Police, Citizens Cooperate in Pahoa Burglary Arrest

From Hawaii County Police Department:

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Fenenbock

Shortly before 10 a.m. Wednesday, Hawai’i Island police arrested a man and a woman Wednesday (February 25) after receiving a report of a burglary in progress. concerned citizens saw suspicious activity at a Pahoa home on Oneloa Street. They confronted a man and woman who were reportedly loading items into a car and then call the police.

At 10:10 a.m., police arrested 31-year-old Naomi R. Fenenbock of P?hoa and 37-year-old Blane A. Gracida of Hilo. The two were taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

Gracida

Gracida

At 9 p.m. Thursday, detectives charged them both with first-degree burglary and set their bail at $25,000 each. They remained at the cell block until their initial court appearance on Friday (February 27).

Ige’s $6K Club, Part 1

The following individuals and groups donated $6,000 to Gov. Ige’s campaign. The list isn’t complete yet; we’ve had a chance to go through Ige’s 2,014 files so far. You can find the names of additional $6,000 donors who gave in concert with others in their organization or family, as well as a few people who exceeded the $6,000 legal limit forindividual  campaign contributions to a gubernatorial candidate, in Gov. Ige’s Super-6k club, which we published yesterday.

We’ll add more names in later installments. The name, cumulative donation, profession and company (if given) and address in each entry are as listed in Ige’s campaign contributions files from the Campaign Spending Commission; they’re often followed by a brief  summary of what we’ve found out, if anything, from other sources.

–Alan McNarie

The $6,000 Club

Choy, Michael K. $6,000
Kendall Law Group, LLP
3232 McKinney Ave. Ste. 700
Dallas TX 75204
Texas tort law firm. Specialties inc. suing corporations on behalf of stockholders and employees.

Rae, David $6,000
Aina Nui
92-4998 Limukele St.
Kapolei HI 96707
Senior Vice President at Kapolei Development, a James Campbell Company

De Crecy, Eudes Francois $6,000
Self
Inventor
6716 SW 100th Lane
Gaines, FL 32608
Holds at least six biotech patents, mostly for using microorganisms to convert organic materials to biofuel.

Okimoto, Nancy $6,000
Teacher
98-1748 Kupukupu St.
Aiea HI 96701

Wuh, Hank $6,000
Skai Ventures, LLC
650 Iwilei Rd, #218
Honolulu HI 96817
Skai Ventures is a high tech venture capital group

Lanai Resorts $6,000
733 Bishop Street, #2000
Honolulu HI 96813

Nohara, Rodney H. $6,000
Jayar Construction, Inc
2656 Kaaipu Avenue
Honolulu HI 96822

Hyun, Sam Kyu $6,000
MCE International, Inc.
1360 S, Beretania St., Suite 400
Honolulu HI 96814
“Mechanical Consulting Engineers”

Fukumoto, Neal S. $6,000
Wesley R Segawa & Associates
3345 Hoolulu Street
Honolulu HI 96815
Hilo civil engineering firm

McCully, James $6,000
Farmer
40 Kamehameha
Hilo HI 96720
Also a developer, with shopping center project in Kea’au

Banister, Scott $6,000
Zivity
PO Box 997
Half Moon Bay CA 94019
Bannister made millions by helping to create software such as Listbot and ClickTrade. He co-owns Zivity, “The world’s biggest community of artistic nude, glamour, and pin-up photography.” Marijuana activist and self-professed fan of Ayn Rand; he and his wife Cyan normally donate to libertarian candidates Rand Paul.

International Association of Fire Fighters $6,000
1750 New York Avenue NW
Washington DC 20006

The firefighters actually had donated more than the legal limit at one point, but the Ige campaign returned the excess.

Unite Here Local 5 $6,000
1050 Queen Street, Suite 100
Honolulu HI 96814
Hotel Worker’s union

Pacific Renal Care Foundation $6,000
2226 Liliha Street, Ste 226
Honolulu HI 96817

Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc Group PAC $6,000
One Penn Plaza
New York NY 10119
Engineering and construction group.

Hirono, Mazie K $6,000
U.S. Congress
U.S. Senator
2443 Halekoa Drive
Honolulu, HI 96821

Hawaii Committee on Political Education $6,000
320 Ward Avenue, #209
Honolulu, HI 96814
AFL-CIO political action committee

HGEA PAC $6,000
P.O. Box 2930
Honolulu, HI 96802
Hawaii Government Employee’s Association

Local 1 PAC $6,000
2251 North School Street
Honolulu, HI 96819
Mason’s Union Local 1 Local 630

The NEA Fund for Children and Public Education $6,000
1201 16th Street, NW, #421
Washington DC 20036
National Education Association PAC

ILWU Local 142 PAC $6,000
451 Atkinson Drive
Honolulu HI 96814
International Longshore and Warehouse Union. Also represents many other workers in professions including agricultural and tourism; one of the oldest ad largest unions in Hawaii.

Island Insurance $6,000
P.O. Box 1520
Honolulu HI 96806

“The State’s largest locally-owned property and casualty insurance carrier”

 

Guerrero, Peter C. $6,000
Department of Public Safety
Deputy Sheriff
1442 Mokuna Place, C-1
Honolulu HI 96816

In 2009, Guerrero, a native of Guam, sued the State of Hawaii for discriminatory practices he had experienced while on the job.

 

Michael K. Livingston $6,000
Davis, Levin and Livingston
Attorney
25 Lumahai Street
Honolulu, HI 96825

Law firm whose specialties include personal injury, consumer rights and construction law.

Mattoch, Ian L. $6,000
Law Offices of Ian L. Mattoch
Attorney
737 Bishop Street, #1835
Honolulu, HI 96813

Paitners [sic] Union Local 1791 $6,000
2240 Young Street
Honolulu HI 96826
Painter’s Union Local 1791

Dean, John $6,000
Central Pacific Bank
Banker
302 Old La Honda Road
Woodside CA 94062
Dean is Central Pacific’s CEO.

Central Pacific billed the Ige campaign for numerous services.

 

Blind Vendors Ohana $6,000
300 Rodgers Boulevard, #56
Honolulu, HI 96819
“Blind Vendors Ohana, Inc. is an organization of diverse and dedicated people, committed to operating “World Class” vending facilities for the benefit of the traveling public, foreign visitors, and others who use the Honolulu International Airport.”

Iwamoto, Kim Coco $6,000
Not employed
Not employed
P.O. Box 235191
Honolulu HI 96823
Appointed by then-Governor Neil Abercrombie to serve until 2016 on the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission. Former two-term member of the Hawaii Board of Education. While she was on the BOE, Hawaii News Now called her “the nation’s highest elected office holder, who also happens to be transgendered.”

Floro, Frank C. $6,000
Ke’aki Technologies
CEO
1177 Queen Street #3002
Honolulu HI 96814
Ke`aki Technologies is “a provider of government biomedical research, information technology, and professional services.”

Glen S. Fukushima $6,000
Center for American Progress
Senior Fellow
1111 23rd St. NW Ste 5A
Washington DC 20037
“Building on the achievements of progressive pioneers such as Teddy Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, our work addresses 21st century challenges such as energy, national security, economic growth and opportunity, immigration, education, and health care. We develop new policy ideas, critique the policy that stems from conservative values, challenge the media to cover the issues that truly matter, and shape the national debate.”

