We Are Of The Sea

No Ke Kai Kakou E

What a year it has been. As we get closer to the Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations, I have to reflect over the events on our island.

This year has been one of the wettest years since I can remember. Not since 2005 has there been this much rain. There was an island wide drought for years. That has ended. As of this writing, we have had more days of rain, than days of sunshine. That’s not a bad thing. My water catchment tank hasn’t been cleaner. Algae growth is down because the water is replenished. Yes, we drink our catchment water. It is filtrated with Ultraviolet light, rope and carbon filters, and a calcite filter to add minerals. Besides a first flush downspout to capture any debris in the gutters, we also use a nylon stocking to further capture any debris that would make it to the water tank. I’t a clean system where the PH is properly balanced. The calcite filter helps balance the PH. The volcano does throw acid in the air, and gets mixed into the rainfall.

Pele made an appearance in lower Puna. The eastern rift zone of the Big Island. For weeks we were watching spectacular lava flows into the ocean. Lava tubes that started in January of 2017, continued to 2018. Lava was draining Halema’uma’u caldera at Kilauea, and the Pu’u ‘Ō’ō vent. Numerous earthquakes occurred as the lava flowed underground into the ocean. There was a lot of tour boats that went out to view the lava.

Then the large 6.9 magnitude tremor happened, and cracks appeared in Leilani Estates grounds. The disaster unfolded quickly. A large portion of Leilani homes were destroyed. A number of fissures appeared like foot prints across the subsivision. Then they suddenly stopped. Only fissure #8, continued, and sent lava in huge rivers towards the ocean, destroying Kapoho vacation lots.

People were looking for a name for fissure #8. It was seemly unending in its lava flow. Somebody called it Pu’u Leilani. I named it Kawahawalu, which means fissure eight.  Kawahawalu formed a cinder cone over 150 ft high, taller than Aloha tower. As the lava flowed into the ocean, it created its own weather system. That wasn’t good. Pele’s hair, a mixture of lava glass that looks like hair. The steam formed hydrochloric acid. Very dangerous, and when mixed with trade wind showers, extremely acid rain.  We disconnected our first flush downspouts to prevent the rain water from entering the catchment tank. Still, there was a smoky smell in the air and water.

Eventually, Kawahawalu stopped erupting lava. Everything got quiet. The National Guard tested the air quality and any lava flows. Scientists determined the eruptions had stopped. The Guard dismantled the checkpoints, and allowed people back to their properties. The temporary shelter, Pu’u Honua o Puna, still exists to help people displaced from their property. Many have started rebuilding in other subdivisions. Some homes in Leilani Estates are total losses. Others are spared, but surrounded by hardened lava. The Geothermal electricity plant is permanently shut down. It’s a completely different island. There are still lava flows deep under neigh the ground. Steam seeps up from the    ground. The highway, Rt. 130, by Leilani Estates still has steal plating on the road, and steam still emits from the ground.

Air quality has cleaned up remarkably. The amount of acid rain has fallen below levels before the eruptions. Kilauea, Pu’u ‘Ō’ō, and Kawahawalu emissions are almost nonexistent. The lava flow into the ocean created a huge new Black Sand beach which stretches from Kapoho to Pohoiki boat ramp. Remarkably, Pohoiki was spared, but surrounded by lava. Large D9 bulldozers have been clearing the roads of lava. Incredible efforts by the country of Hawai’i to restore access to the affected areas. Such is life on a volcano.

So far, we’ve survived volcanoes, hurricanes, floods, and tourists. Just kidding about the tourists. It has been an interesting year, and it’s still not over. The whales have arrived back to the islands. The rain continues, and that’s a good thing. The sky weeps, the earth lives, Uē ka lani, ola ka honua.

I suddenly realized that I’ve been giving back to those in the community without realizing it. Volunteering my time, donating money and food, helping out those that have lost everything. Little things that add up. When my avocados produced more than I could use, I gave them away. Like much of my produce on my small farm, the rain, combined with what sun we had, produced an abundance. Why let it rot on the ground? Better to just box it up and drop it off. I hate things going to waste.

