Friday, November 12, 2010

Surfing, monk seals, shearwaters, ethics, Ellsberg, tattoos and more. All the day's news about Hawaii

With a dwindling Hawaiian monk seal population, federal officials are proposing a new plan to improve the survival of the endangered species. However, some Molokai fishermen say they are worried the plan could come at their expense. Molokai Dispatch.

Peter Carlisle called transparency his highest priority — after the budget — on the night he was elected. But one month into office, he doesn't have any plans to make government more open. Civil Beat.

A proposal to change the property tax break given to owners of historic homes is advancing in the City Council, although lawmakers said they hope to work with homeowners and state and county agencies to potentially head off any steep tax increases.Star-Advertiser.

In Hawaii, tattoos are often more accepted because they are a part of the ancient Polynesian and Asian culture. KITV4.

The big waves are back on the North Shore of Oahu. So are big name professional surfers. And with them come big business. Hawaii News Now.

Overhead waves at Hale‘iwa could well see the $900,000 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink, kick off at 8 a.m. this morning, Garden Island.

Gov.-elect Neil Abercrombie has named the founder of a Maui-based events and record production firm as the coordinator of his inaugural events. Star-Advertiser.

Daniel Ellsberg, of Pentagon Papers fame, to speak Associated Press.

Alaska Airlines is launching new seasonal service Friday between Portland and Kona on Hawaii's Big Island. Associated Press.

Island Residents Complain About New TSA Procedures. KHON2.

Gov. Linda Lingle and Maj. Gen. Robert Lee participated in Veterans Day ceremonies at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery for the last time yesterday as commander in chief and commanding general of Hawaii's National Guard forces, respectively. Star-Advertiser.

They're known as the two Dans on Capitol Hill. Sen. Dan Inouye and Sen. Daniel Akaka, two veterans who've served Hawaii in Washington D.C. for a combined 85 years. KHON2.

A ruling filed Wednesday by the state Supreme Court will likely pave the way for the county to resume construction on the long-stalled Hokulia bypass highway in South Kona. Tribune-Herald.

The state Supreme Court upheld a 3rd Circuit Court ruling that the county's condemnation of South Kona property for the Mamalahoa bypass was done for the community's benefit. West Hawaii Today.

Talk about a political football. The county Board of Ethics on Wednesday punted a proposal to tighten the county ethics code back to the County Council, which has already postponed a decision on the issue four times. West Hawaii Today.

The attempt of federal and state agencies to create a permitting process for the incidental “take” of endangered shearwater birds throughout Kaua‘i appears to be ruffling the feathers of local residents. Garden Island.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources proposes that a company that damaged a coral reef while trying build an artificial reef off Maui should be fined $824,373. Star-Advertiser.

A state Land Use Commission decision enabling Castle & Cooke Homes to move ahead with plans for its Koa Ridge housing and commercial project has been challenged by the Sierra Club. Associated Press.

Maui environmental groups are organizing a letter-writing campaign to persuade Hawaiian Electric Co. and the state government to head off plans to import palm oil from Malaysia to be used in a test at Maui Electric Co.'s Maalaea power plant. Maui News.

County Council Vice Chairwoman Emily Naeole was cleared Wednesday of allegedly using her staff and office for campaign work in violation of Hawaii County's Code of Ethics. Tribune-Herald.

The county Board of Ethics on Wednesday cleared Puna Councilwoman Emily Naeole-Beason of using her council office and staff for campaigning. West Hawaii Today.

Barely a week after voters elected them, incoming members of the Maui County Council are in discussions over who will take key leadership positions for the 2011-12 term. Maui News.

After missing its October deadline, the Maui County Council will wait until next year to continue deliberations on the Maui Island Plan. Maui News.

There's a new twist in a Kahala landlord battle. Hawaii News Now.

Billionaire Genshiro Kawamoto says expect something "dynamic" along Kahala Avenue where he owns dozens of properties. KHON2.

After having trouble finding qualified tenants for an affordable rental project in Waipouli, the developers asked for changes in a housing agreement that would allow them to rent half of the 82-unit project on the open market. Garden Island.

UH Mānoa’s Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs has initiated a formal search process for the regular appointment of Dean of the College of Natural Sciences. Hawaii Reporter.

Add Kalihi and Puuhale elementary schools to the list of low-enrollment campuses being considered for closing as part of state Department of Education cost cutting. Star-Advertiser.

More than 300 high school students spent the Veterans Day holiday rehearsing for a chorus festival being held in Honolulu this weekend. KITV4.

The gift shop at the Hawaii State Art Museum is struggling to stay open and has never paid a month's rent since moving in a year ago. Star-Advertiser.

Lahaina Yacht Club (LYC) has a mission: “to get people involved in water sports,” explained Mike Sowers. Lahaina News.