OAHU: Tsunami Advisory in Effect

The tsunami watch has been canceled for the State of Hawaii but a tsunami advisory is in effect.  State Civil Defense advises that waves heights of approximately one to three feet are expected in some areas.  The public is strongly advised to stay out of the water and away from shorelines from 12:30 to 7:30 pm today.  Strong and unusual currents are expected.
City & County of Honolulu Department of Emergency Management advises:
There is no coastline evacuation, and no siren. However, dangerous wave action and currents require everyone to take the following actions, effective from 12:30 to 7:30 pm today:

1. Remain out of the ocean

2. Avoid the immediate shorelines on all shores of Oahu

3. Avoid river mouths, harbor entrances, and rivers/canals near coastlines

4. Avoid draining canals where they empty out into the ocean


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Disaster Preparedness - Ready.gov Family Emergency Plan: You can fill in the blanks on template or create a plan of your own.

Being prepared for disaster is important. When disaster strikes, you may not have ample time to respond and ensure the resources you and your family need to survive are available. Moreover, hundreds of other families in your area share the same concerns, and it will be difficult to get access to the necessities you need due to shortages and competition. Do not wait until the last minute and get caught in this situation. Disaster-time civilian response requires sound decision-making and action to save the lives of families and friends.

When determining your emergency needs, plan for the long haul. In any major disaster scenario, it may take 72 hours or more for emergency personnel to reach you. Emergency preparedness kits should contain the essentials your family needs to survive during a disaster. Having two is ideal; a multi-purpose kit that with provisions for more activities for the home, and a transportable slimmed down kit with bare necessities for survival when on the go. Any preparations should be accompanied by an emergency plan. Know where your family is and how to keep in contact in the event of a disaster. Most of all keep informed. Find out what disasters you may be affected by and plan accordingly. Determine and manage your emergency needs as required.

Recommendations for Disaster Preparedness Kit

When preparing a disaster preparedness kit, first plan for the essentials for survival. Think practical first, and think comfortable second. All essential needs should be able to fit in a 5 gallon bucket. Absolute necessities include food, water, and warmth. Foodstuffs should be high energy non-perishables and kept in sealed air-tight containers. Made-ready meals and canned goods are excellent choices for emergency food sources. It is safe to ration, the body can be maintained on half of your average caloric intake during an emergency. Provisions should include enough food supplies to last three days for each family member. more...

Have a Plan

Ready.gov Family Emergency Plan

Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance: how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.

It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.
Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has coins or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact.
You may have trouble getting through, or the telephone system may be down altogether, but be patient. - Family Emergency Plan

You may also want to inquire about emergency plans at places where your family spends time: work, daycare and school. If no plans exist, consider volunteering to help create one. Talk to your neighbors about how you can work together in the event of an emergency. You will be better prepared to safely reunite your family and loved ones during an emergency if you think ahead and communicate with others in advance. more...

If Disaster Strikes

If you are instructed to take shelter immediately, do so at once.
If you are instructed to evacuate:

  • Listen to the radio or television for the location of emergency shelters
    and for other instructions from local emergency officials.
  • Wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes.
  • Take your disaster supplies kit.
  • Use travel routes specified by local authorities and don't use shortcuts because certain areas may be impassable or dangerous.

Contact Information

Department of Civil Defense Division, State of Hawaii
3949 Diamond Head Road
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 733-4301

City and County of Honolulu Department of Emergency Management
650 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 723-8960

Kauai County Civil Defense Agency
Suite 100, 3990 Kaana Street
Lihue, Hawaii, 96766
(808) 241-1800

Maui County Civil Defense Agency
200 South High Street
Wailuku, HI 96793-2155
(808) 270-7285

Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency
920 Ululani St.
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 935-0031, (808) 935-3311 (after hours)

Miscellaneous Resources

Agencies such as the American Red Cross (www.redcross.org) or (phone: 716-878-2353) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (www.fema.gov/library/) have brochures to help you develop a family emergency plan. You can also visit the local Red Cross at 4155 Diamond Head Road
Honolulu, HI 96816-4417. Your community group or neighborhood association might also want to consider establishing a phone tree or email list to relay important information.

Ready America, Educating and empowering Americans to prepare for emergencies including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.

FirstGov .gov
Home page of the US Government's Official Web Portal for all government transactions, services, and information.

This web site is part of the President's Disaster Management Egov Initiative - a larger initiative aimed at greatly enhancing Disaster Management on an interagency and intergovernmental basis.