The chickens always find a new place to roost and lay eggs. Sometimes we get more eggs than we can use. So, we give them away. Some people see their eggs a 5 dollars per dozen carton. When the stores sell mainland eggs at half the price. It all local living, and giving back.

The season of giving is year round. Sometimes, in the course of just getting around daily living, you don’t see the little things. Until you start adding things up in reflection, you really don’t notice. I guess that’s the way it should be.

Decided to bring back “What’s For Dinner” one more time!

Hawaiian Ono Fish Mediterranean Style

Yes, I made that!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Preventable Tragedy

It was announced that the recovered dead is now 49, and that number is expected to grow. Over two-hundred people are missing. Along with animals and pets. Homes are destroyed, and a whole subdivision is completely burned to ash. Sadly, this could have all been prevented.

The California wildfires are an annual event, but due to years of forestry mismanagement, restrictive environmental laws, and political finger pointing, has resulted in the largest forest fire in California history. All this could have been prevented through proper forestry management.

Let’s go over some history: these forest fires have been going on for centuries. The early Indians used controlled forest burns to thin out the overgrowth vegetation. They did so to protect their food sources. Overgrown forests prevented deer, and other animals from freely roaming in the forests. During times of rain, the brush grew overgrown. In times of drought, the brush dried and became kindling for fire.

In the past, proper forestry management used controlled burns on State lands. This is a common practice in many states where forest fires can start without warning. It’s interesting that an ancient native practice for food management, has continued for centuries, and is used now to prevent devastating forest fires. The mismanagement of the forests in California, is a direct result of environmental ‘Hocus Pocus’.

Governor Jerry (Moonbeam) Brown, claims that climate change causes these huge forest fires. Brown calls it “The New Abnormal“, whatevah that’s suppose to mean. Of course, Gov. Moonbeam has no data to back up that claim. He’s just spouting nonsense. While Moonbeam is overtaxing the people in California, people and businesses are leaving in droves. Who would blame them for leaving Kalifornia.

The Sierra Club, is an environmental ‘vexatious litigator’ terrorist group. They have been largely responsible for pushing the global warming hoax. The Sierra Club is not a scientific group, it is an activist group funded by leftists lawyers and globalists. Their goal is to restrict people from living in rural areas. When the Sierra Club was questioned about global warming before Congress, they were asked repeatedly for evidence, but they continue to use the same vapid answers. They cannot provide any names of scientists that support their claims. Observe!

You’ll note the obfuscation and double-talk when Senator Ted Cruz pins down Aaron Mair. This is typical with the worshipers of the church of global warming. “Planet First, People Last”, that’s their motto. They couldn’t give a damn about people lives they have destroyed in the name of environmentalism. Prosecuting people for using rainwater on their property. That is criminal. The Sierra Club lawsuits have created the firestorm that is responsible for the deaths of almost 50 people. Who knows how many more.

When President Trump tweets out the truth about forestry mismanagement, the fake news media loses their minds! The out of touch loony hollyweird leftists, also blame President Trump. Union bosses worry about their pension plans. This is how democrats operate. They get elected, they destroy, they blame others for their mismanagement. Yet, stupid people reelect them, year after year.

Ironic that the town that was destroyed was named Paradise. At least one celebrity is using his fame and followers on Twitter to retweet people’s calls for help. James Woods, @RealJamesWoods, created a hashtag #CampFireJamesWoods, where his many followers will retweet in the hopes someone will be found surviving the devastating fires. Here’s a few captured tweets. God Bless This Man!

I don’t know of any other celebrities being this creative by using social media as a message board for victims, families, and people with missing animals. There are thousands of twitter posts, by thousands of people, affected by this tragedy. As I titled this post, “The Preventable Tragedy“, the role of government is to protect the people. To protect life and property. Blaming this on the “New Abnormal” is absurd and completely obtuse.

Let’s be honest, the left hates people enjoying nature. They want to prevent people from living in rural areas. The left would rather pack people, and stack them in highrise concrete buildings. “Pack Em and Stack Em!”  Environmentalists consider humans as parasites on the earth. A planetary surface nuisance. Too often, the environmentalists win in the courts, because the courts are packed with leftist judges. The media also is complicit by setting a false narrative. They focus on the planes and helicopters dropping water and flame retardants, but they gloss over the efforts of people trying to help the victims. The fake news media is quick to criticize President Trump when he tweets the obvious. If the media can make this a political event to bash President Trump, they will push that narrative.

