Shows and Stuff!

I am finally back home after the Las Vegas DEMA show and getting caught up with the “real” world. :)

This past year we’ve had a lot of requests for rental cameras, so one of the things we did during DEMA was buy two small “go pro” type cameras from Intova. The cameras are housed (rated to 200 ft) and take beautiful images. They are small enough that it will be easy to take them on any adventure, on land or sea. And of course they are available to rent.

This weekend Bruce is at the Our World Underwater show in Phoenix, booth 206. If you are in the area, drop in to see him.

Have a great weekend!

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Updated VIsit Micronesia Info


Right now Bruce and I are at the DEMA (Diving Equipment and Marketing Association) show in Las Vegas. We have a booth (#2035) for Kosrae Village in the Micronesia Pavilion and we are having a great time renewing old friendships and making new ones.

We had a chance to talk with the United Airlines representatives and got a copy of the updated rules for their Visit Micronesia discount fare. I’ve updated my summary of the Visit Micronesia rules here: Kosrae Village Visit Micronesia page and uploaded the official United document here: United’s Visit Micronesia Program 2014-2015 so you can download the full document.

Next week Bruce and I will get to have Thanksgiving with all of the kids and grand kids – a first in 20 years! And the following weekend (Dec 6-7) Bruce will be exhibiting at the Our World Underwater show in Phoenix.

Have a GREAT Thanksgiving!

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Kosrae 2014 Election Results

Hi Folks,

The preliminary results from the island are posted here: Election Results.

When the off island results are available, I will add them to the page.


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Shark Week!!

Oceanic Ventures Logo

Earlier this month we spent a week diving with our good friends from Oceanic Ventures.

There were 9 divers in the group, about half using rebreathers and other technical rigs and half using standard open circuit scuba. Although we were all diving together, we split into two groups with the open circuit folks doing 3 dives most days and the rebreather folks doing 2 two hour dives each day.

Even though, we weren’t really diving together both groups of divers saw sharks on every single dive. One time there were about 15 gray sharks and another we had grays, black tip and white tips reef sharks all at the same time. Of course, we were also seeing turtles, eagle rays, barracuda and tons of other stuff.

Here are a few photos of sharks and divers. :)

Rebreather and Sidemount Divers

Rebreather and Sidemount Divers





And More Sharks!

And More Sharks!

Enjoy! :)

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Kosraean Handicraft (Christmas is Coming) :)

Kosrae has a long history of weaving and other handicraft. In ancient times the Island was famous for the fabric woven from banana fibers. There is significant interest in this traditional type of weaving and it is a craft that may be resurrected, but that is not what I’m writing about today. :)

A few days ago we arranged for a group of divers from (Oceanic Ventures) to visit one of our local weavers to learn about how her weaving is created. Our “short” introductory visit turned into a two-hour class on materials and weaving techniques by our wonderful neighbor, Ines Alokoa.

Ines Alokoa, Weaver with a Large Weaving

Ines Alokoa, Weaver with a Large Weaving

Ines was already working on a commission for Christmas ornaments, but she cheerfully put them aside to show us some larger pieces.

Ines Alokoa, Weaver plus Materials

Ines Alokoa, Weaver plus Materials

Ines Selects Materials

Ines Selects Materials Supplies

Ines Finishing a Weaving

Ines Finishing a Weaving

Some of the group decided to try their hand at making Christmas stars.

Christmas Star Demonstration

Christmas Star Demonstration


Christmas Stars

Christmas Stars

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Rock Hopper Update!

This is just a short update on the September 1st Rock Hopper trail run.

Rock Hopper Poster

Rock Hopper

United Airlines is offering a 10% discount to all race participants and Kosrae Village is offering a 20% discount on lodging for the race week (special starts on August 30 and runs through Liberation week).

Here is a link to the Rock Hopper Registration page. There is also more information on the United discount here.

Happy Hopping!

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Kosrae Village News & Events

The best news!

Our very good friend, Ric Fullerton, has successfully received a kidney from a living donor. Both he and his donor are doing extremely well and he expects to be back on Kwajalein in a few months. There are expenses that aren’t covered by insurance, so if you know Ric and would like to contribute check his Facebook page or let me know.

The annual Rock Hopper trail run will take place on September 1st (US Labor Day) this year. The race is a fun run covering about 5 miles, partly on dirt and partly on pavement. Last year whole families took part and everyone had a great time!
Kosrae Rockhopper 2013 Starting Line

Runners in last years race

Kosrae Village is offering a 20% lodging discount for race participants.

You might want to extend your stay into the next week. Kosrae celebrates Liberation Day on September 8 and generally the Liberation Week is taken up with parades, canoe racing, track and field events and general good fun.

