Monday, December 6, 2010

Hawaii set to swear in new governor, Russian rocket falls in Pacific, coral may not be so endangered, algae farm, breadfruit revolution and more Hawaii news

When might an endangered coral species not really be endangered? Star-Advertiser.

A group of island nations meeting at a conference in Honolulu starting today says it wants the United States to significantly reduce its use of purse seine nets in the central and western Pacific in light of overfishing of bigeye tuna. Star-Advertiser.

Russian news reports said a rocket and its payload of three communications satellites has fallen into the Pacific Ocean after failing to reach orbit. KITV4.

Democrat Neil Abercrombie becomes Hawaii's seventh elected governor Monday during a ceremony that will mark a return to tradition when the former congressman is sworn in at the historic Iolani Palace. Associated Press.

On Monday, Hawaii will have a new governor and lieutenant governor. KHON2.

People taking part in Monday's inauguration for Hawaii's new governor, Neil Abercrombiealgea , went through a dress rehearsal Sunday.Hawaii News Now.

Oahu residents who need to conduct business at a state courthouse in Downtown Honolulu should give themselves extra time to find parking on Monday, December 6. KHON2.

Former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie will assume the governor’s post on Monday with much fanfare and an ambitious plan to move the state forward by revitalizing state government and accelerating the pace of Hawaii’s economic recovery. Hawaii Reporter.

Hawaii Gov.-elect Neil Abercrombie has named five department directors and two deputy directors to work in his administration.Associated Press.

During the campaign, Gov.-elect Neil Abercrombie pledged to inaugurate an "agricultural renaissance" in Hawaii, and he's tapped a veteran political figure to make it happen. West Hawaii Today.

Dissecting Abercrombie's 'New Day' Civil Beat.

If leading state government is like running a foot race, then Amy Brinkmeyer Asselbaye might be a good person to take along for the jog. Associated Press.

State and county leaders also need to take a cue from the president and begin to bring spending at the local level under control. West Hawaii Today.

Governor Linda Lingle has launched a website detailing her eight years as Hawaii's head of state.KHON2.

Two years ago, former Gov. George Ariyoshi and others filed a lawsuit seeking as much as $725 million for what they said was an invalid 2002 merger involving the high-technology company Pihana Pacific. Star-Advertiser.

This school year, more Hawaii kindergarten students started school without key skills, fewer had attended preschool and more than half came from low-income families, according to a new state Department of Education readiness report. Star-Advertiser.

It's a stellar year for show business. Hawaii News Now.

State Rep. Mark Nakashima and former state Sen. Lorraine Inouye both want the Senate seat Dwight Takamine is vacating to become Hawaii's next labor director. Tribune-Herald.

The island's new political order takes over at noon Monday with the swearing-in of the new Hawaii County Council. Tribune-Herald.

At the sunset of 10 years in office, Maui County Council Member Jo Anne Johnson reflected on public service, the loss of her life partner and her love for the people who grew to accept a Wisconsin native with a funny Midwestern accent as one of their own. Maui News.

For an island of its size, Molokai has a remarkable range of choices for health care. Molokai Dispatch.

Phycal Hawaii R&D is moving forward with plans to build an approximately 30-acre algae farm on currently unused Del Monte pineapple fields north of Wahiawa. Hawaii Independent.

In sleepy Hana, a breadfruit revolution is unfolding. Maui News.

Sunday marked the first appearance of The Breadfruit Institute at the annual Christmas in the Gardens event at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens on the South Shore. Garden Island.

Kaua‘i Visitors Bureau will hold its annual membership meeting Thursday at Kaua‘i Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach. Garden Island.

Here in Hawaii , FOB is thick with meaning. “Fresh off the boat” has images of a new immigrant having sailed from some remote island, dressed in country clothes, with a bayong (woven bag), a wide-rimmed hat, crude ways and very thick accent. Filipino Chronicle.