This is a preventable environmental disaster. The air quality is dangerous. This smoke has traveled across the Pacific and gotten into our Hawai’i tradewinds. These clouds of smoke will fan out over the country, eventually reaching the East Coast. The fake news media won’t tell you that. Neither will they tell you who is responsible, because they will blame global warming, climate change, and call any deniers as evil. The question I have is, why is this only happening to Kalifornia? The answer is obvious, mismanagement.

Sending out our prayers.

 

 

 

 

Remembering September 11th, 2001

We Will Never Forget

The last sunset, September 10th, 2001. No one expected an attack on America, but the warning signs were there.

September 10, 2001

America was attacked by islamic terrorists. It still seems like America has succumbed to political correctness. Politicians have been afraid to call this attack, islamic terror.  Even today, the spread of islamic terror is still world wide. Millions have died at the hands of islamic terror. The left continues to insist that islam is a peaceful religion, but it is clear that islam is not a religion. It is a cult of horror. A 7th century backward culture that celebrates death, over life.

Muslims celebrate EID. Eid al-Adha, also called the “Festival of Sacrifice”, is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year, and considered the holier of the two. It honors the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God’s command. Muslims celebrate this with the slaughter of animals.

They do this to live animals to terrorize the animals. They teach their children to hate infidels. They mutilate the genitalia of their females as part of their religious practice. Homosexuals are thrown off rooftops for fun. Women are stoned to death. Honor killing of wives and daughters are common in this backwards culture of death. The belief that martyrdom will allow them a quicker entry into their version of heaven, which I believe is hell.

The left will always be apologists for islam. The left will defend islam as, misunderstood. Anyone that discusses this culture of horror, is accused of being of islamophobic. It’s only islamophobic when they are trying to kill you.

Barry the Bullshitter, opened the immigration doors to import these savages into America. Even creating a lottery to get around immigration rules. When President Trump questioned this practice, and called for a immigration moratorium on people arriving from muslim countries, and the left went nuts! They tried to halt President Trump’s orders to restrict islamic immigrants. President Trump is correct, because no one knows the background of these people. Who are they? They could be importing terrorists into the country. That has happened.

We must continue to prepare. We must be vigilant. The media will not report on islamic atrocities. Eve if they do, they quickly bury the story. It’s not politically correct. The left says it singles out a particular religion. The left believes islam is a religion, but we all know it is not.

A.F. Branco Cartoons

We have a Hole in our Hearts over the innocent lives that were lost on that day. We must never forget them. We must never let down our guard, because these islamic terrorists, only need to win once, and many will die. Islam has a problem, and many within this cult will defend it to the death. Meaning they will be willing to die, to kill you. The left will also attempt to shame anyone that tells the truth about islam. Like Barry the Bullshitter, they are sympathetic to terror, and damn the American people. We cannot forget. We must always prepare, and we must always be ready. Know the history.

 

 

 

And Now, The Good News

 

Hau’oli Lā Hānau President Trump! Today is President Donald J. Trump’s birthday, and we wish him a happy 72 years plus.

Today, the President of the United States has signed an approval for Hawai’i’s Governor David Ige’s request for assistance for residents that lost their homes and property in the Kilauea volcanic eruption.

According to the State of Hawai’i :

On Friday, June 15, a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Relief Center will be set up at Kea‘au High School in Kea‘au, where county state and federal agencies will initially gather information from residents who have suffered losses.

The President also granted emergency declarations and assistance to residents affected by the volcanic activity back on May 3rd. Eligible residents affected by the volcanic disaster are encouraged to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Individuals and Households Program (IHP). This will help tremendously for the people of Hawai’i Island that lost everything in the lower Puna district.

The State of Hawai’i is also looking at opening State Lands to allow people to rebuild in Lava Zone 3. Those property owners of Leilani Estates, Kapoho, and other affected subdivisions (Lava Zone 1), will receive assistance and compensation for the value of their property that was reclaimed by Madam Tutu Pele. This will generate new construction and jobs.

