Looking Back At 2018

The year in review

Lanuali: The year of the Dog, started out the 2018 New Year. In Hawai’i, the Goddess Poli’ahu was visiting Mauna Kea. New Years eve brought in a spectacular aerial fireworks display in the neighborhood. These can be problematic with people that own pets and animals. Because of the noise, the animals will run away and get lost. It’s always wise to lock up your animals, either in a kennel, or a room where they can hide till the noise stops. Often time, the fireworks can go on past 2AM in the morning.

Mauna Kea with Snow

On the political scene, the democrats put themselves on a full frontal nudity attack on the successes of the Trump administration. Democrats lost the DACA fight, Schumer’s government shutdown failed, Pelosi accused the Tax Breaks as crumbs, and yet the Trump economy started taking off. Businesses started returning back to the country. The year was starting with great optimism.

On January 13, Hawai’i emergency management sent out a message that frightened a lot of people. I was sleeping at the time when the text message hit my phone. I looked at it and rolled over back to sleep. I knew that the North Koreans did not a sophisticated targeting system.

Pepeluali: We always look forward to February because the annual Pana’ewa Rodeo starts during Valentines weekend. Some of the best ranchers on Hawai’i Island put on a three day show.  It’s always a great time. This year it was rainy and chilly, but that did not dampen any spirits.

Meanwhile, the war on America by socialist democrats continued. Every trick in the democrat book was failing to destroy the Trump administration. They claimed Trump was mentally incompetent, that failed when Trump passed 100% the cognitive tests. Being exposed was the depth of the swamp corruption. The FBI, CIA, State Dept., and other government agencies were involved in the wholesale corruption of the government. The swamp of both democrats and never Trumper republicans was starting to fight against being exposed as corrupt bureaucrats.

Malaki: March always brings out the flowers, especially the orchids. While we have wild orchids year round, other only bloom once a year. That includes Ti plants. Also, Ulu (breadfruit), ‘Ōhi’a ‘ai (mountain apple) and other fruits start to ripen. Oranges, avocados are flowering.

From the top left clockwise, ‘Ōhi’a ‘ai, Ulu, ʻOkika, Ti pōʻele

ʻApelila: The month started with a wonderful Easter. The rain was continuous since January. I believe there were more rainy days than sunny days. We learned that social media was very unsocial. Congressional hearings that involved Facebook, Twitter, and Google. We learned that the swamp included high level congressional leadership, including both parties. We learned that members of the government were not working for the people. Instead, they were activity trying to stop all the good work President Trump was accomplishing. It seems the President was accomplishing things that the congress and past presidents either couldn’t, or wouldn’t do for the American people.

Mei: Pele was on the move. After a series of earthquake swarms that went on for months, Kilauea finally erupted. Then there was several large earthquakes, with the last trembler magnitude of 6.9. Leilani Estates was the beginning with several fissures opening in the subdivision. The worse was yet to come. As the lava began to spread, fissure 8 opened, and the lava became a river heading towards the ocean. The entire Kapoho subdivisions were destroyed. A new coastline was formed that included black sand beaches.

Puuhonua o Puna was formed to help the displaced people of south east Hawai’i island affected by the lava. Temporary housing was constructed, a food bank, and local support groups came together to help their neighbors. It was truly amazing how quickly the operation was formed. Of course, the fake news media did their best to spin the disaster to be far worse that it was.

Lune: Lava continues to flow like a river into the ocean. Fissure 8, I have renamed as “Kawahawalu“, which means fissure eight. The cinder cone was now over a hundred feet tall and growing. The lava entering the ocean was generating its own weather system. A very dangerous system of VOG (Volcanic Smog) and LAZE, hydrochloric acid mixed with fine particles of glass formed by lava vaporizing into the seawater. At night you could see the glow of the lava in the distance. It was so surreal.

Halau Hula Leilani Estates Hawaii Lava Zone June 17 2018

In the Hawaiian culture there are many Gods: Pele, Hi’iaka, Lono, Poli’ahu, and many more. A Halau Hula Leilani pays homage to Pele in the traditional Hula Kahiko (ancient hula). To witness this event real time is very special.

Lulai: Lava continues to flow. It’s America’s Independence Day. We learned that Senator Crazy Mazie Hirono is a religious bigot, a man hater, and a anti-American. An embarrassment to the great State of Hawai’i. Let’s talk about the lava update.

Hawai’i Island Civil Defense has done a great job coordinating, and providing for the residents displaced by the lava. Poho’iki boat ramp was spared. A huge black sand beach now surrounds the boat ramp, cutting the boat ramp off from the ocean. Newly formed hot ponds are now where the boat ramp used to be. Kapoho Vacationland is completely gone. There were many homes located in the gated subdivision. Kapoho tide pools, Wai ‘Opae subdivisions also were destroyed

ʻAukake: Lava is tapering off. Hawai’i Statehood is celebrated. Hurricane Lane passed by. A little more sunshine, but it still mostly rained. Torrents of water fell from the sky. Our gutters were like a firehose.

We get our drinking water from the rain. The two PVC pipes in the picture shows the water pouring out. That’s the first flush system. Any rubbish in the gutters is directed to this pipe. The second pipe going into the ground is where the cleaned water flows to the storage tank. There it is filtered through a UV light, rope, carbon, and calcite filters before entering the house. It is clean, PH balanced, and bacteria free!

Kepakemapa: Restrictions on travel into lower Puna have been lifted. Leilani Estates residents are being allowed back into the subdivision. Many refugees from the lava have lost everything. Farmers were hit hard. So I took a ride down to Kalapana-Kapoho road to Seaview.

