Act 221: Is It Stimulating Hawaii’s Economy… The Video

This documentary explains what Act 221 is, and explores some of the issues of this Hawaii tax legislation.


Mobile in Hawaii… Still Far Behind

I was one of those people that just hated cell phones and thought I would never carry one myself.  Now I couldn’t live without them.

Its amazing how many people in Hawaii still don’t have a cell phone… less yet just go completely wireless.  I know some people that still screen calls through answering machines because they don’t have caller ID (something all cell phones typically have) But it is fun listening to the excuses as to why they are screening their calls and who they don’t want to hear from.

Here’s an interesting graph that shows percentages across the country of households and adults that are ONLY use cell serviece (Referred to in the graph as Mobile Phone Service):


I gave up my land line about six months before I moved back to the Big Island.  With the problems I had with Hawaiian Telcom, I would never go back to them again.

With the financial trouble that HT is having now, I can only see more and more people switching to mobile phones.

My hardest decision will be… at what age do I allow my son to have a cell phone?

Can you hear me now?

Captain Cook Fire Station Reopens

Media Release

Fire fighters at the Captain Cook Fire Station moved back into their quarters today at 82‑6120 Mamalahoa Highway following a three-month relocation due to repairs and renovations at their station.

The renovations were necessary to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act as well as to address the removal and abatement of hazardous materials repairs.

Fire Chief Darryl Oliveira would like to thank everyone involved in this project for their assistance in assuring a seamless relocation and renovation process.  He also acknowledged and appreciated the public’s patience and understanding during the transition period.

Chief Oliveira expressed a special appreciation and thanks to Ms. Rita Pregana of the National Park Service for use of their Hale Na Opio support facility during the renovation period.

New Version of Akaka Bill Proposed

New version introduced to specifically ban gaming, already illegal per Hawaii law

March 25, 2009

Washington D.C. – U.S. Senators Daniel K. Akaka and Daniel K. Inouye and U.S. Representatives Neil Abercrombie and Mazie K. Hirono today introduced a slightly modified version of the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act that clarifies that gambling will not be permitted, in accordance with Hawaii state law.

The entire Hawaii Delegation made the following statement:  “As an indigenous people that exercised governance until the U.S. overthrow, Native Hawaiians deserve the same opportunity to preserve their culture, language and traditions as indigenous people on the mainland.  This change in the legislation should make the bill’s intent clear and remove any distractions from its thoughtful consideration.”

The Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act would provide a process for federal recognition of Native Hawaiians, similar to the government-to-government relationship provided to American Indians and Alaska Natives.  All forms of gambling are illegal in Hawaii and the Native Hawaiian Government will be subject to all state and federal laws.  The delegation reintroduced the bill with specific language prohibiting gaming in an effort to clarify that the intent of the bill is not to legalize gambling.  The gaming prohibition language was derived from legislation introduced in the 110th Congress (S. 310/H.R. 505).  Other than this one provision, the bill is identical to the version introduced on February 4, 2009.

For more information on the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, click here.

Akaka Introducing New Version of Akaka Bill Later This Afternoon

I am writing you to let you know that later today, I will be introducing a new version of the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009, also known as the Akaka Bill, to address concerns regarding gambling.  As a member of my email `ohana, you are receiving this information before it is released to the general public.

My bill is not about gambling, it’s about providing federal recognition for Native Hawaiians, similar to the government-to-government relationship provided to American Indians and Alaska Natives. Despite the fact that all forms of gambling are illegal in Hawaii and the Native Hawaiian Government will be subject to all state and federal laws, we have heard concerns that the bill could allow such activity. In an effort to clarify that the intent of the bill is not to legalize gambling, we are reintroducing the bill with specific language prohibiting gaming.

For the latest news from my office, please visit my website which is updated daily. And please know that I always appreciate hearing your concerns and comments regarding the issues that face our state and our nation. Please contact me by clicking here.

Aloha pumehana,

U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka

Bloggers vs. Journalist

In follow up to my post on Code of Ethics for Bloggers. I just got an interesting comment from reader Gary that showed me a few links about some other peoples thoughts on Bloggers vs. Journalists and I just thought I’d share them here.

…For what it’s worth, I think journalists are unnerved and defensive because one of the mediums that they’re published on now is open to anyone to publish.  They seem to feel that this is unfair. Because their access to the web is controlled, they seem to feel everyone’s should be.

Mr. Schorr, on that same NPR show, said that the internet was like a market or bazaar where anyone can come and shout anything they want and be heard by anyone who cares to listen. This is a particularly apt analogy. If we apply it to journalists on the internet, we see that it’s like making them stand on a milk crate and announce the news on the street corner just like everyone else, whereas before they had special arrangements. They spoke from a balcony with a loudspeaker.

