Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Flags, lei, drum beat and floating lanterns mark Memorial Day events, gubernatorial race, filling Honolulu Hale priorities as Case bows out, horses seized by Kauai Humane Society, more state news

Drum beats echoed from the sacred dancing circle and onto the banks of Waiakea Pond on Saturday.

Total bankruptcy filings jumped 34.4 percent in May over the year-earlier period.

Hundreds turned out for the Governor's Memorial Day Ceremony at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe Monday afternoon.

With a peach-colored sunset as a backdrop and aided by gentle trade winds, more than 2,000 candle-lit lanterns representing the souls of the departed made their way from the Magic Island end of Ala Moana Beach Park into the Pacific.

More than 40,000 people watched some 2,000 floating lanterns drift to sea last night from Ala Moana Beach, ferrying wishes of healing and peace and honoring those who have died under hardships.

Five battle-tested political veterans are already at the starting gate for the special election to replace Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, who announced last week that he will resign July 20 to run for governor.

The Honolulu City Council is expected to pick the next member for Hawaii Kai as early as Thursday if five of the eight members can agree on the right person.

With Democrat Ed Case out of the September primary election, the challenge for Hawaii Democrats is to get Case's supporters to back Colleen Hanabusa.

With the departure of Ed Case  from the Democratic primary for Congress, all eyes turn to the gubernatorial contest between Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann and former Congressman Neil Abercrombie.

The state Campaign Spending Commission has launched an investigation into Nuuanu City Councilman Rod Tam’s campaign expenses.

Sixteen emaciated and dehydrated horses have been rescued from a Lihue property.

The Kaua‘i Humane Society seized 16 horses in emaciated and dehydrated condition from a property in off Ma‘alo Road here Sunday after investigating calls from concerned people about “skinny” horses, said Dr. Rebecca Rhoades, KHS executive director.

A 47-year-old Mountain View man faces charges in the stabbing death of his wife following an attack Saturday night in Hilo.

Calling Kihei Public Charter High School a laboratory of innovation, Gov. Linda Lingle said graduates only needed to heed the words of their own student speakers to guide them in their future.



Jonah Ke‘eaumoku Kapu is a man of passion, willing to stand by his convictions and walk the talk to make a difference.

Oak Park Chimney Corporation is currently installing 17 carbon steel tension bands around the Pioneer Mill Smokestack to stabilize it.