Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Hawaii justice delayed by budget cuts, Hannemann to take hotel post, judge rules for migrant health care, student measures Kilauea's depths, UH video goes viral, fireworks ban in the works, state GOP in turmoil, more news from the Hawaiian Islands

Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald is calling for adequate funding for the state Judiciary, which has been hit by furloughs and budget cuts that he says have reduced, delayed and eliminated important judicial services. Star-Advertiser.

A new report from the State Judiciary says court cases that once took weeks are now taking months, and some people who qualify for drug treatment have no choice but to wait behind bars -- all because of budget cuts. Hawaii News Now.

Sources tell Hawaii News Now the former Honolulu mayor will soon take the top job at the Hawaii Hotel and Lodging Association.Hawaii News Now.

Weeks after a lackluster performance in the November election, the Hawaii Republican Party is undergoing turmoil over its finances and whether it should sell its Honolulu headquarters. Associated Press.

The state's two largest freight shipping companies were grilled Monday as the state looked at ways to stop illegal aerial fireworks from entering the islands. KITV4.

In less than a month, consumer fireworks will be illegal on Oahu and law enforcement officials fear this New Year's Eve will be the worse when it comes to illegal imports. KHON2.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie selected Pat McManaman to be appointed as the director of the Department of Human Services (DHS) last week.Hawaii Independent.

A college student who pinpointed the depth of Kilauea Volcano's magma chamber says the finding could lead to better predictions of eruptions. Star-Advertiser.

Grace Pacific Corp., the largest roadway paving contractor in Hawaii, has bought the owner of the 76 gas station brand in Hawaii in an all-stock transaction that will create one of the 10 largest locally owned for-profit companies in the state.Star-Advertiser.

A federal judge is ordering Hawaii's government to restore health benefits to low-income legal migrants from Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau. KITV4.

A federal judge has determined that Compact of Free Association migrants in Hawaii must receive full medical benefits Dec. 15. The ruling could cost the state upwards of $15 million a year. Civil Beat.

Tripler Army Medical Center is a place of healing but at least six employees contacted a civil rights lawyer alleging hateful and racial comments. Hawaii News Now.

Abercrombie celebrates in Ka'u. Tribune-Herald.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Robert Faris approved a request yesterday to convert the Honolulu Symphony's bankruptcy case from Chapter 11 reorganization to Chapter 7 liquidation, effectively silencing the 110-year-old orchestra. Star-Advertiser.

Closing Queen Liliuokalani Elementary is no way to celebrate the school's 100th anniversary next year, said parents, teachers and others who turned out for a hearing on a consolidation proposal last night.Star-Advertiser.

The turnover in resort real estate is expected to top $1 billion this year, marking a turnaround after a five-year slide. Maui News.

On Jan. 16, Castle & Cooke Homes will auction off its remaining inventory of resort real estate at Manele and Koele on Lanai. Maui News.

Dr. Monty Downs got help from the Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay and the Rotary Club of Po‘ipu Beach in installing a milestone-marking rescue tube Monday at Kealia Beach. Garden Island.

Kaunakakai wharf construction was given the green light last week, with new features such as an enhanced waiting room, increased bathroom facilities and improved traffic flow. Molokai Dispatch.

A video posted three days ago on Youtube showing the UH marching band has gone viral. KHON2.

A new oasis awaits for the thirsty, stressed and festive amid the touristy sprawl on Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona. West Hawaii Today.