Gov. Ige’s Super-$6K Club, Expanded Edition, Part 1

Six thousand dollars is the most that any individual is allowed to give to a candidate in the governor’s race, under Hawaii’s state campaign finance laws. But that doesn’t mean that several individuals related to the same company—or their spouses or siblings—can’t legally give $6,000 each, so long as they don’t get the company to give them the money and they don’t conspire together to give it as a group.
We named some of these “Super $6,000 groups” as a sidebar to a story in our February 2014 print edition. But then we discovered that the search program that we used had only identified a fraction of Ige’s $6,OOO donors, and hadn’t identified members of the same organizations who gave smaller amounts. So we’ve gone back doing it the old-fashioned way: campaign report file by campaign report file, line by line. And what we found was a bit dismaying.
First, let this be said: Ige drew massive grassroots support, with hundreds of donors who contributed between $25 and $1500. And in some of the the remaining big-ticket cases, it may well simply be that two individuals in the same household were just supporting their political convictions as individuals. Former Governor Ben Cayetano donated $6,000 to Ige, for instance, and his wife Vicky chipped in another $5,000. But others just don’t pass the “smell test”: they do business with the state and present potential conflicts of interest for the Governor. And some simply seem to stretch the rules. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, for instance, contributed $6k through their national PAC, $6K through a local PAC, $6k through an organization called Hawaii Electricians Marketing Enhancement Plan, which operates out of the same room as one of the IBEW local chapters, and yet another $6K through yet another local. Ige, himself an electrical engineer, managed to get four times the love from different branches of the same organization.
The biggest Super $6K Club member by far that we’ve found is a company Called Aviation and Professional Services or AvAirpro Services or AVAirpro Services, which says on its Web site that it provides consulting and services to Honolulu Airport. Its officers and their wives apparently fattened Gov. Ige’s campaign war chest by $60,000 in a single day. And they apparently weren’t donating out of deep political conviction, either—several of them also gave to former Governor Neil Abercrombie, whom Ige defeated in the primary.
We also found a number of instances in which Ige’s campaign committee actually named persons and organizations that had donated more than $6,000 individually, in clear violation of the law. In some cases, we found records showing that the Ige campaign had returned the excess—but not all, or even the majority of such cases.
We’re still far from finding all of Gov. Ige’s Super $6,000 contributors. The Governor’s campaign finance files are massive; so far, we’ve only gotten back to his committee’s August 10-October 20, 2014 general election repot. And the data is often incomplete; the majority of donors don’t even give their job description or business affiliation, for instance, though most of the $6k donors do—and some have filed information that’s vague or misleading, such as donating in a bloc with members of one company but giving a position in another organization with which they may hae an affiliation. But here’s what we’ve got so far. Each name is followed by the information from his, her or the organization’s entry in Ige’s campaign contribution report, often followed by a summay what we’ve found out about them so far from other sources.
At very least, the list below gives some idea of some of the people and groups who thought Ige was the right man to represent their interests in the Governor’s office.

AVAirpros Services $60,000 total
A.k.a. AvAir Pros, Airport and Aviation Professionals Inc
‘…providing professional consulting and management services to airlines and airports throughout the US including…Honolulu”—from their Web site. They have office in Honolulu and an office lease from the DLNR at the Khului Airport on Maui.

Aoki, Rodrick S. $6,000
AVAipros
Consultant
1530 Haku St., Apt. A
Honolulu HI 96819

Ogawa, Alan $6,000
AVAirpros Services
CFO
1759 Dixon Street
Redondo Beach CA 90278-282

Ogawa, Atsuko $6,000
Information pending
Pending
1759 Dixon Street
Redondo Beach CA 90278-282

Demkovich, Paul B. $6,000
AVAirpro Service
CEO
9629 Wilshire Lakes Blvd
Naples FL 34109

Demkovich, Sheila $6,000
Information Pending
Pending
9629 Wilshire Lakes Blvd
Naples FL 34109

Salomon, Luis $6,000
Airport and Aviation Professionals
Chairman
10049 Boca Avenue S
Naples FL 34109

Casto, Gregory A. $6,000
AVAirpro
Vice President
915 6th Street S.
Naples FL 34109-6907

Chivington, Steven P. $6,000
Airport and Aviation Professionals Inc.
President
4220 Herschel Ave. Apt 802
Dallas TX 75219

Strohm, Phillip A. $6,000
Meristern LLP
Senior Advisor
110 E Center Street No. 2314
Madison SD 57042-2908
Strohm’s $6K contribution was listed amidst all of the others from AVAirpros on 10/14/2014. We found one Web site that referred to Strohm as an advisor to a company called “Meristem (not Meristern) LLP.” But other sites, including Strohm’s own LinkIn page, say he’s “CEO AvAirPros, Naples, Florida” Bizapedia.com names Strohm as a “principle” in the company.

Strohm, Nancy F. $6,000
Pending Information
Pending
110 E Center Street No. 2314
Madison SD 57042-2908
Also filed the same day, between Aoki and Ogawa’s names, was Nancy, who share’s Phillip’s South Dakota address: Also filed that day were Sheila Demkovich and Atsuko Ogawa, who also share last names and home addresses with AVAirPro executives and list their company affiliations and jobs as “Pending Information” and “Pending.”

SSFM International $35,200 total
Engineering firm

Kawachika, Norman M $6,000
SSFM International
Project Manager
2943 Lowrey Avenue
Honolulu HI 96822

Matsumoto, Michael P. $6,200
SSFM International
Engineer
333 Kupu Place
Honolulu HI 96817

Matsumoto, Theolinda O. $6,000
Retired
333 Kupu Place
Honolulu HI 96817

Stacey Miyamoto $6,000
SSFM International
Manager
P.O. Box 256603
Honolulu HI 96825

Matsuoka, Corey M. $5,000
SSFM International
Executive VP
2737 Dow Street
Honolulu HI 96817

Lee Takushi $ 6,000
SSFM International
VP Project Management
5332 Poola Street
Honolulu HI 96821

Mitsunaga and Associates $28,000 total
Architectural, engineering and construction firm.

Mitsunaga, Dennis $6,000
Mitsunaga and Associates
747 Amana Street, #216
Honolulu HI 96814

Fujii, Aaron $6,000
Mitsunaga and Associates
2724A Kaaipu Avenue
Honolulu HI 96822

Mitsunaga, Chan Ok $6,000
Mitsunaga and Associates
747 Amana Street, #216
Honolulu HI 96814

Okino, Glenn M. $6,000
Mitsunaga Construction Inc
2251 A Aulii Street
Honolulu HI 96817

Arnold T. Koya $1,000
Mitsunaga and Associates
Manager
1226 Alexander Street, #1401
Honolulu HI 96826

Mitsunaga, Lois L. $1,000
Mitsunaga and Associates
Engineer
415 South Street, #2803
Honolulu HI 96813

Otani, Terri Ann $1,000
Mitsunaga and Associates
Office Manager
3050 Ala Poha Place, E7
Honolulu HI 96818

Longline fishermen and supporting companies $33,000 total?
Contributions from these five businesses and their officers were all clustered together in the Ige organization’s records on the same day. All are related to Honolulu’s longline fishing industry; three share the same address, and a fourth is located next door. We’re not sure if they’re all closely enough related to qualify for the Super-$6K club together, but they do seem to have donated as a unified bloc.

Pacific Fishing and Supply Inc. $6,000
504 N. Nimitz Hwy
Honolulu HI 96817
Has approx. eight long-line commercial fishing vessels registered in its name.

