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Hawaii gov signs early childhood education bill - San Francisco Chronicle

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Hawaii gov signs early childhood education bill
San Francisco Chronicle
HONOLULU (AP) — Surrounded by preschoolers, Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a bill Monday that expands early childhood education.
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Hopefully, the program supported by the governor will better prepare youngsters for the classroom.  Basic literacy should be the foundation of this program. Aloha, Russ.

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Repairs to start at small boat harbor.

Keauhou Small Boat Harbor targeted for repair.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

 

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources says repairs will start Wednesday at the Keauhou Small Boat Harbor in Kona to the last remaining areas damaged by the March 2011 Japan tsunami.  The work should be done by 07 January 2015.  Project contractor Drayco Construction will complete the repairs at a cost of $428,000.  Aloha, Russ.

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Man dies after beach rescue.

Arizona man dies despite rescue efforts.

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Source:  Associated Press (Kaanapali, Maui).

 

An Arizona man died after being pulled from a beach in west Maui. Police said 60-year-old Greg Eveloff of Scottsdale was swimming in waters near the Sheraton Resort in Kaanapali on Saturday when he experienced difficulties.  Eveloff lost consciousness as he was being brought to shore.  Rescuers applied CPR, but he died at the scene.  Aloha, Russ.

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Budget shortfall scrubs drill.

Hawaii Army National Guard cancels drills.

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Source:  Associated Press (Honolulu).

 

The Hawaii Army National Guard is cancelling monthly drills for 3,000 soldiers scheduled for next weekend because of a nationwide budget shortfall.  The shortfall means Hawaii won't receive $1 million for training it expected to get this month.  This prompted the Guard to  cancel drills set for 06-07 September.  It's also curtailing training trave for the rest of the year, which ends 30 September.  Hawaii National Guard spokesman Lt. Colonel Charles Anthony said the National Guard Bureau outside Washington informed local commanders on Friday.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii Lava Flow Update for Friday, August 29 - Big Island Video News

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Big Island Video News Hawaii Lava Flow Update for Friday, August 29 Big Island Video News Thursday night in Pahoa, Hawaii County Civil Defense administrator Darryl Oliveira and USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Scientist-in-Charge Jim Kauahikaua...
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Here is the latest  lava flow update from "Big Island Video News." Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira provides a daily radio update for island residents, which includes important information for homeowners and businesses located in the path of lava activity.  Stay alert.  Be informed.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii deemed 'sinkhole' state by fiscal watchdog for pension debt - Hawaii Reporter

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Hawaii deemed 'sinkhole' state by fiscal watchdog for pension debt
Hawaii Reporter
HONOLULU — A report by a fiscal watchdog deems Hawaii one of the worst “sinkhole” states for its growing debt burden to taxpayers.
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Contrary to what politicians are telling you, Hawaii remains in deep financial trouble.  According to the Chicago-based "Truth in Accounting", Hawaii is "one of the worst 'sinkhole' states for its growing debt burden to taxpayers."  Donna Rook, the president fo StateDataLab.org adds that "the average Hawaii taxpayer's share of the state's debt is $27,000 after all available resources are tapped."  Sheila Weinberg, founder and CEO of "Truth in Accounting" said Hawaii' financial statements show $4 billion in retirement liabilities, but the state actually has nearly $15 billion of unfunded retirement promises."  The state spending surplus touted by the governor and some state legislators is largely a myth once unfunded retirement accounts are considered.  Unfunded liabilities will be a major problem facing the winner of the November general election.  Aloha, Russ.

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Koko Marina and Koolau Theaters to show UH football games live - Hawaii News Now

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Koko Marina and Koolau Theaters to show UH football games live
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Koko Marina and Koolau Theaters will be airing all of the University of Hawaii football season games live on the big screen.
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Between 30 August 2014 and 30 November 2014, the Koko Marina and Koolau Theaters will air UH-Manoa football games live on "the Big Screen."  Admission will be $12, with children under 3 admitted free.  Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to guarantee a good seat. Tickets will be sold only at the door.  Before the game, the theaters will air the pre-game show or sports features from ESPN.  Aloha, Russ.

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Maui man killed in fall from Na Pali trail - Hawaii News Now

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The State of Hawaii's request for a major disaster declaration due to Tropical Storm Iselle was denied today by Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator W.
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According to Kauai police, 29-year-old Zachary Rose was hiking with friends Thursday night near mile marker 7 on the the Kalalau Trail, when he fell over the edge and landed on the rocks below. A fellow hiker climbed down the cliff in an attempt to help Rose, but efforts to resuscitate him failed.  Police don't believe foul play was involved in the fatal accident.  An autopsy will be conducted next week.  Aloha, Russ.

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Kona man indicted for attempted murder.

