Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Abercrombie to sign Native Hawaiian recognition bill Wednesday, Hawaii welcomes Japanese earthquake survivors, Molokai mulls tourism benefits, Kona forests preserved, more news from the Hawaiian Islands

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A 118-year-old deep-rooted obligation to formally recognize Native Hawaiians as “the only indigenous, aboriginal, maoli people of Hawaii” will take a major step forward when Gov. Neil Abercrombie signs Senate Bill 1520 into law on Wednesday, July 6. Molokai News.

Six years ago this month, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, the state's largest industrial employer, barely escaped inclusion on a Pentagon list for possible base closure. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii families welcomed 68 Japanese residents into their homes Monday, providing them respite from the devastation of the earthquake and tsunami of March 11. Star-Advertiser.


More than Half of Lingle Appointees Won't Resign. Civil Beat.

Hawaii teachers are upset not only over the contents of the state's "last, best, final" contract offer, but also with the tactics used to present them, says a union representative with the Hawaii State Teachers Association. Civil Beat.

While many around the nation celebrate America's 235th birthday, Oahu residents are observing the first Fourth of July under the newly imposed fireworks ban. Hawaii News Now.

The fireworks show at the beach park combined with a free concert at Ala Moana shopping center draws a crowd of thousands every year. KITV4.

As people across Hawaii celebrated July 4th on Monday, more than 4,000 families at Schofield Barracks were separated from their loved ones because of deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. KITV4.

For the third straight day, state and federal police were on patrol at Heeia Kea Pier in Kaneohe, checking boats for the proper paperwork and gear even before they hit the water. KHON2.

The University of Hawaii Board of Regents welcomed two members Friday. Pacific Business News.

The demand for parking in Wailuku town is 3,491 spaces, but the amount available is only 2,743 - a deficit of 748 spaces, a parking management study shows. Maui News.

Molokai continues to teeter on the balance between the economic benefits from tourism and the desire to maintain the island’s pristine and undeveloped flavor. Molokai News.

Island School graduated 32 seniors June 11, the largest graduating class in the school’s history since its founding in 1977. Garden Island.

A Wisconsin businesswoman has donated $2 million to establish an endowed deanship at the University of Hawaii- Manoa's Hawaii'inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge. Associated Press.

More than 10,000 acres of state lands along the South Kona Coast are now protected from development thanks to the work of Hawaii Island's newest senator. Tribune-Herald.

When Hawaii passed a new law with extensive protections to prevent residents from losing their homes, it was hailed as the nation's strongest foreclosure law -- maybe too strong, many warn. Associated Press.