Thursday, October 28, 2010

Hillary Clinton visit puts Hawaii on world stage, Djou could be key to GOP majority, big changes for education, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Hawaii, pool photo
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in town. Hawaii News Now.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling on China to clarify its policy on the export of rare earth minerals, exotic metals essential for the success of key high-tech industries. Associated Press.

The United States and Japan, grappling with the curtailment of strategically important rare-earth minerals from China, said late Wednesday both countries would need to find alternative sources of supply for these elements, as they sought to present a unified front in an increasingly tense Asian region. New York Times.

"New challenges" facing the United States and Japan will require the two nations "to deepen our dialogue, " U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said last night in Honolulu. Star-Advertiser.

The United States and Japan say they agree that "the entire world" must begin to develop new sources of rare earth minerals after receiving a "wake-up call" from China. Voice of America.

Honolulu serves as host for international talks, solidifying the relationship between the United States and Japan. KITV4.

Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara has paid his respects to U.S. war dead at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Associated Press.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver a major policy speech at The Kahala Hotel and Resort this morning. She is expected to take the podium at 8:30 a.m. Hawaii News Now.

Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara hailed the accomplishments of Japanese-Americans, saying Japanese immigrants have become deeply rooted in American society after enduring severe hardships. Associated Press.

A fill-in Republican congressman has a shot at winning a full-term job in Hawaii, a Democratic stronghold and President Barack Obama's birth state. Associated Press.

U.S. Rep. Charles Djou yesterday brought out a group of small business owners who support his message of trying to reform a "fiscally irresponsible" Congress, while his opponent Colleen Hanabusa called him "hypocritical" for preaching fiscal restraint after spending $156,000 of taxpayer money during his first few weeks in office. Star-Advertiser.

Supporters of the measure to legalize marijuana in California say it'll do a lot to help their financial woes.  Opponents say it will jeopardize public safety.  Would this work for Hawaii?  Here's what our candidates for governor had to say about that. Hawaii News Now.

Neil Abercrombie met separately with union and business leaders in Hilo on Tuesday in the furious final week of campaign season. Tribune-Herald.

Six weeks ago, a coalition of four Hawaii citizens' groups -- Voter Owned Hawaii and the state chapters of the League of Women Voters, the Sierra Club and Common Cause -- sent e-mails to every candidate in Hawaii state elections, inviting them to pledge their support for comprehensive public funding for elections. Big Island Weekly.

Keanae resident Meiling Akuna has spent zilch on her campaign to unseat state District 13 House Rep. Mele Carroll. Maui News.

The Army's bid to resume live-fire training at Makua Valley hit a snag yesterday when a federal judge ruled that the Army failed to adequately study the impacts on potential cultural sites and seaweed at Makua Beach. Star-Advertiser.

A new Civil Beat poll of 1,181 likely voters found 60.6 percent support a constitutional amendment on the Nov. 2 ballot that would replace the elected board with one appointed by the governor. Civil Beat.

Research suggests that it’s not about how school board members get their jobs. It’s about the ways they think and talk about schools. Honolulu Weekly.

When it was announced in August, Hawaii's $75 million “Race to the Top” federal grant sounded like a done deal. KITV4.

Hawaii's public school system is on the eve of one of the most important labor negotiations in its modern history, according to education and union leaders. KITV4.

Construction of the $50.5 million West Hawaii Civic Center in Kailua-Kona is within budget and on target for completion by the end of the year with county departments moved in soon after, a county official said Tuesday. West Hawaii Today.

A project to improve the arrival experience for international visitors at Honolulu airport is complete. KHON2.

One of the greatest issues that will face the next Maui County Council is the proposed change to how members are elected. Molokai Dispatch.

Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle on Wednesday signed a bill aimed at keeping public sidewalks clear of obstructions. KITV4.

Mayor Charmaine Tavares has still raised more money for her campaign overall, but challenger Alan Arakawa has filled his war chest with a big post-primary fundraising push, candidate spending reports show. Maui News.

Ka'u Councilman Guy Enriques' controversial proposal to sell a county-owned road is being delayed to help him win re-election, Hamakua Councilman Dominic Yagong has alleged. Tribune-Herald.

County officials this week repeatedly refused to answer questions about Dexter Shimatsu, 62, of ‘Ele‘ele, the former county Department of Liquor Control supervisor who allegedly sent harassing e-mails to a co-worker using his employee account. Garden Island.

After 30 years of protecting native animals and plants, the head of Hawaii's agricultural inspection operation leaves behind a short-handed and beleaguered team today, worried that invading species are slipping into the islands. Star-Advertiser.

On the outskirts of St. Louis, Missouri, Monsanto’s Chesterfield Village Research Center can easily be missed from the freeway—its buildings tucked deep behind long driveways that traverse up a steady hill. Hawaii Independent.

Hawaii Electric Light Co. has restored power to some 23,000 customers in various parts of the Big Island. Associated Press.

An extensive study into cancer in Hawaii is helping shed light on the disease and the toll it takes on our population. KHON2.

Over 6,000 people in Hawai‘i are diagnosed with cancer every year. Hawaii Reporter.

A small parasite is quickly spreading across the globe...and Hawaii is not immune. KHON2.