VIDEO: Big Island Biodiesel breaks ground

Biodiesel GroundbreakingNovember 19, 2010 – KEAAU, Hawaii

Video by David Corrigan

A modest gathering of officials and investors in the future Big Island Biodiesel plant helped break ground on the project at Shipman Industrial Park in Keaau on Thursday.

Kimo Pihana and Koa Rice conducted the Hawaiian ritual. The o’o ceremony included Mayor Billy Kenoi and the two new faces on the county council, Brittany Smart and Fred Blas. Kenoi said the biodiesel plant will help the county reach a bold, new goal: 100% renewable energy use at some point in the near future. 

The site of the biodiesel plant was blessed in January.

Before the groundbreaking, Big Island Biodiesel issued this media release:

Big Island Biodiesel Breaks Ground for New Plant

Advanced Biofuel Technology project moves the Big Island into the renewable energy forefront

On Thursday, November 18, Big Island Biodiesel LLC (BIB) will kick-off its construction phase with a blessing at the Kea`au site of Hawaii’s newest and most advanced biodiesel production facility. The project is the brainchild of Robert King, President of Pacific Biodiesel, Inc., which currently produces biodiesel on Maui and Oahu. This project’s fund raising efforts won Pacific Biodiesel the 2009 Deal of the Year Award by the Hawaii Venture Capital

With a capacity of over 8,000 gallons per day and more than 2.6 million gallons per year, the Big Island Biodiesel facility will utilize recently developed zero-waste, super efficient processing technology and will play a significant role in helping Hawaii reach its energy independence and sustainability goals. Following the community-based biodiesel production model pioneered by Pacific Biodiesel in 1996, BIB even boasts ownership by members of the community.

“Our equity partners include residents and businesses from across the State of Hawaii, and even includes the State of Hawaii,” explained King. “This facility will be a state-of-the-art, next generation biofuel refinery and should be producing just in time for the 2011 international APEC Summit.”

In addition to used cooking oil and trap grease feedstock, Hawaii’s newest biodiesel processing facility will support local farmers interested in growing biofuel crops. The new biodiesel plant’s multiple feedstock capability will allow it to process used cooking oils, jatropha oil, sunflower oil, algae oil and even fish oil and animal fats.

“We began with the land blessing in January,” explained cultural practitioners Koa Rice and Kimo Pihana, “when we honored our ancestors and asked for permission to use the land.”

Thursday’s ceremony is a continuation of the process when we will ask for a smooth construction phase with a safe and harmonious work site.

Biodiesel is currently produced by Pacific Biodiesel on Maui and Oahu and is sold at retail stations on those islands as well as wholesale throughout the state. Pacific Biodiesel’s cleaner, safer, high-quality ASTM rated biodiesel is processed from vegetable oil and/or animal fats and can be used in any diesel engine.

Community-based biodiesel production supports local agriculture, energy security and a cleaner environment.

Raw video, courtesy Big Island Video News on YouTube

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VIDEO: Kona Ocean View to get water, land use scrutiny

November 17, 2010 – KONA, Hawaii

Video by David Corrigan | Voice of Tim Bryan

All council committees handled their business on time and with shortened debate yesterday.

Amoung the items of interest:

The acceptance of the 2010 update of the county Emergency Operations and Hazard Mitigation Plan documents, known as the EOP and HMP respectively… both outlining the procedures in the event of a disaster.

The document was last updated in 1989 and is required to ensure Hawaii County is eligible for federal grants and disaster relief funding.

Also, Public Works and Intergovernmental Relations gave the thumbs up to the installation of a dedicable water delivery system for Kona Ocean View subdivision. Water Supply Manager Milton Pavao was on hand to explain the process.

A grateful group of Kona Ocean View residents was also on hand to applaud the decision.

And a new controversy is brewing… Kona resident Chuck Flaherty testified on what he says is an illegal attempt at a land use reclassification for a development near Pualani Estates.

A vote on those ordinances was postponed.

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VIDEO: Ala Ohia opens up in Waimea, Parker Ranch

November 17, 2010 – WAIMEA< Hawaii

Video by David Corrigan | Voice of Karin Stanton

Mayor Billy Kenoi and Parker Ranch officials untied the maile lei Tuesday in Waimea to formally open Ala Ohia Road.

