Friday, April 24, 2009

Top Hawaii Headlines: Friday morning edition

Ikaika Anderson wrapped up a short, costly race for the Honolulu City Council seat representing Kailua, Kane'ohe and Waimanalo by capturing the seat formerly held by his mentor.

The political dynamics of the Honolulu City Council are not expected to change with the election of J. Ikaika Anderson, observers say.

While most Hawaii residents said they have not been affected by the tourism downturn, a whopping 85 percent agreed that the state should do everything it can to bring visitors back to the state.

The residents of a hillside home in Makiki argued over a stolen moped just before the house went up in flames early yesterday morning, killing a man and a woman inside, according to the homeowner.

Nearly $8 million from the federal stimulus bill is headed to the Big Island to improve access and services in its national parks.

Hawaii County has received more than $1.3 million in stimulus money for workforce investment programs.

There's a most unusual farm on the leeward side of the Big Island. It doesn't grow anything, but it's taking a lot of heat.

BOE might review use of force at high school. A small Taser-mounted video camera captured the April 14 Tasering of a Keaau High School student. Campus security camera footage also recorded the incident.

Authorities said a 21-year-old Schofield Barracks soldier was critically injured Thursday morning after he was hit by a car in Wahiawa.

A $500,000 reduction for the Maui Visitors Bureau heads a list of proposed cuts in an austere budget being considered by the County Council that county departments and grant-funded agencies are not happy about.

The Maui Police Department calls state Rep. Joe Bertram III's criticism of its DARE program "offensive."

Kaua‘î has seen its fair share of development over recent years, yet as the island’s natural beauty fades away into a cloud of red dirt and bulldozers, one local nonprofit organization continues to help preserve as much open space as possible for the benefit of multiple generations to come.