Assault almost killed his sister.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

 

A Kona grand jury has indicted 36-year-old Samuel Smith of Ocean View with attempted second-degree murder for an attack on his 42-year-old sister earlier this month that reportedly nearly killed her.  The five-count indictment also charges Smith" with second-degree assault, domestic abuse, and  two counts of terroristic threatening. " According to reporter Burnett, a bench warrant set Smith's bail at $500,000 and ordered him to have no contact with his sister, family friend Jeffrey Plate, and others in his neighborhood.  The warrant also orders him to get a mental health and substance abuse assessment.  Smith allegedly hit his sister with a fire extinguisher and a rock, and the 34-year-old Jeffrey Plate was allegedly attached when he tried to intervene.  Abalone Smith was taken to the Kona Community Hospital in critical condition.  Aloha, Russ.

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Progress made by Hawaiian Telcom

Telephone service being restored after Tropical Storm Iselle.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

 

Hawaiian Telcom says it's restored service to more than 1,000 customers in the Puna district in the later half of the week, bringing the total number of customers out of service to around 500.  Immediately after Tropical Storm Iselle, Hawaiian Telcom crews helped utility crews and county personnel clear away fallen trees, debris, and about 250 fallen telephone poles.  Repair work could only begin after work by the power company (HELCO) was done.  Once that work was complete, restoration of telephone service could begin.  Hawaiian Telcom is providing free wi-fi service at the Hawaiian Paradise Park Activity Center and the Pahoa Community Center.  To take advantage of the free wi-fi, customers should bring their own wireless devices, such as laptop computers, tablets, and smartphones.  Aloha, Russ.

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UN: Ebola disease caseload could reach 20000 - Hawaii News Now

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UN: Ebola disease caseload could reach 20000
Hawaii News Now
A new study also assumes that in many hard-hit areas, the actual number of cases may be two to four times higher than is currently reported.
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This is scary.  With modern airplane travel, a person infected with the Ebola virus could endanger hundreds of people in a matter of a few hours.  With a mortality rate running between 50 and 75 percent, Ebola can't be ignored.  The disease is spreading rapidly throughout West Africa.  Scientists and researchers are racing against time to develop an effective vaccine against the disease.  Meanwhile, cultural practices, such as touching the dead, and fear of western medicine are hampering containment efforts.  It's just a matter of time before Ebola reaches Europe and North America.  Aloha, Russ.

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National Park Service stresses safe margins in water use.

Water pumping practices recommended for areas near the Kaloko-Honokahau National Historical Park.

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Source:  Stephens Media Hawaii.

Reporter:  Bret Yager.

 

The National Park Service is stressing the importance of a "margin of safety" for its ecosystems, while admitting there is no evidence that current water pumping practices are endangering the Kaloko-Honokahau National Historical Park.  Hydrologist Paula Cutillo told reporter Bret Yager that "We have no evidence that existing pumping has impacted the resource, but we're concerned about future pumping."  In December, the state Commission on Water Resource Management will consider a petition by the park to designate the Keauhou aquifer a state water management area.  That move is being opposed by Hawaii County, lawmakers up to the federal level, the West Hawaii business community and others "who see it as another level of bureaucracy that stands to curtail development by making water hard to obtain."  Aloha, Russ.

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Labor Day Drag Races this weekend.

Races will take place at the Hilo Drag Strip.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  Kevin Jakahi.

 

The Big Island Auto Club and the American Hot Rod Association will host the annual Labor Day Drag Races at the Hilo Drag Strip this Saturday and Sunday (30-31 August 2014).  Gates open at 8 a.m. both days.  Adult admission is $7, children 6-12 will be charged $1, and children under 5 will be admitted free.  The weekend program will feature door slammer dragsters, junior dragsters, open wheel vehicles, imports, motorcycles, and the regular bracket races.  Entries are expected from Hawaii Island, Maui, and Oahu.  The Labor Day Drags are being sanctioned by the American Hot Rod Association, and president Rod Saint, from Florida, will fly in with his tech and safety personnel to help run the race.  Aloha, Russ.

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Puna leaders discuss plan ahead of lava threat - Hawaii News Now

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Big Island Video News Puna leaders discuss plan ahead of lava threat Hawaii News Now Darryl Oliveira, the director of Hawaii County Civil Defense, met with Puna community leaders and representatives of area farmers and ranchers who have a...
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Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira wrapped up a series of informational meetings on the current lava flow Thursday evening at the Pahoa Neighborhood Center.  Although the position of the slowly advancing lava flow from the Pu'u O'o vent is difficult to pinpoint, Oliveira said the molten rock is less than two miles from the boundary of the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision.  He urged area residents to stay alert and listen for lava flow updates on the radio.  Aloha, Russ.

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Lava continues to advance.

