Think Local… Act Global!

That’s gonna be my new theme for a little while on my blog.

We can all make a big difference locally… I recommend everyone check out Tiffany Edward Hunt’s “Big Island Chronicle” to see what one person can significantly do locally.

I appreciate her efforts… although many folks may doubt my sincerity.  Tiff’s a great blogger that I don’t think get’s enough credit a lot of the time… and I myself tend to dog on some of her posts… but that doesn’t mean I still don’t appreciate what she is doing.

I started my blog out pissed off at life… and thanks to my blog… I’m beginning to realize just how wonderful life is.

I wish other folks would realize that some of my comments on her blog are not meant to demean her in any way!

Keep up the great work Tiff and no matter how much we will always have are differences… I love you as a hard working titah that is trying her best to make Puna and Pahoa a better place.

Locals Busted for Scamming Folks at the Beach

Image: Santiago mug shot Image: Voorhees mug shot
Media Release:

In response to citizen complaints about illegal kayak vendors at Napoopoo Pier, officers from the Hawai’i Police Department Vice Section, Community Policing Office and Special Enforcement Unit and officers from the State Department of Land and Natural Resources conducted a sting operation Monday morning (January 11).

As a result of the sting, police arrested 49-year-old Herman Santiago of Kealakekua and charged him with theft, pedestrian soliciting business and commercial use of a county street. His bail was set at $1,000.

Police also arrested 26-year-old Kapahukula Voorhees of Kealakekua on a bench warrant for contempt of court and for promoting a detrimental drug. Officers recovered two grams of dried, processed marijuana in connection with his arrest and a second case that is still under investigation. Voorhees’ bail was set at $550.

Both men are being held at the Kona police cellblock.

Police initiated a second case of promoting a detrimental drug against a 46-year-old Kealakekua woman, who was not arrested. Detectives from the Area II Vice Section are continuing that investigation.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources seized two kayaks and police issued several additional citations for regulatory and parking violations.

Livestrong on Twitter! The Global Fight Against Cancer

Livestrong in Support of the Global Cancer Fight

If you have a twitter profile, you can add this band across the bottom of your profile in support of Lance Armstrong and his “Global Fight Against Cancer”.

Click here to get your Livestrong “Bracelet” for your Twitter profile:

Lt. Governor Duke Aiona to Announce Statewide Grassroots Leadership Team Tomorrow

Media Release:


Lt. Governor Duke Aiona and his county chairs from Hawai`i Island, Kaua`i, Maui and O`ahu


Lt. Governor Duke Aiona will hold a news conference to introduce his statewide grassroots leadership team and provide a campaign update.


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.


Hawai`i Republican Party Headquarters, 725 Kapi`olani Blvd., Suite C-105


Lt. Governor Duke Aiona will announce his statewide grassroots leadership team, including county chairs and regional chairs, and provide an update on his growing gubernatorial campaign. The leadership team will provide grassroots support to mobilize and turn out voters for Duke Aiona in the 2010 gubernatorial election.

PBS Hawaii Invites All Middle & High Schools in Hawaii To Build the Nation’s First Statewide Student News Network

Hiki Nō “Can Do” Model Gains Major Local Funder
Media Release:

Hawaii’s only public television broadcaster formally announced at a news conference today the station will work with the state’s public, private and charter high schools and middle schools to create a statewide student news network.  Student newscasts and other content will be made available on PBS Hawaii’s broadcast and web platforms.  The model is the first of its kind in the country, and the TV station has branded it Hiki Nō – the Hawaiian phrase for “Can Do.”

PBS Hawaii is a private, non-profit organization, so the station must secure funding through grants and private donations.  Today the Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation stepped up to become the first major local funder of Hiki Nō, giving $100,000.

“We see this as a bold and innovative project that understands our young people, growing up in the digital age, and it knows how to prepare them to succeed,” said Ching trustee Kenneth Okamoto.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting awarded PBS Hawaii one of its largest grants last year, $200,000, for Hiki Nō.

“Nationally, this student-based news program is recognized as a groundbreaking step into the future of education.  And we want everyone in our community to embrace and support what our young people are doing to help lead us as a community,” said Robert Alm, Board Chair of PBS Hawaii.

Last week the station announced that veteran journalist, Susan Yim, had signed on as Managing Editor for Hiki Nō.  Today Yim said, “Hiki Nō will create a network of student storytellers to take us into their communities and humanize the issues that concern them. I’m looking forward to facilitating the collaboration among participating teachers and schools, ensuring editorial and technical standards as students introduce us to new ways to deliver news.”

