Thursday, July 21, 2011

Pearl Harbor skull may be Japanese pilot, Honolulu water bills rising, Abercrombie-teacher impasse watershed moment, Maui ponders Native Hawaiian access to telescope site, Kauai councilman cleared, Hawaii County investigates election employee, more island news

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A funding bill in the U.S. House would eliminate the East-West Center, going above and beyond the budget trimming that Republicans have proposed in previous years. Star-Advertiser.

A human skull discovered during an excavation and dredging project at Pearl Harbor several months ago -- may be from a Japanese aviator who died in the attack on December 7, 1941. KHON2.

The showdown between Gov. Neil Abercrombie and the Hawaii State Teachers Association is a watershed moment in local labor history. Civil Beat.

Expect changes in the near future for Hawaii's charter school system. Hawaii News Now.

Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz's twin brother will implement state Race grant. Star-Advertiser.

The monthly bill for a typical single-family home that uses 13,000 gallons of water would increase by $27.53, or 70 percent, by mid-2015 if the Ho­nolulu Board of Water Supply gets its way. Star-Advertiser.

Beginning next month, the Honouliuli Wastewater Treatment Plant in Ewa will receive additional truckloads of raw sewage sludge from Sand Island as the city begins testing for a long-term plan of hauling waste to reduce intake at the over-capacity Honolulu site. Star-Advertiser.

The Mayor of Honolulu went on the offensive today in the battle of what to do with the city’s wastewater sludge.Hawaii Public Radio.

A Hawaii company has taken a big step forward in its plan to use ocean water to cool downtown buildings. KHON2.

The Sierra Club plans to step in and try to stop efforts to develop a 12,000-home, master-planned community on farmland in Kapolei. Civil Beat.

The Sierra Club’s appeal of the reclassification of land for the Koa Ridge master-planned community is still undecided, due to a last-minute argument from the Hawaii deputy attorney general. Pacific Business News.

Whether the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope is built at Science City or not, the long process of seeking permits has already changed an old policy that excluded Native Hawaiians from entering the 18-acre Haleakala High Altitude Observatory to perform rites. Maui News.

After Years of Bureaucracy Getting in the Way, Kauai's Kilauea River, Wailapa Stream Clean-Up Completed. Hawaii Reporter.

The Hawaii County Clerk's Office has hired an outside investigator to look into allegations a warehouse manager conducted a sign-printing business out of a county warehouse used to store voting equipment. West Hawaii Today.

With the Hawaii County Council close to final approval on revamping its building codes, some residents have begun raising strong objections. Tribune-Herald.

Energy Perspective: A more open discussion is needed between islands. Hawaii Independent.

In a lengthy battle between the island’s utility cooperative and some of its members, the light switch continues to flip up and down. Garden Island.

Honolulu has begun sending out checks for property owners who have agreed to sell their land to make way for rail. KITV4.

The Hawaii County Redistricting Commission has a lot of factors to weigh as it redraws the county's nine council districts. West Hawaii Today.

The chairman of the Hawaii County Democratic Party is considering a run for the Hawaii County Council District 2 seat currently held by Councilman Donald Ikeda. West Hawaii Today.

The Hawaiian Humane Society has reinstated a $25 charge with its stray cat pick up policy. KITV4.

The Kauai County Board of Ethics has dismissed a complaint filed against a Kaua‘i County Council member concerning a possible conflict of interest. Garden Island.

On a remote Kapoho road marked only by a hand-painted sign, machete-wielding vandals have laid waste to papaya fields for the second time in a little more than a year. Tribune-Herald.