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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Abercrombie starts Cabinet picks, BOE sworn in, guided missile destroyer leaves Pearl Harbor, Inouye defends earmarks, homeless leave shelters, more Hawaii news

Gov.-elect Neil Abercrombie started to form his Cabinet yesterday, choosing nominees to lead state departments that oversee natural resources, economic development, Hawaiian lands and prisons. Star-Advertiser.

Governor-elect Neil Abercrombie on Monday introduced his first four cabinet nominees. KITV4.

Waianae harbormaster William Aila has a long history of challenging the government, but soon he could be helping to lead the government as the chairperson of one of Hawaii's most influential state agencies. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii Gov.-elect Neil Abercrombie is nominating his top advisers to run the state's natural resources, prisons, economic development and Hawaiian Home Lands departments. Associated Press.

One week before he takes the oath of office Governor-elect Neil Abercrombie has begun filling out his cabinet. KHON2.

The final induction ceremony for the elected Board of Education -- before an appointed one is put in place -- was held yesterday, with four new and three returning members sworn in to serve what will likely be a small fraction of their four-year terms. Star-Advertiser.

An educational reform group has given Hawaii a "D" grade for charter school laws. KITV4.

New elected Hawaii State Board of Education members take office with fanfare, despite decision by voters to replace them with appointees. Civil Beat.

A state Senate committee plans to hold a hearing this week on the Public Utilities Commission's decision to grant Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines permission to carry cargo through the islands on an interim basis through 2013. Associated Press.

A Pearl Harbor-based guided-missile destroyer deploys today for the Middle East and Western Pacific. Star-Advertiser.

New Group Challenges Hawaii Public Officials’ Refusal to Let Residents Defend Themselves with Concealed Carry Option. Hawaii Reporter.

State reports that the number of people transitioning from shelters is on an upswing. Hawaii Independent.

This week the Hawaii Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the Ronald T.Y. Moon Judiciary Complex in Kapolei. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii Attorney General Mark Bennett will soon become a partner and director at the Honolulu law firm of Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher. Associated Press.

U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye went on the Senate floor Monday and offered a comprehensive defense of something with which he is intimately familiar — the congressional spending practice known as earmarks. Associated Press.

Candidates in the upcoming Council District 1 special election took part in a debate Monday night.KHON2.

Hawaiian Electric Company goes green with a new biodiesel energy plant.KHON2.

The Hawaii County Department of Water Supply is taking its first steps into the energy field with a planned wind farm in South Kohala. West Hawaii Today.

Before ending its term next week, the lame-duck County Council is poised to make one final policy decision that could impact taxpayers for the next 20 years. Tribune-Herald.

The much-anticipated Kilauea miniature golf course has yet to open, but it’s already bringing education and enjoyment to island children. Garden Island.

Maui's nonprofits are still struggling with the economic crisis. Funding and donations remain low, and some organizations continue to see an increase in clientele needing help. Maui News.

Those of us in attendance at the November Kona Town Meeting on food sustainability were not surprised to see Ken Love as one of the speakers.West Hawaii Today.

'Ao 'ao O Na Loko I'a O Maui (Association of the Fishponds of Maui) will begin a new canoe-paddling tour of a portion of the Kihei coast beginning Wednesday at the Ko'ie'ie Fishpond in north Kihei. Maui News.

Maui Mayor-elect Alan Arakawa has named three people to head the county's water and finance departments. Associated Press.

The relationship between humans and honeybees is ancient, as demonstrated by cave paintings in Spain, South Africa, and Nepal, depicting honey hunters collecting honey from wild hives.Molokai Dispatch.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Xmas trees bring slugs to Hawaii, Maui looks to regulate aquarium collecting, Kauai to control tourist lodging, Kilauea lava consumes home, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

I know I live in the right place when I look down from an airplane window, see Oahu's green mountains rising from the blue ocean and feel as thrilled as the visitors around me to be in Hawaii.  Star-Advertiser.

Another bill that would regulate the collection of aquarium fish will be discussed Wednesday by the County Council Public Services Committee. Maui News.

Big Island Civil Defense officials continue to monitor lava from Kilauea Volcano that completely destroyed a home in the Kalapana Gardens subdivision. KHON2.

A Native Hawaiian group opposed to the solar telescope atop Haleakala has sued the University of Hawaii to conduct its own full environmental impact statement for the building site, which would be the third such environmental study completed for the nearly $300 million planned project.Maui News.

State agriculture inspectors were on the lookout for aggressive yellow-jacket wasps hitchhiking on this year's shipment of Christmas trees but instead found slugs in 11 shipping containers yesterday, delaying the delivery of an estimated 2,000 to 8,000 trees. Star-Advertiser.

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources is proposing revisions to Hawaii Administrative Rules relating to hunting and game, and asking the public for their feedback. Molokai Dispatch.

Seven newly-elected state Board of Education members are set to be inducted, but the ultimate fate of their posts is unclear. Associated Press.

Election season isn't quite over yet on Oahu. The District 1 seat on the Honolulu City Council is still up for grabs, and the deadline to register to vote in that race is Monday. Hawaii News Now.

The salaries of Honolulu's 50 highest-paid city workers range from $153,852 to $102,780. Civil Beat.

The Kaua‘i County Council last week introduced legislation that residents said was inconsistent with the “spirit and letter” of a charter amendment designed to control the growth of tourist accommodations on island. Garden Island.

Public schools have made progress in making sure core classes are taught by fully certified teachers, but officials acknowledge there is lots more work to do. Star-Advertiser.

The University of the Nations has attracted nearly 50,000 students to its Kailua-Kona campus in 50 years, yet the school's president remains relatively mum on how the nonprofit contributes to the community to offset the demands it puts on public services. West Hawaii Today.

