Thursday, August 26, 2010

Fat government at Honolulu Hale, gubernatorial hopefuls talk health care, Recktenwald hearing smooth, body scanner coming to Honolulu airport, Inouye says help rail, more Hawaii news

Honolulu's work force grew 5 percent during Mayor Mufi Hannemann's tenure, but the total spent on salaries ballooned 32 percent, according to an analysis by Civil Beat. Civil Beat.

Hawaii's top Democratic gubernatorial candidates on Wednesday delved into the heavy-duty policy realm of health care, taking different approaches on how they would improve its delivery to island residents. Associated Press.

Democratic candidates for governor Neil Abercrombie and Mufi Hannemann went head to head on healthcare at a forum Wednesday afternoon. KHON2.

Hawaii is facing the same health care problems sweeping the rest of the United States. KITV.

There were two big endorsements for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mufi Hannemann. KITV.

The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman indicated yesterday he's inclined to support chief justice nominee Mark Recktenwald, who received overwhelming praise during a hearing yesterday on his appointment to lead the state's third branch of government. Star-Advertiser

Associate Justice Mark Recktenwald went before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday to describe his judicial philosophy and explain to members of the panel why he should become Hawaii's fifth chief justice. KHON2.

Candidates for public office running as nonpartisans say the system is rigged against them. Tribune-Herald.

Kauai Democrats have gone to Circuit Court to try to remove a Republican state House candidate from the September primary ballot, arguing that the state GOP should not have been allowed to field the candidate as a replacement after another Republican withdrew just before the filing deadline in late July. Star-Advertiser.

After 37 long years of waiting for Hawaiian homestead land, Judy Caparida still has a smile on her face. Molokai Dispatch.

"When they brought us into port, they asked, 'Why did you want to enter Israel illegally," recalled Ann Wright. "We said, 'We did not want to come here. You boarded us seventy miles offshore in international waters and outside your self-declared security zone. We did not want to come to Israel. You kidnapped us and brought us here.'" Big Island Weekly.

Hawaiian Airlines says its new nonstop route between Hawaii and South Korea will start Jan. 12. Associated Press.

Honolulu International Airport is set to receive an all body scanner. Hawaii News Now.

The Maui Planning Commission lent its support Tuesday to a two-year-old plan to expand the Hana Landfill from 29 to 74 acres and add two improvements intended to monitor and mitigate the potential pollution of the nearby ocean. Maui News.

It's looking more likely Gov. Linda Lingle will run out of time before deciding whether to approve the city's planned $5.5 billion elevated commuter rail project. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii’s senior senator is imploring Governor Linda Lingle to get behind rail transit, or risk losing more than $1.5 billion in federal money. KHON2

Maui County Council Member Sol Kaho'ohalahala said Tuesday that he packed suitcases, boxes and coolers with his belongings and began moving them to Lanai when he made the decision to change his residency back to the island in July of 2008. Maui News.

Puna Councilwoman Emily Naeole-Beason's attorney responded Tuesday to a criminal complaint filed against her by her estranged husband. West Hawaii Today.

The Maui County Council voted 7-1 Tuesday to give initial approval to a compromise bill aimed at getting condominium owners to pay the correct property tax rate on their units. Maui News.

With roughly 30 days left in his current contract, Kaua‘i Police Chief Darryl Perry said Wednesday that he wants to continue serving the county. Garden Island.

The Shells Restaurant at the Sheraton Kaua‘i was sold-out as friends and parishioners of the Koloa Missionary Church filled the restaurant to wish Pastor Niles Kageyama and his wife Aileen a happy retirement, Saturday. Garden Island.

If you’ve ridden your fair share of waves, then you know Duke Kahanamoku’s story: a full-blooded Hawaiian born on August 24, 1890, and raised in Waikiki, with a natural affinity for the ocean. Hawaii Reporter.

Police have arrested a man authorities believe is responsible for starting the large brush fire that has closed much of Saddle Road since Sunday morning. Tribune-Herald.