Monday, November 29, 2010

Xmas trees bring slugs to Hawaii, Maui looks to regulate aquarium collecting, Kauai to control tourist lodging, Kilauea lava consumes home, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

I know I live in the right place when I look down from an airplane window, see Oahu's green mountains rising from the blue ocean and feel as thrilled as the visitors around me to be in Hawaii.  Star-Advertiser.

Another bill that would regulate the collection of aquarium fish will be discussed Wednesday by the County Council Public Services Committee. Maui News.

Big Island Civil Defense officials continue to monitor lava from Kilauea Volcano that completely destroyed a home in the Kalapana Gardens subdivision. KHON2.

A Native Hawaiian group opposed to the solar telescope atop Haleakala has sued the University of Hawaii to conduct its own full environmental impact statement for the building site, which would be the third such environmental study completed for the nearly $300 million planned project.Maui News.

State agriculture inspectors were on the lookout for aggressive yellow-jacket wasps hitchhiking on this year's shipment of Christmas trees but instead found slugs in 11 shipping containers yesterday, delaying the delivery of an estimated 2,000 to 8,000 trees. Star-Advertiser.

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources is proposing revisions to Hawaii Administrative Rules relating to hunting and game, and asking the public for their feedback. Molokai Dispatch.

Seven newly-elected state Board of Education members are set to be inducted, but the ultimate fate of their posts is unclear. Associated Press.

Election season isn't quite over yet on Oahu. The District 1 seat on the Honolulu City Council is still up for grabs, and the deadline to register to vote in that race is Monday. Hawaii News Now.

The salaries of Honolulu's 50 highest-paid city workers range from $153,852 to $102,780. Civil Beat.

The Kaua‘i County Council last week introduced legislation that residents said was inconsistent with the “spirit and letter” of a charter amendment designed to control the growth of tourist accommodations on island. Garden Island.

Public schools have made progress in making sure core classes are taught by fully certified teachers, but officials acknowledge there is lots more work to do. Star-Advertiser.

The University of the Nations has attracted nearly 50,000 students to its Kailua-Kona campus in 50 years, yet the school's president remains relatively mum on how the nonprofit contributes to the community to offset the demands it puts on public services. West Hawaii Today.

Quarrels over school closures, civil unions and the Hawaii Superferry captured the public's attention, but Gov. Linda Lingle hopes she's remembered more for lower-key accomplishments that may have a longer-lasting impact. Associated Press.

Two men who were arrested Saturday after they tried unsuccessfully to enter several military bases on Oahu were working for the cellular phone provider T-Mobile. Hawaii News Now.

“Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono – The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.” Molokai Dispatch.

Former University of Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan has been released from a Honolulu hospital more than a week after an accident that left him with broken ribs and injuries to his head and collar bone. KITV.

The volunteers of the Christmas Wish Program are gearing up for their annual holiday party for island keiki living in poverty. Tribune-Herald.

Barely done with Thanksgiving leftovers, West Hawaii folks are already gearing up for holiday events slated throughout the area. West Hawaii Today.

The Lahaina Nerd Convention was stunned when they learned that they won a prize at the First Lego League Challenge. Lahaina News.

The State Department of Health (DOH) has issued a warning for restaurants to be on the lookout for “fake” health inspectors, whom officials suspect may be trying illegally to obtain sensitive information about restaurant employers or employees. Filipino Chronicle.