Quarrels over school closures, civil unions and the Hawaii Superferry captured the public's attention, but Gov. Linda Lingle hopes she's remembered more for lower-key accomplishments that may have a longer-lasting impact. Associated Press.

Two men who were arrested Saturday after they tried unsuccessfully to enter several military bases on Oahu were working for the cellular phone provider T-Mobile. Hawaii News Now.

“Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono – The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.” Molokai Dispatch.

Former University of Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan has been released from a Honolulu hospital more than a week after an accident that left him with broken ribs and injuries to his head and collar bone. KITV.

The volunteers of the Christmas Wish Program are gearing up for their annual holiday party for island keiki living in poverty. Tribune-Herald.

Barely done with Thanksgiving leftovers, West Hawaii folks are already gearing up for holiday events slated throughout the area. West Hawaii Today.

The Lahaina Nerd Convention was stunned when they learned that they won a prize at the First Lego League Challenge. Lahaina News.

The State Department of Health (DOH) has issued a warning for restaurants to be on the lookout for “fake” health inspectors, whom officials suspect may be trying illegally to obtain sensitive information about restaurant employers or employees. Filipino Chronicle.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Hawaii could see military beef up for Korean crisis, UH seeks $100 million, protestor acquitted in Capitol protest, shoppin til they drop, radio personality Krash Kealoha dies, Maui homeowners appeal property assessments, more Hawaii news

The University of Hawaii is asking the Legislature for the authority to issue an additional $100 million in construction bonds to be repaid with UH funds, including student tuition. Star-Advertiser.

North Korea warned Friday that U.S.-South Korean plans for military maneuvers put the peninsula on the brink of war, and appeared to launch its own artillery drills within sight of an island it showered with a deadly barrage this week. Associated Press.

Hawaii public schools are using a new computerized system this year to track student progress so they can catch struggling learners before they fall too far behind. Star-Advertiser.

The head of Hawaii Citizens for the Separation of State and Church has been acquitted of a disorderly conduct charge stemming from his arrest while objecting a prayer being said at the beginning of a state Senate session in April. Hawaii News Now.

The University of Hawaii will pay $800,000 to settle a former employee’s claims that she was fired for whistle-blowing. Hawaii Reporter.

The Public Utilities Commission is in no rush to honor a request by the Hawaii County Council to reconsider its decision allowing Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines to ply the islands' waters. Tribune-Herald.

The rubber hit the road this Thanksgiving day. The Salvation Army and other outreach organizations delivered thousands of meals to the needy across the state. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii shoppers traded home-cooked turkey and traditional family gatherings on Thanksgiving to stand in line for hours at stores around Oahu to snatch up holiday gifts at bargain-basement prices. Star-Advertiser.

On Thanksgiving, serious shoppers put traditions aside.  That means instead of Turkey and stuffing the choice is tent or picnic chair. KHON2.

This Thanksgiving, with 15 stores and restaurants open for business, there were crowds at Ala Moana Shopping Center. KITV4.

With the holiday season here, those who enforce drunken driving laws and those who pick up the pieces after traffic crashes are stressing the prevention of needless injuries and deaths from alcohol-related collisions. Tribune-Herald.

Bell ringers for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign are aiming to raise $155,000 between now and Christmas Eve. Maui News.

The Nature Conservancy's Molokai office will be running its lights, air conditions and electronics on the power of the sun. Associated Press.

New, interim quarantine rules approved by the Hawaii Board of Agriculture Tuesday are getting a thumbs up from some of the state's largest coffee processors, but some Big Island farmers are upset about the process and are hoping the state's new governor will intervene. West Hawaii Today.

Thousands of Maui property owners are appealing their property taxes, leaving the county unable to use $28 million in tax revenue it has collected. Associated Press.

At least eight massage parlors in Honolulu have no record of a license to practice, as is required by law, Civil Beat has found. Civil Beat.

The estimated cost of the South Kona Police Station has more than doubled, leading to doubts the project can be completed as quickly as planned. West Hawaii Today.

Officials at Kamehameha Schools have proposed buying a parcel of city land in Haleiwa that a local businessman wants to build a hotel on. Associated Press.

Hawaiian radio pioneer and personality Krash Kealoha has died at the age of 61. KHON2.

Blessed with some of the purest seawater in the world and sunny growing conditions, the owners of the Kekaha shrimp farm have big plans for their small operation. Garden Island.

There is a traditional Molokai chant that tells of a prophecy made by the kahuna of Paku`i: After the ali`i have fallen, the common people will come together and hold Hawaii up. Molokai Dispatch.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Hawaii airports run smoothly, Kona coffee brand imperiled, city, federal officials guilty, UH mulls tuition hike, Black Friday beckons, more news

Reputation of Kona coffee is threatened. Quarantine could ruin brew's lofty status, price in industry. Tribune-Herald.

A state agriculture board approved a quarantine of Big Island green coffee beans. West Hawaii Today.

Invasive species are so pervasive in Hawaii's low-lying areas that the U.S. Forest Service says it's not cost-effective or practical to eradicate them all.  Associated Press.

A crowd of around 50 people was split about whether or not a federal permit for discharge of liquid from a Kekaha shrimp farm to the ocean should be renewed. Garden Island.

A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced to a month in jail a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee who steered an earth-moving job at the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge on Kauai to a company in which he was a partner. Star-Advertiser.

Despite the national controversy over air passenger security screening, operations at Honolulu Airport went smoothly yesterday, one of the year's busiest travel days. Star-Advertiser.

Thanksgiving travelers crowded Honolulu International Airport on their way to visit friends and family, but delays many feared would be caused by tightened security and security protests did not materialize. Hawaii News Now.

The members of the Garber family are not terrorists. They don't want to crash any airliners. Tribune-Herald.

