Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death


ʻOhia mai ā pau pono nā ʻike kumu o Hawaiʻi – gather up every bit of the basic knowledge of Hawaiʻi.


Hawai’i’s beloved ʻōhiʻa lehua trees are under attack by a fungal disease that has been spreading throughout south east Hawai’i .  It has the potential to kill the trees statewide.

We have many of the trees growing on our property.  We have both the common red blossom tree and the rare yellow blossom tree.  Already, thousands of acres of the trees have died, and there doesn’t seem to be nothing to stop the spread of the fungus.


The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources has some useful information about what the fungus is and how to prevent the spread.  Called Ceratocystis wilt, the university has plotted a map where the fungus has spread.


The ʻōhiʻa lehua trees are native only to Hawai’i and must be protected.  So far, our trees have been spared, but I fear it’s only a matter of time before the fungus reaches our trees.


I took this Arial photo of the  ʻōhiʻa forest in my neighborhood.  You can see where the lush green is being replaced with a grayish brown color.  It will be very sad should the forest die and we lose another indigenous species to the islands.

Arrivals And Departures



Arrivals and departures at the Hilo airport is a daily occurrence.  The busy little airport is a hub of tourism and cargo transportation.  One of the pleasant, and attractive features, about Hilo airport is its local feel and character.  Originally known as “General Lyman Field“, the airport was renamed as Hilo International Airport after the Hawai’i department of transportation took it over the operations.

The airport is nestled along the Waiakea and Keaukaha Hawaiian homelands in south Hilo.  The airport is small enough to handle large traffic, yet small enough to preserve that small town feel.  No large presence of most major airports like Honolulu, with long lines and crowded terminals.  Departure terminals are open air waiting areas free from hanging televisions broadcasting 24 hour news stories.  It’s quiet and reflective, roomy and comfortable.  It keeps that small town feel found nowhere else but in Hawai’i’s second largest city.

From Hilo Bay, you can watch arrival and departure flights while casting a fishing line into the bay.  From the flight you can view the landscapes of east Hawai’i coastline.   Revealing small town villages, water falls, surfing shorelines and rocky cliffs.


What I love about Moku o Keawe (The Big Island) is the ruralness.  East Hawai’i island is still very much country life with sprawling farms and vast landscapes of empty country side.  If you’re looking for night-life and big city life, you won’t find it here.  Crowded highways and stacked apartment skyscrapers don’t exist here.  You can witness a night sky crowded with stars, and the outline of the Milky Way.  You can get lost watching the waves roll in from the shore line.  You can find quiet places here just to reflect.  It’s the biggest small town life you cannot find elsewhere.  Lucky you live Hawai’i.


E Komo Mai






Gathering Harvest


The Beautiful Harvest


Harvest time arrives to a bounty of plenty this year.  We’ve had lots of rain this year and that has promoted a great growing season.  It’s like having a backyard grocery store.  With the high cost of food, growing your own fruits and vegetables is a cost savings alternative.  Much of our produce, meats  and packaged products are shipped in from the mainland.  That adds to the cost of living.  So you learn to live locally, and grow locally.

Moody Monday



It’s a hot and humid day.  Rain is pushing in from the south west bring up all the moist air.  Relief will come when the rain starts.



September, 11th, 2001 – We Will Never Forget



In the early morning of September, 11th, 2001, a crisp clear start to the day, when thousands of innocent lives were shattered, and a country left in mourning.   America was under attack again, by islamic terrorists.

The New York City World Trade Centers destroyed.  The Pentagon badly damaged.  A handful of passengers that made a stand at 40,000 ft.  There are more stories of incredible heroics, but we need to understand who is the enemy.


Islamic terrorists: who are they?  They are muslims.  Now, some people will cry islamophobia, and indeed not all muslims are terrorists, but all islamic extremists are muslim.  That fact is indisputable.

