• 24 Jan 2015 /  Uncategorized

    Puna councilors Gregor Ilagan and Danny Paleka, Jr. are going after the early bird votet his Monday. The two will be guests on Sherry Bracken’s Island Issues program, which airs on KKOA 107.7 fm at  6:30 a.m. and at Lava 105.3 fm at 8 a.m.

  • 19 Jan 2015 /  BULLETINS, Lava Reports, news

    Pele appears to be taking a breather again.  Hawaii County Civil Defense reported this morning  that “the original flow front and south margin breakout remain stalled.  The breakout along the north side of the flow [the one that was most advanced and appeared to be headed toward the Pahoa police and fire stations] continues to be active however very sluggish has not advanced since yesterday.”  Flows upslope also appeared to be active but “sluggish” with little forward progress.

    So the lava, for now, appears to be nearly stalled out, approximately .4 miles above Highway 130.

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  • 19 Jan 2015 /  letters

    Passing on this important & timely news from Puna Pono Alliance on the meeting tonight with Puna Geothermal Ventures.

    How would you like to hear the roar of jet engines in your backyard for 2 or 5 1/2 months – night & day? Even though it’s against the law. Can you imagine this horror in your own neighborhood? Please support your neighbors in any way you can, it could be your neighborhood next.

    And keep in mind, the legislature passed a bill that says ‘geothermal hydraulic fracturing’ – ‘Geo-Fracking’ is now allowed anywhere in Hawai`i. It’s not just a Puna problem. (Hawai`i County’s ban on fracking has yet to be challenged)

    Please give any help you can to: punapono.com

    Shannon Rudolph
    P.S. Some information from the punapono.com Web site:
    Geothermal Update, January 18, 2015.
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    Geothermal Update 1/18/15


    Drilling Alert   PGV has joined forces with Puna Council reps, Greggor Illigan, and Danny Paleka, to actively campaign against the night time drilling ban we enacted to protect our community from PGV’s previous impacts due to 20 years of poor drilling practices .

    Specifically, Paleka, and Illigan, support PGV’s stated intention to drill 24/7 in violation of the night time drilling ban.

    Several, major accidents and missteps at the PGV power plant last year, resulted in harm to our community again, and both DOH and EPA cited PGV last year for numerous violations of their permits.

    In discounting and essentially disregarding what this community has endured at the hands of PGV, both council members Illigan and Paleka have said publicly they supportPGV intention to drill at night regardless of the law. That of course is in direct conflict with the communities best interest. These council reps are doing this with no legal experience to speak of and without even bothering to ask for a legal opinion from the Corporation Council. They instead are relying on a special interest (PGV) to interpret the law. This is an example of how bad government works to the detriment of the community, we should shine a light on this type of improper behavior by our our elected officials. In this case corporate interest have clearly been  put ahead of the public interest by these 2 elected officials to benefit a special interest at expense of our community.

    I went to Danny’s office to talk to him about this and ask for a copy of corp council’s opinion, he told me he never talked to them. He then promised to do so promptly, but don’t hold your breath. We will probably have to do that as well.

    I also spoke with Council member Aaron Chung (an attorney), who told me he disagrees with Paleka, Illigan, and PGV.. In fact he agrees with PPA and the community, – the law applies to PGV as written. He based his opinion as do we on reading the law and the permit requirements that “PGV obey that law and all county laws.

    In my opinion it is dangerous and unfortunate that Illigan and Paleka appear to be playing fast and loose with the best interest of our Puna community to benefit a special interest (PGV). I see no valid reason for them to fight for PGV against the community on this law. It is a sad commentary on the state of our county government.

    Puna Pono Alliance needs your support now, this is our chance, let PGV know how you feel about the planned drilling now – before it starts.

    When: Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) community meeting on January 19, @6:30pm.

    Where: Pahoa High School Cafeteria.

    Why: PGV plans to drill without following the county ordinance that prohibits drilling between 7 PM and 7 AM

    Background: On January 19, next Monday, Puna Geothermal Venture is holding a community meeting. At that meeting they will be discussing upcoming drilling, currently scheduled from late January until March. During that drilling, PGV does not plan to comply with a county ordinance that requires drilling activity to stop between 7 PM and 7 AM.

