Monday, January 10, 2011

Maui bag ban working, House leadership firming up, 3 on shortlist for state Senate, Hawaii students average in college readiness, foster families needed, Kalaupapa memorial progressing, more Hawaii news

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Hawaii's green sea turtles are still a threatened species and have not yet recovered their numbers, but they're getting there. Star-Advertiser.

Instead of paper or plastic, employees at the Kaahumanu Foodland on Maui are asking, “Did you remember your reuseable bag today?” KITV4.

Calvin Say has been speaker of the State House since 1999, making him the longest-serving house speaker since statehood. Hawaii News Now.

Democratic Speaker of the House Calvin Say has enough votes to retain his leadership after a small group of Republicans backed him in an attempt to break a stalemate between majority Democrats. Associated Press.

On Friday, State House Republicans announced that they will be voting to keep Democrat Calvin Say as Speaker of the House. Hawaii Independent.

With less than a week and a half before the first day of session…. State House Democrats have yet to name a Speaker or committee leadership Republicans, on the other hand, are already working on packaging their bills.Hawaii Public Radio.

A businessman, a computer expert and a veteran campaign organizer emerged from a kind of political job fair Sunday as finalists for Hawaii Island's open state Senate seat. Tribune-Herald.

As noted earlier, the new administration promised as part of its campaign rhetoric to restore public employee pay and eliminate “furlough Fridays” and more recently promised to bring back all those who are incarcerated on the mainland.  This all against a backdrop of another looming budget shortfall. Hawaii Reporter.

The recent locally chilly weather will be coming to an end soon as strong southwest Kona winds bring warmer air from the deep tropics; Hawaii News Now.

A memorial to the 8,000 people who were exiled to Kalaupapa is ready to move forward now that an environmental assessment has been prepared. Maui News.

According to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, the lava from Kilauea Volcano started entering the ocean at a new point on Thursday.KHON2.

There's a new Adjutant General of the Hawaii National Guard. KHON2.

Kealii Lopez, newly appointed director of the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, had served since 2004 as president and chief executive officer of 'Olelo Community Media, the nonprofit that runs six public-access channels on Oceanic Cable. Star-Advertiser.

A recent report showed more than one in three Hawaii public school graduates need remedial math or English when they enter the University of Hawaii System. As it turns out, that statistic puts Hawaii right up there with the national average. Civil Beat.

The number of foster family providers in Hawai‘i is down some 20 percent, officials said, yet another consequence of a struggling economy. Garden Island.

County Prosecuting Attorney Jay Kimura told the Tribune-Herald on Friday that he plans to resign effective April 1. Tribune-Herald.

The city could end up paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in a lawsuit involving a Kuwaiti-born Honolulu man whose arrest under mental health statutes was prompted, his attorney says, by being unjustly suspected of terrorist proclivities. Star-Advertiser.

It’s a big question for some, a non issue for others: Do you drink the water? Hawaii Independent.

Council to work on its manners. Garden Island.

Maui Tomorrow Foundation and the Maalaea Community Association have sued in 2nd Circuit Court to declare the final environmental impact statement for the Ohana Kai Village affordable housing project inadequate and out of date. Maui News.

A company called Kuokoa Inc. has been formed for the purpose of buying all the shares of Hawaiian Electric Industries and converting the publicly traded company into a private concern. Pacific Business News.

Winter in Hawaii means an abundance of locally grown citrus fruit available at farmers markets and from grocers that buy from Hawaii Island farmers. West Hawaii Today.

Seven weeks later, former University of Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan said he still has "no vivid memory" of a two-car crash on the Big Island. Star-Advertiser.