Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Obama vacation home sold, flood maps in, leaders mull new education money, more Hawaii news

President Barack Obama's "Winter White House," the beachfront home in Kailua where the Obamas vacationed in December 2008 and 2009, has been bought by a Maryland company managed by a nephew of Hawaii real estate baron Harry Weinberg. Star-Advertiser.

Homeowners and businesses along the South facing shores of Oahu (Kaena Point to Portlock) and Kauai may soon be required by law to purchase flood insurance. Hawaii News Now.

Last summer FEMA completed a state-wide hurricane flood insurance risk study. KHON2.

Wednesday and Thursday are the only days when Kauaians will be able to discuss new island flood maps with federal officials before the maps take effect in November, state officials said. Garden Island.

Last year's student member on the board of education says chairman Garrett Toguchi ran the board like a one-man show and intimidated other members from running for leadership positions. Civil Beat.

The $75 million Race to the Top federal grant announced yesterday for Hawaii schools will kick-start some of the biggest reform initiatives ever seen in the state's public education system, educators say. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii has won $75 million for education in the federal "Race to the Top" contest after a tough application and selection process. KHON2.

Getting Hawaii's best teachers and principals to work at the state's lowest-performing schools is a key element of the Race to the Top plan to lift student achievement that won approval yesterday. Star-Advertiser.

Gov. Linda Lingle has released $65.5 million to the state Department of Education for repair-and-maintenance projects at public-school campuses and DOE facilities statewide, including $3.1 million for Kaua‘i schools, according to a news release. Garden Island.

Like a disap- proving uncle, Hawaii's senior Democrat on Tuesday urged the two leading candidates for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination to stop issuing negative comments about each other and instead concentrate on policy differences. Associated Press.

Hawaii's senior senator scolded fellow Democrats Tuesday for negative or dirty campaigning that he said, "has no place in Hawaii." KITV.

25 days until Honolulu picks a mayor and Tuesday's question was whose the best man to keep Honolulu safe? Hawaii News Now.

Political candidates on the campaign trail usually spend their time boasting to voters about their abilities. KITV

The complete results of the Hawaii News Now / Honolulu Star-Advertiser political poll are now available for viewing Hawaii News Now

Hawaii County Councilwoman Emily Naeole-Beason is denying a domestic abuse allegation by her estranged husband. Associated Press.

The State Health Planning & Development Agency has approved a certificate of need for a 15-bed expansion at Kula Hospital. Maui News.

Alii Drive property owners, West Hawaii surfers and other Big Island residents will ask the Leeward Planning Commission to reject a special management area permit application at a hearing Friday. West Hawaii Today.

The county Fire Department held a traditional Hawaiian blessing Monday for its newest piece of equipment -- a brand-new McDonnell-Douglas 500D helicopter. Tribune-Herald.

The county Planning Commission on Tuesday agreed to allow a Bobcat in Na Pali Coast State Park. Garden Island.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Aquatic Resources will hold a public information meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 25, to discuss possible regulations for certain marine fish species, including parrotfish, goatfish and jacks.   Lahaina News.

Last week, Native Hawaiians of the Friendly Isle gave thanks and heard about the future of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) during its annual “Share Mana`o: OHA in Your Neighborhood” community meeting. Molokai Dispatch.