    This intended action is an insult to the community and to those who must bear the personal cost of PGV actions. If you live close to PGV, we ask that you come to the meeting in a show of solidarity in which we say you must stop placing community families second. If you live elsewhere we ask that you show your support for our neighbors that are being sacrificed to corporate convenience.

    Thank you again for your past support in helping us defend our neighborhood from industrialization. We passed a law, now we need to let them know we intend to see the law enforced.


    This is an update from the PPA noise committee…..There is an app for that (noise)…..

    As you may have heard, PGV is planning to begin drilling a new well on January 25 and they say they expect it to go on for 3 months. The last time they drilled a well, it went on for 5 1/2 months and it made life miserable for people near the plant.

    Despite a Hawaii County ordinance which bans nighttime drilling from 7 pm to 7 am, passed by the Hawaii County Council in response to PGV’s last drill , PGV says they will drill day and night because–they say–the ordinance does not apply to them.

    We need the help of those that live close to the plant because if we don’t step up, PGVwill continue to drill day and night–and they drill new wells every few years.

    Paul Kuykendall and Suzanne Wakelin are working to document the noise and its impact on neighbors to force the county and state to address it as a health and quality of life issue.

    The good news is that we live in an age where we can capture data via crowd-sourcing that will build our case with some very cool, high tech tools. We are going to useNoiseTube to collect and collate data using mobile phones which we can later analyze and show on google maps to quantify the noise impact.

    To learn more about NoiseTube, please follow this link to a short Scientific American article:


    Here is a link to the NoiseTube webpage for more information:


    We need your help to be successful. Please support us by doing the following:

    1. Respond to this email with your phone number and consent to receive email updates on this project.

    2. Please meet us at HAAS this Tuesday January 20 at 3:30 pm (before the usual PunaPono Meeting) for a 30 minute training on how to use the crowdsourcing App

    Please be prompt because we will only have 30 minutes.

    3. If you can, please download the free app to your mobile phone by following the link below. It has instructions on how to download to an Iphone and an Android phone. If you do it before the training, we can show you how to use it.


    4. Please share this email with friends and neighbors who could be negatively affected by the drilling noise.

    If you want to help us stop PGV from illegally drilling at night, we need help this Monday,

    If you want to connect with PPA, please come to the 4 o’clock meeting this Tuesday at HAAS School……

    Mahalo Paul

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  • 19 Jan 2015 /  BULLETINS, letters, news
    From Mike Kaleikini:

    Aloha mai kakou,

    As part of PGV and Ormat’s ongoing commitment to provide regular educational outreach, we have scheduled our next meeting as follows:

    Logistical details:

    Date:     Monday, January 19, 2015

    Time:     6:30 – 8 PM

    Place:    Pahoa High School Cafeteria

    Topics being reviewed:

    • 2014 Year in review
    • Updates on activities (drilling) associated with the facility

    There will be some time set aside for a question and answering session.


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  • 18 Jan 2015 /  Arts, meeting notice, news

    The UH Hilo Performing Arts Department announces auditions for Hilo: Da Musical, on Monday and Wednesday, January 19 and 21 promptly at 7:00 p.m. and ending at 9:30 p.m. on the Performing Arts Center stage.  Rehearsals begin the last week of January and the show will run for one weekend, April 16-19.

    The musical was written by UHH drama professor, Jackie Pualani Johnson, for college-age and older actors. Copies of the script can be perused in the back hallway of the Performing Arts Center beginning January 7.

    The story centers around H?k? and his sister Leinani, and their best friend, “Choke,” college students who go on a search through Hilo’s famous landmarks and activities. Several characters speak Pidgin English, others speak Hawaiian, and everyone sings.

    Secondary leads include Police Sargent K?n?wai, who has a double life as a celebrity; a mysterious character, Wahine ‘Ula’Ula; and two visitors from worlds beyond.  Chorus members will play multiple characters and an ensemble of singing ladies will share musical antics.

    No experience is necessary.  Songs will be taught at auditions to test vocal range and style.  It is advised that all wear local-style clothing that allows movement.