And that’s the inversion that I think not everyone appreciates. It’s not so much that we, the bloggers have invaded the journalists’ turf, it’s rather that they’re now forced to operate on ours. A medium used to come with a certain implied or built-in credibility and certainly privilege. If you got to speak, it was sort of assumed that at least you had your facts more or less straight.

But access to a medium does not necessarily equate to credibility and really, it never has. Anyone with sufficient money can print their own newspaper. But just because something is printed on sheets of paper that look like a newspaper doesn’t mean it’s true. Trustworthy journalists and news institutions earned their stripes over the years by doing their jobs well and being proven out by facts and people’s real-world experiences… “Read at Joe’s

Another quote:

…That’s why journalism is a craft, not a profession. There is no licensing or board testing required for journalists, and that’s just the way reporters and editors want it.

The practical outcome is that anyone can be a journalist. As part of a story we are researching for State Legislatures magazine, we’ve found nearly 60 percent of statehouse reporters for print outlets also blog, and a larger percentage say blogs have increased the amount of information about their legislature available to readers… The Thicket at State Legislatures

Mayor Kenoi Interview at Hat’s Off for American Red Cross Event

DJ Josh Pacheco (@joshontheradio)  interviews Mayor Kenoi at Hat’s Off for American Red Cross event


Demon Busting Going on in Hilo… VIDEOS

I don’t know what to say about these videos that I just ran across.

The strange part to me… is that the church is putting these videos up.  If you go to the links below, you will see some other videos.

I’d hate to see the video cameras in the confessional rooms at that church.

Pt 1:

A Violent Spirit inhabited a college house with 4 men in Hilo. The spirit had physically attacked each of the men. While they were on Spring Break, the Demon Busters were called to Cleanse the house of spirits. Casting out of the Violent and other Demonic spirits with Pastor Jimmy Nishimoto, Pastor Nora and her husband and Chris Eliason.


Pt. 2

House Blessing and Casting Out of demonic spirits with Pastor Jimmy Nishimoto and Chris Eliason from Hilo. This video is shot with an Infrared video camera. Use this link to see the demon faces captured from the video.

Pastor Jimmy has performed over 900 blessings and is on track to reach 1000 in 2009.


Focus the Nation 2009: Hawaii to Join National Town Hall Meetings April 18th


Hawaii Town Halls

Focus Oahu:
District 1
Denise Antolini is working with the University of Hawaii – Manoa to organize a Town Hall to engage Representative Neil Abercrombie. To get involved, contact Lacey Riddle, the National Organizer for the Northwest
Focus Kahului:
District 2
Joshua Cooper is working with Maui Community College to organize a Town Hall to engage Representative Mazie Hirono. To get involved, contact Lacey Riddle, the National Organizer for the Northwest

More Here

Hawaii Students to Speak to Space Shuttle Discovery Crew Friday

The Hawaii Space Grant Consortium and Punahou School in Honolulu will host a live education downlink from space shuttle Discovery with STS-119 mission specialists Joe Acaba, Richard Arnold and Sandy Magnus. Acaba and Arnold are both former middle and high school science teachers.

On Friday, March 27, from 7:03 to 7:23 a.m. HST, elementary and high school students from Punahou School, Pearl City Elementary, Stevenson Intermediate, Manoa Elementary, St. Ann’s School, Gus Webling Elementary, Mid Pacific Institute, Noelani Elementary, and Lincoln Elementary Schools will ask questions of astronauts aboard the shuttle. Acaba visited both Punahou School and NASA Explorer School Pearl City Elementary in 2006.

Students will be given an opportunity to learn more about what life is like in space and how gravity affects us on Earth.

The downlink is one in a series with educational organizations in the U.S. and abroad. It is an integral component of NASA’s Teaching From Space Office. Teaching From Space promotes learning opportunities and builds partnerships with the education community using the unique environment of human spaceflight.

The downlink will air live on NASA Television and be streamed on the NASA Web site at:

For information about NASA’s education programs, visit:

Did I Help Sink the Superferry… Nah

On November 13th I was the first in the state to blog:

…Austal USA has won a $1.6 billion contract to build up to 10 high-speed transport ships for the U.S. military, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, announced Wednesday…

No one in the media had picked up on this… I even ended the post by saying:

…I’m amazed the Unofficial Hisuperferry Blog hasn’t picked up on this.

This weeks Honolulu Weekly is running an article, Conspiracy Ferry, where it points to that contract specifically as one of the two that are troublesome:

…First, the construction of the two ferries by Austal USA helped the young company get a contract to build a military version of the fast cargo and troop-transport ship—with an option for nine others—for a total of $1.6 billion, according to defense analysts and Austal USA itself. It also played a role in getting a contract for a Littoral Combat Ship prototype, a separate project to build up to 50 fast, aluminum warships at more than twice the price for each. The question is: was that the real purpose of building the Superferry?…

The article was tucked in the back of an Online Alabama Newspaper and I have to wonder if it would have ever been brought forth… Had I not blogged about it in the first place… and then the other sites picked up on it?