Pictures From the Wedding Roger Christie Officiated the Day Before He Got Busted

Well I’m sure most folks know about Roger Christie and his run in with the law.

It’s fairly easy to become an ordained minister here in Hawaii and he was ordained to marry folks by the State apparently.

Here is a video of a wedding ceremony he performed the day he got arrested for his marijuana bust that he is currently in prison for:

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“The Tuskegee Airmen” Symposium at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Honoring the African-American aviators of WWII, The Tuskegee Airmen Symposium will be held at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor from 2 to 4pm Sunday, January 15, 2012, in the Museum’s Theater. The event is free to Museum members and included in the price of regular admission for non-members. General admission tickets may be purchased online at PacificAviationMuseum.org. For more information call 808-441-1007.

One of the aircraft the Tuskegee Airmen flew, with their recognizable red paint on the tail.

The Red Tail documentary film will be shown. Keynote speakers will be Dr. Dorothy Goldsborough, University of Hawaii professor and wife of a Tuskegee Airman, and former Tuskegee Airman Phillip Baham. MSgt Chandra Mark, president of the newly formed TIA Hawaii organization will give updates on the Hawaii chapter, the Artis-Baham-Goldsborough Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.

A panel discussion will follow, with Dr. Goldsborough, Mr. Baham, and LtCol Brian Hill, the Commander of the 99th Air Refueling Squadron at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

The Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African American pilots who fought in World War II, were the first African American military aviators in the United States military. Initially equipped with Curtiss P-40 Warhawks, the group also flew Bell P-39 Airacobras, Republic P-47 Thunderbolts, and North American P-51 Mustangs.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is open 9am to 5pm daily and is accessed by air-conditioned shuttle buses from the Arizona Memorial/Pearl Harbor Visitor Center parking area. For general information, phone 808-441-1000 or visit www.PacificAviationMuseum.org for tickets, information, and to download a coupon for a free combat simulator flight.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization which is dependent on its members, volunteers, and donors for support.

*CORRECTION* Rogue Wave… Not New Footage of the 2011 Tsunami Coming on Shore in Hawaii

UPDATE:  Larry O’Brien Commented the following:

The 2011 tsunami hit in the dark, around 4am. This is “just” a rogue wave, not a tsunami (which rolls in and rolls in for minutes). The crowd sounds Australian?

Here is some new footage of the 2011 Japan Tsunami that reached as far away as Hawaii.

A snippet from the clip below of the 2011 Tsunami that hit Japan and reached as far away as Hawaii

This footage appears to be taken in Hawaii from what the youtube user described the video as:

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Big Island Police Looking for Man Who Robbed Kona Store with Scissors

Big Island police are investigating a robbery that occurred Thursday night (January 5) at a business located within the Kaloko Business Center V on Kamanu Street in Kailua-Kona.

Responding to an 8:06 p.m. call, Kona patrol officers made contact with a 63-year-old Kailua-Kona woman, who reported an unknown male had entered into her business spending several minutes looking at merchandise in the shop. The male then rushed behind the cashier’s stand and grabbed a pair of scissors that was on the countertop. The male confronted the shop owner with the scissors, then opened and removed an unknown amount of currency from the cash register. The suspect then fled from the shop and was last seen running north on Kamanu Street. The shop owner did not sustain any injuries during the robbery.

The suspect is described as being in his late 20’s to early 30’s, dark complexion, approximately 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, full groomed beard without a mustache, and short black hair. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and jeans, a black baseball cap with an unknown design on the front, and was wearing a gold wristwatch on his left hand.

Police are also interested in speaking with a possible witness who had entered into the shop while the suspect was present, but left prior to the robbery occurring. The witness is described as a Caucasian male in his mid 20’s.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case call Detective Myra Iwamoto at 326-4646, extension 281, or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

State Senator Josh Green Announces Community Talk Story Meetings

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year!

Another year has come and I am honored to continue to represent you and work on your behalf in the State Senate.

Working together over the past eight years we have achieved great results for our community, including more state investment in our roads, schools, and hospitals than we have seen in decades.

