• “The World According to Monsanto — free film showing and parking at UHH
    Thursday, April 9th 7 p.m. in UCB 100
    The film is a history of MONSANTO from the Agent orange, Roundup, and PCBs to the GMO crops developed by this biotech giant.  Discussion follows.  Sponsored by GLOBAL HOPE

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  • 07 Apr 2015 /  environment

    Not every chopper in the skies over Hawaii Volcanoes National Park carries sightseers.  The Park itself uses helicopters for various purposes. Aside from flights to track the lava’s latest movement, rescue hikers in distress and deter the occasional pakalolo grower, most Park Service helicopter flights are to transport heavy cargo to remote locations where ground transport can’t reach or could damage the fragile environment.  The Park recently announced the following upcoming flights:

     ?April 8, 10, 20, and 24, between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m, “to transport fencing material from near the top of Mauna Loa Road to approximately the 9,000 ft. elevation. “
    April 14 and 23, between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m., for ungulate surveys and control work in Kahuku between 3,000 and 7,000 ft. elevation.” “Ungulates” are hooved animals such as pigs, goats and mouflon sheep, which are all non-native invasive species that can heavily damage native plants, which involved without the defensive mechanisms against such animals.
    April 27, and May 7, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m: ” flying camp supplies and equipment from ‘?inahou to ‘?pua Point, Keauhou, and Halap? campsites for guinea grass control and monitoring during the hawksbill turtle nesting season.” Apua Point,  Keauhou and Halape are remote coastal locations in the park. Keahou, in this case, refers to a remote point of land on the park’s Ka’u Coas, no the better-known  resort community on the Kona side.
    “The park regrets any noise impact to residents and park visitors.  Dates and times are subject to change based on aircraft availability and weather,” noted Park spokesperson Jessica Ferracane, announcing the flights.

    –Alan McNarie

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  • 05 Apr 2015 /  letters, Uncategorized

    Aloha nui k?ua e Governor Ige,

    I write to you not to restate what previous letters regarding Mauna Kea and the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) have already made clear (like that submitted by the six Mauna Kea Hui Litigants and Supporters for the Protection of Mauna Kea). You know of the illegalities. You know of the wrongdoings. You know of why construction on our mountain should stop. I am sure you have heard of the growing commitment to aloha ??ina currently spreading across our islands; it is a commitment to stand and protect our land at the risk of losing jobs, at the risk of affecting families, at the risk, even, of being arrested. News of this movement is spreading worldwide. In fact, I write this letter to you from New Zealand where news stations have reported on the issues, garnering support for our people and our land back home. Therefore, I write to you not to remind you of what you already know, and perhaps what you have already witnessed yourself, but rather to urge you to act. Now is the time. Now is the time to set a precedent for the future. Construction must stop.

    What has taken me so far away from our mountain and our home is the pursuit of knowledge. Thus, as I sit here immersing myself in the words of great scholars and thinkers who have shaped my understanding of the world, I realize that those values and lessons being taught and embodied right now in Hawai?i—by those standing on the mountaintop, by those leading demonstrations on university campuses, by those holding signs on roadsides, and by those writing, singing, praying, and even dancing for our mountain—are those same values and lessons that revolutionary thinkers and agents of change have been preaching for decades. Therefore, it is time we listen.

    One such influential thinker, Frantz Fanon, once said, “We are nothing on earth if we are not in the first place the slaves of a cause, the cause of the people, the cause of justice and liberty.” Our responsibility on earth is to stand for a cause that will ensure that our descendants have a future, that they have a life, and that they have the resources they need—whether physically, spiritually, culturally, or intellectually—to live fully. Thus, our cause is one of protection; it is one of protecting the life of our future. This same sentiment can be found in the words of so many world leaders. However, much closer to home, our people have a proverb: “He ali?i ka ??ina, he kauw? ke kanaka,” meaning, “The land is chief; man is its servant.” In other words, what you are witnessing in the islands right now is a strong commitment to that role and responsibility as stewards of the land.

