Monday, March 7, 2011

Hawaii volcano erupts, Abercrombie silences watchdog, electric company bargaining during strike, Maui resort owners head to court, Kauai waters unsafe, more Hawaii news

Kilauea fissure photo USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
Madame Pele is putting on quite a show on the Big Island. KHON2.

A new vent that opened Saturday on Kilauea continued to erupt yesterday with quiet periods punctuated by curtains of lava 80 feet high, scientists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said. Star-Advertiser.

The floor of Pu'u O'o crater collapsed Saturday afternoon and an eruption occurred along the middle of Kilauea Volcano's east rift zone, according to scientists at Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. Tribune-Herald.

Negotiators for Hawaiian Electric Co. and striking union workers held a marathon, closed-door session with a federal mediator yesterday with no word of progress in settling a strike that coincided with a widespread blackout. Star-Advertiser.

HECO President Richard Rosenblum comments on labor talks. Hawaii News Now.

Electrical power has been restored to most of Oahu, according to Hawaiian Electric Company and Hawaii Civil Defense. Hawaii Independent.

Crews of nonunion Hawaiian Electric Co. employees had restored power to all but about 500 customers by early Sunday morning, the company said in a statement issued at noon Sunday. Pacific Business News

A key player in Hawaii’s effort to cut oil dependency will soon run out of money. Hawaii Public Radio.

A month after contradicting Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s position on a public records issue, Office of Information Practices Acting Director Cathy Takase has been given her walking papers by Abercrombie. Hawaii Reporter.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has informed the head of the state's open records agency that she's being laid off and that he plans to replace her with his own appointee. Civil Beat.

Unless the legislation undergoes further amendments when it goes before the full Hawai‘i House of Representatives, a proposal to create a state-run interisland ferry system has been effectively tabled. Garden Island.

Hawaii's three-strikes law was touted as a way to make the community safer, but since its passage nearly five years ago, the statute has been used only once and is now destined to quietly expire this summer. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii excise tax revenues for the current fiscal year were up at the end of January, but the state's general fund deposits were 2.1 percent lower compared to the same period last year because of delayed income tax refunds. Associated Press.

Governor Pushes Big Wind to be Pono. Molokai Dispatch.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $37.9 million contract to a Chicago company to build a tactical maintenance facility at Schofield Barracks on Oahu. KITV4.

Store shelves and restaurants will be out of Hawaii's popular, fresh bottom fish soon as state and federal officials shut down catches in the main Hawaiian islands on Saturday. Star-Advertiser.

On Tuesday, Wailuku attorney Richard Rost will be in 1st Circuit Court in Honolulu asking for partial summary judgment in a lawsuit by a buyer at the Honua Kai Resort & Spa who is trying to back out of his purchase. Maui News.

Besides the alleged defects in the legal language of the sales documents, customers at Honua Kai Resort & Spa have alleged a wide range of omissions of pertinent information or of physical features that didn't appear when the project was built out. Maui News.

Heavy rains over the past couple weeks have made some coastal waters on Kaua‘i unsafe until further notice, health officials and local experts said.Garden Island.

Congress' two-year ban on earmarks won't jeopardize federal funding needed to complete the most-expensive government project being built on Hawaii Island. Tribune-Herald.

The cash-strapped Hawaii County government is leaving hundreds of thousands in unpaid property taxes on the table for the $60 million Target-Safeway complex in Hilo. West Hawaii Today.