Puna News — Town Meeting Monday On Proposed Emergency Room

images-7Central and Coastal Puna have needed an emergency room for more than 20 years, but it was not economically feasible until our recent population explosion.

Now it is not only feasible but critical. This is the position of the Puna Community Development Plan. Puna Community Medical Center (PCMC), the urgent care clinic at the Pahoa Marketplace, is taking steps to make it a reality.  They have asked the State to lease them a five acre parcel on Hwy. 130, just Pahoa-side of the Dept. of Water Supply, as you leave Pahoa heading toward Kea‘au.  The parcel is in the Keonepoko Nui ahupua‘a (TMK #1-5-008:005). Although it is zoned for agriculture, it is not really suitable for agriculture.  The Board of Land and Natural Resources has given an ‘approval in concept’ for a long-term lease, with the condition that PCMC do an Environmental Assessment.  The Draft EA is now ready for public comment.

A Town Meeting is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 28, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Pahoa Neighborhood Facility, Rms. 3&4.  Malama O Puna, the local nonprofit that worked on the Draft EA, will host the meeting, discuss the proposal, show maps and other materials, and take comments and questions. This is an opportunity for the public to provide input and also to learn about the project in greater detail.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.

For more information, email malamaopuna@yahoo.com.   — Rene Siracusa

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Hi folks,

As some of you noticed, the Big Island Chronicle was offline  for a number of hours yesterday. After investigation, it was determined that the site was the subject of a malicious “POST” attack. As such, our web host had to take the site down until we could pinpoint and block the source of the attack.  I apologize for any inconvenience this action may have caused to our faithful readers. Let’s hope the incident was an isolated one.

Your BIC Administrator.

Letters — About The GMO Legislation Making Its Way Through The County Council

The vote was 6-2 (Onishi and Ilagan voting NO), and votes will probably remain the same for the second reading, making it veto proof by the mayor.  The final reading and vote on the bill will take place at a future full Council meeting to be announced, probably in early Nov.

The vote was on an amended bill (attached) that includes an emergency exemption for applying to Council to use a GMO remedy for a conventional crop experiencing substantial harm by a plant pestilence and where there is no alternative solution.  The exemption would be granted for 5 years with possibility of renewal.  All available measures must be taken to insure against contamination of other crops/plants, water sources, and effects from pesticides.

Not ideal, but Councilmember Wille explained that she wrote it to dispel fears of interested parties.  She described GMO crops as a 30% tool that if used, will drop markets by 70%, and that this factor would reduce the motivation to apply for emergency exemption.

The registration section was also amended to withhold the exact location of GMO cultivation to public access, to address fears of GMO growers.


Merle Hayward
Hilo, Hawaii

Puna News — Mysterious Posted Signs Reference Brittany-Boaz Case


The sign above reading, “You killed the baby + Bo + hui on the lava. Confess to the priest or Crimestoppers 961-8300 — C4J,” refers to the murder of a pregnant Brittany Jane Royal and the disappearance of Boaz Johnson dating back to Memorial Day weekend. Posted on the sign is a depiction Mary and baby Jesus and angelic beings overlooking them. In fine print is an Italian description of the religious painting. The sign is posted on a tree fronting the Pahoa Sacred Heart Church and across from Paul’s Repair on Pahoa Village Road. Anyone with information about the sign or Royal’s murder and Johnson’s disappearance should immediately call the police at 935-3311. (Photos by Tiffany Edwards Hunt. All rights reserved. Use with permission only.)




bo These signs, immediately above and below, were posted in Leilani Estates, on Moku Street, the same street where Leilani Community Center is located. Photos by Brady Metcalf.signs



Ask A Farmer — Permanent Soil Fertility

 ask a farmer “Something old is new again. Nature does not make these distinctions, but instead is always on the edge of the wave of change in the now.”                    — Sensei Andalu

  By Andrew Plack

Grow your soil… Soil is a living, dynamic environment. It is full of life and lifeforms. It is not a sterile medium to grow plants in. Plants grown in very healthy soil taste better, and when eaten, have much more beneficial effect upon your health. Please don’t pollute the land and kill the soil. Short term profits make poor choices…

The ancient peoples of South America understood how to create sustainability in the rain forest. In a rain forest, all soil fertility depends upon the cycle of nutrients in the living plants and trees. The plants drop their leaf litter and woody materials on the poor clay soils that makes up the forest floor. This in turn becomes a thin layer of dynamic soil that supports the plants and trees themselves. The Soil is a dynamic community of living creatures, produced by living creatures. Micro organisms build nutrients and cycle materials in perpetuity.