Since the 7th century, muslims have been at war with other cultures and religions.  History is replete with cruel conquests of islamic tyranny, slavery, and death.  The Crusades were a result of a islamic incursions into Europe. Today, a muslim invasion continues into Europe, except now, they are called refugees of war.  The islamic way of life is a culture of war.  It is in their culture, a twisted cult they call a religion, that calls them to wage war on other cultures.

The truth is that there are very few muslims that will integrate into western culture.  Zuhdi Jasser, M.D. is the Founder and President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) and is the author of A Battle for the Soul of Islam.  He recognizes and acknowledges the problem within his culture.  He is part of a small minority of muslims that are very vocal about a real problem in the house of islam.

The majority of muslims, especially two muslims currently elected to Congress don’t share Dr. Jasser’s views.  They openly support sharia law over the United States Constitution.  Keith Ellison and Andre Carson are two muslims elected to congress that are openly hostile to western culture.

Today, it is considered politically incorrect to criticize islam.  You are called by the destructive leftist liberals as a bigot, an islamophobe, a hater.  Just for pointing out the atrocities of islamic terrorism.  It is denying the violence and hatred this cult of savagery inflects on other cultures.  The murder and violence committed by muslims worldwide is well documented by the website that documents these atrocities: The Religion Of Peace.


In the wake of the 9-11 attacks in America, and it’s not the first attack by islamic extremists, there have been many attacks before: in 1993 islamic terrorists tried and failed to blow up the NYC Towers.   Since then, there has been many more vicious attacks: San Bernardino, Orlando, the grandmother beheaded at her job, Ft. Hood massacre, and many more killings by muslims just in this country alone.  Worldwide, the terror attacks are worse.

Sure, people can argue that muslims also kill other muslims, but so what?  It is what in their book that commands them to kill.  To be slaughtered is in their DNA.  Muslim’s don’t discriminate because of your religion, ethnicity, skin color, and your beliefs; they are doing the work of their god, allah.


Leftest liberals will continue to make excuses for the carnage, because they share the same values as the islamic terrorist.  That’s why leftists promote hate groups like CAIR and the muslim brotherhood. They neither believe in the U.S. Constitution, individual rights, religious freedoms, nor JudeoChristian values.  The cornerstone of American values, beliefs, and our Constitutional God given rights.

Obama, and the democrats, openly promote importing more muslims into America, not for refugee status, but as a voting block to keep the democrats in power.  It is cultural suicide.  It is the deliberate destruction of western society.

Now, some will read this, and believe my post is just intolerance.  Yes, it is. I am intolerant of political correctness and denial of the truth.  I don’t care if some find it offensive.  What I find offensive is the excuses to cover up the atrocities of muslims savages by leftist liberals.  This will not go away, and the islamic problem will continue to grow, until it is too late to stop it.

Never Forget 9-11-2001



Remember the Ground Zero mosque that Feisal Abdul Rauf proposed?  That was the islamic monument to the destruction of the World Trade Center Towers.  It’s what islamics have done for centuries after their conquests.  Put up a mosque to celebrate the murder and destruction of their enemies.  Their enemies are anyone non-muslim.  Anyone that does not subscribe to the sharia law.  The law of demonic terrorism.  Their monument to subjugation to islam.


Islam is hate. Islam is terror. Islam is not a religion. Islam means submission.

Islam Is Not Peace



Aloha Friday



After two near misses by hurricanes, the weather has returned to our beautiful blissful trade winds







Madeline approached as a category 3 hurricane.  By the time the storm reached the Big Island it had downgraded to a category 1, and then a tropical storm.  Winds were strong, but not damaging.  Rain was heavy, and some flooding did take place.  Overall, the storm has not fully passed fully by yet, but the worse seems to be over.


Right behind Madeline is Lester, and Lester is a category 4 hurricane.  It has picked up speed and will be here sooner than expected.  Hopefully, a repeat of Madeline will occur with Lester.  We will see and I will keep you informed.





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