Over the past year alone we brought several major new projects to West Hawaii, including funding for a new Kona courthouse, our own community college, and important new highway construction. These projects will help create jobs, stimulate our economy, and build our community and civic life for years to come.

In my role as Chairman of the Senate Health Committee during the coming legislative session, I will keep fighting to strengthen Hawaii’s healthcare system, with better hospitals, more access to care, and a safer, healthier environment for everyone in Hawaii.

So I can better understand your needs and represent you, I will continue to hold talk story meetings in West Hawaii throughout the New Year, including:

Monday, January 9 

Kona Community Hospital, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Senator Green will give the keynote speech on healthcare transformation in America and what it means to West Hawaii.
Sponsored by the Kona Community Hospital Auxiliary

Tuesday, January 10 

Old Kona Airport Pavilion (Makaeo), 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Talk Story addressing the upcoming legislative session and priorities for West Hawaii.
Sponsored by Kona Town Hall Meeting

Friday, January 20

Waikoloa School Cafeteria, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Talk Story with the community

Please come share your thoughts and ideas and let me know how state government can better serve you. Let’s keep working together to achieve more great results for our community and to make Hawaii an even better place to live.

I look forward to seeing you soon. And again, from my family to yours, have a safe and happy New Year.

Aloha,

Josh Green

DLNR Statement on Yesterdays Whales in Honolulu Harbor

A pair of humpback whales, likely a mother and its yearling, entered Honolulu Harbor yesterday and spent time within the harbor near Pier 35, and later Pier 29, moved out of the harbor this afternoon and were headed out to sea by 1:45 p.m. yesterday. Earlier reports called these two animals a mother and calf.

Whales spotted in Honolulu Harbor Yesterday

DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) sent a patrol boat with two officers about 11 a.m. to Honolulu harbor to continue to maintain a safety zone around the whales. They relieved Coast Guard officials who had been monitoring the whales since the morning.

There were reports of four additional whales early in the morning near Pier 2, but these could not be confirmed.

DLNR reminds boaters that the months of November through May are humpback season in Hawaii, and reminds boaters to be alert and watch for whales in Hawaii waters to avoid whale strikes. Vessel operators and other ocean users are required to stay at least 100 yards away from them at all times. Humpback whales are an endangered species and are protected by State and Federal laws.

“We are grateful for the coordinated efforts of DOCARE, the Coast Guard, Honolulu Harbor Marine Traffic Control, and NOAA, who together ensured the safety of both the whales and boaters today,” said Elia Herman, State Co-Manager of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. “We also appreciate the efforts of ocean users who first sighted and reported the animals in the Harbor.”

To report a marine mammal in trouble (injured, stranded, or entangled whale, dolphin or seal) please call the NOAA Marine Mammal Hotline: 1-888-256-9840 or the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) statewide hotline: 643-DLNR (3567).

Please report immediately and keep your distance, for your safety. Injured, sick or entangled animals can be unpredictable and dangerous.

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, which is jointly managed by the State of Hawai‘i and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, lies within the shallow warm waters surrounding the main Hawaiian Islands and constitutes one of the world’s most important humpback whale habitats.

Fearless Friday – Speed Flying From the Stairs to Heaven

I’ve always wanted to climb the “Stairs to Heaven” otherwise known as the Haiku Stairs on Oahu but I’ve never had the chance.

The Haiku Stairs otherwise known as the "Stairs to Heaven"

Last year, “SkydiveHawaiiKid” and some others had the opportunity to pack their parachutes up there and then “Speed Fly” down from the top of “Heaven”.

Speed riding or speed flying is the separate sport of flying paragliders of reduced size. These wings have increased speed, though they are not normally capable of soaring flight. The sport involves taking off on skis or on foot and swooping rapidly down in close proximity to the slope, even periodically touching it if skis are used.

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SkydiveHawaiiKid posted the above video recently and stated:

A few flights launching stairway to heaven on Oahu, good speedflying, but incredibly technical launch.