Monthly Archives: November 2012

Dayton leaves journalism, again

Today was Kevin Dayton’s last day as a reporter for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, according to a report earlier this week in Pacific Business News.

Dayton will be picking up where he left off with the administration of Big Island mayor Billy Kenoi.

According to PBN:

Dayton, who was the executive assistant to the Hawaii County mayor for about two-and-a-half years prior to joining the Star-Advertiser’s staff in October 2011, said he is returning to that job, although the title could be changed. His last day at the Star-Advertiser is Friday and he starts his new job on Monday.

“My wife and family are on the Big Island, and while I love journalism it has been a strain to go back and forth,” Dayton said.

Count me among the Star-Advertiser readers who will miss Dayton’s reporting.

Impressions of Auckland

Random images of Auckland.

“Because of women and land, men die.”

Maori proverb, included in an exhibit at the War Memorial Museum on the terrible land wars of 19th century New Zealand.

War Memorial Museum

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Graffiti along Anzac Avenue, Auckland.


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Poster in the window of the Auckland University Press office, Anzac Avenue, Auckland.



Albert Wendt is an emeritus professor of English at the University of Auckland. He has been an influential figure in the developments that have shaped Pacific literature since the 1970s and was made Companion of the Order of New Zealand in 2001 for his services to literature. He is the author of Sons for the Return Home, Pouliuli, and The Adventures of Vela, winner fo the 2010 Commonwealth Writers Prize.

Wendt was a visiting professor at the University of Hawaii in 1999.

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Nice use of technology in a downtown municipal parking lot. I noticed the colored lights along the rows of parking stalls, but it took me a minute to figure out that the red lights were over occupied stalls, while the blue light signaled an open and available parking spot. In this case, it was a handicapped stall. I’m wondering whether regular open stalls had a green light.

This allowed a driver to quickly survey a row and see whether there was anything open.

Simple and very useful.

Open spot

Feline Friday: Meet the kittens

kittensIt’s another Feline Friday and, as promised, time to meet two new kittens!

No, not ours! Eight cats at home are enough. These kittens live next door.

Casey and Cookie have just recently been adopted by our neighbors, David and Sandra. Casey, the little male, arrived first, and was joined by Cookie after it became apparent that one wild kitten deserved another.

David also happens to be our regular cat sitter, and as we prepared to leave for a week in New Zealand, we took a break to meet the kittens. What a treat!

“Kitty TV” is what we call the antics of kittens. You can watch them for hours going from one game of stalking to another.

So don’t wait any longer….

–> Take me to all the kitten pics in this photo gallery of Friday Felines!

Moonrise in downtown Auckland (photo)

This view took us by surprise.

It’s the view from our hotel room looking down across the docks in central Auckland.

Not a bad view at all!

Auckland moon

State expects reapportionment lawsuit to end in U.S. Supreme Court

The State Attorney General expects that any ruling in a lawsuit challenging the state’s 2012 reapportionment plan will be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and has received approval from the state procurement office to hire a law firm with experience in relevant constitutional law.

The lawsuit, Kostick v Nago, is pending in U.S. District Court.

The AG’s office failed to anticipate and prepare for a case of this kind in advance, according to a request for exemption from normal procurement procedures.

Possibly because reapportionment occurs only once every 10 years immediately after the Federal census, and the last reapportionment plan was not challenged, we did not receive statements of qualifications and Expressions of Interest in the areas of appellate practice or constitutional law from U.S. Supreme Court practitioners and other attorneys in Washington, D.C. with expertise in reapportionment. The case is presently pending before the 3-judge district court panel with a briefing schedule calling for pleadings to be filed at the end of October and in the first two weeks of November. It is necessary for the State to procure the services of a well respected U.S. Supreme Court practitioner as soon as possible. This cannot be accomplished under existing procurement procedures without an exemption.

By law, reapportionment challenges are heard by a 3-judge panel at the federal district court level and can only be appealed directly to the U.S. Supreme Court. We believe there is a high certainty that any decision of the 3-judge panel will be appealed by the non-prevailing party. It is therefore in the State’s best interest to obtain input and participation from counsel with expertise in this specialized area of laws to assure that the best record is developed and all pertinent arguments are presented to the 3-judge panel.

Jenner & Block, a national law firm with some 450 attorneys working in offices across the country, has been selected, with fees capped at $50,000 through the end of the year.

I took a quick look at the court docket, and it appears there are cross motions for summary judgement pending. They are scheduled to be considered at a hearing before a three-judge panel on January 14, 2013.

I wanted to post copies of the motions, but once again, the state has filed its motion in a way that ballooned it into a 9 MB file, while the plaintiffs also have a lengthy motion that they reduced to less than 1 MB.

So I’m attaching the plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgement and memo in support of the motion. Maybe someone will come up with a slimmed down version of the state’s document.

In addition, here’s the 114-page transcript of the court hearing held on May 18, 2012.

I hope those links work…please let me know if they don’t.