Lava approaches homes near the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald/Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

 

Lava continued to advance northeast Sunday through the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve, and was approximately 1.2 miles from a rural neighborhood on the reserve's eastern boundary. The lava flow has left a ground crack at its most distant point and is creating brush fires as it moves through the forest.  Hawaii County Civil Defense will host additional community meetings about the flow at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the Pahoa High School cafeteria.  For more information, visit http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/activity/kilaueastatus.php. ; Aloha, Russ.

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Date set for agent's possible 3rd trial.

Prosecutors recommend a trial for murder and assault.

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Source:  Associated Press (Honolulu).

 

A judge tentatively scheduled a possible third trial for a federal agent recently found not guilty of murder in the shooting death of a man in a Waikiki McDonalds Restaurant.  Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Janice Futa said after the jury acquitted Christopher Deedy of murder that she'll recommend another trial for manslaughter and assault. The jury wasn't able to agree on those lesser charges. The first jury a year ago deadlocked and a mistrial was declared.   Judge Karen Ahn met with attorneys Friday in her chambers.  According to court records, Ahn scheduled trial for the week of 08 September 2014 if the defense doesn't prevail in motions to stop another trial.  Aloha, Russ.

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Woman charged with alleged carjacking.

Incident occurred Friday afternoon.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

 

Twenty-eight-year-old Ashley Leialoha Hamada of Mountain View has been charged for an alleged Friday afternoon kinife-point carjacking in downtown Hilo.  According to police Lt. James Gusman, Hamada is facing one count of robbery and one count of auto theft.  At 4:41 p.m. Friday, police received a report of a knifepoint robbery and auto theft at the corner of Kamehameha Avenue and Furneaux Lane in downtown Hilo.  A 22-year-old man told police that a woman had what Gusman called a "box cutter type knife" and took his car.  The man resisted and sustained minor injuries but did not require medical treatment.  Hamada is also suspected in the theft of a new car from the Chevron gas station shortly after 4 p.m. Friday at Makaala Street near the Hilo Walmart store.  She was released pending further investigation in connection with that incident.  Also, a warrant for Hamada's arrest was issued 29 July for allegedly violating her probation and she was subsequently arrested.  A hearing for that violation is set for Tuesday.  Currently, Hamada remains in custody in lieu of $500,000 bail, pending her intitial court appearance Tuesday.  Aloha, Russ.

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In Hawaii 3 underdogs fight to be next governor - News & Observer

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In Hawaii 3 underdogs fight to be next governor
News & Observer
HONOLULU — Hawaii state Sen. David Ige surprised political observers when he pulled off a historic upset, beating incumbent Gov.
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According to Associated Press reporter Cathy Bussewitz, the race for Hawaii governor features "three underdogs (who) are battling it out and no one's sure who will win."  Add to this mix Libertarian Party hopeful Jeff Davis, and you have a recipe for a very tough race in November.  Becky Ward, president of Ward Research, adds that "In a three-way race, almost all bets are off."  Former Lt. Governor Duke Aiona, former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, State Senator David Ige, and Libertarian Jeff Davis could win, depending on the mood of voters on 07 November 2014.  Just a suggestion:  to avoid voting hassles like the one experienced during Tropical Storm  Iselle, please vote absentee or by mail.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hokulea and Hikianalia heading for Apia Samoa - Hawaii News Now

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Hokulea and Hikianalia heading for Apia Samoa Hawaii News Now The Hawaiian name for this journey, Malama Honua, means "to care for our island earth." This journey is taking Hokulea and her sister canoe Hikianalia across Earth's oceans to grow the...
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The world-wide journey of Hawaii's voyaging canoes Hokulea and Hikianalia will stop in Apia, Samoa today (Sunday).  Crew members will attend the United Nations Small Island Developing States Conference from 01 September 2014 to 04 September 2014.  The purpose of the "Malama Honua" (to care for island earth) is "to grow the global movement toward a more sustainable world."  The journey will cover 47,000 nautical miles, 85 ports, and 26 countries through the year 2017.  Aloha, Russ.

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Visitations canceled at Big Island correctional facilities - Hawaii News Now

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Visitations canceled at Big Island correctional facilities
Hawaii News Now
The Hawaii Volcano Observatory says the June 27 lava flow on the Big Island has traveled another quarter mile since Friday, inching closer to homes in the Puna area.
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The state Department of Public Safety has rescheduled visitation hours at the Kulani Correctional Facility and at the Hale Nani Correctional Facility because of staff shortages.  Visitation hours have been set for Monday at the Kulani facility, while visitation hours for the Hale Nani facility have been scheduled for today (Sunday).  The state Department of Public Safety is now using social media to keep families aware of schedule changes.  Those changes can be viewed at http://www.dps.hawaii.gov.  Aloha, Russ.

