Thursday, September 30, 2010

Planet discovered, Aiona not walking the talk, charter school faces challenges, voters yawn at BOE ballot, lots of millionaires here, coral bleaching, airport bird kill draws fire, more Hawaii news

Astronomers used Mauna Kea's Keck 1 telescope to discover an Earth-like planet that could contain water and possibly even life, a finding likely to reinvigorate the search for extraterrestrial life and inspire Hawaii's next generation of space explorers. Star-Advertiser.

 Our state, the smallest  in the nation has the biggest number of millionaires living in it per capita. KHON2.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park officials have met with their Big Island neighbors to discuss the continuing drought that could lead to wildfires.  Associated Press.

Broad areas of the Big Island continue to suffer from severe drought, and relief appears to be months away. Tribune-Herald.

The head of Hawaii's largest union says he will seek to alter the state open records law in the coming legislative session to limit access to information about public employee salaries. Civil Beat.

Corals at remote atolls northwest of the main Hawaiian islands suffered some bleaching this summer as ocean temperatures rose to higher than normal levels for a couple of weeks. Associated Press.

NOAA: Papahanaumokuakea coral bleaching not as bad. KHON2.

The mysterious brown stuff found in the ocean Tuesday off Kailua Beach has been revealed. KITV.

Gov. Candidate Aiona Refuses To Get Flu Shots. KITV.

It's not setting sail but the trash meant for the mainland is finally on the move. Hawaii News Now.

Kamehameha Schools is evaluating whether to reacquire city-owned parcels in Haleiwa, part of the same property that D.G. "Andy" Anderson wants for a boutique hotel. Star-Advertiser.

What a federal wildlife official termed a "shotgun control operation" Monday afternoon in Keaukaha was aimed at stopping cattle egrets from endangering aircraft at nearby Hilo International Airport. Tribune-Herald.

The University of Hawaii has been ranked among the world's top 200 universities in a recent publication. Hawaii News Now.

Big reforms planned for Hawaii public schools and lingering anger over teacher furloughs weren't enough to boost low voter participation in Board of Education races. Star-Advertiser.

The proposed Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School has one last bureaucratic hurdle to clear before preparing for an August 2011 opening, but it's a big one -- acquiring a charter from the state. Tribune-Herald.

Efforts to convert Laupahoehoe High and Elementary School on the Big Island to a charter school are continuing, thanks to an extension of a federal grant. Associated Press.

Young Brothers officials are threatening to ask for rate increases for their interisland shipping services if the state's Public Utilities Commission allows another shipping company to "cherry pick" the most profitable routes. West Hawaii Today.

Young Brothers will file for reconsideration of last week's Public Utilities Commission decision to allow Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines to move vehicles and heavy cargo interisland on its ship, MV Jean Anne. Maui News.

A crowd of applicants greeted Transportation Security Administration employees at a job fair Wednesday at the Lihu‘e Civic Center. Garden Island.

Big Island police are asking for the public's help in finding military commemorative and presidential coins with sentimental value stolen yesterday in a burglary of an 82-year-old man's Pepeekeo apartment. Star-Advertiser.

Molokai Properties Water Rate Hikes Finalized. Molokai Dispatch.