Island Market in Naalehu to close.


Community’s only grocery store to close today (Friday, 27 February 2015).

Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

 

Synopsis:

 

Island Market, Naalehu’s only grocery store, will close its doors today after serving the Ka’u District area for 18 years.  The next closest grocery stores are in Ocean View and Pahala.  The Naalehu Wiki-Wiki Mart, owned by the same company, Sure Save Super Market, will remain open.  Sure Save president Carl Okuyama told reporter Tom Callis that he could not afford to keep the store open, adding that he has used his own retirement savings to try to sustain it.  Okuyama said, "We’re just very sorry we couldn’t continue…we share the same sadness with the community."  Okuyama said other food businesses have considered opening at the Island Market location.  Aloha, Russ.

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Go ahead given for Puuanahulu solar project.


Photovoltaic system will power water system.

Source:  West Hawaii Today.

Reporter:  Bret Yager.

 

Synopsis:

 

Puuanahulu residents are looking forward to reducing their monthly bills by installing a photovoltaic system to power their water supply.  The project was approved this week with the release of an environmental assessment that "found the project would not significantly impact the landscape."  The community-owned system serves 150 water meters using two wells that draw from 2,500 feet below the surface.  Rick Strojny, a member of the Na Puu Water, Inc. board of directors, tells reporter Bret Yager that it costs around $8 per 1,000 gallons to pump water from that depth.  It’s the only water serving homes and several ranches in this arid area of Hawaii Island.  The solar array is planned for 1.75 acres of state land near the existing Puu Waawaa Ranch energy lab.  Strojny says, "We’re hoping for 15 to 18 percent savings on electricity."  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii police arrest man who allegedly stole donation jar.


Donation jar was for an 8-year-old heart transplant patient.

Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald/Hawaii Police Department.

 

Hawaii police have arrested 57-year-old Jeffrey W. Kleinschmidt for allegedly taking a donation jar for an 8-year-old girl waiting for a heart transplant.  Police detained Kleinschmidt near the corner of Highway 130 and Paradise Drive.  He reportedly was the man seen in a surveillance video taken at the Irie Hawaii store in Pahoa.  Kleinschmidt was charged with third-degree theft.  Kleinschmidt will appear in court on 10 March 2015.   Madisyn Tamaki is resting in the Seattle Children’s Hospital, where she is waiting for a heart transplant.  She is suffering from an inflammatory disease that attacks the heart muscle.  Aloha, Russ.

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U.S. Navy to bring mine-hunting dolphins to Hawaii


The U.S. Navy wants to bring in specially-trained bottlenose dolphins from San Diego to Hawaii to hunt mines.

Source: honolulu.suntimes.com

Despite criticism from animal rights groups, the Hawaii State Agricultural Board has granted a permit to use dolphins in a mine hunting exercise at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickeam.  The exercise will run from 10 March through 31 March 2015.  Animal rights organizations contended that the use of dolphins in this way was cruel.  They also feared escaped dolphins, which were born in captivity, would have a difficult time of adjusting to life in the wild."  Aloha, Russ.

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Arson suspected in Big Island church fire, possible suspect caught on video


Big Island police want to question a man whose image was captured on a surveillance video at the scene of a suspicious fire.

Source: www.hawaiinewsnow.com

Firecrews extinguished the fire and determined that the blaze was set delliberately.  Damage was placed at $80,000…most of the damage was confined to the north side of the building.  Kona police have opened an arson investigation.  Surveillance video shows a Caucasian male in his 50s, who appears to be tall with a large build and who has light hair with a receding hairline and a mustache.  He was wearing dark shorts, a long-sleeved shirt light in color, and rubber slippers.  Those with leads in this case should call police at 935-3311.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii Island astronomy and cultural center to offer free admission March 1 – Hawaiimagazine.com


If you’re on Hawaii Island this weekend, the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo promises a fun (and free!) opportunity to learn more about astronomy, Hawaiian culture and the intersection of those two topics.

Source: www.hawaiimagazine.com

The ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center just above the UH-Hilo campus is one of the best kept secrets of Hawaii Island.  The center has been praised for its ability to integrate cutting edge astronomy with Hawaiian Culture into some spectacular shows in its ultra modern auditorium. If you’re in Hilo this weekend, drop by the center and be amazed.  Aloha, Russ.

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Can We Earn a Living on a Living Planet?


It has been a tough couple of years in the effort to unite labor, community, and environmental groups, an alliance that has always been strained.

 

The extractive energy sector—coal, gas, oil—has historically had strong union representation and well-paying jobs. Tensions rose in 2011 after the Sierra Club escalated their campaign to close coal plants and 350.org, the climate protection group led by activist Bill McKibben, called for a halt to the Keystone XL Pipeline project. Even Obama’s relatively mild order this past June on reducing pollution from power plants was opposed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Mineworkers.

 

“Where is the transition plan for workers?

Source: www.postcarbon.org

A cautionary tale for all of us.  Unless we work together and pool our intellectual, cultural, and social resources, the future of humankind will be perilous and even final. Human activity helped create the mess we’re in and human activity must resolve the issues before our window of opportunity closes.  Territoriality, ego, and thirst for power must be modified if we as a species are to survive.  Aloha, Russ.

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