Thursday, October 14, 2010

No money for trafficked workers, poll shows Abercrombie, Aiona neck and neck, Honolulu ditches nonresident homeowner tax, congressional candidates differ on stimulus funding, Young Bros. threaten rate hikes if competition enters shipping market, more Hawaii news

Drunken driving claimed the lives of at least 171 people on Big Island roads between 2000 and 2009, giving Hawaii Island the highest DUI fatality rate in the state, said North Hawaii Outcomes Project Director Dr. Sharon Vitousek. West Hawaii Today.

Hawaii property owners who install solar power panels on their rooftops will get paid for their excess homegrown electricity. Associated Press.

Paid not to fish. Honolulu Weekly.

The Honolulu City Council voted today to repeal the non-resident homeowners class that was signed into law by former mayor Mufi Hannemann.  KHON2.

If the Public Utilities Commission allows a ruling that lets Pasha Hawaii Transport selectively service intraisland cargo routes stand, Hawaii residents will likely see a decrease in service and an increase in cargo costs, Young Brothers officials said Tuesday. West Hawaii Today.

The 44 victims in the Aloun Farms human trafficking case now pending in federal court came within days of receiving $192,000 in restitution but the money is now being returned to the defendants. Hawaii Reporter.

Hawaii's 1,617 foreclosure filings last month were enough to rank the state as the ninth-highest in the nation, a dubious honor and its worst ranking yet. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii is joining the other 49 states in a massive investigation into whether major mortgage lenders committed foreclosure fraud. KITV.

The City Council passed a bill yesterday that bars tents and other makeshift structures on urban sidewalks during daylight hours, but city officials warned such a law will take nearly $250,000 and possibly years to put into effect. Star-Advertiser.

Racing is back on Oahu but not without some controversy. Hawaii News Now.

New rules are being implemented to make our dams and reservoirs safer, but some dam owners testifying at a public hearing on Wednesday said the cost of the regulations are too high. KITV.

Civil Beat Poll: Abercrombie Holds Slight Edge in Hawaii Governor's Race. Civil Beat.

Hawaii's candidates in a tight race for Congress disagreed Wednesday over whether more government or less would help boost the economy. Associated Press.

Before a select crowd, Republican Charles Djou and Democrat Colleen Hanabusa were pressed on how they will best lead Hawaii in Washington, DC.  Starting with growing the state's number one industry - Tourism.KHON2.

Canceling unspent stimulus funds, reducing the size of the government work force through attrition and ending Bush-era tax cuts for wealthier Americans were among the ideas offered for reducing federal spending as the candidates for Hawaii's 1st Congressional District faced off in one of the first public forums since the September primary election. Star-Advertiser.

The leading candidates in the race for Honolulu's first Congressional district faced off in a forum Wednesday night during which Republican Charles Djou said unused stimulus money should be given back to help combat the federal deficit. KITV.

President Barack Obama's voice was heard in 60,000 Oahu residents' homes Wednesday night as they picked up their phones to hear a robo call, a taped message from the president. KITV.

Unionized Hilton Hawaiian Village workers went out on a five-day strike this morning. Star-Advertiser.

Mayor Billy Kenoi has contracted with a videographer and purchased video production equipment, but the mayor said Tuesday a $20,594.73 expenditure isn't just for his new TV show. West Hawaii Today.

Councilwoman files harassment report. Garden Island.

Wireless technology has added to the electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) we are exposed to every day. Big Island Weekly.

The state Campaign Spending Commission will soon have a new executive director. Hawaii News Now.

Several Hawaii County Council candidates participating in a public financing pilot program are calling the program a success even though it's forced them to curtail spending and engage in more long-term planning. West Hawaii Today.

A federal grant will fund the construction of a new health center building in Naalehu, possibly doubling the amount of patients being served in the area. Tribune-Herald.

Retired electrical contractor Randy Piltz outspent former Mayor Alan Arakawa in the Maui mayor's primary election race, shelling out $219,060 on his campaign, to Arakawa's $189,166. Maui News.

It was supposed to be the 10th and one of the most memorable editions of the Homegrown Music Festival. Garden Island.

Aloha indeed – as adults relaxed, chowed down and talked story, keiki ran off the sugar from shave ice and braddah pops in the popular annual event, Festivals of Aloha. Molokai Dispatch.