|Opihi populations have tanked in nearshore waters and could be protected with new legislation. |
Photo from Ho`i I Ka Pilina Kai
|Ka`u Andrade Contracting began|
staging for the tear down of the
old South Point windmills.
Photo by Julia Neal
Fourteen new General Electric turbines, their towers 215 feet tall and built closer to the pali, are capable of producing 20.5 megawatts at the point of interconnection. The new blades are more than 100 feet long. The new windmills went online in April of 2007. Tawhiri Pakini Nui Wind Farms CEO Steve Pace said that these windmills with their newer efficiencies can produce enough power for all of Ka`u’s homes and he looks forward to providing more energy to the grid. The metal from the old windmills is expected to go to the scrap market and be recycled. The overall contractor is Ishimoto Contracting.
ELECTRIC RATES rose in March to 41.3 cents per kilowatt-hour for the Big Island in March. This compares to 36.3 cents per kilowatt-hour on Maui and 32.6 cents on O`ahu. Only Kaua`i has higher electric rates at 42.6 cents, according to an analysis published this morning by the Honolulu Star Advertiser. The utilities blamed the increase on higher oil prices, pointing to the continuing dependence on imported oil that is burned to make electricity across the state.
BIG ISLAND STEVEDORES called stop work meetings to discuss their union issues this afternoon, which shut down Matson locations at Kawaihae and Hilo after 11:45 a.m. Container yards and auto lots are closed today from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
KA'U COFFEE FESTIVAL is looking for sponsors. The organization is offering commissions to those who bring in sponsorships. The event is set for May 12 in Pahala. For more information about sponsorship pricing, call Chris Manfredi at 929-9550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more on the event see kaucoffeefest.com.
|Keiki ocean art submission to Ocean Guardian Kids Club.|
Photo from NOAA
A YOGA WORKSHOP IN PAHALA, offered by Volcano resident Jo Caron, will be held at the Old Pahala Clubhouse this Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Caron is a certified yoga teacher from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts. "The workshop is an introduction to five simple physical exercises that help balance the energy in the body that sustains our well-being. It enhances strength, health, vitality, flexibility in the body, but also in the mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. Making us feel great at all levels. Health for the body, the mind and the spirit," says Caron.
Participation is $25 with pre-registration, $35 at the door. No experience necessary. Caron says the workshop is "Good for all levels. Don't be intimidated, it's very gradual and adaptable." Call 443-6993 or email email@example.com. Caron is also available for private sessions.
|Photo from Kanu|
|Bluegrass comes to Volcano|
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