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  • 18 Jan 2015 /  BULLETINS, Lava Reports, news

    Madame Pele is still on the march toward Highway 130, but her rate of travel slowed over the last 24 hours.

    Civil Defense reported this morning that the flow’s current leading edge, located above the Pahoa fire and police stations, advanced about 70 yards since yesterday, as compared to 120 yards the previous day. That flow is still listed as approximately .4 miles above Highway 130 Hawaii Volcano Observatory, which has been monitoring the mauka lava tongue that’s been crawling toward a rendezvous with the highway in the Maku`u area, has made no new reports about it since Friday. Civil Defense simply reports that that flow and another mauka tongue remain “active” but “sluggish and showing little sign of advancement.”

    Light rains in the area are moderating the dangers from wildfire and air pollution this morning. Civil Defense reports that “All fires that occurred are contained with [in (?)] the fire break perimeters and all burning activity is limited to hot spots and flare ups within the fire perimeters.”  The overall level of smoke and vog pollution has changed from “heavy” yesterday to “moderate” today, and the wind has shifted directions, blowing smoke and vog southwestward, away from Hilo and Lower Puna, although Civil Defense still warns that “Smoke conditions may increase in some areas and individuals who may be sensitive or have respiratory problems are advised to take necessary precautions and to remain indoors.”

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  • 17 Jan 2015 /  Uncategorized

    Dear Editor,

    Last week’s Supreme Court decision to review the constitutionality of discriminatory marriage laws in four states prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying was not only historic, but also the right thing to do. Equality means everyone.

    Important constitutional principles regarding human rights are heading towards a long-overdue day in the sun.

    Presently 14 states still deprive gays and lesbians of their constitutional rights, and that’s plain wrong. Only by striking down discriminatory marriage laws that deny a couple of the fundemental right to marry will America achieve full nationwide marriage equality.

    We should know by the end of June whether the Supreme Court truly stands for everyone, as in justice for all. Let us hope and trust that same-sex marriage becomes recognized nationwide. Equality requires nothing less.



    Michael Ra Bouchard, Ph.D.

    Pahoa , Hawaii

  • 17 Jan 2015 /  BULLETINS, Lava Reports, news

    The lava flow has a new leading edge, and it’s moving relatively fast.  According to Hawaii Volcano Observatory’s and Hawaii County Civil Defense’s morning reports,  the lobe that recently broke out about 765 yards upslope and to the north of the stalled tip had advanced overnight by about 120 yards, passing the former leading edge and reaching to within .4 miles of Highway 130 in the vicinity of the Pahoa fire and police stations.

    The northern flow lobe that broke out from the main flow about 1.5 miles upslope is still active as well, but moving sluggishly. if it continues, it could reach a steepest-descent path that would cross Highway 130 about half a mile south of the Maku?u Farmer’s Market.

    The flow activity, combined with dry weather and a southwest wind, continues to generate brushfires in the area between the flow and Ainaloa Subdivision. Hawaii Fire Department units are on scene, monitoring fire activity, and bulldozers are clearing or dressing firebreaks above Ainaloa and between the flow’s leading edge and houses along Highway 130.

    Civil defense reports continued heavy vog and smoke in Lower Puna and Hilo.

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  • 16 Jan 2015 /  BULLETINS

    From the County of Hawaii:

    This is a Department of Water Supply (DWS) emergency water restriction notice for Friday, January 16, 2015 at 4:15 p.m.

    A water restriction advisory is now in effect for Kea’au residents on Milo street from ‘Ohe Street down to Railroad Avenue including customers in Ulupono Subdivision and  8-1/2 Mile Camp (Mill Camp) subdivision.  Recent reports of low to no pressure in water service for this area are now being investigated.  Until further notice, affected area customers are advised to restrict water use to essential needs only:

    ·          Keep water use to an absolute minimum.

    ·          Water should be used for essentials only (cooking, drinking and sanitation.)

    ·          Do not wash cars or water lawns.

    ·          Turn off or disconnect any devices or fixtures that regularly draw water.  Such devices include automatic icemakers and irrigation systems.

    A water tanker will be located on Milo Street to supply affected residents with drinking water.

    For any emergency water concerns call 961-8790.

    Your cooperation is needed and appreciated.


