73 Year Old Grandma Nan on Building a Casino in Hawaii… and of Course Marijuana

Grandma Nan is at it again:

Grandma nan says put our money with the natives … go natives … and build a big round beautiful building to house gambling and sales …meant to say anti-theist not anti-atheist …sorry billmaher … children and adults … music … theater … cooking … health … wealth … how to be a ceo? … how to make things to sell … hemp products … try smokin a shirt.

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2009 Kona Brewfest Pictures

The 2009 Kona Brewfest was held today on the other side of the island.

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I didn’t go to it, but @JameyBennett did and he shares these pictures via twitter:

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"The brewfest at King Kamehameha has a great turn-out. 30 breweries, 50 chefs."

You normally expect Kona to be fairly warm, but looking at this picture, it looks like it was cold on that side of the island as well:

"The clouds rolled in & it's sprinkling, but that's not stopping most people! What a fun festival!"

"The clouds rolled in & it's sprinkling, but that's not stopping most people! What a fun festival!"

69 Big Island Teachers Losing Their Jobs

I don’t know how I missed this one:

A poor economy and funding cuts mean that as many as 69 Big Island teachers will be looking for work next school year.

That’s how many “district unassigned teachers” the island has. These unassigned tenured teachers will have to be placed, meaning they’ll bump out probationary teachers who have not finished their first two years, or teachers who have undergraduate degrees but lack certification and work under contract, said West Hawaii Complex Area Superintendent Art Souza…

More here

Lt. Governor Duke Aiona Twittering? Ed Case as Well? Government Officials Jumping Onto Twitter

Well it looks like Twitter is finally catching on with some of our Government officials.  In just the last hour I found the following new accounts:

Could it be that our own Lt. Governor Duke Aiona is now Twittering. 

Ed Case as well?

Will Espero just started an account.

Kimberly Pine is now Tweeting…

Michael Sickels from Kalani HS is shadowing me today! Michael wants lower taxes and tougher penalties on criminals here in Hawaii!

Panos Prevedouros is Tweeting….

Transit Ridership Baloney and the Kapolei Choo Choo: http://tinyurl.com/d7zyoj

Rep. Mele Carroll is Tweeting:

HB654 HD1 passed House last night. It protects businesses & consumers from people who defraud the system using unlicensed contractors1:55 PM Mar 11th from web

Are you on Twitter?

Craigslist is killing the Big Papers… Twitter is killing Email!

Which Button Looks Coolest?

A coalition of Big Island Bloggers are coming together to make a nice little site that will identify us as FBI Bloggers.

It will be available for the world to view after we are done making the adjusted tweaks.

I’d just like a general feel from a few people on which button you guys think would be coolest to have:

Button A:

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Button B:

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Button C:

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New Installment of Hawaiian Idol VI: Mary Serain

Here is the latest installment of Hawaiian Idol VI:

Hawaiian Idol UH Hilo Conestant Mary Serian show us her skill at the Parrot Lounge Kona Bowl 2009:

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Bills That Made the Cut: Crossover at the Legislature

From the Public Access Room at the State Capital:

Suzanne Marinelli Describes the Legislative Process at the Pahoa Library

Suzanne Marinelli Describes the Legislative Process at the Pahoa Library

Aloha,

Thursday, March 12th, was the First Crossover deadline for all non-Budget bills.

What does that mean?  All surviving non-budget bills have:

· passed through their committees, and

· three readings in their originating chamber, and have now

· crossed over to the other chamber. (That is to say, House bills are now being considered by the Senate, and Senate bills are now being considered by the House).

Two things to note:

1) It’s a good time to review which bills are still alive after First Crossover – this deadline really brings down the numbers, and only about 730 bills are still viable.  Many of them have changed substantially from when they were first introduced, so it’s a good opportunity to glance through the list of bills and their descriptions to make sure there are no surprises.

· To see the list of bills  on the legislature’s website (www.capitol.hawaii.gov ),  go to the “Bill Status and Documents” page and scroll down to the second-to-the-last box (labeled, “2009 Regular Session Bills Introduced, Passed, and Vetoed”) and select “Bills Passed First Crossover.”

· The list includes bill descriptions, current status, current referrals, and names of introducers.  You can view the current text of a bill (by clicking either the .pdf   or the .html  symbols that appear in the far left column) or a bill’s status sheet (by clicking on the bill number).

· The list is easy to export to Excel  — which makes handy for creating your own customized list.

2) Things are moving quickly!  Make sure to keep your eyes open for hearing notices.  By March 27th, all bills must be in their last committee.  That’s less than two weeks away!  (For tips on finding hearing notices, take a look at our February newsletter available on PAR’s website.

Interesting Pattern… Mon-Fri Lurkers

I find it pretty interesting that the amount of readers on my blog goes down substantially on weekends.

I can only think of a couple things.

Government workers working M-F using their work computers to check my blog…

Or people actually have real lifes on the weekends and get off the computer more then me.

Kindergarten Testing Today

Well I’m typing this up late Friday night… oops… Saturday Morning.

I’m having troubles getting to sleep… for some reason. I was hoping to get to sleep early tonight… but I’m just so damn nervous about this Kamehameha testing that my son will be going through as you are reading this.

If I can remember my camera… I’ll post some pictures.

I’d like to say thanks in advance to Leslie Lang about a tip she gave my wife and I about arriving early for this test… Even though it means I gotta wake up an extra half hour early!

I previously blogged about the first round of testing here and posted later that I was stoked that my son has made it this far.

If he get’s past this stage…. He is in!

Hawaii 24/7 Coverage of Yesterday’s Pahoa Playground Blessing

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Hawaii 24/7 has some great pictures of the Playground blessing that happened today at Pahoa’s new Playground next to the skatepark.

Check it out here.