Monday, November 15, 2010

Hawaii seeks Obama library, racism feared in schools decision, Waikiki wins in Hawaii Five-0, groups wants Russian tourists, surf star Andy Irons remembered, more news

Barack Obama hasn't even finished the second year of his first term in the White House, but officials with two universities that are interested in building his presidential library are already positioning themselves to win the Hawaii-born president's favor. Associated Press.

Judges cite 'Kill Haole Day.'A federal appeals court ruling that rejected a challenge to the Kamehameha Schools admissions practice includes a heated debate over whether four non-Hawaiian students would be subject to racial attacks if their identities were revealed. Star-Advertiser.

A private organization is making efforts to boost Hawaii's tourism by trying to attract more Russian visitors to our state. KHON2.

According to Hospitality Advisors' latest report nearly seven out of every ten hotel rooms in Hawaii were occupied during the first week of November. KHON2.

All those aerial beauty shots of Waikiki Beach during the September premiere of "Hawaii Five-0" 2.0 paid off for the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, where scenes were shot for tonight's episode. Star-Advertiser.

The state Legislature didn't respond favorably to his request to bring Hapuna Beach and Mauna Kea State parks under the county's purview last session, but that's not stopping Mayor Billy Kenoi from continuing his quest to run those parks. West Hawaii Today.

The state is two-thirds responsible and contractor American Marine Corp. one-third responsible for an accident that damaged Keawakapu Reef almost one year ago, the Board of Land and Natural Resources decided Friday. Maui News.

The State's Agriculture Department is asking local residents to buy local products to keep pests from entering and to give farmers a boost. KITV4.

The new telescope that was installed atop Mauna Kea in April has what its director calls "astigmatism" and won't be ready to make scientific observations for several more weeks. Tribune-Herald.

A legislative task force on illegal fireworks is set to hear testimony from federal agencies. Associated Press.

While most of the country experienced a Republican tidal wave on Election day, Sam Slom is the last GOP stalwart in the Hawaii Senate.Associated Press.

An unprecedented gathering on Sunday at Kauai's North Shore brought together the world's best surfers, longtime friends and family, and countless fans, all sharing their sorrows while celebrating the life of Hawaii's three-time world champ. Hawaii News Now.

Signs lined the highway entering Hanalei town, welcoming the waves of people who came to Kaua‘i’s North Shore from all points on the globe to pay tribute and celebrate the life of Andy Irons. Garden Island.

A high surf advisory has been issued for the north shores of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai and Maui, and the west shores of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu and the Big Island of Hawaii, through 6 a.m. Tuesday. Hawaii News Now.

Fred Hemmings figures he's spent a lifetime on the vanguard of rising opportunity and crashing change. Star-Advertiser.

Representative Gene Ward (R-Hawaii Kai – Kalama Valley) said today on behalf of the Hawaii Kai community keenly interested in keeping the Kamilonui Valley farmers on their agriculture lots leased from Bishop Estate – Kamehameha Schools, that the Estate has not negotiated in good faith, and is calling upon the community to support the farmers.Hawaii Reporter.

November 18: North Shore Agriculture Committee to hear from Kamehameha Schools Endowment Group. Hawaii Independent.

When Paul McCartney asked the musical question, "Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm 64?" he likely had no idea how profound his sing-song query might one day seem to the Beatles' legions of baby boomer fans. Star-Advertiser.

Despite dominance of Democrats in Hawaii, it will be up to independent commission to decide what political map for next 10 years should look like. Civil Beat.

While Hawaii voters have empowered Gov.-elect Neil Abercrombie to select the state's Board of Education, it remains to be seen how much leeway he will have. Tribune-Herald.

Hawaii representative Colleen Hanabusa (D) sought the advice of former Hawaii Congressmen Neil Abercrombie and Ed Case Friday before taking off for a weeklong orientation session for freshman lawmakers in Washington. KITV4.

An environmental cleanup prompted by the Coast Guard will continue until mid-November as the last of the hazardous waste is removed from a cliff at Ilio Point and shipped to the mainland. Molokai Dispatch.

Department of Health warns of sewage spill KHON2.

A former county planning director says that a narrow, unpaved road near South Point that's been gated and locked for decades may be a legal right-of-way connecting South Point Road to Mamalahoa Highway. Tribune-Herald.

There will be a new kid on the block - a 62-foot, double-hulled canoe that, like a baby in gestation, will make its debut in about nine months. Maui News.

Oahu resident Elizabeth Balao is appealing to Hawaii ’s Filipinos to assist tens of thousands of flood victims in the Cagayan Valley region, which was devastated in the wake of Super Typhoon Juan on October 19, 2010. Filipino Chronicle.