Thursday, August 12, 2010

Gubernatorial duo's first debate, Marine Corps moving aircraft to Hawaii, playgrounds losing swings, Big Island courthouses closing, highway funds coming, more Hawaii news

The first update of conservation land use rules in 16 years would change the shoreline setback, eliminate required permits for activities like weeding and increase fees. Star-Advertiser.

A shortage of deputy sheriffs on the Big Island has prompted the state Judiciary to shut down three part-time satellite courthouses beginning Oct. 1 until further notice, officials said yesterday. Star-Advertiser.

Some Big Island judges are expressing concern the state may not be doing enough to ensure courtroom safety. KHON2.

Hawaii is in line for nearly $8 million in federal funds for highway, airport and other transportation projects. Associated Press.


The more former Mayor Mufi Hannemann and former Congressman Neil Abercrombie appear on stage together, the more it's obvious that there are real differences between the two Democratic candidates. Civil Beat.

Hawaii's Democratic candidates for governor are battling over their job qualifications, with Mufi Hannemann saying the state can't afford a leader who needs on-the-job training and Neil Abercrombie giving backhanded praise of the former mayor's leadership. KITV.

In their first real opportunity to question each other, former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie challenged former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann yesterday to more debates before their primary election for governor and Hannemann asked Abercrombie to justify his support for offshore oil and natural gas drilling given the devastating BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Star-Advertiser.

There were not a lot of fireworks during a debate between democratic gubernatorial candidates Neil Abercrombie and Mufi Hannemann Wednesday afternoon in Iwilei. Hawaii News Now.

The Hawaii Publishers Association hosted the forum as part of their newsmaker luncheon series. KHON2.

Hawaii's Democratic candidates for governor are battling over their job qualifications, with Mufi Hannemann saying the state can't afford a leader who needs on-the-job training and Neil Abercrombie giving backhanded praise of the former mayor's leadership. Associated Press.

Mark your calendars. On August 30th, Hawaii News Now and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser are proud to present a 90 minute live gubernatorial debate: State Showdown. Hawaii News Now.

Former Mayor Mufi Hannemann's campaign for governor has agreed to pay a $225 fine and a campaign worker will pay a $100 fine related to improper notice for a Pittsburgh fundraising event in June. Star-Advertiser.

Former Honolulu Mayor and current Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mufi Hannemann vowed Tuesday evening to "rectify the broken promises" made by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources if sworn into office. West Hawaii Today.

The Neighbor Islands' importance, needed school reforms and the potential for energy independence were recurring themes Tuesday evening as 10 candidates vying for lieutenant governor visited West Hawaii. West Hawaii Today.

The U.S. Marine Corps is holding meetings this month across the state, including in Hilo and Waikoloa, on its proposal to base three squadrons of helicopters and tilt-rotor aircraft in Hawaii. Tribune-Herald.

There are enough votes in the U.S. Senate to pass a bill treating Native Hawaiians like the nation's other indigenous groups by the end of the year. Associated Press.

Enjoying the big swings at the park is one of the best things about being a kid. But the administration of former Mayor Mufi Hannemann has made a decision that will make that experience harder to come by. KITV.

Workers in Construction Industry Struggling to Find Jobs. KHON2.

Hawaii Loses Out on Vacation Rental Taxes. Molokai Dispatch.

Hawaii is joining an online effort to connect money-saving ideas and government benefits with residents who need them. KITV.

The grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the Portuguese and the Puerto Ricans who immigrated to work on Maui's plantations may soon have a civic center to "store our history," in the words of Audrey Guerrero, vice chairman of Heritage Hall Inc. Maui News.

A fascinating story is developing. The parents of Hawaii's first baby, conceived using frozen unfertilized eggs, will share their story. Hawaii News Now.

The Heartbeat of America flatlined on the Big Island when Island Chevrolet closed its doors in May 2009. Tribune-Herald.

The Kaua‘i County Council in a five-to-two vote Wednesday approved significant revisions to affordable-housing conditions agreed upon five years ago by the developers of a major South Shore project. Garden Island.

There’s a wonderland of Hawaiian treasures right in our own backyard, West Maui, in a 300-acre valley above the shores of Kaanapali. Lahaina News.

Of the approximately 10 times a day that he passes the Lanai City house that Maui County Council Member Sol Kaho'ohalahala claims as his residence, Michael "Phoenix" Dupree said he has seen the councilman there only one time in the past two years. Maui News.

Seniors living in rural areas of Hawai‘i may benefit from medication safety education that will be provided by the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo College of Pharmacy, a county news release states. Garden Island.