Archive for January, 2015

Sustainability efforts on Kaho`olawe

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January 16th, 2015



Kaho`olawe staff are trying to turn this island into the state's first fossil-fuel free island - and in the process hoping to model environmentalism to visitors to the island. The state legislature appropriated $2.5 million for the Kaho`olawe Island Reserve Commission, or KIRC, to use towards energy infrastructure, which KIRC is now working to get released.

The boat brings in all the fuel

The boat brings in all the fuel

Mike Naho`opi`i, KIRC executive director, provides examples: He says right now, boats bring in diesel fuel, which is KIRC's single biggest cost. The diesel is used for electricity, which is used for everything, including making fresh water from sea water. He estimates it costs $60,000 - $80,000 a year in fuel costs alone.

Naho`opi`i says KIRC is currently developing plans for more photo voltaic and wind power, including eventually replacing the current gas vehicles with electric trucks.

He speaks more about it in this video:

 

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Hawaii State Public Library System's January events

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January 14th, 2015



The public library offers a number of free public events across its Oahu branches this month:

Mililani Library Presents Preschool Storytime Jan. 20 - Feb. 24 

Keiki ages 2 to 5, accompanied by a parent or caregiver, are invited to attend this free one-hour program and listen to stories and poems, learn finger plays, and sing songs.  A simple make-and-take craft will follow each storytime; crafts are available while supplies last.  No registration is needed.

Storytimes will be presented on January 20, 27; February 3, 10, 17, and 24. Contact the Library two weeks in advance if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.

Mililani Public Library is located at 95-450 Makaimoimo Street.  For more information, please call the Library at 627-7470.

Award-winning Band Performs at Aina Haina Library Jan. 21

The award-winning musical group Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem will perform in-concert at Aina Haina Public Library on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 2 p.m. in the Children's Section.   Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, from Middletown, Conn., performs music that combines folk, country blues, progressive bluegrass, contemporary pop, and jazz.

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem Band. Courtesy Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem Band.

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem Band. Courtesy Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem Band.

Band members include: Rani Arbo (fiddle, guitar), Andrew Kinsey (bass, banjo, and ukulele), Anand Nayak (electric and acoustic guitars) and Scott Kessel (percussion).  The band's CD Ranky Tanky (Mayhem Music; 2010 family album) won Gold Awards from the American Library Association, Parents' Choice Foundation, and National Association of Parenting Publications.  In addition to their performance, the band members will introduce themselves and discuss their style of music.

This one-hour program is suitable for all ages and is a production of the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Outreach College-Statewide Cultural Extension Program. Funding is provided by the Friends of the Library of Hawaii, National Endowment for the Arts, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Contact the library two weeks in advance if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.   Aina Haina Public Library is located at 5246 Kalanianaole Highway.  For more information, please call the Library at 377-2456.

Make Unique Greeting Cards at Kaimuki Library on Jan. 27

"Creative Greeting Cards," a free craft program, will be presented at Kaimuki Public Library on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 6 p.m. in the Adult Reading Section.

Greeting card. Courtesy: Sharie Torres

Greeting card. Courtesy: Sharie Torres

Sharie Torres, who has taught the art of paper crafting for more than 10 years, will demonstrate how to create three unique greeting cards.  Registration is required for this 1½-hour, hands-on program that is limited to 15 participants.  All supplies will be provided.

The Friends of Kaimuki Library is sponsoring this program which is suitable for ages 10 and older.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.    Contact the Library two weeks in advance if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed. Kaimuki Public Library is located at 1041 Koko Head Avenue.  For more information or to register, please call the Library at 733-8422.

Seminar for Inventors and Small Businesses at Aiea Library on Jan. 28
Inventors, entrepreneurs, legal professionals, and the public are invited to attend a free seminar on patent and trademark searching at the new Aiea Public Library (99-374 Pohai Place) on Wednesday, January 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. in the Program Room.

“Patent and Trademark Searching: Essential Information You Need to Protect Your Intellectual Property” will feature presentations by Tom Turner and M. Neil Massong from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Alexandria, Va.; Len Higashi of the High Technology Development Corporation, Joseph Burns of the Hawaii Small Business Development Center, and Jayna Uyehara of the State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ Business Action Center.  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Hawaii State Public Library System, the Hawaii State Library, and other donors are sponsoring this seminar.

