Neil Abercrombie has one heck of an online photostream on Flickr.

It is 1,133 pages long, with each page holding about 18 photos.

The oldest page includes pics of Abercrombie at entertainer Willie Nelson’s Maui home in March 2009, kicking off his run for governor. The newest page depicts the Dec. 22 welcoming reception at Washington Place for football coach Norm Chow.

In between are tons of photos of Abercrombie showing him in action: Wearing lei! Hugging keiki! Submitting budgets! Greeting movie stars! Admiring solar panels!

It’s all part of a new section of the governor’s official website titled 1st Year Actions & Accomplishments.

In addition to the photostream, there’s a YouTube video called One Year Anniversary, a New Day Quiz Challenge (8,358 views and counting) and a 2,700-word narrative that begins, “Here are some more highlights.”

Every politician puts the best gloss on his record, and Abercrombie is entitled to do the same. His first-year review includes many things the governor deserves credit for.

But it also includes selective interpretations of some events that others might view differently.

Civil Beat reviews the Abercrombie administration’s review of the Abercrombie administration.

Fact Check City

There’s quite a lot of material in the first-year review, so we’ve farmed out the possible Fact Checks to our team of reporters. Look for those stories in coming days.

In the meantime, here are a few observations.

The administration points to many notable achievements for which it deserves credit, including the largest bond sale in Hawaii history and the creation of four new leadership positions. He named Marc Alexander, Terry Lock, Sonny Bhagowalia and Beth Geisting to handle — respectively — homelessness, early education, information technology and health-care transformation.

The governor also acted expeditiously on things like returning hot water to Mayor Wright Housing.

The governor may not have led the charge on civil unions, but he did signal his intent to sign the legislation if it ever reached his desk. It’s hard to imagine a Gov. Hannemann or Gov. Aiona doing the same, as both oppose civil unions.

The bill signing for civil unions was held at a lovely ceremony at Washington Place, appropriate to the historic nature of the event. Another ceremony was held for the signing of a bill that recognized Native Hawaiians as the indigenous population and set up a roll call to count them for a future governing entity.

Again, the bill wasn’t Abercrombie’s idea. But part of leadership includes recognizing the important work of others.

Another part of leadership is having the ability to change one’s mind when it is warranted. Abercrombie cites appointing a Board of Education and approving a study of on-bill financing for clean energy, although he was slow to warm to the former and nearly vetoed the latter.

Too Soon To Tell

In several instances, the administration has taken credit for something that hasn’t yet happened.

They include land settlement discussions with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, a commitment to protect more forests and watersheds and a plan to return Hawaii prisoners from the mainland.

Should the Hawaii Legislature sign off on the $200 million Kakaako deal, the $11 million watershed plan and the as-yet-to-be-assessed Justice Reinvestment proposal, each will be a major accomplishment.

But none is a done deal. For Abercrombie’s team to suggest, as in the case of watersheds plan, that it will lead to “150 new natural resource careers” is wishful thinking.

In citing another accomplishment, meanwhile, the administration said:

One of the first accomplishments by Ms. (Terry) Lock has been to apply for the Race to the Top grant which may provide the State with over $20 million for early childhood development.

But on Dec. 16, the administration announced that Hawaii was not one of the states selected for the grant.

Misplaced Credit, Boasts and Omissions

One of the more curious statements in Abercrombie’s first-year review is this one:

Governor Abercrombie traveled to Asia where he laid a foundation for economic growth with Asia and pushed for a more streamlined visa process to sustain visitor industry growth and outreach to our friends in the Pacific.

That makes it sound like he was the first Hawaii governor to do so. In fact, Linda Lingle made four trips to Asia for the exact same purposes.

Speaking of Lingle, Abercrombie’s One Year Anniversary video boasts as part of his “New Day” promise on clean energy, “Kahuku wind farm powering 7,700 homes in Hawaii.” The First Wind project went online in March 2011, and Abercrombie did attend the ribbon cutting.

But groundbreaking for the project was in July 2010 — before Abercrombie even won the Democratic primary for governor. Lingle attended the groundbreaking, where First Wind’s CEO credited Lingle for “hard work and support” of the project. Lingle saw First Wind as fitting precisely with her Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative.

Here’s another statement from Abercrombie’s first-year review:

Importantly, the Governor made sure that the focus of APEC was to use it not only to promote tourism, but to reposition Hawaii as a leader in clean energy and attract the kind of investments that will lead to long term prosperity.

There’s no question that the state pushed those goals during APEC. But, arguably, the primary focus of APEC was to show that Hawaii could host a high-level diplomatic summit.

The administration also says it negotiated labor savings with two major public employee unions “to effect savings in wages and health insurance with no interruption to public services.”

No question about that, at least for the HGEA and the UPW. Not a peep in his first-year review about the HSTA, though, which is fighting the contract the governor imposed. And while none of the contracts involved sweeping furloughs, workers did get more days off, which means fewer services.

But, let’s end on a positive note. The administration says this:

On his first day in office, Governor Abercrombie reached out to the Superintendent of Education and the President of the University to discuss what must be done to advance education in Hawaii and in his first executive action, the Governor released funds to bring an end to Furlough Fridays.

Fact Check: True.

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