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Hilo Attorneys Recognized for Assisting 1,000 People in 2017

Attorneys were recognized during the Hilo Self-Help Center Recognition Awards on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 for providing free legal information to more than 1,000 people on Hawai‘i Island who sought assistance at the Hilo Courthouse Self-Help Center in 2017. This is the most the Hilo Self-Help Center has ever served in a single year.

Forty-seven attorneys were recognized during the Hilo Self-Help Center Recognition Awards. Courtesy photo.

The Hilo Self-Help Center was established in July 2012 as part of the Hawai‘i State Judiciary’s commitment to increasing access to justice in the courts. Since opening, more than 4,900 people have been assisted by volunteer attorneys providing legal information on civil matters, such as temporary restraining orders and divorce. These services have been provided at almost no cost to the state.

“I am grateful to the attorneys who volunteer at our Self-Help Centers, assisting individuals who are representing themselves in court,” said Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald. “The dedication and commitment of these attorneys has been essential to advancing our goal of ensuring that everyone has equal access to justice in our civil courts.”

Volunteers were recognized for their service by Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald, Third Circuit Chief Judge Greg Nakamura, Chief Court Administrator Lester Oshiro, and Deputy Chief Court Administrators Cheryl Salmo and Dawn West.

The individual attorneys who were honored are: Francis Alcain, Lincoln Ashida, Chris Bridges, Michael Garbarino, Kenneth Goodenow, Jo Anne Goya, Belinda Hall, Doug Halsted, Paul Hamano, Jill Hasegawa, Ray Hasegawa, Charles Heaukulani, William Heflin, Mahilani Hiatt, Ted Hong, Austin Hsu, Michael Kagami, Haaheo Kahoohalahala, Edith Kawai, Jo Kim, Nelson Kinoshita, Al Konishi, Peter Kubota, Breann Larios, Bruce Larson, Justin Lee, Dwayne Lerma, Shaunda Liu, Jacky Mena, Jeff Ng, Jennifer Ng, Michelle Oishi, Danny Patel, Melody Parker, Christopher Rothfus, Jill Razov, Joy San Buenaventura, Chris Schlueter, Steven Strauss, Andrew Son, Albert Thompson, Sylvia Wan, Molly Ward, Jennifer Wharton, Zachary Wingert, Jay Yoshimoto and Jennifer Zelko-Schlueter.

Also acknowledged was AmeriCorps Advocate Katie Kamelamela, who, through the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i, organizes the Self-Help Center at the Hilo Courthouse each week.

“I am pleased by the support the Hawai‘i County Bar Association and our local attorneys have given to this effort,” said Managing Attorney of the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii’s Hilo Office Laura Knudsen. “Every week, Hawai‘i Island residents use the Hilo Self-Help Center to gain information and receive procedural support in navigating the court system so that they may represent themselves in their legal affairs. With the donation of their time and expertise, today’s honorees are helping to make access to justice a reality for our Hawai‘i Island community.”

The Chief Justice and Knudsen also thanked the Hawai‘i County Bar Association, the Hawaii State Bar Association, the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i, and the Access to Justice Commission for their support of the Judiciary’s efforts to bring self-help services to Hawai‘i residents statewide.

Attorneys who would like to become involved with the Hilo or Kona Self-Help Centers are invited to contact the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i about the next volunteer attorney training. Information is available online.

For more information on the Self-Help Centers, visit the Hawai‘i State Judiciary website and click on the “Self-Help” tab near the top of the page.

Updates on the Live Streaming Conversation… Calling the BS NOW!

So now I get the following email from Goodenow telling me why something can’t be done. He sent me the PDF File that he talks about, but I can’t link it from my email right now for some reason.

Mr. Tucker,

Please see the attached Department of Human Resources. I’ve already been through this before, but I thought I check again. I have also been told by HR the following:

1) In the case of video-streaming the law hasn’t caught up to the technology yet. Podcasts and webcasts are now mentioned as falling under the ADA requirements for accessibility.

2) The County of Kaua ‘i had a lawsuit filed against them based on Communications Access because transmission of County Council Meetings was not captioned. There was a judgment against County of Kauai and now everything they do is captioned.

Thank you again for your comments. Again, if you think you can provide the services for less, I encourage you to participate in the next RFP.

Thank you,

Ken Goodenow

They just don’t get it!!!

Of course the Site itself needs to be ADA Compliant. But they can run a Live Stream through the Site.

Olelo runs the County MEETINGS… Na Leo Could as well and it wouldn’t cost that much!

Sheesh People Try Open your dang eyes!

