Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Maui prison lacks support, Hawaii to help its Pacific neighbors, TMT moving forward, other top news


Gov. Linda Lingle is halting state plans to develop an estimated $235 million correctional facility at Puunene because the proposal lacks support from Maui Sen. Shan Tsutsui, vice chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

The Hawaii Air and Army National Guard will send 86 medical, search and rescue, and communications specialists to American Samoa this morning in the aftermath of a deadly tsunami that triggered alerts across the Pacific.

American Samoa's Governor Togiola Tulafono, who's in Hawaii for business, details the damage to the island as he heard from his office and Lt. Governor.

The Planning Department has scheduled a kick-off meeting this week to launch the County of Kaua‘i’s Important Agricultural Lands study, and introduce the staff of the University of Hawai‘i’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning that was hired to assist the county with the IAL study.

Hawai'i was one of only eight states with significant increases in the ranks of the poor during a year of recessionary pressure.

Parents said a state ethics opinion poses a major hurdle in hiring teachers privately to instruct their students during the 17 days when Hawaii public schools are on furlough because of budget cuts.

Architects and engineers met with the Thirty Meter Telescope team Monday in Hilo in the first step toward the construction of the support buildings.

Loss of jobs on land increases marine license sales

Saying a bill allowing people to live in tents while their homes are under construction stigmatizes Puna, Mayor Billy Kenoi on Monday wielded his veto pen for the first time

An uprising that included two members of Gov. Linda Lingle's Cabinet shot down a move to make the Maui County Department of Planning the recruiter, contractor and accepting authority for the environmental review for state and some private development proposals.