    What so many have seemingly failed to realize, however, is that to stand for the life of the land is not just a Hawaiian responsibility. It belongs to all of us regardless of race, status, or religious affiliation. That includes you as someone in the highest position of executive authority in Hawai?i. There have been many attempts to disregard the words of those opposing construction of the TMT, often through the use of language suggesting that they are simply a group of “Natives” protesting against the desecration of sacred ground. Such rhetoric was used to lessen our concerns and to take attention away from actions of the University of Hawai?i, the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR), and further, the issuing of the Conservation District Use Permit (CDUP), a permit that should never have been issued. It took attention away from the fact that this is not just a cultural issue, but a social and an environmental one as well.

    While there are many Native Hawaiians at the forefront of this movement to protect Mauna Kea, and while many do honor the sacredness of our mountain, there are others standing with them who come from various backgrounds and beliefs. They are all pulled together, however, by one cause: “the cause of the people, the cause of liberty and justice.” To fight for Mauna Kea, in other words, is to fight for the future, to fight for our land and water, to fight for the life of our descendants. This is a human concern. It is a human issue. Therefore, it is time to listen, time to act, and time to halt construction on the very pinnacle of our existence.

    I write to you as a fellow resident of Hawai?i. I write to you as an aloha ??ina, as a protector of our land and resources. And most of all I write to you as a waha??lelo, or a mouthpiece, for all of those who cannot speak, for all of those who cannot write, and for all of those who have not yet been born, those who will one day have to live with our choices. We will continue to stand for their futures. Stand with us. It is time.

    Me ke aloha,

    Emalani Case

    For a link to the letter submitted to Governor Ige by the six Mauna Kea Hui Litigants and Supporters for the Protection of Mauna Kea, visit this website. You may also sign the petition to support their letter. It includes an informative list of the “Top Ten Reasons for Immediate Halting of TMT Construction.”

    The Frantz Fanon quote featured in this letter comes from Fanon: A Critical Reader edited by L. Gordon, T. D. Sharpley-Whiting, and R. T. White, page 5.

     

    submitted by:
    Jim Albertini
    Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action
    Kurtistown

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  • 05 Apr 2015 /  letters, meeting notice

    Aloha mai kakou,

     An update on PGV drilling activities:

     We recently completed our third phase of drilling to a depth of 5,008 feet.  We reached our drilling depth on March 31, 2015.  Compared to our most current schedule, we are about ten days or so ahead.

     We are currently scheduled to start drilling of the next phase by this coming Wednesday, 8 April or so.  If all goes well, this will be our last phase of drilling at KS-16.

     For our continued discussion on the drilling activities, we are planning to hold a community meeting on Tuesday, 7 April, 6:30 pm at the Pahoa Community Center.  Confirmation for this next meeting will be sent out on Monday, 6 April.

     We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding and look forward to having a productive conversation at our next community meeting.

    Happy Easter to all.

    Mahalo nui, Mike.

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  • 05 Apr 2015 /  environment, news

    Two Hawaiian monk seals that were rehabilitated at a new facility in Kailua-Kona were returned to the wild in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (the Northwest Hawaiian Islands) last month.

    The seals, whose species is considered to be critically endangered,  were nursed back to health at The Marine Mammal Center’s Ke Kai Ola Hawaiian Monk Seal Hospital in Kailua-Kona.  According to a press release from the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, “The seals were rescued last year in an emaciated state, one on Kure Atoll and another on Laysan Island, during NOAA Fisheries Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program’s field camp season.”

    It’s the facility’s second successful release: in August of 2104, it returned four monk seals to the wild.

    “The successful rehabilitation and release of these young seals demonstrates the collaboration and innovation that will be necessary to save Hawaiian monk seals from extinction,” said Dr. Rachel Sprague, NOAA Fisheries’ Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Coordinator.

