Monday, January 3, 2011

Surf's up! Obama wraps up Hawaii vacation, staff works in 'Waikiki West Wing," new City Council to be sworn in today, big year for Birthers, affordable housing coming to Lahaina, military prepares Big Island site, more news from the Hawaiian Islands

The National Weather Service has issued a high-surf  for the north and west shores of Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Kauai and Niihau and the west shore of Lanai until 6 p.m. tomorrow. Star-Advertiser.

A High Surf Warning for the west shores of the island of Hawai'i until 6pm Monday with surf reaching 8 to 12 foot faces tonight through Monday. KHON2.

Sirens around the state are due to blast for 45 seconds at 11:45 a.m. on Monday. Associated Press.

Native Hawaiians seemed poised to get, at long last, the same rights as Native Americans and Alaska Natives.Associated Press.

The nine-member Honolulu City Council is due to have four new members after a swearing-in ceremony today. Associated Press.

Former City Councilman Rod Tam and his campaign committee failed to verify nearly $1,300 in food and beverage campaign expenses, according to a state Campaign Spending Commission complaint under review by city prosecutors. Star-Advertiser.

Maui county officially has a new mayor. KHON2.

With the next presidential election less than two years away, Hawaii’s newly elected Governor, Neil Abercrombie, wants to see the controversy over the president’s birth certificate extinguished, so he can waylay an expected flood of requests to Hawaii’s Department of Health by so called “Birthers” when Obama runs for re-election in 2012. Hawaii Reporter.

Though the options for downtime are better here than in Washington, the workday for the Waikiki West Wing is still largely the same. Tribune.

President Barack Obama is getting plenty of exercise to start the year. Star-Advertiser.

President Barack Obama spent the first afternoon of the new year at a sunny beach on a Marine base near his rented vacation home. Associated Press.

There are those who crave adventure and spontaneity during their vacations. Then, there's President Barack Obama. Associated Press.

President Barack Obama spent the first day of 2011 with his family, enjoying the sunny, warm Hawaiian weather. Associated Press.

Richard Lim always has been at the forefront of Hawaii business. Star-Advertiser.

HECO received some good news during the holidays. The Public Utilities Commission officially implemented a policy called decoupling which will permanently transform the way it gets paid. Hawaii Public Radio.

Hawaii pets will begin the new year with new protections -- better even than for some humans. KITV4.

The Big Island of Hawaii is home to the state's first baby of the New Year. Hawaii News Now.

With a new ban on certain fireworks set to go into effect on January second, Oahu residents flocked to the fireworks vendors so they could send out the year with a bang. KITV4.

The U.S. Army is moving forward in the process of obtaining permission to conduct training on “ceded lands” on Hawaii Island. Hawaii Independent.

American Community Survey indicates the Windward community is struggling with one of Hawaii's worst economic dips. Civil Beat.

It's deja vu all over again as the Hawaii County Council once more faces the prospect of imposing impact fees to offset the downside of development. West Hawaii Today.

Developers' fair share contributions will account for only $5.2 million of a county capital improvement budget estimated at more than $100 million next year. West Hawaii Today.

The Hawaii Housing Finance & Development Corp. hopes to revive the full Villages of Leiali'i housing project in Lahaina, which has been stalled for two decades while housing prices in West Maui have climbed to levels far higher than in the rest of the island. Maui News.

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