Matter a fact… why don’t I just post them to my site (sorry the formatting is so screwy as I’m just taking the links from another site now some links don’t work due to this format but the videos are there):

SPECIAL Budget Committee Meeting May 18, 2009 14h 12m Agenda
Transportation & Planning Committee May 14, 2009 03h 49m Agenda MP3 Audio
Public Safety & Services Committee May 14, 2009 00h 12m Agenda MP3 Audio
Executive Matters & Legal Affairs Committee + Kapiolani Park Trustees Meetings. May 13, 2009 01h 18m Agenda MP3 Audio
Budget Committee May 13, 2009 03h 24m Agenda MP3 Audio
Zoning Committee May 12, 2009 01h 54m Agenda MP3 Audio
Public Infrastructure Committee May 12, 2009 01h 47m Agenda MP3 Audio
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL Meeting April 22, 2009 06h 08m Agenda MP3 Audio
Special Budget Meeting April 13, 2009 08h 55m Agenda MP3 Audio
Transportation & Planning Committee April 9, 2009 03h 52m Agenda MP3 Audio
SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING April 8, 2009 00h 04m Agenda MP3 Audio
Executive Matters & Legal Affairs Commitee April 8, 2009 00h 56m Agenda MP3 Audio
Budget Committee April 8, 2009 02h 27m Agenda MP3 Audio
Public Infrastructure Committee April 7, 2009 02h 00m Agenda MP3 Audio
DEPARTMENTAL BUDGET BRIEFING March 30, 2009 00h 40m Agenda MP3 Audio
DEPARTMENTAL BUDGET BRIEFING March 25, 2009 06h 40m Agenda MP3 Audio
DEPARTMENTAL BUDGET BRIEFING March 24, 2009 07h 59m Agenda MP3 Audio
DEPARTMENTAL BUDGET BRIEFING March 23, 2009 07h 51m Agenda MP3 Audio
DEPARTMENTAL BUDGET BRIEFING March 20, 2009 01h 51m Agenda MP3 Audio
DEPARTMENTAL BUDGET BRIEFING March 19, 2009 04h 11m Agenda MP3 Audio
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL Meeting March 18, 2009 07h 39m Agenda MP3 Audio
Special Budget Meeting – RESOLUTION 09-75 March 17, 2009 01h 25m Agenda MP3 Audio
DEPARTMENTAL BUDGET BRIEFING Cont’d. Part 2 of 2 March 17, 2009 00h 34m Agenda MP3 Audio
DEPARTMENTAL BUDGET BRIEFING Part #1 of 2 March 17, 2009 03h 30m Agenda MP3 Audio
DEPARTMENTAL BUDGET BRIEFING March 16, 2009 03h 34m Agenda MP3 Audio
Transportation & Planning Committee March 5, 2009 02h 40m Agenda MP3 Audio
Public Safety & Services Committee March 5, 2009 01h 18m Agenda MP3 Audio
Kapiolani Park Trustees Meeting March 4, 2009 00h 02m Agenda MP3 Audio
Executive Matters and Legal Affairs Committee March 4, 2009 01h 51m Agenda MP3 Audio
Budget Committee March 4, 2009 03h 29m Agenda MP3 Audio
Zoning Committee March 3, 2009 00h 38m Agenda MP3 Audio
Public Infrastructure Committee March 3, 2009 00h 59m Agenda MP3 Audio
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL Meeting February 25, 2009 06h 36m Agenda MP3 Audio
Transportation & Planning Committee February 12, 2009 04h 01m Agenda MP3 Audio
Public Safety & Services Committee February 12, 2009 02h 01m Agenda MP3 Audio
Kapiolani Park Trustees February 11, 2009 01h 43m Agenda MP3 Audio
Executive Matters & Legal Affairs Committee February 11, 2009 02h 07m Agenda MP3 Audio
Budget Committee February 11, 2009 03h 02m Agenda MP3 Audio
Zoning Committee February 10, 2009 02h 04m Agenda MP3 Audio
Public Infrastructure Committee February 10, 2009 02h 06m Agenda MP3 Audio
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL Meeting January 28, 2009 06h 03m Agenda MP3 Audio
SPECIAL Zoning Committee – Public Hearing January 20, 2009 04h 07m Agenda MP3 Audio
Transportation & Planning Committee January 15, 2009 02h 22m Agenda MP3 Audio
Public Safety & Services Committee January 15, 2009 02h 11m Agenda MP3 Audio
Executive Matters & Legal Affairs Committee January 14, 2009 01h 19m Agenda MP3 Audio
Budget Committee January 14, 2009 01h 25m Agenda MP3 Audio
Zoning Committee January 13, 2009 02h 12m Agenda MP3 Audio
Public Infrastructure Committee January 13, 2009 01h 12m Agenda MP3 Audio
*City Council – INAUGURAL SESSION January 2, 2009 00h 42m Agenda MP3 Audio

Kenneth Goodenow… Change in Thinking?

