Monday, February 21, 2011

Hawaii economy rebounding, Abercrombie presents budget Tuesday, signs civil union bill Wednesday, former lawmaker recounts sex charges, Thirty Meter Telescope hearing set, more news from the Hawaiian Islands

Ohelo berries photo (c) 2011 All Hawaii News
Ohelo flowers and berries are food for native forest birds and are part of the multilayered, healthy Hawaiian forest where every niche is filled with interwoven plants, from mosses and ferns to shrubs and trees of all sizes. Star-Advertiser.

One of Hawaii's most popular sight-seeing attractions reopened Saturday. Hawaii News Now.

State officials are forecasting Hawaii's economy to grow by about 2 percent this year, up from 1.4 percent last year as more tourists visit the islands and the construction industry recovers. Associated Press.

An increase in visitor arrivals, visitor spending and jobs - the state's latest forecast shows a stronger economic growth this year, than previously estimated. KHON2.

The Honolulu airport is starting to broadcast a Hawaiian-language greeting to arriving visitors. Associated Press.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie is planning to sign civil unions into law a day earlier than expected this week.KHON2.

Right now might not be the best time to talk about taking money out of the state's hungry general fund. But that's exactly what lawmakers are considering. Civil Beat.

Maui and Kauai already banned plastic bags and soon .. the ban could be extended to the entire state. KHON2.

Schools have a long way to go to meet new wellness rules for students, set to go into effect at the end of the school year. Star-Advertiser.

Former House Leader Galen Fox on His Crime, His Time and Being a Sex Offender. Hawaii Reporter.

Homeless Have Two Weeks To Move Out Of City Park. KITV4

Honolulu Deputy Prosecutor Scott Spallina recalls a case about a man beating his ailing father whose diaper was heavily soiled about two years ago. Star-Advertiser.

Jim Nabors, Jimmy Borges and Monica Mancini are among the entertainers scheduled to appear at a fundraiser for Mayor Peter Carlisle in April. Star-Advertiser.

This week, Mayor Peter Carlisle announced three new members have joined his Cabinet: Deputy Managing Director Chrystn Eads, Emergency Services Deputy Director Mark Rigg, and Planning and Permitting Deputy Director Jiro Sumada. Hawaii Independent.

R. Mark Browning has been named senior judge of the Family Court in the First Circuit in Honolulu effective March 4. Pacific Business News

The county saved taxpayers $1 million in the last six months of 2010 just by not filling job openings. Tribune-Herald.

The state land board is expected to vote Friday on approving the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope at a meeting in Honolulu. Tribune-Herald.

Kona will likely never be able to rid itself of the coffee berry borer, but through a multitude of attack mechanisms coffee farmers can learn how to control and live with the pest. West Hawaii Today.

For decades, researchers thought the last major colony of Hawaiian petrels in the islands nested on the slopes of Haleakala. Maui News.

Don Nelson, a businessman on Maui and former professional basketball coach on the Mainland, is proposing a $2 million wedding and event facility on a nearly 1-acre lot on the north side of the Nani Kai Hale condominiums on North Kihei Road. Maui News.

A 14-month-old girl sitting on the driver’s lap died in a three-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon on Kaumuali‘i Highway near Dynasty Court, county officials said. Garden Island.

Honolulu Police Department Major Carlton S. Nishimura has been indicted by a federal grand jury on criminal charges related to illegal game room operations. Hawaii Reporter.