Numbering System Being Implemented for House Hearing to Assist Flow of Testimony on Marriage Equity Bill

Due to the anticipated high volume of testifiers for the October 31, 2013  House hearing on SB1 relating to equal rights, the Judiciary and Finance Committees will assign registration numbers to people who submit testimony and wish to testify in-person. Those who submit testimony on line and wish to testify at the hearing will receive an email with their registration number.  Those who submit their testimony in person will be assigned a number at that time.

capitalThe numbering system is being implemented to more efficiently assist the flow of people and their testimony during the hearing.  It will also allow testifiers to know where they are on the testimony list and plan their presence accordingly.

All regular hearing procedures will remain in place including submitting testimony on line or in person up until the day of the hearing and limiting oral testimony to two minutes.

For more information please see the testimony submission instructions on the hearing notice at:

16-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Receives Wish of a Lifetime Aboard the Hōkūleʻa

The Polynesian voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa welcomed special guests Sunday as she sailed from her home port at Sand Island to her final Hawai‘i stop of the Mālama Hawaiʻi portion of the Worldwide Voyage, Ko Olina. On board was Wish Kid Colin, his mom, his brother Chase and his aunt; Colin was receiving his wish-come-true.

Colin takes the helm of the Hokulea

Colin takes the helm of the Hokulea

After facing a life-threatening diagnosis of alveolar rhabdomyasarcoma, countless treatments and hospital stays, Colin’s one true wish was to travel to O‘ahu for a sailing experience, and the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) partnered with Make-A-Wish® Hawaii to grant his wish. PVS crewmembers were quick to volunteer to support Colin’s wish – many of those on Sunday’s voyage were cancer survivors themselves.

Colin has had a life-long love for sailing that started with sailing excursions with his dad who was in the Navy and a sailor at heart. Tom, Colin’s father, passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly in January 2010, and then Colin was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer two years later. Today, Colin can say he is cancer clear and he felt this wish would not only realize his passion, but honor his family, particularly his father, as well.

Colin and brother Chase

Colin and brother Chase

Once under sail, a pule, prayer, was said and introductions were made, as is traditional. During the sail, Colin and Chase (10) helped to steer the waʻa and participated in story telling exchanges with the crew. Colin’s mom and aunt did not hop on the sweep, but actively shared stories with the crew. It was a happy sunset sail, with a lot of laughter and learning.

“We are incredibly honored to work with Polynesian Voyaging Society to help make Colin’s wish come true,” said Siana Hunt, President and CEO Make-A-Wish Hawaii. “We believe that a wish can be powerful medicine for children battling life-threatening conditions and we would not be able to bring wishes true without the support of our community; the type of incredible support shown by PVS with Colin’s wish. Colin was shown the true spirit of aloha and we couldn’t be more grateful for PVS’s involvement.”

Nainoa Thompson

Nainoa Thompson

As the sail completed, Master navigator Nainoa Thompson told Colin “you are a star of hope.” Colin smiled and said the sail was just as he imagined it would be.

Public Hearing Set for Hawaii’s Marriage Equity Bill – How to Submit Testimony

SB1, the marriage equity bill, has been scheduled for a public hearing on Thursday, October 31, at 10:00 AM in the Capitol Auditorium. The hearing is pending receipt of bill from the Senate and referral to JUD/FIN.


The bill is to be heard by the House Judiciary and Finance Committees—whose combined membership represents over half of the State House.

To follow the bill and keep updated on SB1’s status see the bill page at:

Members of the public wishing to submit testimony may do so online, via email, in person, or by fax. More information about the hearing and how to submit testimony can be found on the Committee’s hearing notice at:


Milestone for Hawaiiʻs First Space Launch Completed In New Mexico

The 135-ft. rail launcher to be used in Hawai‘i’s first space launch, known as ORS-4, was unveiled today at the National Technical Systems (NTS) facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico. NTS and Western Fabrication built the rail launcher In addition, a full-sized model of the Super Strypi rocket that will be used in the Hawai‘i launch was unveiled.

The rail launcher to be used in Hawai‘i's first space launch is unveiled in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Attached to the rail launcher is a scale model of the Super Strypi rocket that will carry a satellite constructed by University of Hawai‘i faculty and students. The launcher will be disassembled and transported to the 2014 launch site at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kaua‘i. Photo credit: Sandia National Laboratories.

The rail launcher to be used in Hawai‘i’s first space launch is unveiled in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Attached to the rail launcher is a scale model of the Super Strypi rocket that will carry a satellite constructed by University of Hawai‘i faculty and students. The launcher will be disassembled and transported to the 2014 launch site at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kaua‘i. Photo credit: Sandia National Laboratories.

The mission manager for the launch is the Air Force’s Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) Office.  The Open House event was hosted by ORS and project partners Sandia National Laboratories, the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kaua‘i, Aerojet Rocketdyne Corp., and the University of Hawai‘i’s Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory (HSFL).  The launch is currently planned for spring 2014.

The ORS-4 mission is sponsored by the ORS Office and is the first launch of the Super Strypi launch system.This mission will demonstrate a new, low-cost launch capability able to deliver 300 kilograms to Low-Earth Orbit.  This is the first orbital launch from the Pacific Missile Range Facility and will carry the University of Hawai‘i’s hyperspectral imager as the primary payload, along with 12 cubesats in an integrated payload stack.  This demonstration will enable low-cost launch alternatives and range processes for the future.

