Monday, May 23, 2011

Hawaiian monk seals may be moved to islands, state officials disinvited after ethics call, Abercrombie addresses Dems in Kona, $221M for Maui, live WWII bomb found on Kauai, more Hawaii news

Hawaiian monk seal


Federal biologists scouring for ways to spare the critically endangered Hawaiian monk seal from extinction are embracing a desperate if unorthodox strategy: They want to pluck seal pups from the small, pristine atolls where they're born and move them closer to Honolulu and other highly populated areas. Associated Press.

The National Weather Service says Raymond Tanabe has been selected to be the new meteorologist-in-charge of the agency's Honolulu forecast office. Associated Press.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has signed into law a measure that gradually phases in requirements for more class time in public schools. Associated Press.

Governor Neil Abercrombie spoke at the 2011 Hawaii County Democratic Party Convention in Kona on Saturday. Big Island Video News.

After consulting with the state Ethics Commission, the state film office “disinvited” a number of state employees who were on the guest list for a special “mahalo screening” of the new Pirates of the Caribbean film at the Dole Cannery cinema complex. Hawaii Reporter.

Banding together business, government, nonprofits and the community will help revitalize Honokohau Small Boat Harbor, Gov. Neil Abercrombie told Democratic Party supporters Saturday in Kailua-Kona. West Hawaii Today.

Local lawmakers say one of their main accomplishments from the legislative session that ended May 5 - along with balancing the state budget while juggling a $1.3 billion biennium deficit - was bringing home more than $221.2 million for roads, highways, bridges, harbors, schools and other improvements to Maui County's aging infrastructure. Maui News.

Mayor Billy Kenoi shaved almost $10,000 from his official travel tab in 2010 by halving the number of days spent off island compared with his first full year in office. Tribune-Herald.

As schools of choice, startup charter schools must attract students to survive. Star-Advertiser.

Noreen Yamane has been named chancellor of Hawaii Community College by the University of Hawaii Board of Regents. Her appointment is effective July 1. Pacific Business News

University of Hawaii Professor Alexander "Sasha" Krot is a bit embarrassed by all the attention about the newly discovered mineral: "Krotite." KITV4.

The National Veterans Golden Age Games are due to be held in Honolulu this week. Associated Press.

There's no stretch of sand more important to the future of Hawaii than Waikiki Beach. And it's disappearing. Civil Beat.

A team of explosive experts destroyed an ordnance on Sunday in a remote area of Kapa‘a after a teenager found the device on an Eastside beach. Garden Island.

Do you think that Hawaii has a street gang problem? You might be surprised by how many street gangs law enforcement officers recently identified across the state. Hawaii News Now.

Folks in Washington D.C. got a taste of the Aloha Spirit this weekend. KHON2.

City-community partnership to finish North Shore skate park. KHON2.

Mahalo to everyone who’s responded to our question, “What’s your vision for a better food system?.” Hawaii Independent.

Charmaine Hauanio-Kuewa and Pamela Paulo were born a year apart and grew up in Hilo without ever meeting -- or knowing that they're sisters. Tribune-Herald.

After more than three decades of inconspicuous yearly celebrations, St. Anthony’s Catholic Church is celebrating 95 years of existence with a bang and joyous celebration reminiscent of town festivals back in the Philippines—a prelude to the bigger centennial celebration in 2016. Filipino Chronicle.