It was a clear sunny day. Now as evening approaches, the sky is clear and the stars are bright. You can see the Milky Way very clearly.
Kohaha Na Manua i Moku o Keawe. The mountains of Kohala on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Located on the north eastern side of the Island of Hawai’i, it is also the oldest part of the youngest island in the chain of Hawaiian islands. The island of Hawai’i is still growing in the Volcano and Puna districts. Acres of new land is created daily by the lava flows form Kilauea.
Some of the best farmlands are found here. Large ranches with cattle grazing on lush grasslands. Parker Ranch is the largest and oldest ranch that spans several islands. The annual rodeos are fun events.
Top of Waikiki is a restaurant located on the island of O’ahu in Honolulu. It’s a huge revolving restaurant with five star cuisine.
It looks like a strange spaceship on top of a tall building. The views of Waikiki are spectacular, as is the food.
A view of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel from the Top of Waikiki.
Waikiki – Like no other place in the world.
Ianuali ‘elua. He nani kakahiaka. Another beautiful morning on Moku o Keawe. It’s our winter so the trade breezes coming over the islands are chilled by the Pacific waters. It’s in the low 70’s in the morning, and by afternoon the temperatures are the upper 70’s. It’s partly cloudy, but with generous portions of sunshine.
A view of Akaka Falls in beautiful Honomu Hawai’i on the Big Island. Wailele means waterfall, and at this State park there are several waterfalls to view. When we get extensive rains, more waterfalls appear like magic. People from all over the world visit this location. Locals get discounted entrance fee.
They had to add an entrance fee to prevent people from breaking into cars. It’s a shame, but it’s sign of the times.
Roast Rack Of Lamb with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Asparagus
On this last day of the year, there are many changes here on the big island of Hawai’i. The advance of Pele’s lava flow into the town of Pāhoa has many people moving out of the lower Puna district. The Puna district lava zones were always a risk for anyone wishing to move to this location. There is no other place along the Hawaiian Archipelago like the Puna district. It is special and sacred.
Wao Kele o Puna (Rain forest of Puna) is the largest remaining lowland rainforest just south of Hilo that sits along the Kilauea volcano rift zone. The Kilauea rift zone is in lava zones 1, 2 and 3.
The lower right side of the picture shows where the USGS believes the potential path lava will flow in any direction. In the past the lava has flowed south from the Pu’u ‘Ō ‘ō vent towards Kalapana, but that changed this year with the collapse of one of the vents walls. Now the lava is heading towards Pāhoa town.
If the lava reaches Pāhoa, and crosses the only road into lower Puna, it will cut off thousands of residences that live in Puna. It is the only way in and out of Puna. However, in anticipation of this eventuality, the county is creating two alternate roads to allow residents to enter and exit the Puna district.
There has been an increase in traffic in upper Puna in the Kea’au area. Since many of the Pāhoa shop owners have closed down, along with the Pāhoa Post Office, and Mālama Market, the largest grocery store in Pāhoa, traffic has increased in the Kea’au shopping center.
Twice now, Pele has stop short of crossing the highway, and only one home has been destroyed. To date, the lava has slowed and has only advanced a few hundred yards. We can only hope and pray that Pele decides to wander elsewhere. As one native Puna residence said (paraphrasing), “If that lava does come onto your land, be prepared. Be happy you had that many years to live on your land, and the opportunity to live in paradise. Show Aloha!”
Whatever happens, everyone is prepared for the worse. Hopefully. Meanwhile, Happy New Year.
It is a historical moment in Hawai’i politics; two native Hawaiian’s running for the two highest offices in the State. James “Duke” Aiona is running for the governorship, and Elwin Ahu is running for lieutenant governor. Both are campaigning as Republicans in a heavily democratic state, Aiona was Hawaii’s lieutenant governor during the Lingle administration for two successful terms, despite working with a hostile democrat House and Senate.
Ahu is a senior Pastor with the New Hope church. Ahu is running for a return to the framework of the Hawaiian Constitution which has been repeatedly disregarded by liberal democrats in the State Legislature. Indeed, over the years, the democrats have stopped listening to the Hawaiian people, and have been catering to minority special interests. In 2011, the legislature adopted to change the rules of beginning the legislative session by dropping the daily invocation. A tradition that goes deep in the Hawaiian cultural roots, and despite a public outcry, the liberal legislator decided to ignore the people.
People in Hawai’i feel their voices are no longer being heard anymore, and many have stopped voting altogether. One of the reasons for the low voter turnout is because that Hawai’i has become a one party state. It is discouraging for most people that don’t get a choice. Over the years, the progressive democrat party has stopped listening the the people of Hawai’i Nei..
The democrat candidate for U.S.Senate, Brian Schatz, whom was appointed by Governor Neil Abercrombie, barely won the primary election against Colleen Hanabusa. The liberal democratic party machine made sure the election was in Schatz favor by disfranchising voters on the Big Island of Hawai’i. After tropical storm Iselle, those residents that lost power, homes, and vehicles due to storm damage, were rushed to vote at the polls. Many didn’t get a chance to vote because of the political maneuvering by the liberal political machine. When every vote counts, it is typical for democrats to change the rules to fit their plans to keep control of Hawai’i.