What was needed for human agriculture, (was true then and and still is!), was to trigger a natural cycle of rebirth within Nature.  One aspect of the answer was found to be, what we call, Terra Preta. This is a rich loamy soil that regenerates itself. The word means ‘Dark Earth’. Today we really don’t know all that was involved to make it, but one component is charcoal made in the absence of oxygen. This low oxygen charcoal has been given the moniker of ‘Bio Char’. Read more

Kona News — Hulihee Place Expands Its Hours

HuliheePalace1(Media release) — The grand dame of Ali‘i Drive is expanding hours for museum tours to include weekend evenings during the holiday season. Beginning October 18, Hulihe‘e Palace will be open 5-8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through January 31, 2014.

“We want to open our doors to the dinner crowd and kama‘aina families who are looking to do something different on the weekends,“ says docent coordinator Casey Ballao. “The only exception to the evening hours is if we have a private function, then we will be closed.“

Hulihe‘e Palace will offer docent-guided and self-guided tours during the new hours. The palace is also open for these tours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays—with the exception of the Monday following the monthly Kokua Kailua Village stroll. On that Monday, the palace is open 1-4 p.m. to accommodate the palace’s new monthly Wilhelmina’s Tea at 10 a.m. Dates for the tea in 2013 are October 21, November 18 and December 16. Wilhelmina’s Tea is limited to 20 guests and non-refundable reservations are required; phone 808-329-9555. 

Palace admission for a self-guided tour is $8 for adults, $6 for kama‘aina, military and seniors, and $1 for keiki 18 years and under. Docent-guided tours are available upon request. For details, contact the palace at 329-1877, the palace office at 808-329-9555 or visit www.daughtersofhawaii.org. The gift shop, open 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, can be reached by phoning 329-6558.

Caretakers of Hulihe‘e Palace are the Daughters of Hawai‘i and the Calabash Cousins. The Daughters was founded in 1903 and opens membership to any woman who is directly descended from a person who lived in Hawai‘i prior to 1880. Helping the Daughters in its efforts since 1986 are the Calabash Cousins; membership is available to all.

(Submitted by Fern Gavelek.)

Letters — About Geothermal, Geology And Education

Aloha Tiffany,

Thank you for giving the desire for good news a chance 🙂

Your recent Editors Note and Tara Treaster’s commentary reminded me of something sadly familiar.  Discrimination against black schools and children in the 1960s (and prior). Later, there were lawsuits by parents on behalf of their children who attended public charter schools for the same kind of discrimination by underfunding.  The parents (children) won the case.

On another memory of discrimination, Tulane University Law School in N.O. defended a poor, elderly, minority community from a dangerous polluting industry being located there.  In that case, the 8-term governor Edwin Edwards threatened to cut off funds to the university and discovered even his powers were limited.  The industry went somewhere else (like geothermal?)

Enclosed are two pages from the book, “Living on the Shores of Hawaii,” published by U.H. Press. It’s at the Pahoa Library, if you are interested in what else it has to say.

(Pages highlighted state: “On the sea floor the volcano does not grow as a neat layer cake of lava beds.  Rather, submarine eruptions break into boulders of glass and ash that accumulate as a great pile of broken volcanic rock called talus. As the volcano erupts, it accretes steep aprons of glassy talus forming approximately 90 percent of the edifice, a fundamentally unstable foundation for such a monolith.  Later, after the volcanic rock breaks above the ocean surface, layers of ‘a’a (a type of lava recognized by the jagged boulders, known as “clinker,” that form on its surface) and pahoehoe (a lava type characterized by smooth, ropy folds) lava build upon one another constructing the massive shield… And, “It is important to understand that the Hawaiian Islands are composed of what are essentially piles of glassy volcanic rock.  This rock (produced by basaltic magma) solidified within a few minutes of reaching the seafloor or atmosphere where it is cooled.  With so little time to crystallize, the lava has the strength of glass and is very brittle because it has no crystalline structure.”)

Thank you for creating an independent newspaper.

Sincerely yours,

Don Clay

One of the People

P.S. Could the pages be numbered?

Ask A Wrench — Why You Should Seek Out A Car Wash

Ask A Wrench jpgBy Ed Miner Jr.

Hello Big Island…another month has come and gone. In this month’s edition I thought

I’d touch on the exterior of our vehicles. With all the talk of the new shopping center and other various developments of Pahoa that are being planned, it sure would be nice if someone had the forethought to include a car wash. We only have two in all of Hilo and I make sure my wife’s truck goes through at least once a month.

We all know most people are on catchment here in the Puna district and washing your car is probably the last thing you will be using your precious water for. However, the main reason for a car wash is not just so it looks better but to get all the stuff that gets trapped in the wheel wells and the frame causing premature rust to set in.

