Posted by: Anna Webb | January 13, 2010

A Call for Prayer for the People of Haiti

I just wrote a blog about earthquakes last week. The piece was more focused on Hawaii but the information applied on a global level. Earthquakes are nearly impossible to predict and the results can be devastating.

I’m calling for my readers to join me in sending Love and Light via your favorite means; prayer, meditation, etc. The people within the poorest nation in the western hemisphere are likely ill equipped to handle this disaster especially since their hospital and red cross facilities are damaged.

There are times on this earth when we, as an interconnected body of people, must assist others. If we can’t donate funds, we can send a bit of our energy and good will and focused positive thoughts their way.

After having been hit with four hurricanes last year, this has basically leveled their towns, villages and cities. May God bless the people in this nation and assist them in finding the strength to survive.

Mahalo nui loa

Donate at this link to help the Haitians with their rescue and recovery effort:

Live blog Haiti

Posted by: Anna Webb | January 12, 2010

Let It Rain!

Current Satellite Image of Hawaii

A welcome rain returned to the east side overnight and continues this morning. According to the synoptic discussion posted on the UH Meteorology website, winward Big Island locations including the Puna district will experience a bit of a cold front which will move through tomorrow and bring light trades through the weekend with more possible showers.

Even though vog still remains due to alternate wind patterns, it looks to shift over the next day.

I’m personally glad our two week drought has come to an end and our water catchment tanks should fill nicely!

To read more, go to the website below and click on Hawaii Weather on the left column. Then select the Synoptic Discussion and Guidance from the drop down box.

University of Hawaii Meteorology website:

A performer at S.P.A.C.E. balances on a unicycle

SPACE Performing Arts Center Newsletter January 2010

Seeking Silent Auction Donations We’re seeking donations for our annual Silent Auction that will be held in conjunction with our Le Chic show on Feb. 5th and 6th. If you have any items or services that you are willing to donate, please contact Jenna at 965-8756.

Upcoming Events Second Saturday Swap Meet Day @ SPACE Farmers Market January 9th 8:00am-12:00pm. Sell your used household goods, clothing, tools, etc. on the SPACE lawn during the Farmers Market. Fee $5. Set up begins at 7am, bring a table and/or tent. Swap Meet Day is all about reuse, reducing waste, keeping good stuff out of landfills and is part of SPACE’s commitment to sustainability.

Twist of Fate Friday and Saturday, January 22 and 23, 7:00pm. A true story about overcoming obstacles told through aerial dance and theatre. This is Angola Murdoch’s true story beginning with her diagnosis of scoliosis, surgery, and recovery. At the age of nine, Angola began competing in gymnastics and at twelve, she was diagnosed with scoliosis. Due to the severity of her condition, it was decided that she should undergo spinal surgery. The surgery consisted of fusing her spine and the installation of two metal rods to support the fusion. The show continues with her story up to the present day and her life as a professional circus aerialist. Told through a fusion of disciplines including theatre, dance, and aerial circus, this unique story and Angola’s solo performance will motivate and capture the audience. Tickets $10.

Le Chic III Friday and Saturday, February 5 and 6, 7:00pm, seating at 6:30pm. Our 3rd annual international, world-class circus variety show. This year, the show will be an ADULT BURLESQUE show, containing adult humor and possible nudity. Tickets on sale now, limited to SPACE annual members only through Tues. Jan. 12th. Additionally, for each performance, we are offering 38 Premier tickets for SPACE annual members which include early entrance and preferred seating. Tickets can be purchased at the Saturday SPACE Farmers Market, Wednesday Night Bazaar or contact Jenna at 965-8756. Tickets: $12.99. Both shows sold-out the past two years and we are expecting to do so again this year. Get your tickets now!

Night Bazaar New Weekly Event – We’ve started something new at SPACE – Night Bazaar every Wednesday evening from 6pm – 9pm. The focus of the Night Bazaar is on food, entertainment, and shopping. Come for dinner and stay for fun! We have musical entertainment and games such as chess, scrabble and go. Shop the wonderful wares of the Big Island’s artists. This is a community event for the whole family. If you’re interested in being a vendor at the Night Bazaar, please contact Jenna at 965-8756 or Also, we’re seeking musicians and other performers to share their talents at the Bazaar. Please contact Tristan at the bazaar or call the SPACE office.

