Monday, August 8, 2011

Hawaii governor, teachers union in mediation, Kona coffee brand at risk, Maui native among SEALs killed, Big Island prison could reopen, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Hawaii farmer Paul Uster was on vacation in California when he saw a package of Kona coffee blend in a supermarket that he knew would upset fellow growers back home on Hawaii island. Associated Press.

Kraig Vickers, a 1992 graduate of Maui High School and a Maui Interscholastic League defensive football player of the year, was among 30 Americans who died in a U.S. military helicopter shot down during fighting in Afghanistan, his father, Robert Vickers, confirmed by telephone Saturday night. Maui News.

HSTA votes in support of mediation talks with Gov. Abercrombie. KHON2.

10 legislators in the 76-member Hawaii Legislature raised no money during the same period. Civil Beat.

Plans by the state’s electric companies to invest in biodiesel, and pass the investment costs onto its rate payers, lie in the hands of the Public Utilities Commission and the testimonies of Hawaii residents. Hawaii Independent.

A member of the state Public Utilities Commission is resigning to return to work in the private sector. Associated Press.

Closed nearly two years ago to save money, Hawaii Island's former prison could be reopened to house up to 200 inmates now incarcerated on the mainland. Tribune-Herald.

A state judge has ruled again in favor of the Sierra Club in its attempt to stop the 5,000-home Koa Ridge development. Star-Advertiser.

The first of several monk seal public forums kick off Monday night. Hawaii News Now.

After trying to spare families more financial pain over the past two years, private schools are making larger tuition increases to try to keep up with rising costs. Star-Advertiser.

Years of planning resulted in success last week when the state Board of Education granted a charter for the Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School. Tribune-Herald.

Except for Mayor Billy Kenoi, there was very little fundraising among Hawaii County Council members or likely mayoral candidates the first half of this year, according to campaign finance reports filed by Monday's midnight deadline. West Hawaii Today.

A Nuuanu church is defending its decision to allow a cellphone carrier to install antennas on its building, despite an outcry from some neighbors over radiation exposure. Star-Advertiser.

More than 1,800 plant scientists from around the world are on Oahu. KHON2.

Lloyd Y. Kimura has been sentenced by the state of Hawaii to 20 years in prison and ordered to pay more than $8 million in restitution for defrauding more than 50 investors of between $7 million and $20 million. Pacific Business News.

Chakkree Sriphabun is one of 44 men who left his family behind in Thailand in September 2004 to come to Hawaii to work for Mike and Alec Sou at Aloun Farms. Hawaii Reporter.

Some of the County Council districts now serving Hilo are migrating southward toward Puna, according to proposed redistricting maps released last week. Tribune-Herald.

The number of Big Island residents approved for the use of medical marijuana has declined sharply, according to statistics provided by the state Department of Public Safety. Tribune-Herald.

Two weeks of significant wave erosion at Kekaha Beach forced the county to push the lifeguard tower mauka from its sandy shoreline perch Saturday. Garden Island.

A group of very lucky students working on a science fair project were invited onboard a barge to experience a real world undersea mission. KITV4.