State airport and Transportation Security Administration officials reported no problems with passenger security check-ins Wednesday at Kahului Airport. Maui News.

The 25th infantry will be sending more soldiers to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn. KHON2.

Abercrombie: Nonprofits Aren't Providing Case Management and Support for Veterans. Civil Beat.

Linda Lingle is in the final weeks of her job as Governor of Hawaii. KHON2.

The mother of Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona, Frances Helena Lum Aiona, has died. Associated Press.

The University of Hawaii Board of Regents is entertaining the idea of a tuition hike by fall 2012, the first such action since 2005. Star-Advertiser.

University of Hawaiii researchers are going door-to-door to ask women from the islands to participate in a study designed find answers to childhood problems such as asthma, autism, obesity, and diabetes. The National Children’s Study is the largest long-term study of children’s health ever conducted in the United States. Hawaii Independent.

A recent study suggests that Hawaii’s mahu students are at greater risk of violence than the general student population. Honolulu Weekly.

City Councilman Rod Tam pleaded guilty yesterday to 26 misdemeanor counts of theft and falsifying documents, and for the first time admitted to overcharging the city for meals unrelated to his work as a Council member. Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu City Councilmember Rodney H.C.G. Tam pled guilty today to two counts of Theft in the Third Degree, eleven counts of Theft in the Fourth Degree, and thirteen counts of Unsworn Falsification to Authorities. Hawaii Reporter.

After 26-years on the force with the Honolulu Police Department, Louis Kealoha says the past year as Chief has been the hardest. KHON2.

Kamehameha Schools has proposed buying a 3.4-acre city parcel in Haleiwa for educational and park purposes that businessman D.G. "Andy" Anderson wants to develop for a boutique hotel. Star-Advertiser.

The forecast looks promising for stores in Hawaii.  Hawaii News Now.

Oahu retailers said Wednesday some shoppers are hitting the malls even earlier than Black Friday. KITV4.

The Hawaii County Council has scheduled a special session for Nov. 30 to reconsider a $56 million bond issue. West Hawaii Today.

Up until a few days ago, Kaua‘i County Council Chair Bill “Kaipo” Asing said he had intended to utilize his last meeting to shed more light on the recent harassment allegations that damaged his reputation. Garden Island.

Donald Fujimoto is out as county engineer and Janine Rapozo is out as transportation director, Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Sr. announced Wednesday. Garden Island.

Molokai Farmer without a farm? Not for long. Molokai Dispatch.

The slogan "made from scratch" rings true for The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, which is marking its 10th anniversary. Big Island Weekly.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Hawaii protests airport checks, Citibank to repay $1.1B student securities, Korean conflict causes concern, Aiona mulls next election, APEC to bring tight security, Hawaiian traditions at odds with state, news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle's official state portrait shows her standing in front of the Capitol building, smiling and wearing a blue suit and a yellow lei. Associated Press.

Citigroup Inc. will repay all the money Hawaii lost on $1.1 billion worth of investments in student loan-backed securities, according to a settlement announced Tuesday. Associated Press.

Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona said yesterday that he will decide after the 2012 elections whether to run for governor again in 2014. Star-Advertiser.

It's been three weeks since James "Duke" Aiona lost to Neil Abercrombie in the governor's race. KHON2.

Duke Aiona is proud of his career, saying not too many people can claim as many public service jobs. Hawaii News Now.

James "Duke" Aiona says he'll be back — maybe. Associated Press.

Defeated GOP gubernatorial candidate Duke Aiona said Tuesday he is eying another bid for governor in 2014. KITV4.

Experts: Hawaii not involved in Korea dispute. KHON2.

The escalating tension between North and South Korea is being closely monitored by Hawaii's visitor industry. Hawaii News Now.

An international terrorism expert says Hawaii officials will need strong leadership and to work close with the community to keep next year's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting safe. Associated Press.

Carlisle Says City Won't "Tolerate" Homelessness During APEC. Civil Beat.

The Hawaii chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is planning to distribute flyers to airline passengers explaining their rights at airport security checkpoints. Associated Press.

A 74 year old Maui grandmother is among a growing number of Americans speaking out against new security procedures at our nation's airports instituted by the Transportation Security Administration. KHON2.

Donald G. Horner, chairman and chief executive officer of First Hawaiian Bank, has been named chairman of the board of directors for the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) for 2011. Hawaii Reporter.

Haleakala Ranch Cattle Manager Greg Friel hopes for La Nina to develop in the eastern Pacific next year. Maui News.

A native Hawaiian practices organization is suing the University of Hawaii and the state to require an environmental impact statement on the proposed management plan for a Haleakala observatory on Maui. Star-Advertiser.

The battle between a traditional poi maker and the state Department of Health has escalated, with supporters of the traditional practice using a petition and even bumper stickers calling for the state to allow hand-pounded poi to be sold commercially. KITV4.

It will cost 13 cents more to ship a 20 lb. bag of rice to Hawaii after new Matson container shipping rates go into effect in January. Hawaii News Now.

The City Council, with five new members coming on board next year -- including one who has yet to be elected -- has organized behind Nestor Garcia as Council chairman for 2011. Star-Advertiser.

KITV4 News has learned City Parks Director Lester Chang is resigning, upset about what he considers to be a “lack of support” from the new administration of Mayor Peter Carlisle.KITV4.

The county Planning Commission officially accepted the resignation of Planning Director Ian Costa during its regular meeting Tuesday at the Mo‘ikeha Building. Garden Island.

University of Hawaii professor Christopher J. Bae is being awarded a $1.1 million grant to research eastern Asian human evolution during prehistory. Associated Press.

Two small earthquakes struck within 20 minutes and 50 miles of each other last night off the coast of Maui, shaking residents as far away as Kapolei. Star-Advertiser.

