HAWAII RESIDENTS HEAD TO NEW YORK FOR ‘FATHER DAMIEN WAY’ DEDICATION

Several Hawaii residents are planning a cross-country trip next month in honor of Saint Damien.
A portion of a New York City street is being dedicated in his name. “Father Damien Way” will extend along 33rd Street between First and Second avenues.

 

Thanks to KHON2 News for this intriguing story.  A group of Hawaii residents will make a modern day “pilgrimage” in May to honor Saint Damien.  A portion of a New York City Street is being renamed in honor of Father Damien, who ministered to Hansens Disease patients on Molokai during the 19th century.  Hawaii residents will be present to lend their “aloha” to the ceremony.  Aloha, Russ.

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra will play on for two more years KHON2

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra will play on for two more years
KHON2
The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra has reached an agreement with its musicians to keep the symphony playing for another two years.

 

The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra will continue playing beautiful music, thanks to a recent agreement with musicians that will keep the Orchestra busy over the next two years.  The Hawaii Symphony will close out the year “with a balanced budget and the soon-to-be announced third season.  The concert season resumes on 13-14 September 2014 concert venue celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall.  The 2014 event will feature some of the works played at the inaugural concert in 1964, plus new material from contemporary and early 20th century composers.  The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra is the successor to the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, which entertained concert goers since the late 19th century.  Aloha, Russ.

LANIKAI LOGJAM HAWAII NEWS NOW

It boasts one of the most scenic beaches in the world but on Christmas day and the day after Lanikai resembled a shopping mall parking lot on Black Friday.Over the past two days, hundreds of

 

Quite a mess!  Thankfully, I avoided  this hassle by staying home on Christmas Day.  I couldnt see belonging to the traffic snarl, something even Hawaii Island experiences on the holidays. I hope your Christmas break was peaceful and relaxing.  Aloha, Russ.

 

PUNACHICKS FARM FILLS VOID IN POULTRY MARKET

“People are hungry for local food,” Emily Taaroa said on a bright Saturday morning as she walked between homemade chicken pens on 5.5 acres of Keaau land.

Punachicks in Keaau is becoming a local success in the chicken farm business.  Emily and Yoric Taaroa are answering a growing need for local meat free of additives and growth boosters, and people are willing to pay for it.  Locally-raised poultry is gaining in popularity, driven in part by the need for sustainability, food security, and human treatment of animals.  According to reporter Ivy Ashe, the demand for chickens triples in 2 1/2 years, and Punachicks Farms is answering that demand.  Punachicks Farms supply chickens to health food stores, hotels, and restaurants across Hawaii Island, and even ship chickens to Maui and Oahu.  Yoric Taaroa says we see it as a service to the community.  He adds that his operation is farmingyoure not going to get rich on it, but its worthwhile.  Aloha, Russ.

 

FAST-MOVING EROSION THREATENS HAWAII COASTAL HOMES

Recent damage rekindles debate about how best to respond to beach erosion and increasingly rising waters of Pacific Ocean

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Rising sea levels are now endangering homes and businesses located near the ocean.  Beach erosion is becoming a major problem in Hawaii, as state legislators struggle to come up with ideas to mitigate the problem.  Concrete barriers have been tried in some locations along Waikiki Beach with mixed results.  The problem will worsen as world temperatures rise and ice packs in the polar regions melt.  Hawaii will get new shorelines as the water inundate urban areas such as Waikiki and Oahus north shore.  Aloha, Russ.

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KHNL : BERNIE SANDERS WIFE CONTINUES HAWAII TOUR WITH STOP ON MAUI

WAILUKU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ wife, Jane, stirred a huge crowd at

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The wife of Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders was a big hit Sunday evening at a public meeting on Oahu. Jane Sanders will continue spreading the populist message of her husband, Bernie, when she makes a brief visit to Maui.  Hawaii Democrats will hold their presidential caucus on Saturday, 26 March 2016.  Aloha, Russ.

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GLOBAL HAM RADIO EVENT STARTS TOMORROW – HAWAII BLOG

Reporter:  Ryan Ozawa (KH6WEB).

Thanks to fellow amateur radio operator (ham operator) Ryan Ozawa for this fascinating article about the 2015 ARRL Field Day this Saturday and Sunday at various locations around the state of Hawaii.  On Hawaii Island, The Big Island Amateur Radio Club will hold its Field Day operation at Hilos Wailoa Visitor Center from 8:00 a.m. Saturday through 8:00 a.m. Sunday.  The event showcases the science and public service aspects of Amateur Radio, a federally-licensed communications service that provides emergency communications during times of disaster and offers the ability to make worldwide friendships with simple radio equipment.

Like Ryan Ozawa, Im a licensed Amateur Radio operator, tooholding the call sign KH6JRM.  Ill be at the Wailoa Visitor Center on Saturday following the drag races at the Hilo Drag Strip.

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SURFER HONORED FOR SAVING A FELLOW SURFER

Honolulu City officials honored South African bodyboarder and surfer Andre Botha for saving the life of fellow surfer Evan Geiselman who was overwhelmed by powerful waves at Oahus Banzai Pipeline.  Botha searched for Geiselman, who failed to surface after he was pounded by powerful waves.  Botha found Geiselman and took him to shore, where lifeguards were able to resuscitate him.  Geiselman is still recovering in the hospital, but is alive thanks to the actions of Andre Botha and first responders.  Aloha, Russ.

Inmate escapes from OCCC through air vent Hawaii News Now

Inmate escapes from OCCC through air vent
Hawaii News Now
The Oahu Community Correctional Center was placed on lockdown on Monday morning after a prisoner escaped from the facility, the Hawaii Department of Public Safety confirms.

Overcrowding and personnel shortages are being blamed for the escape of two inmates from OCCC.  Last week,  Allan Abihai, convicted of rape and attempted murder, walked away from the furlough program.  And, on Monday morning, 23-year-old convicted burglar and thief Daniel Skelton fled the OCCC Annex by punching a hole in a restroom ceiling, climbing onto the wooden roof, and fleeing. Ted Sakai, the director of the states Department of Public Safety, told “Hawaii News Now” that inmates are being held in less-secure  areas because of overcrowding.  State Senator Will Espero says the legislature is aware of the problem, but “nothing is set because prisons are not a top priority for many people.  The two escapes (highlight) the importance of this issue.”  The problem is further complicated by residents who dont want a prison built in their neighborhoods.  Just look at the problems encountered by Public Safety officials who want to reopen the minimum security facility at Kulani on Hawaii Island.  The problem will continue to fester until a new prison is built.  Until then, lock your doors, stay away from poorly lit areas, and stay home at night.  This is indeed a sad state of affairs. Aloha, Russ.