It also causes the brake lines to rust out which is obviously very dangerous. Believe me, we do a lot of brake line replacements just for that reason. So do yourself and your car a big favor and either support some of the occasional car washes like you see at Pahoa Auto Parts and Pahoa Marketplace (also known as Malama Marketplace) and ask them to pay attention to underneath the car as well…it will save you money in the long run. I prefer the car wash at the Shell station as they have the underneath spray option and you save a dollar if you buy gas too.

So that’s it for now…maybe we get attention of the powers to involved in this new construction and we might get a car wash…how many cars have you seen that you can’t even tell the color…beyond GREEN.  Bleh. A hui hou…

Got a question about your vehicle? Call (808) 965-9910 or email Ed Miner Jr., owner and operater of Kolohe Auto Repair in Puna, at edminerjr@gmail.com.


Puna News — Mainstreet Pahoa Association To Host Pahoa Holiday Parade Dec. 7

mainstreet pahoaSAVE THE DATE — Mainstreet Pahoa Association will host the Pahoa Holiday Parade on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Montessori Country School, which celebrates 30 years in Pahoa this year, will be honored as the parade’s grand marshal. The theme will be “Passport to Pahoa.”

Get parade applications at Pahoa Puna Buy and Sell, Puna Style or Jeff Hunt Surfboards.

There won’t be a Ho’olaulea at Pahoa High and Intermediate School this year following the parade. Food and arts and crafts vendors may rent a booth at the farmers market in Pahoa Village, behind Luquin’s Mexican Restaurant.

Contact Mainstreet Pahoa Association holiay parade co-chairs Tiffany Edwards Hunt at (808) 938-8592 and Madie Greene at (808)965-7296 for more information.

Guest Column — What Might Be A Better High School Structure?

appleEditor’s note:  This is the third part in a three-part series about education. See parts one and two here and here.) 

By John M. Daggett Ph.D.

So far I have made an argument that the 19th century high school structure has not worked and will not work to meet the educational needs of the 21st century.  Here are some suggestions on how we might engage high school students of meaningful education:

— be observant of how our young people learn today – their use of technology – how technology helps them construct their own learning. Then, integrate that new knowledge in teacher preparation.

— make use of experts to teach content (such as the Kahn Academy) so that teachers may do more coaching and facilitating of learning.

— encourage small communities of learners with teams of four teachers who have strengths in the core subjects: science, math, English and social science that will support the learners in constructing their own learning (When students learn by doing they retain what they learn.).

— have students stay with their teams until they are ready to advance to community college, college, or their place in the workforce.

— provide time for students to leave their learning team and make use of specialists in other subjects, such as vocational education, applied and performing arts.

— encourage the use of communities outside of school as resources and opportunities for learning. Read more

Letters — About Ulu’s First Paddle-Out Since The Shark Attack

ulu.boysAloha e sis,
Attached are some pics from yesterday. Nick said about 20+people paddled out with Ulu when he went into the water to surf at dead trees. There were kids on long boards and his fellow team (Da Hui) riders were with him including Sunny Garcia, Kala Alexander and the Rothmans, Makua, Koa and founder of Da Hui Eddie Rothman. There was food and a stage with music from Braddah Waltah, Uncle Roberts Awa Bar Band, and Makua Rothman sang a few Hawaiian songs to all the girls delight! When I asked Ulu how he felt he said he felt good but was tired. According to Eddie he said Ulu caught some good waves and everyone had fun. The team members signed autographs and posed for pictures, gave out stickers and t shirts to the Keiki too.
Mahalo Piha!
Kaleo’onalani Buckley Francisco

Kona News — Palace Event Oct. 20 Honors ‘Peacock Princess’

(Media release) — Enjoy a free Afternoon at Hulihe’e Palace 4-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 to remember the late Princess Kaiulani. Presenting hula and serenade by the Merrie Monarchs, the event is part of a year-long series that honors Hawai‘i’s past monarchs and historical figures; donations are appreciated. Kindly bring a beach mat or chair as seating won’t be provided.

Princess Victoria Kawekiu Lunalilo Kalaninuiahilapalapa Kaiulani was the last heir to the Hawaiian throne. Born in 1875 to Princess Miriam Likelike, she was the niece of King Kalakaua.

“Her father was an Edinburgh Scot named Archibald Cleghorn, who was a governor of O‘ahu,” says Casey Ballao, docent coordinator. “The young princess, who was especially fond of peacocks, lived in Waikiki at the garden estate of Ainahau. Today, it is the present location of the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel.”

