Peters Special Project 2017

Peter-Jerome K Romano Son of Hawaii’s Dealer for the People Jerry V, was born prematurely on April 11th, 1995. Eventually throughout this led Peter to have many physical and mental disabilities from the beginning to end. Peter was put in the school system through the Department of Education. Over the years Jerry had to fight for Peters services knowing that the Special Education program funding was lacking second only to DOE’s regular education programs. Tragically the lord took Peter from us May 13, 2012 at the age of 17. With the blessing and collaboration of Windward Auto Sales Inc., Mr. Vedova and Jerry created Peters Special Project. A portion of every vehicle sold is accumulated monthly. Windward Auto Sales contacts Windward high schools and asks for a wish list of classroom needs and delivers these supplies on a regular basis.


Defend Hawai’i Lifeguards!

State officials are looking over two bills that would either keep or end liability protection for cities and counties during drowning incidents.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Kauai, Maui and Honolulu officials held a news conference Wednesday to urge lawmakers to extend liability protections for lifeguards working at public beaches. Under current state law, the county, state and lifeguards have limited protection from lawsuits when lifeguards undertake rescues.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Scott Nishimoto moved a bill draft last week that would end that protection June 30. At the same time, another bill draft is moving in the state senate that would extend the protection until June 30, 2021. – Hawai’i News Now

Both sides of the political spectrum have their own reasons for each bill. One side wanting lifeguards & the state to take liability for “performing below the standard


Flyweight Louis Smolka returns to the octagon at Saturday’s UFC on FOX 24 event looking to break the first skid of his career.

Standing between Smolka (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and much-needed recovery is “The Ultimate Fighter 24” winner Tim Elliott (13-7-1 MMA, 2-5 UFC), whose title battle with champ Demetrious Johnson, while unsuccessful, was widely considered a good showcase of heart and of his dangerous, unorthodox striking style.

Asked whether his opponent’s unpredictable ways are worrying, or welcome, Smolka offered a rather unique response.

“It is kind of scary because it is really unpredictable,” Smolka told MMAjunkie Radio ahead of the FOX-televised preliminary-card scrap at Sprint Center, in Kansas City, Mo. “But at the same time, it kind of makes it fun. It makes your butthole tight. You’re like, ‘Oh, (expletive).’”

This remark, of course, couldn’t possibly go unaddressed. Asked to elaborate on what exactly he meant by that, Smolka explained that the tightening of the butthole actually stands for a positive emotion he experiences mostly during the early exchanges of a scrap.

“It’s scary, dude,” Smolka said. “It puckers up your butthole. It gives you a nice little adrenaline rush. I feel like that’s what we live for, you know? Like one of my favorite things is when you’re in the pocket, and you’re exchanging, and a guy throws a punch, and it whizzes right by your face, and you’re really scared.

“You could be like, ‘Oh, man, two inches to the right, and that could’ve knocked me out.’ That’s one of my favorite things, like, ‘Oh, I barely got out of the way of that.’”

It was with the same candidness that Smolka addressed the delicate octagon situation in which he, once a rising contender, currently finds himself. After a quick submission loss to short-notice replacement Brandon Moreno snapped a four-fight winning streak, Ray Borg brought Smolka his second consecutive loss.

When he steps on the octagon set up in Kansas City, against Missouri’s own Elliot, Smolka will also have the crowd to go up against. But the added fuel needed to venture into enemy territory is not needed for a fighter who’s got plenty of motivation already.

“I was going to bring my A game against Elliot anyway after that last fight,” Smolka said. “I was going to bring my A game no matter what. I was going to try my best to get this W. I need it, too. I lost freaking two in a row. This sucks. I need a win, already. What the hell?”

In fact, Smolka expects to get some love after all is said and done.

“Kansas City, I know you guys probably aren’t going to love me before this fight,” Smolka said. “But you’re going to love me afterward, because I’m going to do my best to make this an amazing fight.” – 

Ka Iwi Coast Preserved

Source – KHON2 News

It has taken decades, but advocates for saving the Ka Iwi Coast from development celebrated victory Thursday. The last two parcels of the seven-mile coastline have been turned over to the community and will remain preserved. Over the years, there have been proposals by developers to transform the area into resorts, luxury subdivisions, even vacation cabins. 

“It would be just another Waikiki or Ko Olina, but we’ve preserved it so it’s not going to be. We got out and we did phone banks. We did walking. We did everything we could possibly do to get people interested,” said Betty Daly, an east Oahu resident who has been fighting to protect the Ka Iwi Coast since the 1980s. 

The latest land deal — which covers 182 acres — cost about $4 million and was made possible by a partnership between government and community. 
The City contributed $2.5 million and the State kicked over $1 million. Meanwhile, the grassroots campaign raised more than $600,000 from individual donors in less than four months. 

Now that the entire Ka Iwi coastline has been secured, community members say the important work can begin. Livable Hawaii Kai Hui, a non-profit group, is the designated landowner of the latest two parcels and will be responsible for taking care of the land going forward. Members say they’ll begin studying the land to develop a conservation plan, as well as the best way to provide public access to beaches and hiking trails in the area.

Source – Hawai’i News Now