Farmer’s Market every Saturday from 8:00am – 12:00pm. All local products. Fresh vegetables, food, crafts, clothing, plants, massage, and more. Come for shopping and socializing! Spaces for vendors are available. Contact Jenna for details ( Free wireless internet access is available during the Farmers Market. Bring your laptops and web-surf at SPACE! Also, we’re seeking musicians and other performers to share their talents at the Market. Please contact Tristan at the market or call the SPACE office at 965-8756.

SPACE is available to rent for your family parties or group events. Call 965-8756 for details!

Looking Ahead

It’s a New Year, and all sorts of exciting trash can be found now. Recyclarella want to remind you that March 27 will be the debut of S.P.A.C.E. Trash Episode II. She’ll have the first meeting in January for interested people. We can talk trash, trade trash, and go over ideas and music for the show. Anyone wanting to be a designer or model or just help out can call 938-0539 to sign up, find out more, and let her know you are interested. Start saving your trash now if you haven’t already. Also looking for trash art to display and trash vendors.

Classes The #1 Cure for HICCUPs… Embrace them. Starting Monday, January 11th, the youth of Hawaii can become one with the HICCUP Circus at S.P.A.C.E. Two 55-minute circus classes will be offered on Mondays and Thursdays, starting at 2:45 and 3:50. The classes are designed for all skill levels, but are geared toward producing a youth circus group of dedicated performers. That’s right… we will put on shows. Professional instructors Annetta Lucero, Noah Moore, and Joe Hoffman, will cover a full spectrum of circus skills aided by the decades of performance experience in the surrounding community. The monthly cost is $40 for one class a week, and $75 for both days. Discounts are available for multiple siblings. For more information, call Noah at 965-8301.

Class Schedule: Monday 2:45 – 3:40 Hiccup Circus for kids (ages 7+) with Noah, Joe and Annetta 965-8301 Monday 3:50 – 4:45 Hiccup Circus for kids (ages 7+) with Noah, Joe and Annetta 965-8301

Tuesday 3:00pm – 4:00pm Music Exploration for kids with David 965-8756.

Thursday 2:45 – 3:40 Hiccup Circus for kids (ages 7+) with Noah, Joe and Annetta 965-8301

Thursday 3:50 – 4:45 Hiccup Circus for kids (ages 7+) with Noah, Joe and Annetta 965-8301

If you are an instructor and would like to hold classes at SPACE, please contact Jenna to discuss scheduling and rental agreements ( We would love to work with you.

Van for Sale

We’re selling our 15-passenger, 2001 Ford Econoline Van (automatic, A/C) It’s a E350, V10, has 105k miles and is in good condition. We’re asking $6500. If you’re interested, contact Jenna at 965-8756 or

Wish List

Anyone looking to make a tax-deductible donation? We’d love to receive any of the following items (new or used): – washing machine – folding tables – chairs – picnic tables We gladly accept cash or checks, too! You may also donate on-line via paypal at our website Mahalo!

Seaview Performing Arts Center for Education 12-247 West Pohakupele Loop Kalapana Seaview Estates Pahoa, HI 96778 808-965-8756

Posted by: Anna Webb | January 8, 2010

Man Airlifted out of Seaview Estates

Kalapana Seaview Estates

Late this morning a man working on the roof of a home under construction in the Seaview subdivision slipped and fell over two stories to the ground below.

I observed a large fire/emergency truck come down the road, stay for several minutes, then leave. The truck then transported the man to meet a helicopter on the grassy area at the entrance to the subdivision. It is unknown as to which medical facility he was taken.

Out of respect to the man and his family as well as the homeowner, I am not providing names at this time.

I will update as possible. Please feel free to post if you have any further information.

Posted by: Anna Webb | January 7, 2010

Earthquakes: Hawaii and Beyond

USGS "Tux" Hawaii Earthquake map

It’s no secret that the Big Island is a major earthquake zone. The island itself is vulnerable to earthquakes due to its volcanic activity and its fault lines.

What does this mean and how does this affect those of us that call this home?

