Thursday, August 19, 2010

Hawaiians win burial rights, 911 tapes released on Hawaii County councilman, Maui struggles with bag ban, Honolulu fireworks ban stalls, Chinese buying Waikiki, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Native Hawaiians have the right to challenge construction plans that disturb Hawaiian burial sites, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled yesterday. Star-Advertiser.

When Christopher Monahan undertook a remedial survey of archeological and cultural resources on the Army's Schofield Barracks, Kahuku Training Area and Pohakuloa Training Area, he faced some unusual challenges. Big Island Weekly.

Hawaii ranks among the worst states in the nation on its response to human trafficking, according to a report released Wednesday by the Polaris Project. Civil Beat.

More than 500 lawyers and judges filled the Monarchy Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa on Tuesday to hear a panel discuss trying terrorists, and the pros and cons of doing it in ordinary civilian courts or before military commissions. Maui News.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is delivering the keynote address Thursday of the annual 9th Circuit Court Judicial Conference. Associated Press.

A federal undercover investigation uncovered alleged criminal activity at two of Oahu’s North Shore shark tour companies. KITV.

Police versus politician, on Wednesday night, we heard for the first time the dispatch calls on the day Hawaii County Council Member, Kelly Greenwell, got arrested. Hawaii News Now.

Left with no backing from his colleagues, North Kona Councilman Kelly Greenwell on Tuesday put the brakes on his effort to end the Police Department's use of unmarked patrol cars. Tribune-Herald.

The state Sheriff’s Department, under fire for poor management and more than 50,000 unserved warrants, is working to correct deficiencies that were noted in a critical state Auditor report. Hawaii Reporter.

Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona released his policy agenda on jobs and the economy yesterday and said state government must reduce the financial and regulatory burdens on businesses. Star-Advertiser.

The white-shirted members of Team Neil flexed their collective political muscle in a Tuesday evening rally in Hilo. Tribune-Herald.

Holding a Komoda stick doughnut in a clear plastic bag, bakery worker Earl Lamadora had a request Tuesday during a public hearing to discuss the county's implementation of a new plastic bag reduction ordinance. Maui News.

A crowd of about 200 gathered at Mooheau bandstand in Hilo Wednesday and marched on the federal building to protest the court’s decision to deny bail for Christie. KITV.

Chinese business owner and surfer Hongbin "Robin" Wang said he was looking for waves to ride and hotels to buy during a trip this month to Hawaii. Star-Advertiser.

Historic Waikiki Beach could see its first new shoreline tower in decades under an overhaul of Kyo-Ya Hotels & Resort's Moana Surfrider and Princess Kaiulani properties approved unanimously by the City Council yesterday. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaiian Airlines is ready to launch service to Japan and started with a new website. KHON2.

The $446,939 tab for the Hawaii Tourism Authority's delegation to the 2010 Shanghai Expo in June included money for cocktail receptions, hula halau and 400 extra large aloha shirts from Hilo Hattie.  Civil Beat.

The county Solid Waste Division is proposing a new fee to offset the cost of residential and commercial trash collection. Garden Island

A nonprofit West Hawaii health clinic, started several years ago to recruit doctors to the Big Island, may be shuttered by the state's health system. West Hawaii Today

After three hours of debate the Honolulu City Council voted Wednesday to delay a decision on a consumer fireworks ban until September 22. KHON2.

Three of the four candidates for mayor faced off at a forum near Sand Island Wednesday night. Hawaii News Now.

A salmonella outbreak has prompted a massive egg recall, but Safeway stores in Hawaii say they do not have shipments of the eggs in question. Hawaii News Now.

Representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had an opportunity Tuesday to join county workers and residents in the Mayor’s Walking Workbus. Garden Island.

When she looks at her suburban street, Geri Barish sees cancer. She believes it’s under her feet, in the soil that came from landfill and has been sprayed with pesticides. Honolulu Weekly

After 16 years of no major changes, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is looking to revise the policies that protect these conservation regions. Molokai Dispatch.