Friday, October 29, 2010

Missile test off Kauai, Hillary Clinton visit concluded, more human trafficking charges, Lance Armstrong to compete in Ironman, building code changes draw fire, UH records leak imperils privacy, more campaigning, Maui top tourist destination, lots of island news

A Japanese naval destroyer shot down a ballistic missile in a test yesterday off Kauai. Associated Press.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said yesterday the U.S. has "quickened the pace and widened the scope" of engagement in Asia and the Pacific, and she downplayed concerns the U.S. is ceding power to a militarily rising China. Star-Advertiser.

The visit to Hawaii by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was brief -- less than 24 hours -- but it was stamped with a few interesting impressions of the Aloha State. Star-Advertiser.

She calls Hawaii ‘America's bridge to the East'. For the second time this year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an official visit to the islands and highlighted how Hawaii plays a key role in American foreign policy. Hawaii News Now.

Republican U.S. Rep. Charles Djou said Thursday that he supports holding a nonbinding plebiscite in Hawaii on proposed federal legislation that would initiate negotiations for a new native Hawaiian government. Associated Press.

Political experts say all signs point to major Republican Party gains in U.S. congressional midterm elections set to take place in less than one week on November 2. Hawaii Reporter.

Why should anyone care who gets elected and who doesn’t on November 2? Hawaii Independent.

Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle says a Democratic Party TV ad is "an 11th hour smear" of her and the record of Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona, the Republican candidate for governor. Associated Press.

Governor Lingle is crying foul on the latest attack ad against gubernatorial candidate Duke Aiona. KHON2.

Republican Gov.Linda Lingle is fuming over a 30-second television commercial that criticizes her administration. “I am not going sit by and let others to rewrite history,” Lingle said. KITV4.

Hawaii's gubernatorial candidates disagree on how soon $23.7 million in state emergency funds should be released to nonprofit organizations. Star-Advertiser.

Education has been a top priority this election season and there's disagreement on what should be the first course of action on the subject once a new governor is elected. Hawaii News Now.

Supporters of a constitutional amendment to switch to an appointed school board have far outspent those opposing the change, according to filings with the state Campaign Spending Commission. Star-Advertiser.

If you attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa or UH West Oahu your personal information may have been posted online, accessible to just about anyone.KHON2.

A survey of world island tourist destinations puts Hawaii, and particularly Maui, at or near the top in hotel occupancy, prices and revenue per available room. Maui News.

New state building code requirements are expected to further increase already high construction prices on the island. West Hawaii Today.

Proposed changes to Hawaii County's Building Code received a cool reception from contractors, owner-builders and others who attended a public briefing Wednesday in Hilo. Tribune-Herald.

Aloun Farm operators Alec and Mike Sou are facing additional charges in connection with their importation in 2004 of 44 Thai nationals to work on their Ewa farm. Star-Advertiser.

Civil Beat asked Abercrombie and Aiona where they stand on human trafficking. Civil Beat.

A stakeholder committee Oct. 22 came up with a formula for identifying important agricultural lands on the island. Garden Island.

The president of Hu Honua Bioenergy answered community concerns about a proposed power plant under oath Wednesday and gave a tour of the shuttered facility that he hopes to reopen. Tribune-Herald.

Hawaiian Telcom Communications Inc. says it's emerged from bankruptcy after two years under court-protected reorganization. Associated Press.

Lance Armstrong to compete in 2011 Hawaii Ironman. Hawaii News Now.

Every week, his boss gave the order that would cement them both into the annals of popular culture: "Book 'em, Danno." Star-Advertiser.