Assisted Suicide Bill Passes Out of State House

Hawaii State Legislature Update

The Hawaii State House of Representatives passed the Physician Assisted Suicide bill (HB 2703) on a third reading crossover vote. The vote count was 39 in favor and 12 opposed. Representatives Aquino, Cachola, Choy, Cullen, Har, Johanson, Kong, McDermott, Quinlan, Tupola, Ward, and Woodson voted against the bill’s passage.

The bill now advances to the Hawaii State Senate where it is expected to pass. Governor David Ige has indicated he supports killing people though assistance by a doctor.

More from the Honolulu Civil Beat website:

Emotions run high as legislators debate whether the measure grants a “civil right” or sends the wrong message about suicide.

Source: Hawaii House Passes Medical Aid In Dying Bill – Honolulu Civil Beat

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Legislature Votes on Rail Tax Extension & Increase – Hawaii Political Platter

Hawaii State Capitol

Saving rail is more important than saving the taxpayers.

This is the conclusion that I have come to at the close of this week’s “special session” in which legislators chose to extend the General Excise Tax surcharge to fund rail by another 3 years to 2030 and levy an increase to the Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT) charged statewide on all hotel and travel accommodations. The result of the tax increase and extension will be far reaching into peoples’ pocketbooks for years and decades to come.

Read my commentary at the Hawaii Political Platter Blog.

Source: Legislature Votes on Rail Tax Extension & Increase – Hawaii Political Platter

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Honokaa Western Week May 21 to May 29

Honokaa Western Week Rodeo

Honokaa Western Week is always an exciting time for the town of Honokaa located on the Big Island’s Hamakua Coast. Western Week has a long history of hosting cowboys and cowgirls from all over the state who participate in the annual rodeo and the traditional parade that precedes it. In recent years, Western Week has expanded out to include a full week of activities with the parade, block party and rodeo being the major highlights.

Honokaa Western Week starts on May 20 and runs through the Memorial Day Weekend May 27 – 29.

Honokaa Western Week Rodeo

The event schedule from the Facebook site:

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (Subject to change)

May 20. Deadline to enter Saloon Girl and Cowboys Got Talent Contests. For information and applications, call Michelle Hartman, 775-9777.

All week, May 21-29. Celebrate Honokaʻa Western Week with Honokaʻa Business Association. Everyone is invited to dress up western-style, visit Honoka‘a town merchants, and enjoy different paniolo-themed activities every night.

Sunday, May 21. 2nd Annual Farm Festival at Hāmākua Harvest, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. All-day entertainment, dozens of vendors and food booths, educational presentations, silent auction, keiki activities and more. Located at the intersection of Māmāne Street and Highway 19 in Honoka‘a. No charge for admission.

Monday, May 22. Portuguese Bean Soup and Sweetbread Contest. Time and place TBA.

Tuesday, May 23. Stick horse creation at Hāmākua Youth Center, 3-5 p.m.

Wednesday, May 24. Line Dancing at Honoka‘a People’s Theatre, 6-9 p.m.

Thursday, May 25. Historic Honoka‘a Town Talk Story at Honoka‘a Library, 4 p.m., featuring Ross Stephenson, author of “Honoka’a Town,” and led by HWW Sheriff Larry Ignacio. Also Thursday, a “Rowdy Rodeo” at The Landing restaurant.

Friday, May 26.

4 p.m., Paniolo Parade down Māmāne Street, with mounted and marching units, pā‘ū riders, gleaming vintage cars and more.

5 p.m., Stick Horse races

6 p.m. Saloon Girls and Cowboys Got Talent Contest

7-10 p.m., Great music and dancing in the Streets. Plus, a free “Keiki Corral” for the kids from 5-7 p.m., with carnival-style games, silent auction and more. Vendors interested in booth space for the Block Party may email westernweekhonokaa@gmail.com, or download forms from the website.

Sunday-Monday, May 28-29. 61st Annual Hawai‘i Saddle Club Scholarship Rodeo. For more information, contact hawaiisaddleclub@ymail.com.

West Hawaii Today, May 16, 2017

From hoedown to hootenanny: Honokaa Western Week will dish up line dance, farm fest and Portuguese bean soup contest 

HONOKAA — Honokaa Western Week starts down on a farm and ends with a rodeo, beginning this Sunday through May 29. The now-legendary Paniolo Parade &Block Party on Friday may be the biggest parts of the celebration, but a week filled with activities and events promise to be memorable.

Source: From hoedown to hootenanny: Honokaa Western Week will dish up line dance, farm fest and Portuguese bean soup contest | West Hawaii Today

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#TBT: 2017 First Hawaiian Auto Show

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THROWBACK THURSDAY

Check in with the Hawaii Files Blog every Thursday to see what our historic or hysteric throwback feature will be. Often it will be a post that may reflect upon the distant past. Sometimes we’ll do something that is recent.

Like this post. Since The Hawaii Files Blog was down in March we did not have a chance to feature the 2017 First Hawaiian Auto Show as we have done with blog entries in the past.

So commencing with our first Throwback Thursday (#TBT) article, we present the auto show pictures here…. again, re-blogged from our affiliate site on Thumblr. Enjoy!

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