An earthquake rattled Maui County residents at 6:34 p.m. Tuesday. Maui News.

This year, Honolulu police are on pace to exceed the number of DUI arrests they made in 2009. Hawaii News Now.

The Big Island continues to lag behind the rest of the state in its gradual economic recovery. Tribune-Herald.

Patients at North Hawaii Community Hospital are more satisfied with their care than those at Kona Community Hospital, and both are much more satisfied than patients at Hilo Medical Center. West Hawaii Today.

A new, more environmentally friendly VA clinic opened Monday morning in Lihu‘e, offering bigger lab facilities and more exam rooms and offices. Garden Island.

Before the 40-foot Monterey Cypress could be felled Monday morning, master woodworker Ski Kwiatkowski talked to it, shared the plan and asked the tree's permission. West Hawaii Today.

Several improvements to the Kaunakakai Harbor have been in the works, and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), in coordination with the Department of Transportation, invites the public to attend an information meeting  regarding its proposed Maui to Molokai ferry system improvements project for the Kaunakakai Harbor. Molokai Dispatch.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Hawaii joblessness as high as 9%, state House leadership turmoil, Kauai council shows openness, welfare recipients spend on mainland, lawmakers look to marijuana harvests, Hawaii Five-0 harkens back, Colt Brennan update, more island news

The caretaker of Hanauma Bay shares some of his secrets. KITV4.

After more than a decade on the job, House Speaker Calvin Say can't muster the votes to stay in power. Civil Beat.

Citizen groups seeking transparency in government are sending letters to each of Hawaii’s legislators that urge them to make the Capitol more accessible. Associated Press.

The newly elected members of the Kaua‘i County Council met in public Monday for an organizational meeting to discuss committee assignments and other key appointments. Garden Island.

A KITV4 News investigation found Hawaii welfare recipients are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars a month on the mainland, even though they're Hawaii residents, and it's allowed by law. KITV4.

Hawaii's unemployment rate held steady at 6.4 percent in October for the fourth straight month as the uneven nature of the state's economic recovery kept a lid on any significant job growth. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii's unemployment rate is still 6.4%, but there are still wide differences from island to island, and a much higher rate of workers who can't get all the hours they want. Hawaii News Now.

Lockheed Martin Corp. says it has received $4.4 million in federal grants to help it commercialize technology producing energy by exploiting ocean temperature differences. Associated Press.

Top state lawmakers are looking for ways to make more medical marijuana available, especially to people in urban areas who can't grow their own. KITV4.

What can the public really expect from the Abercrombie administration during the upcoming 2011 legislative session? Hawaii Independent.

As Hawaii prepares to usher in a new administration, one has to look back on those promises made in the heat of the campaign and during numerous debates voters had to endure and wonder if they can be delivered. West Hawaii Today.

Gov.-elect Neil Abercrombie is correct that the rail project is primarily a city and Federal Transit Administration responsibility. However, he is wrong in declaring that it is not his responsibility “to weigh in on the finances” since rail has the potential to significantly impact the state’s finances. Hawaii Reporter.

A security summit held annually in Honolulu is in it's eighth year, but this time around, there's a hot topic at the convention. KHON2.

A shooter fires a weapon. In the flash of an eye a computer detects and fingerprints the gun and reports back to a machine called a Hostile Fire Detection System. Hawaii News Now.

The Transportation Security Administration said Honolulu travelers should not expect major turbulence in their travel plans, despite a planned protest over security measures at Honolulu Airport. Star-Advertiser.

More than a dozen people testified yesterday against changes limiting eligibility for state mental health services — changes that some critics say contributed to a 36 percent rise in deaths among mental patients in 2009 from the year before. Star-Advertiser.

Local retailers are projecting a "strong holiday season," with most contacted in the days before Black Friday saying overall sales for the year are already up compared to last. Maui News.

A bill introduced by Honolulu City Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi would cap sewer fees for homeowners who earn $50,000 a year or less at .33 percent of their monthly income. KHON2.

After a 14-month journey around Hawaii County government, Mayor Billy Kenoi's ethics-reform package died a quiet death last week. Tribune-Herald.

Jamae Kawauchi, a Hilo attorney specializing in land-use, civil and business litigation, has been chosen to be Hawaii County's next clerk, Hamakua Councilman Dominic Yagong said Friday. Tribune-Herald.

The state Department of Health is warning divers to avoid the water around Pearl Harbor's Pier Mike 1 after thousands of gallons of sewage spilled in a storm drain that empties into harbor. Associated Press.

The Kaho'olawe Island Reserve Commission will hold a meeting at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 30 at the Kahului Community Center. Maui News.

After a year and a half of back and forth, the proposed protections for Mo`omomi-Anahaki are ready to be sent to the Hawaiian Homes Commission for a vote next month. Molokai Dispatch.

A bit of nostalgia on the Hawaii Five-0 set. Al Harrington, the only living member of the original cast, shot a guest spot for an upcoming episode. Hawaii News Now.

The parents of former U.H. quarterback Colt Brennan say little has changed in the past 24 hours. KHON2.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Green energy plans move forward, Aloha Petroleum to get more market share, Hawaii grads unprepared for college, Chinese, Filipinos celebrate heritage, more Hawaii news

Castle & Cooke Resorts, Lanai's biggest employer, has proposed to erect more than 150 wind turbines on the remote northwestern end of the island and lay an undersea cable that would send the power to Oahu. Maui News.

The goal of breaking Hawaii's addiction to shipped-in oil first took vague shape during a ceremony in the governor's executive chambers, with lofty speeches and frequent applause but few specifics. Associated Press.

