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Birthday Present Piggy

I was driving up Laupahoehoe Point Road when off in the distance I saw a small black thing moving around. I thought it was a Mynah Bird and it would take-off as I got closer then when I got closer I could see it was a tiny piglet. See the video.

Piggy into the car with me.
Piggy into the car with me. Photo by Baron

This piglet was tiny and probably only a day or two old, it even had some of its umbilical cord still attached. If you’re familiar with this roadway you know that on the makai (ocean) side it’s a steep drop-off, on the mauka (mountain) side it a vertical rock wall. Momma pig wasn’t in sight or hearing distance and the road is only about one lane wide. So I scooped-up the piglet, swaddled him in a beachtowel in my lap to ride further up the road. There was lots of traffic after I picked him up with school buses coming down the road and tourists driving up/down too. Surely he would have been hit, fallen down the cliff or caused someone to swerve to avoid him crashing into the wall or down the cliff themselves.

Piggy wrapped in a beach towel in my lap for a ride up the hill.
Piggy wrapped in a beach towel in my lap for a ride up the hill. Almost looks like a bat due to the lack of fur since it’s so young. Photo by Baron

Now what to do with this Piggy! No mother around, too dangerous to leave out, much too young to survive on his own. After posting messages online to see about any takers I finally got in touch with Jane who connected me with Regina in Kona who offered to take in the little guy. Regina does work with the humane society, loves animals and happened to be nursing a couple other piglets back to health the past couple of weeks. So it was off for a 50 mile ride to Kona. Piggy burrowed into my beach towel on my passenger seat and nested in there snoozing away during the drive. He was weak but was also a very tame, well behaved piglet.

Success! After a few stops in Honokaa and Waimea I finally got to Kona where Regina took over Piggy for some needed care. She said he looked dehydrated and would need to be fed goat’s milk every two hours and kept warm. Regina is an angel for doing this and caring for animals.

Help arrives with Regina getting Piggy from me in Kona.
Help arrives with Regina getting Piggy from me in Kona. Photo by Baron
Pig in a blanket. Fed and snugged in for the night in Kona thanks to Regina.
Pig in a blanket. Fed and snugged in for the night in Kona thanks to Regina. Photo courtesy of Regina
Uncle Bunk watching over Piggy resting with a heat pad after a stressful day.
Uncle Bunk watching over Piggy resting with a heat pad after a stressful day. Photo courtesy of Regina

Video of Piggy 24 hours later, eating well and active. Video courtesy of Regina

So even though my travels were delayed I think it turned out to be an interesting birthday day for me. Huge mahalo to Karin, Jane and Regina who called around and took in the piglet to be nursed back to health. Lucky I live on the Big Island with such caring people!

UPDATED (8:36 a.m. on 2/10/2016)

From Jane, ‘Your other birthday surprise: we have named him: Baron Von Piggleswein!’

My namesake piggy.

Update photo by Regina for National Pig Day. February 29, 2016.
Update photo by Regina for National Pig Day. February 29, 2016.
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Night at Kilauea Caldera

Kilauea Caldera with the glow from the lava lake in Halemaumau Crater. Photo by Baron Sekiya shot January 4, 2016.
Kilauea Caldera with the glow from the lava lake in Halemaumau Crater. Photo by Baron Sekiya shot January 4, 2016.

A shot of Kilauea Caldera with the glow of the lava lake in Halemaumau crater as a shooting star in the sky on the right. Maybe it was a meteor or a piece of space junk I’m not sure.

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HUGE security problem for HawaiianTel email accounts

I just discovered a HUGE security issue with HawaiianTel’s email system. Instead of keeping quiet I think disclosure is the best route so folks don’t get caught in this problem.

If you set-up sub-accounts for your HawaiianTel account (inov.hawaiiantel.net…) you can create extra email addresses for @hawaiiantel.net

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Selfcare option to reset the password of a sub-account

If you’ve forgotten the password for a sub-account you can hit a ‘reset password’ link in selfcare.

The password will be reset to ‘password’

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Default recovery password is ‘password’

Yup, the weakest password you could ever ask for is forced upon the email sub-account. If that wasn’t bad enough once you log into the sub-account THERE’S NO WAY TO CHANGE THE PASSWORD. The password will be stuck as ‘password’ for the account. The webmail help menu says a password change option will show-up if you hit the ‘Settings’ menu but that option is missing. I’ve checked using both Mac and Windows.

Instructions on how to change your password
Instructions on how to change your email password
Setting screen with missing change password option
Settings screen without the change password option

I’ve checked all the sub-menus in the Settings preferences and there is no way to change the password, it’s stuck at ‘password’

I’ve sent in a trouble-ticket to HawaiianTel to let them know about this issue so hopefully they will get this fixed pronto. In the meantime I would refrain from resetting passwords via selfcare and if you’re using ‘password’ as your password for any account you should change it immediately anyway.

I don’t normally use my HawaiianTel email account but with a HawaiianTel email account you can log into their Wi-Fi hotspots for free at places like The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf shops, I think Hilo Seaside Hotel has Skywave hotspots along with a few other places.

By the way, HawaiianTel if you’re reading this please update your Wi-Fi hotspots list.

UPDATE – SOLUTION

There’s a solution on how to change the password from the default ‘password’ for your @hawaiiantel.net email account.

  1. Go to selfcare at inov.hawaiiantel.net…
  2. Login with the email address and password for the account you want to update.
  3. Choose the Manage Your Account Information option as seen below.
  4. Change your password.
Choose 'Manage Your Account Information' to change your password.
Choose ‘Manage Your Account Information’ to change your password.

So ignore the help instructions built into their webmail system, selfcare is the only place you can change your password.

Technically HawaiianTel should create a CNAME Record (Canonical Name record) to redirect webmail.hawaiiantel…. and mail.hawaiiantel.net to selfcare which would steer folks to the account options. Of course they need to fix the Roundcube webmail system they’re using with the corrected options as noted in the help file or put the Change Password link in the sidebar where it’s supposed to be and link it to selfcare. Using a random generator when resetting passwords would be good too.

HawaiianTel’s response to my trouble ticket

Thank you for contacting the Hawaiian Telcom Support Center. We apologize for the inconvenience.

After you are in the master account and reset the password for the child or sub accounts, please log in to the child or sub accounts. To change your password, please go to www.hawaiiantel.net/ and click “Manage Hawaiian Telcom Services” at the top of the page and log in with your child or sub account email address and current password. Click “Manage Your Account Information” and type a New Password and Confirm Password and choose a different secret question and answer and click Save Mailbox Changes Go at the bottom. Also note that the password rules are on the side. The most common problem with creating a new password with our email system is it must start with a lower case letter.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please let us know.

UPDATE (10/20/15)

HawaiianTel has added a random character generator to the password reset function so the password will no longer be ‘password’. They also have a link to selfcare next to the newly generated reset password.

The webmail system itself still has erroneous help instructions telling users to go to Settings then Password to reset their password. That option still does not exist.