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5:10 p.m. First Amendment Toolkit

The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii Foundation today announced the release of its “First Amendment Toolkit” and a “Know Your Rights” telephone line, (808) 522-5906.

The Toolkit is available here:

ACLU of Hawaii Executive Director Vanessa Chong said in a press release, “The ACLU’s focus is on ensuring the public’s right to peaceful protest and assembly. The Toolkit answers a wide range of questions often asked about how to exercise one’s right to free speech without breaking the law.”

Just in time for APEC!

10:45 a.m. APEC News You Can Use

KITV has this item on HPD’s large-scale training exercise in West Oahu yesterday, in anticipation of the APEC summit. A police advisory for the exercise (more to come?) warned that they are closed to the media and public.

KITV also has this report on the expected APEC arrivals of Timothy Geithner and Hillary Clinton.

Finally, here’s a little rant from a diplomatic blog reporting from Honolulu about APEC.


I had a rude introduction to the APEC workups. On Monday, it took me about half an hour, and much weeping and gnashing of teeth, to circle around my hotel to find the parking lot. Turns out a preparatory meeting had just taken place there to plan events for the summit. The attendees were leaving at just the wrong time for my jetlagged self. Small wonder some of the locals are fretting over the dislocations likely to result from the event.

9:30 a.m. Hooser Hints At CD2 Run

DC808 has this item on Gary Hooser saying he’s close to deciding whether to run for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District.

If he jumps in, he would be the only neighbor island resident running for the rural Hawaii seat.

8:50 a.m. Kauai Council’s Zero Waste Policy

Here’s more in Neighbor Island government-related news:

Molokai testifiers tell MECO “no” on rate hike

Hirono on Maui: Job creation among top issues for isle residents

Volunteers prep Lydgate campgrounds

Kauai County Council adopts zero waste policy

Expect traffic delays between Kawaihae and PTA due to convoys Tuesday

Molokai Humane Society meeting contentious

Maui judge passes up plea deal, orders jail in welfare fraud

Legislators to talk big wind with Molokai residents

Gov To Talk About Asia Trip

Neil Abercrombie has scheduled a 2:30 p.m. press conference at his executive chambers to discuss his recent official trip to Asia.

It will be the governor’s first major exchange with Honolulu reporters since the resignation of top aides Oct. 6.

Gay Marriage Gets 49 Percent Support

It got buried in the news that Hawaii’s governor is the least popular in the United States. But, there was one other significant finding in Friday’s Public Policy Polling report: 49 percent of surveyed Hawaii voters think gay marriage should be legal here.

Forty percent opposed the idea and 11 percent said they were unsure. PPP surveyed 568 Hawaii voters from Oct. 13-16; the margin of error for the survey is plus-or-minus 4.1 percent.

The poll also asked respondents where they stood specifically:

• Gay couples should be allowed to legally marry: 40 percent
• Gay couples should be allowed to form civil unions but not marry: 37 percent
• There should be no legal recognition of a gay couple’s relationship: 22 percent
• Not sure: 1 percent

PPP’s take:

77 percent support gay couples having some sort of legal recognition … That sentiment is shared by 90 percent of Democrats, 77 percent of independents, and even 59 percent of Republicans.

Case and Polls

Ed Case last week tweeted (@EdCaseHawaii, 1,410 followers) out the results of three polls that show him leading both Linda Lingle and Mazie Hirono in the U.S. Senate race.

The polls are far from scientific, so take them with a grain of alaea (aka red sea salt):

Thanks to Pacific Business News readers for your online poll support: Case 44%; Lingle 35%; Hirono 14%

Mahalo to Maui News readers for online poll support: Case 39% Lingle 33% Hirono 21%

Big mahalo to Mike Buck Show listeners for online vote: Case 49% Lingle 40% Carroll 7% Hirono 4%

Jazz With HIPA

The Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs is hosting a forum called “Public Policy & All That Jazz” tonight at the Plaza Club.

“As Hawaii embarks on a path towards globalization, sustainability and fiscal challenges, our panelists will discuss the state of leadership in Hawaii and elaborate on whether we have the talent, capacity and courage to achieve Hawaii’s vision and potential,” HIPA head Bill Kaneko says in his invite.

The panelists are lobbyist John Radcliffe, utility exec Robbie Alm and insurance exec Colbert Matsumoto.

Tickets are — whew! — $200.

Big Isle Woman Pushes Education Lottery

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

Traffic deaths on Maui County roads up nearly 65 percent

Work set for Puna roads

Suit seeks to stop Lahaina Halloween celebration

Sheehan condemnation case advances on Kauai

Big Isle woman pushes lottery for education funding

Maui towns look to more First Fridays

Proposed plan would put Ford, Smart in same council district

Approval for Pulelehua; reproval for ML&P

Effort to fill Maui nursing job “moving forward”

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