NOAA Weather Radio
NWR broadcasts National Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day.

Storm Predator
Personal weather radar display and storm tracking desktop weather application, provides near realtime imagery, forecasts, warnings, and live storm tracking.

High quality products for your emergency preparedness needs.

Online store with an interesting assortment of products to compliment your emergency supply and survival kit needs.

Warning Information  

When a WATCH has been issued:

Conditions are favorable for hazardous weather. NWS forecast offices issue watches (flash flood, tsunami, etc.) 12 to 36 hours in advance of a possible hazardous-weather or flooding event. Remain alert, make preparations, and be prepared to evacuate if necessary.

When a WARNING has been issued:

A hazardous event is possible, occurring, or imminent in 3 hours or less. Listen and perform instructions given by emergency management officials.

Planning Guides  

Preparing for Disaster
A4600/FEMA 475 - Comprehensive Disaster Planning Guide.

Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs
FEMA 476 - Provides disaster preparedness information specific to people with disabilities and other special needs, including the elderly.

Food and Water in an Emergency
FEMA 477 - Information on how to select, store, and treat food and water in the event of an emergency.

Helping Children Cope With Disaster
FEMA 478 - Provides information on how to prepare children prior to disaster and how to lessen the emotional effects of disaster.

Disaster Preparedness Coloring Book
FEMA 243E - For ages 3 - 10.


What is Shelter-In-Place:

One of the instructions you may be given in an emergency where hazardous materials may have been released into the atmosphere is to shelter-in-place. This is a precaution aimed to keep you safe while remaining indoors. (This is not the same thing as going to a shelter in case of a storm.)

Why You Might Need to Shelter-in-Place:

Chemical, biological, or radiological contaminants may be released accidentally or intentionally into the environment. Should this occur, information will be provided by local authorities on television and radio stations on how to protect you and your family. The important thing is for you to follow instructions of local authorities and know what to do if they advise you to shelter-in-place.

How to shelter-in-place (pdf)

Quick Links

Disaster Preparedness Kit Information
Special Needs Info
Individual Assistance
Public Assistance
National Incident Management System
Hazmat & WMD Training


Hawaii State EAS Plan
National Response Framework
Hawaii Disaster Declaration History
Amateur Radio In Hawaii
Hazard Mitigation Page
Ready America.gov

Quick Links

Disaster Preparedness Kit Information
Special Needs Info
Individual Assistance
Public Assistance
National Incident Management System
Hazmat & WMD Training


Hawaii State EAS Plan
National Response Framework
Hawaii Disaster Declaration History
Amateur Radio In Hawaii
Hazard Mitigation Page
Ready America.gov

From the Link Page of http://www.scd.hawaii.gov/preparedness.html

Come enjoy lunch after Saturday's Aloha Festivals Floral Parade @tikisgrill

Annual Aloha Festivals Floral Parade
Saturday, September 26, 2009, 9:00 am

Kalakaua Ave, Ala Moana Park to Kapiolani Park
A colorful equestrian procession of female and male pā'ū riders, extravagant floats with cascades of Hawaiian flowers, hula hālau and marching bands will brighten Kalākaua Avenue from Ala Moana Park to Kapi'olani Park. This “must see” event will pay homage to the art of hula. Contact (808) 391-8714 or aloha.festivals@waikikiimprovement.com.

HONOLULU’S 63 year-old Aloha Festivals is the oldest and largest Hawaiian cultural statewide celebration in the United States. What is known today as Aloha Festivals was created in 1946, as Aloha Week - a cultural celebration of Hawai'i’s music, dance and history intended to perpetuate our unique traditions. A group of former Jaycees - known as the Jaycees Old-timers of Hawai'i - had the vision to create a public celebration to honor Hawai'i’s cosmopolitan heritage, yet created a celebration which has itself become a state-wide tradition.

Aloha Week became Aloha Festivals in 1991. Aloha Festivals has become a celebration of our Hawaiian culture. Integrated into the culture are many island traditions and customs of each of the Hawaiian islands. Thousands of volunteers labor together each year to stage the events, which are attended statewide by nearly a million people – it is a festival truly of the people of Hawai'i by the people of Hawai'i. The festivals are funded through the sale of Aloha Festivals ribbons and merchandise, and via corporate and private donations. As a 501©3 corporation, donations are tax deductible and welcomed. More at http://www.alohafestivals.com/.


