Executive Director of NORML Slams Roger Christie in High Times Magazine

I was just pointed to this article in High Times magazine where Allen St. Pierre, the executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML),  slammed Roger Christie and his so called “Cannabis Church”.

Christie, a self-styled “minister” from Hawaii, founded the THC Ministry in the 1990s based on the incorrect assumption that citizens organized as a church or religious organization who employ cannabis as a sacrament are exempt from criminal prosecution under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970…

Please don’t hate on me for reporting this… as this is news to me as well.

PBS Hawaii Receives $1.2 Million from Local and National Funders To Launch the First Statewide Student News Network in the Nation

PBS Hawaii and Students from More Than 60 Public, Private and Charter Schools Are Busy Preparing for the First Hiki Nō Newscasts Scheduled to Premiere February 2011

Media Release:

The Hiki Nō (“can do”) attitude prevailed as major funders stepped up again with generous enthusiasm in support of PBS Hawaii ’s plans to work with teachers and middle and high school students from all of Hawaii’s inhabited islands to create a collaborative network that will deliver community-based news and information to the entire state via PBS Hawaii ’s broadcast and web platforms.

The impressive list of foundations and companies supporting Hiki Nō now includes major funding and services from The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation ($225K),  W.K. Kellogg Foundation ($195K), tw telecom Honolulu ($119K), with additional funding and support from Atherton Family Foundation,  Cooke Foundation, George Mason Fund, the Stupski Family Fund and Bays Deaver Lung Rose and Holma Attorneys at Law.  PBS Hawaii also received more than $7,00o from individuals’ donations.

” Hawaii has come up with a fresh answer for pressing needs in a changing world.  We’re grateful that prominent national and local organizations share our conviction:  Hiki Nō will be a model for creating 21st-century learners and communicators, and for filling gaps in community information and engagement,” said Leslie Wilcox , PBS Hawaii President & CEO.

In January 2010 PBS Hawaii announced the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation were Hiki Nō’s founding funders providing $200K and $100K respectively to support the critical startup phase of Hiki Nō.   Commercial Data Systems was also named at that time as an early corporate partner of Hiki Nō.

The Hawaii Community Foundation announced in September it was the recipient of a $240,500 Knight Community Information Challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.  The grant would be given over a period of 3 years to PBS Hawaii for Hiki Nō, the first Hawaii grantee to ever receive funding from the Knight Foundation.

Meanwhile, broadcast and journalism veterans have been working with a teacher steering committee and the schools for quite some time in media camps and various training sessions.  Executive Producer Robert Pennybacker and Managing Editor Susan Yim are working with teachers and students on story ideas, show formatting and production details for the first newscast scheduled to air February 28, 2011 on PBS Hawaii .

Initially there will be one new newscast produced weekly with a slow but steady ramp up to 5 new shows weekly Monday-Friday with a sixth show that will air on weekends looking back on stories from the previous week.

PBS Hawaii will also air a documentary-style program in February that tracks the development of this ground-breaking media and education initiative that has received national support from respected educators and locally from the leadership of the D.O.E., Hawaii Association of Independent Schools and Hawaii ’s Charter Schools .

For more information including FAQs, a list of participating schools, photos, video and comments from teachers and students go to http://www.pbshawaii.org/hikino/index.php

Or Contact Linda Brock – 808.973-1383 – lbrock@pbshawaii.org

Pahoa’s Toys For Tots Benefit Coming Up

Media Release:

It’s that time of the year again, and organizing the Pahoa Toys For Tots is well under way. This year it will take the form of a full-on Rock N Roll dance and pupu buffet at Akebono Theater on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Musicians donating their performances include Dave Seawater’s IBIS, Bo Lozoff, Kaliko Guyz, and Dan Nixx as Elvis, with Penney Madamba serving as emcee. M J Svoboda and Maavae will be cooking up a storm to create a spread similar to the one they did for the Obama Inaugural Ball a coupla years back.

A silent auction will feature artworks from StoneFace Hawaii, Patti Pease Johnson, Charles Christian Hansen, Nelson and Kainoa Makua, Willie K and others, goodies from Big Island Candies, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Big Island Toyota as well as lots of R&R memorabilia and more. Silent auctions are great venues for getting some really nice holiday gifts at a fraction of their retail value!

Since it is a T4T benefit, admission is a $20 ticket OR a NEW, UNwrapped toy or child’s gift. Luquin’s will be manning the bar, so the event is only open to those 21 years and older. Of course, you’ll have to pay for your own drinks. But the rest is included in the price of admission.

Please turn out to help celebrate the holidays and help the needy children in our community. It’s gonna be rougher this year than last as many people’s reserves are no more!

And anyone willing to donate a nice item to the silent auction should please call Frankie Stapleton at 965-8945. Since T4T is a non-profit, tax deductions are applicable for those donating to the cause!