Earthquakes can happen at anytime. The land beneath us shifts due to moving magma and at anytime we can feel it. Most of the earthquakes on the Big Island take place underneath the Kilauea volcano. Of those, the majority take place on the “pali” down below the Pu’u’O’o vent in lower Puna. However, the last strong earthquake we felt in October of 2006 took place on the west side of the island, and as far as experts can tell, because part of the mountain on that side fell away.

What can we do and how can we be prepared? 85% of the earthquakes that take place on the Big Island will not be felt or will be minimal. For the other 15%, all we can do is know what to do when it happens. First, stay calm (easy for me to say!) When the earth shakes, the doors in our home can shift and become jammed. Therefore, a first consideration is to open the front door. Most information will tell you to stand under a doorway. The reason for this is to protect yourself from objects flying/shaking off the walls. Photos, pictures/paintings, decorative objects placed on high shelves, books on bookshelves, etc. are all prone to dislodging during an earthquake. Protect your head.

Be mindful that items held and stored within cabinets can shift during an earthquake. Simply opening a kitchen cabinet to retrieve a glass can be dangerous if they’ve shifted. Items can fall out and hit you in the head so open them with caution. The same applies to your refrigerator. If anyone has opened the freezer door only to have a frozen piece of chicken fall out onto the floor can attest to the pain that can be incurred if it falls on your foot.

Pipes, including gas lines, can become  damaged during an earthquake which can cause a fire. Be mindful of your surroundings and listen for any noises that aren’t normal. Water or gas could be leaking from a pipe. If you are driving, pull off to the side of the road and be mindful of power poles and lines.

Remember, aftershocks are possible. If it’s a strong earthquake lasting more than 5 seconds, there may be another coming. What do you do? Stay calm and stay safe; under a doorway is best. Stay away from windows, mirrors and objects that could fall on you.

Again, most earthquakes aren’t seriously damaging on the Big Island but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen in the future. Educate your family and drill them to know what to do in the event of a serious one. Below are some links that could be informative or helpful to be prepared. In addition, there are some local and global links to keep tabs on earthquakes in your area.

FEMA Earthquake preparedness website

USGS Hawaii earthquake website

Global earthquake website

Posted by: Anna Webb | January 4, 2010

Prime Whale Watching in Lower Puna

The newest black sand beach on Earth at Kaimu

Whale watching is a fun and relaxing past time whether you are a resident or visitor to Hawaii’s Big Island. And, in lower Puna, whale watching is special for a very specific reason; the depth of the water. Merely 60 feet off the coast, ocean depth drops to between 3,000 and 6,000 feet. This enables whales to swim very close to the shoreline.

The view is great to whale watch all over Big Island, but it’s special to be able to view them close up. All along Rt. 137, fondly referred to as the Red Road, there are pull-off points where you can set up folding chairs or loungers and settle in for a nice afternoon picnic. Last evening, I ventured out to the newest black sand beach on earth at Kaimu (where Rt. 130 and Rt. 137 intersect) and spent about an hour sitting on the black sand. I saw a couple of whales spouting and making their way toward the lava entry point. Visitors, locals and a couple of surfers joined in on the fun.

Whale Tail

Another great spot to see whales “up close and personal” is the Kahakai Park at the end of Kahakai Blvd. in the Hawaiian Beaches/Hawaiian Shores Subdivision just outside of Pahoa Town. Turn onto Kahakai Blvd. by the new Long’s Drugs on Rt. 130 and follow it until it ends at the park.

Whale Breaching

Whales make their way down to Hawaii from Alaska to breed and arrive in November. They usually stay until April. The whales can put on quite the show breaching (jumping out of the water) and slapping their tails above water. Look for spouts off shore and they will likely come up for a bit of play or at least their backs will emerge as they swim along. Sometimes they’ll have a “conversation” and it will echo off the cliffs of the coastline. There is nothing as mesmerizing as listening to “live” whale song.

There are boat tours available to see the lava flow and participants are likely to spot whales on their ride, as well.

Below are links to areas where you may wish to visit to whale watch.

Map of Big Island. Puna district lower right of map. Lower Puna is considered the area all along the coast and up around the very eastern tip.

New Kaimu Black Sand Beach

Looking from Kaimu Black Sand Beach inland toward the Pu’u’O’o vent at Kilauea. The steam coming off the hill to the left is the lava flow coming down toward the ocean.