Vessel Management Associates, Inc. $6000
1133 N. Nimitz Hwy
Honolulu HI 96817
Has at least six registered long-line commercial fishing vessels.

POP Fishing and Marine $6,000
1133 N. Nimitz Hwy
Honolulu HI 96817
Commercial fishing supply company.

NICOS LLC $2,000
1133 N. Nimitz Hwy
Honolulu HI 96817

United Fishing Agency, Ltd. $6,000
1131 N. Nimitz Highway
Honolulu HI 96817
Runs Honolulu fish market

Goto, Michael K. $1,000
Executive Assistant
United Fishing Agency
876 Curtis Street, Apt 2802
Honolulu HI 96813

Cook, James $6000
POP Fishing and Marine
Vise President
46045 Lilipuna Road
Kaneohe HI 96744

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $24,000 Total
IBEW PAC Educational Fund $6,000
900 Seventh St.
Washington, DC 20001
IBEW LOCAL UNION 1357 PAC $6,000
2305 S. Beretania Street, #206
Honolulu HI 96826-1432

HEMEP POLITICAL FUND $6,000
1935 Hau Street, Room 300
Honolulu HI 96819
Hawaii Electricians Marketing Enhancement Plan. Note that it shows the same street address and room number as IBEW Local 1186, below

LOCAL UNION 1186 IBEW $6,000
1935 Hau Street, Room 300
Honolulu HI 96819-5003
Thornton & Naumes $20,000 total
a.k.a. Thorton Naumes, The Thornton Law Firm. Boston tort law firm. “The firm has represented more than 20,000 victims of asbestos and toxic exposure, defective products, financial fraud, and personal injury accidents throughout Boston, the state of Massachusetts, and across the country.” Appears to specialize in industrial torts such as asbestos-related illnesses,

Michael Thornton $6,000
Thornton Naumes
Attorney
100 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02110

Bradley, Garrett $6,000
Massachusetts State Legislature
state legislator
11 Blaisdell Rd.
Hingman, MA 02043
Garrett is also an attorney at Thornton and Naumes.

Donohue, Joseph $1,000
Information Pending
Information Pending
7 Fairway Drive
Andover MA 01810
The Thornton Law Firm Web site lists Donohue as an attorney with the firm

McMorris, David $2,000
Thornton and Naumes
Attorney
100 Summer Street
Boston MA 02110

Strouss, David $2000
Thornton and Naumes
Attorney
100 Summer Street
Boston MA 02110

Wainwright, Andrew $1,000
Thornton Law Firm
Attorney
45 Greenbrook Road
S Hamilton MA 01982

Lesser, Michael $1,000
Thornton Law Firm
Partner
100 Summer Street
Boston MA 02110

Roberts Hawaii $24,000 total.
Bus company. In adddition to its well known tour bus operationns, it supplies school buses for Hawaii DOT and drivers for the County’s Hele On Bus.

Iwamoto, Arlene
Homemaker
680 Iwilei Road, Suite 700
Honolulu HI 96817

Iwamoto, Robert Jr.
Roberts Hawaii
680 Iwilei Road, Suite 700
Honolulu HI 96817

Iwamoto, Tiffany S.
Homemaker
621 Ulili Street
Honolulu HI 96816

Iwamoto, Chad
Roberts Hawaii
621 Ulili Street
Honolulu HI 96816

eWorld Enterprise Solutions, Inc. 20,000 Total
“eWorld Enterprise Solutions, Inc. (eWorldES) provides services for mid-sized and larger organizations in the public and private sector.” Among the company’s recent accomplishments: “Developing a Health and Human Services benefit tracking application”

Mizokawa, Steven M. $4,000
eWorld Enterprise Solutions, Inc.
Vice President
3444 Pinao Street
Honolulu HI 96822

Bongco, Joel M. $4,000
eWorld Enterprise
CTO
95-116 Lalei Place
Mililani HI 96789

Yoshimi, Garret $4,000
eWorld Enterprise
VP, COO
98-1941 Kaahumau Street. Apt T
Aiea HI 96701-1857

Senda, Dean $4,000
eWorld Enterprise
VP, CFO
3143 E. Manoa Road
Honolulu HI 96822

Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP $15,000 total
“BLB&G is widely recognized as one of the leading law firms worldwide advising institutional investors on issues related to corporate governance, shareholder rights, and securities litigation. We have also prosecuted some of the most significant employment discrimination, civil rights and consumer protection cases on record.” Contributions from the firm’s members at addresses across the country were all recorded together on 10/15/2014. But we should note that these contributions are probably like pocket money to this firm, which has won billions in securities litigation against major corporations such as Worldcom, Cendant and Bank of America.

Berger, Max W. $3,000
Bernestein [sic] Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP
Partner
181 East 65th Street
New York NY 10065

Lebovitch, Mark $1.250
Bernestein [sic] Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP
Partner
42 Clive Hills Road
Short Hills NJ 07078

Graziano, Salvatore J. $1,500
Bernestein [sic] Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP
Partner
85 Remsen Street
Brooklyn NY 11201

Silk, Gerald H. $1,500
Bernestein [sic] Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP
Partner

17 Burgess Raod [sic]
Scarsdale NY 10583
Gelderman, G. Anthony III $5,000
Bernestein [sic] Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP
Counsel
2727 Prytania Street Suite 14

New Orleans LA 70130
Stickney, David R. $1,250
Bernestein [sic] Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP
Attorney/Partner
PO Box 17
Rancho Santa Fe CA 92067

Nicholas, Blair $1,500
Bernestein [sic] Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP
Partner
3177 Wildflower Summit
Encinitas CA 92024

R. M. Towill $14,950 Total
Engineering firm.

Yamamoto, James H. $6,000
R.M. Towill
Vice President & Senior Product Manager
3528 Kepuhi Street
Honolulu HI 96815

Collins, Lam D. $2,550
R. M. Towill
Engineer/Manager
95-217 Polie Place
Mililani HI 96789

Hiyakumoto, Greg H. $1,700
R M. Towill
President
PO Box 2930
Aiea HI 96701

Tanoue, David K. $2,500
R. M. Towill
Attorney
600 Queen Street, #2906
Honolulu HI 96813

Tsutsui, Roy T. $2,500
R. M. Towill
Engineer
2809 Kalawao Street
Honolulu HI 96822

Nan, Inc. $1,200
Construction and general contracting firm. Often gets bids for state highways.

Shin, Nan C. $6,000
Contractor
3170 Noela St.
Honolulu HI 96815

Shin, Mariko K. $6,000
Housewife
3170 Noela St.
Honolulu HI 96815
May be the wife of Patrick Shin of Nan, Inc. Was jointly named with him and the company in at least one legal proceeding.

Demattei Wong Associates $12,000 total
California based architectural firm.

Demattei, Anthony
Demattei Wong Associates
2129 Queens Ln
San Mateo CA 94402

Wong, Wesley
Demattei Wong Associates
3522 Gillon Ave.
Dallas TX 75205

Hawaii Laborer’s International Union, Local 368 $6,000-12,000
Local 368 donated money both through its own PAC and through a “cooperative trust fund” with contractors who employed its members. Local 368 “represents members working in construction, environmental remediation, maintenance, food service, health care, clerical and other occupations, as well as in state, local and municipal government jobs and as mail handlers in the U.S. Postal Service.”

