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Congresswoman Mazie Hirono Questions Federal Agencies in Wake of Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

Congresswoman Mazie Hirono questions administrators with the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Interior in the aftermath of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster during a recent Education and Labor Committee hearing. The Congresswoman’s questioning is followed by closing remarks by Committee Chairman George Miller.


This Thursday – Pahoa Village Cafe Welcomes The Green

I’m wondering if Anuhea Jenkins will make a special guest appearance with The Green as she has been touring a lot with them of late.

Anuhea Jenkins and members of "The Green"

These pictures were taken of her at the Na Hoku Awards Festival with “The Green” escorting her on her big night of winning two Na Hoku Awards.

Getting interviewed by Lina Girl

So come check out Pahoa Village Cafe this Thursday night and hopefully we will be treated to a nice little surprise!

Big Island Resident Roger Christie Establishing Cannabis Churches in Colorado

It didn’t take long for the Rev. Roger Christie, founder of the Hawaii Cannabis Ministry, to move forward with his plan to establish a cannabis church in Colorado Springs.

Christie, who lives in Hawaii, was in the city Tuesday (June 22) to give a lecture on the spiritual implications of marijuana and to check the temperature of locals about founding a cannabis church. Only seven people showed up for his lecture. But while giving two more talks in Denver last week, Christie said, a person stepped forward offering to lead the Colorado Springs cannabis church…

Full article: Cannabis church plant in the Springs by September, leader says

1ST Hawaii International Micro Robot Conference and Tournament to be Held on the Big Island

From the House Majority Communication Office:

The 1st Hawaii International Micro Robot Conference and Tournament will be held at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center at the University of Hawaii at Hilo from July 16-19, 2010.

The effort is being led by the Waiakea High School Robotics Club and the Hawaii Space Grant Consortium, two groups that have provided many opportunities for science students and teachers in the field of robotics and technology.

Art Kimura, Education Specialist at the Hawaii Space Grant Consortium, said this event is being held to jumpstart the conversation on how the Big Island can benefit from micro mechanisms. The event will allow community leaders to talk to industry experts and learn about the advantages and possibilities of a micro mechanisms and robotics industry rooting from the islands.

“The exciting thing about this endeavor is the idea that the Big Island could become a center for the development of micro mechanisms research and development and a micro-robotics industry in the pacific,” Kimura said.

Because of this tournament, Hawaii students will now have the opportunity to compete without paying high costs to fly elsewhere for the same experience.

The goal of the conference is to stimulate high technology education and assist in the creation of a technically capable workforce by developing the infrastructure and skill sets necessary to support high technology robotics based activities.

“Once this is in place,” said Rep. Nakashima, a supporter of the effort, “the next step will be identifying the real world potential and application for this growing technology as we invite new industries to the Big Island to take advantage of our newly skilled work force.”

A public event featuring an origami presentation and bipedal robot demonstration will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2010, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center.

·         Origami presentation by Hidenori Ishihara, a robotics professor from Kagawa University.

·         Bipedal robot demonstration by Risa Saito, a Japanese high school student who won the bipedal competition in the 2009 Micro Robot Contest at Nagoya University, and Hideaki Matsutani, a Japanese technical education teacher who conducts bipedal workshops in Nagoya for middle school students.

Seating for this event is first come, first served.

3.6 Earthquake Shakes Volcano Area

Version #1: This report supersedes any earlier reports of this event.
This is a computer-generated message. This event has not yet been reviewed by a seismologist.

A minor earthquake occurred at 8:55:25 AM (HST) on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 .
The magnitude 3.6 event occurred 10 km (6 miles) WNW of Ka`ena Point.
The hypocentral depth is 34 km (21 miles).