Fissure #8, located in Leilani Estates, is pumping lava out. Spouting lava at 250 feet, and the newly formed cone is 160 feet high. The lava river reaches all the way to the ocean. Where VOG (Volcanic Smog) and LAZE, hydrochloric acid mixed with fine particles of glass formed by lava vaporizing into the seawater. Very dangerous and nasty stuff.

In other good news: The Economy is roaring, North Korea is behaving, The United States will host the World Cup, and Joblessness is at a 44 year low! The FBI gets slapped by the Justice department over former director Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton investigation. Exposing the leftist corruption within the Mueller investigation by lawyers and FBI investigators. Text messages that reveal collusion and criminal conspiracy to overthrow a Constitutionally elected President. An agency that is suppose to be politically neutral, was conspiring to frame the Trump administration. The Barry Obama, and Clinton, weaponized justice department is exposed as the corruption within the Deep State.

Also exposed was Hillary Clinton’s email server that was hacked by several ‘Bad Characters’, the inspector general’s term. This means, anyone from the Russians, Chinese, North Korean’s, and some guy living in his parents basement, all had access to Top Secret Classified emails. Somehow, this ‘matter’ was swept under the rug by the Barry Obama justice department. Clinton should be in prison and fitted with an orange jumpsuit. I still want those involved prosecuted. Obama, Clinton, the FBI, and the DNC, all should be prosecuted. If it were anyone else, they would be sitting in prison. Our legal system holds a different standard for others, and that has to change.

The leadership in the deeps state is a rotten fish, it stinks. It was rigged, it was corrupt, and it received political preferences. Because they all believed that Hillary would win the 2016 election. Now, these crooks are being exposed. That’s good news.

It’s also scary news. Because this was conducted by the upper echelon of our government. They have the power to destroy innocent people, and they have during the course of the Mueller, and other investigations. Something must be done to make an example of these evil people. This is corruption beyond anything ever seen before in American history.

I must make a comment about the immigration issue the democrats have found themselves painted into a corner. Suppose a family, composed of parents, and young children, and the parents are convicted of a crime. What happens to their children? That’s right, the courts take the children away, and put them in foster care. What’s so different about that and illegal aliens? They are breaking the law. The law, as it is written, separates the children from their parents.

FAKE OUTRAGE! By the Fake News Media and the corrupt socialist democrats. They say the Trump administration is ripping apart families. However, that is a leftist lie. The Trump administration is following the law. Democrats wrote the law. So, selective outrage by anti-American media and socialist democrats falls on deaf ears, and deserves little sympathy. Even the idiot Republican RINO’s are scrambling to put up legislation to grant amnesty to millions of illegals. I hope that Trump Veto’s any bill that grants legality to people that have violated our laws.

You cannot have a country without borders. Other countries jail illegal aliens. Where’s the outrage? It’s the continuing double standard the fascist left wants to impose on this country. We must build a wall to keep people out. We have a process for entry into this country. Allowing open borders will only exploit people, destroy families, increase crime, and hurt the general welfare of the citizenry.

And That’s The Good News

 

 

 

 

Four Corners

Here on the Big Island, in the lower Puna district, the Kapoho and Kalapana areas, are about to be cut off by lava. It’s a place called “Four Corners”. The intersection of highways 137 and 132 will soon be covered with lava, cutting off access to Red Road. Evacuations have begun.

I will miss the tree tunnels on Red Road (Hwy 137). They will either be cut off forever, or until the lava stops and the Honua cools. The shoreline is absolutely stunning. With its rocky cliffs and pristine Pacific ocean waters. There’s thousands of miles of ocean between East Hawaii and the Mainland America’s. The trade winds reach here first, and the air is the freshest in the world. The Pacific ocean doesn’t smell salty like the Atlantic ocean. There’s a deep blue hue within the water, with clear, but turbulent frothing, that warns of the power of Kanaloa.

