Friday, July 8, 2011

Furloughs begin for Hawaii teachers, UH gains full accreditation, FBI breaks ground, solar company to create 100 Oahu jobs, Hawaii County building codes advance, Kauai seeks bay protections, more Hawaii news

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Residents near Ala Wai Promenade raise concerns about homeless campers. KHON2.

Even as the nation struggles to bounce back from the recession, most state governments — including Hawaii's — are increasing their spending. Civil Beat.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa was recently reaccredited for a full 10 years -- the maximum reaccreditation period granted. Hawaii News Now.

While public school teachers took a five-percent pay cut starting July 1, some 3,700 University of Hawaii faculty members saw their pay cuts restored and they have a raise on the way. KITV4.

Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi has not been forthcoming with the public about the details of the hotly contested new contract she and Gov. Neil Abercrombie imposed on teachers. Civil Beat.

Teacher furloughs began today as thousands of kids near the start of classes at Oahu's multitrack public schools. KHON2.

Today, a new generation of politician is serving in elected office. Hawaii Public Radio.

The FBI will centralize different operations of its Honolulu bureau by building a state-of-the-art facility on 10 acres of dusty brush that was part of the former Barbers Point Naval Air Station. Star-Advertiser.

The FBI will become the first federal agency to be headquartered in the Kapolei area of Oahu and groundbreaking for the agency’s new $65 million home was held today. Hawaii Reporter.

Halfway into 2011, Oahu's housing market is on pace to give back 2010 gains that previously were viewed as the start of a rebound. Star-Advertiser.

With numerous factors tugging the market in different directions, Maui real estate concluded the first half of 2011 with prices down a little and volume up a little for single-family homes. Maui News.

Foreclosures may have fallen off the front page, but for those facing the loss of their homes it’s still the leading story. Hawaii Independent.

New solar company to create 100 jobs on Oahu. Pacific Business News.


New homes must be designed to protect occupants from hurricane-force winds, the County Council decided Thursday in advancing new building, plumbing and electrical codes. Tribune-Herald.

Major revamps to county building, plumbing and electrical codes moved forward Thursday on 8-0 votes by the Hawaii County Council. West Hawaii Today.

An airline that connects smaller cities with leisure destinations has received federal certification to fly a bigger plane, a step toward providing future service to Hawaii. Associated Press.

Almost everyone present at a state Department of Land and Natural Resources meeting in Hanalei School Cafeteria Wednesday evening agreed there is a need for rules regulating commercial activities in Hanalei Bay and River. Garden Island.

Accusations of improper legislation on both sides of a proposed plastic bag ban stymied the Hawaii County Council on Thursday and delayed a proposal to cut public hearings short. West Hawaii Today.

The Kauai Police Department is the first in the state to post surveillance videos of crimes on a website. Star-Advertiser.

A bill pending before the County Council Policy Committee would update the county's record-keeping laws and help determine which documents could be stored electronically and which eventually could be thrown away. Maui News.

An attempt to improve the County Council's decorum was thwarted Thursday by minority members' "obstructionist" actions, alleged South Kona Councilwoman Brenda Ford. Tribune-Herald.

A voluntary coalition of private landowners and state land managers hopes to preserve and propagate a rare Hawaiian plant species presumed extinct until it was discovered last summer in a North Kohala upland forest. West Hawaii Today.

A video taken last month atop Mauna Kea has astronomers, online space geeks and conspiracy theorists all playing the guessing game. Tribune-Herald.