The Federal Trade Commission has closed an investigation into Aloha Petroleum LLC’s purchase of Shell Oil Co.’s Hawaii gas station and terminal operations, a move that will significantly increase Aloha’s share of the state’s retail gasoline market and open opportunities for it on Maui and Kauai. Hawaii Reporter.

In an effort to create a clean energy workforce that will help meet the growing demand for photovoltaic energy systems, Kaua‘i Community College and WorkWise Kaua‘i have paired to create a new program that offers training and certification in commercial and residential installation. Garden Island.

You often hear about landowners who want to develop on their property. But on Sunday, one landowner on Oahu's North Shore celebrated the fact that he -- or anyone else who owns his land in the future -- will never be able to do so. Hawaii News Now.

A round of three regional meetings conducted by University of Hawai‘i researchers wrapped up last week, giving the public a chance to provide its feedback on what matters most when identifying prime agricultural land on Kaua‘i. Garden Island.

More than a third of Hawaii public school graduates who enrolled in the University of Hawaii system following graduation last year needed remedial instruction in math or English, according to a new school-by-school report that helps paint a picture of the college- and career-readiness of the 2009 graduating class. Star-Advertiser.

Generations of ethnic Chinese youth have strengthened the bonds of culture and language to their parents and the motherland by attending daily classes at Mun Lun School. Star-Advertiser.

Planners of next year's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit — due to be held in Honolulu in November — are being given an opportunity to think about security this week. Associated Press.

An ordnance was found Sunday morning near the Kahe Power Plant in Waianae. KHON2.

Navy divers said yesterday that a mysterious object caught in the ocean intake pipe of Hawaiian Electric Co.'s Kahe power plant is not a torpedo. Star-Advertiser.

It's the first — and arguably most controversial — order of business on the City Council's agenda Monday morning: David Tanoue's nomination to serve as director of the Department of Planning and Permitting. Civil Beat.

Maui County Council Chairman Danny Mateo's colleagues decided that he will continue in that position for the next two years, his office announced Saturday morning. Maui News.

The Kauai County Council's nonbinding organizational meeting starts at 9 a.m., Monday, at Council Chambers in Nawiliwili. Garden Island.

University of Hawaii officials signed a deal Friday to build a new community college in Kailua-Kona on Hawaii's Big Island, which they say will be the most energy-efficient campus in the nation. Associated Press.

Hawaii Literacy (HL) reintroduced the Bookmobile after the “classroom on wheels” was forced to stop operating when the vehicle was deemed unfixable earlier this year. Hawaii Independent.

At an open house at Kailua Elementary School, residents protested Target's plan to move into the community. KITV4.

Through major cleanups, Matt Lane teaches the public to reduce waste. Lahaina News.

The spirit of giving filled The Sheraton Waikiki tonight at a benefit for the Ronald McDonald House Charities- Hawaii. KITV4.

With Thanksgiving days away and Christmas barreling toward the Big Isle like a runaway sleigh, the season of giving is upon us. Tribune-Herald.

For the last 18 years, the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle (HFC) has served as the voice of the Filipino community in the islands. Filipino Chronicle.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Hawaii to get wet, economic forecasters upbeat, lawsuits filed about UH records, foodstamps, health care, homeless among us, Hawaii County ignores safety sticker laws, 20-year Kauai councilman retires, UH to leave WAC, more state news

The National Weather Service says there is an increasing threat of heavy showers and thunderstorms for all islands through today. KHON2.

It's been an unprecedentedy dry year, and Ka'u ranchers have felt the impact of a lack of rain. West Hawaii Today.

The official state forecast suggests Hawaii's economy is upshifting, even if only from first to second gear. Hawaii News Now.

As the year winds down, the state is growing more optimistic about Hawaii's economic forecast for 2011. KHON2.

Gov.-elect Neil Abercrombie won't attend a Colorado seminar for new governors because his mother-in-law is ill. Associated Press.

The Center on the Family at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the State Department of Human Services have released the Homeless Service Utilization Report: Hawaii 2010.

The holidays are when family and friends gather around hearth and home. But many Hawaii residents will spend Thanksgiving and Christmas with no place to call home. Tribune-Herald.

Data misleading, says homeless center CEO. Maui News.

The homeless rate for the state rose 3 percent for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, but on Kaua‘i the homeless rate declined 7 percent, to 625 people. Garden Island.

A federal lawsuit seeks to force Hawaii's government to more quickly hand out food stamps to families in need because the state has been falling behind. Associated Press.

A class action lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Honolulu Thursday alleging the University of Hawaii exposed the private information of 100,000 citizens including students, faculty and guests at the university. KITV4.

Through Class Action, Micronesians Challenge Hawaii’s Attempt to Curb Taxpayer-Sponsored Healthcare Benefits. Hawaii Reporter.

Thousands of Hawaii residents could see their extended unemployment benefits run out early after Congress failed in its first attempt to renew the program that funds them. Hawaii News Now.

The Hawaii County administration routinely ignores automobile safety check laws, according to a quick survey of parking lots surrounding county buildings in Hilo this week. West Hawaii Today.

The people expressed their wishes loud and clear when they passed a constitutional amendment that replaced the elected board of education with one appointed by the governor. Civil Beat.

Mayor Billy Kenoi's $56 million loan request was approved Wednesday by the County Council, which could overturn that action when three new lawmakers take office next month. Tribune-Herald.

Two big items before the County Council got favorable votes Wednesday, but one will be called back before the legislative body for reconsideration. West Hawaii Today.

What you see from the outside of the restaurant doesn't always tell the story even if you are paying top dollar just to get into an establishment. Hawaii News Now.

A craft fair that was canceled after a state Tax Department crackdown on "cash economy" businesses has been rescheduled for Dec. 4 at the Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall's Hawaii Suites, Mayor Peter Carlisle announced yesterday. Star-Advertiser.