I think this time the democrats have gotten enough people angry enough to change the tide of corruption that for years were owned by liberal democrats. Abercrombie’s stunning defeat as chronicled by Hawai’i Free Press:
Abercrombie and Progressive Democrats have a vested interest in the results of balloting in Puna – With stunning defeats to Progressive leaders like Abercrombie and Clayton Hee, Brian Schatz stands as the only “Progressive Hero” standing. Furthermore, Brian Schatz is the legacy of Neil Abercrombie who appointed the Progressive against the wishes of the late Senator Inouye and even his own party. With the political capital that was sacrificed, this is the closest to a ‘bright spot’ that the unpopular governor has left.
Indeed, Abercrombie lost 48 out of 51 districts across the entire state. So what’s is the message? Have the people of Hawai’i finally had enough of progressive liberal democrats?
David Ige won the gubernatorial primary from Abercrombie. So who is David Ige? Ige, 57, has served in Hawaii’s Legislature for 29 years – 21 in the State Senate and eight in the State House. Ige is a career politician with little name recognition and achievements. Obama’s choice was Abercrombie, and Schatz was Abercrombie’s choice; a progressive cronyism that permeates the democrat party by filling seats with party loyalists. They all vote the progressive democrat party line, and not for the will of the people of Hawai’i. This is also why the Lingle/Aiona administration won two terms, despite working with a hostile progressive democrat legislature.
Let’s compare the progressive democrat message to the Conservative Republican message. Let’s start with Brian Schatz campaign message of fear. Schatz campaign ads were about “Protecting Social Security” for senior citizens. Yet, no one was talking about social security but Schatz. A campaign to scare senior citizens using strawman arguments has always been a progressive democrat tactic for votes. A campaign of fear, uncertainty and doubt has always been the liberal progressive democrat tactic. Setting up an environment of social division and class warfare has been Obama’s strategy to try and place blame for his lousy policies on someone else, namely Republicans. Schatz is using the same strategy.
The Ige campaign sounds very much like the same old, same old, progressive promises and policies. Lofty and without substance. There’s the same special interest focus on class inequality and the erosion of family values. There’s the increasing division between our agriculturalism community and the cost of living in Hawai’i. Ige proposes no real solutions, but plenty of platitudes to carry on the same failed progressives policies. Ige campaigns on environmental sustainability and income equality, but doesn’t offer any programs on “opportunity equality.” How can a Hawaii’s economic tourism be sustained by island views choked with windmills? How will Ige reduce the high cost of food by increasing the regulations on food production by local farmers. Ige provides no solutions.
First, after tropical storm Iselle, the devastation to the Puna district on the Big Island of Hawai’i was huge. Duke Aiona was one of the first to arrive on Hawai’i Island to help with the recovery. Every news story was scrubbed. I saw it in passing, and booked marked it to capture it for this blog post. But you cannot find any media mention of Aiona’s visit. I tweeted a message to Aiona asking about possible media bias because of the election issues in lower Puna.
Indeed, there was a plethora of stories about Schatz and Hanabusa giving their time to the media in Puna. Surely a campaign photo op to self-promote their campaigns. Here was my response:
I can appreciate Lt. Governor Aiona’s position. It says a lot about the character of this man. It is something that I admired during his time in the Lingle administration. There was transparency, honesty, fairness, trust and balance of the issues during the Lingle administration. Yet, the hostility against the Lingle administration by progressive democrats did, and continues, to be a disservice the people of Hawai’i Nei.
Hawai’i has some real unique opportunities, and some real unique problems. I’ve outlined some of the issues briefly above, but lets examine some of the some important issues that Aiona has addressed.
The homeless problem is getting worse. Whether by drugs, alcohol, mental issues, cost of housing, or lack of opportunities, the homeless problem is getting worse. There are other progressive states that are dumping their homeless in Hawai’i Nei. How else are they getting here? States with the same problems see Hawai’i as a generous place with abundant healthcare and plenty of warm beaches to sleep on. Progressive democrats welcomed these people, with no idea how to care for them.
Another truth is, Hawai’i is losing our doctors and healthcare providers. It’s getting more expensive medically and socially to help those that cannot pay, and for those that can pay. The Obamacare exchanges have failed. Abercrombie, and the progressives, that supported Obamacare are now conceding this “single payer” plan is a economic drain to the state. It’s a failed policy that progressive liberal democrats never bothered to read the bill to find out what’s inside it, [sic] Nancy Pelosi. What Hawai’i needs to attract Doctors and State of the Art Medical Treatment is an open free-market healthcare system. Onerous taxes on medical equipment needs to be repealed, just like Obamacare. Hawai’i has an aging retirement population and a growing younger population. They deserve the best of care, which we have now, without having to fly to the mainland for medical care. However, unless there is State leadership to resist a centralized government healthcare system, run by Washington D.C., then the progressive democrat message is, “don’t get sick!”
Hawai’i needs a government that uses conservation policies. This addresses both environmental and economical needs. Energy needs cannot be met by littering the landscape with windmills. It is neither economic, nor is it pleasant to view. Energy policies need a balance that includes harmony with the ‘Aina, and the economy.
Finally, the worse thing a society can do is to tax food. This benefits no one, and it especially hurts the poor. Regulations on local food producers, distributors, and providers only hurts the economy. It only increases the cost and safety of food production. That needs to be changed. Aiona has campaigned on this policy change. We should all look at sustainability beyond what environmentalist claim as a goal. We should look at conservation as a method for economic and environmental sustainability.
Environmentalism uses emotion and irrational reaction to solve complex politics. This leads to excessive government regulations and policies that hurt the poor and the economy. Hawai’i need better than progressive liberal policies. They just don’t work!
From the Hawaiian Farmers Daughter blog.
For Christmas, for Lokahi all year. For the Farmers and their families.