Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Improvements coming to Diamond Head, Honolulu train gets nod from feds, ignition interlock becomes law, rats panic parks, more Hawaii news

The state has started its much anticipated improvements to Diamond Head State Monument, including a new park-like pathway to the entrance to the Diamond Head trail and a new second trail down from the crater's summit.

A civil rights group is exploring the possibility of an economic boycott against Hawaii Business Roundtable members who supported a letter from the organization's executive committee urging a governor's veto of House Bill 444, the civil unions measure.

A final environmental study of Honolulu's planned 20-mile, elevated commuter rail line picked up a key federal endorsement and now goes to Gov. Linda Lingle for her review.

Full speed ahead, maybe.

The Federal Transit Administration has given the City's rail transit project the green light to proceed.

The Hawaii Republican Party is accusing national Democrats of a "flip-flop" because they're now supporting Colleen Hanabusa.

Drunken drivers will have to get ignition interlock devices installed in their vehicles starting in January as the state tries to prevent repeat offenders from threatening the safety of other motorists.

Locked out? By prohibiting any consumption of beverage alcohol, ignition interlocks punish responsible guests and threaten your business.(AT ISSUE): An article from: Cheers

The state’s goal of laying an interisland undersea cable to carry energy from Molokai and Lanai to Oahu took a big step forward last week with the announcement that a California contractor will soon begin an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project.

Helicopters Dropping Poison: Coming Soon To A Forest Near You?

Downtown Honolulu is just 30 miles away, but in remote Kahanahaiki, it feels like 3,000 miles.

Staff Sgt. David Flowers stepped on a land mine in Afghanistan on May 11, 2009.

Firefighters made "good progress" this weekend against a brush fire burning for a week above Maalaea, but it still remains 90 percent contained and not yet extinguished.

The Kaua‘i County Council recently passed a bill to allow wastewater fees to gradually increase over the next few years.

A federal Bankruptcy Court judge approved yesterday the potential sale of Hawaii Biotech Inc. and set a July 19 auction date for the financially troubled company that is conducting clinical trials to produce vaccines for dengue fever and the West Nile virus.