After months of anxiety, the University of Hawaii's athletic future suddenly came into focus last night with the stunning revelation that it expects to leave the Western Athletic Conference to join the Mountain West Conference in football and place most of its other sports in the Big West Conference. Star-Advertiser.

Big Island residents have long suspected volcanic smog, or vog, has played havoc on the respiratory system. West Hawaii Today.

Pacific Wings is planning to apply for a federal subsidy that will lower the price of its Kalaupapa flights.Molokai Dispatch.

The Mortgage Store, a Maui business that was started by investment adviser George Lindell and sold to his daughter, has filed for bankruptcy, with liabilities of about $14.7 million and assets somewhat less. Maui News.

If Kaua‘i County Council Chair William U. “Kaipo” Asing had his way, there would be no story, no council certificate honoring his three decades of public service, no fanfare, period. Garden Island.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

New Akaka Bill offered, IRS seeks Hawaii taxpayers, restaurant inspectors stretched, Hawaii marijuana heads to Colorado, recycling rates up, more state news

U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka has introduced a compromise version of a native Hawaiian federal recognition bill and is waiting to hear from Senate leaders whether legislation can move during a lame-duck session before the end of the year. Star-Advertiser.

The IRS is looking for people in Hawaii to give money to. The agency said Wednesday that 735 Hawaii residents are due a total of $739,000 in refunds, but it can't find them. Associated Press.

The state has set aside nothing to pay for retiree health benefits for its aging public workers over the next three decades, leaving future taxpayers on the hook for the estimated $10.8 billion cost. Star-Advertiser.

The largesse in congressional earmarks awarded to Hawaii each year is in position to be severely curtailed, with Republicans in Washington coalescing around a ban on pork-barrel projects and President Barack Obama saying the nation cannot afford them. Associated Press.

Millions of meals are served every year on Oahu but there are only 10 inspectors making sure health guidelines are followed which means there are plenty of violations out there that aren't being found. Hawaii News Now.

A group of Hawaii residents who say they are really good at growing pot said they have found success in the medical marijuana industry in Colorado. KITV4.

A state agricultural advisory committee has recommended an emergency quarantine on the Big Island to prevent the spread of a beetle that could severely damage Hawaii's $27-million coffee-farming industry. Star-Advertiser.

After a three-hour hearing today, the committee recommended in favor of a one-year quarantine but suggested adding more mitigation methods. A full board hears the matter next Tuesday. KHON2.

The state has increased the rates it pays for redeemable aluminum cans, glass bottles and plastic bottles. Associated Press.

A national organization has given the University of Hawaii a grade of "F" for online security breaches that exposed Social Security numbers and other sensitive information in nearly 260,000 records. Star-Advertiser.

The Washington D.C. based Liberty Coalition said over the last five years the University of Hawaii has had five security breaches involving at least 259,000 records. KITV4.

“Change, not charity” is the motto used by Hawaii People’s Fund (HPF) Hawaii Independent.

Tension and confusion about the state Tax Department's new crackdown on "cash economy" businesses escalated yesterday when city parks officials barred some vendors from learning about the new rules -- and Mayor Peter Carlisle took responsibility for the abrupt cancellation of the 36th annual Mayor's Craft and Country Fair scheduled for Saturday. Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle said Wednesday the city needlessly cancelled a craft fair this weekend that raises money for senior clubs. KHON2.

Honolulu's 36th annual mayor's craft and country fair may happen after all. Hawaii News Now.

A proposal to lower the county homeowner tax exemption was deferred Tuesday by the Maui County Council Budget and Finance Committee. Maui News.

Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle says he's not happy about reports of excessive use of overtime by city road division employees and promised to look into the issue, following a series of stories Civil Beat published this week. Civil Beat.

Police have cited more than 700 Big Island drivers for driving while using a cell phone so far this year, including 38 instances linked to car crashes. Tribune-Herald.

Wild Donkey Round-Up Underway on Big Island. KITV4.

Most of the dogs received at the island’s only animal shelter later found homes, but the majority of cats collected were euthanized, according to the Kaua‘i Humane Society’s annual report to county officials. Garden Island.

After two years of multimillion dollar losses, Parker Ranch Foundation Trust made money last year and now wants to raise more by hosting special events at its Waimea rodeo arena. Tribune-Herald.

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has placed the island of Oahu under a Flash Flood Watch effective from 6:00PM this evening thru Friday afternoon. Hawaii Reporter.

Maui Fire Department officials are asking for an additional $1.1 million in funding, saying an unusually busy brush fire season has depleted their budget. Maui News.

They're all over the island: in former Hamakua cane fields, running across a'a in the Ka'u desert, crossing the Mauna Kea uplands: stretches of abandoned or semi-abandoned road, owned but no longer maintained by the state or the county. Big Island Weekly.

A West Hawaii subdivision is a step closer to getting county water, after a County Council committee gave its approval to a county department manager's plan to create a water improvement district there. West Hawaii Today.

Construction at Cooke Memorial Pool in Kaunakakai could not have come at a worse time for the Molokai High School (MHS) swim team. Molokai Dispatch.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Hawaii homeless grows, dolphins on endangered list, tax laws close down festivals, hotel guests join union protest, illinois strangler to join UH wife, website to help residents sell power, Obama mom to get endowment, Molokai mules leery of new bridge, more news

Visitors to Iolani Palace were treated to song and dance Tuesday morning, in celebration of King David Kalakaua. KHON2

The University of Hawaii Foundation is in the latter stages of forming an endowment fund that would honor Stanley Ann Dunham, the mother of President Barack Obama. Associated Press.

As Molokai residents and visitors alike rejoice in the opening of the new Kalaupapa pali trail, bridge the mules famous for taking visitors down the winding path are a little apprehensive.Molokai Dispatch.