The approximately 1 mile roadway links Mamalahoa Highway with an extension of Pukalani Road, providing increased access on this rural roadway. The new road will ease congestion around Parker Ranch Shopping Center and the two schools at the center of town.

Features of the two-lane roadway include a 10 foot wide multi-purpose corridor for recreational cyclists, walkers and runners.

After the opening, Kenoi and People’s Advocacy for Trails Hawaii executive director Laura Dierenfield took off on bicycles to christen the road.

Parker Ranch was solely responsible for funding the $7 million road project.

The connector road was part of a vision of sixth-generation Parker descendant and the last owner of Parker Ranch, Richard Smart. Smart’s intent was to set aside sufficient lands to allow for uncongested growth and community development. Planning for growth, he felt, would allow the Waimea community to maintain its rural “village” character yet provide for business, employment and housing.

Mayor Billy Kenoi said the bypass is just a small step in creating an island-wide transportation system that gets people where they need to go.

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VIDEO: Council gives the OK to Forest City exemptions

November 18, 2010 – KONA, Hawaii

Video by David Corrigan | Voice of Stephanie Salazar

On Wednesday, the Hawaii County Council cleared the way for Forest City Hawaii’s Kamakana Villages project to move forward.

Meeting in Kona, the council approved code exemptions requested by the developer of the mixed use and affordable housing near Kealakehe High School. Forest City’s managing developer Race Randall was happy with the decision.

With 272-acres of retail, schools, and housing located along the future Ane Keohokalole Highway, many in Kona hope the project will jump-start the economy and give locals a place to live.

However, the large mixed use development in North Kona raised some eyebrows with the recent exemption requests. South Kona councilwoman Brenda Ford took a strong stand against the proposals.

Kelly Greenwell, the outgoing councilmember of the North Kona district where the planned project is located, supported the project, but praised Ford’s effort.

Hamakua councilman Dominic Yagong, who had been skeptical about the project exemptions, voted in support after going on a site visit to Forest City’s Oahu developments.

Randall also acknowledged the council’s hope that Kamakana Villages employs a Big Island workforce during the future construction phase, saying it would be “foolish” not to do so.

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VIDEO: $56 million bond approved, but Yagong plans recall

November 17, 2010 – KONA, Hawaii

Video by David Corrigan | Voice of Tim Bryan

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VIDEO: Hawaii County ethics reform dies quiet death

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November 18, 2010 – KONA, Hawaii

Video by David Corrigan | Voice of Stephanie Salazar

Reforms to the Hawaii County Code of Ethics failed at the council on Wednesday. Mayor Billy Kenoi’s resolution recieved support from only two council members – Dominic Yagong and Brenda Ford.

The proposal has been bounced back and forth between the council and the ethics board numerous times, but no action has come of it. It died a quiet legislative death on Wednseday, overshadowed by the big ticket topics like Kamakana Villages and the $56 million bond authorization. Discussion on the matter lasted only a short time compared to previous debates.

Those against the specifics of the plan said it was unworkable on the small Big Island, where everyone is practically related to everyone else.

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VIDEO: Kaiser Permanente brings new health care option to Kona

November 16, 2010 – KEALAKEKUA, Hawaii

Video courtesy Kaiser Permanente | Voice of Stephanie Salazar

A new health clinic is now open for appointments in Kealakekua.

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii blessed its South Kona Clinic in the traditional Hawaiian fashion on Saturday. The clinic will initially offer adult primary care.

According to Dr. Daryl Kurozawa, general surgeon and Associate Medical Director of the Neighbor Islands, the facility will be a big help to the community.

“We are pleased to provide increased access to health care services and convenience for our members in South Kona,” said Kurozawa in a media release. “Combined with our existing Kona Clinic in the Hualalai Medical Center, the community in the area will be well-served. We look forward to welcoming our members to our new clinic.”

The new clinic will be open for adult primary care appointments 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed for lunch 12:30-1:30 p.m.), Monday through Friday. Members may call 747-8800 for appointments.

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