Earlier I blogged how the County Clerk used the excuse of ADA requirements as to why the County is not Streaming the meetings live.

Date: Friday, May 22, 2009, 9:59 AM

Thanks for taking the time to think of this. Actually, we have looked at free-streaming. Corporation Counsel gave the go ahead, regarding advertising being done on the site, but the problem is ADA requirements for live transcriptions – both Corporation Counsel and HR have advised that it would be dangerous not to provide for live transcriptions as these are official meetings. This would add significantly to the cost and is not part of our current RFP that includes transcription for delayed broadcasts. Earlier this year we determined we would should wait and go out for a new RFP to take into account live transcription (and other matters relating to our new location and the possibility of an automatic camera system, etc.) when our current contract expires 06 /30/10..

Kenny

Now a few hours later Goodenow is tell me:

I will make another request of corporation counsel and the department of human resources for their input. We were looking at free streaming back in January (Out of the Sea Media) put us on to this. I’ll let you know what they say.

Kenny

I sure wish people would figure out what was going on and quit telling me one thing… then a few hours telling me another thing.

It’s not that hard to do and I think they are making a much bigger issue about the technology behind this.

On Tiff’s blog… the Significant cost quoted was $12,000. I don’t think that is a significant cost for a years worth of public access.

…This route was decided as there were other options to consider such as the design of the new council chamber, software designed for legislative bodies going paperless, voice activated cameras, etc. The $12,000 per year figure we received was the lowest bid on the request for proposal sent out by the Purchasing Division…

Even more on the Council Members Cancellation of Plans to Stream Meetings on the Internet.

Councilman Yoshimoto on Live Streaming… But Wait… Goodenow Says ADA a Problem Still?

I got the following email from Councilman Yoshimoto in reply to the same letter that I sent to Councilman Yagong that I blogged about earlier.

This is Councilman Jon Yoshimoto’s response to Live Streaming:

Thank you for your email.  We are in the process of looking into having live streaming video of our council meetings that could possibly result in considerable savings to the county.

Here lies the problem so Kenneth Goodenow states:

Thanks for taking the time to think of this. Actually, we have looked at free-streaming. Corporation Counsel gave the go ahead, regarding advertising being done on the site, but the problem is ADA requirements for live transcriptions – both Corporation Counsel and HR have advised that it would be dangerous not to provide for live transcriptions as these are official meetings. This would add significantly to the cost and is not part of our current RFP that includes transcription for delayed broadcasts. Earlier this year we determined we would should wait and go out for a new RFP to take into account live transcription (and other matters relating to our new location and the possibility of an automatic camera system, etc.) when our current contract expires 06 /30/10.

But Wait just a minute… Goodenow already said ADA wasn’t the problem in a response to the Big Island Chronicle’s inquiry on March 24th:

“Tiffany:

The previous clerk’s policy was not to respond to postings on blogs. I’m not sure if I want to get into that habit as well. Despite that, since you have requested a response, here is one:

I agree that the ADA doesn’t mandate that live hearings have transcriptions for captioning (though this is not entirely clear – our lawyers tell me is that if the cost burden is weighed and found to be unreasonable, we can forgo the captioning). If, however, the transcripts are to be kept for reviewing as was part of the request for proposals that was conducted by the Purchasing Division of the Finance Department with the specifications as provided last year, then transcripts or captioning are needed (the idea for web-casting first came up as an idea to provide archives via the internet which could be searched by subject matter or bill, resolution or communication number). As we already have a contract that includes transcription for captioning (not instantaneous), we would have to either modify our existing contract with Out of the Sea (if found by the Finance Department not to violate the Procurement Code) or wait for their contract to end and go out for a new RFP. This route was decided as there were other options to consider such as the design of the new council chamber, software designed for legislative bodies going paperless, voice activated cameras, etc. The $12,000 per year figure we received was the lowest bid on the request for proposal sent out by the Purchasing Division.

So I replied back to Goodenow and Yagong the following:

The live streams DO NOT require ADA mandates. The State LEGISLATURE BROADCASTS AND STREAMS LIVE MEETINGS W/OUT THESE MANDATES… WHY SHOULD Hawaii County Council?

Council Meetings are streamed live all across this country on the internet.

Is there something I’m not understanding?

“Using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk service, you can get audio transcribed for less than $1 a minute with a 24-hour or less turnaround” and have that on the site as well!

Damon Tucker

Folks… I really don’t like getting the run around!