Friday, September 25, 2009

Surf's coming up, Natatorium's coming down

A city task force voted yesterday to recommend a dramatic change to Waikiki's shoreline: The demolition of the 82-year-old Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium and creation of a beach in its place.

The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously forwarded the nomination of assistant U.S. Attorney Florence "Flo" Nakakuni to the full Senate to be the next U.S. attorney for the District of Hawaii, Sens. Daniel K. Inouye and Daniel K. Akaka announced yesterday.

The recovery process for the Hawaii economy is just around the corner -- by early next year -- according to the latest quarterly forecast by the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization.

Surfers are excited that the North Shore is seeing such early surf in the season.

The National Weather Service has issued a high surf advisory for north and west facing shores for the entire state in effect from 6 pm Thursday to 6 am Saturday. A northwest swell from a Pacific storm, former typhoon Choi-Wan is moving in today and will reach advisory level tonight.

Police say a man tried to cover up a vehicle break-in by claiming he'd witnessed a shark attack Wednesday off the coast of Hawaiian Paradise Park.

Puna Councilwoman Emily Naeole violated the county ethics code when she displayed thumbs-down gestures while members of the public testified about a proposed council reorganization, the Hawaii County Board of Ethics said Wednesday.