Hawaii Laborer’s PAC
1617 Palama Street
Honolulu, HI 96817

Hawaii Laborers and Employers Cooperation and Educ [sic]
1440 Kapiolani Boulevard, #800
Honolulu HI 96814
Hawaii Laborers and Employers Cooperation and Education Trust Fund, “…a partnership between the 5,000 Statewide union members of the Hawaii Laborers’ Union, Local 368 and its over 250+ signatory union contractors. The underlying principle of Hawaii LECET is through this labor and management partnership, the organized sector of the construction industry can grow and prosper. This creates opportunities for our signatory contractors and jobs for our highly trained and skilled membership.

Fluid Technologies Inc. $11,000 total
“Fluid Technologies, has partnered with Corix Water Systems to offer safe, cost-effective and sustainable water, wastewater and energy utility infrastructure solutions for the State of Hawaii.”
Choy, Michael K.
Fluid Technologies Inc.
President
1211 Lunaai Street
Kailua HI 96734

Shitabata, Darren $5,000
Fluid Technologies
VP
95-1066 Hoalia Street
Mililani HI 96789
The Cayetanos $11,000 total

Cayetano, Benjamin
Retired
1926 Okoa Place
Honolulu, HI 96821
Former governor.

Vicky Cayetano $5,000
CEO
United Laundry Services
P.O. Box 161060
Honolulu, HI 96816

Richard Gushman $8,000 total
Gushman, Richard $8,000
Self Employed
Investor
3300 Pacific Heights Rd.
Aiea, HI 3300 Pacific Heights Rd.
How Gushman got away with this, we’re not sure. Apparently he made more than one donation and they totaled up to $8,000, and the Ige campaign dutifully reported it. We haven’t yet found an entry in the campaign records saying that the excess had been returned. From Pacific Business News: “Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. has named Richard W. Gushman II to its board of directors. Gushman is the owner and president of the Hawaii-based real estate development firm, DGM Group. He also is the majority owner and managing general partner of Summit Financial Resources of Salt Lake City.”

Myra and Thomas Kosasa $12,000 total
Kosasa, Myrah I.
Bradley Pacific Aviation
VP
1319 Punahou Street, #1040
Honolulu HI 96826

Kosasa, Thomas S.
Self-employed
Physician
1319 Punahou Street, #1040
Honolulu HI 96826

Kosasa, Paul J. $7,250.00
President
ABC Stores
1087 Waiholo Street
Honolulu HI 96821
Like Gushman, Kosasa’s total donations reported by Ige’s campaign committee exceeded the $6,000 limit. We don’t know if he’s related to Thomas and Myra, directly above.

University of Hawaii Professional Assembly $7,000 Total
Union representing UH faculty. The above figure represents only donations by the union and its executive director; we didn’t track contributions by individual teachers.
University of Hawaii Professional Assembly
1017 Palm Drive
Hononlulu, HI 96814

J.N. Musto $1000
University of Hawaii Professional Assembly
Executive Director
47-635 Nukupuu Street
Kaneohe, HI 96744

Former $6,000 Club Members

Hawaii Fire Fighters Association $6,000
2305 South Beretania Street, #202
Honolulu HI 96826
According to Ige’s campaign spending records, the sum of the Fire Fighter’s contributions as if 10/08/2014 was $6,250. The campaign authorized refund of the excess $250 on the same day.

Outrigger Enterprises $6,000
2375 Kuhio Avenue
Honolulu HI 96815
The Ige campaign reported that in addition to $2,000 in earlier donations, Outrigger added $6,000 on 10/17/2014, putting it $2,000 over the spending limit. The campaign authorized return of the excess on 10/21/2014.

First Friday Art Reception: Linda Kane Goes “Between Worlds”

From Alice Moon for The Makery:

The Makery in Hilo is pleased to welcome guest artist Linda Kane to the Gallery & Gift Shop with an opening reception during downtown Hilo’s First Friday, March 6 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.. The show “Between Worlds” spans 25 years of Linda Kane’s work and will remain in the gallery through March 27. Her works include pre-photoshop manipulated photographs, dioramas in tribute to her favorite artists, and mixed media driftwood sculptures of goddesses and other spirit figures.

The title “Between Worlds” was chosen because art is an intermediary between the human imagination and reality, and this show in particular focuses on the space between: between this world and the next, between nature and humankind, between the east and the west, between the flesh and the spirit, between the familiar and the mysterious. Kane’s intention is to take the viewers to places they have never been, or places they may have forgotten.

Linda Kane’s photography has been in a number of shows in Hawaii and was widely shown in Northern California before her move to the Hilo area in 2004. After coming to Hawaii she expanded her interests to film, and released her feature documentary “Nona Beamer: A Legacy of Aloha” several years ago. She is currently filming a documentary on the Star of the Sea Painted Church in Kalapana and collecting interesting driftwood for more sculptures.

 

The Makery, located at 126 Keawe Street in downtown Hilo empowers creativity and provides vocational training to the community with access to hand tools, conventional machines, computer aided design (CAD) programs, and computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines, supported by expert instructors and mentors. The purpose of The Makery is to empower people who live in Hawaii to create and manufacture products here in Hawaii, using Hawaiian materials and resources. For more information, email themakeryhilo@gmail.com or call (808) 933-8571

 

Letter: Letter-Writing course offered with Tom Peek

Dear Editor,

In commiserating on wanting to be a more effective letter writer, I thought online course, but a friend suggested Volcano author Tom Peek.  I emailed and he said he would be open to a Pahoa workshop.  I am putting out feelers for persons interested in attending a Tom Peek workshop in Pahoa- directly related to effective letter writing (150, 300 and 600 words specifically) sometime in later March perhaps?  This will not turn into a political debate at all, this is strictly about how to distill your thoughts into a couple of lines or paragraphs only.  Once we have taken our course, perhaps those interested can together and start a little Pahoa political rag with cartoons and art and of course online submissions to BigIslandChronicle!.

Please contact me only about the workshop by email at saralegal@live.com.   

Sincerely,

Sara Steiner

Letter: Shame on You, Clifton Tsuji

Dear Editor,

Shame on Rep. Clift Tsuji from Hawaii island for killing the bill for pesticide buffer zones around schools, HB1514. What kind of person won’t protect kids from pesticide poisoning?  And it’s reported that as House Ag committee chair, he even cut off testimony from people who flew from neighbor islands to testify. How low can a politician go?  Tsuji unfortunately has become a mascot for corporate special interests, even given the dubious distinction of Biotech legislator of the year.  He should now be given the “poison award” by school children throughout Hawaii.  As a former banker, now politician, Tsuji deserves to be publicly shamed and exposed as a legislator that acts against the common good, including children’s health and safety.

Jim Albertini

Scrapped Incinerator, Now What?

