Thursday, June 17, 2010

Kauai considers new form of government, Hannemann under investigation, Djou blasted for robo-calls, TV stations dispute who is 'undisputed news leader,' more news from all the isles

The Campaign Spending Com- mission says it will launch an in- vest- igation over a Pittsburgh fundraiser held on behalf of Mayor Mufi Hannemann's gubernatorial race.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mufi Hannemann defended what was to be a campaign fundraiser in Pittsburgh last week as legitimate and "all done above board," but acknowledged that mistakes in planning "cast a cloud" over the event.

New fireworks in the governor's race, both men are accusing the other of shady fundraising.

Mayor Mufi Hannemann has picked up the endorsement of the Hawaii Hotel & Lodging Association in his campaign for governor.


Hawaii’s newest con- gressman, Re- publican Rep. Charles Djou, was elected in a special election after campaigning for restraint in spending government money. Now he has offended some voters, by using taxpayer money for automated telephone calls that some say sound like campaigning.

The state Ethics Commission voted yesterday to fire Executive Director Daniel Mollway based on an investigative report critical of his work habits and management style.

Kaua‘i voters may be faced with a major decision next election that could have far-reaching implications in how the county is governed.

Is there something in the water here that makes it all but impossible for people with strongly held views to work out their differences?

The line of tired and weary pet owners can stretch out the door at the Honolulu Airport's animal quarantine office, and tempers occasionally grow testy.

In 2003, the Department of Transportation developed a plan to turn Hawaii into a bike friendly state.

The Board of Education is expected to adopt common national standards for Hawaii public schools today as part of a push to standardize what students across the country learn and better compare school performance.

Residential home sales rose 80 percent in May on Kaua‘i compared to last year, but the increase was based on an already “tiny number” in 2009, said University of Hawai‘i Department of Economics Professor Byron Gangnes.

Water rates will go up by as much as 8 percent starting next month for all except commercial farmers and ranchers after a temporary rate hike was approved Tuesday by the Hawaii County Water Board.

A new principal partner and possibly a different landlord won't stop Hu Honua Bioenergy from attempting to resurrect the Pepeekeo power plant, company President Rick McQuain said Tuesday.

Residents here brought new questions to Mayor Billy Kenoi Tuesday night, asking about topics from West Hawaii school impact fees to cross-island garbage hauling.

Mayoral Candidate Chris Hart is known as the “Man with a Plan” – a nickname justified by his extensive resume that includes serving under the Maui County Planning Department for two decades.

Staying true to his earlier pledges, former Maui County Council Member Riki Hokama, who held the Lanai residency seat for five consecutive terms, officially filed as a candidate Tuesday to enter the race and try to get back his old job.

A team of two students from Maui High School took ninth place at the 2010 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills National Final on Tuesday.

Molokai was awarded over $17 million to fund 21 capital improvement projects this year. The wide-ranging list includes repairs to schools, roadways and the island’s water system. 

ABC announced Tuesday it will produce a medical drama for prime-time TV in Hawaii.

Last week’s consolidation of Honolulu’s two morning dailies into a single organization was a loss on many levels, most of them already well-chronicled.

KHON2 News continues to be the undisputed news leader in all local and world newscasts and Hawaii’s television viewers again have chosen KHON2 as the station they prefer for all their news, information and entertainment.

Hawaii News Now: Sunrise is Hawaii's undisputed morning news leader, winning all half-hour periods between 5:00 – 8:00 AM and continuing a strong showing in its second book on KFVE.