Will Hawaii Marijuana Minister’s Case Go to Trial?

July 14, 2011

Founder of The Hawaii Cannabis (THC) Ministry, Roger Christie, has been held in Honolulu federal prison without bail for over a year on charges related to marijuana possession and distribution.  Three federal judges claim that Christie – Reverend of THC Ministry and one of Hawaii’s strongest advocates of medical marijuana – is a “danger to [...]

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Hawaii Opens Homes to Earthquake and Tsunami Survivors

July 12, 2011

In the months following the tragic March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan, the people of Hawaii have worked together to raise funds to support disaster relief efforts. From clothing drives to the sold-out Kokua for Japan concert, from t-shirt sales to benefit dinners, a statewide fund raising campaign appropriately named Aloha for Japan [...]

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Bill Recognizes Native Hawaiians

July 6, 2011

For some Native Hawaiians, today was a day to celebrate.  For others, it was a day to protest.  At the center of the mixed emotions and continued controversy was Senate Bill 1520, signed into law by Governor Abercrombie this afternoon. The bill officially recognizes Native Hawaiians as the only “indigenous, aboriginal, maoli people of Hawaii”, [...]

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Hawaii Medical Marijuana Laws Face New Challenge

July 2, 2011

Department of Justice Issues Warning Regarding Hawaii Medical Marijuana Laws While several states have loosened laws relating to medical marijuana, the federal government has reasserted its position and authority to prosecute anyone they find in violation of the Controlled Substances Act.  And in case the feds’ position was unclear, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has [...]

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City Council Overrides Mayor’s Rail-Related Vetoes

June 30, 2011

Controversy surrounding control over HART continues Honolulu’s rail project is already the most expensive public project the state has ever had.  And if the city council and Mayor Carlisle continue to disagree over who controls the project’s operating and capital budgets, it could get a whole lot more expensive for taxpayers. On Tuesday, June 21, [...]

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Honolulu TSA Terminations Raise Questions

June 24, 2011

The recent proposed termination and suspension of several Honolulu International Airport Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees has stirred up scrutiny of airport security and raised questions of necessity, privacy, and effectiveness. On June 10, 2011, 36 Honolulu International Airport TSA workers were given termination notices and another 12 were suspended.  A six-month TSA-run investigation found [...]

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Abercrombie Calls Paying for Pro Bowl “So Stupid”

June 14, 2011

Can the prospect of same-sex civil unions attract 17, 000 visitors and bring $28 million to Hawaii? Governor Abercrombie seems to think so. In fact, last week he claimed, “We’ll get more out of civil unions in a weekend then we’ll get out of those guys.” Those “guys” he was referring to are the thousands [...]

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Celebrating Success of Hawaiian Immersion Schools

June 9, 2011

The Importance of Native Culture and Language-Based Education and the Need for Federal Support While the 2011 Diplomas Count report has once again ranked Hawaii in the bottom third of states with students who graduate with a diploma, other educators across the nation are looking to Hawaii’s unique culture-based education as a model for success. [...]

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Representative Kym Pine’s Email Account Hacked

June 7, 2011

Just days after Congressman Weiner made national news insisting he was the victim of an Internet hacker, Hawaii’s own Kymberly Pine also made local headlines as she became the victim of a website and email hacking. On June 3, 2011, Civil Beat reported that Pine’s email account had been hacked.  An email Pine planned to [...]

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Abercrombie Approves Raid of Hurricane Reserve Fund

June 4, 2011

While many residents are preparing for hurricane season by assembling disaster kits and updating evacuation plans, the governor is authorizing a raid of the state’s Hurricane relief fund. Just one day before the official start of hurricane season in Hawaii, Governor Abercrombie, signed SB 1270 into law.  This measure officially appropriates $42 million from the [...]

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