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On the Nov. 16's TRMS, Rachel showed an edited video of Cpl. Aaron Mankin U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) speaking to the IAVA's Sixth Annual Heroes Gala on Tuesday, November 13th.

The whole speech as posted by IAVA should be seen in its entirety.  The views now on YouTube is only 955.

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Today’s Memorial Day Celebration in Honolulu includes the very popular Lantern Floating Ceremony at Ala Moana Beach.

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Tue Dec 08, 2009 at 12:05 PM PST

"the Eddie" is on!

by My Spin

"the Eddie" is on!  The surfers know what I mean.

The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau big-wave surfing contest is on today from Waimea Bay in Hawaii.

The contest can run only on a day when wave-faces are consistently hitting 40 feet. It has been completed only seven times in its previous 24 years. The last time it ran was December 2004.

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On August 21, 1959,  President Dwight David Eisenhower signed a proclamation making Hawaii the 50th state.  On  August 21, 2009, Hawaii will have been a state for 50 years.

This is a big day in Hawaii, and I learned many interesting things while reading the articles on the history of statehood.  For me, many of the revelations of the political history of the islands are surprising because of where Hawaii is now.  

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