A chaotic scene broke out last month at the Kailua Open Market when tax agents clamped down on so-called "cash economy" businesses, leading to cancellation of the 36th annual Mayor's Craft and Country Fair Saturday and prompting state tax officials to meet with vendors this afternoon at Makiki Park.Star-Advertiser.

Convicted murderer Justin Boulay was released from prison in Illinois yesterday, and when he arrives in Hawaii to live with the wife he married behind bars, he will join seven other people here convicted of homicide in other states. Star-Advertiser.

Justin Boulay is a free man after serving half of his 24-year sentence for strangling ex-girlfriend, Andrea Will, with a phone cord in Illinois. Hawaii News Now.

The federal government said Tuesday it will recommend that a small population of dolphins living near Hawai‘i be placed on the endangered species list. Associated Press.

Hawaii hostelries, led by Maui, continue to scramble back toward financial health, but although they have come a long way, they have yet a long way to go. Maui News.

The number of homeless people on Oahu rose 5 percent under one key measure in the last fiscal year, according to a new report that also sheds new light on the health and education of homeless children. Star-Advertiser.

The Center on the Family at UH Mānoa and the Homeless Programs Office of the state Department of Human Services have released the Homeless Service Utilization Report: Hawai‘i 2010. Hawaii Reporter.

A state task force formed to curb illegal fireworks imports is winding down its work and hoping to make recommendations to lawmakers when the Legislature convenes in January. Star-Advertiser.

State Sen. Will Espero said Tuesday he will push for an increase of inspections of containers to check for shipments of illegal fireworks. KITV4.

It's possible, though not likely, that next year's reapportionment will give the Big Island greater representation in the state Legislature. West Hawaii Today.

Yet to serve a single day as an elected member of the state Senate, Lihu‘e resident Ron Kouchi has secured a few key roles in the Legislature. Garden Island.

Hotel workers unhappy about the progress of contract talks with management at the Hilton Hawaiian Village employed a new tactic Tuesday. They took their protest onto hotel property, a place that is usually a sanctuary for guests. Hawaii News Now.

Union hotel workers staged a loud march through the main lobby of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Rainbow Tower Tuesday evening. They were joined by sympathetic attendees of a major convention that's in town. KITV4.

The Big Island's entire state legislative delegation has banded together over concerns with a Public Utilities Commission decision. West Hawaii Today.

Hawaii's newly elected congresswoman is getting used to calling Washington, D.C. home.KHON2.

Michael Saalfeld, a German industrialist and biofuel pioneer, has purchased the North Kohala acreage Parker Ranch quietly sold in August, according to government records. West Hawaii Today.

Unlike recessions that can hit with little warning, the approaching economic impact of Hawaii's aging population is like a freight train loudly sounding its horn in the distance to give those in its path time to prepare.Star-Advertiser.

Road to Riches: City Workers Claimed 5,525 Overtime Hours for Illegal Stream Dumping. Civil Beat.

The problem with Koke‘e Road in Koke‘e State Park is one of jurisdiction and Gov.-elect Neil Abercrombie has vowed to be the one who solves this problem, said state Sen. Ron Kouchi, D-Kaua‘i-Ni‘ihau. Garden Island.

Departing Maui County Council Member Jo Anne Johnson on Monday said she wants to see her successors make certain that some developers and homeowners are held responsible for road projects built by Maui County - with taxpayer money - to support new, small, private subdivisions. Maui News.

A website is being launched for a new program that allows Hawaii residents and businesses to apply to sell their renewable energy to the electric utility. Associated Press.

The Kamaile Academy governing board gets rid of administrators strongly supported by parents, in order to get grants for the school. KITV4.

The State Sheriffs Division is getting a new home. KHON2.

The City and County of Honolulu awarded $1 million in grants-in-aid as part of its Leeward Coast Community Benefits Program.Hawaii Independent.

Trevor Ridinger's smart phone doubles as his camera. It's the University of Hawaii student's window to the world. Hawaii News Now.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pearl Harbor welcomes new submarine, tax revenues down, obsolete state employees perform busy work, school fees to rise, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

The USS North Carolina became the third Virginia-class submarine to be homeported at Pearl Harbor yesterday as the U.S. builds up its fleet of the advanced attack submarines in the Pacific. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii now has three advanced attack subs stationed in the islands.KITV4.

An East-West Center program, “Legacies of the Pacific War,” which EWC co-sponsored in July with the USS Arizona Memorial Museum Association and the National Park Service World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, has been the subject of some critical attention because of one complaint that the program was anti-veteran. Hawaii Reporter.

Tax receipts flowing into the state's general fund have dropped by almost 6 percent during the first four months of the current fiscal year. KHON2.

State tax collections through October improved but were still about 6 percent lower than a year ago, according to the Department of Taxation Star-Advertiser.

Government Waste Watch: State Paying Staff to Retype Every Food Stamp Application. Civil Beat.

Gov.-elect Neil Abercrombie told state Senate Democrats yesterday that he plans to release $23.7 million from the state's rainy day fund to help more than three-dozen social-service programs. Star-Advertiser.

Thousands of people are vying for a job in the administration of governor-elect Neil Abercrombie. KHON2.

Public school fees for student meals and after-school programs are on the rise in Hawaii. Associated Press.

Habitat home off the grid. Maui News.

An alcoholic beverage popular with college students is being scrutinized in Hawaii and outlawed in states across the country. Hawaii News Now.

A case involving police overtime abuse is headed to trial. KHON2.

HMSA lost $6 million in the third quarter while Kaiser Hawaii made $3 million - but both reported further increases in the cost of health care. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii County could add up to $56 million to its $291.4 million debt under a loan-authorization bill the County Council will likely pass during its meeting Wednesday in Keauhou. Tribune-Herald.

