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September 24, 2010

Coal Ash- It Ain’t Pretty

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Aloha Friends,  Today I will write about coal ash.  It is a subject that gets little attention and is not well know to the general public.  Approximately 48% of our energy needs comes from coal burning power plants.  And believe me, this is not clean energy. Coal ash is the very dangerous by-product from this burning process.  AND, even though the dangers of coal combustion, and coal ash waste control well know, they are NOT under federal regulation.  Laws vary from state to state with various types of disposal and varying degrees of safety.  The contaminated ash goes into surface ponds, abandoned mines, and impoundments.  With more than 600 storage sites in the USA, federal regulations are needed until we shut these plants down which will be in a very, very long time if ever.

On December 22, 2008, there was a huge coal ash disaster in Harriman, Tennessee.  A dike that was holding decades worth of coal ash failed and flooded the surrounding residential area with more than one billion gallons of  toxic coal ash.  Coal ash contains lead,  mercury, arsenic, selenium, cadmium, aluminum, thallium, chromium, and more. The coal ash deposited by this dike failure was estimated to cover 3,000 acres and one foot deep.  Local bodies of water were tested and the results were dire. One report showed levels of arsenic 149 times higher than the allowable limit.

So, recognizing that coal burning power plants will be around, what can we do?  Federal regulation is needed to make sure that coal ash disposal does not pose any safety hazard to the people, wildlife, or the environment.  Please write your local representatives, your state and federal representatives, President Obama, and the EPA.

Mahalo, and Aloha,

Jamie

April 19, 2010

Protect The Young Bhuts

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Aloha, I have been receiving some emails regarding pests eating your young Bhut Jolokia transplants. Yes they are young and tender and many a pest likes to dine on the young stems. What you must do is to protect the stems with a drinking straw. Cut a one inch long piece and put a slit in the side all the way down. Now you will be able to open up the straw at the slit and put it around the stem of the Bhut. It’s OK to have part of the straw in the dirt. This now makes it impossible for a cutworm or the like to eat the young, tender stem.

April 13, 2010

Healthy and Happy

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Hanakapiai Falls and Jamie among a vast Bamboo forest.

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Jamie Rock climbing, and the beautiful green hues of the forest.

Aloha Everyone,

Thank you very much for reading my blogs.  Last November I tore my right MCL surfing at off The Wall.  The tear did not require surgery, but has kept me out of the water for more than 4 months.  I have been stitched up countless times over the years from my surfboard hitting me,  fin cuts, reef cuts, etc. but I have never had an injury that kept me out of the water for more than a few days.  This was undoubtedly the worst, and I missed a very, very good winter here on the North Shore.  I seldom went to the beach to watch the surf as I couldn’t stand not being in the action.

I have been surfing with a brace on my right knee for the past few weeks and even though I am a little stiff, it is great just to be in the water again. I started running a few weeks ago as well and even though I can’t go full-speed, it is great just to sweat naturally instead of from some man made machine.

Yesterday, I was on Kauai and did a day hike to Hanakapiai Falls.  The weather was fantastic, I brought a great lunch and the day couldn’t have been better. The eight mile round trip from the end of the road in Haena was very muddy, slippery, and dangerous at times, but well worth the effort.

I am writing this blog is to tell any of you that are currently injured that there will be a day when you will be well again and able to resume your daily activities.  Whether it’s working in the garden, taking a walk around the neighborhood, or training for a marathon–that day will come.

Here are a few pictures for your enjoyment.

Cheers,

Jamie

March 30, 2010

Toxic Seafood Warning

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There is much truth to the saying that we’ve all heard since childhood which is “you get what you pay for.”  Many of us, when purchasing fish and meat don’t get to see where it comes from.  Prices generally reflect where an item is from and often times the quality of food you’re getting.  Poke, a raw fish salad, when purchased at $10.99 to $14.99 there’s a good chance that it’s from the local waters in Hawaii, where as when priced at $4.99-$7.99 it’s probably from Asia.  There’s places like Don Quixote (Holiday Mart) that have signs which tell you where your fish is from.  Please view the video below issuing a Toxic Seafood Warning.

March 22, 2010

Haiti Donation

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A warm “Aloha” and “Thank You” to everyone who purchased product for the Haiti fundraiser. The Waimea Bay Chili Pepper Company will donate $1000.00 to the Red Cross for Haiti relief. There are still several hundred thousand people without homes and a lot of children are missing as well. I urge everyone who can spare any money to dig deep and donate.

