Friday, November 5, 2010

Hawaii tourists returning, state Senate, county councils reorganize, Star-Advertiser ad rates skyrocket, military mulls depleted uranium problem, more Hawaii news

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The latest tourism numbers give state officials good reason to be optimistic. KHON2.

Hawaii's tourism industry showed further signs of recovering from a two-year slump as visitors to the state spent 22.2 percent more than a year ago in September, pushing total expenditures in the month to $880.2 million.Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii hotel occupancy fell below 70% last week, Hospitality Advisors LLC reported Friday, led by a noticeable drop on Maui.Hawaii News Now.

Economist Leroy Laney said Thursday that he is standing by his projection that Hawaii's economy will experience sustained recovery next year. Associated Press

For vacationers there's more to enjoy than just the sand and seashore at Waikiki Beach. So the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau will encourage tourists in 2011 to get out and explore Hawaii. Hawaii News Now.

State Senate Democrats reorganized and chose a new leader late Thursday to replace Senate President Colleen Hanabusa who was elected to Congress. KITV4.

State Sen. Shan Tsutsui of Maui will be the new Senate president and Sen. Donna Mercado Kim is the Senate vice president after Senate Democrats agreed on a reorganization plan last night. Star-Advertiser.

Neil Abercrombie outlined his plans for transition from the Lingle administration, and weighed in on next steps for the Board of Education. KHON2.

Governor-elect Neil Abercrombie is looking for a cabinet and top officials to join his administration. KITV4.

Hawaii's next governor, Democrat Neil Abercrombie, is accepting applications to work in his administration. Associated Press.

Gov.-elect Neil Abercrombie said yesterday he would not wait for an independent financial analysis to determine whether to sign the environmental impact statement on Honolulu's $5.5 billion rail project. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii's Akaka bill to bring self governance to native Hawaiians appears dead in its tracks with Republicans taking over control of the U.S. House in January. KITV4.

Aside from spending more time with his family, Charles Djou says he has not given much thought to his immediate future, particularly to what lies ahead politically. Star-Advertiser.

Mayor Billy Kenoi hopes to capitalize on the county's solid bond rating by borrowing $56 million more for capital improvement projects. West Hawaii Today.

Those opposed to the appointed Board of Education amendment had momentum on their side in the final days of the election, but it was too little, too late. Civil Beat.

A lot has been said over the past 30 years about the need for a centralized West Hawaii judiciary, but the courts are still scattered among three locations in the North and South Kona districts. West Hawaii Today.

Since becoming Hawaii’s only daily statewide newspaper, the Honolulu Star Advertiser has raised advertising rates 762 percent for weekday classified ads and 1,373 percent for Sunday classifieds, according to documents posted on a state website. Hawaii Reporter.

The former Kulani Correctional Facility has been transformed into a learning center for at-risk youth. Hawaii News Now.

When Mayor-elect Alan Arakawa is sworn into office Jan. 3, dozens of new faces - and maybe a handful of old ones - will likely be in the former mayor's new Cabinet. Maui News.

A new County Council majority emerging from Tuesday's election is likely to name Hamakua Councilman Dominic Yagong its chairman. West Hawaii Today.

Voters' ouster of two County Council members will produce a new West Hawaii-based leadership and reduce Hilo's three lawmakers to minority status, Hilo Councilman Donald Ikeda is predicting. Tribune-Herald.

More than half the seats on the Maui County Council will change hands in 2011, opening the door for councilors to reorganize and take a different approach on some of the county's biggest issues. Maui News.

An immediate suspension of green coffee imports into Hawaii to prevent further damage by the coffee berry borer is being sought by the Kona Coffee Farmers Association. West Hawaii Today.

Nobody should have been in Kalalau Valley except those people working on the rock-mitigation work and state resources-enforcement officers, but there is no guarantee some people did not elude enforcement officers and slip further up the valley. Garden Island.

Technicians from the Honolulu Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts will be conducting conservation treatment to the bronze sculpture of King David Kalākaua located at King Kalākaua Park on Tuesday, November 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Hawaii Independent.

County Council takes action on confusing sign ordinance. Lahaina News.

Plans to construct a Stryker Brigade training area at Schofield Barracks ran afoul of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) because the Army has no license to handle the toxic depleted uranium there. Honolulu Weekly.

Commercial aquarium fish collecting is an industry that many West Hawai'i residents love to hate. Big Island Weekly.