Friday, May 29, 2009

Top Hawaii Headlines: Friday morning edition

The Department of Land and Natural Resources will close the Mauna Kea Forest Reserve June 2 and 3 to conduct animal control activities, specifically aerial shooting from helicopters of feral goats, feral sheep, mouflon and mouflon/feral sheep hybrids.

Chasing a slumping economy to the bottom, the state Council on Revenues yesterday whacked the state's revenue forecast, forcing new state spending cuts and throwing the state's two-year budget out of balance.

The state attorney general's office has questioned the Kawaiaha'o Church about its fundraising for a new $17.5 million multipurpose center.

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs presented a $3 million check to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands yesterday to help finance construction of more affordable homes for native Hawaiians.

It would cost $20 million to $30 million to refurbish the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium, according to a rough estimate prepared for a 17-member, city-convened task force that met for the first time yesterday to discuss the future of the historic site

The public is invited to participate in meetings concerning a National Park Service special use permit for the proposed Advanced Technology Solar Telescope on Haleakala on Maui.

Police have arrested 21 people in connection of what they've described as "a recent spike in crimes associated with drug use and distribution in Puna."

Hawaii Island needs cheaper health care, more doctors and a system that places greater emphasis on prevention, industry experts told U.S. Congresswoman Mazie Hirono on Wednesday.

Maui Economic Concerns of the Community did intend to pay back county loans, but defaulted when plans for financing and future projects were dropped after a change in the county administration, said former Executive Director Charlie Ridings.

Federal officials are “doing anything and everything we possibly can to find who did this horrible thing” — the killing of two endangered Hawaiian monk seals in or near Kaua‘i waters in the last two months.