February 27, 2010

Tsunami Coming to Hawaii

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Aloha Everyone,
Well, the 8.8 earthquake in Chili has set off tsunami warnings all over the Pacific ocean. Here in Hawaii we are under an evacuation order from Civil Defense to move to higher ground. Since we are at sea level it’s a quick scramble to grab a few things like my passport, water, and some energy bars to ride it out on the mountain.  I have moved just about everything that could slam into my house and now I am about to turn off the gas, the water and the electricity. The wave(s) should hit Hilo in about 2 1/2 hours and it’s forecast to hit Oahu 30 minutes later. The thing about tsunamis is that they wrap around land masses and are unpredictable.  So,  even though this thing is tracking from the SE and moving NW there is no “safe” place to be except up. So, I will be shutting it down now and moving up the mountain to watch.
Aloha,
Jamie

February 9, 2010

Haiti Relief –Thank you!

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I would like to thank all of you for your orders over the past 18 days.  We have 12 more days until our month of giving to the relief efforts in Haiti is up.  As I told you then, 50% of  our gross sales will be donated to the American Red Cross for their great assistance in Haiti.  Please, if you are in need of any product, order before February 22.

Thanks again,

Jamie

January 22, 2010

Haiti Relief from THE HOTTEST PEPPER

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 6:30 pm

Aloha Everyone,

As I sit here in my warm, comfortable home in Hawaii, my thoughts are constantly going out to the people of Haiti, especially the earthquake victims from last week.  But this is just an example of a flawed system gone from bad to worse.  In my twenties, I traveled a lot to third world countries like Haiti, and had first hand experiences of living in sub American standard living conditions. When I lived in Peru in 1977 and 1979, we had no running water. We filled up a 55 gallon drum from the public supply twice a week when the water was turned on and showered by bucket.  For 2 hours a night we had electricity that powered a single light bulb in each or our 2 rooms–when it worked.  We dug a hole in the dirt outside that served as our bathroom and the entire village reeked of urine.  I only tell you this to let you know that I have first hand knowledge of third world living conditions. I have lived in El Salvador, Nicaragua, and traveled to many other 3rd world countries around the world, and the story is the same–the rich make up a very small percentage of the population and they are getting richer and control 90 plus percent of the wealth, and the poor make up 90 plus percent of the population and are getting poorer.

The average American uses 30 times the required energy necessary to sustain a human being on this planet.  We have a lifestyle that is at the top of the charts.  We as Americans are the most wasteful humans on the planet, and the USA with only approximately 6% of the world’s population uses more than 25% of the world’s natural resources.  AND I am just as guilty as the next guy. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere and does not have much of an infrastructure to allow improvements in its standard of living in “normal” times. Now with the disastrous results from the recent earthquakes, this fragile infrastructure is in ruins.  Communications if any are suspect, many roads are impassible, clean water is in short supply, and disease is now the biggest fear, and will probably be the biggest killer.  Estimates are that 20,000 people per day do not get the surgery required to save their lives.  What can we do to help?

We can certainly send money to the Red Cross, Unicef, and other honest, viable charities that will help get things going–well at least as fast as possible considering the current state of affairs.  But the bottom line is that many thousands more Haitians will die from lack of medical attention, clean water, and disease.

We at the Waimea Bay Chili Pepper Company will donate 50% of all GROSS revenue brought in for the next 30 days to the Red Cross for Haitian relief.  That means that 50 cents of every dollar (not profit) will go to this relief.  In addition, we will also donate $1,000.00 to “Clean Water for the World”.  This charity manufactures water filtration systems, and then installs them in third world countries.

We as humans can live without food for many days, but can live without water for only a few days.  Clean, potable water is worth its weight in gold to these countries that do not have a means of obtaining this life sustaining necessity.  I urge all of you to dig deep and donate to an organization that will help the less fortunate.  I urge you to think about how fortunate we are here in the USA or any other country that lives the life.  We need to be more compassionate, and more giving, and learn to live on less, and conserve not only for our future, but for the people in the world that need our help today.

Thanks for reading our blog,

Jamie

President

The Waimea Bay Chili Pepper Company

December 7, 2009

Huge Surf on the North Shore

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Aloha Everyone.  It’s 9PM on Sunday the 6th of December and a huge NW swell is just hitting the reefs on the North Shore of Oahu.  This swell is suppose to be the largest in 40 years and if it is there will be property and housing damage.

Since one of my gardens is located just above the beach, there is a good chance that I will lose it on this swell.  And this garden has most of my Bhut Jolokia pepper plants which are laden with several thousand ripening peppers. I have my fingers crossed that when I wake up everything will be intact, but I have my doubts.  The waves are already approaching 30 feet high and the white water is only about 50 feet from my garden now and the swell is still building.  I will put photos online on Monday.

October 20, 2009

HOTTER THAN HELL NIGHT 2!

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Hotter Than Hell Night last month was such a success that “The Falls” restaurant in Palm Springs and Chef Justin Bailey are ready to set the roof on fire once again. This October 30th, come by and give your palette a taste of delicious fiery dishes featuring yours truly, the Hottest Pepper in the world! So join Jamie and other spicy culinary lovers for a night of Ghoulish good eats!

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