Friday, June 10, 2011

Hawaii 'canoe districts' sunk, Abercrombie disses Pro Bowl, state seeks nonprofits' assets, Head Start a go, direct flights to Hilo celebrated, Hanabusa mulls Senate, more news from the Hawaiian Islands

Kamehameha statue draping in Hilo (c) 2011 All Hawaii News
Lei draping ceremonies are due to be held in Hilo and Honolulu on Kamehameha Day, while most government offices are scheduled to be closed. Associated Press.

Hawaii's island counties will continue being represented by lawmakers who live there, according to Thursday's vote preventing districts from crossing from island to island. Associated Press.

Hawaii's reapportionment commission should not allow multimember state House or Senate districts, nor should the state allow the return of "canoe districts." West Hawaii Today.

Members of the Maui County Reapportionment Advisory Council unanimously recommended Tuesday not to count nonresident military personnel and their dependents, convicted felons in custody and students living away from home when voting districts are redrawn this year. Maui News.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie threw into question the future of the state's 32-year partnership with the Pro Bowl on Thursday, sharply questioning the $4 million the state annually pays the NFL to hold its popular all-star game here. Star-Advertiser.

The governor is plain wrong when he says civil unions would generate more money in a weekend than the state gets from the Pro Bowl. Civil Beat.

The State Campaign Spending Commission has fined two Hawaii lawmakers.Hawaii News Now.

The state attorney general’s office wants to know whether any of the 1,528 Hawaii groups that lost their federal tax-exempt, nonprofit status this week have assets that could be redistributed to other nonprofit organizations with similar goals. Star-Advertiser.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Thursday introduced the woman he picked to head up the early education of Hawaii's children. KITV4.

The State’s Chief Executive underscored his commitment to Hawai’i’s young children today. He announced the appointment of a cabinet-level official to plan and implement a system for keiki. Hawaii Public Radio.

Hilo's newest pipeline to the mainland opened with great fanfare Thursday as Continental/United Airlines Flight 281 from Los Angeles arrived at 7:31 p.m. Tribune-Herald.

Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. on Thursday announced his approval of the $269 million budget for Fiscal Year 2012, despite criticizing the final version approved May 25 by the Kaua‘i County Council. Garden Island.

Oahu beat the Neighbor Islands last year for the amount of solar energy per customer installed on Hawaii’s electric grids in 2010, according to a new study by the Solar Electric Power Association, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit dedicated to helping utilities integrate solar power into their energy portfolios. Pacific Business News

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is assessing her grass-roots support and fundraising ability and will decide by August whether to enter the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate. Star-Advertiser.

University of Hawaii's School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene is to offer a doctorate of nursing practice degree next year. Associated Press.

What should the future hold for Kalaupapa after the last Hansen’s Disease patients are gone? The National Park Service is charting the future of the National Historical Park, and asking for public input. KITV4.

Kona Community Hospital's emergency room was evacuated and closed for several hours Thursday morning after chemical fumes apparently sickened 13 people. West Hawaii Today.

Two opinions on a plan for health care on Molokai emerged last week: residents want a patient-centric, easy-to-navigate system with choices, while providers are concerned about finding funding to keep their services available. Molokai Dispatch.

A pocket of the higher-elevation koa forest that once covered the land from Makawao to Kaupo has gained a "higher priority" status for conservation by being designated Maui's fifth Natural Area Reserve. Maui News.

ThinkTech Hawaii and Hawaii Reporter Launch New News Partnership. Hawaii Reporter.

A collective of community groups on Kauai will hold the Seed and Plant Exchange on Sunday, June 12 at Keiki o Ka Aina in Kapaa. Hawaii Independent.