Archive for December, 2011

Jeff Mueller - Aloha

December 23rd, 2011
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Jeff Mueller - Aloha

Jeffrey Robert Mueller, 57, died in Honolulu on December 19 of natural causes. His was a story of struggle, survival and success. When Mueller arrived in Hawaii in 1973, he was a 19-year-old heroin addict, introduced to the drug by a Vietnam veteran friend in their hometown of Greeley, Colorado. Once in Honolulu, Mueller ran afoul of the law, landing on Hawaii’s “Most Wanted” list and ultimately spending nearly a decade in Halawa Correctional Facility, where his advocacy of prisoners’ rights initiated the imposition of a 1985 decree mandating federal oversight of Hawaii’s overcrowded prison system.

A minister’s son, Mueller decided that his calling was to spend the rest of his life helping others, a promise he kept. In 1997, he was awarded the Honolulu Police Department’s highest civilian award, the Civilian Medal of Valor, for his actions at the scene of an attempted murder. At the time, he was doing a practicum with Child Protective Services, counseling at-risk youth with Child & Family Services, and assisting children suffering from cancer.

It was in his partnership with local filmmaker Edgy Lee that Mueller touched thousands of Hawaii families. In 2003 and 2004, Mueller and Lee wrote and co-produced ICE, Hawaii’s Crystal Meth Epidemic and its sequel, LIFE OR METH — Hawaii’s Youth. Both films were simulcast commercial- free throughout the state on 11 television channels, the first time since the 1969 Armstrong moon walk that viewers clicking from channel to channel saw and heard the same program.

“Jeff was intuitively gifted in film production,” said Lee. “And his painful real-life experiences provided him with both the motivation and means to tell our stories as no one else could.” Together, Lee and Mueller received the first Pacific Business News Leadership Award in the nonprofit category in 2004.

Mueller also created statewide educational programs for the Hawaii firefighters and stevedores and was the keynote speaker at numerous events including the National Association of U.S. Counties Symposium on Meth in 2005 and 2006. Honolulu Fire Department Chief Kenneth Silva remembers Mueller fondly: “Jeff’s gift was in helping people understand that they can change and that we all play a role in supporting those in need; he will be greatly missed by the community that he gave so much to and that he loved so deeply.”

The University of Hawaii’s Dr. William Haning, noted educator, Director of the Pacific Addiction Research Center, and addiction authority, worked with Mueller on several projects. “Jeff aided the Mayor's Task Force on Drug Abuse for three years, catalyzing intervention and treatment practices for firefighters that endure today. His work for Hawaii longshoremen literally saved lives, and by extension, saved families."

Mueller is survived by his son, Jeffrey, his sister, Lisa, and a future grandson.

A celebration of Mueller’s life will be held on Wednesday, December 28, at the Charthouse in Waikiki, starting at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Studio@FilmWorksPacific.com.

Peter Gellatly & Mackinnon Simpson for PacificNetwork.tv
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Special Olympics Hawaii

December 20th, 2011
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Special Olympics Hawaii

In honor of a good friend and collaborator whose family always cared for kids and adults in need, our hearts go out to Jeffrey R. Mueller and his family. Your passing is our great and sorrowful loss.

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Occupy Honolulu

December 15th, 2011
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Occupy Honolulu

We understand Occupy Honolulu recently targeted the Hyatt Regency in an anti-corporate protest for their HR policies and their ownership by Goldman Sachs and the Pritzer family, an example the group targets as having a "1%" status. When asked to be interviewed one on one the Occupy Honolulu members at Thomas Square refused. When asked if we could snap some photos they refused. And when asked, the fellow manning the "booth" outside the enclave of about 30 people camped out in tents, agreed that the signage posted near a petition sign up sheet, "save the homeless", was erroneous and had little to do with Occupy Honolulu's focus. If you're wondering what's inside those tents presently pitched at the corner of Ward and Beretania streets here's the best we could provide.

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Update on Pet Scandal

December 13th, 2011
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Update on Pet Scandal

http://www.hawaiianhumane.org/End-Puppy-Mills.html

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As per the Hawaii Humane Society, the woman who owns the Waimanalo property where 150 dogs were found in extremely abused condition, seized earlier this year and sheltered by the Humane Society, has opened a new pet shop called Aloha Pet Shop in the Pearl Kai Shopping Center.

Sheryl Luke-Kalani is the registered manager of Aloha Pet Shop and the daughter of Vernon Luke, who is cited as vice president and treasurer of Bradley International according to state business records -- the company that pleaded no-contest to 153 counts of animal cruelty on 12 December. Luke-Kalani is also the property owner of record on the 41-761 Mahailua Street home in Waimanalo, where the Hawaiian Humane Society seized 150 dogs, many of them pregnant, claiming they were neglected and abused.

One worker said the store gets puppies from all over the island. State records show Luke-Kalani owned a pet shop called The Pet Spot at Pearl Highlands. The store closed and Luke-Kalani then opened Aloha Pet Shop. Pubrecords also indicate that there were seven complaints filed against Pet Stop dating back to January, 2008.

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Hallelujah!

December 8th, 2011
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Hallelujah

And big mahalo to the 5th graders at Quinhagak, Alaska. Needs no text. Just watch. Happy holidays everyone from all of us at Pacific Network! Life is Good.

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