Monday, June 29, 2009

Top Hawaii Headlines: Monday morning edition

The Department of Land and Natural Resources is undertaking a major restructuring of its law enforcement arm to refocus on protecting the state's natural, cultural and historic resources.

While Hawai'i tourism has slowed, the number of street performers, artists and other sidewalk entrepreneurs appears to be growing along Waikiki's Kalakaua Avenue.

The state attorney general's criminal division is investigating procurement practices at the state Department of Education.

Honolulu's latest effort to move the homeless off Oahu's beaches is set to continue on the Waianae Coast.

As the Coast Guard works to replace a navigational tower toppled in a car crash at Kewalo Basin, it is also busy modernizing its extensive network of beacons and buoys.

With home and property values on the decline, the Honolulu Mayor is trying to alleviate the tax burden on Oahu homeowners, and at the same time balancing the City's budget.

Figures from the Hawaii County's Department of Research and Development show what construction workers already know -- their job loss numbers are the worst of the economic downturn.

Small land-owners got a break from the Maui County Council Water Resources Committee on Wednesday when it voted to change the way the Department of Water Supply treats some easements and ownership changes.

A judge has blocked state officials from seizing the assets of Waters of Life Public Charter School and will allow the Kurtistown-based school to pay its teachers and continue essential operations -- at least temporarily

Two local teens stuck on a cliff on the mountain commonly known as Sleeping Giant were rescued Sunday afternoon as family members and neighbors watched.