Monday, September 27, 2010

Surf's up for the season, Abercrombie-Aiona debates set, HUD nixes two Hawaii laws, Blue Angels wow crowds, fireworks limits coming, more news from around the islands

The first big northwest swell of the season drew experienced surfers and big crowds to beaches on Oahu's north shore Sunday. Hawaii News Now.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has told the state to stop applying two laws enacted by the Legislature over Gov. Linda Lingle's vetoes.  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.

The world famous Blue Angels wowed the crowds one last time for the year on Sunday at the Kaneohe Bay Airshow. KHON2.

Tens of thousands of spectators crowded the flight line at Kaneohe Bay yesterday to catch the Navy's Blue Angels, an Air Force F-22 Raptor and other high-flying acts. Star-Advertiser.

Roberts Hawaii, the state's largest tours and transportation company, has seen a spike in fatal collisions recently, making up 40 percent of all fatal commercial vehicle collisions so far this year and 30 percent last year. Star-Advertiser.

Acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell said Friday that he expects to sign into law a bill that limits fireworks -- passed by the City Council on Wednesday. Star-Advertiser.

Plans to sell some unused city park land in Haleiwa brought out dozens of protesters Saturday. KITV.

The Coast Guard reports crew members of the cutter Ahi have helped free a sea turtle that was entangled in a net. Associated Press.

In the space of a year, the state's consumer protection agency sanctioned a total of 18 Big Island businesses. Tribune-Herald.

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

OC16 will broadcast a live debate between former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie and Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona in their campaign for governor on Oct. 20. Star-Advertiser.

After a week of behind-the-scenes negotiations, former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie and Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona have committed to several debates and forums in the campaign for governor. Star-Advertiser.

On Saturday, the leaders of Maui's Democratic and Republican parties expressed confidence in their candidates who face each other in every state House and Senate contest. Maui News.

On Kaua‘i, out of the 39,790 registered voters, just 17,206, or 43.2 percent, of voters cast primary votes. Garden Island.

Rail’s Direction Hinges on New City Leadership. Civil Beat.

Maui County Council Member Gladys Baisa remarked that the Maui Tropical Plantation "looked like the county fair" on Saturday afternoon as Jesse Spencer gave a public presentation under a massive tent on his proposed affordable housing development down the highway mauka of Maalaea. Maui News.

It is equally refreshing and startling when a state manager declares his team’s supervision of a popular public resource has not been very good. Garden Island.

If you haven’t noticed, there have been a few new changes at our water store in town. Molokai News.

It's not everyday you see alpacas grazing the slopes of Mauna Kea. West Hawaii Today.

The Coast Guard reports crew members of the cutter Ahi have helped free a sea turtle that was entangled in a net. Associated Press.