    The NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette  brought the two emaciated juvenile females, named Pua ‘Ena O Ke Kai (“Fiery Child of the Sea”) and Meleana (“Continuous Song”), or Pua and Mele for short,to the Ke Kai Ola hospital in Kona in August of 2014, after a 21-day research mission that also successfully returned the  hospital’s first four seal patients to French Frigate Shoals and Laysan Island and retrieved NOAA scientists who been studying the critically endangered monk seal population. Those scientists brought good news:   The scientists counted 121 monk seal pups born in 2014, compared to 103 pups in 2013 and 111 pups in 2012. Overall, according to the NOAA researchers, the survival rate of the pups appears to be improving as well. There are currently only about 1,100 Hawaiian monk seals left in the wild, about 900 of whom call the Northwest Hawaiian Islands home. The survival rate for newborn seals varies widely from atoll to atoll, but overall is only about one in five.

    The Marine Mammal Center has been rehabilitating seals and sea lions in California for about 40 years, but it only established its Kona facility in 2014.

    According to the Center’s Web site, Pua and Mele had probably been weaned prematurely and would have stood little chance of survival if they had been left in the wild; Mele hadn’t yet learned to eat  and had to be tube-fed a slurry of ground fish when she first arrived.  Ke Kai Ola staff and volunteers nursed the young seals back to a healthy weight and taught them to catch fish on their own.

    Pua and Mele were released at Kure Atoll because of a relatively good survival rate there, and because DLNR staff there could monitor their progress. The two young spared a long sea voyage home thanks to an inter-agency effort. According to the DLNR press release, “A U.S. Coast Guard HC-130 aircraft crew from Air Station Barbers Point on O?ahu picked up the seals in Kona and flew them to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge on March 18. On the evening of March 20, the seals were loaded onto the offshore supply ship Kahana and departed for Kure Atoll State Wildlife Sanctuary, located at the northernmost point in the Hawaiian archipelago, about 1,350 miles northwest of Honolulu. From the pickup in Kona until their release, the seals were monitored around the clock. Scientists from NOAA Fisheries and The Marine Mammal Center cared for the seals during transport and at Midway Atoll. After arrival at Kure Atoll on March 21, they were watched over by biologists from NOAA Fisheries and Hawai?i Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) until their release on the 25th.”

    –Alan McNarie

     

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  • 04 Apr 2015 /  agriculture

    ‘Think the California drought is just going to affect the fruit and veggies you buy? You can probably also expect sharp price increases in that staple starch of many diets in Hawaii: rice.

    NBC Nightly News tonight carried a story about a new dilemma that Northern California rice farmers are facing: whether to grow rice or to sell their water allotments to southern California.  The story noted that due to the years-long drought in the state, water prices are two and a half times normal, and the thirsty cities of Southern California are offering to buy water that the rice farmers in the northern half of the state would normally use to plant their thirsty crops.  Right now is the planting season there, so what farmers decide to do with their water in the next few days could well affect what price Hawaii consumers pay for their staple Calrose rice, which by some estimates accounts for about 90 percent of the rice sold here.

    “In nearly all cases, farmers will be making a decision to sell a portion of their water in the face of reductions to their own farms of 25 to 50 percent. These are acres they won’t plant to rice or any other crop. Revenue on the farm this year will be off by the same amount,” wrote Tim Rice in his blog at the commission’s California Rice Web site.  “If the farmer decides to sell some of the remaining water, they have the opportunity to generate some additional revenue on the increased acres that will be fallowed. This will increase the total farm revenue over what would otherwise be the case in this fourth year of drought. ”

    But Johnson noted that farmers would not be selling all of their water: ” Water sales are nearly always highly limited by the water district. Some allow only one field per farmer to be idled. Impacts on endangered species must also be considered. Considerations for giant garter snakes require that fields be fallowed in a path work so that the snakes can have access to the flooded rice fields where they hunt.”

