Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Hawaii unusually rainy, state prepares presidential library bid, APEC conference, Honolulu considers distracted cross-walking ban, Abercrombie bats .500, Big Island radio stations on auction block, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

President Obama, White House photo
A team of University of Hawaii, state and private business leaders have begun a campaign to bring the Barack Obama Presidential Library to Kakaako, near the waters of Point Panic. KITV4.

Less than a week after breaking two ribs in a fall at his Virginia home, U.S. Sen. Dan Akaka was back at work Monday in Washington D.C. KHON2.

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference will put Hawaii on an international stage in November, and officials here want to make sure Waikiki's seedier side doesn't hog the spotlight. Star-Advertiser.

The Hawaii Legislature has rejected many of new Gov. Neil Abercrombie's proposals on taxes, security funding for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting and restoration of government services. Associated Press.

Of the 107 bills introduced by Gov. Neil Abercrombie's administration, 59 managed to pass the Legislature. That works out to a 55-percent success rate. Civil Beat.

The Hawaii State Legislature this year failed to pay $2.67 million in legal settlements to people brutalized by crime, mangled in car crashes and victimized by bureaucratic indifference. Hawaii Reporter.

Hawaii has received 126 percent more rain than normal this year … and national weather service forecasters are predicting more of the same until mid-summer. Hawaii Public Radio.

A flash-flood watch for Maui County has been extended through Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service said Monday. Maui News.

Heavy rainfall from the weekend and Monday closed one school and a bridge, made traffic conditions less than ideal and is believed to have broken a pipeline in Hanapepe. Garden Island.

The median price for previously owned single-family homes sold on Oahu rose for the first time this year with a slight gain in April, though the number of sales fell sharply. Star-Advertiser.

JAL: Golden Week visitors to Hawaii down 41.7%. Pacific Business News

Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi has sponsored a measure (Bill 43) that would make it illegal to use a cell phone or other electronic device while crossing the road. KHON2.

As rain wreaks havoc by opening up countless potholes on Oahu streets, the City and County of Honolulu is considering acquisition of a new "pothole patrol" vehicle that would improve productivity and result in longer lasting pothole patches. Hawaii News Now.

The City Council is poised to eliminate a decades-old subsidy that supports recycling by private companies and nonprofits at a cost of about $2 million a year. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii County Council Chairman Dominic Yagong is not happy with the outcome so far from the state and counties collective bargaining with government employee unions and he's proposing an alternative for county workers under council jurisdiction. West Hawaii Today.

Three radio stations, owned by Parrott Broadcasting, are up for auction this month. West Hawaii Today.

The Kauai County Council has denied a former state archaeologist a seat on the Kauai Historic Preservation Committee after emotional testimony that she has been insensitive to Hawaiian traditions and has not followed the law. Garden Island.

A Hilo-based tour operator could be fined at least $15,000 for allegedly performing unpermitted construction on conservation land located along Honolii Stream. Tribune-Herald.

Twelve years after Hawaii County officials passed an ordinance supporting a new North Kona fire station and several potential sites for the station later, Fire Department officials broke ground Monday morning. West Hawaii Today.

7-Eleven expects to add 46 Hawaii locations over five years, almost doubling the convenience store's presence across the state. KITV4.

A woman who wound up homeless in Hawaii will head back to Texas with her mother on Tuesday. Yughette Baker's free plane ticket was a gift from strangers. Hawaii News Now.