(From our print edition)

,by Alan McNarie

Late last month, Mayor Billy Kenoi’s administration withdrew its Request for Proposals for a garbage-to-energy plant. Department of Environmental Management Director Bobby Jean Leithead-Todd told the Chronicle that Kenoi didn’t intend to revisit his decision during his term in office. But the question remains: what to do with all that garbage?
In killing the incinerator, the administration cited the decreasing cost of oil, which has dropped from over $100 per barrel to less than $50 in recent months. It also noted the uncertainty about the future of the Hawaii Electric Light Company, which may be bought out by a Florida corporation named NextEra Energy. The administration did not cite the heavy grassroots opposition that had gathered against the proposal, spawning Web sites, Facebook pages and at least two online petitions that had gathered over 2,000 signatures. Opponents criticized the project’s estimated $100 million price tag and its proposed location on Hawaiian Homelands in Keaukaha. They also argued that the county simply didn’t produce enough garbage for the plant to operate economically.
“Since the County does not produce enough garbage to meet its quota, it will be required to pay off the incinerator company for the garbage it cannot produce—to [the] tune of millions of dollars per year!” contended one petition, in part.
According to Councilmember Margaret Wille, that drain could have been compounded by the county’s contract with Waste Management, Inc., which requires the county to pay for a minimum tonnage of garbage tipped per day at West Hawaii’s Pu`uanahulu Landfill, whether it generates that much trash or not. The incinerator, Wille told the Chronicle, would have made “two things that we’re on the hook for forever.”
The incinerator announcement came in the wake of headlines, only days before, that the county had cancelled $100,000 contract with the nonprofit Recycle Hawaii to conduct recycling education. County officials denied allegations that the cancellation was a retaliation against incinerator opponents; the administration claimed it simply had other uses for the money. Leithead-Todd told the Chronicle that her department had experienced some “expenditures that were not in our budget,” for instance, including the need to haul green waste from certain areas of the island to Hilo in order to avoid contaminating coffee-growing regions with an invasive beetle, and the need to evacuate, then re-occupy, Pahoa’s transfer station/recycling center because of nearby lava. While the county hoped to recoup some of its volcano-related expenses from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, she said, “I can’t count on getting that money from FEMA this year.”
Buklarewicz said the county had renewed Recycle Hawaii’s contract to run the County’s recycling centers for another year.
With the incinerator dead and the county’s Hilo landfill years overdue to close—although the County also hopes the federal Environmental Protection Agency will grant permission to extend the landfill’s life yet again by steepening the slopes allowed for the landfill’s sides—it still appears that some sort of recycling/waste diversion program will be vital to the county’s future. Both Buklarewicz and Wille are pushing for an educational component in that program. Buklarewicz hopes to renegotiate a contract, possibly with an emphasis on zero-waste school programs similar to one already underway at Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy in Waimea, where garbage from the cafeteria, for example, is turned into compost for gardening. Wille has written a resolution urging the Mayor to issue a new request for proposals for one or more recycling education contracts. As of the deadline for this article, that resolution was scheduled to receive its first hearing on February 17.
“In my opinion, the zero waste programs that fail are the ones that don’t have a strong education component,” Wille believes.
She’s also introducing a “whole package” of waste reduction bills at the Council on March 3. Within reasonable transition periods, she hopes to get all plastic foam and green waste diverted from the landfill to recycled uses. Other bills would require contractors to provide recycling services and give the Director of Environmental Management more leeway to divert waste from the Hilo Landfill to the Kona side—something now allowed only in emergencies, but which Wille believes should be possible in other circumstances, such as to avoid penalty fees.
“I don’t want to be paying penalties where if we brought another seven tons over there, there wouldn’t be penalties,” she contends.
Leithead-Todd is also working on new diversion measures, including a “multi-year contract to do composting,” which may include using a portable tub grinder that could be moved around to various locations to grind up the mulch and compost in place, instead of trucking it to a composting center. The county will also be establishing another geen waste mulching facility in May at the Waimea Transfer station. It will pay for these new green waste services, in part, with a new $21.25 per ton tipping fee that will begin on March 1 for green waste from commercial operators at the Hilo and Pu‘uanahulu landfills which will be the only places that accept commercial loads of greenwaste, though residents can continue to drop off non-commercial greenwaste for free at Hilo, Pu‘uanahulu, Kealakehe, Ke’ei, Puak?, P?hoa and Kea‘au. The county currently pays more than $1.6 million a year to recycle green waste—organic matter such as cut grass and tree branches—into mulch.
Another huge component of the county’s waste stream is consumer packaging: all those brightly colored, advertising-covered boxes, cartons, cans, bottles, bags and wrappers that fill retail shelves and cross fast-food counters.
Bularewicz notes that over the years, county diversion programs have been pulling a greater and greater variety of materials from that waste stream. But he also acknowledges that most of that material now goes to China for reprocessing—burning fuel and aborting potential U.S. jobs. Wille talks about providing “incentives” and “disincentives” such as tax breaks and fees to make companies take responsibility for the costs of their packaging. Some big companies, such as Wal-Mart, are already taking back their cardboard shipping boxes—but not consumer packaging. Others, such as McDonalds, are switching from plastic packaging to biodegradable paper—McDonalds has even started using 100 percent recycled paper napkins. But many local drive-ins are still passing out plastic foam. Hawai’i’s HI-5 program and bag ban have made significant inroads in the waste stream—but persuading mainstream companies to convert to bulk bins, such as local natural food stores use, and reusable containers like the glass bottles that local soda companies once distributed seems a more distant goal.
But perhaps a goal worth pursuing. Getting garbage out of the waste stream could be easier if less garbage was coming in.

More Bills to Watch: Public Housing and Homelessness

One of the most intractable of problems, in a state where campaign contributions are dominated by the real estate and construction industries, is affordable housing.  State Representative Mark Hashem (D-O`ahu) who chairs the House Committee on Housing,  notes that 40 percent of the state’s homeless are working people who simply can’t afford housing–no surprise, he says, since  “In 2011, a study prepared for the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation (HHFDC) noted that 50,000 new units will need to be built between 2012 and 2016 to meet the demand generated by changing demographics and economic conditions”–a challenge, he says, that the state has been “woefully inadequate” in addressing.

But this year it’s been members of the State Senate who seem to be taking the lead on this issue, with Hashem often the sole introducer of House companion bills for the Senate Initiatives. At least 22 bills related to housing and homelessness  have been introduced, from routine funding authorizations to a bill, sponsored by Puna Sen. Russell Ruderman, that would make it easier to build housing for agricultural workers, to a measure co-sponsored by Big Island Senators Lorraine Inouye and Mark Nakashima, that would legalize, for the first time, trailer parks in the state. While some county measures, especially on O`ahu, have been criticized for criminalizing homelessness, the state bills generally emphasize promoting more affordable housing–although one make it easier for the state to confiscate property of public housing tenants, especially if they’re evicted for some reason.

By far the most active of Big Island legislators in this area is Sen. Josh Green, whose deep pockets from medical industry contributions may make him  less susceptible to pressure from the real estate industry.  Green has introduced or co-introduced no fewer than nine bills in this session’s “Joint Package of Bills to Address Affordable Housing and the Homeless.”

Below are the bills officially tagged as part of that package, along with Big Island legislators who’ve placed their names on the bills as introducers. To follow or testify on any of these bills, click on the underlined links.

 

Priority Bills

Bill Number

Description

SB120

Relating to Affordable Housing
Authorizes the issuance of general obligation bonds and the appropriation of funds for deposit into the rental housing trust fund and the dwelling unit revolving fund to finance affordable rental housing development and infrastructure development. Appropriates funds for the construction of micro apartment housing units. Appropriates funds to the department of human services to continue to administer housing first programs for chronically homeless.

Big Island sponsor: Sen. Josh Green

SB477

Relating to Public Housing

Appropriates funds for the plans, design, construction, and equipment to develop, upgrade, or renovate public housing facilities in the State.

Big Island sponsor: Sen. Lorraine Inouye.

SB973

HB280

Relating to the Hawaii Public Housing Authority
Authorizes the issuance of general obligation bonds and appropriates funds for the redevelopment, design, and construction of the Hawaii public housing authority administrative offices, the creation of public housing and affordable rental housing, and the development of a small commercial space at the Hawaii public housing authority’s North School street location.

