Friday, November 26, 2010

Hawaii could see military beef up for Korean crisis, UH seeks $100 million, protestor acquitted in Capitol protest, shoppin til they drop, radio personality Krash Kealoha dies, Maui homeowners appeal property assessments, more Hawaii news

The University of Hawaii is asking the Legislature for the authority to issue an additional $100 million in construction bonds to be repaid with UH funds, including student tuition. Star-Advertiser.

North Korea warned Friday that U.S.-South Korean plans for military maneuvers put the peninsula on the brink of war, and appeared to launch its own artillery drills within sight of an island it showered with a deadly barrage this week. Associated Press.

Hawaii public schools are using a new computerized system this year to track student progress so they can catch struggling learners before they fall too far behind. Star-Advertiser.

The head of Hawaii Citizens for the Separation of State and Church has been acquitted of a disorderly conduct charge stemming from his arrest while objecting a prayer being said at the beginning of a state Senate session in April. Hawaii News Now.

The University of Hawaii will pay $800,000 to settle a former employee’s claims that she was fired for whistle-blowing. Hawaii Reporter.

The Public Utilities Commission is in no rush to honor a request by the Hawaii County Council to reconsider its decision allowing Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines to ply the islands' waters. Tribune-Herald.

The rubber hit the road this Thanksgiving day. The Salvation Army and other outreach organizations delivered thousands of meals to the needy across the state. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii shoppers traded home-cooked turkey and traditional family gatherings on Thanksgiving to stand in line for hours at stores around Oahu to snatch up holiday gifts at bargain-basement prices. Star-Advertiser.

On Thanksgiving, serious shoppers put traditions aside.  That means instead of Turkey and stuffing the choice is tent or picnic chair. KHON2.

This Thanksgiving, with 15 stores and restaurants open for business, there were crowds at Ala Moana Shopping Center. KITV4.

With the holiday season here, those who enforce drunken driving laws and those who pick up the pieces after traffic crashes are stressing the prevention of needless injuries and deaths from alcohol-related collisions. Tribune-Herald.

Bell ringers for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign are aiming to raise $155,000 between now and Christmas Eve. Maui News.

The Nature Conservancy's Molokai office will be running its lights, air conditions and electronics on the power of the sun. Associated Press.

New, interim quarantine rules approved by the Hawaii Board of Agriculture Tuesday are getting a thumbs up from some of the state's largest coffee processors, but some Big Island farmers are upset about the process and are hoping the state's new governor will intervene. West Hawaii Today.

Thousands of Maui property owners are appealing their property taxes, leaving the county unable to use $28 million in tax revenue it has collected. Associated Press.

At least eight massage parlors in Honolulu have no record of a license to practice, as is required by law, Civil Beat has found. Civil Beat.

The estimated cost of the South Kona Police Station has more than doubled, leading to doubts the project can be completed as quickly as planned. West Hawaii Today.

Officials at Kamehameha Schools have proposed buying a parcel of city land in Haleiwa that a local businessman wants to build a hotel on. Associated Press.

Hawaiian radio pioneer and personality Krash Kealoha has died at the age of 61. KHON2.

Blessed with some of the purest seawater in the world and sunny growing conditions, the owners of the Kekaha shrimp farm have big plans for their small operation. Garden Island.

There is a traditional Molokai chant that tells of a prophecy made by the kahuna of Paku`i: After the ali`i have fallen, the common people will come together and hold Hawaii up. Molokai Dispatch.