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While attending the University of Hawaii in the early 1960s, Neil Abercrombie was part of a circle that included Barak Obama and Stanley Ann Dunham, the parents of future U.S. president Barack Obama. The self-assured and opinionated Obama spoke with a voice so deep that "he made James Earl Jones seem like a tenor," said Neil Abercrombie, a Democratic congressman from Hawaii who was part of those regular gatherings. Although he didn't say it at the time, Abercrombie privately feared that the relationship would be short-lived. Obama was one of the most ambitious, self-focused men he had ever met. After Obama was accepted to study at Harvard, Stanley Ann disappeared from the University of Hawaii student gatherings, but she did not accompany her husband to Harvard. Abercrombie said he rarely saw her after that. "I know he loved Ann," Abercrombie said, but "I think he didn't want the impediment of being responsible for a family. He expected great things of himself and he was going off to achieve them." The marriage failed. Stanley Ann filed for divorce in 1964 and remarried two years later, when her son was 5. The senior Obama finished his work at Harvard and returned to Kenya, where he hoped to realize his big dreams of taking a place in the Kenyan government. Years later, Abercrombie and another grad school friend looked up their old friend during a trip through Africa. At that point, the senior Obama was a bitter man, according to the congressman, feeling that he had been denied due opportunities to influence the running of his country. "He was drinking too much; his frustration was apparent," Abercrombie said. To Abercrombie's surprise, Obama never asked about his ex-wife or his son. Abercrombie remains a friend to both Obama Jr. and his half sister Maya Soertoro. He was among the guests in attendance at Soertoro's wedding on December 28, 2003 along with then State Senator Barack Obama. Supporting Obama junior Barack Obama, Neil Abercrombie Barack Obama, Neil Abercrombie Neil Abercrombie would become one of the first people in the nation to support their son, Barack Obama, in his historic candidacy for president. He served as the honorary chair of the Hawaii Obama Campaign. Abercrombie also served as an Obama surrogate, "campaigning for Barack across the state of Iowa" before the 2008 first in that nation caucus.
As far as pilot qualifications Josh Lang has been flying for 15 years, flying mostly helicopters from Florida to Hawaii. He has flown for a number of films and TV shows also. Josh enjoys flying for them because he indulges in some acting as well. He also enjoys the water and he is an avid surfer here on the beautiful North Shore. Pilot Robert has been flying helicopters for about 23 years and airplanes for 25 years now. He also has flown all over the U.S. but say’s he loves Hawaii the best. Between the two Pilots (Robert and Josh) they have logged more than 16,000 flight hours, and feel blessed to be able to share the sights that Hawaii has to offer. They both are commercial helicopter pilots, as well as certified flight instructors. They also fly for the U.S. Government on contract. From tours to fire-fighting, to aerial spraying, they do it all here in the State of Hawaii. They say it keeps them busy and love it.
HONOLULU — The University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents (BOR) voted today to accept the largest gift ever to Maui Community College (MCC) — a $1 million commitment from husband and wife Dorvin and Betty Leis to advance sustainability initiatives at the campus. To recognize their generosity, the BOR approved renaming the school‘s fine dining facility as The Leis Family Class Act Restaurant. "We are very pleased to support MCC and its leadership role in sustainability," said Dorvin Leis. "Higher education is one of our most powerful resources in creating a sustainable future and ensuring long-term prosperity in Maui County and the state of Hawaiʻi." The Leis‘ gift will establish an endowment known as the Dorvin and Betty Leis Sustainability Fund that will benefit academic and programmatic efforts that carry forward all aspects of sustainability at MCC, including environmental, economic, programmatic and academic purposes. Initially it will assist sustainability efforts in the culinary arts, construction technologies and agriculture programs, as well as explore developing courses in renewable fuels and energy conservation. The endowment will be managed by the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation, which is the university‘s private, nonprofit fundraising partner.
reply to post by Mikeultra
The times and stories don't match up, that's for sure. Mark Miller claimed that by 4:30 they had everybody out of the water and Fuddy and a man were in the USCG helicopter being worked on. The man made it but Fuddy didn't, according to Miller. Maybe this is another place where the story line wasn't coordinated well enough.
The USCG said they trnasported a 73-year-old woman and (however old Puentes is) year-old man to the Honolulu airport in stable condition. Honolulu EMS says they transported 2 people via ambulance from the airport to Queens Hospital. The USCG also said they transported one directly to Queens Hospital. Presumably this person in critical condition. So that's 3 that the USCG transported for medical care. Maui Medevac transported one in stable condition to topside staging and MCFD transported 2. Holstein swam ashore and wasn't transported anywhere as far as I know. Yamamoto and Kawasaki waited in Kalaupapa to be flown by Makani Kai to Honolulu, where Kawasaki either drove or had somebody drive him (depending on which story you read) to Queens. Yamamoto was driven to his home. Add in Fuddy being dead and that's 10 people, unless Holstein is one of the people transported by MCFD or Maui Medevac. But none of the reports talk about there being a person in critical condition - nor do they explain why the USCG flew one directly to Queens Hospital.
The way I see it is that either one of these divers was actually in critical condition, or Fuddy was not dead when they pulled her from the water and they tried to hide that by claiming that her dead body was taken to topside and on to the morgue on Molokai, or she was fine and they dropped her off at Queens where she was whisked away into hiding, or they just BS'ed about this "critical condition" to try to allow cover for the "trapped in the fuselage" story.
reply to post by Mikeultra
Sunset was at 5:51 that day. See www.timeanddate.com...
At 5:19 they were trying to figure out where to take the critical person. That's with 32 minutes until sunset. It's about a 20-minute flight to Honolulu in that aircraft. Seems like there's too much light in that photo.
reply to post by Mikeultra
What part of the building would be showing up behind the furnaces (or whatever those metal things sticking up are)? The building part behind those looks taller than the furnace/whatever things and looks like it's right behind them.
reply to post by SBMcG
Thanks. I don't know if I've ever posted at New Rebublic but until recently I posted quite a bit at Free Republic.