over three decades, was a old-fashioned hard-news journalist. Although he could and did write passionately about sports, he was most in his element when covering a court case or dissecting a political race.

    “He was an old-school newspaperman, a mentor and a friend, and he will be missed,” wrote Tribune reporter John Burnett, announcing the death on the Big Island Press Club’s Facebook page.

    Clark “trained himself to remember arcane details of news stories and personalities, and what he couldn’t remember was contained in a remarkable filing system that half-filled his second-floor walkup office in the century-old Hilo Drug Building overlooking Hilo Bay,” wrote Advertiser reporter Jan TenBruggengate when Clark retired from the paper in 2002. “He is a journalist of the old school, and held out against computer technology for as long as he could, comfortable in the days when bureau reporters pounded on clattering teletype machines, a telephone cradled on one shoulder and a pencil behind the other ear.”

    “I am not a techy, and really have no desire to become one,” he once admitted in a letter to the editor.

    But Clark couldn’t get the ink out of his blood, even in retirement, even in the electronic age. He began writing his “Hugh-isms” column for for the Chronicle’s Web site in 2012 and learned to exercise a talent that he had kept carefully in check over his reporting years: a knack for expressing strong personal opinions, often with an acidic wit. Comparing the 2012 county elections with those in 1976, for instance, Clark noted that both elections featured “Plenty of ornery debate, threatening and juvenile conflict and… acrimony that seemingly never would end.” In another column, Clark groused that the Transportation Safety Administration had “done far more to terrorize American travelers than any Muslim group.” In an open letter to New West Broadcasting’s Chris Leonard, he wrote, “Just read you have fired [conservative commentator Rush] Limbaugh. I always liked you and now I know better why.” Commenting on an attack by the Tribune-Herald on alocal politician, he remarked, “Did (Hawaii Tribune-Herald editor David) Bock have the decency to forewarn you guys he was going to declare war? Or was this a Pearl Harbor event?”

    Cancer has finally stilled that curmudgeonly, honest voice. Rest in peace, Hugh.


    –Alan McNarie

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  • 10 Jun 2015 /  Crime, news

    Fortunately, it’s a Polaris Ranger utility vehicle, not a Polaris missile. At 9 a.m. on December 8, police responded to a report of a burglary at the Keaukaha Military Reserve on Kekuanaoa Street and  learned that the vehicle had been removed from a bunker on the base. Value of the vehicle is estimated at $16,000. It’s still missing, and the police are seeking the public’s help to find it.

    Police ask anyone with any information about this incident to call the Police Departments non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Dean Uyetake at 961-2379 or dean.uyetake@hawaiicounty.gov.

    Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.


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  • 09 Jun 2015 /  Economics, Energy, environment

    Governor David Ige has signed  four energy bills,  including one that could make Hawaii the first state in the Union to require utilities to generate 100 percent of their electricity sales from renewable energy resources. That bill, HB623, will phase in the use of renewable electricity sources until 100 percent of electrical utilities’ power output is generated from such sources by the end of 2045. Other bills would require the University of Hawaii to use renewable energy, would make it easier for consumers to purchase solar-generated power from sites away from their homes, and would create the post of state administrator to promote hydrogen-based energy technologies. The bills now become law.
    “As the most oil dependent state in the nation, Hawai’i spends roughly $5 billion a year on foreign oil to meet its energy needs. Making the transition to renewable, indigenous resources for power generation will allow us to keep more of that money at home, thereby improving our economy, environment and energy security,” Ige said.
    “Setting a 100 percent renewable portfolio standard will help drive investment in Hawai’i’s growing clean energy sector,” Luis Salaveria, Hawai’i’s director of the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism, who noted “Our commitment to clean energy has already attracted entrepreneurs and businesses from around the world.”
    “Renewable energy projects are already producing cheaper power than new fossil fuel projects in Hawai’i, and it’s only going to get cheaper as renewable technology advances, unlike fossil fuels which will only grow more expensive as they become more difficult to extract from a shrinking supply,” said Representative Chris Lee, Chair of the House Energy and Environmental Protection Committee. “The faster we move toward renewable energy, the faster we can stop exporting billions from our local economy to import expensive fossil fuels.”
    Ige also signed bill SB1050, which will set up a framework to allow renters, condominium owners, and others to purchase electricity generated at an off-site energy facility, such as a large-scale solar farm. The new law will also provide relief to homeowners and businesses located on highly saturated circuits that cannot accommodate additional photovoltaic installations.
    “As of March 2015, there are about 56,000 PV/Solar systems on rooftops. These folks are saving tremendously on their electricity bills. That’s great, but what about the 44 percent of Hawai’i residents who don’t own their homes? And those without roof space? SB1050 allows people to form a hui, find a piece of land, and purchase or lease however many PV panels they want and then get a credit on their electricity bill for the energy they produce. We spend $3-5 billion annually buying fossil fuels; this is an awesome concept that will keep some of the money here to help our economy,” commented Senator Mike Gabbard, who chaired the Senate Committee on Transportation and Energy when bill SB1050 was created.

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  • 09 Jun 2015 /  Crime, environment, news

    The “bullet hole” in the Subaru Telescope’s door was actually made by a bolt, and the staff knew about  six months ago.

    The alleged bullet hole was widely  reported by the media, including the Honolulu Star Advertiser, two days ago, after after an unidentified source reported the hole to the Hawaii County Police Department.   But when a police detective investigated the scene on Monday, June 8,  he determined that the hole in a door to the observatory was caused by a bolt from an adjacent wall and that it had been there for approximately six months.

    The police said that the case the case of the bullet-pierced observatory “will be closed as unfounded.”

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