Participants will learn step-by-step guidelines and strategies for conducting patent and trademark searches, and gain knowledge of lessons learned from local entrepreneurs.  They will discover ways to protect intellectual property rights, avoid infringement lawsuits, and learn how to launch businesses the right way.

Registration is required due to limited seating.  Call the Hawaii State Library's Federal Documents Section to register by Friday, January 23, 2015.

A seminar tie-in exhibit “Island Innovation: A Spotlight on Hawaii’s Patents and Trademarks” will be on display at the Hawaii State Library in January 2015.  The exhibit will showcase a variety of Hawaii’s patent products and iconic trademarks, from unique plants to familiar logos.

"Martial Arts in Chinese Culture" lecture on Jan. 31

Stanley Henning, a researcher of Chinese martial arts history, will conduct this free slide presentation on martial arts in Chinese culture.  Henning, who is also a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, has studied Yang Style Taijiquan and Shanxi Che in Taiwan, two popular forms of Chinese martial arts.

This one-hour program is suitable for ages 12 and older, and will include a question-and-answer session.  Contact the Library two weeks in advance if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.  The new Aiea Public Library is located at 99-374 Pohai Place.  For more information, please call the Library at 483-7333.

Meet Project Runway Hawaii Finalist at Kapolei Library Jan. 31  

Courtesy: Kini Zamora

Courtesy: Kini Zamora

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a fashion designer?  Meet fashion designer Kini Zamora, a recent contestant on "Project Runway" Season 13, at Kapolei Public Library on Saturday, January 31 at 2 p.m. in the Main Lobby.

Learn how this talented local boy from Kapolei followed his dreams and overcame obstacles to become one of four finalists on the Lifetime Channel's popular "Project Runway" television show, and own two successful clothing lines in Hawaii.

The Friends of the Library Kapolei is sponsoring this free one-hour program for teens and adults, ages 12 and older.   Contact the Library two weeks in advance if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.    Kapolei Public Library is located at 1020 Manawai Street.  For more information, please call the Library at 693-7050.

Erosion control efforts on Kaho`olawe: revegetating with pili grass

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January 12th, 2015



When I went over to Kaho`olawe with the Pacific Century Fellows to perform volunteer work, one of the tasks we did was collect grass seeds, build erosion-control dams, and plant grass seeds on the upslope of the dam.

KIRC intern Eddie Wine sitting in a truck bed full of rocks we're collecting

KIRC intern Eddie Wine sitting in a truck bed full of rocks we're collecting

It was a much harder task than it sounds. Each day began shortly after dawn. After a hearty breakfast prepared for us, we jumped into several trucks and began a long, dusty trek towards the final destination. We stopped at a storage area to get supplies first (buckets, bags, shovels, etc.), then made our first stop at a gravel pit to shovel gravel into burlap bags.

Ryan Kawamoto shooting video of Jaime Bruch instructing volunteers how much gravel to add to the bags

Ryan Kawamoto shooting video of James Bruch instructing volunteers how much gravel to add to the bags

After that, we stopped at another area to add kiawe mulch chips to the bags and tie them up. Then, we foraged for large rocks near the roadside, and lastly, we collected pili grass seeds. By this point it was near noon and the sun was high, and it was another hot day on Kaho`olawe. The staff suggested we have lunch before we got to what they called the hardest part of the day.

Pili grass seeds

Pili grass seeds

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Ryan Kadota and I teamed up to collect grass seeds

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Working hard, or hardly working?

 

After a really wonderful lunch and a lot of hydration, we drove to yet another area to haul a quarter ton of rocks up a hill... at high noon. At this point, my cameraman and I had to conveniently bail out to shoot video for the story. *shrug* What could we do? We're working!

Ryan Kawamoto and me

Ryan Kawamoto and me

And 3, 2, 1...

And 3, 2, 1...

 

Ryan Kawamoto worked his behind off. His company, Kinetic Productions, shoots movies, documentaries, and commercials, but he shot my 8 part TV series as a favor to me. Love him!!!

