Monday, June 15, 2009

Top Hawaii Headlines: Monday morning edition

While it may be easy to buy potted plants at a garden center, successful gardeners know the secret to a bountiful harvest starts by selecting plants known to grow well locally.

Chef Chai Chaowasaree said Saturday that he would love to have more locally produced items, but in Honolulu they have a hard time getting them.

Hawai'i's first construction project using federal stimulus money is now under way at Kahului Airport.

They maintain telescopes on Mauna Kea, work in state laboratories and on oceanographic research ships. They are state workers, but their money comes from grants from the federal government and other sources outside the state

Local recording artist Anuhea is asking for the public's help after she had two prized guitars and a laptop stolen from her truck Sunday morning in Waikiki.

Work began on Sunday to restore the Falls of Clyde. And for the first time in recent history, the old ship flew her flag in Honolulu Harbor.

The Hawaii County Council may have an internal shakeup Tuesday that would make Emily Naeole the vice chairwoman, reassign council committee heads and reduce the number of committees from seven to five.

The owners of a Hilo apartment building haven't been receiving a tax break after all, says Hawaii County's property tax administrator. Stan Sitko admits his staff incorrectly left the Hale Haumana apartment at 1452 Kinoole St. off tax rolls, but said that oversight has been fixed and won't cost the county any money.

Maui Electric Co.’s sales, measured in kilowatt-hours, are down nearly 10 percent this year, a drop that tracks closely with declining visitor arrivals, said company President Ed Reinhardt.

The good news is that Graham McCumber, 24, one of the Big Island residents seriously affected by the rat lungworm disease, is home and is recuperating nicely. But it's a long road.