Archive for June, 2012

Ewa Train Ride!

June 29th, 2012

Ewa Train Ride!

You are invited to take the Ewa July 4th Train Ride for a roundtrip from the Ewa Plains to Kahe Point, Waianae Coast. This is their third July 4th (Wednesday) event and it sells out. Don't delay getting your tickets.

Two-thirds of the AM seats and one third of the PM seats are gone so you can still book this coming week they can get you on board this family fun ride out into the countryside and back on a classic 1880's narrow gauge railway. This is an exclusive charter trainride. Tickets are not being sold through the normal Hawaiian Railway outlet. Tickets must be purchased through this organization who has chartered the railway for the entire day. Click on the attached flyer in the PDF which links to their website and enjoy. Life is Good. -, which has further links to photos, videos and pages on Facebook and Google +.

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How to Core Iceberg Lettuce

June 27th, 2012

How to Core Iceberg Lettuce

How to Core a Head of Iceberg Lettuce in 3 Seconds from on Vimeo.

Love this technique and the simplicity of this video tip. At Pacific Network we're about to release our own Ocean Tips and other great short cuts and cool solutions to simple stuff you can do at home and in your garden. So enjoy the simple things... Life is Good...

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Save Haleiwa Park

June 24th, 2012

Save Haleiwa Park

This letter sent by Rexann Dubiel, a teacher at Sunset Elementary School and resident of the North Shore for more than 25 years. I am in full agreement with her and many residents whose children ask to grow up with some remaining open undeveloped spaces. Please OPPOSE Resolution 12-143. Mahalo.

Dear Councilmember,

I am in support of keeping the park next to Jameson's in Haleiwa in the hands of the people, Resolution 12-143. That land belongs to the Citizens of Hawaii.

I am sorely disappointed that this has even become a resolution. That park is used by North Shore Canoe Clubs as well as paddlers around the island, fisherman, swimmers, community residents, and visitors. It would be a crime to sell it to a developer at the expense of the people.

Also, have you looked into the drop in the value of the land in the last two years? That remnant parcel was valued at 2.7 million and now it's worth about $80,000. What gives? Is the City for sale to the highest bidder? (For documentation, see the article below my signature.) Who will stand up for the people unless you do---it's your job to stand up for us, to represent us.

It's your job to keep park lands in the people's hands.

Rexann Dubiel
Teacher, Sunset Beach Elementary (24 years)
Vice President, North Shore Outdoor Circle (20+ years)
Former Liaison from Sunset Beach to Rep. Michael Magaoay (3 legislative sessions)

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Yasuni Rainforest

June 19th, 2012

Stop Destroying the Yasuni Rainforest

Presidente de la Republica de Ecuador: Stop Destroying Yasuni Rainforest-"Something must remain for the Huaorani". Please share this petition. Join the campaign. Created By Ome Gompote Kiwigimoni Huaorani
Signatures to date: 75,103

The Huaorani are hunters and gatherers who live deep in the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador. Their ancestral lands include the area now known as Yasuni National Park and Biosphere Reserve. Yasuni is world-renowned for carbon-rich forests and extraordinary biological diversity, and is home to many endangered and endemic species. It is also home to the last known group of Indigenous people still living in voluntary isolation in Ecuador (the “uncontacted” Tagaeri and Taromenane families) but it is threatened by encroaching oil development, settlers and illegal loggers.

We, the Huaorani, have defended and protected Yasuni since before written history. Before ‘contact’ and the arrival of ‘the civilization’ and first oil company Texaco (now Chevron) around 1970, we defended our territory with hardwood spears. Now we, the ‘contacted’ Huaorani of Yasuni, are developing new ways to protect Ome, our rainforest that is our home and source of life.

We live in the Huaorani communities, Bameno, Boanamo and Wema. We have organized ourselves to work together to defend Yasuni and our culture and way of life – and make real the promise of rainforest conservation and human rights for Indigenous peoples in Yasuni, including the right of our uncontacted neighbors to live free in isolation in the forest. We call ourselves Ome Gompote Kiwigimoni Huaorani (We Defend Our Huaorani Territory), “Ome Yasuni.” With the help of Judith Kimerling, a professor at CUNY Queens College and author of Amazon Crude, and Luminita Cuna, who we met when she visited as a tourist, we launched this petition on, and we are asking for your help.

This is our petition: Something of this great rainforest territory must remain for us, the Huaorani, where we can continue to live freely and in accordance with our culture, without oil companies, settlers, roads, military and security forces, loggers, bureaucrats, or other outsiders damaging the forest or telling us how we should live. We need a legal title to our territory, and reforms to the laws of Ecuador to protect Ome and our right to live as we wish, as Huaorani.

Our fate and the fate of Yasuni are one. Without territory and self-determination, we cannot survive. Without the Huaorani to defend and care for her, the Yasuni Rainforest cannot survive.

Please watch video messages with English Subtitles at: (Ahua) (Kemperi) (Penti)

and sign our petition to the President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, and his Ministerios.

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June 14th, 2012

Fiction? Olympic Tower 2016 Games - Rio de Janeiro

The "Solar City Tower" is a concept envisaged by Zurich based architecture and design studio, RAFAA. The design was created for a competition (2009) and these illustrations depict the proposed tower if constructed. The project was a proposal, the tower may never actually be built, but these visuals went globally viral. The future is here.

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Written by the designers:
"Concept: The aim of this project is to ask how the classic concept of a landmark can be reconsidered. It is less about an expressive, iconic architectural form; rather, it is a return to content and actual, real challenges for the imminent post-oil-era. This project represents a message of a society facing the future; thus, it is the representation of an inner attitude. Our project, standing in the tradition of “a building/city as a machine”, shall provide energy both to the city of Rio de Janeiro and its citizens while using natural resources. We hope to attain an international Olympic message with a political appeal. After hosting the United Nation’s Earth Summit in 1992, Rio de Janeiro will once again be the starting point for a global green movement and for a sustainable development of urban structures. It will perhaps even become a symbol for the first zero carbon footprint Olympic Games.

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The project consists of a solar power plant that by day produces energy for the city respectively the Olympic village. Excessive energy will be pumped as seawater into a tower. By night, the water can be released again; with the help of turbines, it generates electricity for the night. The electricity produced can be used for the lighting of the tower or for the city. On special occasions, this “machine building” turns into an impressive wonder of nature: an urban waterfall, a symbol for the forces of nature. At the same time, it will be the representation of a collective awareness of the city towards its great surrounding landscape. Via an urban plaza located 60 meters over sea level you gain access to the building. Through the amphitheatre, you reach the entrance situated on the ground floor."

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