Monday, June 6, 2011

Hawaii expects Japanese tourist rebound, direct flights to Mainland resume from Hilo, storms, sewage spill extend water warning, Tax Department hiring auditor, military comes a-calling, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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In an ideal world, Hawaii Island would emerge from the current reapportionment process with 3.82 seats in the state Senate and 7.79 seats in the House. West Hawaii Today.

Japanese visitors to Hawaii, the state’s biggest overseas market, should rebound to “normal” levels within a few months after a collapse following Japan’s March tsunami, according to Hawaiian Airlines. Star-Advertiser.

The murky waters stretching all along the windward coast has forced the state to issue a brown water advisory all the way from Waikane to Haleiwa Beach Park. Hawaii News Now.

More than 30,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled into Kaneohe Bay because of heavy rain Saturday and early Sunday, state health officials said. KITV4.

Just a few days after the U.S. Defense Secretary stopped in Hawaii, another high-profile visitor toured key military installations in the islands. Hawaii News Now.

The state Department of Taxation plans to hire an independent auditor to review its revenue reporting and accounting policies and procedures after systemic problems have been found in its reports. Associated Press.

The Hawaii Host Committee for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting has selected a company to design, produce and print signs and other materials for the event. Associated Press.

State attorneys are reviewing a campaign spending violation case to determine whether to file additional criminal charges against former City Councilman Rod Tam, who faces sentencing this week on charges of stealing city money. Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu mayor Peter Carlisle is redecorating his office for $7,351. Civil Beat.

The Honolulu City Council, for the most part following a blueprint from the administration of Mayor Peter Carlisle, has approved an array of new and higher fees for city facilities and services on Friday. KITV4.

A group of Molokai residents have banded together in hopes that a proposed wind farm on the island will blow away. Molokai Dispatch.

Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative’s five-hour member meeting on Saturday drew a large crowd prepared with questions and comments about the co-op’s plans to explore hydroelectricity. Garden Island.

Hundreds gathered at the Kahuku High Cafeteria on Wednesday, June 1 to testify on plans for a new hotel in the area that is part of the larger Envision Laie development. Hawaii Independent.

Hawaiian Telcom sent an email to employees Saturday morning saying as many as 100 union and nonunion jobs could be eliminated as part of the company's ongoing restructuring. Pacific Business News

While the Lahaina Gateway Center is headed for a foreclosure auction Wednesday, several business owners said they don't expect they'll be affected by the sale. Maui News.

The Hawaii County Council is considering an ordinance that would outlaw plastic check-out bags at Big Island businesses.West Hawaii Today.

After almost three decades, United Airlines returns to Hilo this week with direct flights to the mainland -- albeit under a slightly different banner than in years past. Tribune-Herald.