Puna coast along Red Road (Rt. 137)

Red Road drive

Ahalanui Beach Park (known as warm ponds)

Posted by: Anna Webb | January 3, 2010

Children and Vog Related Allergies

Sulphur plume at Halema'uma'u Crater

Children can be particularly sensitive to vog and it’s important to keep an eye on them during periods of heavy vog. The most common symptoms are wheezing, asthma attacks, sore throat, headache and eye/nose irritation. Sometimes an allergy medication can help. Cough medicine (expectorant) can keep their cough loose. Make sure children get plenty of water and rest. However, it may be necessary to seek medical attention if symptoms become severe.

Current emissions from Halema'uma'u Crater

Bear in mind that in Lower Puna, there are no vog devices in place to monitor vog  levels, therefore, there will be no warnings issued, even in the event of dangerous levels. You must use your own judgement as to when you need to take your child out of the vog area. One suggestion is taking a trip to the grocery, hardware or variety store. This is a good way to get out of the vog and into an air conditioned environment for a period of time to provide some temporary relief.

The current surface ridge is supposed to adversely affect Big Island weather and keep vog on the east side through Wednesday. Unfortunately, it’s predicted to return again on Friday.

Here’s a 2008 article worth reading about Hawaii Vog and studies about vog triggered asthma attacks.

Comments are welcomed and any vog symptom relief tips worth sharing with others are appreciated.

Posted by: Anna Webb | January 2, 2010

2010 Quadrantid Meteor Shower Hawaii

Taken above the wing of the Quandratid MAC Mission 2008- Link below

The annual quadrantid meteor shower is underway and began about December 28th. They are expected to peak on Sunday, January 3rd and continue on through January 8th. Unfortunately for those of us in Hawaii, it peaks at 2am UTC meaning it will peak Saturday, January 2nd at 4pm. Also, working against a good viewing on this shower is the moon which was just full on New Year’s eve. Still bright , the moon will wash out most of those that do streak across the night sky.

It never hurts to go out and star gaze for a while as even on a regular night in Hawaii, you can generally catch a “falling star” or make a wish on a “shooting star”. You may even see a nice fireball. I’ve seen and reported two fireballs in my two and a half years down here on the coast to the international meteor organizationwebsite (IMO) and the american meteor society (AMS). One flashed green and lit the sky up like daylight for a few seconds. Awesome. Look up and enjoy!

Nice website featuring current events in the sky. Of note, are astronomical monthly dates and times.

Photo above taken by Jeremie Vaubaillon. More found on the Ames Research site:

Posted by: Anna Webb | January 1, 2010

Vog Returns to Hawaii’s East Side

Vog with less than 1/2 mile visibility

The vog has returned with a vengeance to Big Island’s east side and looks to hang around through Wednesday of next week.

Weather patterns have been anomalous this year, in my opinion, due to the el nino condition in the Pacific. Even though a few fronts, including a cold front, will be moving through in the next few days, it will not be enough to bring significant rain and strong trades. Vog, or volcanic haze, is predicted to linger through next week.

As a rule of thumb, vogis at a pretty high level when visibility is reduced to a mile. Today it was right at 1 mile visibility here at the coast near Kalapana and reportedly worse up in Pahoa, Kea’au and Hilo.

Read about Vog and the physical symptoms caused by vog here:

Air quality index (don’t be surprised if the index doesn’t match what you see out your window- I’ve been in contact with the EPA and received a lot of apologies and explanations of low budgets for accurate monitoring of this area.)

Read about vog here:

You can read weather discussion at this site to see when it may be moving out of your area.

In addition, you can read the 7-day forecast here:

Posted by: Anna Webb | January 1, 2010

Hau’ole Makahiki Hou!

Wishing everyone a bright and abundant New Year!

Down here on the coast it got off to an early celebration with many fireworks going off most of the evening. By 11pm, it quieted down. Of course, at midnight it sparked back up a bit which continues on.

It was a beautiful full moon with relatively clear skies lending a nice glow to the evening’s festivities. We were unable to see the partial lunar eclipse here in Hawaii which was only visible in parts of Europe and Asia.

I look forward to a lovely and peaceful New Year and wish the same for all who read this.

Be well, be prosperous and be joyous!

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