    According to the California Rice Commission’s statistics page, in normal years, rice farmers in the state plant 550,000 acres of rice–almost all of it in the Sacramento Valley–and produce nearly five billion pounds of rice per year.

    Hawaii itself once produced a substantial rice crop. with around 10,000 acres in production during the late years of the Kingdom.  Unfortunately, much of that rice was produced in a swampy district of Oahu known as Waikiki.

     

    –Alan McNarie

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  • 04 Apr 2015 /  commentary, letters, news

    Dear Editor,

    OHA Trustee Peter Apo called for a thirty day construction moratorium to be imposed on Mauna Kea. I’m curious what is the end game after the 30 day construction moratorium expires. The anti-astronomy groups don’t want the Thirty Meter Telescope built on Mauna Kea–even though UH, TMT, and DLNR have bent over backwards to appease their concerns. The Thirty Meter Telescope project went through a seven year public vetting process, which included a lengthy contested case hearing for the conservation district use permit. The hearing officer upheld the BLNR’s findings, so the BLNR granted the CDUP and the site lease The University of Hawaii also implemented a comprehensive management plan for the Mauna Kea Science Reserve. This was mandated after the Keck Outrigger decision. The comprehensive management plan has imposed strict conditions on future telescope projects on Mauna Kea. The TMT will be last new telescope constructed on Mauna Kea; future telescopes will recycle existing facilities and footprint. In short, I strongly believe OHA Trustee Apo’s call to place a temporary moratorium on the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope is pure and simple grandstanding.

    –Aaron Stene

    Kailua-Kona

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  • 03 Apr 2015 /  letters

    Dear Editor,

    With all the studies out, maybe someone could add up all the hours lower Puna spends waiting in Keaau-Pahoa gridlock, including the hours spent taking your kid to Keaau school when he should be at Keonepoko or waiting in one lane when the lane next to you is open, but it’s already 6:13pm and you will get a ticket if you dare. How many cars x how many people x how much lost time from work x air pollution x gas money x lung damage from inhaling exhaust unnecessarily. Personally, I think it would be great if the Shipman’s would gift Railroad and the beach back to lower Puna. They have enjoyed all the benefits for how long now? It would be very very philanthropic of them. Either that, or we as a land-locked group of many thousands of people could ask our councilmembers to seek imminent domain for the health and welfare of all travelers to this beautiful land, and seek it now!

    Sincerely,

    Sara Steiner

  • 02 Apr 2015 /  BULLETINS, environment, news

    The protests on Mauna Kea are still noviolent, but the tension is ratcheting up as police began arresting opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope today when they attempted to block construction on the site of the giant telescope.

    Reports about how many people were arrested varied. Hawaii County Police reported as of mid-afternoon today that twelve persons had been arrested for allegedly  blocking access to construction workers  en route to the TMT  site near the summit of Mauna Kea .

    “During the arrests, our officers practiced the Hawai?i Police Department’s core value of compassion,” said East Hawaii Assistant Chief Henry Tavares.