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Abercrombie blames primary loss on gay marriage - Hawaii News Now

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Abercrombie blames primary loss on gay marriage
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Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie says he lost his bid for re-election in a Democratic primary because of his decision to call a special session to legalize gay marriage.
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Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie blames his support of a new gay marriage law for his stunning primary election defeat to State Senator David Ige.  Abercrombie called a special session of the State Legislature to pass the law, which he said was worth losing the election.  Abercrombie also attributed his loss to Republicans who were allowed to vote in the open primary.  Abercrombie surmised that Republicans considered Ige "an easier target" in the general election.  Abercrombie lost to Ige by a 2-1 margin in the 09 August primary election.  Aloha, Russ.

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Interior Department collects comments on Hawaiian self government.

Thousands of documents are being uploaded to government files.

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Source:  Stephens Media Hawaii.

Reporter:  Nancy Cook Lauer.

 

According to reporter Nancy Cook Lauer, more than 5,000 comments about Native Hawaiian recognition are being processed by the U.S. Department of the Interior.  The deadline for submitting comments was 19 August 2014, and the federal agency is still reviewing them. Interior press secretary Jessica Kershaw said her agency is in the process of reading through a batch of 2,200 comment, "excluding the write-ins and hand-delivered documents that are still being uploaded to the website regulations.gov."  Kershaw added that hundreds of people testified on the issue in July, when Interior Department officials held public meetings in Keaukaha, Kona, and Waimea.  According to Kershaw, the "vast majority testifying in person on Hawaii Island opposed the federal government getting involved in Native Hawaiian nation-building."  That process continues at the state level with a convention planned next year where delegates will decide what form of government should be created to addess Native Hawaiian issues.  Aloha, Russ.

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Puna lava flow resumes after brief pause - Hawaii News Now

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Puna lava flow resumes after brief pause
Hawaii News Now
It depends on the rate and the speed of how the flow is moving, so we're really maintaining a close communication with Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
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Here's the latest update on the two lava flows threatening outlying subdivisions near Pahoa.  One flow is moving about 200 to 300 feet per day toward the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision, while the other flow is spreading out a bit northeast of the Pu'u O'o vent in the East Rift Zone of Kilauea Volcano.  Civil Defense officials are preparing a variety of contingency plans, including possible evacuation of endangered homes.  Aloha, Russ.

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Pro-surfer Bethany Hamilton to join "The Amazing Race" - Hawaii News Now

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Pro-surfer Bethany Hamilton to join "The Amazing Race"
Hawaii News Now
The State of Hawaii's request for a major disaster declaration due to Tropical Storm Iselle was denied today by Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator W.
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Hawaii pro surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost an arm to a shark attack several years ago, will join her new husband, Adam Dirks, in "The Amazing Race", a reality-based television series.  The contestants will move through eight countries, traveling more than 26,000 miles through "grueling mental and physical challenges.."  If Hamilton and her husband win the contest, they will receive a million dollars.  The show debuts on KGMB-TV, Friday, 26 September 2014.  Aloha, Russ.

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HMSA bringing Blue Zones to state.

Noted health author to visit Hawaii Island and discuss ways of improving your health.

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Source:  Stephens Media Hawaii.

Reporter:  Erin Miller.

 

The Hawaii Medical Services Agency (HMSA) is joining forces with best selling author Dan Buettner to help Hawaii get healthier.  Buettner, a National Geographic Fellow, whose book "The Blue Zones" created a template for communities to follow that leads people to more active lifestyles, making better food choices, spending more time in social pursuits, and creating more walkable communities.  According to reporter Miller, the book inspired The Blue Zones Project, which has begun in 13 communities across the nation. Buettner said Hawaii is a natural fit for the project, noting that "There's a cultural template that's very easy to press into action."  HMSA is offering to help select communities in Hawaii to be designated Blue Zones.  The process involves an application, an evaluation of the community, "which typically needs to be somewhere with a critical mass of restaurants, workplaces, grocery stores, schools and the ability to set food policy, and then selection.  If you want more information on becoming a Blue Zone community, visit bluezonesproject.com.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii County man detained by feds for marijuana distribution.

Hearing set for today.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

 

Forty-six-year-old Aaron George Zeeman remains in federal custody for allegedly violating his probation on marijuana distribution charges.  He will appear in court today (Friday) before U.S. District Judge Leslie Kobayashi to determine if his probation will be revoked.  Zeeman, who was one of the so-called "Green 14" co-defendants in the highly publicized Roger Christie marijuana  distribution case, was sentenced on 19 June to two years  probation.  Zeeman admits to having taken Marinol, a capsule containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), for which he has a prescription.  Zeeman claims the capsule "helps lessen his dependence on narcotic painkillers for rat lungworm disease."  He filed a federal lawsuit last month against the federal probation office and three probation officers for their refusal to all him either medical marijuana or Marinol.  The suit alleges their refusal violates his rights to due process, equal protection, equal protection, and privacy.  Aloha, Russ.

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