Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Hawaii schools to lose funds, Honolulu mayor forgives $1.2M loan, Maui sovereignty group issued warrants, Hawaii Island fire chief steps down, ordnance exploded on Kauai, all the island news

Hawaii soldier walks past Quonset huts (c) 2011 All Hawaii News
They may not know where the money's coming from, but U.S. Army officials Tuesday laid out ambitious expansion and improvement plans while advocating for high altitude flight training and ongoing monitoring of depleted uranium. West Hawaii Today.

For the second time in less than a month, the U.S. Army’s 706th explosive ordnance disposal team flew in from Schofield Barracks on O‘ahu to destroy a device found on Kaua‘i’s shores. Garden Island.

Lightning has knocked out the first large telescope ever built on Mauna Kea, and engineers are working to bring it back online.Associated Press.

Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle's administration forgave $1.2 million in city loans to the nonprofit elderly day-care center at the heart of a federal investigation into misuse of $7.9 million in grants, a Civil Beat investigation has found. Civil Beat.

Sixty-four campuses will lose extra funds designed to offset costs at small schools because the state Department of Education has lowered the enrollment levels needed to qualify for the money. Star-Advertiser.

The governor has signed bills authorizing two Big Island companies to issue as much as $140 million in special purpose revenue bonds to finance energy ventures. Hawaii Reporter.

Construction subcontractors, subleasors and airlines will temporarily lose their exemption to the state's general excise tax, under a bill signed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie. Associated Press.

Maui County is seeking to intervene as the Public Utilities Commission considers a huge wind power project, called Big Wind, that will be either on Lanai, or Lanai and Molokai both. Maui News.

Three of five members of a Maui Hawaiian sovereignty group indicted last month on federal fraud charges failed to appear in federal court today and bench warrants were ordered for their arrests. Hawaii Reporter.

Mayor Billy Kenoi remained mum Tuesday about whether he will approve next fiscal year's $367 million operating budget. West Hawaii Today.

After more than three decades in the Hawaii Fire Department, including nine years as chief, Darryl Oliveira is "getting out of the way." Tribune-Herald.

Home construction would be made safer and faster under a trio of bills a County Council committee advanced Tuesday. Tribune-Herald.

A vote against amending the Hawaii County code to reflect last month's decision to use $1 million of open space fund revenues to balance next year's county budget doesn't put the money back in the fund. West Hawaii Today.

Homeless campers flock to Chinatown. KHON2.

Thousands have been caught and starting July 1 it will cost people busted for driving with a mobile device even more money. Hawaii News Now.

Transportation Security Administration employees told KITV 4 News an unsafe situation persisted at Honolulu International Airport for months because screeners were worried they'll get in trouble for reporting problems. KITV4.

One of the nation's biggest owners of home mortgages has made a move that could add to an already overburdened Hawaii court system's caseload. Star-Advertiser.

Soon the Honolulu Fire Department and the Honolulu Police Department will start up the Fireworks Amnesty Program KITV4.

The state Department of Transportation said last week that it will award around $608,000 in federal funds for four Maui Safe Routes to School projects this summer. Maui News.

The new Hawai’I Symphony Orchestra has officially debuted its name and logo, and unveiled an important new corporate sponsor, the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Hawaii Public Radio.

Sowing the seeds of social change through school gardens. Hawaii Independent.

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation 2011 Host Committee is seeking a firm to design and produce virtual exhibits that showcase Hawaii businesses. Pacific Business News

Lepe‘uli Beach, commonly called Larsen’s, has taken center stage over the past couple years because of a controversial fence that finally went up about three weeks ago, blocking off the easiest access to the narrow strip of sand on the North Shore. Garden Island.