Monday, August 10, 2009

Wet, windy Felicia weakens but still on track toward Hawaii. Mayor Kenoi surfs; Red Cross seeks volunteers

The outer edges of the storm should bring locally heavy rainfall tonight on the Big Island and Maui County. If Felicia follows its projected track, it will be centered over Oahu by 8 tomorrow night.

State and county Civil Defense officials said they will make many decisions on Monday morning about what to do about Tropical Storm Felicia when they get a clearer picture of where the storm is headed.

Felicia weakens slightly as it continues to approach the Hawaiian islands

While Red Cross volunteers are on standby around the state as Tropical Storm Felicia approaches, the organization is calling for new help.

Mayor Kenoi Surfs Felicia's Power

Oahu could face gale-force winds and heavy rain as early as tomorrow as former Hurricane Felicia approaches the islands, the National Weather Service warns.

Hurricane Hunters fly into Felicia

At Hawaii County Civil Defense headquarters, Administrator Quince Mento scanned a satellite photo of a slowly weakening Hurricane Felicia showing on one of the six large plasma screens dominating one wall.

In 1959, what opposition there was to Hawai'i statehood was based on a variety of factors, from fears that communists had infiltrated the territory's labor unions to concerns that statehood would further disenfranchise its Native Hawaiian population.

The dreaded, anxiously-awaited layoff notices to 1,100 state workers were distributed last Tuesday.

Former Honolulu City Councilmember Ann Kobayashi is back! She emerged the clear winner Friday night in a special election to fill the seat left vacant by the late Duke Bainum.

A proposal that could cost West Hawaii homeowners, builders and developers thousands of dollars per new home goes before the Board of Education Monday

On Monday, the leaders of the American Farm Bureau Federation were on Maui, touring the brand spanking new inspection facility at Kahului Airport. And on Tuesday, layoff notices went out to many of the state inspectors who make the building useful.