Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Eat local campaign takes root, OSHA threatens to yank state oversight, hotel occupancy up, asteroid discovered, congressional campaign gets hot, APEC seeks marketing help, more Hawaii news

Localvore movement takes root in N. Kohala. West Hawaii Today.

There’s a macadamia nut shortage in Hawaii and around the world. KITV.

An asteroid that will come within 4 million miles of Earth in mid-October has been discovered by a new University of Hawaii telescope atop Haleakala on Maui. Associated Press.

A new report says hotel occupancy in Hawaii averaged 79.5 percent in July, up from 68.8 percent in July 2009. Associated Press.

Maui's hotels enjoyed an 18.1 percent jump in revenue per available room in July, according to the Hospitality Advisors report released today. Maui News.

Trying to file for unemployment got harder Monday. KHON2.

The U.S. Department of Labor is threatening to yank the state's authority to oversee safety and health in Hawaii's workplace, in light of "serious performance problems." Star-Advertiser.

A week into the general election season, ads are flying in the race for the 1st Congressional District. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii's Board of Education revised its Chapter 19 policy on student conduct and discipline – allowing for searches inside school lockers. But more than a year after the policy was revised, administrators have still not started the controversial inspections. Hawaii News Now.

APEC's Hawaii committee seeks marketing and communications proposals. Associated Press.

Teach for America, the competitive national program that recruits top-notch college graduates to teach in public schools, has more than quadrupled its Hawaii ranks since starting in the islands in 2006 and is looking to expand further at a time when the state needs more highly qualified teachers in hard-to-staff areas. Star-Advertiser.

Enrollment at the University of Hawaii at Hilo continues to swell, with the number of students enrolled this year topping 4,000 for the first time. Tribune-Herald.

With the passing of September’s deadline, the Molokai Veterans Caring for Veterans have entered into federal litigation against Maui County and Mayor Charmaine Tavares. Molokai Dispatch.

Civil unions may be an unspoken issue in gov race. Associated Press.

Hawaii businesses are receiving federal money to help increase renewable energy production. Associated Press.

County officials said Monday that the supervisors involved in a recent fishing trip aboard a Kaua‘i Fire Department boat off the coast of Ni‘ihau have been disciplined. Garden Island.

"Hawaii Five-O" script sparks on-line idea. Hawaii News Now.