Big Island DARCs Open Thursday and Friday

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State and county set up DARCs Disaster Recovery Assistance Centers

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA), formerly State Civil Defense, and the County of Hawaii will set up Disaster Assistance and Recovery Centers (DARCs) on the island of Hawaii to provide information and services to people whose property was damaged when Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall on Aug. 7.

The DARCs will open Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at Pahoa Community Center, 15-2910 Puna Rd., and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at Mountain View Gym, 18-1345 A Volcano Rd.

State and county agencies along with not-for-profit, non-governmental agencies will be on hand at the DARCs to provide information on available services. Information gathered from visitors to the DARCs will help HI-EMA and Hawaii County evaluate whether the criteria for a federal disaster declaration has been met.

For more information on the DARCs, contact HI-EMA at (808) 733-4300 or

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In 1995 At Maui High Performance Computing Center The Maui Scientific Analysis & Visualization of the Environment Program was first incubated. I was the principal investigator of this independant research project which was a joint development between MHPCC, Silicon Graphics Computers (SGI) & NKO.ORG. Using SGI Cosmo Worlds software, we pioneered the development of Internet based 3D virtual reality GIS based interactive worlds. In 1996 with a network of seven high performance SGI workstations we pioneered development of live streaming MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Real Video and QuickTime Streaming Server utilizing Kassenna MediaBase software. In Maui 2002 we pioneered and tested the first wireless live streaming video using laptop computers and Maui Sky Fiber's portable 3G wireless device. In Maui we pioneered live streaming video using usb modems from AT&T , Verizon as well as live streaming from iPhone 3 over 3G wireless networks. Today The Maui S.A.V.E. Program has diversified into storm tracking including visualization and analysis of large, memory-intensive gridded data sets such as the National Hurricane Center's wind speed probabilities. I volunteer my services to numerous Disaster Services Organizations. In June 2013 I returned from Hurricane Sandy deployment as a computer operations service associate with the Disaster Services Technology Group assisting as The American Red Cross migrated from a Disaster Response Operation to Long Term Recovery Operations. Pioneering the production/editing and Internet distribution of HD video to sites like and we are shining the light towards environmental and peace efforts of humans across the globe. Since 1992 I have held the vision of establishing Maui, Hawaii as the environmental sciences center of the world. After His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet came to Maui This vision has expanded to establishing Maui as the environmental & peace center of the world.