The County of Hawaii’s Computer Network

I had the chance to jump on a computer today in a county office… and all I have to say… is no wonder no work gets done around this island.

I wasted so much time just waiting for things to download that I literally was thinking I was going crazy.

If county workers have to wait this long to download information, access information, and just be online… NO WONDER WHY WE ARE SO FAR BEHIND!

I seriously hope it was just the two computers that I happened to jump on… but these computers I did jump on… were controlled by some folks pretty high up in the ladder here in the county… and it really saddens me that our own county workers have such weak access to their own government services.

Something needs to be done immediately with the infrastructure of our own county offices and the internet services being provided to our county workers.

I worked the last decade in a very busy State Office on Oahu… NEVER WAS I THIS DELAYED IN ACCESSING PUBLIC INFORMATION ON A GOVERNMENT COMPUTER!!!!!!!!!!

I did a virtual test of loading this blog on my phone… vs. the computer I was using… and I kid you not…  my phone loaded my website (which has a lot of RSS feeds) quicker then the counties computer allowed me to access my own blog… That was sad!

I’m gonna file this one under “comedy” as I’ve never dealt with such a slow internet system when doing what I was doing today…

What a joke… Hawaii County… start getting with it and at least provide your county workers with some decent computers and internet access.

Gambling in Hawaii to be Discussed at Hawaii State Association of Counties Meeting

I was at the County Council building today and I noticed on the Hawaii State Association of Counties upcoming meeting that gambling is to be discussed as a way of bringing in revenue for the State of Hawaii.

I new that this was upcoming… it was just a bit weird to actually see it in print in front of me and made me think… could gambling in Hawaii become a reality in the near future?

I saw the following posted on the window (See Item Agenda F)

See Item Agenda "F"

See Item Agenda "F"

I know that the economy is tanking and everything, but the League of Women Voters of Hawaii did a pretty extensive study on the “Facts and Issues” at the time.

Here is  the recommendations of that study done in 1997:

Margery Bronster, Hawaii’s Attorney General, provided testimony in April of 1996 which read, “It would be a severe policy error to allow the funding of state government to become partially contingent upon income from gambling. Throughout history, governments have been most responsive to those who fund them. A government which becomes heavily funded by taxing the profits of gambling organizations can be expected to become very solicitous of the desires of the gambling organizations which have become the benefactors of government.”

She went on to say that it is poor public policy to fund any government “…on the profits of gambling houses or (stated in reverse) on the losses of gamblers.”

In his book The Luck Business, Robert Goodman calls for certain measures to be taken by government. These recommendations should be considered carefully before any steps are taken to legalize gambling in Hawaii. Goodman suggests:

(1) Establish a national moratorium on the expansion of gambling ventures, including electronic gambling machines and those involving at-home interactive television or telephone betting. This will allow time for assessing the impact of what is already in place.

(2) Consider limits on the ways in which states and private business can promote and advertise gambling ventures. State governments should at least meet the truth-in-advertising standards demanded of private businesses.

(3) Reform gambling legalization processes. Not only can gambling interests afford to outspend the grass roots opposition, they are allowed to return again and again with new proposals after voters have rejected the original proposition. Governments should set limits for lobbying and promotional campaigns.

(4) Require state and local governments to commission their own thorough, independent impact studies to measure both the benefits and the costs of legalizing new gambling operations.

These concerns are reflected in the recommendations of the 1997 DBEDT report The Economic Impact Of Shipboard Gambling And Pari-Mutuel Horseracing in Hawaii. That report neither supports nor opposes legalized gambling. It does recommend that the decision not be made purely on economic or fiscal grounds, adding that, “The uncertainties in any ‘what if’ type of analysis are large in this case … larger than most. The relatively moderate expected fiscal benefits must be weighed against the uncertain but potentially large costs.”

Well my view is the economy is really tanking now and it was much different then it was back in 1997.

We seriously need to do something to increase revenue.

Is legalizing gambling in Hawaii the answer?

Hawaii County Civil Defense Update for Tuesday, August 11, at 2:45

This is a Civil Defense message.

