Physician Assisted Suicide Bill Should Be Deep Sixed

Hawaii State Legislature Update

Once again the Hawaii State Legislature has decided to bring up the issue of Physician  Assisted Suicide. This year the State House of Representatives has introduced HB 2739 which would allow your doctor, with your consent, to kill you with a lethal dose of medication within a six month period of your pending death.

This bill essentially legalizes murder and offers no respect for the sanctity of human life. The  lives of our elderly and sick should not be subjected to such a law. The only thing that needs to be killed is this bill. 

HB 2739 is getting a public hearing this coming Tuesday, February 27 at the State Capitol Auditorium starting at 10:30 A.M. Testimony is now being taken online or at the following online site:

It seems the legislature is no longer taking email testimony. To submit testimony using the above link, one must be a registered user of the State Legislature’s website.

An alternate method is to send testimony in by fax: 808 586-6311 or 800-535-3899.

Committee members can also be reached by going through the respective links below to access their email and other contact information.

House Judiciary Committee

House Committee on Health and Human Services

Here is a link to the hearing notice: Source: Hearing HHS-JUD 02-27-18.

Additional Links:

Focus on the Family: Reasons to Oppose Physician-Assisted Suicide


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Saturday is Free Live Museum Day

Smithsonian Museum Live Day graphic

Throwback Thursday (#TBT)

It’s always Throwback Thursday when you visit any one of Hawaii’s museums. This coming Saturday, September 23 will be a special day for visiting 4 of Oahu’s museums for the absolute low price of a FREE admission ticket.

Yes, through the Smithsonian Museum Day Live! program visitors can gain free access to the following Oahu, Hawaii museums by just signing up and downloading a free ticket for two!

The Oahu museums included in the free offer are: Hawaii State Art Museum (free admission daily), Iolani Palace, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii Historical Gallery and the Pacific Aviation Museum at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor.

My favorite continues to be the Pacific Aviation Museum which is a must for any wartime history buff and aviation fan.

There is still time to snag a free ticket by just visiting the Smithsonian Museum Day Live! page. Have a great Saturday at the museum.

Boeing N2S-3 StearmanAbove and below: Two of dozens of aircraft on display at the Pacific Aviaton Museum on Ford Island.

Pacific Aviation Museum

Iolani Palace EveningFree admission this Saturday at Iolani Palace in downtown Honolulu’s Capitol District. Photos Copyright to Melvin Ah Ching.

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Gathering of Geeks & Fans

Geeks and storm troopers

Many people attended this past weekend’s 10th Annual Hawaii Geek Meet, which bills itself as “a fun, casual, family-friendly, grassroots gathering for people who are curious and have a passion that they love to share.” Geeks include coders, gadget lovers, designers, makers, artists and probably most of all, fans like you and I. There is a bit of geek in all of us.

This annual picnic was a fun, family oriented venue where people checked out an assortment of “geeky things” such as games, Star War characters, lego blocks, radio broadcasting, cosplay, coding, nerf battles, drone technology and more. It was also an opportunity to meet some interesting people and network. Interesting stuff to see if you want to have fun and just be “out there”.

Ellen from Drone Services Hawaii and a new, small drone.

What’s up with these license plates? Perhaps striking the rainbow design?

Getting ready for a nerf gun battle.

Gamers were there touting Shakesperian readings of the Star Wars story.

Look directly at the image of the sun on this clever device.

A lego fudgesicle. Fat free!

The crew from the Pacific Aviation Museum.

All photos taken on July 2, 2017 at Magic Island by Mel. More photos at The Hawaii Files page on

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June Event Calendar – Public Meetings & Events

King Kamehameha the Great Honolulu City Council Meeting – June 7, 2017.

The Honolulu City Council will be holding its monthly council meeting on Wednesday June 7 at the City Council Chambers in Honolulu Hale starting at 10:00 a.m. Several tax and spend bills are on the agenda, mostly to fund the $10+ billion rail project.

The council will be taking up measures on the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) Operating Budget for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 (Bill 32) and several other budget relating items. Bill 68 will propose to increase admission fees at the Honolulu Zoo, a motor vehicle weight tax increase (Bill 10), and raising parking rates and adjusting times  (Bill 12) for metered parking stalls.

You can view and download the 45 page agenda at the following link: City Council Meeting Agenda June 7, 2017. (PDF)

City & County of Honolulu Events For June

A number of events for the month of June has been announced by the Mayor’s Office on Culture & Arts. Among the events:

The 47th Annual Aloha Show – May 23 to June 15 at Honolulu Hale Courtyard, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Free art exhibit.

Oncology on Canvas, Art – Honolulu Hale Courtyard, June 20 to July 6. Free.

Water Conservation Week Art & Poetry Contest; June 6 – 22 Kapolei Hale Courtyard 1000 Ulu‘ohi‘a St 8 am – 4:30 pm

Hawai‘i Harmonica Society’s 20th Annual, Harmonica Recital & Concert – Saturday June 3,  10:00 am to 12 Noon; Mission Memorial Auditorium, 550 S King St. Free.

Kuhio Beach Hula Show, various days, Waikiki Hula Mound, free, 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

Royal Hawaiian Band Performances, various venues

Download the monthly event calendar at this link: Kahea

Kamehameha Day Parade & Events, June 2017. Lei Draping, Honolulu at the King Kamehameha Statue on King St. 3:00 pm. • King Kamehameha Day Parade – Starts at Iolani Palace / Richards Street and goes through Waikiki and ends at Kapiolani Park. Free. 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Bands, pa’u riders, floats. More information: King Kamehameha Day Celebration on Facebook | King Kamehameha Festivals Page. | Top photo: King Kamehameha Statue © Melvin Ah Ching Photos on

Polynesian Voyaging Society Hokulea canoe returns from its around the world trip on June 17. Magic Island, Ala Moana Park – Starting at 8:30 a.m. More info: • Several public events are scheduled through the month after the canoe’s arrival.

Honolulu’s Honest, Diverse DIY Scene

Re-blogged from

It’s a warm Friday night in Honolulu’s Chinatown, and local punk band Smoke Free Armstrong are playing their final show to a packed crowd at the Downbeat Lounge, a venue that, in recent years, has been ground zero for the city’s DIY punk scene. Between songs, guitarist and singer Steve Tanji grabs the mic to offer a sincere tribute. “I just want to thank you guys, from the bottom of my heart, for letting us play for you,” he says. The crowd of kids gathered in front of the stage cheer in response. “We’ve been playing for two years, and I want to thank you all for coming out and supporting the scene.”

Read the complete article following the link below:

Source: Honolulu’s Honest, Diverse DIY Scene « Bandcamp Daily

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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, or download forms from the website.

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

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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