Humm – I think that we might extend the Rock Hopper special through Liberation day holiday. :)

A lot of you know that we organize an annual coral monitoring session at the end of September or early October. This year ‘s monitoring period begins on September 27, with volunteers arriving from the US. Right now we have 4 divers on the team and we really need a couple more. So if you are thinking about participating, remember it’s tax deductible!

Have a great week!

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Lessons Learned or I got Hacked!

I’ll be the first to tell you that Facebook is NOT intuitive to me. It seems like every time I log in (not that often) the interface is different and finding what I need is difficult. So, like a million others, I pretty much left the settings alone, accepting the defaults that FB sets. It never occurred to me that I was leaving my account wide open to abuse.

Here is what I think happened.

Basically the imposter copied my account by creating a new account using my name and a photo copied from my FB photos. Then – he / she / it? copied all of my friends addresses (easy to do if they are public), and started asking them to “friend” him. Then he proceeded to spam them trying to get them to click on bogus links, hoping that people wouldn’t notice that I don’t usually send out messages like “I just won (something amazing) and you can too! – click here”. I didn’t figure this out on my own. First, my friends alerted me about what was going on and then helped me figure out what to do.

Apparently this sort of thing is fairly common, so I thought I would share what I learned. If this is as new for you as it was for me, my experience might help protect you and your friends.

You start by checking your settings (right now, on my screen it is under the drop down arrow on the right side of the top menu or toolbar).

First, if you think someone has your login info, change your password immediately (it’s in the general settings and right in front of you when you open the setting menu).

The security settings are a great help if someone is actually using your account. Take a look at them and change them as needed.

Also check the apps settings. The impostor might be a program and not a person, so make sure that there are no unfamiliar apps. You can delete apps by clicking on the “x” to the right and get information about activity by clicking on the app name.

Finally, you should also check your activity log, to make sure that the invader has not made changes to your account.

Now, this is all great stuff and important to take care of, but it only applies if someone is actually using your account. In my case it was more like an email spoof where my account info was copied and then used to try to trick others.

So how do you protect your friends? I found the answer here: How Can I Hide My Friends List In Facebook. Basically you open your list of friends, select manage and then set the privacy level. I also turned off the sidebar on the right that shows friends activity.

To see what your page looks like to someone browsing FB, go back to settings and select Timeline and Tagging and then “View As” in the Who can see things on my timeline? option. I found this tidbit in a really excellent article about securing FB accounts here: Secure your Facebook account in six easy steps.

Now I’m trying to figure out how to backup my FB account. I especially don’t want to lose the information on the Kosrae Village page, that timeline goes back 20 years and has scanned photos from the early construction days. We all looked a lot younger then. :)

Are there other things I should do to protect my account? Do you know of any backup solutions for Facebook?

Be safe!

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Crustaceans Rule!

Last Saturday a new volunteer coral monitoring team formed by island residents completed their first monitoring session! Since everyone is working, their monitoring schedule will be monthly on Saturdays. If you are an interested local diver you are welcome to join the group.

The conditions could not have been better, calm, clear water (177 feet visibility was measured during the monitoring session), no surge and a very mild current. The team did a great job and we will be able to keep the data, even though it was technically a “training” dive.

Here they are, in all their glory. :)

If any of you “off islanders” are interested in joining the September / October coral monitoring team (warm, clear tropical water, amazing hard coral reefs, US income tax deduction! How can you go wrong?) please let me know, we really need your help!


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Protection for the Yela Ka Forest

Earlier this month a historic occasion took place on Kosrae. The Yela Valley Ka forest, the last major Terminalia carolinensis forest in the world, is now protected by the first conservation easement in the Asia Pacific Region.

The Nature Conservancy helped the families who own the Yela Valley, a 1,400-acre valley encompassing the largest stand of Terminalia carolinensis trees in the world, several other endemic plant species and the endangered Micronesian pigeon organize the conservation easement which is funded by the U.S. Forest Service and the David and Lucille Packard Foundation.

While conservation easements are relatively common in the United States, this is the first conservation easement outside of the Americas and Hawaii. This revolutionary land deal is also preserving the culture and traditions — the forest provides freshwater, fish from the rivers and traditional medicine. The trunk and immense buttresses of the ka tree were traditionally used to make ceremonial canoes, and the nuts are an edible treat. It is also an extremely valuable watershed, with almost no invasive species, which drains into one of the most productive reef areas on Kosrae.

Yela Valley Protected Area

Yela Valley Protected Area

The full Nature Conservancy press release is here: TNC Yela Press Release

It’s good to have good news,

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