Hey I just wanted to send out a huge congratulations to Panos and his fiance Katie on the delivery of their son on 9/29/08. May you and Katie be blessed with this exciting journey, enjoy every moment of raising your son; it goes by nso quickly.
The residents and visitors in Waianae Coast and West Oahu are vulnerable due to insufficient highway capacity to evacuate in the event of anticipated catastrophic hurricane. The need is decades old with no safe exitway yet.
Ongoing hurricanes in mainland U.S. this summer illustrate the urgency and utility for highway evacuation. Reversible HOT lanes in Indiana/Chicago area were opened, free of charge for alternate route.
Panos ran a very respectable first race for political office. The outcome of this General Election remains to be seen. Mufi will undoubtedly outspend and ratchet up his attacks against Ann Kobayashi and her allies.
Honolulu needs a mayor who really can fix the many problems facing Oahu taxpayers. In the next two years, what do we expect from an absentee mayor who will be too busy running for higher office?
Panos should run again for mayor and win next… Continue
As an expatriate Texan, I’ve been told that while most of us translate the word “Mahalo” as “thank you” the most appropriate and reverent interpretation from Hawaiian to English is in fact, “thank you for making me a part of your spirit.” As I reflect on the results of the Primary Election, I cannot refrain from saying to that bold, eccentric, and ultimately courageous engineer named Panos Prevedouros, “Mahalo.”
In the Bible’s book of Isaiah, a passage reads, “The people walking in… Continue
Added by Danny on September 22, 2008 at 11:56am —
It was more than his poise, sense of humor or his intelligence that was on display last night, Panos took the mayors race far beyond conventional local politics. And because of this he was the real winner last night.
Consider this, his campaign started only a couple of months before the primary and was underfunded from the beginning. What he lacked in time was compensated by his concise and powerful message. He set the stage and agenda for the mayors race. What he lacked in financial… Continue
Thanks Panos for giving us a true choice in this year's mayor's race. I hope you continue to be out there in the forefront of the public debate on the continuing saga of "rail transit". You were a class act through the entire campaign and maintained your sense of humor through last night's primary election returns. Best of luck with your family and all future endeavors. We all hope to hear from you in the future as you soldier on to the next mayoral race, possibly in… Continue
One of Mayor Mufi Hannemann's numerous campaign spokespeople, in this case, A.J. Halagao, wrote that the Mr. Hannemannn is "already fixing Oahu: Traffic, Trash and Taxes." ("We Are Already Fixing Oahu's Traffic, Trash and Taxes" Hawaii Reporter 9/18/08).
While acknowledging Mr. Hannemann's newly found support for the community issues so clearly enunciated for months by mayoral candidate Dr. Panos… Continue
Added by Vote Panos on September 19, 2008 at 12:52pm —
Ok! I had this thought pass through my head today. I said to myself, what if I'm wrong on this whole rail issue and of giving my best effort to get Panos elected Mayor. Mufi should get a fair shake and a little consideration---right. After all if you exclude his political appointees and non-bid contractors there are people that would vote for him---right. So what would be a fair question to ask in this situation? So I thought how about this, What are Mufi' accomplishments as Mayor? I thought,… Continue
Added by Gerry Nagamine on September 18, 2008 at 11:43pm —
Today's HCC mayoral candidate forum between Hannemann's chief challengers, Ann Kobayashi and Panos Prevedouros was a moment that stood still in time as one of our candidate's finest hours. Student moderators asked Panos tough questions about the economy, the environment, and their future in Honolulu and he answered the questions clearly, convincingly, and with great conviction and passion. The greatest moment of today's forum was when Panos said that he would make Honolulu the most… Continue
Hawaii’s political pundits are all over the 2008 Mayoral Primary like white on rice. So many of them – ranging from newspaper columnists to University of Hawaii political scientists – seem so quick to pronounce political doom upon candidate Dr. Panos Prevedouros and almost certain victory upon incumbent Mayor Mufi Hannemann. After all, with three million dollars, screaming groupies and the support of both labor unions and rail contractors, how could incumbent Hannemann possibly… Continue
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said at the 2008 convention that “Our government should work for us, not against us. It should help us, not hurt us. It should ensure opportunity not just for those with the most money and influence, but for every American who’s willing to work. That’s the promise of America: the idea that we are responsible for ourselves, but that we rise and fall as one nation, the fundamental belief that I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper. That’s… Continue
Added by Danny on September 16, 2008 at 9:17am —
I hope you had a chance to read the article in the Advertiser this morning. It was fabulous and more importantly it may be the push that Dr. P needed to get his name registered on peoples "the things that interest me" list. I have to say it was great getting home from California yesterday and opening this mornings paper to see Panos and the write up that followed. If Mufi… Continue
With the 51st anniversary of the first manmade satellite being launched into orbit just around the corner, I am reminded of the days of Sputnik and Yuri Gagarin, when the world trembled at the sound of Soviet rockets. Today, we must seek to awe people once more, with the sound of our silence - with HOT Lanes for Honolulu.
With a steel wheel on steel rail system in place, Honolulu will have to hear the rocket-like roar and scream of rail twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. But… Continue
Added by Danny on September 15, 2008 at 8:35am —
LISTEN IN. IMAGINE OUR ISLAND VIEWS SHADOWED BY TRAINS AND COLUMNS.
We are not a Big City.
We are an Island State.
Our Island Views:
Manoa Valley, Honolulu Harbor and Aloha Tower among others, blocked by rail and rail stations. Noise: Listen in- do you know how noisy rail is? Small Business: Long time businesses including Scott Slippers, Art Nelson Sailmakers, Tropical Lamps and Tahiti Imports will be shut down or put out of… Continue
Added by Danny on September 15, 2008 at 7:30am —
As a transportation authority, TransLink is a somewhat typical example of poor accountability to the public, inability to control costs and chronic deficits that require higher tax increases on local taxpayers. Businesses and non-residential property taxpayers bear the brunt. Cuts in bus service deprive mobility to riders who rely most on public transit. Traffic congestion worsens for motorists, and jeopardizes economic… Continue
TransLink is an un-elected agency with taxing powers, responsible for major regional roads and public transit in South Coast British Columbia. It started placing ads in May 2008 telling people to carpool, telecommute and bike — instead of riding transit.
How “profitable” is Vancouver’s rail system, as Councilman Gary Okino insists?
Hawaii Theatre Mayoral Debate Brings Out True Candidate Colors The Courage To Raise Taxes, Song and Dance Leadership, and Four More Years* of Mufi
By Daniel de Gracia, II
Last night’s mayoral debate at the Hawaii Theatre was not so much a lesson in election politics as it was a case study in Freudian psychology. It’s not uncommon in an election year for candidates to be derided by their opponents as doing a song and dance for the people while secretly planning… Continue