Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Waikiki hotel union deciding strike plans, Honolulu Airport TSA scrutinized, Senate caucus to decide land chief's fate, Asians shrink, whites grow on Big Island, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Honolulu is observing the 40th birthday of its public bus system. KITV4.

A group of marine conservationists is calling on Gov. Neil Abercrombie to bar collecting exotic fish from Hawaii's reefs for sale in the aquarium trade. Associated Press.

The nomination of land chief William Aila Jr. has raised enough concerns that Senate Democrats will meet behind closed doors Wednesday to decide their next step. Civil Beat.

A proposed bill that would have allowed state employees to accept gifts of up to $200 from anyone, under any circumstances, will be gutted and refined after critics testified it would open the floodgates to corruption in government. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii public employees will not be able to conceal their name, compensation range, and job description. Hawaii Reporter.

Excessive speeding could do more than just send you to jail. It could cost you your car. KHON2.

The Senate Ways and Means Committee voted unanimously yesterday to approve a scaled-back version of a bill that would have raided 138 of the state's special funds to help address a budget shortfall. Star-Advertiser.

There are more than 10 bills being heard at the State Legislature aimed at boosting Hawaii’s Television and Film Industry. Hawaii Public Radio.

Actors from Australia shot scenes at the state capitol on Tuesday as lawmakers advanced a bill to boost Hawaii's film industry. Hawaii News Now.

A popular Australian soap opera is filming on Oahu this week. KHON2.

A bill giving the Public Utilities Commission authority to move forward on undersea power transmission cable projects was approved by the House Finance Committee Monday. West Hawaii Today.

An investigation is underway of more than two dozen Transportation Security Administration officers at the Honolulu International Airport after security failures that could have allowed a terrorist attack on an airplane were allowed to continue for months. KITV4.

Hawaiian Electric Co. has introduced a tiered rate structure for its residential customers on Oahu that increases the cost of electricity per kilowatt-hour as usage goes up. Star-Advertiser.

A recent survey by AARP of Hawaii adults older than 50 found that 2 in 3 plan to work longer if the economy does not improve. KITV4.

Honolulu begins reconstructing deteriorating sidewalks on Waikiki's main drag this week.Associated Press.

The Hawaii Medical Service Association reported net income of $14.27 million on revenues of $452.01 million for its fourth quarter of 2010. Pacific Business News

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. Hawaii Region reported a net loss of $2.3 million on revenues of $241.1 million for the quarter ending Dec. 31. Pacific Business News

The Navy has agreed to give Kalaleloa horse stables that use World War II airplane revetments an extension on its use of the military-owned land, City Councilman Tom Berg said yesterday.Star-Advertiser.

Waikiki hotel union workers will vote whether or not to authorize a strike against Sheraton-owned hotels Wednesday. Hawaii News Now.

The Fairmont Kea Lani hotel on Maui will pay roughly 240 present and former employees $500,000 to settle a lawsuit over how gratuities were divided between workers and the company. Associated Press.

For the last 12 months workers have been pulling invasive algae known as leather mudweed by hand from the Paiko area of Maunalua Bay. Hawaii News Now.

Community group Livable Hawaii Kai Hui (LHK Hui) together with The Oahu Club will hold a garden party fundraiser to help with ‘alae ‘ula preservation efforts that improve the wetland habitat located off Hawaii Kai Drive. Hawaii Independent.

Castle & Cooke's move to auction off its inventory of 11 new condominiums on Lanai in January resulted in five sales totaling $6 million, the company said. Maui News.

The Asian population on the Big Island barely budged during the past 10 years, while the number of whites increased by 15,444, U.S. Census figures show. Tribune-Herald.