Leaders of the public, private and charter schools in Hawaii see a model like Hiki Nō as an opportunity for students to develop the skills and competencies they’ll need for the 21st century.

“This is a vehicle for transformational change in Hawaii ,” PBS Hawaii President and CEO Leslie Wilcox said. “It puts students and learning first. And it provides value to educators.”

The students will be connected via a web-based virtual newsroom.  This will eliminate the geographic boundaries so that teams of students from schools on different islands can work together under the Hiki Nō brand, producing stories about things that matter. About 30 schools throughout the state have already expressed an interest in working together to build the Hiki Nō network and collaborate on the creation of content for broadcast and web casts.

For the past several years, a small but growing group of Hawaii schools has emerged victorious at national competitions and they’ve established themselves as skilled communicators and storytellers.

Today students from Waianae High School , Maui High School , Kauai’s Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School and Ke Kula Ni’ihau O Kekaha Charter School, Moanalua High School , and Mid-Pacific Institute attended the news conference.

Last November, Waianae High School and Intermediate School , Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School , Maui High School and Waimea High School were all award recipients at the national Student Television Network competition. They competed against schools with some of the strongest media programs in the country.  Waianae High School took first place in the Best Overall Category and the two local middle schools, Waianae and Chiefess Kamakahelei of Kauai, swept 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the middle school competition.

At the news conference, PBS Hawaii previewed a campaign it will use to introduce Hiki Nō to TV viewers and the online community. In the near future, the station will also begin airing a sampling of stories produced by students.

The timeline for launching the first Hiki Nō inter-school newscast is early 2011 and the station plans to schedule the local newscast produced by the students between BBC World News and PBS NewsHour.   Plans call for producing one newscast per week initially and gradually adding additional newscasts to the weekly schedule. Between the fall of 2011 and the following spring, the network will become a six-day-a-week broadcast and web program.  Newscasts will air every weekday with a recap edition on weekends – a total of 3 hours of new content each week.

Tax-deductible donations in support of Hiki Nō may be made via the PBS Hawaii website  Organizations interested in becoming underwriters in support of helping Hawaii ’s schools with this bold education initiative should contact Lucy Ahn , VP Corporate & Foundation Support at PBS Hawaii (

For more information on Hiki Nō contact Linda Brock  (973.1383)

Or go to

FBI Blogs Gets a New Twitter Home… Simple Poll Question

For the last few months now, I have been tweeting out the FBI Blogs new posts via twitter using my own name @damontucker.

It’s not that hard to do as I simply had it automatically fed to my twitter site.

The problem with that, is that as I tweet that stream to the 3000 + folks following me on twitter, is that often time they mistake that headline for a thought or tweet of my own.

So I’ve set up a new Twitter account @FBIBlogs

Now the problem lies with I need to figure out an Avatar (picture) for the FBI Blogs Twitter profile so I thought I’d set up a poll?

Which Avatar do you like best:




[polldaddy poll=2504366]

Punahou Students and Alumni Talk About Attending Obama’s Old School

CNN’s John King travels to President Obama’s school in Hawaii to talk to current students about their noteworthy alumi.

P.S.  (My mom also graduated from Punahou)


Professor Charles Ogletree to Address Hawaii State Bar Association

Professor Charles Ogletree

UH News Release:

The UH Mānoa Law School, Hawaii State Judiciary, and Hawaii State Bar Association  are co-sponsoring a presentation by prominent legal theorist Professor Charles Ogletree entitled “The Legal Landscape Under the Obama Administration”  from Noon to 1:30 PM on Friday, January 15, 2010, in the Supreme Court Courtroom (417 South King Street).  Professor Ogletree will discuss the impact of President Obama’s leadership on America and the world.

Professor Ogletree is a prominent legal theorist and prolific writer with an international reputation as a legal expert on race and justice. Professor Ogletree is the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law Chair at Harvard Law School. Professor Ogletree earned an M.A. and B.A. (with distinction) in Political Science from Stanford University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He also holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School where he served as Special Projects Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights – Civil Liberties Law Review. He also holds honorary doctorates of law from North Carolina Central University, New England School of Law, Tougaloo College, Amherst College, Wilberforce University, and the University of Miami, School of Law.  Professor Ogletree taught both President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at Harvard; he has remained close to President Obama throughout his political career.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Judiciary’s Judicial Education Office at 539-4344.