Thursday, October 7, 2010

Wet weather ahead, Honolulu prosecutor cleans house, gubernatorial candidates rule out TAT raid, drug money coming in, Hilo Target on track, more Hawaii news

Forecasters are predicting that Hawaii's upcoming winter wet season will be wetter than normal, but the beneficial rains may not come until next year. KITV.

Unpredictable weather will be the norm in the islands over the next few months as the worst drought in the country gives way to an unusually wet winter beginning in January, weather officials predicted yesterday. Star-Advertiser.

Keith Kaneshiro officially starts as the next Honolulu Prosecutor on Monday but he's already making some moves and announced 11 of the 104 attorneys will be let go. Hawaii News Now.

Several deputy prosecutors who will lose their jobs because of the election of Keith Kaneshiro as Honolulu prosecutor said Wednesday that they believe their termination was due to their support for Kaneshiro’s opponent. KITV.

For the first time since winning their primary races gubernatorial candidates Neil Abercrombie and James "Duke" Aiona met face to face in a televised forum Wednesday night. It was held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center and sponsored by the Maui Economic Development Board and Hawaii Public Radio and shown around the state by community television. Hawaii News Now.

Neil Abercrombie and James "Duke" Aiona, the two major candidates for governor, said last night that they would not take counties' share of hotel room taxes to help balance the state's budget. Star-Advertiser.

AARP Hawaii will sponsor a debate on KHON2  between the candidates for the first congressional district. KHON2.

Democrat Colleen Hanabusa says she'll move into the district she wants to represent if she's elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Associated Press.

The U.S. Department of Education has reached a voluntary agreement with the Hawaii public school system over a bullying complaint lodged by the parents of a Waianae High School teen. KITV.

Students get 100,000 meals a day, but rigid federal rules and farm limitations stand in the way of getting Hawaii produce on cafeteria tables. Civil Beat.

So, what ever happened to the much-ballyhooed OHA petition to force money out of the Hawaii legislature? Hawaii Reporter.

The state will receive tens of millions of dollars from out-of-court settlements with about 40 pharmaceutical giants and other drug prescription companies accused of gouging Hawaii's Medicaid program. Star-Advertiser.

State reaches $82M settlement in pharmaceutical lawsuit. Hawaii News Now.

State health officials aren't calling it an "outbreak" but they are concerned about a spike in confirmed or probable cases of whooping cough across the state.  The numbers from Maui County are especially high. KHON2.

Biologists ask for the public’s help as endangered seabirds leave nests. KHON2.

A summer jobs program that was designed to put $3 million in the pockets of island youngsters was so well-received that it will put $6.5 million in the pockets of 3,800 people. But it grew so fast that it has fallen behind in cranking out paychecks for about 1,200 young people, 236 of them in Maui County. Maui News.

Work on a new $39 million air traffic control tower at Kona International Airport is progressing on schedule, airport District Manager Chauncey Wong Yuen said. West Hawaii Today.

After years of planning, Molokai’s `Aha Moku councils are finally getting a say in natural resource management. Molokai Dispatch.

A small but promising series of openings in Waikiki over the past year-and-change signals the return of the Kalakaua corridor as a go-to destination for the nocturnally inclined. Honolulu Weekly.

In less than four weeks, voters will decide who keeps their seat with the Kaua‘i County Council and what newcomers will come aboard. Garden Island.

Just before the Primary Election, the councilman who for the last two years has represented Upper Puna, Ka'u and South Kona, was telling reporters he didn't want to have anything to do with them. Big Island Weekly.

One of East Hawaii's largest retail centers is on track to open next spring. Tribune-Herald.

Listeners tuning in Tuesday morning to KHBC-FM, Kona-FM and KIPA-AM hoping to hear longtime radio personality Mynah Bird instead got what radio people call "going dark" -- no signal at all. Tribune-Herald.

The proposed Kula Ridge development's access to water could determine whether the 116-lot, fast-track housing project receives approval today from the Maui County Council Public Services Committee. Maui News.

Most of a nearly empty luxury residential subdivision in foreclosure on Kauai has been purchased by a California-based investment firm. Associated Press.

Front Street establishments drift in and out as regular as the tides. Lahaina News.

A photo exhibit featuring the late political cartoonist Corky Trinidad headlines the list of events for Filipino-American History Month in October. Filipino Chronicle.