Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Hawaii homeless grows, dolphins on endangered list, tax laws close down festivals, hotel guests join union protest, illinois strangler to join UH wife, website to help residents sell power, Obama mom to get endowment, Molokai mules leery of new bridge, more news

Visitors to Iolani Palace were treated to song and dance Tuesday morning, in celebration of King David Kalakaua. KHON2

The University of Hawaii Foundation is in the latter stages of forming an endowment fund that would honor Stanley Ann Dunham, the mother of President Barack Obama. Associated Press.

As Molokai residents and visitors alike rejoice in the opening of the new Kalaupapa pali trail, bridge the mules famous for taking visitors down the winding path are a little apprehensive.Molokai Dispatch.

A chaotic scene broke out last month at the Kailua Open Market when tax agents clamped down on so-called "cash economy" businesses, leading to cancellation of the 36th annual Mayor's Craft and Country Fair Saturday and prompting state tax officials to meet with vendors this afternoon at Makiki Park.Star-Advertiser.

Convicted murderer Justin Boulay was released from prison in Illinois yesterday, and when he arrives in Hawaii to live with the wife he married behind bars, he will join seven other people here convicted of homicide in other states. Star-Advertiser.

Justin Boulay is a free man after serving half of his 24-year sentence for strangling ex-girlfriend, Andrea Will, with a phone cord in Illinois. Hawaii News Now.

The federal government said Tuesday it will recommend that a small population of dolphins living near Hawai‘i be placed on the endangered species list. Associated Press.

Hawaii hostelries, led by Maui, continue to scramble back toward financial health, but although they have come a long way, they have yet a long way to go. Maui News.

The number of homeless people on Oahu rose 5 percent under one key measure in the last fiscal year, according to a new report that also sheds new light on the health and education of homeless children. Star-Advertiser.

The Center on the Family at UH Mānoa and the Homeless Programs Office of the state Department of Human Services have released the Homeless Service Utilization Report: Hawai‘i 2010. Hawaii Reporter.

A state task force formed to curb illegal fireworks imports is winding down its work and hoping to make recommendations to lawmakers when the Legislature convenes in January. Star-Advertiser.

State Sen. Will Espero said Tuesday he will push for an increase of inspections of containers to check for shipments of illegal fireworks. KITV4.

It's possible, though not likely, that next year's reapportionment will give the Big Island greater representation in the state Legislature. West Hawaii Today.

Yet to serve a single day as an elected member of the state Senate, Lihu‘e resident Ron Kouchi has secured a few key roles in the Legislature. Garden Island.

Hotel workers unhappy about the progress of contract talks with management at the Hilton Hawaiian Village employed a new tactic Tuesday. They took their protest onto hotel property, a place that is usually a sanctuary for guests. Hawaii News Now.

Union hotel workers staged a loud march through the main lobby of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Rainbow Tower Tuesday evening. They were joined by sympathetic attendees of a major convention that's in town. KITV4.

The Big Island's entire state legislative delegation has banded together over concerns with a Public Utilities Commission decision. West Hawaii Today.

Hawaii's newly elected congresswoman is getting used to calling Washington, D.C. home.KHON2.

Michael Saalfeld, a German industrialist and biofuel pioneer, has purchased the North Kohala acreage Parker Ranch quietly sold in August, according to government records. West Hawaii Today.

Unlike recessions that can hit with little warning, the approaching economic impact of Hawaii's aging population is like a freight train loudly sounding its horn in the distance to give those in its path time to prepare.Star-Advertiser.

Road to Riches: City Workers Claimed 5,525 Overtime Hours for Illegal Stream Dumping. Civil Beat.

The problem with Koke‘e Road in Koke‘e State Park is one of jurisdiction and Gov.-elect Neil Abercrombie has vowed to be the one who solves this problem, said state Sen. Ron Kouchi, D-Kaua‘i-Ni‘ihau. Garden Island.

Departing Maui County Council Member Jo Anne Johnson on Monday said she wants to see her successors make certain that some developers and homeowners are held responsible for road projects built by Maui County - with taxpayer money - to support new, small, private subdivisions. Maui News.

A website is being launched for a new program that allows Hawaii residents and businesses to apply to sell their renewable energy to the electric utility. Associated Press.

The Kamaile Academy governing board gets rid of administrators strongly supported by parents, in order to get grants for the school. KITV4.

The State Sheriffs Division is getting a new home. KHON2.

The City and County of Honolulu awarded $1 million in grants-in-aid as part of its Leeward Coast Community Benefits Program.Hawaii Independent.

Trevor Ridinger's smart phone doubles as his camera. It's the University of Hawaii student's window to the world. Hawaii News Now.