Vacation Like a Rock Star - Stacey Blades from L.A. Guns spotted @tikisgrill

Stacey Blades was spotted hanging out with the staff at Tiki's Grill & Bar. I hope someone invited him to open Mic Night on Wednesday!

Stacey Blades (born in Calgary, Alberta) is a guitarist who has played in various bands including Fraidy Katt, Roxx Gang, Mojo Gurus, Supercool, Smack, L.A. Guns, and 100 Proof. He has played on the L.A. Guns albums Rips the Covers Off, Tales from the Strip, and Loud and Dangerous: Live from Hollywood. He reportedly sings lead vocals on the song "Nothing Better To Do", when the band performs it live.

L.A. Guns are an American glam metal band whose music is frequently associated with the L.A. glam metal scene which grew up around the Sunset Strip in the 1980s, in particular the sleaze rock subgenre. Guns N' Roses, which once featured three of the original L.A. Guns members, was the most prominent exponent of this subgenre, generally preferring an anti-social image to elaborate make-up and costumes. Today two bands share and tour using the L.A. Guns name: One is headed by Tracii Guns, the founder of the original band, and the other is headed by Phil Lewis and Steve Riley, the singer and drummer of the most successful incarnation of the band.

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‘Auamo, an ‘Āina Dedication and Celebration is a gathering to commemorate MA‘O Organic Farm’s stewardship of 11-acres. No Panic, Go Organic!

‘Auamo, an ‘Āina Dedication and Celebration was held to commemorate MA‘O Organic Farm’s stewardship of 11-acres on Thursday, September 17, 2009.

Chef Kapolanialaimaka Kealoha and Tiki's Grill & Bar are very proud to be a small part of a huge movement.   Great food and wonder community.  It was a great hear Gary Maunakea-Forth, the Managing Director thank us for being a Co-Producer in the "Local Community Food Movement."

This is movement of community sustainable, organic farming in perpetuity for future generations of the Wai‘anae moku. With committed support from the Trust for Public Land, the State of Hawai‘i Legacy Land Conservation Program, and the Pierre and Pamela Omidyar Fund of the Hawai‘i Community  Foundation, MA‘O and its ‘āina based community non-profit umbrella, the Wai‘anae Community Re-Development Corporation (WCRC),

Guests who wanted to bring ho`okupu were are asked to bring three things that are representative of the community/place they come from, that tells something about their unique traditions and customs of their family or community and that will imbue and reflect the characteristics of the person giving the gift.  Pono intention is the essential focus of the mana or energy that each of these items represent.

WATER or WAI, from a nearby stream, river, or `auwai to represent the basic element essential to sustaining all living things.  Wai is rooted in many diverse and important words and thoughts like waiwai which means wealth,  pu`uwai which means heart and even kanawai which means law.  Wai is fundamental and so it is relevant in all aspects of our lives, the social, cultural, economic, spiritual and even the economic levels.

POHAKU or STONE, from your `aina (about the size of a baseball) to represent  the mana`o that all `aina is connected as one, but recognizing that each specific place has an ano and character unique to each place.   Pohaku are an important resource to the Hawaiian people providing an abundance of raw material for house foundations, walled gardens, fishponds, and tools.  There is an amazing spirituality housed within each pohaku.

LA`AU or PLANTS/VEGETATION, from your `aina, also represents connection between the material culture and the spiritual culture of the Hawaiian people.  One leaf from your la`au or plant, will be woven into lei specially created to put into the ahu at the end of the ceremony to show the innate and unbreakable bond that people have to our `aina and our cultural language, traditions, and practice.

Join MA`O organic farmers, chefs, youth interns, and foodies everywhere and become active in the MA`O movement!

Buy MA`O—support local farmer’s markets;

Eat MA’O—support farm-to-table restaurants (easy, right!);

• Come to Community G.I.V.E. Days, last Saturday of every month;

• Volunteer your valuable time to events;

• Support  fundraisers, e-mail to be on the fundraiser list; and/or,

• Send a youth to college—make a tax deductible donation.

Farm sales currently support 40% of our entire budget, this is equal to the support received from grants!  Private donations and fundraisers support the remaining financial needs of the organization.  

-- Most of the text of this post came from the invitation of the event.

We brought one dish of Stir Fry Shirmp, Tofu and Watercress for 200 guest, a few other restaurants also prepared dishes as well.