Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Hawaii losing tourism war, Kauai a stand-in for Gulf, Lingle off to China again, Kenoi hit with ethics complaint, more island news

Beach destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean have raised prices faster than Hawaii, but Hawaii remains more expensive, creating a tug of war between product quality and price, a mainland travel executive reports. Hawaii News Now.

Long-standing disrepair at one of Oahu's iconic tourist destinations is finally being addressed by the city. Star-Advertiser.

More than 53,000 people on the Web have watched a music video made on Kaua‘i to highlight the Gulf oil disaster, a news release says. Garden Island.

Hawaii’s senators say it's like a death in their own ‘ohana, with Senator Dan Inouye saying he has lost a brother. KHON2.

Gov. Linda Lingle yesterday said she will likely travel to China in her final months of office to foster relations with tourism and government officials in the fast-developing Asian nation. Associated Press.

Gov. Linda Lingle on Tuesday criticized a new federal law that will direct millions of dollars to Hawaii for Medicaid and education programs even though she and other governors sought some of the money almost six months ago. Associated Press.

The future of Aloha Stadium is an issue the next administration will have to deal with. KHON2.

A five-member Hawaii team made its best pitch yesterday in Washington, D.C., on why the state should get $75 million in federal Race to the Top grant money to turn around low-performing schools and make sweeping education reforms. Star-Advertiser.

Five representatives from the islands traveled to Washington, D.C. this week to try to win $75 million in Race to the Top funds for Hawaii. Civil Beat.

The top three candidates for mayor met for a second debate last night, hoping to show business leaders how they would improve the economic climate in Hawaii, especially in areas of mass transit, infrastructure and public-private partnerships. Star-Advertiser.

At its mouth, the Waihee River was only around a foot deep Monday afternoon - but that was good news to Scott Fisher of the Maui Coastal Land Trust. Maui News.

The mayor and his planning director are facing an ethics complaint, after they failed to file gift disclosures for a dinner they had last year with foreign investors in the Aina Lea development. West Hawaii Today.

While Maui County Council Member Sol Kaho'ohalahala stays overnight with his family in Lahaina when he's working on Maui, he returns to Lanai on his days off, his wife testified Monday. Maui News.

Acting mayor Kirk Caldwell, former city prosecutor Peter Carlisle and engineer Panos Prevedouros participated in Tuesday evening’s debate. KITV.

Arrested last month following a speeding violation, North Kona Councilman Kelly Greenwell now wants patrol officers to stop being so darned sneaky. Tribune-Herald.

Consul General of Israel to visit Kaua‘i Garden Island.

An 80-foot antenna plan lives on. Opponents don't like the way it looks, but supporters say the Wi-Fi tower in Central Oahu is just what they need. Hawaii News Now.

A comprehensive settlement has been reached to address federal Clean Water Act compliance at Honolulu's wastewater collection and treatment systems. Associated Press.

Ooma Beachside Village is not for sale, a consultant for the development told a commission Monday. West Hawaii Today.

The state Department of Transportation is hoping its new website will help motorists navigate traffic when thousands of University of Hawaii-Manoa and private school students go back to class this month. KITV.

The West Maui Health Alliance (WMHA) is ready to refocus and work on the healthcare needs of the community. Lahaina News.

The Philippine Medical Association of Hawaii’s Ohana Medical Mission (PMAH OMM) recently installed a new set of officers and board of directors for 2010-2011. Filipino Chronicle.