Monday, December 13, 2010

Hawaii furloughs have little impact, Gov. Abercrombie on island tour, special ed still subpar, Honolulu Marathon smallest in years, prison guards fired, curtains for Honolulu symphony, gay Laysan albatross and more news from the islands

Federal bankruptcy court has a hearing Monday on the Honolulu Symphony, at which management intends to ask for conversion of the case from Chapter 11 bankruptcy to Chapter 7 liquidation and extinction. Hawaii News Now.

It remains to be seen whether the twice-monthly unpaid furlough days will be continued at either the county or the state level. West Hawaii Today.

Hawaii County's employees have been taking two-day-a-month furloughs since July, but island residents haven't really been bothered by the closed offices and shortened hours.West Hawaii Today.

City workers haven't yet hit the halfway point for furlough days, but it appears Mayor Peter Carlisle is abandoning plans to end the mandated days off before the new fiscal year. Civil Beat.

When Hawaii's new Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie called for teamwork, unity and collaboration as he took office a week ago, his party's overwhelming majority and outnumbered Republicans heard him loud and clear. Associated Press.

Leaving bustling Oahu and its crowds behind, Hawaii’s new Governor Neil Abercrombie made his first official neighbor island stop on Molokai last week. Molokai Dispatch.

Appearing to revel in his everyman image, newly elected Gov. Neil Abercrombie shucked his jacket during an appearance on Maui on Saturday and joined a group of dancers on the floor of the Lahainaluna High School gymnasium. Maui News.

The newly inaugurated state administration begins with a sort of a tabula rasa, or clean slate, but whatever steps they take or decisions they make will become a part of their legacy. West Hawaii Today.

A state study that casts doubt on financial projections for the city’s rail transit project may yet be used in examining the project despite being lambasted by Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle as shoddy and biased work. Hawaii Reporter.

A new study shows nearly all of the foreclosure notices in Hawaii last month were driven by out-of-state mortgage lenders.KITV4.

The number of homes and condominiums selling on Kaua‘i are increasing, but prices remain largely depressed, recent MLS reports reveal. Garden Island.

Hawaii has long had one of the highest rates in the nation for special-education due-process claims -- filed by parents who have unresolved complaints about the special-education services their child is offered. Star-Advertiser.

The state Board of Education has adopted committee assignments for the upcoming year. Associated Press.

A Department of Public Safety official says three correctional officers have been fired for beating an inmate at Halawa Correctional Facility but declined to say whether other officers are under investigation for the same offense. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii's parks, small-boat harbors, trails, cabins and campgrounds look like "junk." Maui News.

Waianae residents will have an opportunity to hear directly from their City Council candidates at a forum held on the evening of Monday, December 13 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Waianae Multipurpose Building. Hawaii Independent.

The founder of The Hawaii Cannabis Ministry in Hilo has been denied bail, again, by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Tribune-Herald.

The wind and rain ended just in time for yesterday's 38th Honolulu Marathon, and Lynn Jones was happy for the return of clear skies. Star-Advertiser.

Gladys "Glady" Burrill, 92, the oldest woman to enter the Honolulu Marathon finished the race Sunday in 9 hours, 53 minutes and 16 seconds.KITV4.

If one Big Island coffee grower is correct, the solution to the industry's recent problem with the destructive coffee borer beetle might exist in the coffee plants' own ecosystem. Star-Advertiser.

Some Laysan albatross pairs prove to be same-sex couples. Star-Advertiser.

Authorities say two people were hospitalized after two large boulders fell on their home. Associated Press.

Aiea Heights residents are expressing concern after two boulders crashed into a home on their street last night. KHON2.

The Kaua‘i County Council met for the first time Wednesday at the Nawiliwili Council Chambers after being sworn in last week and is already showing signs that the next two years will be nothing short of exciting. Garden Island.

Lt. Gen. Ted Kresge has assumed command of the 13th Air Force, succeeding Lt. Gen. Hawk Carlisle. Star-Advertiser.