Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Hawaii cops fight marijuana bills, military moving Poseidons to Kaneohe, grand hotels up for sale, civil union vote expected today, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Pending marijuana bills that could decriminalize possession and open the door for island dispensaries have spurred county officials to host an anti-drug rally Thursday. Garden Island.

After seeing more and more bills in the Legislature intended to liberalize marijuana use, Maui Police Chief Gary Yabuta said the department is taking a more "proactive stance" to show the public its opposition to marijuana by reaching out to Maui residents at public places. Maui News.

The Navy is looking at eliminating a West Coast base for its new P-8A Poseidon sub-hunting and surveillance planes, a cost-saving move that could shift more of the jets — and noise — to Kaneohe Bay, officials said. Star-Advertiser.

According to Bloomberg News, the government of Singapore is offering to buy the Grand Wailea and four other resorts that the Paulson & Co. group put into bankruptcy Feb. 1. Maui News.

The University of Hawaii continues to pay $5,000 a month so its president can rent a Waikiki-area condo while the Manoa mansion that served as home for her predecessors remains unoccupied and has been sparingly used since renovations were completed several months ago. Star-Advertiser.

Health Dir. Fired 2 Before He Resigned. KITV4.

Approval of a bill to legalize civil unions is taking a day longer than anticipated. Star-Advertiser.

The Hawaii State Senate is expected to vote today on historic civil unions legislation. If approved, the bill will move to the governor’s desk for his signature or veto. Hawaii Independent.

News that the state Legislature is close to approving civil unions gave some cause for celebration, while others said it will be a step backward. Tribune-Herald.

Questions And Answers On Civil Unions. Tribune-Herald.

The Hawaii Senate confirmed two more members of Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s Cabinet on Tuesday. Pacific Business News

A five-day back-to-school tax holiday is being proposed by Hawaii lawmakers. Associated Press.

An effort to ban the sale of toy guns to minors was muzzled Tuesday morning when the measure failed during a Senate committee vote. Hawaii Reporter.

The Aloha Tower Development Corp., a state agency that was bashed for its inability to deliver on redevelopment of Honolulu’s waterfront, will be abolished under legislation pending at the state Legislature. Hawaii Reporter.

The city is considering a proposal to build a new hotel in Laie, but some residents are fighting back against the project. Hawaii News Now.

The head of the Federal Transit Administration said the FTA is expecting an updated financial plan on the rail project from the City and County of Honolulu. Hawaii News Now.

After Civil Beat investigation finds 18 short-term rental violations in 2010, City Council says it's time to revisit the law. Civil Beat.

Some residents on Lanai said their community's health is being neglected, while the state drags its feet on hiring a public health nurse. KITV4.

Recovery effort off Kauai for two missing people following aircraft crash. KHON2.

A passenger and pilot are still missing after the powered hang glider they were flying in plummeted into the ocean Tuesday morning off of Glass Beach. Garden Island.

Technicians from the Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts will be conducting conservation treatment On the bronze statue of Duke Kahanamoku on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. KHON2.

The power cost adjustment charge on Hawaii County water bills could increase by as much as $15 during a two-month billing period. West Hawaii Today.

Hawaii County Council Chairman Dominic Yagong is renewing his battle to keep Hamakua lands under county ownership. West Hawaii Today.

Kaua‘i County has extended the deadline for real property taxes from Feb. 20 to Feb. 22, because county offices are closed on Sundays and Monday is a county holiday. Garden Island.

Hawaii Volcano Observatory geologists say some rocks from Kilauea's volcano summit vent have broken off and fallen into the lava lake inside the Halemaumau crater this week. Associated Press.

A creditor is seeking to repossess the 51-room Lotus at Diamond Head hotel from the Unity House labor union fund. Associated Press.

Donna Haytko-Paoa has been envisioning a fully-supported community college for Molokai for 20 years – science classrooms with Bunsen burners, and room for performance art. Molokai Dispatch.