    Both Police and TMT opponents said that they’d had earlier discussions in which ground rules were laid out for the protests. According to police, protestors were told  they had the right to protest peacefully.” but were asked for their “cooperation in keeping the roadway openBut by mid-afternoon, Police and Department of Land and Natural Resources agents moved in to remove activists who were blocking the road.  Among those arrested were Ronald Fujiyoshi, 75, of Hilo; Moanikeala Akaka, 70, of Hilo; Joseph Kanuha, 56, of Kailua-Kona;  Eric Heaukulani, 38, of Kealakekua; Kelii Ioane Jr., 63, of Hilo; James Albertini, 68, of Kurtistown;  Erin O’Donnel, 40, of Kamuela;  Craig Neff, 56 ,of P?pa?ikou; Gary Oamilda, 66, of Ocean View;  Chase Kahookahi Kanuha, 26, of  Kailua-Kona;  Dannette Henrietta, 45, of Hilo and Lambert Lavea, 27, of Mountain View. According to the police press release, all those arrested were released after posting $250 bails. The DLNR, in another release, said that eight persons had been arrested for blocking the road and another 11 had been arrested for trespassing at the construction site. Kealoha Pisciotta of Mauna Kea Ainaina Hou, reporting from the Mountain via cell phone, said that at least 30 had been arrested.
    Mauna Kea Ohana defending Hawaii island’s fresh water supply and sacred site from devastation have been arrested, at least 5, we are through the second wave of protectors, wrote one Babes Against Biotech member in a blow-by-blow account on Facebook: “We are completing pilgrimage up the mountain to the summit where they want to do construction. Waves of protectors are slowing down the sheriffs we are now past county lines into state conservation district. They have called in the military, we don’t know what kind of military but they are trying to come up the mountain with DOCARE DLNR police. Please pule all hands on deck head up the mauna. Mahalo nui.”

    A video that appeared on Facebook showed some of the arrests taking place.  A woman knelt in the road while officers cuffed her and those around her chanted “Auwe!” There did not appear to be signs of violent resistance or excessive police force.

    “Last night we were informed by the Governor’s Chief of Staff that there was ‘too much construction company money at stake” for us to expect Governor Ige to use his executive authority to hold off construction until our appeal can be heard by the State Supreme Court,” texted Pisciotta, one of the litigants in the court case against the TMT. “We understand that Governor Ige’s office is getting flooded with phone calls today from Hawai?i citizens expressing shock at these arrests…Unfortunately, today’s arrests are consistent with the way the State has treated the Hawaiian community during the whole TMT hearing and permitting process—by the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR), the University of Hawai?i Board of Regents, and the Office of Mauna Kea Management (OMKM), all of whom have worked diligently to forward the interests of this University of California/Caltech project and Hawai?i’s local construction companies.”

    Governor Ige’s official  Web site today contained no mention of the protests. The only new entries on his “News Room” pages were announcements of  “Architecture Month” and “Child Abuse Prevention Month.”

    Several different groups are involved in the protests.  A Web page was started today by an umbrella  group calling itself “Mauna Kea Ohana” to raise money to support the TMT opponent’s actions, including bail money. in its first six hours of operation, it had already raised $3,635 dollars, with a goal of $10,000

     

     

     

     

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  • From Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira:

    I apologize for the late notice however we will be postponing the Pahoa Community Meeting scheduled for tonight at 6:30 at the Pahoa High School cafeteria. The County and our partner agencies are meeting with FEMA this morning to discuss the closing of the lava flow incident and there will be many questions asked as to what the implications may be with regards to the various projects and expenses incurred in response to the lava flow threat. It is our goal and desire to provide the community with this information and to share how the federal reimbursement program will apply to the projects and costs. Realizing that for some questions FEMA may need to internally have further discussion as well as for some of the applicant representatives at the meeting there may be a need to provide additional information or to review with their executives; it would be prudent to obtain the final answers and outcomes and share that information at the community meeting. Therefore the meeting will be postponed pending the final outcome of the public assistance program application review and approvals. We apologize for this inconvenience and look forward to sharing all information with the community.

    Thank you,

    Darryl J. Oliveira

  • 01 Apr 2015 /  BULLETINS, environment, news

    Press Release from the National Resources Defense Council:

    LOS ANGELES (March 31, 2015) —A federal court today announced that the U.S. Navy’s training and testing activities off the coast of Southern California and Hawaii illegally harm more than 60 whale, dolphin, seal, and sea lion populations. The U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii, found that the National Marine Fisheries Service – the agency charged with protecting marine mammals – violated multiple requirements of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act when agreeing to the Navy’s plan.

    “Searching the administrative record’s reams of pages for some explanation as to why the Navy’s activities were authorized by the National Marine Fisheries Service (‘NMFS’), this court feels like the sailor in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ who, trapped for days on a ship becalmed in the middle of the ocean, laments, ‘Water, water every where, Nor any drop to drink.’” the Court wrote in its 66-page opinion.

