Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Haole in Hawaii, insurance commissioner leaving, newspaper union argues severance pay, bees to be counted, more news from around the state

Kaua‘i Nonviolent Communication will soon host its first ever “conscious community dialogue” to answer the often controversial question: “What does it mean to be ‘haole’ in Hawai‘i?”

Brothers Mike and Alec Sou own and operate Aloun Farms in Kapolei, one of the largest agricultural operations in the state. They each face five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine after pleading guilty last January to charges of human trafficking.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday announced it will conduct a survey of 13 states, including Hawaii, looking into honey bee pests and diseases.

This summer, the Board of Education will be weighing the fates of four rural schools being considered for possible closure, a touchy prospect that communities are mobilizing to fight.

Gov. Linda Lingle addressed more than 300 members of the American Chamber of Commerce yesterday in Shanghai.

Economists say the worst is over. But is that really true?

J.P. Schmidt, who has regulated Hawaii insurers since 2003, is leaving his post as state insurance commissioner at the end of the month.

Two construction companies have been fined for a deadly tower collapse last year in Kapolei, but some lawmakers expressed concern that the fine was so small it sends the message that safety isn't valued.

About 20,000 tons of trash sits unmoved, stinking and drawing flies at Campbell Industrial Park.

Grievance regarding severance pay headed for arbitration

My strongest impression arriving at the University of Hawaii at Hilo 12 years ago was the enormous potential at the university, in the community and across the state.

The northern portion of the Mamalahoa Bypass is now open to traffic in both directions for 12 hours a day, seven days. This new agreement was finalized and made last week between Hawaii County and Hokulia developer 1250 Oceanside Partners, said Mayor Billy Kenoi Sunday.

Maui County firefighters were still trying to wrangle a 2-acre brush fire under control Sunday evening on the hillside far below the Kaheawa wind farm.

A group on Kaua‘i is working on a plan to help the homeless.