Friday, September 24, 2010

More qualify for food stamps, Molokai utilities too cheap, Hawaiian airlines Japan flights picking up, judge refuses to disqualify candidate, while another candidate faces new disqualification lawsuit, more

A study of erosion hazards at city beach parks on Oahu found crumbling seawalls, disappearing beaches and parks facilities threatened with destruction. KITV.

Kyo-Ya Hotels and Resorts -- the parent company of Sheraton and Starwood in Hawaii -- wants to spend 700 million dollars rebuilding portions of the Princess Kaiulani and Moana Surfrider hotels. KHON2.

Enrollment dipped at the University of Hawaii's flagship Manoa campus this fall but increased at the nine other UH campuses, pushing overall fall enrollment to a record high of 60,231 students, for a 3.6 percent increase over last year's previous record. Star-Advertiser.
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Hawaiian Airlines has received authorization from Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism to operate new international service to Japan. Associated Press

Castle & Cooke Homes won state approval yesterday for the bulk of its proposed Koa Ridge community, concluding a more than decade-long effort for the contentious project between Mililani and Waipio. Star-Advertiser.

A developer wants to buy unused city park land from the city in Haleiwa and build a replica of the turn-of-the-century Haleiwa Hotel. KITV.

They don't have a lot of money but nearly 200 people at a low-income housing complex in Liliha are facing a rent hike. Hawaii News Now.

The Hawaii state government is being honored for supporting its employees who also serve in the National Guard and Reserve. Associated Press.

Hawaii delegation splits over small business credit bill. Associated Press.

The income limit for people qualifying for the state's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, will rise from 130 percent of the federal poverty level to 200 percent, the maximum allowable under federal guidelines. West Hawaii Today.

The state Public Utilities Commission has approved an annual revenue increase of $548,682, or 126.5 percent, for Molokai Public Utilities Inc. Associated Press.

A Big Island company that plans to put macadamia nut shells to good use is getting a federal boost. KHON2.

It has been three years in the planning and now it is finally in place. The vertical axis wind turbine is close to being operational. KITV.

Maui Land & Pineapple Co. will sell its Bay Course at Kapalua to TY Management Corp. for $23.6 million and lease it back to continue to operate the links until March 31. Maui News.

The county Department of Water has more system-improvement projects happening now than all the other counties combined, said David Craddick, DOW manager and chief engineer. Garden Island.

Republican gubernatorial candidate James "Duke" Aiona promised supporters Wednesday evening in Kailua-Kona that his administration, if elected Nov. 2, will not raise taxes for Hawaii residents. West Hawaii Today.

Despite the efforts of conservative Christian groups to defeat candidates who support Hawaii civil unions, top opponents of House Bill 444 suffered losses in Saturday's primary. Civil Beat.

A second-place finish in Saturday's primary election and demands from constituents have prompted Ka'u Councilman Guy Enriques to end his months-long media silence. Tribune-Herald.

Two downtown voters are suing to disqualify David S.Y. Chang, the Republican candidate for the state House's 28th District, from the upcoming general election. Star-Advertiser.

A Second Circuit Court judge threw out the challenge to Maui County Council Chairman Danny Mateo’s candidacy last week, saying he didn’t have authority to rule on the case. Molokai Dispatch.