    The case before the Court was brought by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Cetacean Society International, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Pacific Environment and Resources Center, and Michael Stocker.

    In 2014, the case was consolidated for administrative purposes with another action (Conservation Council for Hawaii v. National Marine Fisheries Service) challenging the government’s authorizations of Navy activities in Hawaii and Southern California. Today, the Court also ruled against the government in that action.

    Under its five-year plan for training and testing, the Navy is permitted to harm whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals nearly 9.6 million times while conducting high-intensity sonar exercises and underwater detonations. These harmful impacts include millions of instances of temporary hearing loss and significant disruptions in vital behaviors, such as habitat abandonment, as well as permanent hearing loss, permanent injury and more than 150 deaths.

    Ocean noise is one of the biggest threats worldwide to the health and well-being of marine mammals, which rely on sound to ‘see’ their world. Navy sonar activities, shipping noise, and seismic exploration by oil and gas companies have made our oceans noisier in recent decades, resulting in widespread disruption to feeding, communication, mating, and more.

    Following is a statement by Zak Smith, attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Marine Mammal Protection Project, representing plaintiffs:

    “Defenseless marine mammals are going deaf and hungry and may die at the hands of our Navy. And the laws we have that are meant to limit such harms have been misused by the government.

    “Instead of downplaying the impacts on marine mammals – including endangered blue, fin and humpback whales – the government should be doing more to protect them from these harmful activities.

    “The Navy has solutions at its disposal to ensure it limits the harm to these animals during its exercises.  It’s time to stop making excuses and embrace those safety measures.”

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  • 30 Mar 2015 /  news, politics, State Legislature

     The Senate Committee on Water and Land has voted , 7-0, to send Kekoa Kaluhiwa, Governor Ige’s pic for deputy chair of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, on to the full Senate with a positive recommendation.  Those who opposed often emphasized Kluhiwa’s previous jobs as a lobbyist for the shipping industry; one asked, for instance, if Kaluhiwa would recuse himself on any matters related to land leases for GMO seed crops, since his former employers profited from shipping seed corn. But Kaluhiwa’s credentials as a former Kamehameha Schools land manager involved with conservation issues may have outweighed his lobbyist background in the senator’s minds; even Puna’s Russell Ruderman and committee chair Laura Thielen, among the harshest critics of Carleton Ching,  Ige’s fallen nominee for DLNR Chair, voted in favor of Kaluhiwa.  For more background on Kaluhiwa, see our earlier story, “DLNR Hearings, Round 2.”

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  • 30 Mar 2015 /  news

    The protest on Mauna Kea has apparently escalated into a direct confrontation.

    Protestors against the Thirty Meter Telescope, which was scheduled to begin construction last week, have been camping out on the mountain since last Tuesday.   During that time, it’s been a quiet standoff; one protestor told the Chronicle last night that when he began videoing on Tuesday, construction work stopped, and since then had not resumed.  But today apparently workers tried to resume their work and sporadic videos from the mountain appear to show protestors forming a blockade line and police confronting  them.

    If so, that marks a dramatic  ratcheting up of the conflict.

    According Lanakila Mangauil, the first roadblock that occurred as not put up by the protestors.  He said that when he first came up the mountain on Tuesday, the road to the summit was blocked, so he walked up to the building site. passing tractor-trailers on their way down that had apparently delivered heavy construction equipment to the summit.  But when he began videoing the work crews, he said, work ceased: As soon as my camera came out, they simply stopped working and packed up and left. That was still only maybe around eleven or noon.”

    Since then, he said, small groups have maintained a vigil on the road,sign-waving but allowing vehicles to pass and chatting with those who wanted to talk.

