Sunday, March 12, 2006


Sunshine Week events update- League of Women Voters

The following comprehensive list of Sunshine Week activities across Hawaii has been provided by Carol Bain, League of Women Voters coordinator for Sunshine Week 2006

March 12-18 events update:

With all the gray skies this spring, its good to know Sunshine Week is
coming. From March 12-18, League of Women Voters chapters in each county
across the State will hold events to stimulate public discussion about
why open government is important to everyone and why it is under
challenge today. This project is made possible with the support of the
League of Women Voters Education Fund.

The LWV of Hawaii is one of just fourteen Leagues chosen to host forums
during "Sunshine Week 2006." Hawaii State League received a grant of
$1,000 to support events coordinated by each county chapter. The League
of Women Voters Education Fund received funding for this project from
the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Knight Foundation
promotes excellence in journalism worldwide and invests in the vitality
of 26 U.S. communities.

The forums that are being sponsored by the State's local Leagues are as

*Hawaii County:*

March 15 - Les Kondo, attorney and State director of the Office of
Information Practices, will participate in a panel discussion on the
purpose and impact of sunshine and open records laws on local
government. Other panel participants will be Lincoln Ashida, County
Attorney for the County of Hawaii, and Pat Tummins, President of the Big
Island Press Club. Moderator for the forum will be journalist Hunter
Bishop. This event will be held 9:30a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the County
Council Chambers in the Hawaii County Building. Participation via
teleconference will also be available in Waimea and Kona. The location
of the video facility in Waimea is 641067 Mamalahoa, Kamueala, off
Kamaamalu Rd. across from the police station. In Kona; the facility is
in the Kailua Trade Center, 75-5706 Hanama Pl. Suite 109. For more
information contact Marianna Scheffer


March 14 - The topic: "Digital Democracy and Freedom of Information: Are
Technology and Civil Rights Colliding or Converging?" will be presented
by Mark Cooper, Ph.D., at the Imin Center Dining Room, East West Center,
Honolulu. The author of Media Ownership and Democracy in the Digital
Information Age, Cooper is also tentatively scheduled for various events
on March 9 and March 10. Times vary and are subject to change. Mr. Sean
McLaughlin is coordinating Dr. Cooper's visit. Contact: (808) 283-3174
cell or by email: or contact Jacqueline Parnell

*Kauai County:*

March 18 - The director of the Office of Information Practices, Les
Kondo, will participate in a panel discussion on the purpose and impact
of sunshine and open records laws on local government. Other panel
participants include the editor of the Garden Island newspaper, Adam
Harju. The event will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2006, 10:00 am to
noon at the Aloha Beach Resort, Alii Room. Coffee will be served. The
forum is open to the public. For more information, contact Carol Bain,
246-2111 or email

*Maui County:*

March 13 - "The Role of Alternative Media in Reporting the News" will be
presented by Anthony Pignataro, Editor, Maui Time s Weekly at Maui
Community College, 12:00 Noon, Hale 216

March 15 - "The Role of the Fourth Branch in Informing the Citizens"will
be presented by Don Gronning, Editor, Haleakala Times at Maui Community
College, 12:00 Noon, Hale 216

March 20 - "Reflections on Media and Democracy" presented by Chris
Conybeare at Maui Community College, 12:00 Noon, Hale 216

The events listed above, held at Maui Community College, are part of the
3rd Annual First Amendment Freedom Forum. The forum features editors of
alternative papers on Maui speaking directly to students and community
about the importance of the first amendment and sunshine laws to a
healthy and vibrant democracy. The Forum is a joint effort of the
Hawai'i Institute for Human Rights , the League of Women Voters , and
the Society of Professional Journalists of Maui Community. For more
information contact Joshua Cooper

submitted by: Carol Bain Statewide Coordinator Sunshine Week 2006


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