I've seen it time and time again: friends cutting six-pack soda rings so that no marine animal will be harmed.
Only thing is: we burn our Oahu trash, so none of it ends up in landfills.
If you think about it, it's probably the best solution for our island state. Our trash is reduced to just 10 percent of its initial volume. Metals, both ferrous and other, are sorted and recovered both before and after the incineration process. The power that is produced is also captured and sold to Hawaiian Electric as alternate energy power. The City and County of Honolulu has coined it H-Power.
As I contemplate the implications while drinking a cup of Keurig coffee, I'm relieved. No longer will I live with the guilt of non-biodegradable coffee pods or strangled marine mammals.
For those interested in the process, check out two videos from Opala.Org, the City's website.
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.