Pahoa News — Pahoa Museum Holds Its First ‘Saturday Soirée’ And Fundraiser This Saturday

Dress in “Pahoa elegance” and head down to Pahoa Village for the museum’s first “Saturday Soirée and Fundraiser” this Saturday, May 2, 2009.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  The show starts at 7:15 p.m., featuring a variety of performances, music, and art.  Support your local museum — $10 at the door, $5 for those who are seriously dressed their best.

Waimea News — Pre-Natal Yoga Returns; And Summer Yoga Course For Parents And Children

There’s No Place Like Om Yoga Studio on St. James Circle in Waimea announces a six-week pre-natal yoga course to be held at noon on Wednesdays beginning Wednesday, May 13, 2009.  The class is $72 for the full six-week course, or $15 for drop-ins. the calss is to be instructed by Jacque Waters. For more information, call (808) 769-4985 or (808) 344-0429.

Also to be held at the Waimea yoga studio Fridays from June 5, 2009 to July 10, 2009 is a workshop for both parents and children entitled, “Seeing the Good Within.” Drawing upon Aunsara yoga teachings and principles, Kathryn Wiese will share the joy of movement and teach parents and children to “see goodness — from inside out!” The course is most appropriate for children over seven.  Parents are expected to be engaged in the class and not sit on the sidelines.  It is $78 for the full course with both parent and child, and $65 for the child only.  Register at the Waimea Community Education website at

HILO BULLETIN — North Hilo’s Kaiwiki Road Is Under Repair For The Next Month

The Department of Public Works announces a section of makai bound lane on Kaiwiki Road, 2.9-miles from the intersection of Wainaku and Kaiwiki Road in North Hilo collapsed and left a hole approximately four- feet wide by fifteen feet long.

County personnel are building a bypass road on the Hamakua side of the roadway to divert traffic and will be rebuilding the collapsed embankment.

One lane remains open. Motorists should expect 20-minute delays between of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday for the next four weeks. Please drive with caution.

Kona News — Town Meeting About Renewable Energy Is May 12

The State of Hawaii signed the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative which directs that 70% of energy used in Hawaii to be from sustainable renewable energy by 2030.

Learn how this plan will be implemented and how it will benefit all Hawaii residents at town meeting slated for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at the Makaeo Events Pavilion at the Old Kona Airport.

Guest speakers include Ted Peck, State DEBDT Energy administrator, Randy Kurohara, director of Hawaii County Research and Development Department, Guy Toyama, Executive Director of Friends of Natural Energy laboratory of Hawaii (NELHA), Bill Brooks, president of Energy Specialists Hawaii, and State Reps. Cindy Evans and Denny Coffman.

This Kona town meeting, which is sponsored by Energy Specialists Hawaii, is one of a number of ongoing town meetings planned and resented by Community Enterprises, a non-partisan, non-profit organization geared to provide vital information on community concerns to Kona citizens. Light refreshments will be served.  For more information, contact Fred Housel at (808) 331-8602.

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***Commentary*** Puna State Representative’s Taxpayer-Paid Newsletter With Little To Say; No Information About Legislation She Has Sponsored


Puna Rep. Faye Hanohano

Puna Rep. Faye Hanohano

Thanks to Hawaii Tribune-Herald reporter Jason Armstrong for the story Tuesday about Puna Rep. Faye Hanohano’s taxpayer-funded mailing of 1,200 newsletters, and at least one resident’s ire over receiving not one, two — one for her and one for her husband. 

Add my name to the list of those peeved by the waste of resources.  I’ve been meaning to take up this subject, and actually write a note to Rep. Faye.  Reading Jason Armstrong’s story, I could totally resonate with the woman he quoted.  

Heather Anderson wrote (presumably any a letter to the editor Jason Armstrong quoted from): “Faye (Hanohano) is using the budget crisis to push for her own agenda. I am sick of this kind of political posturing. Faye, quit abusing the power we entrusted in you. If you want to balance the budget, save the money it cost to send out these non-newsletters.” Read more

***Commentary*** Caltech Institute Of Technology Telescope To Leave The Mountain




News of the Caltech Institute of Technology announcing plans to decommission the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory atop Mauna Kea is very interesting.  I believe it is one of the older telescopes on the mountain, having been in operation there since 1988.  

“We had heard that they were talking about it (decommissioning),” Stephanie Nagata, interim director of the Office of Mauna Kea Management, told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald. She said the next step is to look at Caltech Submillimeter Observatory’s Conservation District Use Permit to see what the Department of Land and Natural Resources states about the decommissioning process.

