Monday, August 23, 2010

Schatz leads lt. gov. race, Molokai mule rides pau, UH pays two chancellors, Kauai farmers to get help, more news from all the islands

Statewide hotel occupancy in June improved 9.6 percentage points to 71.4 percent, according to data released today by Hospitality Advisors LLC. However, the average daily room rate paid by a visitor in June dropped to $169.68, a 1.5 percent decline from the same time period last year. Star-Advertiser.

Molokai Mule Ride is on the brink of survival, losing a lot of money since they had to cease operation. Molokai Dispatch.

Open casting call for Hawaii Five-0. KHON2.

Abercrombie, Schatz lead in recent poll for Hawaii Democratic primary. Hawaii News-Now

Brian Schatz, former chairman of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, appears to have the advantage in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor, a new Hawaii Poll shows, although state Sen. Norman Sakamoto has broken though a crowded field on the strength of his television advertising. Star-Advertiser.

Former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie and former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann have tried to brand their campaign themes with voters in the Democratic primary for governor. Star-Advertiser.

The League of Women Voters of Hawaii is offering political candidates space on its website to describe themselves and why voters should support them. Associated Press.

With the primaries right around the corner, election workers are running the final tests on voting machines. KITV.

Kaua‘i voter registration up Garden Island.

After casting her ballots for years at Pauoa Elementary School, Pearl Johnson will join hundreds of voters across the islands trying to figure out where her polling place has moved for next month's primary election. Star-Advertiser.

Only a man as beloved and powerful as Dan Inouye could convince local Democrats to enter a saimin-eating contest. Civil Beat.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment on a draft comprehensive conservation plan and environmental assessment for the Pearl Harbor National Wildlife Refuge. Associated Press.

Scientists plan to monitor corals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands next month for signs of bleaching that could harm the reefs. Associated Press.

Rose Tseng may no longer be chancellor of the University of Hawaii at Hilo, but she's still being paid like she is. Tribune-Herald.

Puna Councilwoman Emily Naeole-Beason's husband has fled to Juneau, Alaska, claiming his estranged wife beat him, forced him to turn over his monthly Social Security check and, after he left the state, sent a Big Island man to threaten him. West Hawaii Today.

Hawaii has the sixth lowest unemployment rate in the nation, according to the latest report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. KITV.

Federal firefighters are battling a brushfire at the Pohakuloa Training area on the Big island. KHON2.

Mention depleted uranium, or DU, and most people draw a blank. But the radioactive, man-made heavy metal is the focus of a growing controversy both here in Hawaii and elsewhere in the world. Civil Beat.

After six years of deadlocked negotiations, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald has reached an agreement with its employees, represented by the Hawaii Newspaper Guild, on a new two-year contract. Star-Advertiser.

Carrying a presale estimate of $400, a mangled piece of Oceanic Airlines fuselage — immediately identifiable to any fan of "Lost" — came up for bids here on Saturday. New York Times.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced a program that partially reimburses shipping rates to “geographically disadvantaged” farmers and ranchers. Garden Island.

A single harvest of corn yielded many lessons for Sacred Hearts School students last week. Maui News

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.