Author Archives: Baron Sekiya

Tickets available for BIPC luncheon featuring The Grassroot Institute’s Transparency Initiative

The Big Island Press Club invites the public to a luncheon talk on Thursday, June 18, from noon until 1:30 p.m. at Restaurant Kenichi to hear about The Grassroot Institute’s Transparency Initiative.

The Grassroot Institute’s transparency initiative has broken new ground in shedding a light on holding government in Hawaii accountable. Through a series of open records requests, and with the help of the Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest, and the Office of Information Practices, Grassroot President Keli’i Akina and policy analyst Joe Kent will review the work that Grassroot Institute has done for a better government, economy, and society in Hawaii. Grassroot has been able to uncover amazing information, which will be uploaded for journalists and the public at

Nago selected for Lava Tube Award, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory for Torch of Light

The Big Island Press Club (BIPC) awards its annual meritorious Torch of Light Award to the team of scientists at USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and the Lava Tube dishonor award to state Chief Elections Officer Scott Nago. The Torch of Light award is given to an individual or organization which brightens the public’s right to know while the Lava Tube dishonor is given for a lack of communication and keeping the public in the dark.