A fellow Scot, Robert Lewis Stevenson, became friends with Princess Kaiulani and he wrote numerous poems about his “fair maiden.” Known for her grace and hospitality, Kaiulani traveled abroad and studied in London as a teenager. Though a long way from Hawai‘i, she soon found herself in the fight to save the monarchy from American annexationists. Read more

Daily Delights — An Introduction, And Tropical Juices Scoop

Briana Jones-Chase greyBy Briana Jones-Chase  

Thank you for reading DailyDelights! My goal is to bring the excitement and understanding of health, fitness and fashion to teens, women and, well, anybody, while keeping real. I strongly believe that fitness can be fun, fashionable and the ultimate go-to for a confidence-boosting activity that makes you feel as good as you look — it just takes work!

I am fortunate enough to live in beautiful Hawaii where I get to workout in the tropics every day. I started my senior year in high school this year — that keeps me pretty darn busy, if I am not in school or studying.  I spend lots of time taking advantage of the beautiful island I live on, I  absolutely love being at the beach or jumping into the beautiful ponds that are everywhere here. They are so relaxing and refreshing. I also love hitting up the local farmers markets for beautiful fresh & local produce, taking morning walks, and bike rides, hanging out with friends, going to fun workout classes, having fun on my beauty channel —  I have on YouTube and, lastly, blogging day and night.

My main fitness passion is swimming, and pretty much anything that involves “working out” — I LOVE workout videos on YouTube, they are so fun and convenient. Working out  is what gives me focus, relief, and drive to do what I do every day. When I am not strength training or doing my fun workout videos, I will sometimes go on a short run, or jog — running is not my thing, but I do it sometimes. Although I am no world-class chef, I enjoy cooking healthy and being in control of what and when I eat.

I’m particularly into tropical juices at the moment.  I have been absolutely loving these refreshing juices! They are so hydrating, and great after a long day of school, work or even play.  Also they are great for a wake-me-up drink, to jump start your day.

The instructions and ingredients, are so easy and self explanatory. All I do is juice my desired amount of produce, using a Breville JE98XL Juicer, Two-Speed Juice Fountain. Once you juice your produce, pour it, and it’s ready.  It’s so simple, and easy.

DailyDelights is your go-to destination for tips and tricks of how to do it all — and both look and feel good.

Thanks for reading and, in the meantime before the next print issue of Big Island Chronicle, check out my website (dailydelights.me) or my beauty channel on YouTube (Beautybybrixo).

Briana jones-Chase , a senior at Hawaii Academy of Arts & Science, was born and raised here. She is passionate about health, fitness, beauty and fashion.


Winespeak — ‘As You Like It’

Selene Alice WayneBy Selene Alice Wayne

Over the six or so years I’ve been a buyer of beer and wine at a retail store, the job in my head has metamorphosed how I look at wine in general.

From the predictable wanna-be connoisseur to the unexpected laissez-faire, I’ve gone from one extreme to the other only to end up in the middle.

Starting out as a beer-drinker-got-tired and looking for an alternative, I found what kinds of wines I liked but I didn’t know why nor did I necessarily care. The job gave me education and experience but also brought me snobbery and anger. Time, of course, has evened the playing field.

The first time I ever got drunk, Chardonnay was involved at some point. Years later, when I was courageous enough to try wine again, I went for the reds. The heavy, tannic Cabs to be exact. The lighter, easier drinking reds were okay, but if it was my choice, it was going to be thick. To my uneducated mind, anything white scared me after that Chardonnay incident as if all whites were somehow grouped together in that big glass jug complete with finger hole. Somehow Pinot Noir equated to a more fanciful wine, perhaps because I knew that noir meant black in French. Like the forcefield of two opposing magnets, I stayed away from Merlot, and even today I can’t recall why. Cabs were where it was for me- big and chewy and reminded me that I was drinking. I liked that.

Once I got into the job of buyer and read some introductory books, I began to recognize and track the traits of the wines I liked. Read more

Kitchen Diva — The Virtue Of Bees And Honey

kitchen diva ‘If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left.  No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.’

—  Albert Einstein 

By Sofia Wilt

In 2011 scientists from the United Nations declared the decline of the honeybee a global phenomena. Technically it’s being called Bee Colony Collapse. Theories explaining the collapse include disturbances in the electromagnetic field from cell phones, aliens (my personal favorite), GMO’s, lack of proper nutrition, pesticides and other chemicals released into the environment. Whichever the case it’s serious, gravely serious, for the health of the entire planet. Just in the United States alone bees contribute to over $15 billion to the economy by pollinating over 130 of our crops. Even more, there is incalculable benefit bees impart by pollinating plants that aren’t for our food but for the vitality of various ecosystems worldwide.

Honey has been used as food and medicine since ancient times, earliest records of beekeeping date back to over 700 BC. If kept in a sealed container honey will remain unspoiled for thousands of years – it’s been found in Egyptian tombs over 2000 years old. No other food can stay preserved this long. Read more