Thursday, November 25, 2010

Hawaii airports run smoothly, Kona coffee brand imperiled, city, federal officials guilty, UH mulls tuition hike, Black Friday beckons, more news

Reputation of Kona coffee is threatened. Quarantine could ruin brew's lofty status, price in industry. Tribune-Herald.

A state agriculture board approved a quarantine of Big Island green coffee beans. West Hawaii Today.

Invasive species are so pervasive in Hawaii's low-lying areas that the U.S. Forest Service says it's not cost-effective or practical to eradicate them all.  Associated Press.

A crowd of around 50 people was split about whether or not a federal permit for discharge of liquid from a Kekaha shrimp farm to the ocean should be renewed. Garden Island.

A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced to a month in jail a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee who steered an earth-moving job at the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge on Kauai to a company in which he was a partner. Star-Advertiser.

Despite the national controversy over air passenger security screening, operations at Honolulu Airport went smoothly yesterday, one of the year's busiest travel days. Star-Advertiser.

Thanksgiving travelers crowded Honolulu International Airport on their way to visit friends and family, but delays many feared would be caused by tightened security and security protests did not materialize. Hawaii News Now.

The members of the Garber family are not terrorists. They don't want to crash any airliners. Tribune-Herald.

State airport and Transportation Security Administration officials reported no problems with passenger security check-ins Wednesday at Kahului Airport. Maui News.

The 25th infantry will be sending more soldiers to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn. KHON2.

Abercrombie: Nonprofits Aren't Providing Case Management and Support for Veterans. Civil Beat.

Linda Lingle is in the final weeks of her job as Governor of Hawaii. KHON2.

The mother of Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona, Frances Helena Lum Aiona, has died. Associated Press.

The University of Hawaii Board of Regents is entertaining the idea of a tuition hike by fall 2012, the first such action since 2005. Star-Advertiser.

University of Hawaiii researchers are going door-to-door to ask women from the islands to participate in a study designed find answers to childhood problems such as asthma, autism, obesity, and diabetes. The National Children’s Study is the largest long-term study of children’s health ever conducted in the United States. Hawaii Independent.

A recent study suggests that Hawaii’s mahu students are at greater risk of violence than the general student population. Honolulu Weekly.

City Councilman Rod Tam pleaded guilty yesterday to 26 misdemeanor counts of theft and falsifying documents, and for the first time admitted to overcharging the city for meals unrelated to his work as a Council member. Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu City Councilmember Rodney H.C.G. Tam pled guilty today to two counts of Theft in the Third Degree, eleven counts of Theft in the Fourth Degree, and thirteen counts of Unsworn Falsification to Authorities. Hawaii Reporter.

After 26-years on the force with the Honolulu Police Department, Louis Kealoha says the past year as Chief has been the hardest. KHON2.

Kamehameha Schools has proposed buying a 3.4-acre city parcel in Haleiwa for educational and park purposes that businessman D.G. "Andy" Anderson wants to develop for a boutique hotel. Star-Advertiser.

The forecast looks promising for stores in Hawaii.  Hawaii News Now.

Oahu retailers said Wednesday some shoppers are hitting the malls even earlier than Black Friday. KITV4.

The Hawaii County Council has scheduled a special session for Nov. 30 to reconsider a $56 million bond issue. West Hawaii Today.

Up until a few days ago, Kaua‘i County Council Chair Bill “Kaipo” Asing said he had intended to utilize his last meeting to shed more light on the recent harassment allegations that damaged his reputation. Garden Island.

Donald Fujimoto is out as county engineer and Janine Rapozo is out as transportation director, Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Sr. announced Wednesday. Garden Island.

Molokai Farmer without a farm? Not for long. Molokai Dispatch.

The slogan "made from scratch" rings true for The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, which is marking its 10th anniversary. Big Island Weekly.