Thursday, August 5, 2010

New flood maps could raise insurance costs, good year for film industry, Senate panel decides on chief justice today, more news from all the islands

New flood insurance rate maps developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency could lead to dramatic cost increases for some property owners on Oahu and Kauai. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii’s Film Industry expects that 2010 will be a banner year with revenues generated from films and television shows approaching $300 million. KITV.

What would happen to Honolulu International Airport's famous "reef runway" if the ocean rose a few feet in the next century? Civil Beat.

The Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor is among the top 10 aviation attractions around the world. KHON2.

Hawaii billionaires Pierre and Pam Omidyar joined 40 of the world's richest people in a pledge to donate at least half of their fortunes as part of a philanthropists' pact announced yesterday. Star-Advertiser. (Photo by Joi)

Molokai’s only radio station will no longer air local news updates. Molokai Dispatch.

A stinging radio ad by former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann prompted U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to wade into the Hawaii Democratic gubernatorial contest yesterday with a defense of ex-U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie. Associated Press.

Hannemann: Labor King? Civil Beat.

Hawaii's beverage container deposit redemption rate for the fiscal year ending June 30 was 76 percent, down from a record high 79 percent in the previous fiscal year, the state Department of Health said yesterday. Associated Press.

“Ricycling” is not only good for the environment, it helps feed some of Kaua‘i’s hungry residents. Garden Island.

California's Proposition 8 ruling to affect Hawaii's fight over civil unions. KHON2.

Gov. Linda Lingle plans a "full-court press" for appeals Judge Katherine Leonard as Hawaii's next chief justice after hearing yesterday that the state Senate has serious concerns about her leadership and administrative abilities. Star-Advertiser.

Here at home, it's a big day for Hawaii's chief justice nominee Katherine Leonard. The Senate judiciary committee will vote whether to recommend Leonard to the full Senate, which meets Friday. Hawaii News Now.

Three hundred parasitic wasps were released in Haiku on Tuesday to prey on the invasive nettle caterpillar, whose stings can send some people to the hospital and whose appetite can do massive damage to plants and plant nurseries.Maui News.


Mayor Charmaine Tavares' campaign has cruised to the head of the pack in terms of fundraising, raising substantially more than any challenger's campaign and having the most money available as she approaches the primary election next month. Maui News.

The County of Maui mayor’s ballot has the Friendly Isle all abuzz now that Molokai’s own Patricia Hammond is in the running. Molokai Dispatch.

Incumbent legislators are winning the early campaign fundraising races, mostly with money raised outside their districts. Tribune-Herald.

Don't expect big changes now that Kona Brewing Co. is owned by Craft Brewers Alliance, President Mattson Davis says. West Hawaii Today.

Restaurants across the state are being warned that "fake" health inspectors seeking sensitive information about employers and employees have been reported on Maui and Oahu. Star-Advertiser.

Public money could be used to fix private roads under a measure a Hawaii County Council committee narrowly passed Tuesday. West Hawaii Today.

Scholars, environmentalists and government officials are due to discuss issues like protecting coral reefs and controlling invasive species at the Hawaii Conservation Conference this week. Associated Press.

A Maui County Council committee voted 7-2 Tuesday to recommend approval of a compromise bill aimed at having condominium owners pay correct property taxes on their units. Maui News.

Wailuku attorney Blaine J. Kobayashi has been appointed to serve as a District Court judge in the 2nd Circuit. Maui News.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has obligated $388,941 for improvement projects and equipment purchases at the National Cemetary of the Pacific in Honolulu. KHON2.

The Department of Education cites budget cuts, deteriorating facilities and decline in attendance as valid reasons to close Maunaloa Elementary School. KITV.