Friday, December 10, 2010

Hawaii Gov. Abercrombie celebrating election, storm system still over the state, human trafficking case gears up, senators heading to Taiwan, DLNR wants parks money, Big Island tops in poverty, more news from the Hawaiian Islands

The Department of Land and Natural Resources is proposing that lawmakers set aside an annual $50 million over five years to fix the "deplorable condition" of state parks. Star-Advertiser.

A line of heavy showers and thundershowers has now moved over Maui, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning for the Valley Isle until 7 a.m. Star-Advertiser.

The state Department of Health tonight issued a Brown Water Advisory for the islands of Kauai and Oahu due to heavy showers. Star-Advertiser.

Ocean safety officials on Kauai and Oahu Thursday warned the public to beware of Portuguese man-of-war that turned up. KITV4.

Kaua‘i Fire Department Ocean Safety Bureau officials report that Portuguese man-of-war were found Thursday morning at Po‘ipu Beach Park, Garden Island.

The state was bracing last night for heavy rain -- and even some hail and snow -- as a winter storm soaked Kauai and began to work its way down the island chain. Star-Advertiser.

Ground has been broken on Pearl Harbor's Ford Island for a new headquarters of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Pacific Regional Center. Associated Press.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie hosted an sold-out inaugural ball Thursday for 1,800 supporters. KITV4.

Governor Neil Abercrombie celebrated his inauguration Thursday night with a top-notch gala in Waikiki. Hawaii News Now.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie will appear today and Saturday in Lanai City and Lahaina, respectively, as he fulfills a pledge to celebrate his inauguration with supporters statewide. Maui News.

Next Tuesday, seven Democratic state senators will leave for a weeklong visit to Taiwan for meetings, tours and conferences. Civil Beat.

In the following letter dated December 6 to State House Speaker Calvin Say, a group of 18 Democratic representatives call for a “leadership compromise” in order to embrace open and inclusive decision-making and address larger Hawaii issues in the coming 2011 Legislative Session. Hawaii Independent.

The Big Island continues to lead the state in the percentage of poor people, especially poor children. West Hawaii Today.

The Honolulu mayor and the new governor are expected to meet soon to talk about rail, as the city awaits the state's approval of the environmental review. KHON2.

The U.S. Justice Department in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigations is interviewing up to 100 more witnesses in preparation for convening another grand jury in the Global Horizon/Manpower human trafficking case to issue super ceding indictments.Hawaii Reporter.

A new affordable rental project for seniors is taking shape in Ewa. KHON2.

A Honolulu police officer was arrested on a shoplifting charge this week, the fifth officer to be arrested since September. Star-Advertiser.

The week after Thanksgiving turned out to be the softest hotel week of 2010, Hospitality Advisors LLC reported Friday. Hawaii News Now.

The City Council must now approve the new man chosen to lead the Royal Hawaiian Band. Hawaii News Now.

Another Hawaii County Council member is being accused of illegally mistreating a member of the public. Tribune-Herald.

Fire officials are proposing a 2 percent budget increase for fiscal 2011-12 amid the department's preparation to open bidding to construct the long-promised $9 million Makalei Fire Station, Fire Chief Darryl Oliveira said Wednesday. West Hawaii Today.

Hawaii County spent nearly $500,000 leasing a bulldozer it sold in 1991 to use at the Hilo Landfill. West Hawaii Today.

While Molokai has advanced healthcare facilities and a broad choice of providers compared to other small islands, health care professionals agree there’s still room for improvement. Molokai Dispatch.

A few short years ago, if one went to a West Side community meeting on upcoming legislative issues, or on how funds could be spent in the district, or even increased for new projects and programs, the topics were mostly predictable, although still important and needing discussion. Lahaina News.