Writes Ian Lind, "A company is proposing to build artificial reefs in two locations on Oahu using human remains encased in balls of concrete."
As it so happens, one of those locations is Maunalua Bay. Hawaii Memorial Reefs is scheduled to present its proposal at tonight's Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board meeting.
If you don't want a graveyard off your balcony, I'd suggest you show up. The meeting is being held at 7pm in the Hahaione Elementary School cafeteria. I can't guarantee your voice will be heard, but a visible sentiment can do much to deter further action.
Honestly, I'm still bewildered at this proposal -- not just from the point of pure hubris on the part of Hawaii Memorial Reefs, but from a business perspective. Would you want grandma buried in a concrete pill under the sea?
The Tinman Triathlon is postponed from July 23, 2016 due to Tropical Storm Darby. It is rescheduled for Sunday, July 31. The Kaimuki Carnival, held at Kaimuki High School, has been cancelled for Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24th. It is rescheduled for Friday through Sunday the following weekend, July 29-31, 2016.
July 21, 2016 - Fire department rescue personnel came to the aid of a 10-year old boy whom fell about 10 feet just short of the Koko Crater summit. No major injuries were reported. [Star Advertiser]
July 20, 2016 - Former City Councilman Stanley Chang and two first-time candidates -- a doctor and a dentist -- are vying for the chance to replace Sam Slom, the lone Republican in the state Senate. Dr. Michael Bennett, an ophthalmologist, Dr. Richard Y. Kim and Chang are running in Senate District 9, which stretches from Diamond Head and Kahala to Hawaii Kai. [Star Advertiser - Library Card req.]
July 20, 2016 - Niu Valley Shopping Center is now a commercial condominium with individually owned spaces and shared common areas including parking under a deal completed July 15. Local developer Peter Savio arranged the deal and has resold 10 of the 14 spaces that he acquired. The four spaces not resold are leased to Jack in the Box, Le Bistro, Lung Fung Chinese Restaurant and an office tenant. Additionally, King's Cathedral declined to sell the space it uses, as well as an adjacent space leased to 7-Eleven. Savio retains the first opportunity to buy these two pieces in the future should the church decide to sell. [Star Advertiser - Library Card req.]
July 19. 2016 - A 21-year-old woman was treated by paramedics and taken to the hospital in serious condition Monday after she dove into the ocean at the area known as “Pele’s Chair” near the Makapuu Lighthouse trail. This incident follows one just a few days earlier when a father and daughter died after being swept into the ocean near Makapuu Tidepools. [Star Advertiser]
July 19, 2016 A Hawaii Kai home at 569 Portlock Road was voted HGTV Ultimate House Hunt winner. The home, currently on the market for 13.5 million dollars, sports over 8,000 square feet of interior space and fronts the ocean. [KHON]
July 18, 2016 Tesoro gas stations will be rebranded as Hele. Additionally, approximately 1/3 of Hawaii's current 76 gas stations will also change their name to Hele. [PBN]
July 17, 2016 - Former Kaiser Estate awaits City Council special-use permit approval. The owner of a run-down Portlock estate once considered the largest private residence in America is seeking the city's OK to restore and enhance the property as a family compound with three mansions and a private harbor. A Honolulu City and County law enacted in 2012 makes it necessary to seek special approval on homes larger than 7,500 square feet.
Owner Chans' residential SMA permit is believed to be the second one taken up, according to the Department of Planning and Permitting. More are expected, including one slated for an Aug. 3 hearing that pertains to a plan by Alexander & Baldwin Inc. to build three luxury duplex homes on a large waterfront lot at 4607 Kahala Ave.
Currently work at the Estate is progressing on construction not requiring the SMA permit. If the special permit is approved, construction is expected to last 18 months. [Star Advertiser - Library Card req.]
July 17, 2016 - Frustration grows over water safety after a father and daughter visiting Makapuu Tidepools are swept out and die. [KHON]
We tried it two months ago and liked it enough to buy it again. Granted, our family found it strange that we were using Downy's In-Wash Scent Booster to boost our specifically-designated "no perfumes" laundry detergent. Truth is, aside from the fact that sometimes the kids clothes require a little extra TLC -- when are they getting air conditioning in our public schools, anyway -- we've found uses other than the suggested one.
