Thursday, February 24, 2011

Hawaii civil unions become law with Abercrombie signature, Honolulu asks Rush Limbaugh to apologize, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii civil union photo (c) 2011 All Hawaii News
Final approval of a proposal to legalize civil unions is a step closer to same-sex marriage in Hawaii, supporters say. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii has become only the 7th state in the nation to recognize civil unions for same-sex couples. KHON2.

A group of civil union supporters applauded wildly when Governor Neil Abercrombie signed Senate Bill 232 into law. They had gathered at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel to watch an internet feed of the bill signing. Hawaii News Now.

Civil union supporters gathered at several events across town to watch and celebrate as Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed the controversial bill into law. KITV4.

The bill-signing at the Hawaii governor's mansion was historic, triumphant and personal. Civil Beat.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie has signed same-sex civil unions into law, granting gay and lesbian couples the same state rights as married partners. Associated Press.

After a long, hard-fought battle, civil unions became law today in Hawaii. Hawaii Independent.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie, proclaiming that diversity defines rather than divides people of the state, signed a bill into law legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples beginning next year. Hawaii Reporter.

Thinking back to 1998, Renae Hamilton says she can recall the bitter and divisive campaign she went through in trying to gain marriage rights for same-sex couples through the ballot box. Star-Advertiser.

Fifty supporters applauded and shouted in joy at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel after witnessing the governor, via live Internet feed, sign the landmark civil unions bill into law yesterday afternoon. Star-Advertiser.

It was a busier than usual Wednesday night at Hula's Bar and Lei Stand. Hawaii News Now.

Local gay rights groups are hailing the decision by President Barrack Obama to reverse a 15- year policy on the Defense of Marriage Act, what some refer to as DOMA. KITV4.

A Marriage of Convenience. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” --a complex and costly policy. Honolulu Weekly.

The state Senate has delayed the confirmation vote for William Aila, Jr. to lead the state Department of Land and Natural Resources after one senator expressed concerns about whether Aila adequately disclosed his commercial fishing license and aquarium fish permit. Star-Advertiser.

A Senate vote on the confirmation of William Aila as chairman for the Department of Land and Natural Resources is being delayed until next week because of concerns that he wasn't forthcoming to senators.Associated Press.

Kona coffee farmers will have new weapons in the battle against the coffee berry borer beetle: two pesticides containing a fungus that has helped keep this destructive pest in check in other parts of the world. West Hawaii Today.

Nine state lawmakers are traveling to the Big Island this weekend to see projects connected to environmental job creation and food and energy self-sufficiency. Associated Press.

After shutting down construction on its new site two weeks ago, the Molokai Community Health Center (MCHC) will be receiving $500,000 in state funds by the end February. Molokai Dispatch.

All islands remain under a flash flood watch today, as a lingering unstable weather system threatens more heavy rain and thunderstorms. Star-Advertiser.

The City Council approved a resolution yesterday urging conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh to apologize for mocking Chinese President Hu Jintao during his visit to Washington, D.C., last month to meet with President Barack Obama. Star-Advertiser.

Today the price of a barrel of oil hit $100 for the first time since 2008 and there's expected to be even more pain at the pump. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaiian Electric employees have once again authorized a strike. KHON2.

The Honolulu’s Ethics Commission has begun gathering information about a complaint that claimed a deputy police chief arranged for officers to be paid overtime or change their schedules. He allegedly did so to allow them time to appear at a weekend open house for his son's Cub Scout troop. KITV4.

A decade in the making, the 2010 U.S. Census has finally made it to Hawaii. Civil Beat.

The most important county commission in 10 years narrowly escaped beginning its work without its West Hawaii members -- a full one-third of its membership -- thanks to missteps in Mayor Billy Kenoi's administration. West Hawaii Today.

Get ready to dole out a little more to keep county water flowing to your home or business. West Hawaii Today.

Several community members, mostly tourism and development industry professionals, attended a workshop Tuesday intended to clarify questions related to a law that could set strict parameters on the proliferation of hotels and vacation rentals on Kaua‘i. Garden Island.

Representatives of the proposed Kaiwahine Village said they would consider additional parking and plan to hire union carpenters if the 120-unit affordable housing project were approved. Maui News.

Life-changing isle programs face ax. Tribune-Herald.

Sailors slain by Somali pirates had ties to Maui. Maui News.