The Lava Glow With Full Moon

However, now it’s Tutu Pele’s time. Her footsteps in Leilani Estates have destroyed over 80 structures, many are homes. In the above picture, I’m looking towards Pāhoa town towards the Lava in Leilani, the next town south from Pāhoa. There’s a full moon tonight with scattered rainfall. Luckily, the tradewinds are blowing westward from us. However, this is is affecting the lower Ka’u district towns of Pahala, Na’alehu, Waiohina, and parts of Kona. However, it’s has been that way long since the eruptions. We pray for them.

Ahalanui Park- Hot Springs

A popular spot for locals and tourists. The hot spring park of Ahalanui will be no more if the lava reaches this area. Naturally heated by underground lava flows, the water is warm and inviting. It sits right on the edge of the ocean where the Pacific sea waters feed the natural pond. In the map below, this park is just above Isaac Hale Park. Where the map lists Kapoho, and where four corners are located. The Hawai’i civil defense reports the lava flow is a half mile away from where four corners is located. The lava is fast moving. The lava is pāhoehoe (smooth) and fast moving. The lava has entered Puna Geological Venture (PGV) and covered two wells. So far, there has not been any hydrogen sulfur dioxide gas releases. We’re praying that Tutu Pele will move past what she’s reclaimed.

In the following video (credit Big Island Video News and USGS), note how the eruptions has killed the forest land around the Leilani fissures. The lava fountain is shooting 250-300 feet into the air. There are two lava ponds that have formed in the rift zone by the fissures. It all looks horrible, but a closer look at the map and you’ll see this has happened many times before. You live here, you know what you are rolling the dice for. Locals do what’s needed to help each other out. It’s what we do. Some of us do so very quietly.

Four corners is like a life experience. You stand at the crossroads of life. In life, there are no guarantees. No securities. The best you can do is to prepare. Plan for a disaster. Have a emergency kit to grab quickly in an emergency. Know what you need, who to call, and where to meet, to save yourselves and your family. Don’t rely on the government to help you. When you need the police: They’ll be there in minutes, when you have only seconds.

Now for some venting. The Fake News Media: ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, New York Slimes, New York Posts: All have falsely reported the activity on this island. This is journalism malpractice at its worse. This irresponsible crap has scared off tourism. This is an industry that employs many local people. It’s their livelihood. Yet the Fake News Media reported the island is blowing its top. Thanks media jackasses!

In our Constitution, there is a First Amendment provision for the media. Abused by leftists, that rather report half truths, and complete lies. There is no intellectual curiously with the Fake News Media. It’s all for TV ratings now. It’s like Joseph Goebbels Nazi propaganda of telling a lie often enough, eventually people will believe it. That’s what’s happening now in American news and entertainment.

Just like ABC’s decision to cancel the Roseanne Barr show. We all know Roseanne Barr is not a conservative, but the show is wildly popular with conservative working families. However, because of the popularity of the show’s middle America profile, and it’s President Trump leaning message, its struggling working family message for middle America, the executives at Fascist ABC decided to cancel it. Because of a tweet. BIG DEAL! Do you know how many racist hate-filled tweets, videos, and comments, by leftists that get ignored? IT’S A DOUBLE STANDARD!!!

ABC was already planning to tone down Roseanne’s show’s Pro-Trump, Pro-America, dialog down. They were just looking for an excuse to shut the show down. They got it, and immediately aborted. Yet, the fascists at ABC allow their other programs, like “The View” to continue to pollute the airwaves.  Pure Leftist Hatred towards the American family. There are very few shows on network television that have a strong positive family message. Unlike many of the leftist shows that display open immorality. Both comedies and dramas. There once was a time when entertainment television had a moral message to the show. Some semblance of basic common decency and common sense. Those days are gone now. Which pushes the ratings of viewership down also. They are destroying their own product. I call this the cultural suicide of the American society. The rape of the culture. The media’s lack of intellectual decency for ratings adds to the coarseness in public discord.

When the executives at ABC/Disney decides to hire (for the sixth time) fascist foulmouthed Keeth Oberdouche, and allow the other racist, bigoted, fascist, trained monkey’s, to plant their mugs on my television set, then it’s time to find a more objective media for news and entertainment. Let’s not exclude Fox News and Shemp Smith, the Rachael Madkow brand of Fox Faux News Media. To hell with them all.

