Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Hawaii tourism rebounds, new Senate seat unlikely for Big Island, Abercrombie targets prison program, Kauai bids go online, more Hawaii news optimized for your smartphone

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Hawaii was the first in the world to ban possession of shark fins meaning shark fin soup will no longer be served in the state. Hawaii News Now

Hawaii's visitor industry continued rebounding in May, and the momentum is expected to build through summer. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii will begin including nonresident members of the military when it redraws political districts, according to a Tuesday vote by the Hawaii Reapportionment Commission that likely denies the Big Island an additional state Senate seat. Associated Press.

Hawaii's 2011 Reapportionment Commission has voted 8-1 to include non-resident military personnel and their families as well as sentenced felons and college students as part of political district populations. Civil Beat.

Governor Neil Abercrombie announced an ambitious effort to cut cost while reducing the number of inmates being sent to the mainland, lowering recidivism, and preventing crime. Hawaii News Now.

For the first time since the escape of four inmates from Waiawa Correctional Facility, the state's Department of Public Safety on Tuesday discussed the investigation. KITV4.

The state's decision to unilaterally impose a contract proposal with wage reductions for teachers is unprecedented in the islands and could prove a test case for future public employee union negotiations, local labor experts said. Star-Advertiser.

Rep. Bob Herkes said he's "obviously disappointed" that Gov. Neil Abercrombie intends to veto a bill that would create a vog task force comprised of state and county officials. Tribune-Herald.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie is appointing new deputy directors to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and the Department of Accounting and General Services. Associated Press.

An override of Mayor Billy Kenoi's council budget veto is unlikely, County Council Chairman Dominic Yagong told mauka Rotarians Tuesday afternoon. West Hawaii Today.

Big Island police say they've uncovered an unscrupulous and potentially dangerous online ploy that's targeting unsuspecting women.KHON2.

Nearly two years after driving while holding a cellphone was banned on Oahu, many motorists still have a hard time putting down the device and keeping both hands on the wheel. Star-Advertiser.

Deputy county attorney to run for prosecutor seat. Garden Island.

County officials announced Tuesday that solicitations for bids and related documents will be available online starting next month. Garden Island.

A Maui man believes he's set a record as the first person to make a solo crossing from the Big Island to Kauai on a stand-up paddleboard. Maui News.