Thursday, November 4, 2010

Surfing community mourns Andy Irons, Akaka Bill in jeopardy, environment moves forward, election dissection, and more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Choppy seas made for poor surfing yesterday on the North Shore, where waves hit 15 to 30 feet at Ehukai Beach Park on the second day of the first big swell of the winter season. Star-Advertiser.

Surfers around the world honor and remember Andy Irons. Hawaii News Now.

Democrats Say Obama's Participation Helped Dems Win. KITV4.

So many Republican victories could mean defeat for the Akaka Bill. Hawaii News Now.

Democrats found refuge in their island stronghold of Hawaii, winning elections for all the state's congressional seats and the governor's office in contrast to their losses in most other states. Associated Press.

In the end, a race for the 1st Congressional District that appeared in doubt for Democrats just a few months ago followed a familiar pattern in Hawaii, with party faithful turning out across the island in virtually all districts to support their candidate, Colleen Hanabusa. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii's overwhelmingly Democratic Legislature is now the nation's most one-sided, although Republicans managed to pick up one seat. Associated Press.

Neil Abercrombie turned Hawaii back to blue on Tuesday, sweeping all but one state House district in his march to Washington Place. Star-Advertiser.

Two grueling battles, a whole lot of mud slung, and a prophesy denied -- Neil Abercrombie is Hawaii's next governor. Hawaii Independent.

The state Office of Elections reports 55.7 percent of Hawaii's 690,748 registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday's general election. Associated Press.

If money talks and voting is your voice in government, then Aina Haina is being heard loud and clear. Civil Beat.

Candidates who came up short in balloting weren’t the only ones losing out this 2010 election season. Hawaii Reporter.

Governor-elect Neil Abercrombie spent part of his day delivering on a promise made to our Kanoa Leahey earlier this summer. KHON2.

New School Board Could Be Appointed By March. KITV4.

Anti-incumbent sentiment appeared to be strong in several county council races on the neighbor islands, as some challengers campaigned on change and open government. Star-Advertiser.

The campaigning is done, the winners elected and it's time for the political mudslinging to end. West Hawaii Today.

The election is not yet two days old and already some people say they've seen enough. KHON2.

A federal judge says he will rule next week on a state request to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a group of 7,700 Pacific island migrants in Hawaii. Associated Press.

It started simply enough: transform an overgrown wetland into a habitat for endangered water birds. But after three years of seeking approval from federal, state and county officials – and enduring objections from the community over his plans – Kip Dunbar is anxious to begin work. Molokai Dispatch.

The University of Hawaii (UH) is in damage control mode. Hawaii News Now.

Voters enshrined the 1 percent land fund in the Hawaii County Charter and defeated five other charter proposals, including those relating to recall and ballot amendments. Tribune-Herald.

Mayor-elect Alan Arakawa this morning announced that he will appoint Wailuku businessman Keith Regan to serve once again as Maui County's managing director. Maui News.

Council candidates across the board said they felt the aloha spirit of Kaua‘i voters on the campaign trail. Garden Island.