The suggested method is: "Shake a little or a lot into the cap. Toss into the washer at the beginning of the wash. . .Downy Unstopables go directly into the washer to give a fresh scent boost."
Here are two additional uses that merit mention:
- A couple of pea-sized pellets in the disposal for a fresher smelling kitchen sink
- A tablespoon or so of pellets mixed with two cups of hot water for a homemade version of air freshener or neutralizer.
Throwing a few pearls into the disposal is fairly self-explanatory. Personally, I like to partially melt them in a full sink before turning on the disposal and sending them down the plumbing. They do sud up just a tad, so I'm hoping they're also cleaning the inside of the pipes.
Turning your Unstopables into an air neutralizer is really cost-effective. Procter and Gamble is also the maker of the leading odor neutralizer, so it's no surprise that the product is similar. It's just a lot cheaper to buy Unstopables, melt them and put them in a spray bottle. I find that Unstopables' odor neutralizing effect is better than ready-made products. It doesn't smell like much, but when you're done spraying, the offending scents are gone.
I'm quite sure there are additional uses for this product. For those into sachets or potpourri, I bet these would go well with them. They're also quite pretty. The fresh scent version is a lovely aqua color, and I believe the Hawaii Kai Costco also carries the pink "Shimmer" version. If you're concerned with color, there are a total of six fragrance/color combinations available, but not all of them are available at Costco.
Because they are so attractive, a word of caution here. Please be sure to keep them out of reach of children and pets. There have been too many reported incidents where children mistook laundry products for candy.
Until August 31, 2016. Downy Unstopables are $3 off at Costco.
Mini Maker Faire 2016 at Iolani School: A recap
Mini Maker Faire in Honolulu wrapped up on June 25, 2016 and I finally made it to the event in their third year. It was all I expected and more. I had also signed up for a soldering lesson. Soldering, pronounced as sautering, is a process in which two or more metal items are joined together by melting and then flowing a filler metal into the joint. It's what holds your components to your computer circuit boards while still allowing electrical current to flow.
The volunteer instructor was patient and thorough, and here's a picture of what we made. They bought most of the parts from an electronics supplier, but they also had the front designed especially for the event. It's a little badge that lights up an LED when the switch is turned on.
It was free. The event was free and the soldering lesson and materials were free too. I'm always amazed at how small turnout can be at these events in Hawaii. Maybe it's the constant allure of our also free beaches?
The event was held at Iolani School, which is a beautiful campus and venue for the fair. Parking was readily available for all 1,000 attendees. The event also attracted two dozen or so vendors ranging from the predictable coding schools and afterschool programs to the more ecclectic, like a yarn vendor with materials ranging from alpaca to angora.
My favorite vendor? The up-and-coming HNL Tool Library, a project in progress. It's a lending library for tools and equipment. From their website, they describe it as "Tool libraries are just like traditional libraries, but with tools instead of books."
The Maker Movement
The Maker Movement started in 2005 with the release of MAKE Magazine. According to the Maker Faire website,
"With the launch of MAKE Magazine in 2005, Dougherty and his team provided the catalyst for a tech-influenced DIY community that has come to be identified as the Maker Movement."
I read MAKE Magazine once. I think I picked the exact volume that could turn me off for years to come. While there were many interesting articles highlighting individuals' projects and the schematics to make the projects work, the one that stood out in my mind was one where someone thought it was a great idea to do self-surgery and insert a RFID reader under his skin -- because how cool would it be to walk up to your front door and have it immediately unlock for you?
Since having read that article, I've searched high and low for it again. No one in Hawaii believes me when I say that MAKE story exists. In any case, I was living in Silicon Valley at the time, and having met the eccentric individuals that live there, I believe that the idea of RFID self-surgery is less strange there than it is here.
If you would like to read a copy of MAKE Magazine for yourself, you can sign up at this link.
In any case, Maker Faire Bay Area (San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara) started growing around 2007. They still relied on volunteers to run the event and charged a small nominal entrance fee to recoup the cost of renting the San Mateo Convention Center.
Today, Maker Faires are huge and they take place across the country in various forms and sizes. The Bay Area event has grown to hundreds of booths and the price of entry is now $30. It has even become a travel destination, not unlike the way in which San Diego Comic-con is.