Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Abercrombie starts Cabinet picks, BOE sworn in, guided missile destroyer leaves Pearl Harbor, Inouye defends earmarks, homeless leave shelters, more Hawaii news

Gov.-elect Neil Abercrombie started to form his Cabinet yesterday, choosing nominees to lead state departments that oversee natural resources, economic development, Hawaiian lands and prisons. Star-Advertiser.

Governor-elect Neil Abercrombie on Monday introduced his first four cabinet nominees. KITV4.

Waianae harbormaster William Aila has a long history of challenging the government, but soon he could be helping to lead the government as the chairperson of one of Hawaii's most influential state agencies. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii Gov.-elect Neil Abercrombie is nominating his top advisers to run the state's natural resources, prisons, economic development and Hawaiian Home Lands departments. Associated Press.

One week before he takes the oath of office Governor-elect Neil Abercrombie has begun filling out his cabinet. KHON2.

The final induction ceremony for the elected Board of Education -- before an appointed one is put in place -- was held yesterday, with four new and three returning members sworn in to serve what will likely be a small fraction of their four-year terms. Star-Advertiser.

An educational reform group has given Hawaii a "D" grade for charter school laws. KITV4.

New elected Hawaii State Board of Education members take office with fanfare, despite decision by voters to replace them with appointees. Civil Beat.

A state Senate committee plans to hold a hearing this week on the Public Utilities Commission's decision to grant Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines permission to carry cargo through the islands on an interim basis through 2013. Associated Press.

A Pearl Harbor-based guided-missile destroyer deploys today for the Middle East and Western Pacific. Star-Advertiser.

New Group Challenges Hawaii Public Officials’ Refusal to Let Residents Defend Themselves with Concealed Carry Option. Hawaii Reporter.

State reports that the number of people transitioning from shelters is on an upswing. Hawaii Independent.

This week the Hawaii Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the Ronald T.Y. Moon Judiciary Complex in Kapolei. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii Attorney General Mark Bennett will soon become a partner and director at the Honolulu law firm of Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher. Associated Press.

U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye went on the Senate floor Monday and offered a comprehensive defense of something with which he is intimately familiar — the congressional spending practice known as earmarks. Associated Press.

Candidates in the upcoming Council District 1 special election took part in a debate Monday night.KHON2.

Hawaiian Electric Company goes green with a new biodiesel energy plant.KHON2.

The Hawaii County Department of Water Supply is taking its first steps into the energy field with a planned wind farm in South Kohala. West Hawaii Today.

Before ending its term next week, the lame-duck County Council is poised to make one final policy decision that could impact taxpayers for the next 20 years. Tribune-Herald.

The much-anticipated Kilauea miniature golf course has yet to open, but it’s already bringing education and enjoyment to island children. Garden Island.

Maui's nonprofits are still struggling with the economic crisis. Funding and donations remain low, and some organizations continue to see an increase in clientele needing help. Maui News.

Those of us in attendance at the November Kona Town Meeting on food sustainability were not surprised to see Ken Love as one of the speakers.West Hawaii Today.

'Ao 'ao O Na Loko I'a O Maui (Association of the Fishponds of Maui) will begin a new canoe-paddling tour of a portion of the Kihei coast beginning Wednesday at the Ko'ie'ie Fishpond in north Kihei. Maui News.

Maui Mayor-elect Alan Arakawa has named three people to head the county's water and finance departments. Associated Press.

The relationship between humans and honeybees is ancient, as demonstrated by cave paintings in Spain, South Africa, and Nepal, depicting honey hunters collecting honey from wild hives.Molokai Dispatch.