“If they no longer need the facility any more, I think it’s good that it’s going off the mountain,” said University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy director Rolf-Peter Kudritzki.   Read more

Hilo News — Zonta’s Sweat Equity Earns Domestic Abuse Shelter $10K


Zontians and friends gather after the work day at the domestic abuse shelter.

Zontians and friends gather after the work day at the domestic abuse shelter. (Photos courtesy of the Zonta Club of Hilo)

For the second consecutive year, Zonta Club of Hilo members sewed, planted, painted, sorted and cleaned at Hale Ohana, Hilo’s domestic abuse shelter, netting the facility a $10,000 grant from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.

Zontians and friends planted vegetable seedlings, sewed laundry bags, sorted and packaged toiletries, painted bedrooms and cleaned out storage areas at the shelter on Saturday, April 25, 2009.

Zontians Andrea Furuli, Jan Higashi and Jane Kawachi prepare the vegetable garden.

Zontians Andrea Furuli, Jan Higashi and Jane Kawachi prepare the vegetable garden.

As a result, the shelter, operated by Child & Family Service, got $10,000 from Weinberg Foundation that will be used for site preparation and purchase of a 40-foot container for storage.

The storage area will hold donated clothing, furniture and supplies that will help the women and children as they try to establish a new life. Read more

Kona News — Higashihara Park Renovation Project Nearing Completion

The Higashihara Park renovation project in Kona, with 12 days left before the expected completion date, is in desperate need of volunteers, according to Cliff Kopp, the Community Service Chair for the Rotary Club of Kona.  The Rotary Club and the Kona Lions Club are collaborating on the park renovation, with $10,000 from the Kona Community Foundation, $10,000 from the Ironman Foundation, and another $30,000 pledged from the county for new playground equipment.  

“There are planting and carpentry projects left to do, and beginning this Friday, May 1, all of the new playground equipment will be installed, likely through May 5,” said Clifford Kopp. “We need scores of volunteers.”

The upper level of Higashihara Park, including the Kamakana Playground, is scheduled to reopen on Tuesday, May 12, 2009.

Those who would like to help with the renovation project should contact Clifford Kopp at (808) 989-7072 or email

Puna News — ‘Greening Pahoa,’ A Call For Donations; Garden Group Meets At Noon On Saturdays At the Pahoa Museum

Sarah Williams, of the Pahoa Museum, has made it her mission to beautify Pahoa one garden at a time. 

“It’s time to make this place absolutely lovely,” she said. This week she began planting a garden in front of LuQuin’s Mexican Restaurant using cuttings from her yard.  

Sarah Williams is putting a shout out to members of the community to join her in “greening Pahoa,” by donating cuttings, plants, soil, or time and energy gardening alongside her.  She asks that people drop  off their donations at the museum, and if she is not there, leave them on the back porch.  

She has arranged for a garden group to meet Saturdays at noon at the museum. For more information, stop by the museum or email

Island News — More On The Double-Decker Bus Visit Last Week

(Editor’s Note: A version of this story appeared in the Wednesday, April 29, 2009 edition of the Big Island Weekly.)

Hoping to increase ridership capacity, Hawaii County is eyeing “Enviro 500” Double-Decker buses to add to its Mass Transit Agency fleet.

 “It would help by allowing for the transport of more people,” said Mass Transit Agency Administrator Tom Brown Friday, as he, other County of Hawaii administrators, and local press took a demonstration bus ride to Kea’au Ag Lots Friday. 

“We do have a lot of people on some of our bus runs,” Brown said. “Between 4:55 a.m. and 5:20 a.m., four buses leave East Hawaii going to Waikoloa resorts.  Four buses go out within 25 minutes.  The double-decker could potentially be used on those routes, or on Kona/Hilo route — heavily used routes… primarily on highways…” Read more

Hawaii News — Hawai’i County Has State’s First Ag Tourism Ordinance

(EDITOR’S NOTE — The following article appears in the April-June edition of Agriculture Hawaii, an official publication of the Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation (not online).)

A new law in Hawai`i County gives Big Island farmers a chance to showcase their agricultural products while giving visitors a taste of a real farming experience.

The state’s first agriculture tourism bill, designed to help diversify Hawai`i County’s agricultural economy, was adopted by the Hawai`i County Council last November.

Farming is a risky business due to the unpredictable forces of nature and markets. Depending solely on crop production puts farmers in near-constant survival mode. Recognizing the precarious existence of farmers, Hawai`i County wanted to provide added opportunities for farmers to generate additional income that would lead to greater economic stability for farmers and a stronger agricultural industry on the Big Island.

