Monday – ADA Awareness Day for County of Hawaii

From the Mayors Office:

A proclamation naming July 26, 2010, Americans with Disabilities Act Awareness Day in the County of Hawai’i was presented Friday to Paige De Lima and Wes Tanigawa in the Mayor’s Office in Hilo.

De Lima and Tanigawa are the new chair and vice chair, respectively, of the Mayor’s Committee on People with Disabilities.

The committee, whose members have a significant interest in aiding people with disabilities, advises the Mayor and provides guidelines to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.

County Managing Director William Takaba made the presentation.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed on July 26, 1990, to ensure the civil rights of individuals with disabilities.  The proclamation also recognizes the partnership that the County of Hawaii has established with Hawai’i Centers for Independent Living and the ARC of Hilo in the development and operation of the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC).

The Abled Artists Show will be celebrating the anniversary of the ADA in Prince Kuhio Plaza on Saturday, July 24, starting at 10 a.m.  Disability Rights Hawai‘i has its regular meeting scheduled for Tuesday July 27, noon to 2  p.m. at the ADRC in Hilo with invited speakers on various disability topics.  The public is invited to these meetings.

(Editor’s Note… All folks with Disabilities please avoid the Pahoa Post Office for the sake of your own safety)

Tonight – Marty Dread to Rock Pahoa Village Cafe

Marty Dread will be playing tonight, Friday July 23rd, at Pahoa Village Cafe.  Door open at 9 pm, tickets $10.00!

Police Mind Your Own Business… Taking Pictures in Public Places is Legal

Someone pointed out to me that Larry Geller from the Disappeared News wrote a column that brings back some memories of my earlier days of my blog. I can totally relate to him being frustrated by his more recent incident.

…Until a cop came over and stopped me from taking pictures of the event. See: Intrepid blogger prevented by HPD from shooting photos

One year earlier, Damon Tucker, blogging from the Big Island, reported police intervention when he was taking pictures of a post office that presented accessibility issues…

Still to this day I’m very hesitant to take pictures of police officers doing their work. I think that in a sense… the officer that intimidated me, has actually frightened me so good… that I’ve been intimidated from taking more pictures of things then I actually do at times.