Big Island sponsor: Sen. Josh Green

SB267

HB282

Relating to the Hawaii Public Housing Authority

Authorizes the issuance of general obligation bonds to the Hawaii public housing authority to leverage funds for the redevelopment of the Mayor Wright Homes property. Requires dollar-for-dollar matching with private or federal funds before appropriations shall be made available.

Big Island sponsor: Sen. Josh Green

SB121

HB736

Relating to the Hawaii Public Housing Authority

Authorizes the issuance of general obligation bonds and appropriates funds for the redevelopment, design, and construction of the Hawaii public housing authority’s Kuhio Homes and Kuhio Park Terrace low-rise properties.

Big Island sponsor: Sen. Josh Green

SB970

Relating to Rental Housing

Allows a portion of conveyance tax revenues dedicated to the rental housing trust fund to be monetized to increase the amount of funding for the rental housing trust fund. Authorizes the issuance of revenue bonds to finance the rental housing trust fund.

No Big Island sponsors.

SB976

Relating to Mixed-Use Residential Projects

Authorizes the issuance of general obligation bonds and the appropriation of funds for the planning, design, and construction of the juvenile services center portion of the mixed-use project at 902 Alder street, Honolulu, Oahu.

No Big Island sponsors.

SB392

HB454

(Women’s Caucus)

Relating to Housing

Amends income tax credit for low-income household renters to adjust for inflation. Applies to taxable years beginning after 12/31/2015.

Big Island sponsor: Sen. Lorraine Inouye; Reps. Cindy Evans, Joy SanBuenaventura, Nicole Lowen

SB122

HB345

Relating to Taxation

Imposes a conveyance tax on the conveyance of a controlling interest of an entity that has an interest in real property in the State. Applies to conveyances occurring after 06/30/2015. Effective 07/01/2015.

Big Island sponsor: Sen. Josh Green

SB969

HB764

Relating to Farm Worker Housing

Allows one or more employee dwellings to be built on an agricultural park lot or non-agricultural park lot that is leased by a long-term lessee with lease terms of at least thirty-five years and a lot size of at least five acres, with restrictions. Appropriates an unspecified amount from the general fund to be expended by the department of agriculture to develop farm worker housing.

Big Island sponsor: Sen. Russell Ruderman

Other bills:

SB156/HB274Authorizes the issuance of general obligation bonds for the rental housing trust fund and new public housing redevelopment.

Big Island Sponsor: Sen. Josh Green

SB478 – Establishes 30 permanent full-time equivalent multi-skilled worker civil service positions in the Hawaii public housing authority to assist and support public housing operations statewide.

Big Island sponsor: Sen. Lorraine Inouye

SB972 – Makes permanent the exemption from state civil service persons hired or contracted to repair and maintain vacant state housing units. Effective June 30, 2015.

No Big Island sponsors.

SB124/HB768 – Expands the Hawaii Public Housing Authority’s authority to dispose of property seized, abandoned or remaining upon eviction in and around federal, elder or elderly, or state low-income housing projects.

Big Island sponsors: Sens. Gil Kahele, Russell Ruderman

SB123/HB767 – Clarifies trespassing in the second degree at Hawaii Public Housing Authority housing projects as a nonresident who enters or remains unlawfully or without authorization on the property. The Hawaii Public Housing Authority is required to post signs notifying trespassers of illegal entry.

 Big Island sponsors: Sens. Josh Green, Gil Kahele, Russell Ruderman

SB971 – Ensures that certain eligible housing projects will remain affordable for certain minimum periods in order to be certified for exemption from general excise taxes.

No Big Island sponsors

SB974 – Authorizes the rental housing trust fund (RHTF) to be used for spaces for public uses within mixed-use residential developments in which the residential component consists of rental housing units. Establishes a separate mixed-use residential development subaccount within the RHTF to make loans or grants for the development, pre-development, construction, acquisition, preservation, and substantial rehabilitation of spaces for public uses within mixed-use residential developments in which the residential component consists of rental housing units. Clarifies that assistance from the RHTF may be made for new construction, rehabilitation, or preservation of spaces for public uses in mixed-use residential developments. Makes appropriation from general fund for deposit into the mixed use residential development account.

No Big Island sponsors

SB975 – Adds a preference for rental housing trust fund project applicants that receive federal low-income housing tax credits. Takes effect on 1/1/2016.

No Big Island sponsors.

SB155/HB766 – Making an appropriation for the construction of micro apartment housing units.

Big Island sponsor: Sen. Josh Green

HB765 – Appropriates funds to the department of human services to continue to administer housing first programs for chronically homeless individuals.

 No Big Island sponsors.

SB763/HB1265 – Requires and appropriates funds for the department of land and natural resources, in consultation with the department of human services, to establish mobile home parks throughout the State for individuals whose family income is no more than 250 per cent of the federal poverty level. Allows private sector to develop mobile home parks.

Big Island sponsor: Sen. Lorraine Inouye, Rep. Mark Nakashima

SB1362 – Restricts the ability of the Hawaii housing finance and development corporation to use the rental assistance revolving fund for projects relating to affordable rental housing.

Big Island sponsors: Sens. Josh Green, Lorraine Inouye, Gil Kahele.

 

DeCoite to be Sworn in Feb. 20

Lynn DeCoite, who was appointed by Governor David Ige to complete the current term of the late Mele Carroll, will be sworn in during the regular session of the House at noon on February 20.  She will represent District 13, which includes Haiku, Hana, Kaupo, Kipahulu, Nahiku and Paia on Maui, and the islands of Kahoolawe, Lanai, Molokai and Molokini.  A brief ceremony will be conducted by Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald.

DeCoite, a Molokai farmer and rancher, has has been praised by Ige for her roots in the community but has been criticized for leasing land to Monsanto for the growing of genetically modified seed–see the story below.

Ige Nominates Monsanto Grower to State House Seat, Young Bros. Head to Ag Post

Governor David Ige, already under fire for choosing Castle & Cooke lobbyist Carleton Ching to head the Department of Land and Natural Resources,  has made two more controversial appointments. The day after State Representative Mele Carroll (East Maui, Molokai, Lanai) passed away from cancer, Ige has nominated Maui rancher and farmer Lynn DeCoite to take her place. DeCoite owns L&R Farm Enterprises and R.J.’s Snacks and co-owns the V-8 Ranch on Molokai; she’s served as chair of the Farm Service Agency (Maui County) and president of the Molokai Homestead Farmer’s Alliance, and is a former board member of the Molokai Planning Commission.

“I’m confident Ms. DeCoite knows the issues facing the district and will listen to her constituents to address their concerns…She has deep roots in the community and is committed to overcoming the challenges by forming partnerships and working collaboratively,” Ige said in his press release about the nomination.

Carroll had resigned her House seat on February 1 due to her worsening medical condition.  DeCoite was one of three names suggested to the governor by a Democratic Party committee to fill the vacant seat.

But the nomination has already drawn fire from the anti-GMO organization Babes Against Biotech.

“We have been aware for some time that L&R Farms, owned by Mrs. Decoite, is under contract with Monsanto to grow seed corn. Lynn herself confirmed this to our Maui Chapter Coordinator over an extensive phone conversation in March of last year; it is not something she is ashamed to admit,” pointed out a statement from Babes Against Biotech, which called her nomination “another political powder keg. This nomination would create an even larger firestorm of public criticism and discontent, than his highly contentious nomination of Carleton Ching to lead the Department of Land and Natural Resources.”

