Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz sworn in at Iolani Palace, Pearl Harbor commemoration begins, state courts waive search fee, Hawaii Five-0 made authentic, more news from the Hawaiian Islands

(Photo courtesy of Melissa Chang.)
Neil Abercrombie was sworn in yesterday as the seventh governor of Hawaii in an emotional and eclectic inauguration at Iolani Palace where he pledged to restore confidence in state government. Star-Advertiser.

On politics and public policy, they are in tune. But Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz are from different generations and are at opposite stages of their political careers. Star-Advertiser.

After 35 years in public service at the state Capitol, Honolulu's city council and the U.S. Congress, Gov. Neil Abercrombie now begins the job he swears will be his last. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii's new governor took office at almost precisely noon Monday, during an inauguration steeped in tradition and ceremony.KITV4.

It’s a day filled with optimism and hope for new Governor Neil Abercrombie.KHON2.

Neil Abercrombie, 72, became Hawaii's seventh governor since statehood shortly after noon on Monday. KITV4.

Neil Abercrombie says he never dreamed he'd be Hawaii's governor when he first arrived in the islands more than 50 years ago. Associated Press.

In a sun-washed ceremony, Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz were sworn into office today on the grounds of Iolani Palace. Hawaii Reporter.

At today’s inauguration ceremony held on the Iolani Palace grounds, hundreds sat in the heat to bid farewell to the State of Hawaii’s previous guard and usher in Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s promise of a “new day” for the islands. Hawaii Independent.

We may not have enough for a book yet on the wit and wisdom of Neil Abercrombie, but our new governor runs an entertaining news conference. Star-Advertiser.

What the inauguration tells us about the new administration — and Hawaii. Civil Beat.


They couldn't have ordered up a more picture perfect day for an inauguration ceremony. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie has taken office with a pledge to "make it happen" instead of creating excuses and squabbling over politics. Associated Press.

Not everyone was happy about the inauguration celebration. Dozens of angry people stood outside the palace gates in protest and frustration. KHON2.

It didn't take long for Gov. Neil Abercrombie to start spending money. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie is spending a total of $91 million in his first acts as governor, money that will be used to end school closures and support services to the needy. Associated Press.

The possibility of continuing public school furloughs and defunding social service programs officially ended Monday when Gov. Abercrombie released over $90 million from state emergency funds. KHON2.

Just hours after being sworn-in, Gov. Neil Abercrombie held his first news conference as governor, announcing the release of millions of dollars to restore teacher instructional days and help community programs. KHON2.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) announced Monday he will release funds to end school furloughs and support more than a dozen programs to help Hawaii's needy residents.KITV4.

Hawaii's judiciary announced today it is waiving a fee charged for public viewing of court records as it reviews whether the charge is appropriate. Associated Press.

Sixty-nine years after Japanese planes bombed Pearl Harbor, survivors of the attack are due to gather at the base to remember those killed. Associated Press.

As a large number of Pearl Harbor survivors near or already in their 90s prepare to attend the 69th commemoration of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack today in Hawaii, members of the group decided to keep their national organization going a little longer. Star-Advertiser.

State officials recently extended a trial period for a stand-up paddlers corridor at Ala Moana Beach Park. Star-Advertiser.

Appraisal — County buyout equals pricey water on Lanai Estimate: Rates would jump nearly 900% to cover costs. Maui News.

In this current economic climate, everyone from first-time buyers to investment companies are on the lookout for distressed properties. Garden Island.

The West Maui Community Federal Credit Union's plans to build a two-story commercial building in Lahaina have received a declaration of no significant environmental impact from the Maui County Planning Department. Maui News.

The U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Native Hawaiian Relations, will conduct a community consultation meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14 at the Kulana `Oiwi OHA/DHHL Conference Room, regarding its draft Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Consultation Protocol.Molokai Dispatch.

Like most dramas, Hawaii Five-O is full fictitious places and imaginary scenarios, but when it comes to respecting Hawaiian culture ... Hawaii News Now.