Monday, July 5, 2010

Neighbor islands to decide governor's race, census worker trespassing, Honolulu faces $1.7M fine for dumping in waterway, more state news

With most polls showing a whisker- thin margin between the two main Democratic contenders for governor and some also showing the Republican candidate within striking distance, the neighbor islands are becoming popular destinations for statewide political candidates seeking that edge. West Hawaii Today.

The Hawaii County Democratic Party's picnic was the place to see and be seen Sunday evening, as both Democratic candidates for governor, at least five candidates for lieutenant governor and a handful of local candidates stopped by. West Hawaii Today.

Makawao's Paniolo Parade lived up to its election year tradition as a major draw for candidates Saturday, with enough campaign shirts, signs and paraphernalia to turn Baldwin Avenue into a moving political rally. Maui News.


Census worker Russell Haas has come to expect a little resistance when he goes door to door to count the residents of the rugged communities near Hawaii's Kilauea volcano. He didn't expect to get arrested. AP.

Gov. Linda Lingle in the first half of the year pardoned 11 people previously convicted of crimes.KITV

With several of its companies already occupied battling a large brush fire near Ko Olina, the Honolulu Fire Department responded to 26 fire calls between midnight and 9 p.m. today. Eight of the fires are believed to be fireworks related. Star-Advertiser.


This 4th of July weekend, many are honoring their loved ones who died fighting for the freedoms we enjoy today. But some feel no one's fighting for them when it comes to the upkeep of their veterans' memorial sites.Hawaii News Now.

Tens of thousands of people are at Ala Moana Beach Park. KHON2

Today we publish writings on the meaning of independence, 234 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, with its memorable words. Civil Beat.

Explosive devices wash up along a Waimanalo beach. KHON2

The city has been fined more than $1.7 million by the state Department of Health for unloading hundreds of truckloads of concrete slabs into a West Oahu stream area frequented by endangered Hawaiian birds. Star-Advertiser.

Construction on a permanent bypass around Paia town could begin in five years, under a plan by the state Department of Transportation. Maui News.

Hawaii state Rep. Karen Awana is the new treasurer for the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators. KITV.


The Big Island's lawmakers have had their say, and now they, too, await the governor's decision on civil unions. Herald-Tribune.

Kaua‘i is one of the last places on the planet to remain free of the varroa mite — a parasite which attaches to honey bees and feeds on their blood, eventually causing population demise, said Jimmy Trujillo of the Kaua‘i Beekeeper’s Association. Garden Island.

The population of Westside honey bees is in “worse shape” than other parts of the island, said Jimmy Trujillo of the Kaua‘i Beekeeper’s Association. Garden Island.

Ranch Attempts to Legalize Water System. Molokai Dispatch


A new monument at Kahekili Beach Park tells the story of Kaanapali Airport and the legendary Royal Hawaiian Air Service (RHAS). Lahaina News.