There. I feel better now!

 

 

 

Living Room Lava

The Big Island Kilauea Volcano continues to erupt. However, Kilauea has been the longest erupting volcano for the last several decades. It’s goes though cycles and events. The people that live here know the risks and rewards of living on the slopes of Kilauea. We know that someday we might wake up to lava in the living-room.

No matter. There are other hazards such as hurricanes, fire ants, and democrats. It’s not going to stop island people from going about our business. Environmentalists might want to sue Kilauea for pushing sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere. I’d like to see how that would turn out.

Meanwhile, life goes on in Moku o Hawai’i. The Kilauea ash plume emissions didn’t stop people from getting out to the golf course. There are plenty of people taking this in stride. Some others, not so much. It has happened before. Although there have been several large earthquakes. Resulting in several cracks in Highway 11. What we know as Hawai’i Belt Road.

In May of 1924, Kilauea erupted then.

Now in May of 2018, Kilauea is erupting again. Yet, it has always been erupting since. Kilauea will probably erupt for another 100 years, and more. The only difference is the clothing of the island denizens. I think we dressed better back then. Auwe!

 

Lucky we have the trade-winds blowing in our direction. Meaning the sulfur, ash and smell is flowing away from us. However, the trade-winds can change. Volcanic Smog, what we call VOG, will be present as the winds change. Meaning the VOG can surround the island.

The USGS and University of Hawaii Meteorology, provides a VOG model that can be used to predict the air quality.

Click on the picture to see the VOG Model Site!

Well back to the game! ‘EHA! That means FOUR!

I hope they’re serving Portuguese Bean Soup at the Club House today.

PELE SMILES

 

 

 

Extended Family

Our extended ʻOhana is our pets. Our animals are our family. Many in the Leilani Estates subdivision had to leave behind their animals during the evacuation. Since the mandatory evacuations, worried residents have been allowed back into the subdivision to retrieve valuables, furniture, important papers, and their animals. The Puna district is largely rural with many Mahi ‘ai (farms). It’s not just dogs and cats, but horses, pigs, cows, goats, and many other livestock.

I found these two guys wandering around the Seaview subdivision some years ago. It demonstrates the diversity of farm life in lower Puna. We have ranches and a variety of farms here in the Puna district, and it’s not unusual to see animals wandering around. Sometimes due to negligence by the owner. Chickens wander around all over the island. We have wild donkeys and sheep that wander the slopes of Mauna Kea and Hualalai.  The Hawaiian Humane Society reports:

To date, Hawaii Island Humane Society has rescued 16 dogs, 3 rabbits, 4 tortoises and 4 cats. Only two of these animals remain with all others picked up by their owners. In addition, 2 cats, 2 dogs and a rabbit have been surrendered to us by their owners. Spearheaded by local ranchers. 1,400 livestock and 32 horses have been relocated.

 

Many of the evacuation shelters are pet friendly. However, the owners must be responsible for them. Many of the island ranchers have taken on the displaced livestock. This is Big Island culture to kōkua (help) the neighbors in times of need.

The latest on Pele’s footprints. A new fissure has opened near the Puna Geothermal plant (PGV). More updates will be forthcoming.

Residents of lower Puna between Kapoho and Kalapana, are advised to be on the alert in the event of possible gas emissions and volcanic eruption. There may be little to no advance notice to evacuate, so take this time to prepare.

We are thankful that President Donald J. Trump declared a major disaster in Hawaii. Na Lēhowa ʻoe e hoʻomaikaʻi mai, ā e mālama mai (The Lord keep and bless you). This will allow federal help to manage the disaster. No help from our State misrepresentatives: Mazie Hirono, Brian Schatz, Coleen Hanabusa, and Tulsi Gabbard.  A deep blue state surrounded by deep blue waters. We are doing our part to donate to the real charities – Salvation Army and our local homegrown Pu’u Honua o Puna. Red Cross continues to piss people off with their bloated  bureaucracy and lack of action. Yet they still want money. Anyway, another day in paradise and I’m not complaining. We’ll make great pets.

 

 

 

 

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