Friday, August 20, 2010

Kauai football schedule for the birds, electric coop pays $11M for bird mitigation, state raids e911 funds to plug budget, Hawaii County plagued by road disputes, Kalihi homeowners hit with big tax bills, Maui councilman says he lives there, more state news

A research ship is due to return from a voyage to the marine monument in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Associated Press.

Shark tour operators who were cited for allegedly chumming off the North Shore say they will challenge the law. KITV.

It turns out the whale that tried to beach itself off Maui earlier this week is an extremely rare species.  Hawaii News Now.

Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative has agreed to spend over $11 million on measures designed to minimize chances of its facilities causing deaths of or injuries to endangered bird species. Garden Island.

Kauai, a haven for seabirds, recently unveiled a high school sports schedule that moves popular football games to Saturday afternoons. Civil Beat.

The Army said Thursday it plans to study the environmental effects of using underwater robots to remove munitions it dumped off Oahu's Waianae coast decades ago. Associated Press.

State officials raided $16 million last year from a special fund paid for by cell phone customers to help balance the budget, the Federal Communications Commission reported. Star-Advertiser.

The State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism is slightly more optimistic about Hawaii’s economy for this year and next. KITV.

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy said Thursday that most terrorism cases should be tried in civilian courts. Associated Press.

In a recent survey, AARP found 98 percent of its 156, 416 Hawaii members are expected to vote in the upcoming primary and general elections. KITV.

Republican gubernatorial candidate John Carroll is complaining that he's being ignored. Associated Press.

A few dozen South Maui residents went on eight "speed dates" with candidates Tuesday night, and like many first encounters, people went away both excited and disappointed with their future prospects. Maui News.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled for Wednesday its hearing on Gov. Linda Lingle's appointment of Associate Justice Mark Recktenwald as chief justice. Star-Advertiser.

The construction of the new $140 million Mauka Concourse at Honolulu International Airport will cause a bit of pain to both air travelers and local airlines. KHON2.

Putting bulky waste out on the sidewalk too early could result in a fine of up to $250 under a bill passed Wednesday by the City Council. Star-Advertiser.

Lingle withholds funding for Waimea water-system fixes. Garden Island.

Kalihi homeowners whose properties were reclassified to industrial or commercial are facing a fourfold property tax jump they describe as unfair. Star-Advertiser.

Slapped with a monster tax hike, Kalihi families are in shock, opening their mail to find their real property tax bills have skyrocketed up to $13,000. Hawaii News Now.

Council Member Sol Kaho'ohalahala said Wednesday that during the first 10 months of his council term he slept about 40 nights on Lanai, the island where he is claiming residency. Maui News.

The County Council's Finance Committee is going on the road to learn more about, well, a road. Tribune-Herald.

County Council members Wednesday approved a resolution allowing the use of a portion of the county's fuel tax revenues to fund maintenance of private roadways. West Hawaii Today.

We've discovered a major lapse in regulation among Hawaii's dog breeding industry. Hawaii News Now.

Ancient fishponds, indigenous forests, beaches and reefs are just a few of Hawaii’s remaining natural and cultural resources residing in state-owned conservation districts. Molokai News.

Due to extreme fire danger conditions due to a prolonged dry spell the following areas will be closed in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: KHON2.

Twenty-three Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua and Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences Kapalua Bay employees have volunteered to tutor at Lahaina Intermediate School, one component of the Lahaina Complex After School Enrichment Tutor Project. Lahaina News.