Monday, August 31, 2009

Money, not sovereignty, for Native Hawaiians

The U.S. Com- mission on Civil Rights has sent a letter to congres- sional leaders urging opposition to the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, also known as the Akaka Bill.

Programs focused on career preparation and technical training for Native Hawaiians will soon receive almost $12.2 million from the federal government.

The "Mighty Mo," the World War II battleship best known for hosting the formal surrender of Japan in 1945, is heading to the shipyard for repairs.

Superintendent Patricia Hamamoto says she intends to again seek the authority to replace the principals, most teachers and other staffers at public schools that have consistently failed to meet federal No Child Left Behind requirements in light of a push by President Obama's administration for school districts to turn around the lowest-achieving public schools.

Selling Hawaii could be considered the easiest job in the world.

Kapoho Beach Lots -- This half-mile stretch of coastline is unlike any other in Hawaii, a kind of Shangri-La of the Pacific.

HILO -- It would be the largest disposal of assets in Hawaii County history. Yet for the past seven years, county officials have been working behind the scenes to fast-track and avoid public scrutiny of the sale of millions of dollars in county-owned land.

Plant quarantine officials said last week that laying off more than half the state's agricultural inspectors would create such a logjam at Hawaii ports that it could cause shortages similar to those seen during shipping strikes.

LIHU‘E — Clunk. That’s the sound of an anchor being dropped on one of Hawai‘i’s most vital ecosystems — coral reef.

Residents of Kalama'ula on Moloka'i were allowed to stay in their homes as shifting winds pushed away a brushfire that had scorched more than 6,000 acres, threatening the Hotel Molokai, injuring a firefighter and burning a carport.