Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Hawaii farmworker trafficking case in court, angry teachers unfriending Gov. Abercrombie on Facebook, fishing cap raised, orcas a rare Kauai treat, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Fish rules workshop in Hilo (c) 2011 All Hawaii News
Hawaii's deepwater grouper and snapper stock has apparently rebounded to the point federal authorities are raising the commercial catch limit by 28 percent for the season that starts Sept. 1. West Hawaii Today.

The Hawaii State Teachers Association is officially "unfriending" Gov. Neil Abercrombie, but it's not stopping there. Civil Beat.

The charges and counter charges that continue to fly between the state and the union are taking both into untested areas according to former Hawaii State Teachers Association executive director Joan Husted. Hawaii Independent.

The state says a partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration is not affecting any airport construction projects. KHON2.

The Hawaii Legislature will welcome lawmakers from the 13 Western states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming to Honolulu July 30-August 2. Hawaii Reporter.

Two brothers who run one of Hawaii’s largest vegetable farms are going to trial this week on federal charges they illegally shipped 44 workers from Thailand, housed them in dirty metal containers and forced them to work for little pay. Associated Press.

Statements that Aloun Farm owners Alec and Mike Sou gave federal prosecutors and law enforcement officials after their plea agreements last year can be used to impeach any future testimony they give in a human-trafficking case, a federal judge has ruled. Star-Advertiser.

Two days before the start of jury selection in their high-profile human trafficking case, the owners of Aloun Farms have asked a federal judge to dismiss more than half a dozen charges against them. Hawaii News Now.

The attorneys for the Alec and Mike Sou say a federal law against forced labor is being taken further than ever before...and asked Judge Susan Oki Mollway to throw the case out. KHON2.

The chief justice of Hawaii's federal court said Monday she will likely permit Civil Beat to live blog an upcoming human trafficking trial from inside the courtroom. Civil Beat.

A team of marine researchers was treated to the unusual sight of a small pod of orcas off Kauai during the weekend. Star-Advertiser.

The 14 reptiles turned over to authorities since June 29 have revealed an appetite in Hawaii for illegal, black-market snakes and lizards, which state officials say are likely sneaked in by shipping containers, through package delivery services and even carried by smugglers into airline passenger cabins. Star-Advertiser.

Water customers in Kihei, Wailea and Makena are asked to continue to conserve water this morning after a power outage Sunday knocked out several water sources that primarily serve the South Maui area. Maui News.

Kauai County considers HR department to curb sexual harassment. Garden Island.

Greenways and Trails Law Has Long-Term Goals. Hawaii Public Radio.

A National Park Service team is reviewing plans to preserve the former site of the Honouliuli internment camp. Associated Press.

Hawaiian Airlines says it will begin flying between Honolulu and Sydney on a daily basis all year round to meet higher demand for the service. Associated Press.

Five years ago, after the earth stopped shaking, Kalopa residents found themselves in a nightmare commute. Tribune-Herald.

Part of Kahekili highway was widened in the early 1990s, now residents are meeting to decide what will happen to the rest of the road. KITV4.

This nebula could clear up some questions astronomers have about what happens when a star dies. West Hawaii Today.

Next week, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser is going to start charging for some of its online content, becoming the third Hawaii news outlet to erect such a paywall. Pacific Business News.

When Tim Moyer first noticed the stand of shriveled wiliwili trees on his property above Launiupoko, people told him they were dead and would have to be removed. Maui News.