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Friday, April 11, 2014

April 12 - You've Got the Power Premieres

The following is reprinted with permission from HawaiiReporter.com

A new half hour television show, You've Got the Power, produced by Malia Zimmerman, Irma Baptiste and Shaunna Touchi of Luminescent Productions, will air on Saturday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. on KGMB TV and Saturday, April 19 at 6 p.m. on KHNL.

See a 30-second clip of the show here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nkv6EO5UmmA&feature=youtu.be

The half hour show, which focuses on people who have overcome great odds to be successful and then help many other people, features Skylar Soares, Delorese Gregoire and Mo Maurer in the first episode.

Soares, 12, is the SBH Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013. She founded with the help of Make a Wish Foundation and Hawaii Pacific University, the HiSky retail business.

Gregoire is the founder of Winners Camp and has helped 15,000 teenagers discover their leadership skills and talents. Maurer, a Maui resident, founded Assistance Dogs of Hawaii and has helped thousands of people in need find they joy and independence they deserve.

Sponsors include HMAA, King Windward Nissan, InControl Diabetes Center, Pharmacare, Revolusun, Hawaii Homestay and Ted Hong - attorney at law.

Dean Kaneshiro is the videographer, director and editor of the show, while Candace Nashman is the producer and Luke Trimble is providing his musical recordings.

If your company would like to be a sponsor of this new inspirational show, contact Irma May Baptiste at irmamaybaptiste@gmail.com

Photos from the premiere party held on April 8 at Dave and Busters.

You've Got the Power Party

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You've Got the Power Party

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Custom Legislative District Info Now Online


DBEDT has released two new applications showing demographic information for Hawaii's legislative districts.  Using these applications, the public can discover demographic information such as population, median age, race, household size, median income and other characteristics of their State Senate or State House district.   The applications can be accessed from the Statewide GIS page (click on Census Interactive Online Maps and go to 2012 ACS Online Maps), or directly from these links:

State Senate District Demographic Information (http://files.hawaii.gov/dbedt/op/gis/maps/agol-maps/state_senate_districts_acs2012.htm) 

State House District Demographic Information (http://files.hawaii.gov/dbedt/op/gis/maps/agol-maps/state_house_districts_acs2012.htm)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Nightmare of Rail Will Continue Forever

Stop Rail Now

As reported in the news media on Tuesday (Feb. 18), the legal case against Honolulu's fixed rail project came to an end after two federal courts ruled in favor of the City's $6 billion + rail project. Rail opponents have exhausted all legal avenues to stop the costly project.

I will always be forever against rail. It will cost us too much money. Taxes will continue to rise and we will be priced out of this city and possibly the state.

A sad day indeed this is, and nearly all of it can be traced back to former Governor Linda Lingle's decision on July 11, 2005 to allow the GE Tax bill to fund rail pass without her signature. That decision is one that will forever taint the Lingle administration's place in history as Honolulu is paved over with this costly, ugly, impractical project.

Photo: Republican Governor Linda Lingle was among Democrat rail supporters on July 11, 2005 announcing that she would let HB 1309 become law without her signature. This is the bill that enabled the half percent surcharge on the general excise tax to fund the building of rail. Photos by Mel.

KITV's Report on the Rail Decision

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Governor's Race: Slim Pickings.

Who Will Be Hawaii's Governor?

It looks like the election season is ramping up with new polls, news and speculation of who's running for what. This weekend Hawaii News Now and the Honolulu Star Advertiser released results from their Governor's poll that showed the following:

Candidate Name / PartyFavorableUnfavorableNever Heard
Governor Neil Abercrombie (D) 45% 48% less than 1%
Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui (D) 20% 9% 56%
State Sen. David Ige (D) 30% 9% 38%
Former Lt. Gov. James Duke Aiona (R) 58% 26% 4%
Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann (I?) 45% 45% 2%


COMMENTARY: Duke Aiona ahead of the pack? Hard to believe that one at this time considering he had a lousy campaign in 2010 when he was running against Neil Abercrombie.

Of course it is early in the season and it is highly likely that these numbers will change and skew toward the incumbent. Hawaii is a Democratic state and there is no way that I can see Mr. Aiona winning this race.

With the speculative run of Mufi Hannemann as an independent, thereby throwing the Governor's race into a three way battle, it is more than likely Mufi will be the spoiler and Abercrombie will win another term. In recent Hawaii history, a strong third party candidate has only benefitted the incumbent and hurt the Republican challenger.

I remain undecided on this race though I already know that I won't be voting for Abercrombie or Hannemann. I don't like the fact that they are 2 of the biggest supporters of "rail".

- Mel

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Get the Scoop on Hawaii's Pono Choices Sex Education Program

What Are They Teaching the Children

Mark your calendar and make plans to be at the Pono Choices Discussion with Phil Lees and State Rep. Bob McDermott  this coming Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 at the State Capitol's basement-level auditorium starting at 6:30 pm.

Concerned people are invited to take back public education from the liberal education bureaucrats and puppet politicians. After weeks of work, Rep. McDermott, along with special guest Phil Lees, will be presenting findings surrounding the Pono Choices program in depth.

Phil Lees is a retired school teacher and university instructor from Ontario, Canada and is the leader of the conservative Family Coalition Party of Ontario. During the course of his career he became cognizant of what he describes as a "radical change in values being encouraged by the teachers union" and has became involved in grass roots activism following an incident with his own child. Her 5th grade class had been shown a film titled Head Full of Questions. This film depicted adult sexual intercourse and provided an understanding of homosexuality. 

There are a lot of people out there who are still very much unaware of what is happening with regard to sex education in Hawaiis public schools and with Pono Choices in particular. This is an issue that is as bad if not worse than SB1 (Same Sex Marriage) because it involves children. 

Efforts are being made to remove or rewrite this material and you should be aware and involved.

Please pass the word and encourage people to attend. We have to show our legislators and the media that we care about what is going on Hawaiis Public Schools, especially when it comes to information regarding sex education that is being taught to our children. Don't assume that there will be plenty of people there and so it doesn't matter if you don't show up. Everyone matters and a large number of people are invited in order to make a statement that Hawaii cares.

Pass this information on via email and social media. Phone and tell your friends, relatives and associates. Parents, aunties, uncles and people who care about the keiki are encouraged to attend the meeting.

Text adapted from an email sent out by the Hawaii Republican Assembly.

Photo at top: State Rep. Bob McDermott