Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Obama bids aloha to Hawaii, state Legislature tackles money problems, new councils for Honolulu, Maui, Mayor Arakawa 2.0 for Maui, new DLNR chief makes plans, bank officials incompetent, not criminal, more Hawaii news

President Barack Obama and his family left last night for Washington, D.C., after a low-key Hawaii vacation that included beach time, golf, shave ice, gym workouts, a Christmas church service and dinner at Alan Wong's restaurant. Star-Advertiser.

President Obama and his family left Hawaii on Air Force One at about 9:45 on Monday night.Hawaii News Now.

The president of the United States ended his Hawaiian vacation Monday night and returned to Washington. KITV4.

President Barack Obama ended his nearly two-week Hawaiian vacation on a somber note Monday, taking his daughters to visit his grandfather's grave.Associated Press.

Leaders of the state Republican Party have called a special state committee meeting to discuss financial matters, its headquarters and approval of an audit committee. Associated Press.

Hawaii state lawmakers were warned Monday that even though the economy is improving, it is not improving enough to generate all the tax money they need.KITV4.

Lawmakers heard from economists who say the local economy is recovering at a slow pace, led single-handedly by the tourism sector. Civil Beat.

State lawmakers were briefed today on the condition of Hawaii's economy. KHON2.

Hawaii’s state Senate and House finance committees are already meeting ahead of the official session opening on January 19 to dive into economic and budget issues. Hawaii Reporter.

Two legislative committees are set to pore over funding requests for state trial and appeals courts. Associated Press.

Democrats battling over their leadership in the Hawaii House of Representatives are negotiating to try and break their stalemate. Associated Press.

Lenny Klompus, one of former Gov. Linda Lingle's senior advisers, is taking a job with state House Minority Leader Gene Ward. Associated Press.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie's nominee to lead the state Department of Land and Natural Resources says his appointment is a "double-edged sword" because he expects he'll be held to a higher standard by some parts of the Native Hawaiian community. Associated Press.

Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz has named an aide who will be in charge of finding more federal dollars for Hawaii. Associated Press.

While tourists are spending more and home prices have begun to climb, Hawaii's economy still has a long way to go before erasing the negative effects of the recession. Star-Advertiser.


The 16th Honolulu City Council convened today to welcome 4 new members. Hawaii Public Radio.

Four new Honolulu City Council members took their seats Monday. KHON2.

Charging the public for parking at city-owned lots was among the revenue-generating notions raised yesterday after a swearing-in ceremony for new Council members at Honolulu Hale. Star-Advertiser.

The four newest members of the Honolulu City Council won’t have much of a honeymoon after being sworn into office Monday afternoon at Honolulu Hale. KHON2.

The new Maui County Council was sworn in Monday. Hawaii News Now.

Maui's new mayor, Alan Arakawa, acknowledged he wasn't the perfect mayor the first time around but said his 2003-2006 experience in the office will help the county "move faster and more efficiently" under a second Arakawa administration. Maui News.

Anna Foust is Maui County's new civil defense emergency management officer. Maui News.

The Hawaii County Council's finance committee took a mixed approach to Mayor Billy Kenoi's request to add about $26 million in projects to the capital improvements budget. West Hawaii Today.

The county's rules regarding affordable housing may be getting an overhaul. West Hawaii Today.

A high surf warning will be in effect for north and west facing shores of Kauai and Niihau from noon Tuesday to 6 p.m. Wednesday.KHON2.

A federal investigation of American Savings Bank officials concluded they were "incompetent" but their actions not criminal after their discovery of a $183,000 theft by an assistant branch manager. Associated Press.

Judge Calvin Murashige was honored by his colleagues, family friends and the staff of the state Judiciary during a luncheon last week. Garden Island.