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  • 16 Jan 2015 /  BULLETINS, business, Crime, news

    Hawaii  Police Department reported this afternoon that a  counterfeiter has been ripping off farmers’ market vendors and other merchants with bogus $50 bills

    “A man reported Wednesday (January 14) that several vendors at farmers markets in Hilo and Puna had received the counterfeit bills. Police also received reports from other businesses in both districts,” read an HPD public notice.  Anyone else who has received a suspicious bill or who has any information about the person(s) distributing them should call the police non-emergency line, 935-3311
    Those who would rather remain anonymous can call the Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may qualify for a reward of up to $1,000.

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  • 16 Jan 2015 /  BULLETINS, Lava Reports, news

    The leading edge one of the of the newer lava breakouts has nearly caught up with the stalled front above Pahoa Marketplace.  The new front is now .6 miles above Highway 13, almost directly mauka of the new Pahoa police and fire stations.  According to Hawaii County Civil Defense, this breakout had advanced about 50 yards since yesterday.

    Both Civil Defense and Hawaiian Volcano Observatory report other active breakouts further upslope as well.  HVO singled out a long narrow lobe headed northeast, which had advanced about 50 yards a day during the previous week and could follow a steepest descent path that intersects Highway 130 about .6 miles south of the Maku`u Farmer’s Market.  HVO noted that smoke from recent brush fires had obscured aerial views of this flow, which was about 2.1 miles above Highway 130 as of Tuesday.

    “With the ongoing dry weather conditions, brush fire activity related to the lava flow is likely to continue,” noted Civil Defense this morning.  “Hawaii Fire Department personnel and equipment are on scene and monitoring the fire conditions. The fires that occurred yesterday are contained with the fire break perimeters and additional work is being done to improve fire break conditions. There is currently no fire threat to area residents and properties.”  But some  social media posts over the past two days have reported hot ash  from the fires occasionally falling in Ainaloa .

    Civil Defense noted heavy smoke and vog, borne by northeast winds into the lower Puna and Hilo areas. “Smoke conditions may increase in some areas and individuals who may be sensitive or have respiratory problems are advised to take necessary precautions and to remain indoors,” noted Civil Defense’s morning report, which came out at 7:45 a.m.




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  • 15 Jan 2015 /  BULLETINS, news

    Two brush fires caused from advancing lava flows created significant breakouts of brush fire activity today. The first breakout is approx. 3/4 mile Mauka of the Niaulani subdivision and burned about 150 acres of brush. The second breakout is approx. 1 mile from the Ainaloa subdivision and burned about 200 acres. Two bulldozers were utilized to maintain fire breaks and two hellicopters commenced water bucket drops. Hawaii County Fire Department units are continuing on scene overnight to mop up hot spots and maintain fire breaks

  • 13 Jan 2015 /  BULLETINS, Lava Reports

    Big Island Chronicle has received unofficial word that a wildfire started by the lava flow has jumped a fire break and may be headed toward Ainaloa.  We will pass on further information as we receive it.


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  • 12 Jan 2015 /  Island Art, Island Events, news

     From Indian Classical Music Circle of Hawaii:

    On Wednesday, Jan. 21 from 4:45 to  6:15 p.m., Parashuram Bhandari will talk about musical traditions there that are over five thousand years old: both classical raga and folk music (mountain music) of Nepal.  Attendees will see and hear several typical instruments: Indian sarangi, tabla, madal drum, Nepali folk sarangi, and tanpura. The event is free and open to the public.

     Bhandari is a revered and well-lauded master of the sarangi, a strange and ancient form of the violin.  He hails from the former kingdom of Nepal, a country of dramatic beauty with a rich and appealing culture.  His music ranges from the wildly exuberant to hauntingly delicate, presented with the rhythmic power that is his signature.  

    Parashuram is the only sarangi player in the world to play both the Indian and Nepali sarangis.  An independent artist, he has published the only textbook on sarangi and is the recipient of national music awards in Nepal.  He has performed in many countries and released two solo CDs among others.  Parashuram is Indian Classical Music Circle of Hawaii’s Artist-in-Residence, and Founder and Principal Musician of the Naada Brahma Music Academy.  He studied the classical sarangi in Varanasi, India and holds a Masters Degree in Music from Prayag Sangit Samiti.

