Monday, April 5, 2010

Case to get nod from national Dems, WWII wreck ID'd, diseases plague palms, corn, APEC bill $28M and climbing, more top Hawaii news

A rash of palm deaths in Kona and Hilo has some folks fearing that we may have a new disease on the island.

A corn virus that plagued Kaua‘i in the early 1990s has reared its diseased head again but maize chlorotic mottle is “still in a fairly isolated geographical area,” said Pioneer Hi-Bred International Business and Community Outreach Manager Cindy Goldstein.

A decade has passed since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a law preventing non-Hawaiians from electing trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

A World War II-era wreck off South Maui first documented in January has been identified as an SBC-2 Helldiver, ditched in Maalaea Bay on a training flight by a Navy pilot in 1944.

Each day, two boat tour operators head out to the waters off Oahu's North Shore to give the dozens of tourists aboard a close-up look at sharks. They toss bits of bloody fish into the water to attract the predators.

A plan to turn around Hawai'i's lowest-performing schools has the potential to deliver some of the most dramatic change ever seen in the state's public education system.

Unlike most of the country, it is against the law in Hawaii for politicians to plaster their faces, names and slogans on billboards or utility poles.

A congressional newspaper reported that U.S. House Democrats are considering backing former Congressman Ed Case over State Senate President Colleen Hanabusa in the special congressional election.

Preserving history. The state may be forced to take on the financial burden of our historic sites, like Honolulu Hale and the State Capitol.

The state does not require operators of residential care homes to carry commercial liability insurance, exposing yet another gap in the safety net for vulnerable seniors in Hawai'i's long-term-care system.

The anticipated taxpayer bill for hosting next year's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting is $28 million and climbing.

Despite calling for a "shared sacrifice on everyone's part," Mayor Billy Kenoi wants more discretionary spending and staff than he and former Mayor Harry Kim needed last fiscal year.