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5 p.m. Akaka On TSA Screening, APEC

Dan Akaka‘s office sent us a transcript from a hearing today of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Excerpt:

Senator Akaka: As you know the Asia Pacific, the Economic Cooperation Summit will be held in Honolulu Hawaii next week. The high profile event will feature President Obama and his fellow APEC leaders from the Asian region. I recently met with the Security Steering Committee and two at the command center and event sites. I was very impressed by the planning.

My question to you is would you please discuss TSA’s role in securing the safe travel of the 20,000 dignitaries and guests flying — flying through Hawaii?

TSA Administrator John S. Pistole: Thank you Senator. Obviously the U.S. Secret Service and Diplomat Security Service and the State Department have the lead as far as the dignitaries themselves their entourage. It’s our responsibility honestly to ensure that everybody traveling to the summit, the other passengers, other attendees and things, have been thoroughly screened.

Whether the company is from the mainland or from those last points of departure to the U.S. that have to meet our standards. So that is our responsibility. And then of course, on the departure, all those people will go through the TSA security screening.

3:30 p.m. APEC: Avoid Parks

The Honolulu Police Department has identified sections of city parks that will be closed during portions of APEC.

You can read the full release here, but, basically, it’s wise to stay away from most of Kapiolani and Ala Moana parks and around the Ala Wai Canal as well as Kamokila in Kapolei.

Press release: “The HPD thanks the public in advance for its patience and cooperation during this time.”

For more APEC info, check out Civil Beat’s ever-growing APEC beat, ever-more detailed APEC topic page and ever-more useful APEC Survival Guide.

2 p.m. Congressional Gold For Nisei Vets

Dan, Dan, Mazie and Colleen had many fine things to say at the ceremony in D.C. today when the Congressional Gold Medal was presented to the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service.

Read an article on the event or a press release from Sen. Inouye’s office.

Excerpt from Inouye’s remarks:

70 years ago we were enemy aliens, but today, this great nation honors us in this special ceremony. We, gathered here this morning, are all proud Americans, and grateful to our nation for giving us the opportunity to serve our nation as loyal, patriotic citizens.

9 a.m. APEC News You Can Use

KITV has this item detailing the APEC summit Nov. 10-12. And here’s a link to the full schedule for those days.

KITV also has this report on how APEC will affect Ala Moana Park.

Hawaii Public Radio has this report on how Waikiki vendors are dealing with APEC.

Finally, here’s a gushy press release explaining how wonderful Hawaii and Honolulu are as hosts for APEC.

Excerpt:

Along with showcasing Hawaii’s strengths as a meetings destination, the Host Committee is highlighting other key Hawaii industry sectors during APEC: sustainability and clean energy, life and health sciences, and earth, ocean and sky sciences.

Briefing: Homeless and APEC

Four state House committees are scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. at the Capitol to address homeless policy during APEC.

Those called to testify include the APEC 2011 Hawaii Host Committee board members, the Honolulu Police Department, the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the Hawaii Hotel & Lodging Association and service providers.

Meeting: Charter Schools

A task force on charter school governance is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. at the Capitol. The agenda includes discussion of community outreach meetings.

Where’s Neil?

Here’s Neil:

Kapolei Interchange Dedication Ceremony, Kamokila Boulevard Area, 10 a.m.

Drug Test For Hawaii County Council?

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Interim manager named for West Maui affordable housing project

Kauai County weighs water rate hike

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Positive feedback for Lahaina event

Invasive species rules advance on Big Isle


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