Also yesterday, the Molokai News reported that Ige had nominated Glenn Hong, president of Hawaiian Tug & Barge Corp. and Young Brothers Ltd., to the state’s Board of Agriculture.  A fair percentage of the cargo that Hong’s companies haul consists of meat, eggs and produce imported from California, Chile and elsewhere.

Hawaii News — Save The Date For Mealani’s Taste Of The Hawaiian Range In October

(Media release) — Marking 20 years of celebrating Hawai‘i’s local products and the people who produce them, Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range is Friday, Oct. 9 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Attendees will enjoy delectable dishes using pasture-raised beef, pork, lamb, goat, mutton and wild boar — plus a cornucopia of fresh island fruit, veggies, honey, spices and beverages.

While confirmations are still coming in for the nearly 40 invited restaurants and their chefs, the culinary lineup already reads like a who’s who of good eats. Headliners for the Taste evening gala to date include Bravo’s “Top Chef” Fan Favorite Sheldon Simeona of Maui’s Migrant Restaurant; Kevin Hanney of Oahu’s 12th Avenue Grill, the 2015 Hale Aina Best Restaurant of the Year; and the host of TV’s “Family Ingredients,” Ed Kenny of Honolulu’s Town Restaurant.

Hawaii Regional Cuisine founders Roy Yamaguchi and Peter Merriman will lead the pre-gala’s educational offerings, which are open to the public. Chef Yamaguchi of Roy’s instructs the 2015 edition of Cooking Pasture-Raised Beef 101 at 3 p.m. while Peter Merriman of Merriman’s Restaurants offers an informative presentation geared for college culinary students at 1:30 p.m.

The time for this year’s Taste gala is 6-8 p.m. and the annual agricultural showcase will again sprawl both inside and out of the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Culinary adventure seekers can taste and enjoy all the cuts of pasture-raised beef— everything from tongue to tail — prepared expertly by Hawai‘i chefs.  Enjoy familiar cuts like sirloin tip and ribs, plus beef cheek and the infamous “rocky mountain oysters” or bull testicles.

While “tasting,” attendees can meet Hawai‘i’s food producers at booths and talk story with the ranchers and farmers who make a living growing our food. They can also enjoy exhibits presenting topics related to local agriculture and food sustainability, including the University of Hawai’i’s Mealani Research Station—where Taste began!

Anniversary festivities will include honoring the event’s 20-year participants and others who have been major Taste supporters.

“We had 16 participating restaurants at the first Taste,” shares Dr. Russell Nagata, event chairperson and administrator of Hawai‘i County Extension Services for the University of Hawai‘i College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR). “We invited all of them, who are still in operation, to participate in our anniversary event.”

Pre-sale tickets for Taste are $45 and $60 at the door. Entry to Cooking 101 is $10 while the 1:30 p.m. class is free. Tickets go on sale in July at island-wide locations and online. Watch for ticket giveaways on Facebook at Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Twitter #TasteHI.

For general event information, phone (808) 969-8228.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a modification of policies and procedures to participate in this event should contact Russell Nagata at 808-969-8228 no later than Sept. 7.

Letters — Regarding Medical Marijuana Legislation

Editor’s note: The Hawaii State Legislature is taking up a number of medical marijuana bills this session, including those that would establish dispensaries in the islands to ensure safe access to marijuana for medical users. Following is one user’s open letter pressing the Hawaii Department of Health’s position against such legislation.

Dear Department of Health,

I am a bonafide medical marijuana patient on the Big Island.  Pahoa Family Health Center (Bay Clinic) has been my “primary care provider” for the last 30 years if I needed one.  I began experiencing back pain about 12 years ago and increasing, finally diagnosed as degenerative disc disease through an MRI in 2010.  At that time I asked my doctor to recommend cannabis, as I did not want to be exposed to side effects from the hydrocodone and other codeine type pain killers.  I was informed that they were not allowed to recommend because they accept federal funding.  Read more

Guest Column — Home From The Pen

Roger Christie after prisonRoger Christie after prison greyEditor’s note: Roger Christie, founder of the Hawaii Cannabis Ministry, spent 50 months in federal prison for commercial promotion of marijuana, after authorities raided his ministry office and arrested him, his ultimate wife, and others said to be associated with his ministry on Hilo’s Bayfront on July 8, 2010. Christie spent two months in a halfway house last fall, reuniting with his wife Share Christie at their Puna home in time for the holiday season.  He remains on probation pending an appeal of his case to the Ninth Circuit Court expected to take place sometime later this year.  (TEH)

By Roger Christie  

Hello Tiffany and Chronicle friends,

Welcome to my poetry — it gets inside my brain.

I want to show you more of me and hope something you’ll gain.

This is one way to frame my thoughts – I’m sharing what is true

It’s free to have a look around, I hope it’s fun for you.

Some say that hemp’s the ‘devil’s weed’ – I’ll bet that God’s offended.

We know that it’s the ‘tree of life’ and He’s to be commended.

Freedom to farm all green plants is such a basic right,

Even Page 1 of every Bible defines it -TWICE – there in the light.

The ‘burning bush’ was very clear for Moses in his sandals,

but Rabbis, Popes and Presidents treat holy herb like vandals.

Fifty months locked-in the pen – outside the sky was blue.

We still wonder how to win this case, what should smart people do?

We call upon the one called God to guide us through the fog

like the blind walk safely with their trusty seeing-eye dog.

Religious freedom’s part of our appeal, we know that it can fly.

The only way the feds can win is keeping-up their lie.

For forty-three years the feds have said that hemp is worse than ‘meth’,

So far all judges went along – what chance they’ll fix this mess?

Congress says marijuana has “no accepted medical use” that they can really see,

but 23 states now have medical use, plus Washington, D.C.

Big pharma wants a secret piece of hemp’s real luscious pie.

They say the plant is of no use, so cut it down and die.

Behind the scenes they’re working hard like busy bees make honey.

We know the cannabinoids they find are worth ton$ and ton$ of money.

What must we do for the change to happen on this Earth?

Billions of hungry people are anxious for the birth.

Every night we hear the news – the dollar keeps on falling

and politicians everywhere are really good at stalling.

Pretending they can’t see this herb – martini firm in hand

while bankrupsies and foreclosures sweep across the land.

Remember in the ’80’s before the crackdown came?

Cash-flow was really flowing – Hawaii led the game.

Crime was so much lower – smiles were everywhere,

even all the welfare Moms hardly had a care.

But “Operation Wipe-Out” lived-up to its name.

It reduced the pakaloha – we can prove it was to blame.

Eradication of the herb caused ‘meth’ to take its root,

And ve$ted interests like the cop$ say that “the point is moot”.

The ONLY study ever done to ask what caused meth’s troubles – was soon suppressed – We wonder why? – and then the troubles doubled.

For ‘black-ops’ coke and heroin the C.I.A.’s on-top.

We’ve given-up on Congress to ever make that stop.

Talk about “conspiracy” … our government’s the best.

They tell the very biggest lies and pretend it’s all in jest.

Making war on “we the people” – our Constitution calls it TREASON; the war on hemp’s exactly that – a FRAUD pretending to be reason.

But politicians have it made in no reporter’s spotlight.

They both feed on the charade – even tho’ it’s not right.

Most herb people in the world know hemp is sacrament,

and many of us wonder, where our freedom’s went.