    The classical Indian sarangi, whose name means “hundred colors” is an instrument with a cello-like timbre, bowed on three melody strings, with thirty-six sympathetic strings underneath, giving it a haunting cello-like resonance and bright reverberating echo.  It is known for its emotional intensity and its uncanny similarity to the timbre and inflections of the human voice.

    Babette Ackin will accompany on tanpura (a long-neck lute).  She is a devoted student of raga for over ten years, and founder and director of the Indian Classical Music Circle of Hawaii.

    Bandari and Ackin will also perform in a paid concert at Eastern Health Care, Wailoa Plaza, 399 Hualani St. #19 (downstairs from Miyo’s Restaurant’s former location), as part of Eastern Health Care’s “Sound Healing Saturdays” series.  Admission is $20.  Floor seating; bring a chair if you prefer one.

    For more information, go to www.parashurambhandari.com

  • 10 Jan 2015 /  Island Events, letters

    Dear Editor,

      It is with a warm heart that I remind everyone to come to the Americans For Safe Access Cannabis Forum this Sunday from 1-5 pm at the Pahoa Community Center.   Issues covered include upcoming legislation for Dispensaries, Decriminalization/ Legalization, Industrial Hemp, Home Rule for Cannabis.

      I would like the Hawaii State Legislators to note the following conversation I had with a visitor from Washington State, where cannabis is now legal to a certain extent.  “Top shelf is $35 a gram in Washington.”  Do you know how much money that is? It is $980 an ounce.  To my naive eyes that looks like the state of Washington has turned into a drug dealer, because they are taxing the process every step of the way.  Who in the heck can afford that?  That is not how to end the black market.  That does not help patients.  It helps drug cartels, jails and military swat teams that kill innocent people.

    So, said another way, if you could please keep in mind with your dispensary bills, the more overkill in regulations, micro-management of every single step from seed/clone to bud to barbed wire, giant fences, armed security, cameras, computers, background checks, blue card checks, records kept on who buys every gram for seven years, and on and on will make it like it is in Washington (D.C. bureaucracy and the state), rewarding only the big pharma and the tobacco companies able to afford compliance.

      If you do this right, Hawaii could lead the world in both healing medical cannabis retreats and recreational users would arrive by the millions to experience the finest the Aloha State has to offer, we could even have those cool eco-tours of small family pot farms.  We don’t need to make a killing.  Just an honest living for us organic farmers.  Keep it simple for the people!


    Sara Steiner


  • 10 Jan 2015 /  Arts

    East Hawai’i Cultural Council and Hawai’i Museum of Contemporary Art will a mesmerizing show titled ‘SEHNSUCHT’, with multi-media artist Devin Mohr, February 6-28.

    ‘SEHNSUCHT’ is a German word that means, “The inconsolable longing for a non-earthly home one can identify as ones’ own.”  Three years in the making, Mohr’s show explores other-worldy forms, creatures and spaces. Mohr’s invitation to expand beyond rigid views of ones’ s elf is a practice that allows viewers and participants to loosen the tethers of identity and play with new thought forms.The ambient zone of ‘SEHNSUCHT’ will have costumed characters, sculptural lighting and prints from the series.
    Devin Mohr has spent twenty years in the business of design for entertainment and floral arts. During that time these skills have been translated into a private exploration of portraiture that he has only recently allowed to surface into public view. These creature-15_02_06-28 SEHNSUCHT POSTERlike characters he has produced have been used as a therapy of sorts, to stave off a disconcerting and pervasive sense of not belonging, of not feeling human. This theme plays out in different aspects of the art, from makeup and costume and set design to lighting sculptures, music and video and film projects.
    The prospect of transformation is Devin’s biggest creative motivator, venturing into unfamiliar realms, experimenting with absurdity, glamor and wearable art.
    On Thursday, February 5 from 6:30 to 11 p.m.  the museum will host an exclusive preview show of  ‘SEHNSUCHT,’ the first exclusive of its kind on Hawai’i Island. Admission is $25; guests must wear all black attire, with no exceptions and no refunds.



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