Press Conference Tomorrow in Regards to My Obstruction of Government Operations Arrest

My attorney Gerard Lee Loy and I will be holding a press conference tomorrow, at 2:00 pm in front of the Hawaii County Courthouse regarding my “Obstruction of Government Operations” charge that I was assaulted, arrested and thrown in jail for.

My iPhone as it was returned to me from the evidence room

I will be unavailable for comments after that as I’m leaving for Oahu to attend the APEC Summit until Sunday.

Broken Nikon L110 Camera

Sex Offender Sentenced for Crime Against Minor in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

On Nov. 3, 2011, U.S. District Judge J. Michael Seabright sentenced Jeffrey Donald Drye (25) to 21 months in prison, one year supervised release, and a lifetime requirement to register as a sex offender with the state of Hawai‘i.

Jeffrey Donald Drye

Jeffrey Donald Drye

The felony conviction stemmed from the sexual assault of a minor that occurred on Jan. 30, 2010 within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Drye, along with two other male adults and a female minor, hiked into the park’s Kahuku unit at night.  The group made a campfire, during which time the two male adults returned to their vehicle approximately one mile away to retrieve food, leaving Drye alone with the female minor when the sexual assault occurred.  Drye is ordered to self-surrender on Nov. 7, 2011 to the Federal Detention Center in Honolulu to begin his sentence.

Drye was indicted on Nov. 17, 2010 in federal court for Abusive Sexual Contact and Sexual Assault First Degree. On June 20, 2011 after a four-day trial, a jury found him guilty of Abusive Sexual Contact and not guilty on the remaining count.  The maximum penalties for Abusive Sexual Contact are a two-year term of imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and term of supervised release of up to one year.

The investigation was led by the Investigative Services Branch, Park Rangers from Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park with assistance from the Hawai‘i County Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Hawai‘i.

UH Mighty Micromouse on Display at APEC

The University of Hawaii Micromouse is being displayed at the 2011 APEC Summit.

The Micromouse has quite an interesting history going back to 1995.

In the beginning…..1995 – 1996

Two very foolhardy students decided to work on the micromouse. One of the students decided to work on the micromouse as his Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) pledge project, and brought in his partner as the third member. After many, many meetings and many, many cups of coffee, the group was able to make a maze solving algorithm, specifications for an efficient mouse, and a prototype mouse, the Hokule’a. The prototype proved that they were on the right track of making a mouse. Behold, the Hokule’a…

More on the history of the Micromouse here: History of the Micromouse

This is a video of the current Micromouse that the University of Hawaii at Manoa is putting on display for APEC 2011.


U.S. and Japanese Companies Begin Smart Grid Project in Hawaii

Hitachi, Ltd., Cyber Defence Institute, Inc. and Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd. today announced that the companies have been selected as contractors for a world-leading smart grid demonstration project on Maui Island in Hawaii (“Project”), spearheaded by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (“NEDO”) as the result of feasibility study which was conducted from May to September this year by Hitachi and other companies. Serving as the project leader, Hitachi will take a leading role and coordinate the entire project.

Maui Smart Grid Project

The Project, a joint undertaking by the U.S. and Japan, is based on the Japan-U.S. Clean Energy Technologies Action Plan, which was agreed to following the Japan-U.S. Heads of State Summit held in November 2009. These contractors will cooperate with the State of Hawaii, Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., the University of Hawaii, and the U.S. National Laboratories in the Project. The Project is expected to be completed by the end of March 2014. The estimated budget for the Project is approximately US$ 37 million.

The objectives of the Project are to establish a system model for the integration of clean energy and to verify cutting-edge technologies in a smart grid system on Maui where a high percentage of renewable energy is already in place. The system being tested mitigates the impact of variable renewable energy generation and uses renewable energy efficiently. Other objectives of the Project include contributing to standardization of a low-carbon social infrastructure system deployment to other islands and semitropical regions all over the world.

More here: US and Japanese Companies Begin Smart Grid Project in Hawaii

3.9 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Pahoa on the Big Island

Magnitude 3.9
Location 19.442°N, 154.851°W
Depth 42 km (26.1 miles)
  • 8 km (5 miles) ESE (116°) from Leilani Estates, HI
  • 10 km (6 miles) SE (138°) from Nanawale Estates, HI
  • 13 km (8 miles) ESE (122°) from Pahoa, HI
  • 13 km (8 miles) SSE (153°) from Hawaiian Beaches, HI
  • 38 km (24 miles) SE (140°) from Hilo, HI
  • 373 km (232 miles) ESE (123°) from Honolulu, HI