More important is to ask, “How do we get freedom back?”

because the herb we want to grow and get ourselves on track.

Do you know the juice made fresh with leaves of the ganja tree?

Just watch * LEAF * on the YouTube and healthier you will be.

Fresh, fertile hempseed is the one, the healthiest food of all;

It’s got Edestin protein and essential oils – have you gotten on the ball?

For ‘burning bush’ and holy oil some ‘fragrant cane’ is needed.

The elixir of vitality’s made with milk and bud that’s seeded.

Just grind ’em up together, strain-out the chewy parts;

then drink it fresh and instantly you will up your smarts.

Try make some holy anointing oil, the recipe’s for the masses.

It’s found in Exodus 30:23 – let’s teach it in the classes.Christian means “anointedone” but most preachers still deny it.

Look it up for yourself and soon you’ll want to try it.  Christ means “anointed”, don’t ya know?  We think it’s a literal thing.

Anoint your crown with holy oil and hear the angels sing!

How about calamus root – do you know its herbal power?

Just eat a pinch with honey, or smoke with ganja flower.

Green, green gold’s worth much more than the kind inside the ground;

can harvest every 90 days – RENEWABLE wealth you have found.

We call it “ganja-nomics – nature’s economic plan”.

It’s the best kind of a ‘stimulus’ to be found across the land.

Imagine all the wealth to be around the world this year?

If only we would stand our ground, the hemp would re-appear.

Presidential Executive Order 13603 says HEMP is an emergency “food resource”

With Puna markets closed and drug stores, too let’s grow massive amounts of course!

I followed spirit and my heart to bring me what is new.

I found adventure, romance and politics … all on the ‘isle of view’.

But life’s not at all just what I think – it’s what I feel that’s fine

I know that I have had it great – it’s really been da kine.

Many nights I wondered why that prison was my path;

Now fortunately I’ve been able to re-do the math.

I am convinced that I have found a way to conquer hate.

I bless most any bummer by saying, “God that’s great!”

It makes me smile and feel I can avoid the beaten road

I re-frame all of my troubles and lighten-up my load.

I’ve also found a solid way to redeem all of my faults.

It proves that gold is really more than just what’s in the vaults.

I confess to all my sins – forgiveness is the grace.

When gratitude and love is had we then can win the race.

No one did we cheat or steal, or shoot or lie or rob.

I am convinced now even more it was an “inside job.”

Yes, ‘they’ say I broke the law that got me on the ride, but living like I had it made my fall was caused by ‘pride.’

I organized the Ministry – it really was superb.

We helped much more than you could see with TLC and herb.

We did our best to follow bliss; smoked pot and smiled a lot, but I was loose and having fun and prison’s what I got.

I was caged for many years just thinking what to do.

I had a surprising education and now it’s time to think of YOU.

I hope you’re well and feeling fine, best wishes all around.

I’d like to call and hear your voice, and linger with the sound.

I’ve gotta stop with all these words, they’re flowing’ out my brain.

I’m typing fast as I can think – it’s coming down like rain.

Holy Moly, stop me now! – I’m sure you’ve gotta go –

there’s other things we’ve both to do, but now you’re in the know.

I tried to stop – it’s hard to do – my mind needs time to mend.

“Come-on!”, I say, “Put on the brakes!” – this poem has got to end.

It wasn’t then, although I tried to hit the key and send it, but

I’m sitting here and ready now – it’s really time to end it.

First roll a joint and pass it ’round like hippies did before.

We still can learn a lot from them – “Make love and don’t make war.”

After all these lines of rhyme, and all the things I see –

The most important of them all?  My future’s up to me.

For what is life and who are we in the great BIG cosmic scheme?

  ” … merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily … life is but a dream.”

 

 


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Featured Artist — Alan Lakritz Is On The Cover Of This Month’s Print Edition

Begin C of C_si Alan Lakritz is a member of the Rotary Club of Pahoa, a long time Hawaii Island resident and has been practicing photo journalism in Hawaii since his arrival in the late 1960s. These past few years have been spent photographing the details of Pahoa Village and other Puna District places of interest. View his online photo gallery at Flickr.com under “Alan L.”

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Hawaii News — Pahoa Is #26 In List Of America’s Best Small Downtowns

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Alan Lakritz photo

“Pahoa is one of the beautiful villages found on Hawaii’s Big Island,” so goes a Best Choice Reviews article naming Pahoa in the 26th spot in the list of the 50 best small town downtowns in America. “Located near the larger city of Hilo, Pahoa has a unique small town vibe. There are many eclectic shops and boutiques, eateries, art galleries and much more. The retro feeling of the town is a short distance from dried lava fields and under an hour from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The small town is an excellent place to both live and visit.”

Lahaina, Maui is another Hawaiian town listed among the best small downtowns.

To see Pahoa’s kudos and the other towns listed, visit /www.bestchoicereviews.org/50-best-small-town-downtowns-in-america/

Editor’s Note — Of Thailand And Toilet Paper

Hearing the news about the partial West Coast shipping shutdown recently, I couldn’t help but think of Thailand.

According to local economics writer Howard Dicus, the West Coast strike specifically exempts shipping from there to Hawaii. But that apparently hasn’t stopped the hallowed Hawaii tradition of the toilet paper stampede. Every time there’s any sort of perceived threat of interrupted maritime commerce—a hurricane, a strike, a terrorist attack on a Charmin factory—local stores experience a run on toilet paper.

Unlike my fellow island residents, I don’t experience TP Panic. That’s because, in the late 80s and early 90s, I did a stint with Peace Corps in Thailand. For two years and three months, I pretty much did without posterior tissue, and it was no particular hardship. Thais have this really simple substitute for the TP roll.  It’s an aluminum bowl and a tank of water. When you go to the loo to do number two, you throw water on your butt afterwards. It really gets you cleaner than TP does, and it doesn’t require cutting down trees and burning lots of energy and using lots of nasty chemicals to turn wood into soft white stuff. Back in the states again, I’m afraid I’ve reverted back to my nasty American TP habit. But I know I can do without if I need to, and I’d probably be better off.

Thailand’s been on my mind a lot recently, because of the stories I’ve been covering. I keep thinking, “If I was in Thailand in 1989, this wouldn’t even be a story.” That’s because using H20 instead of TP was only one of many advantages the Thais, at least back then, had over Americans.

Here on the Big Island, we’ve been on a decades-long crisis because the Hilo landfill is over-filled with garbage, much of which started as packaging or goods somewhere overseas. Thais generated trash, too, but not nearly so much. Yes, they recycled: the bags in stores were made from glued-together magazine pages, and the paper at school was grayish recycled stuff that was actually easier on the eyes than our blinding white sheets of bleached tree pulp. But mostly, they just didn’t use as much, because they had another huge cultural advantage over Americans: they knew how to share.

My favorite example of that is the bicycle pump. Thai teachers usually live in housing supplied by the school, but at the first school where I was assigned, the school’s housing was full, so a local factory owner gave me a house that he usually reserved for his workers. While I was staying there, I owned a bicycle pump. I left it on my front porch. Whenever anyone in the twelve families who lived at the factory needed a bicycle pump, they came over and used it. Sometimes I had to go looking for it, but it was no major inconvenience; how often do you actually need bicycle pump?

In America, with our strong traditions of independence and self-reliance, every family has to have their own bicycle pump. Multiply that times the hundreds of items in the average American household. Do you begin to see why Asian countries are winning the trade war, and our landfill is overflowing with stuff made over there? Read more