The Fastest Sailing Ship in the World, The Pallada, Coming to Hawaii

The Pallada is on it’s way to Hawaii!

Russian sailing vessel Pallada has left the city of Los Angeles in California for Honolulu (Hawaii), the ship’s owner said.

The ship, carrying over 100 cadets from Russia’s Far Eastern Primorye and Kamchatka territories, sailed from the city of Vladivostok on July 1. During the four-month expedition, the Pallada will call at ports in the United States, Canada and Japan.

The trip is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Soviet cosmonaut Yury Gagarin’s space flight and the 270th anniversary of the discovery of “Russian America” by Russian seafarers…

…The Pallada’s next destination is Honolulu, where the ship will spend three days filled with a variety of cultural exchange events.

The Pallada was built in 1989 in Poland.

In its 22-year history, the Pallada has sailed for 12 years, called at 101 ports in 35 countries and trained 12,000 cadets, midshipmen and students from all over Russia.

Guinness World Records lists the Pallada as the fastest sailing ship in the world. The vessel can reach speeds in excess of 18 knots.


Russian sailing vessel Pallada underway (Photo Сourtesy of Far Eastern Technical Fishing University (Dalrybvtuz))

More Here: Russian Sailing Ship Pallada Leaves Los Angeles for Honolulu

Calling All Student Journalists Statewide – Growing Up in the Shadow of 9-11

WATCH LIVE! WEDS. 8/31/11 FROM 2:30 TO 3:30 PM:


American Civil Liberties Union, Hawaii

Presented by Civil Beat and the ACLU of Hawaii.

After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, we as Americans chose to sacrifice or erode many of our fundamental rights, seeking greater safety. How does this policy legacy affect us, and upcoming generations – and who controls the future of our individual rights in a post 9-11 America?

This is a web-based press conference for student journalists statewide. It will be publicly viewable (worldwide!), on the Civil Beat website:

Hear an expert and diverse panel respond to questions they receive from Hawaii’s young journalists. Speakers are planned to include:

• Hina Shamsi, Director of the ACLU National Security Project headquartered in New York. Hina is an attorney and an expert in the intersection of national security and counterterrorism policies and international human rights and humanitarian law. She is the author and co-author of publications on torture, targeted killing, and extraordinary rendition, and has monitored the military commissions at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.

• Supervisory Special Agent Anthony Lang, Chief Division Counsel for the FBI Honolulu Division. From 2001 through mid- 2004, SSA Lang was the Chief of the Counterterrorism Law Unit at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. SSA Lang assisted in the drafting of the USA PATRIOT ACT following September 11, 2001. SSA Lang is a member of both the Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. Bars. and a lecturer at Honolulu Community College where he teaches Evidence in the Administration of Justice Program.

• Civil Beat’s Michael Levine. Michael reports on law, crime, politics and government (with an emphasis on government transparency), and will discuss the landscape for journalists in post-9/11 America.

• Youth sharing their own takes on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, and their hopes for the future of their country. Mickey Knox, a third-year law student at the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law will join.

• ACLU of Hawaii Director of Communications and moderator Kit Grant.

If you are a student/youth journalist not already invited to attend, and who would like to ask questions of the panel, please contact Kit at (808) 522-5904 or by noon on Tuesday, 8/30/11. Mahalo!

Video – Meet the Contestants for the 2012 Miss Hawaii USA Pageant

This video will introduce you to thirteen of the new Miss contestants in the 2012 Miss Hawaii USA Pageant.

We learn their names and hear them speak for the first time in front of the camera. They are all gorgeous and speak well. We are glad that they have decided to join us this year on a wonderful adventure. Fashion, poise, public speaking, and inner growth are all steps that will lead these young ladies to a successful future. Eric Chandler and Takeo Kobayashi, our pageant directors, insure each and every young lady is a winner in her own way.