Monday, April 18, 2011

Hawaii tourism feeling tsunami pain, Legislature enters last round, anti-trafficking, state slaughterhouse, pet store laws advance, more news from all the Hawaiian islands

Iolani Palace (c) 2011 All Hawaii News
For the first time since the overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy in 1893, a room at Iolani Palace has been restored to how it may have appeared during the time. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii would be the first state to own a slaughterhouse, under a bill moving in the Legislature. Star-Advertiser.

House and Senate negotiators are beginning to meet to create the final form of bills before they can receive final votes. Associated Press.

Two bills that help to establish anti-human trafficking laws in Hawaii will be heard in conference by Senate and House committees. Hawaii Independent.

Selling Sex in Honolulu: Police Use Massage License Law Against Prostitutes. Civil Beat.

The new labor contract offered to the state’s largest government workers’ union “is the best settlement that could be obtained” under Hawaii’s current fiscal climate, the union told the rank-and-file this week. Hawaii Reporter.

Hawaii lawmakers are considering a bill that would require pet stores to sterilize cats and dogs before they're sold. Associated Press.

More feet on the beat.That’s what Kaua‘i Police Department officials said they need most to do their jobs better for the 2012 fiscal year, which starts July 1. Garden Island.

Hawaii County's new prosecutor says she's "excited and lucky" to succeed Jay Kimura, who retired April 1 after more than 18 years on the job. Tribune-Herald.

Japan Airlines Co. extended reductions in overseas flights, including Honolulu,  because demand has dropped following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii is still an option for Dallas-based discount carrier Southwest Airlines, and its partnership with Boeing, the maker of the jets Southwest would use to fly to the isles, is intact in the wake of a recent fuselage rupture. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii's leisure and hospitality industry lost jobs in March for the first time after eight straight months of growth. Associated Press.

Foreclosure Davids and banking Goliaths have been doing battle in East Hawaii for years. Tribune-Herald.

Nearly every county in the state has reported possible cases of dengue fever to the Department of Health. KHON2.

In the next couple of weeks, Nguyen Le, owner of Momentum Multi-sport, a local triathlon store, and the State Department of Health are rolling out Hawaii’s first bike sharing program to drive motorists from gas power to pedal power. KITV4.

A longtime local nonprofit is defending its record after a review of financial reports showed that it had accumulated more than $374,000 in unspent county grants. Maui News.

On Tuesday night in Wailuku Maui, Tommy Russo spotted Bounty Hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman in the public parking lot near his office. KHON2.

Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha says the department is reviewing whether it's complying with the law when it comes to public records. Civil Beat.

Friendly Market Center has recently been approved for a Special Management Area permit to subdivide a lot, a first step in widening Kamoi and Alohi Streets along FMC property. Molokai Dispatch.

Contract award protests will result in uncertain delays for the city’s rail transit system, officials acknowledge. Star-Advertiser.

The new, multimillion-dollar roof of Hawaii County's main office building in Hilo has started leaking -- again. Tribune-Herald.