Friday, September 3, 2010

Stamp ceremony on the volcano, Recktenwald slides in, Obama birth certificate 'irrelevant' in military case, new tourism chief named, more


The last in a series of 12 Nature of America stamps was unveiled Wednesday at the site of its inspiration, in a first-day-of-issue ceremony attended by federal, state and county officials. West Hawaii Today.

More than 200 people gathered Wednesday to celebrate the release of a new collection of 10 stamps created by Hilo artist John D. Dawson. Tribune-Herald.

Hawaii is 47th in the nation, when it comes to highway conditions, according to a study released today by Los Angeles-based think tank Reason Foundation. Star-Advertiser.

A new study released today says the rail transit program could bring in thousands of jobs. KHON2.

Agents say they've cracked the largest human trafficking case ever charged in U.S. history. Hawaii News Now.

Six labor recruiters have been accused of luring 400 farm workers to Hawaii from Thailand and mistreating them in what the FBI said is the largest human trafficking case ever charged in U.S. history. KITV

The application to build a Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea is a good one, the Mauna Kea Management Board decided Wednesday at the University of Hawaii at Hilo campus. Tribune-Herald.

Kaua‘i plans to limit lighting at public facilities as much as possible to protect endangered seabirds. Garden Island.

A ceremony aboard the USS Missouri marks 65 years since Japan's surrender ended the war. Star-Advertiser
 State senators on Thursday unanimously approved the nomination of Mark Recktenwald to be Hawaii's next Supreme Court Chief Justice. KITV.

Gov. Linda Lingle's appointment of Associate Justice Mark Recktenwald as chief justice sailed through Senate confirmation yesterday, but she won't get to name his replacement on the five-member Hawaii Supreme Court. Star-Advertiser.

The confirmation of Mark Recktenwald as Hawaii's new Supreme Court chief justice was everything the state Senate's Aug. 6 vote against would-be CJ Katherine Leonard was not. Civil Beat.

Kauaëiís mayoral candidates met for the first time in a public forum, sharing their views on agriculture, business, community projects and sustainability. Garden Island.

Sixteen-hundred registered absentee voters in Hawaii Kai should receive new ballots in the mail starting Saturday. KHON2.

A military judge in Maryland has ruled that President Barack Obama's birth certificate is irrelevant in the case of an Army doctor charged with disobeying deployment orders. Associated Press.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority's board of directors has announced that Ron Williams has been selected its new chairman. Hawaii News Now.

The state Department of Transportation wants the next phase of the Queen Kaahumanu Highway widening project to go more smoothly and to have fewer impacts on West Hawaii residents. West Hawaii Today.

To a degree that exceeds any other county, tourism is leading Maui out of the recession, professor Leroy Laney told a capacity crowd during the 36th annual First Hawaiian Bank Economic Outlook Forum on Thursday in the Elleaire Ballroom. Maui News.

The Maui County Clerk has dismissed voter residency challenges against two candidates for Maui County Council. Maui News.

Gov. Linda Lingle has released $63 million to the University of Hawaii to finance capital improvements at campuses statewide. Associated Press.

West Maui lawmakers announced that the long-awaited Lahaina Harbor Improvement Project has been successfully awarded and finalized. Lahaina News.

Mayor Charmaine Tavares is hosting a budget meeting for the community this September, taking public testimony regarding the proposed budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. Molokai Dispatch.