Life is returning to normal, as best it can. Bulldozers are carving out new roads into Kapoho to Poho’iki (Issac Hale) boat ramp. Signs of lava steaming under ground on Rt. 130 at Leilani Estates.

Steel plates on the road because of the heat and damage to the road allows travel, but it will be sometime before the rods will be in full repair. The tree tunnels on Red Road (Kalapana-Kapoho) were spared.

ʻOkakopa: As we move into October, it’s a quiet month. America has a taste for Nationalism! Patriotism sweep over the nation. Of course, the media and communist democrats are aghast by mere thought of a nation being patriotic. After years of putting down America, and shaming the people, our President demonstrates a love for the country that hasn’t been seen in any past regimes since the Ronaldus Magnus administration.

We’ve had so much rain this year that Queen Lili’uokalani Gardens is flooded! The walkways are all under water. On this sunny day, in between the raindrops and rainbows, it’s been a soggy year so far. No end in sight!

Nowemapa: Thanksgiving was extra special this year. For no particular reason. Except it’s Turkey Day! Giving Thanks! There’s been a change in the direction of the sunrise and sunset. You can feel a difference in the evening when the temperatures drop, and you no longer have to have the ceiling fan on. Winter is coming.

Now that the volcanic activity has quieted down, the air is much cleaner. Views of Mauna Kea, and Mauna Loa are stunning. Up goes the Christmas tree and decorations in preparation for Christmas. There’s a level of excitement in the air this year. Really looking forward to the season.

Kēkēmapa: It’s now December 31st, at the time of this writing. We finally had a chance to visit Poho’iki boat ramp. What a Christmas gift Pele left for us.

Adorning the fresh lava rock are wrapped gifts and blessings

Behold the newly formed Black Sand Beach

Looking back at Issac Hale, the Poho’iki boat ramp. You can see the ramp that now dips into a newly formed hot pond. There are other hot ponds formed in the area. The entire area is surrounded by mounds of Black Sand. A whole new shoreline has been formed. People have planted coconut seedlings. In 20 years, this beach will be adorned with tall palms in remembrance of Pele’s visit.

Out of the disaster, some good had occurred. A sickness had affected the ‘Ōhi’a Lehua trees. Called “Rapid ‘Ōhi’a Death” (ROD), the fungal disease has been destroying the native trees across the Big Island. The ‘Ōhi’a Lehua is the oldest and more prolific tree on Moku o Keawe (Hawaii Island). It is considered the the legend of Hi’iaka, and the jealousy of Pele. The bright red blossoms of the ‘Ōhi’a flower represent storytelling in Hawaiian folklore. Most of the diseased trees were destroyed, thus stopping the spread of the disease. ‘Ōhi’a Lehua is usually the first signs of life that appears from the fresh lava beds.

At the end of this day, the new year will begin, 2019. I’m optimistic for the future. And as I finish this article, this last post of 2018. I will spend my remaining time watching the neighbor fireworks from my lanai. Always a good show. Happy New Year.

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

Aftershocks

Pele’s footprints continue to appear in the Leilani Estates subdivision. Lanipuna, an adjacent subdivision, was evacuated due to high levels of poisonous sulfur dioxide gas. It’s an eerie feeling when the emergency notification goes off on everyone’s cell phones all at once. Since the 6.9 earthquake, hundreds of aftershocks have occurred. Several new fissures have also appeared with new lava flows and dangerous gas.

The graphic above shows the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna subdivisions. Each triangle is the site of a fissure and lava flow into the subdivision. Each triangle has a number in the order which the fissures appeared. The squares show where the roads have been closed. Although evacuations were mandatory, several people have opted to remain in the subdivision. The lava is what we call pāhoehoe (smooth).

To date, there has been 15 fissures. 116.57 acres covered by lava. 36 structures destroyed. A emergency site has been created that has water, food, supplies. It has been named Pu’u Honua o Puna (roughly translated “Earth Needs of Puna”). It is accepting donations and volunteers to help the residents of Leilani Estates.

Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) – Photo Credit USGS

The Geothermal plant has been shutdown since the lava breakouts. According to county officials, Puna Geothermal Venture, or PGV, “has completed the removal of all pentane gas offsite as of 3:15 a.m. this morning to Shipman Industrial Park.” That required special vehicles to move the flammable gas. Although the plant is secure, the wells are drilled deep into ground. If a well should be compromised by lava it could release large plumes of sulfur gas. It could trigger a mass evacuation of the Puna district.

Never let it be said that the entrepunurial spirit isn’t alive and well as these t-shirts demonstrate. The down side is how established organizations like the Red Cross has again been criticized for stocking supplies and not distributing supplies to people in need. It’s one of the reasons why we don’t support or donate to the Red Cross. They take your money, and your donations, but very little gets to the people in need. The coconut wireless has been a better resource for addressing the needs for the people displaced by Pele’s wrath.

For every good, there’s the bad. Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a Pāhoa man in connection with the burglary of a residence in the Leilani Estates Subdivision. The Mayor’s office issued a a zero tolerance proclamation earlier warning anyone caught looting and vandalizing will be charged with a felony.

Section 708-817 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes provides that if a person commits the offense of burglary of a dwelling during an emergency period proclaimed by the governor or mayor pursuant to chapter 127A and within the area covered by the emergency period, the offender is subject to a Class “A” felony, punishable by up to 20 years of incarceration. 

GOOD!

Our next concern is the lava in the lava level in the Kilauea Halema’uma’u crater dropping below the water table. This would cause a large explosion that could throw large boulders miles away. A large ash and steam plume would generate dangerous gasses. As a precaution, the Volcano’s park has been closed.

PRAY FOR PUNA

 

 

 

 

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