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Regarding sirens that were heard around OAHU.. this is a false alarm. Triggered in error according to the folks at Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.

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Yesterday I had the privilege of participating in the International Day of Peace Panel on Prison Reform hosted by the Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution at University of Hawaii at Manoa .

We learned from activists, organizers, researchers, a State Supreme Court Justice, former inmates, and people whose lives have been deeply impacted by having a loved one in jail.

Our correctional system is broken.

We have staggeringly high rates of recidivism.

More than 90% of our inmates suffer from addiction.

Our bail system disproportionality punishes the poor.

Our mandatory minimum sentencing has resulted in long prison stays and over crowding.

We send people to private prisons on the mainland away from their Ohana and homes.

We need to work together to find a way to reform our correctional system to be one of rehabilitation and healing.

We need to focus on helping people who are addicted or mentally ill or homeless instead of locking them up.

Yesterday, along with several visits I’ve had lately with state prisoners, has given me a lot to think about.

I’d like to hear your thoughts and input on this critical issues as well.
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Did you know that just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away?

September is “Disaster Preparedness Month” and floods are something we are particularly vulnerable to here in Hawaii.

It’s important to know the facts and have a plan.

Visit to learn more about how you and your Ohana can be prepared and safe in the event of a flood.

#disasterperparednessmonth #floodsafety #makeaplan #floodzones #flood #hawaii
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Author and food justice activist Andy Fisher gave a fascinating lecture at UH last night on hunger in America.

In Hawaii, with our high cost of living and dependency on imported goods, food insecurity is a real issue in our state, with over 160,000 of us struggling with hunger.

Fisher’s lecture spoke to how fighting hunger isn’t just about making sure people have access to food. It’s about addressing the deep seeded institutional ills that create and perpetuate poverty.

#fighthunger #fightfoodinsecurity #stophunger #fightpoverty #foodjustice #foodaccess #communityfoodprojects #bighunger
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As Americans, we remember the tragic events of September 11th, 2001.

We remember the horror of being attacked at home.

We remember the anger of an unprovoked act of terrible violence.

We remember the crushing sadness of the loss of thousands of lives.

We also remember the bravery of the first responders who risked their own lives to save the lives of others.

We remember the outpouring of compassion and generosity from all corners of this country and the world over to help the victims and their loved ones.

We remember coming together as a nation in grief and in resilience to take care of each other and protect the values that fell under attack that Tuesday morning.

18 years later, it is more important than ever for us to remember.

Our country is divided.

Partisan is the new normal and sometimes we seem so far apart, it doesn’t feel like we’ll ever come back together again.

But if there is one lesson we can learn from the tragedy of 9/11 and those uncertain days and weeks that followed, let it be the strength of our unity.

The best way I can think of to honor the memories of those lost on 9/11, of those who sacrificed themselves for others, of those who enlisted to protect all of us, is to come together again and work towards understanding, compassion, and peace, as one nation, united.
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