Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wind energy plans progressing, school year extended, Hawaii teachers well-paid, Big Island looks to expand landfill, Inouye honored, dolphins born, die, more

A new emergency room for dolphins at the University of Hawaii at Hilo lost its first patient yesterday afternoon with the death of a critically injured striped dolphin found floundering on the rocks near the fishing village of Milolii.

A new Hawaii law requires at least 180 school days a year as the state tries to shed its reputation for having the least amount of instructional time in the nation

The AFT survey calculated Hawaii's average teacher salary was $51,916 in the 2006 school year; the national average was $51,009.

Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann's chief opponents in the governor's race say he should answer questions and explain his recent trip to Pittsburgh to raise campaign funds.

Same-sex couples who are allowed to enter into civil unions would spend as much as $9.5 million on celebrations over the first four years of the new law, according to a new study.

Honolulu's mass transit project must overcome serious obstacles before groundbreaking.

A consultant is expected to be selected by the end of the month to compare the feasibility of expanding the Hilo landfill to trucking East Hawaii's garbage to West Hawaii.

Mayor Mufi Hannemann explained the city's furlough plan yesterday, noting that public safety and core city services such as TheBus and refuse pickup would be unaffected.

New 3-D movie technology coming to Oahu theatre

Hawaii's Sen. Daniel Inouye became the nation's second-longest serving U.S. senator last week.

On Thursday, the public will have another chance to decide on future development for the Kakaako waterfront.

Despite the combined efforts of three Neighbor Island leagues, the powers-that-be remain on Oahu, and it appears so will the marquee high school state tournaments. The Hawaii High School Athletic Association's Executive Council voted Monday to reverse a recommendation to include Maui and the Big Island in a rotation to host the Division I and II soccer championships.

The Department of Water Supply reduced production at the Olinda Water Treatment Facility on Monday because the reservoirs that feed the plant were nearly empty.

Sea Life Park Hawaii, one of Oahu’s favorite family attractions, has had a delivery from the stork in the shape of a baby dolphin and wants to get you to join the celebration!

NexGen Energy Partners LLC is seeking the Leeward Planning Commission's approval on a request to install a windmill at the Waikoloa sewage treatment plant.

Wind energy company First Wind has announced it will not pursue a proposed wind project on Molokai’s Hawaiian homestead land. The company is now negotiating with Molokai Properties Ltd., also known as Molokai Ranch, to build a similar wind farm on Ranch land.

About an acre of former sugar cane land near Palani Place in Hanama‘ulu was scorched during a brush fire Tuesday afternoon, a county news release states.

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