Monday, April 26, 2010

27 years of vog, Legislature enters home stretch, wildlife returns to Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve, farm housing coming to Kauai, more top Hawaii news


It has been 27 years since Kilauea started erupting and two since a new vent at Halema'uma'u Crater opened, doubling the amount of emissions and changing life for the thousands who live in Pahala and other rural communities downwind from the volcano.

Gov. Linda Lingle last night asked all public school teachers and principals to volunteer to return to the classrooms without pay for the remaining three furlough days of the school year as a "gesture to heal our community."

Budget battles. School furloughs and hotel tax money.

With less than a month to go and the contest apparently as tight as a drum, the three major candidates for Hawaii's vacant congressional seat and their allies are sharpening their attacks on each other.

As the election season heats up, Hawaii News Now along with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs is proud to present the first live, televised debate of campaign 2010: "Race for Congress - the Special Election."

The first amphibious insects ever found are rare Hawaii caterpillars that can live under two feet of rushing water or on a hot dry rock and commute back and forth.

Fish, turtles and birds have returned to Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve since it was closed to people two years ago, but the shutdown is set to expire at the end of July.

Hawaii County Department of Water Supply customers will soon have their chance to weigh in on whether agricultural water users should continue to get a water subsidy.

Two and a half years in the making, a bill that would allow farmers to build additional dwellings for their  workers is two steps away from becoming law.

Heavy fog precipitated a series of multiple-vehicle wrecks along the same stretch of Highway 19 in Waimea on Saturday.