Monday, August 16, 2010

Keeping the culture, lots of complaints about Honolulu, dollar favors Japanese visitors, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands


 The future is in the past is a guide to how Hawaii should be looking at the experience it offers tourists. Civil Beat.

Hundreds of people ascended upon Puukohola Heiau on Saturday immersing themselves in the culture of old Hawaii in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the unification of the Hawaiian Islands. West Hawaii Today.

Five months after breaking ground with their trowels, archaeologists have unearthed some historical treasures at Moku'ula. Maui News.

Ancient Polynesian builders rapidly evolved from small temples to big pyramid-shaped temples in only 140 years, rather than four or five centuries as previously believed, a team led by Hawaii-born anthropologist Patrick V. Kirch has found. Star-Advertiser.

Japanese visitors are flocking to Hawaii for sand, surf and shopping. KHON2.

The persistent quest for President Barack Obama's Hawaii birth certificate has died down since the state passed a law allowing it to ignore repetitive requests for the document. Associated Press.

The leading mayoral candidates are getting ready for a big debate Monday. Hawaii News Now.

The City & County of Honolulu, population 905,000, has had an estimated 200,000 complaints over the last 5 years, many submitted through its Department of Customer Services. Hawaii Reporter.

At a recent family reunion on the beach, family members asked who they should vote for in the upcoming elections because a number of candidates are making their first run at offices for which there are no incumbents. West Hawaii Today.

Lina Lin doesn't vote, but in her laid-back way the Nuuanu resident is doing her bit for democracy. Star-Advertiser.

The Honolulu Zoo is breaking ground on its Asian elephant tropical forest exhibit. Associated Press.

Yoshi Yoshinaga, 74, is just one of the volunteers who mans the city's informational kiosk just steps away from the Honolulu Zoo. KITV.

Rows of corn reach for the sky along Ka’aahi Street in Iwilei. KITV.

The Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) is beginning work to redevelop the Kakaako Gateway, beginning with these empty lots. KHON2.

The largest fine for shoreline setback encroachments ever imposed by Maui County was approved as part of a settlement agreement by the Maui Planning Commission on Tuesday. Maui News.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources will close Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park on the North Shore from Hanakapi‘ai to Kalalau Valley for a multi-faceted improvement effort that includes a rockfall mitigation project above the Ho‘ole‘a waterfall and shoreline sea cave areas. Garden Island.

Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) today announced the awarding of $9,044,880 in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant funding to support Native Hawaiian health centers on Kauai, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and the Island of Hawaii. Molokai Dispatch.

Hawaii's first 240-volt electric cars are set to debut in Honolulu. Associated Press.

Early next month, Shariyah Campbell, 18, will join thousands of other eager students as she begins her college career. Tribune-Herald.

Long about 73 years ago, a youngster named Bob Olson gazed over the cliffs at Palos Verdes in Southern California in fixed amazement at surfers riding waves in the ocean down below him. Lahaina News.

Irene Hirano Inouye, former president and CEO of the Japanese American National Museum, will talk to UH Mānoa professor emeritus George Tanabe on his radio program. Hawaii Herald.