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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May The 4th Be With You

By Melvin Ah Ching

2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the creation of the highly successful George Lucas creation known as Star Wars. May the 4th is celebrated by Star Wars fans world wide in various ways. Most likely fans will flock to watch showings of the 8 Star Wars movies produced over the last 40 years.

In Honolulu The Movie Museum, a small theatre with plush lounge type seating will be showing the 7th installment of the Star Wars saga today: The Force Awaken. From The Last Outpost Hawaii science fiction and fantasy club on Oahu:

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 11am, 3:30, 6 & 8:30pm

Photo provided by Disney for the film, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (2015-United States) 135m *** 1⁄2 D: J.J. Abrams. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill. This rousing space adventure is set 30 years after the defeat of Darth Vader (in RETURN OF THE JEDI). Luke Skywalker (Hamill) has disappeared, and the Resistance is still fighting the Empire, now renamed the First Order. Two unlikely heroes, a scavenger girl (Ridley) and a disgruntled Stormtrooper (Boyega) join Princess Leia (Fisher) and Han Solo (Ford) in the intergalactic battle against evil. PG-13.

The original Star Wars film from 1977 will be shown later this month, also at The Movie Museum:

Saturday, 20 May 2017, 1:15 & 6:00pm
Sunday, 29 May 2017, 11:00am, 3:45 & 8:30pm

Star Wars poster 1977

STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE (1977-US) 121m **** D: George Lucas. Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, James Earl Jones. This is the megahit that changed film making history. Not just a film franchise—the characters and music of this immersive universe are seared upon the world’s collective consciousness. Farm boy Luke (Hamill) happens upon spunky droid R2-D2, who leads him into a grand intergalactic adventure with smirking mercenary Han Solo (Ford) and courageous Princess Leia (Fisher) to battle dastardly Darth Vader (Jones). Don’t miss this 40th anniversary screening! Winner of 6 Oscars plus 50 more awards. PG

The latest installment of the Star Wars saga debuts this coming December when Disney / Lucasfilm releases Star Wars: The Last Jedi (teaser trailer above). You can bet that thousands of fans will be lining up on the first day at Hawaii theatres to watch this exciting film.


Like many people I am a huge Star Wars fan. Saw the first movie in 1977 at the Cinerama Theatre and the two sequels at the same place in 1980 and 1983. Those movies were glorious, the lines were long and the people were excited. The Cinerama Theatre was a single screen palace with a wide angle, curved screen. The original Star Wars movie was the first I saw that featured Dolby surround sound. I remember the ads touting “70mm 6 channel Dolby Stereo”.

Today all theatres have enhanced sound systems, bigger screens and higher image resolutions. Movies have transited from projected film to digital files.

Prices have dramatically creeped upward since 1977.

The cost to watch the original Star Wars was $3.50 per ticket. Today most movie tickets cost around $14 with higher prices for 3-D, high definition pictures, and IMAX versions of films.

As Star Wars fans go, no price increases or  long lines will keep them away from catching a Star Wars movie on the first day. “May the 4th” Be With You.

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News Links and Upcoming City Events

Book and Music Festival

The monthly City and County of Honolulu Newsletter from the Culture and Arts office has been released. You can download the PDF here.

Among the highlights are this coming weekends Hawaii Book & Music Festival being held on the grounds of Honolulu Hale, May 6 & 7 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The event features live music, hula performances and food booths. Admission and parking is free.

The Memorial

The month of May also sees Memorial Day coming up on May 29. The city is seeking lei donations at Honolulu Hale. They will have a lei making activity on May 26 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. The public is invited to make a lei or drop one off at city hall.

NEWS LINKS : Short briefs to news of the week….

The Hawaii State Legislature is coming to an end on Thursday, May 4. Final voting on bills will occur on May 2 and 4. The most significant bill will be an increase on the hotel room tax from 10% to 12% to fund the city’s rail project which will cost taxpayers at least $10 billion and up to $13 billion by some estimates. We’ll probably have commentary on this at our affiliated blog Hawaii Political Platter.

In the past month Rat Lungworm Disease has manifested itself in the islands through local produce. The symptoms from this affliction can be very serious, and in some cases fatal. The best way to prevent rat lungworm disease is to thoroughly wash all produce (fruits and vegetables) to make sure you don’t ingest the vector that is responsible for the spread of the disease: snails and slugs. Rat Lungworm disease has negatively impacted local farmers as consumers and businesses have started to avoid buying local produce. Cooking your vegetables is another prevention measure.




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Re-Booting the Hawaii Files Blog

Ulu La'au Park

This is the first blog post of the new Hawaii Files Blog. Yes, we are back and we’ll be posting new photos, information, tips, and news to these pages. A selection of previous blog posts from our old site will also be added here. Furthermore our old archive at is still serving as a repository for all blog posts made between 2006 and early 2015.

The focus of this blog will be information and images from Hawaii. Political content that used to be a staple of the site will be repurposed to our sister site Hawaii Political Platter.

Continuing as part of the Hawaii Files Blog will be the occasional news and information post pertaining to the Hawaii Radio & Television Guide. The website for that is still active. The dial lists from that site will also make their return back to this blog.

Our information pages and blog posts will hopefully be useful to you our dear readers. Thank your for stopping by and it is hoped that you will become a regular visitor to the new Hawaii Files Blog.


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