A moment of inattention has cost a Pearl City widower $3,700 in cash. Now, Rolando Diaz and the police are asking for the public’s help to identify the person who walked off with his money. KITV4.

Perhaps it comes down to how you define wildlife trafficking. For Snorkel Bob, aka Robert Wintner, wildlife is trafficked every time a tropical fish collector ships a fish from Hawaii and the resulting damage to Hawaii’s reefs and their habitués is squarely on the backs of the aquarium trade. Hawaii Independent.

The oldest agricultural organization in the United States has arrived on Kaua‘i. Garden Island.

A Hilton Hawaiian Village housekeeper said she has become the target of escalating harassment because she crossed the picket line during last month's five-day strike by the hotel's 1,500 Unite Here Local 5 members. Star-Advertiser.

Proposed increases in land rents for farmers who have tilled Kamilonui Valley's soil for decades have those farmers in an uproar. Associated Press.

With cattle grazing freely on ranches throughout the island, it's always possible for one to amble a little too far in the wrong direction and unwittingly escape. To help it return home, ranchers have an easy way to identify their own by using a brand. West Hawaii Today.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Hawaii seeks Obama library, racism feared in schools decision, Waikiki wins in Hawaii Five-0, groups wants Russian tourists, surf star Andy Irons remembered, more news

Barack Obama hasn't even finished the second year of his first term in the White House, but officials with two universities that are interested in building his presidential library are already positioning themselves to win the Hawaii-born president's favor. Associated Press.

Judges cite 'Kill Haole Day.'A federal appeals court ruling that rejected a challenge to the Kamehameha Schools admissions practice includes a heated debate over whether four non-Hawaiian students would be subject to racial attacks if their identities were revealed. Star-Advertiser.

A private organization is making efforts to boost Hawaii's tourism by trying to attract more Russian visitors to our state. KHON2.

According to Hospitality Advisors' latest report nearly seven out of every ten hotel rooms in Hawaii were occupied during the first week of November. KHON2.

All those aerial beauty shots of Waikiki Beach during the September premiere of "Hawaii Five-0" 2.0 paid off for the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, where scenes were shot for tonight's episode. Star-Advertiser.

The state Legislature didn't respond favorably to his request to bring Hapuna Beach and Mauna Kea State parks under the county's purview last session, but that's not stopping Mayor Billy Kenoi from continuing his quest to run those parks. West Hawaii Today.

The state is two-thirds responsible and contractor American Marine Corp. one-third responsible for an accident that damaged Keawakapu Reef almost one year ago, the Board of Land and Natural Resources decided Friday. Maui News.

The State's Agriculture Department is asking local residents to buy local products to keep pests from entering and to give farmers a boost. KITV4.

The new telescope that was installed atop Mauna Kea in April has what its director calls "astigmatism" and won't be ready to make scientific observations for several more weeks. Tribune-Herald.

A legislative task force on illegal fireworks is set to hear testimony from federal agencies. Associated Press.

While most of the country experienced a Republican tidal wave on Election day, Sam Slom is the last GOP stalwart in the Hawaii Senate.Associated Press.

An unprecedented gathering on Sunday at Kauai's North Shore brought together the world's best surfers, longtime friends and family, and countless fans, all sharing their sorrows while celebrating the life of Hawaii's three-time world champ. Hawaii News Now.

Signs lined the highway entering Hanalei town, welcoming the waves of people who came to Kaua‘i’s North Shore from all points on the globe to pay tribute and celebrate the life of Andy Irons. Garden Island.

A high surf advisory has been issued for the north shores of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai and Maui, and the west shores of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu and the Big Island of Hawaii, through 6 a.m. Tuesday. Hawaii News Now.

Fred Hemmings figures he's spent a lifetime on the vanguard of rising opportunity and crashing change. Star-Advertiser.

Representative Gene Ward (R-Hawaii Kai – Kalama Valley) said today on behalf of the Hawaii Kai community keenly interested in keeping the Kamilonui Valley farmers on their agriculture lots leased from Bishop Estate – Kamehameha Schools, that the Estate has not negotiated in good faith, and is calling upon the community to support the farmers.Hawaii Reporter.

November 18: North Shore Agriculture Committee to hear from Kamehameha Schools Endowment Group. Hawaii Independent.

When Paul McCartney asked the musical question, "Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm 64?" he likely had no idea how profound his sing-song query might one day seem to the Beatles' legions of baby boomer fans. Star-Advertiser.

Despite dominance of Democrats in Hawaii, it will be up to independent commission to decide what political map for next 10 years should look like. Civil Beat.

While Hawaii voters have empowered Gov.-elect Neil Abercrombie to select the state's Board of Education, it remains to be seen how much leeway he will have. Tribune-Herald.

Hawaii representative Colleen Hanabusa (D) sought the advice of former Hawaii Congressmen Neil Abercrombie and Ed Case Friday before taking off for a weeklong orientation session for freshman lawmakers in Washington. KITV4.

An environmental cleanup prompted by the Coast Guard will continue until mid-November as the last of the hazardous waste is removed from a cliff at Ilio Point and shipped to the mainland. Molokai Dispatch.

Department of Health warns of sewage spill KHON2.

A former county planning director says that a narrow, unpaved road near South Point that's been gated and locked for decades may be a legal right-of-way connecting South Point Road to Mamalahoa Highway. Tribune-Herald.

There will be a new kid on the block - a 62-foot, double-hulled canoe that, like a baby in gestation, will make its debut in about nine months. Maui News.

Oahu resident Elizabeth Balao is appealing to Hawaii ’s Filipinos to assist tens of thousands of flood victims in the Cagayan Valley region, which was devastated in the wake of Super Typhoon Juan on October 19, 2010. Filipino Chronicle.