The National Weather Service reports that Tropical Depression Felicia is dissipating.

The effects of Tropical Depression Felicia are still being felt as localized gusty winds over parts of the island. The strongest winds are near the Kailua-Kona Airport. Winds are forecasted to subside as the day progresses.

The current high surf warning in effect for Hawai’i Island was downgraded to a high surf advisory at 11:48 this morning. Wave heights continue to decrease.

We will continue to monitor Tropical Depression Felicia as it passes North and West of Hawai’i Island.

Unless conditions change that will affect your safety, this will be the last update for Tropical Depression Felicia

Thank you for your diligence during this time and have a safe day.

This is your Hawai’i County Civil Defense.

Kokua Kailua Sunday, August 23

MAKAHA SONS AND NA LEI O KAHOLOKU TO PERFORM
FREE AUGUST KOKUA KAILUA WILL CELEBRATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF STATEHOOD

Shop….Dine….Buy Local


Kokua Kailua Hulihee Palace Concert and Village Stroll will celebrate Hawaii’s 50th Anniversary of Statehood on Sunday, August 23, 2009 in Historic Kailua Village.
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As with every Kokua Kailua, Alii Drive will be converted into a pedestrian walkway from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. Special features at the free August 23 event will include hula performances beginning at 1:00 p.m. by Merrie Monarch award-winning Na Lei O Kaholoku.

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi will offer welcome remarks at 2:30 p.m. At 3:00 p.m. the famed Makaha Sons will perform and at 4:00 p.m., Hulihee Palace hosts their monthly free concert honoring Kamehameha III.

For more than 30 years, The Makaha Sons have captivated audiences with their rich harmonies, stage presence, and instrumental talent. Through several reorganizations over the years, they have evolved into a trio with Louis “Moon” Kuakahi, John Koko and Jerome Koko. As winners of countless Na Hoku Hanohano awards, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to see and hear The Makaha Sons. Free entertainment on the mainstage is brought to you by the 50th Anniversary of Hawaii Statehood and the County of Hawaii.

Concert goers may bring their own beach mat or chair and utilize the free chair check at Emma’s Square for hands-free shopping and dining in the Village during Kokua Kailua which always features vendors, local artists and participating merchants offering special kamaaina discounts.

Kokua Kailua Hulihee Palace Concert and Village Stroll is sponsored by the Kailua Village Business Improvement District, the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, Destination Kona Coast, Kailua Village Merchants Association, Hulihee Palace and Pacific Radio Group. The program is designed to rally support for merchants and restaurants and to remind residents to shop, dine and buy local.

The next Kokua Kailua Hulihee Palace Concert and Village Stroll date is Sunday, September 20, 2009.

Volunteers are always needed and appreciated to assist with closing and re-opening the road. If you are able to kokua Kailua so that these events can continue, please contact Marie Aguilar at 334-0562 or Dorlene Kolina Chao at 936-9202.

Police are Collecting Backpacks for Kids

Media Release:

All the police stations on the island of Hawai’i will double as drop-off points throughout August and September during a drive to collect used backpacks for children in need.

The backpacks will be distributed to children at women’s shelters, homeless shelters and transitional housing facilities. Backpacks have been identified as the most-requested item for children’s charities in Hawai’i and elsewhere.

Police Chief Harry S. Kubojiri offered police stations as drop-off points to make it convenient for anyone who wishes to donate backpacks for the project. “As we enter into the beginning of another school year, I humbly ask those of you who have usable backpacks your child has replaced and is no longer using to consider donating them to assist those less fortunate in our community,” the chief said. He added that the public may continue to drop off backpacks after the drive ends and police will pass them along to the appropriate nonprofit agencies.

The two principal organizations coordinating the backpack drive are the Office for Social Ministry and From Kids For Kids. Other agencies will also participate.

The Office for Social Ministry provides a continuum of homeless programs from outreach to emergency shelter to permanent supportive housing.

From Kids For Kids was founded in 2006 by Big Island resident Nani Welch Keliihoomalu, then 10, to encourage kids to donate to each other.