“We the Powerful” Legislative Workshops on Big Island

Suzanne Marinelli explains information about the legislature last year in the Pahoa Library

Between December 11 and December 16, the Public Access Room (the “PAR”) will conduct a series of free neighborhood workshops entitled, “We the Powerful!”  These workshops are designed to demystify the State lawmaking process and will demonstrate ways that people can speak out at the legislature without ever having to leave the Big Island. All are welcome.  No registration or prior experience is required.

The PAR, a division of the State of Hawaii’s non-partisan Legislative Reference Bureau, is the public’s office at the State Capitol and has long been devoted to assisting residents as they engage in State legislative government. There is never a fee for services.

PAR’s workshops are designed to be useful to both newcomers and veterans of the legislative process.  Covered topics will include delivering effective testimony, making sense of deadlines, and using the latest innovations on the Legislature’s website.  Renewed inspiration to be part of the solution will be the overriding theme.

Here is the schedule of PAR workshops for December:

Thursday          December 10 5:30 p.m.        Honokaa Public Library

Monday           December 14 6:00 p.m.        Naalehu School Cafeteria

Tuesday           December 15 5:30 p.m.        Hilo Public Library

Wednesday      December 16 5:30 p.m.        Kailua-Kona Liquor Control Conference Room,

75-5722 Hanama Place, Room 1107

For additional information, or to arrange for individual tutorials or group workshops, residents are invited to contact the Public Access Room toll free from Hawaii Island at 974 4000 ext.7-0478 or via email at par@capitol.hawaii.gov. Please contact PAR directly to make arrangements if special assistance or services such as sign language interpreters are needed.

Medal of Honor Recipient Captain Thomas J. Hudner, Jr., USN (Ret.) To Be Honored at Pacific Aviation Museum

Media Release:  Medal of Honor Recipient Captain Thomas J. Hudner, Jr., USN (Ret.) To Be Honored at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s 3rd Anniversary This Thursday, December 3, 2009, 5:30 to 9:30pm

One of America’s most celebrated military heroes, CAPT Thomas J. Hudner, Jr., USN (Ret.) will arrive Tuesday from Concord, Massachusetts to be honored as Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor celebrates its 3rd Anniversary, this Thursday, December 3, 5:30 to 9:30pm. Over 400 guests will attend the annual fundraiser, which marks the third anniversary of the Museum. The Museum is located on Ford Island, in battlefield hangars that withstood the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

During the Korean War, Captain Hudner was assigned to Fighter Squadron 32 (VF-32) aboard USS Leyte (CV-32). On 4 December 1950, while serving with that unit, he crash-landed his plane near the Chosin Reservoir in a brave effort to rescue Ensign Jesse L. Brown, another VF-32 pilot whose plane had been shot down. For his heroism, (then) Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Hudner was awarded the Medal of Honor.

The event’s Honorary Chair is celebrity Jim Nabors. Comedian Bo Irvine is emcee.

Comedian Bo Irvine

Hangar 37’s Gallery will be the scene of music and entertainment, with the 1940s-style singing group the Liberty Belles and celebrity Jim Nabors featured. A major focus of the evening will be over $50,000 in donated prizes, which guests can enter to win. The evening’s cuisine is being specially prepared and catered by Chef Chai of Chai’s Island Bistro.

Two of the Museum’s latest aircraft acquisitions: a MiG-15 and an F-86 Sabre, along with the F-14 Tomcat and F-15 Eagle will greet visitors in front of the museum for the cocktail reception.

Pacific Aviation Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Its mission is to develop and maintain an internationally recognized aviation museum on historic Ford Island that educates young and old alike, honors aviators and their support personnel who defended freedom in The Pacific Region, and preserves Pacific aviation history.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is located at 319 Lexington Boulevard in Hangars 37 and 79 on Ford Island at Pearl Harbor. www.PacificAviationMuseum.org, www.twitter.com/PacificAviation

Margaret Wille Joins Twitter… And Grandma Florence of Maui

I’m pretty stoked to announce that The Kohala Blog founder Margarette Wille has joined twitter.

She had some difficulty setting up her initial account and removed them and I noticed in her blog posting today she has made the formal announcement:

…As many of you know, lately Damon has been pushing twitter. So with difficulty and problems I have taken that leap. My twitter username is @Himargaretwille – in case you are interested.

This is great news… and I hope she starts using it effectively to find folks from through out the world that are interested in her issues she blogs about.

Some folks think that Twitter is only for younger folks… but believe it or not Florence Hasegawa over on Maui is 101 years old and tweets daily.

101 Year old Maui Tweeter Florence Hasegawa @grandmaflorence

You can check her account at @Grandmaflorence

Her most recent tweet to the world:

My grandsons arriving for Patty’s b’day and bringing food here tomorrow. I need to put on some weight so I’ll just eat like a grandma pig! 8:41 AM Nov 28th from web