Monday, February 15, 2010

Native Hawaiian claims county land, Aloha Run today, Honolulu bus ridership down, homeless up, state hospital troubled, more top Hawaii news

After months negotiating with a landowner, Hawaii County has almost finalized the paperwork to buy a property labeled the top priority for preservation by the county's Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources Preservation Commission. The problem is, the man who lives there says it's not for sale.

Despite stepped-up efforts, the state cannot keep pace with swelling numbers of homeless

Rising unemployment and gasoline prices below $4 a gallon are taking a toll on public transit ridership in Honolulu and nationally.

Legislators, Kane'ohe residents and the union for Hawai'i State Hospital employees are raising concerns about a cost-cutting decision in December to lay off state security guards at the psychiatric facility, dramatically decreasing the hospital's security force.

It's Hollywood in Hawaii, as the Black Pearl arrives.  That's the ship featured in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films.

More than 20,000 people are scheduled to hit the streets Monday morning as part of the 26th annual Great Aloha Run.

A helicopter tour company reported seeing an "SOS" written on Kalalau Beach at about 2:30 p.m. while flying over the area.

The streets were filled with the din of firecrackers, gongs and cymbals as Ed Yap's Big Island Shaolin Arts troupe helped Hiloans celebrate the advent of Chinese New Year.

One of the state's biggest defense contractors has won the bid for the first phase of Ane Keohokalole Highway, also known as the midlevel road.

Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge Manager Glynnis Nakai said, yes, she knows what people will say.

A nearly $90,000 grant from the state Office of Hawaiian Affairs will support efforts by a group working to protect a Lanai forest and watershed and its native plants and animals - including a colony of endangered uau, or petrel seabirds, discovered in 2006.

It was Kaua‘i Police Assistant Chief Roy Asher’s idea to mark the beginning of Chief Darryl Perry’s tenure with new badges for all officers.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife announces an opportunity for interested individuals to participate in the control of feral goats on Kaua‘i in an area known as Hunting Unit F in Waimea Canyon.