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4:20 p.m. HTA: APEC Won’t Close Waikiki

The Hawaii Tourism Authority today sent out an update on preparations for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit next month.

For example, Waikiki Beach will not close during APEC:

There may be some restrictions and screenings during certain times, but the United States Secret Service, working together with law enforcement and public safety partners, will make every effort to anticipate and minimize those disruptions.

Also, non-APEC visitors will not require security badges if they are staying at a hotel that hosts APEC dignitaries.

HTA boss Mike McCartney also said this in a press release:

We are happy to report that international coverage has been positive, and we wanted to share an example of the media stories that were generated in China. The following is a link to a story that ran in the China Daily about Hawaii’s meetings and conventions market as a result of the Hawaii Host Committee’s efforts. 

2:05 p.m. ACLU: Teach HPD About 1st Amendment

In the wake of the city prosecutor’s decision last week to drop charges against two topless Waikiki protesters, ACLU Staff Attorney Laurie Temple issued this comment today regarding the Honolulu Police Department:

The ACLU expects the HPD to fulfill their oath to uphold the Constitution. So far, it is clear that officers have not been adequately trained to protect and respect the First Amendment. The ACLU continues to be very concerned for the fair treatment of law-abiding individuals who want to engage in peaceful protest.

To that end, the ACLU and law firm Davis Levin Livingston will ask the city’s Corporation Counsel to conduct “thorough training about the law” in advance of the APEC summit “to ensure that HPD does not violate the rights of protesters during that event.”

12:15 p.m. State Launches Anti-Bullying Campaign

PSA spots promoting safe schools will air statewide in a video campaign announced today by Neil Abercrombie, the BOE and DOE, University of Hawaii athletes and supporters.

The spots are paid for by First Hawaiian Bank. To view them, click here.

Meanwhile, the BOE and DOE will discuss the implementation of a “peaceful schools” program at a board meeting this afternoon 2:15 p.m.

9 a.m. Governor Heading to Asia

Neil Abercrombie will begin his first official overseas trip Sunday when he leaves for China, Japan and Okinawa.

More details of the trip will be announced later this week, but the trip will focus on trade, tourism and energy.

Linda Lingle made four official trips to East Asia to promote the islands and develop government and business ties.

BOE Takes Up Cyberbullying, Surfing

The Board of Education‘s finance and infrastructure committee meets at 10:30 a.m. The agenda includes possible consolidation of elementary schools in the McKinley complex, CIP and the budget.

The full board meets at 1:30 p.m. The agenda includes an update on the HSTA’s complaint before the Hawaii Labor Relations Board, cyber-bullying and making surfing an official Hawaii school sport — the first state in the nation to do so.

Both meetings are at the Queen Liliuokalani Building.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Peter Carlisle will proclaim October “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” at 9:30 a.m. at Honolulu Hale, and Neil Abercrombie will do the same at 10:30 a.m. at the Capitol Rotunda.

Click here or here for more information.

‘What’s Up DAGS?’

That’s the title of a talk today from Bruce Coppa, set for 3:30 p.m. at the Hawaii Convention Center.

Coppa will talk about procurement methods and GET exemptions. It’s part of AIA‘s Pacific Building Trade Expo.

Panel: Chinatown Prostitution

“Legalize It? Solutions to Prostitution Problems in Chinatown” is the title of a panel discussion at 6 p.m. at the William S. Richardson School of Law.

The panelists are “Scarlot Harlot” Carol Leigh (performance artist), Tracy Ryan (Harm Reduction Hawaii), Dolores Mollring (Oahu’s Downtown Neighborhood Board ) and Tom Smyth (Downtown Neighborhood Board(.

Yagong’s Email Account Hacked

Check out the latest in Neighbor Island government-related news:

Kauai’s Farm to Keiki program planted

South Kona bypass road protest dead-ends

Hawaii County workers on unpaid leave may get holiday pay


Councilman Yagong’s email account hacked

West Hawaii to lose Sea Grant agent

Maui Fair attendance up 3 percent; new features ‘a huge success’

Old North Kohala agricultural park plan gets new life

Big Isle residents protest Wall Street

Maui: Honoring legacy, ‘go for broke’ heroism of the 100th/442nd

Where’s Neil?

Here’s Neil:

Safe School Public Service Announcement Kick-off, Stan Sheriff Center, UH Manoa, 9:45 a.m.

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