Ryan Kawamoto worked his behind off. His company, Kinetic Productions, shoots movies, documentaries, and commercials, but he shot my 8 part TV series as a favor to me. Love him!!!

The staff showed us how to construct rock dams inside the deep gullies with some plastic mesh and zip ties, which we then fortified with the burlap bags now stuffed with gravel and mulch. Lastly, we scattered seeds on the upslope. The idea is that the dams will catch the dirt when it rains so that it doesn't wash off island. Eventually, the seeds will grow and assist in this effort.

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The area we worked in was only surface-cleared of bombs, so we couldn't dig. The staff had to get creative with ways to catch and develop a soil base. Many of the solutions the staff come up with are incredibly inventive; different contraptions have used dinner plates and old phone books.

We concluded by around 3 p.m., tired, thirsty, and dusty. We didn't finish the task either - it took us another half day to finish the dam building in two different locations.

Mike Nah`opi`i

Mike Nah`opi`i

Still, it's rewarding work. Mike Naho`opi`i, executive director of the Kaho`olawe Island Reserve Commission, details further in this video what we did:

 

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Hosting "Hawaii Matters" radio show on Ohana Broadcast

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January 9th, 2015



I've just started a new role as a radio show host for Ohana Broadcast Company. "Hawaii Matters" addresses topics and issues affecting our community. The 30-minute radio show airs on Sundays from 6:30 am to 7:00 am on all Ohana Broadcast Company radio stations931 Da Pa’ina (KQMQ-FM), 947 KUMU (KUMU-FM), 1027 Da Bomb (KDDB-FM) and ALT 1059 (KPOI-FM). 

In the studio with DJ Michael T. and assistant Grant

In the studio with DJ Michael T. and assistant Grant

Each radio show will address a single topic or issue, and features a question-and-answer format interview with a local expert in the field. It's not a new show, but I took over as the host at the turn of 2015.

After my first show. We don't have an ON AIR sign at the TV station!

After my first show.

Previous topics and issues have included disaster preparedness by American Red Cross, Hawaii Chapter; early detection of diabetes and living with diabetes by American Diabetes Assocation; ebola education by Kaiser Permanente; and interviews with the 2014 gubernatorial candidates.

With Amina Peterson of Life Foundation - my first guest.

With Amina Peterson of Life Foundation - my first guest.

I'm excited to work with the good people at Ohana Broadcast, including Vice President & General Manager Terry Gillingham and Marketing Director Christine Yasuma. I've found everyone welcoming and hospitable, and look forward to getting to know them all better!

Ohana Broadcast Group

Ohana Broadcast Company

What is most attractive to me, though, is the chance to delve deeper into a news topic. On the news, I get two minutes to interview a morning show guest. If I file a report for the late news, the average story time is 75 seconds.

Just as I get warmed up, it's time to wrap. I always feel there's so much more to the story that can and should be told - information that people can benefit from. It's a privilege to be the conduit for information that can help shape or affect people's lives.

Plus, I've long loved news radio - NPR and PRI are my favorites - so to do something of a "Fresh Air with Terry Gross" kind of a show tickles me.

I tape Hawaii Matters in my off-hours from KHON; this doesn't affect my job at the TV station - a job near and dear to my heart. I'm honored to have this expanded reach and hope you'll listen in on the weekends!

Cafeteria food on Kaho`olawe

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January 7th, 2015



Most of us went over not expecting to be so well fed on Kaho`olawe, and we were happily surprised that in the mess hall, a real chef spends the day cooking us 11 course meals. Gerald worked in food and beverage at hotels before opening his own cafe, and now goes over to cook for the Kaho`olawe Island Reserve Commission staff and volunteers when called upon.

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We guessed that the idea is to reward you for hard work and give you an incentive to risk your life; after all, most of the island is not cleared of bombs, and a good percentage are unexploded ordnance. The days start early and end late, and we appreciated two hot meals a day at the mess hall (lunch was usually sandwiches on the road).

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So whatever calories I worked off during the day came right back on by nightfall!

More in this video:

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