    ‘Sometimes they stop and roll down their windows, and if so we’ll come up to them, but if not, we’ll just let them by,” he said.  The number of participants–“protectors,” they call themselves, as opposed to “protesters,” was relatively small, said Mangauil: “a handful of people at a time, but hundreds of people have come through.”

    “Sleeping overnight there were about five of us. During the day there were about a dozen to twenty people,” said Leina’ala Sleightholm, another participant. She noted that not just Hawaiians, but people of other ancestry had come up to support the protection of the mountain. “I think it’s a beautiful thing to see all our people gathered together with aloha for our mauna.”

    Both Mangauil and Sleightholm said they wanted to see the telescope stopped–“I don’t even want the foundation to be put down. Just to stop it completely as it is now,” said Sleightholm.  But they emphasized education. Aside from the sacredness of the mountain to Hawaiians, Mangauil noted “The misuse and dishonesty of our government and how they have pushed this project around without obeying the laws.’  The project, he maintained, was in blatant violation of eight criteria that were supposed to be observed for any activity in a conservation area. “Any second grader could look at those criteria and what’s going on and see that they do not match up,” he said.  He also noted that when he he first arrived on the mountain, construction work was taking place even though the  site’s archeologist was “resting in her vehicle.  When the archeologist isn’t on site, he maintained, work was supposed to stop.

    Supporters maintain that the 18-story-tall telescope will be the largest and most advanced in the world.  But construction has already begun in Chile  on the European Extremely Large Telescope, whose light collecting surface will be 39 meters wide.

     

     

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  • 29 Mar 2015 /  Arts, BULLETINS, public notice

    For the first time in its history, the Gettysburg National Historical Military Park is seeking an Artist in Residence to spend at least a month this summer living and working in the park.  But they apparently have had trouble getting the word out: the deadline to apply has been extended to April  15, 2013.Those interested can apply at http://www.nationalparksartsfoundation.org/#!apply-/c1as3
    For more information go to  http://nationalparksartsfoundation.org/ or e-mail     Info@nationalparksartsfoundation.org   

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  • 29 Mar 2015 /  BULLETINS

    A massive, 7.6-7.7 magnitude earthquake has hit Papua New Guinea. Tsunami waves of 1-3 meters in height are predicted for the Papua New Guinea coast, and waves of .3 meters or less could reach Australia, Japan, the Phillipines, New Caledonia, the northern Marianas, Guam, Palau, Yap, Pohnpei, Chuuk, Kosrae, the Marshall Islands, Fiji, Samoa American Samoa, the Cook Islands, Tokelau, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Nauru, Wake Island, Johnston Island, Howland and Baker Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Wallis and Futuna Islands, the Solomon Chain, Indonesia and the Northwest Hawaiian Islands.  There is no tsunami warning for the Main Hawaiian Islands at this time.

    
    
    

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  • 28 Mar 2015 /  business, Economics, news

    Forbes Magazine has confirmed what most of us already suspected:  Honolulu is the most “overpriced” city in the U.S.

    Forbes rated the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas–i.e., the cities and their suburbs–with populations of over 600,000, on four criteria: median family income,  the Housing Opportunity Index for the fourth quarter of 2014–in other words, how much a home might cost, on average during that period; the percentage of available housing that was affordable to a family with median income, and the cost above the national average of groceries, utilities, transportation, health care and  “miscellaneous” goods and services. Honolulu’s stats:

    Median Family Income:$82,600

    Q4 2014 median sales price:$509,000

    Housing affordable at median family income: 35.3%

    Cost Above National Average:

    Groceries:55.3%; Utilities:77.8%; Transportation: 26.7%; Health:15.7%; Misc.: 22.5%

    The top four overpriced urban areas, after Honolulu, were mostly in the Northeastern U.S.:  the Bridgeford/Stanford/Norwalk metropolitan complex in Southern Connecticut;  Boston, MA; New York, NY and Cambridge, MA.  San Francisco and Oakland took the No. 6 and No. 7 spots.

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