When the Super Strypi rocket takes flight from the U.S. Navy’s PMRF on Kaua‘i, it will be carrying a satellite designed and built by University of Hawai‘i faculty and students.  UH will have also played a significant role in getting the satellite into space.  With this mission, UH has become one of the only universities in the world to have both satellite fabrication capabilities and direct access to orbital space.  Interim President David Lassner said, “The University of Hawai‘i is pleased to support the State in becoming a low-cost gateway to space and to provide our students with real-world experience that will be invaluable as we train Hawai‘iʻs aerospace workforce.”

Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory Director Luke Flynn with a model of the launcher and Super Strypi launch vehicle.

Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory Director Luke Flynn with a model of the launcher and Super Strypi launch vehicle.

HSFL is responsible for payload development, and project management of the rail launcher and launch pad. The University of Hawai‘i’s faculty and students are building the primary payload called HiakaSat.  “Hiaka” means “to recite legends or fabulous stories” in Hawaiian.  It is also an acronym for Hyperspectral Imaging, Aeronautical Kinematic Analysis.  The 110-lb. satellite is being designed to do a number of things including performing thermal hyperspectral imaging.

HSFL was established in 2007 within the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) and the College of Engineering.  As a multidisciplinary research and education center, HSFL brings together individuals from diverse areas and other UH campuses to work on the exploration and understanding of the space environment.  Kaua‘i Community College will be the primary communications link for the satellite.  Honolulu Community College is designing one of the satellite payloads and will operate a receiving station during the mission.  Windward Community College and UH Hilo are also involved.

Lassner said, “The Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory has brought in more than $35 million in government funding for this project and is partnering with top tier aerospace companies for our State’s first space launch.  It is a great example of the critical role UH plays in the Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative to build the research sector and to create exciting jobs for future generations.”

HSFL Director Luke Flynn says the university would like to be able to launch small satellites on a regular basis, which will attract companies that are looking for affordable ways to test space technology.  HSFL is looking for partners willing to invest in this endeavor.

The launch rail system will now be disassembled and moved to the PMRF site on the island of Kaua‘i, where it will be reassembled for the 2014 launch.


Halloween “Spooktacular” at the Kings’ Shops

Are you looking for a “spooktacular” time this Halloween?  Bring the children to Kings’ Shops on the Kohala Coast Thursday, October 31st for an evening of FREE treats and magical tricks.

Halloween 2010

Halloween 2010

The fun kicks off at 5 p.m. at Center Court Stage with FREE Trick-or-Treat bags for the first 100 children.  Visit participating merchants throughout Kings’ Shops for Trick-or-Treating.  There will also be FREE popcorn and cotton candy for all, while supplies last.

At 6 p.m. The Great Barusky will perform “Tricks ‘N’ Treats,” a Halloween-themed magic show.  This year’s show will include illusions never seen before on Center Court Stage and will be followed by a costume contest.

Visit with Officer Denise Smith of the Hawaii Police Department to learn about safety and Halloween.

Kings’ Shops, Hawaii Island’s premier shopping and dining destination, is located within the Waikoloa Beach Resort at 250 Waikoloa Beach Drive.   For more information visit or call (808) 886-8811.

1st Annual “Trunk and Treat” Halloween Party at Maku’u Farmers Market

Raisin’ Cane Sorbet and Juice Company presents the 1st Annual “Trunk and Treat” Halloween Party Thursday at Maku’u Farmers Market.

Halloween 2008

Halloween 2008

Three days to the big event…. $50.00 prize each for Best Costume and Best Decorated Truck. (gate opens at 3pm)



Transformer - Bumblebee

Halloween 2012

A Trunk or Treat Halloween event is where people gather and park their cars in a large parking lot. They open their trunks, or the backs of their vehicles, and decorate them. Then they pass out treats from their trunks.  The event provides a safe family environment for our keiki.

Costume parade (starts at 7) and contest. $50.00 reward for BEST TRUNK. $50.00 reward for BEST COSTUME.

Proceeds will go into the Maku’u Community Garden fund. All Donations are tax deductible and the gates open at 3pm. All the fun starts as the sun goes down.

For more info call the TRUNK AND TREAT hotline 965-7270

Randy Hu Joins The Big Island Substance Abuse Council’s Board of Directors

First Hawaiian Bank’s Business Banking Officer, Randy Hu, has taken a position on the Big Island Substance Abuse Council’s Board of Directors.  Hu, a Hilo native, brings his background in Public Accounting, non-profits and banking to BISAC.

Randy Hu

Randy Hu

Hu also serves as the Treasurer of Hawai‘i Island United Way, is a member of the Hilo Yacht Club’s House Committee and is a member of the Hawai‘i Association of Public Accountants, AICPA, HSCPA.

“I feel the programs offered by BISAC are essential in the prevention, intervention and education on drug and alcohol abuse. When I served as a member of the Grad Nite a few years ago, I was impressed with the knowledge of BISAC’s staff,” said Hu.

Since 1964, BISAC has been inspiring individuals and families to reclaim and enrich their lives in the wake of the ravages of substance abuse.  They offer a continuum of services that are culturally appropriate and aligned with the ever-changing behavioral health field.

“We are so grateful that Randy is joining our Board of Directors and helping us to inspire individuals and families to reclaim and enrich their lives while holding on to the vision of a community where everyone can be free to live an enriched life of health, happiness and overall well-being,” said BISAC CEO, Dr. Hannah Preston-Pita.