Today Marks the Last Day of the International Military Lawyers Conference (MILOPS) on the Big Island

Today, Pacific Command’s 23rd annual Military Operations and Law Conference (MILOPS) wraps up on the Big Island, Hawaii. MILOPS is a yearly meeting of legal professionals from countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region. With 26 nations represented, this year’s conference covered a broad spectrum of complex issues facing the Asia-Pacific region from humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to counter proliferation to Information Operations and cyber warfare

…More than 200 attended the conference from Australia, Thailand, India, Laos, Malaysia, Canada, Japan, the UK, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Bangladesh, Nepal, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, South Korea, Vietnam, Tonga, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Mongolia, Maldives, and of course the United States…

More Here: Big Island Hosts USPACOM International Military Lawyer Conference

County Council Candidate James Weatherford Certified for 100 Percent Public Funding

Campaign Release:

Hawaii County Council candidate James Weatherford from Lower Puna has become the first non-incumbent to be guaranteed 100 percent public funding for his campaign.

The Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission certified James Weatherford March 31 to participate in the new Pilot Comprehensive Public Funding Project in the 2010 Elections.

To receive certification for this funding, a candidate must complete an application process that includes collecting signatures from 200 registered voters in the District, with each signature accompanied by a five-dollar contribution to the Hawaii Election Campaign Fund.

“It was a difficult task to get those 200 signatures, but it was a worthwhile task, because I got to hear from lots of constituents in the district. What I heard was that people want credible leadership,” Weatherford said.

The pilot project, the first in the State to offer complete public funding for candidates, is a trial step toward taking private money out of election campaigns. It establishes comprehensive public funding as a voluntary option in Hawaii County Council elections this year, and in 2012 and 2014.

Weatherford is the first candidate in Council District 5, and the first non-incumbent candidate in the County, to be certified for comprehensive public funding.

Three other people have announced their candidacy for the District 5 Council seat.

Emily Naeole-Beason, the incumbent, and Barbara Lively, have also chosen to participate in the comprehensive public funding project, although neither has completed the application process.

Loren Baker is seeking partial public funding under a different program.

Four candidates in other Council districts, all incumbents, have been certified for 100 public funding.

Weatherford’s campaign committee will receive $9,826 from the Hawaii Election Campaign Fund during the Primary Election. Private monetary or non-monetary contributions to the campaign are not allowed, but individuals may contribute their time to the campaign as volunteers.

Remembering the April 1st Tsunami

The April 1 Aleutian Island earthquake tsunami that killed 159 people on Hawaii and five in Alaska (the lighthouse keepers at the Scotch Cap Light in the Aleutians) resulted in the creation of a tsunami warning system known as the Pacific Tsunami Warning System (specifically the PTWC), established in 1949 for Pacific Ocean area countries. The tsunami is known as the April Fools Day Tsunami in Hawai’i due to people thinking the warnings were an April Fools prank.

From Canada to Hawaii by Pedal Powered Boat

A record-breaking aficionado is in Ucluelet and he’s getting ready with his boat WiTHiN to start trials for this week–weather permitting.

Greg Kolodziejzyk, WiTHiN skipper, is planning a 4,500-kilometre trip on his human powered, custom-designed boat from Ucluelet to Hawaii on July 1, which will take him about 50 to 90 days to reach.

Right now he’s getting ready to travel west into the Pacific in his offshore trials.

“I’m trying to make it as real as possible,” Kolodziejzyk told the Westerly about piloting the boat alone this time and going offshore.

The boat is powered by pedaling, much like that of a bicycle, and he expects to pedal 14 hours a day when he’s going to Hawaii…

More Here: Human-Powered boat…

17th Annual Biggest Easter Egg Hunt

17th Annual Biggest Easter Egg Hunt

April 2, 2010 @ Wong Stadium Gates open at 8:00 a.m.

Easter Egg Hunt
Starts at 10:00 a.m. for youngsters 3 yrs. old & under,
4-5 yrs. old, 6-8 yrs. old and 9-12 yrs. old

Special Events (Start Time: 8:30 a.m.)

  • Egg Decorating
  • Easter Crafts
  • Picture Taking w/ Easter Bunny
  • Milk Drinking & Ice Cream Eating Contests

I’m Going to Run for Hawaii County Council

After sitting around and watching the shenanigans of our own Hawaii County Council. I have decided to run for the County Council this year.

At noon today, I will be submitting my papers to run for Hawaii County Council District 5 seat.

Wish me all the best of luck and April Fools.