Friday, August 13, 2010

New condo coming to Waikiki, public gets new ammunition in development battles, still time to comment on NOAA rules, first baby born from frozen egg in Hawaii, more news from all the islands

On Wed., Aug. 18, the Honolulu City Council will hold a hearing to get public comment on whether to allow Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts to build a new 26-story hotel/condo directly on Waikiki Beach next to Kuhio Beach Park. Honolulu Weekly.

A recent Hawaii Supreme Court ruling gave individuals the right to sue to enforce zoning rules, a power that had been solely the government's. Critics warn this new tool to fight development could cause havoc. Civil Beat.

Fishermen, stakeholders, and the general public have time to comment on NOAA's enforcement priorities and the agency's National Enforcement Summit held in Washington earlier this week, through the summit's website. Big Island Weekly.

There is hope on the horizon, and on both sides of Hanama‘ulu Stream, that a historic foot bridge separating what used to be known as upper Kapaia valley and lower Kapaia valley could be restored. Garden Island.

Wildlife scientists have been scrambling for months to determine why puffer fish are dying around the Hawaiian Islands, and still do not know whether they will identify the killer. Star-Advertiser.

Your chances of seeing a shooting star are high as the Perseid meteor shower is beginning to peak Thursday night. A couple dozen people were at Halona blowhole late Thursday to try and catch a glimpse. Hawaii News Now.

Ka'iu Kimura has spent less than two weeks as executive director of the 'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii. Tribune-Herald.

Despite making steady improvement in overall test scores, most Hawaii public schools continue to see a sizable group of students who are "well below" proficiency levels in reading and math, school-by-school results released yesterday show. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii's first baby born from a frozen unfertilized egg was introduced to the media on Thursday. KITV.

Six of the major candidates for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor had differing ideas of how to improve island agriculture, though, naturally, all support the industry. Garden Island.

The Democratic Party of Hawaii wants to disqualify three candidates for the state Legislature in the primary election because they do not meet standards for running for political office under the party's banner Star-Advertiser.

Citing a lack of evidence, the county Board of Ethics on Wednesday dismissed a complaint against Mayor Billy Kenoi and the county's top planner. Tribune-Herald.

The county Board of Ethics took Mayor Billy Kenoi's word for it Wednesday and dismissed a complaint alleging the mayor and his top planner failed to report meals worth more than $100 provided by Aina Lea developers. West Hawaii Today.

Conquering the world was not part of the original plans for many Hawaii businesses that have succeeded in global markets. Hawaii Business.

It is the largest alleged mortgage fraud scheme so far uncovered in Hawaii. Star-Advertiser.

Since August 6, several large wind turbine components were successfully transported from Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor to the Kahuku wind project site, First Wind, the U.S.-based wind energy company, announced today. KHON2.

A manhole has discharged wastewater close to a popular surf spot. Hawaii News Now.

On Monday Aug. 16, work crews will begin grading and paving several empty lots where many homeless campsites have sprung up. KITV.

A battle is in the works over attempts by Ka'u Councilman Guy Enriques to abandon Old Homestead Road and sell it to unnamed adjacent property owners. West Hawaii Today.

There were 20 candidates in five hotly contested races at the Kula Community Association's political forum Tuesday night, but it was a clash between County Council Member Wayne Nishiki and the two candidates hoping to oust him from the council's South Maui seat that caused all the buzz. Maui News.

Over the last few weeks animosity has been building among a few County Council members. Garden Island.

Despite signing a 2008 tax return listing a Lahaina address, maintaining bank accounts on Maui and staying overnight in Lahaina, Maui County Council Member Sol Kaho'ohalahala testified Wednesday that it's his wife who has a residence on Maui. Maui News.

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.

Native Hawaiians on Molokai will have an opportunity to meet with the administration of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) at an upcoming community meeting. Molokai Dispatch.

Big Island police arrested a Kau couple after finding 555 marijuana plants in a drug bust at a home. KITV.