3.2 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Waimea Area of Big Island

*Update* It was upgraded from a 3.1 to a 3.2.
earthquake

Magnitude 3.2
Date-Time
  • Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 05:43:56 PM at epicenter
Location 19.926°N, 155.542°W
Depth 22 km (13.7 miles)
Region ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
Distances
  • 17 km (11 miles) SE (129°) from Waimea, HI
  • 19 km (12 miles) SSW (206°) from Honokaa, HI
  • 22 km (14 miles) S (172°) from Kukuihaele, HI
  • 54 km (33 miles) WNW (297°) from Hilo, HI
  • 283 km (176 miles) ESE (122°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.6 km (0.4 miles); depth +/- 1.7 km (1.1 miles)
Parameters Nph= 43, Dmin=14 km, Rmss=0.1 sec, Gp=148°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=2
Source
Event ID hv60459516

Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi Speaks with O’ahu Students on Practicing Peace

As a part of the Pillars of Peace Hawai’i program of the Hawai’i Community Foundation, O’ahu public and private school students were treated to a talk today with Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi at the Neil S. Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall.

All Photos Courtesy of Pillars of Peace

All Photos Courtesy of Pillars of Peace

Before the talk, student entertainers, including Moanalua High School’s Brown Bags to Stardom winner, R.I.S.K.; Castle High School’s Brown Bags to Stardom winner, Ho’okipa; and 12-year-old singer, Ciana Pelekai wowed the crowd with their talents.

Ciana Pelekai

Ciana Pelekai

“In so many countries around the world, citizens are challenging their government’s misuse of power,” said Pam Omidyar, co-founder of the Pillars of Peace Hawai’i program. “Daw Suu reminds us that governance is to be in the service of others, to enable them to be educated, healthy, and work towards their full potential. She has proven, like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and dear Archbishop Tutu, that love and truth can move people more strongly than fear or coercion.”

Pam Omidyar

Pam Omidyar

Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech focused on the theme, “Peace Takes Courage and Compassion.” During her talk she spoke to topics ranging from her imprisonment, her beliefs on peace and compassion, and the importance of the next generation to be leaders in practicing peace. Following her speech, she answered students’ questions selected from submissions prior to the event.

Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech focused on the theme, “Peace Takes Courage and Compassion.” During her talk she spoke to topics ranging from her imprisonment, her beliefs on peace and compassion, and the importance of the next generation to be leaders in practicing peace. Following her speech, she answered students’ questions selected from submissions prior to the event.

Aung San Suu Kyi

“Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit is a part of a series of global peace leaders who have visited our islands with the hope that they will take back what they have learned about our culture and their experiences as they work to cultivate a more peaceful society,” said Kelvin Taketa of the Hawai’i Community Foundation. “These leaders see students as being the foundation for building peace in the world. One of the hopes for the Pillars of Peace Hawai’i program is to help give a new generation the tools and inspiration to embrace peace.”

Pierre and Pam Omidyar, Aung San Suu Kyi and Kelvin Taketa

Pierre and Pam Omidyar, Aung San Suu Kyi and Kelvin Taketa. Photo by Pillars of Peace

The public was invited to tune in to a live stream of Aung San Suu Kyi’s student talk today on the Pillars of Peace website. For those who missed the live stream, the talk will be available beginning tomorrow for playback at www.pillarsofpeacehawaii.org.

“The most important thing that I heard was that love is not enough, it’s compassion,” said Ayami Hatanaka, a junior at ‘Iolani School and member of the ‘Iolani Peace Institute. “There are several factors when it comes to not only creating peace, but being cooperative. Humility is the key to being a good leader and a good person.”

Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi

Pillars of Peace Hawai’i, Rotary International, East-West Center, and the Myanmar Association of Hawai’i are co-hosting Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to O’ahu.

 

Kevin Dayton: “…We Discovered A Terrible Injustice”

Many of you know my wife and I are foster parents, which has been one of the most rewarding experiences of our lives, but when we became foster parents we discovered a terrible injustice. State payments to support foster children in Hawaii have been frozen for 22 YEARS.

Nobody meant for this to happen. It happened because there is never enough money to go around, and foster parents and foster kids have no voice at the state Legislature. We urgently need YOU to be their voice.

Click to add testimony

Click to submit testimony

On Tuesday, the Senate Human Services Committee will hold a hearing on Senate Bill 59 to finally increase foster board payments in Hawaii. A link to the hearing notice is pasted below.

Please re-post this to spread the word, and please take a minute to call your legislator or submit a few paragraphs of testimony in support of SB 59. We will need all the help we can get.

The state must provide appropriate support for these kids until they can be placed in safe and loving homes. The state needs to fix this.

If you would like more information, please feel free to contact me.

Mahalo!

Kevin Dayton

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/hearingnotices/HEARING_HMS_01-29-13_.HTM

Congresswomen Hanabusa and Gabbard Comment on 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Mayor Billy Kenoi and Representative Colleen Hanabusa in Washington D.C. (Picture via yfrog)

Mayor Billy Kenoi and Representative Colleen Hanabusa in Washington D.C. (Picture via yfrog)

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa: “Forty years ago, the United States Supreme Court rendered its decision in Roe v. Wade, recognizing a woman’s right to control her own body and placing decisions about reproductive health in the hands of a woman and her doctor, not the government. It was Justice Harry Blackmun, appointed by a Republican president, who wrote for the court, ruling that constitutional principles, not emotion, must speak loudest in determining such important social issues.

“Today, those rights are still under attack, challenged by groups and individuals who would impose their own judgment and beliefs on women across our nation. America is a land of laws and rights, and at our best we defend freedom against the voices of intolerance. Today I stand proudly with women from every corner of our country to celebrate our freedom, to look proudly upon a Constitution that protects our rights, and to give thanks for the laws that respect our individual dignity.”

Tulsi Gabbard, Mazie Hirono and Colleen Hanabusa pay their respects to Patsy Mink.

Tulsi Gabbard, Mazie Hirono and Colleen Hanabusa pay their respects to Patsy Mink.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: “Forty years ago this month, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a woman’s constitutional right to choose in Roe v. Wade. This landmark decision ensures that women can make their own health decisions, and if they want to, consult with their doctor, family, and faith.

“Four decades later, even though abortion remains legal, women still face enormous barriers – barriers that wholly violate the spirit of the Roe v. Wade decision. I support efforts to increase access to affordable health-care services which can contribute to fewer unplanned and teen pregnancies, a goal we should all support.

“This monumental Supreme Court ruling remains under attack, as the ability for women to be free to make what is often the most difficult decision in their lives, is constantly challenged. Now more than ever, we must remain steadfast in our defense of a woman’s right to choose.”

Andy Bumatai – In The Car With Hawai’i County Mayor Billy Kenoi (Full Episode)

Andy Bumatai interviews Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi has the drive through Hilo, Hawai’i on one of the most beautiful days.

Bumatai and Kenoi

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