Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tourism ending year on high note, Kilauea is scientists' focus, H1N1 vaccine still scarce

A difficult year for tourism is ending on a high note thanks to two large back-to-back conventions and the Honolulu Marathon, but the good news is being tempered by the lack of big-attendance events in the first half of 2010.

Signs increasingly point to Sony shortly announcing an extension of its sponsorship of the Sony Open in Hawai'i golf tournament that will take it at least through 2011.

Kilauea's ongoing eruption -- 27 years in January -- will be highlighted at the American Geophysical Union's fall meeting Dec. 14-18 in San Francisco.

A top aide to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Hawaii is the only state to furlough teachers and cut instructional days as a budget-cutting move.

One of the highest ranking education officials in the country is touring some of Hawaii's public schools. He is here to listen and learn and also meet with the state and teachers union about the 17 furlough days a year, which reduced Hawaii's school year to the fewest days in the country.

The state health director told KITV on Monday that her department is suffering from a lack of accurate information about how much H1N1 flu vaccine has been shipped to Hawaii and how much doctors and other health care providers have actually used.

More doses are on the way. It's Hawaii's biggest-yet shipment of H1N1 vaccine, and not a moment too soon for anxious parents who've been hunting for those shots all over town.

The Maui Fire Department on Monday called off the search for a Hana couple that disappeared on Thanksgiving Day.

Sometime in January, Maui Economic Opportunity will forge ahead with a project that will allow the community, its youth groups and former prison inmates to take part in activities on a parcel of land in Waihee while learning about agriculture, Hawaiian culture and life skills.

A pair of Cost Control Commissioners submitted their resignations in September in light of the Board of Ethics’ position on Charter Section 20.02D, further showing how ethical concerns can impact participation in and productivity of government.

West Hawaii keiki can get an eyeful of candy this holiday season by making a quick trip to The Fairmont Orchid.