At the same time, visitors were clamoring for new activities and wanted to get out onto farms and ranches. It would seem a perfect match – agriculture and tourism. Read more

DISPATCHES FROM CURT — ‘No Public Land To Spare For The Living, And Presumably None For The Dead’; The Railroad Wharf; Pahoa’s Sawmill; Persecution Complex/Projection; ‘Loud & Tuneless Whistling’; And Magnanimous Wayne Kamitaki

(Curtis Narimatsu is a lifelong resident of Hilo who writes about the forgotten past such as the old plantation days & untold heroes.)

“No Public Land To Spare For The Living, And Presumably None For The Dead”

Alae Cemetery

Alae Cemetery

Alae cemetery started in 1918 because of our Bd. of Supervisors resolution in the quote above. — Curt

The Railroad Wharf

HRR [railroad co.] built Isles landing for its rr cargo in 1903, connected via 1903 rr bridge at foot of Wailoa river [dismantled 1920/not horse-buggy Mamane St. bridge 1902-1952].  The RR wharf replaced the old Gov’t wharf [60 ft. o

Liliuokalani Park

Liliuokalani Park

utcrop] in front of today’s Lili’uokalani Park [now a scenic spot jutting out to the sea] 1902-1903.   When Pete Okumoto’s mother took photos of Lili’uokalani Park 1917, the old RR pier 800 ft. long still was there parallel to the park jutting out toward Coconut [Mokuola] Island.  The RR pier was dismantled by 1919 in that Kuhio harbor [today’s Hilo Harbor] was built 1912. Read more

Hilo News — ‘Listen Up! How To Get Media Attention In A Recession’ Is the Focus Of May 4 Luncheon Talk


“Listen Up! How to Get Media Attention in a Recession” is the luncheon topic for the Hawai`i Island Chamber of Commerce (HICC) Third General Membership meeting on Monday, May 4, 2009 at the `Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai`i’s Sky Garden Restaurant.

Guest speaker will be Emmy Award-winning journalist Bill Dorman, who has covered stories from more than a dozen countries and has interviewed corporate and political leaders around the Asia Pacific region.

Dorman worked as a reporter, producer and executive producer at CNN for more than 20 years and most recently was managing editor of the Asia Pacific broadcast for Bloomberg Television.  He has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Dartmouth College.  He currently lives in Tokyo and teaches at Temple University, Japan.  He is married to Noriko Namiki, his former producer.

“We are constantly barraged with negative news about the economy,” said HICC Executive Officer Judi Steinman, “but Bill’s message is especially upbeat. He will discuss how the right attitude and focus helps businesses receive positive attention from the press.” Read more

Volcano News — ‘Home Gardens, Permaculture Style’ Workshop Is May 16

For gardeners looking for ideas on what to do with their planting areas, the Volcano Art Center offers “Home Gardens, Permaculture Style,” a workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 16, 2009  at its Niaulani campus in Volcano Village. 

Instructor D. Hunter Beyer illustrates means to create home gardens which foster tropical plant species used in the kitchen while maintaining a balance with th

Learn permaculture techniques from D. Hunter Beyer

Learn permaculture techniques May 16 in Volcano from D. Hunter Beyer

 surrounding natural environment.

“What I teach is a leap beyond organic farming in that the use of perennials, tree crops, and edible-leaved shrubs form guilds where plants work with one another,” said Beyer. The primary goal is to create a system that can sustain itself, a departure from wide-spread contemporary farming methods. Read more

Hilo News — ‘Dramas Of Kalalau’ Author In Hilo On Saturday

Author Terence James Moeller will sign copies of Dramas of Kalalau, a collection of short stories from Kalalau Valley on the island of Kauai. He will sign at Borders Books in Hilo from 11 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 2, 2009. In addition, the author will sign copies of the DVD, Inside Kalalua, the video companion to the book.

Journey the treacherous eleven-mile trail along Kauai’s Na Pali Coast into one of nature’s most extraordinary wonders –Kalalau Valley. For centuries this isolated, almost inaccessible place has attracted hikers, nature enthusiasts, escapists, and even outlaws. Few people actually reach Kalalau Valley along the strenuous cliff trail, but those who do are changed forever. Read more

Pahoa News — ‘2009 Hops, Vines & Grinds’ In Pahoa On Saturday

The Duane R. Metcalf Scholarship Fundraiser presents “2009 Hops, Vines [And] Grinds” at the Akebono Theater in historic Pahoa Village from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 2, 2009. Tickets are $30 at the door and $25 in advance, with tickets available at Pahoa Auto Parts, Luquins, Puna Rentals, Pahoa Battery And Propane, or by calling Brady Metcalf at (808) 443-7146.