Monday, October 11, 2010

Aloun Farms scrutinized, Korea new tourism target, Maui siting new landfill, Honolulu mayor to be sworn in today, Aussie takes Ironman, Hawaii women disconnected from politics, rail project studied, more news from the Hawaiian Islands

Immigrant workers from Thailand -- who were victims in a human trafficking case on Hawaii farms – attended a special meeting with their lawyers Sunday night. KITV.

An increase in the population of a tiny crustacean and busy shipping lanes are being blamed for a jump in the number of whale deaths in Northern California waters this year. Associated Press.

The fastest-growing major market for Hawaii tourism is on display at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Hawaii Business.

Some of you folks have Monday off in observance of Discoverer's day. KHON2.

With a little more than three weeks until Election Day, the two leading candidates for Hawaii governor sought out potential voters Sunday at events featuring large crowds. KHON2.

Kaua‘i Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. on Sunday endorsed Neil Abercrombie in his campaign to be governor of Hawai‘i. Garden Island.

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) announced today, they are sponsoring a live televised gubernatorial debate from the Hawaii Convention Center between former Congressman Neil Abercrombie and Lt. Governor James “Duke” Aiona on Oct 12, 2010, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm on cable television station OC16. Hawaii Reporter.

Honolulu's newest mayor is set to be sworn in. Associated Press.

Acting Honolulu mayor Kirk Caldwell officially leaves office Monday after just 83 days on the job. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii's congressional candidates want to be different, just like everyone else. Associated Press.

Female voters -- and potential female voters -- feel disconnected from Hawaii politicians, according to a poll released yesterday. Star-Advertiser.

An Interview with Senator Dan Inouye. Filipino Chronicle.

Voters will decide next month whether to centralize oversight of the $5.5 billion rail project under a 10-member authority. Star-Advertiser.

Did the process that resulted in the City of Honolulu's $5.5 billion rail proposal adequately evaluate what would be the most cost-effective transit solution to best serve the largest number of people? First in a series. Civil Beat.

Hawaii's voting machines are being tested before they're used in the Nov. 2 general election. Associated Press.

The down economy was supposed to bring a glut of construction, developers told state and county boards in the last year or so, as rezoned properties were built on and labor costs dropped. West Hawaii Today.

The Pearl Harbor-based guided missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon is due to return from a deployment next week. Associated Press.

When some 93,000 public school students start taking high-stakes state tests next week, they will have to score higher than last year to be considered proficient in math and reading. Star-Advertiser.

Residents at a low-income housing complex in the Liliha area thought they were going to be hit with a huge rent hike. Now, it looks like the increase will be a lot smaller. Hawaii News Now.

UH Manoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine has received major new funding for community-based research designed to improve the health of Hawaii's people. KITV.

Fewer Big Island couples are getting married and having babies since the beginning of the current economic downturn in late 2007. Tribune-Herald.

From Honokohau Harbor all the way to Palani Road, they ran together stride for stride Saturday, reminding triathlon fans of the entertaining 1989 battle between greats Mark Allen and Dave Scott. West Hawaii Today.

The main terminal at Kahului Airport was designed more than 20 years ago with 48 landing slots. Planes got bigger, and the effective number that can be used has been halved to 24. Maui News.

The county Department of Public Works will hold a public information meeting Monday regarding the county’s pursuit of Ma‘alo (mauka of Hanama‘ulu) as the site for the new county landfill. Garden Island.

First scheduled for completion in April 2007, then May 2009, and finally February 2010, Hawaii County's new Hilo recycling center has yet to receive its first bag of rubbish. Tribune-Herald.

Midday on Friday at the new ReStore facility, one finds Sue and Lowell Thomas of Lahaina Arts Foundation buying a plastic milk carton for $2; a flatbed blaring, "Beep, beep, beep," while backing into the warehouse delivering 11 computerized cash registers - brand new, never out of their boxes and valued at $3,000 each; and Kevin Haleakala stopping in to make a mortgage payment on his Waiohuli home. Maui News.

Opening up a bottle with your teeth could be as much heredity as stupidity. Garden Island.

This week marks the 25th anniversary of the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge. Associated Press.