Monday, August 1, 2011

Kona girl gets message in a bottle, good-bye to cursive, tougher standards for Hawaii schools, Honolulu rail fight on track, Big Island hospitals get trauma designation, Maui Electric seeks rate hike,

Waikiki pedestrians (c) 2011 All Hawaii News
Hawaii's lieutenant governor has proclaimed August "Pedestrian Safety Month" in an effort to make the Aloha State a safer place to walk. Associated Press.

Oregon boy's letter travels across Pacific, discovered by girl on Kona beach. West Hawaii Today.

New rules regulating commercial activities in state waters, directly affecting Hanalei Bay, will soon go into effect. Garden Island.

At Hawaii public schools, cursive writing could be going the way of the abacus. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii's new digital tracking system for students could revolutionize the way teachers prepare for school. Civil Beat.

In the new school year that kicks off today, public school teachers will begin rolling out tougher standards for math and reading, requiring students to dive into more complex texts and critical thinking. Star-Advertiser.

Some Big Island educators say they feel like they've been slapped in the face after Gov. Neil Abercrombie called off contract negotiations with the state teachers' union.Tribune-Herald.

An estimated 500 people, including state legislators, their staffers and family members, are in Hawaii this week for the 64th annual meeting of the Council on State Governments-West. Hawaii News Now.

Two Big Island hospitals are due to be recognized this week for providing Level III trauma care. Associated Press.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced Beth Giesting as the Healthcare Transformation Coordinator, a new position, established by an executive order. Hawaii Independent.

Hawaii Health Systems Corp. said it has finalized a $28.7 million contract with Siemens Healthcare to implement an electronic medical records system across the state. Pacific Business News.

Maui Electric Company filed a request with the Public Utilities Commission  last week for a 6.7 percent rate increase for Maui County customers next year. Molokai Dispatch.

Nearly 20 years after it was envisioned, the upscale Hokulia development is in limbo. West Hawaii Today.

The Oahu residents fighting to halt Honolulu's planned rail line are largely relying on the National Environmental Policy Act to help them do it. Civil Beat.

City Council Chairman Ernie Martin worries that Honolulu's planned rapid transit system could see increased costs and delays because of problems with the company that won a $1.45 billion contract to design, build, operate and maintain the rail cars. Star-Advertiser.

Opening of pediatric dental facility at Maui Memorial Medical Center ‘big deal’ Maui News.

Something is killing large sections of rose apple trees along the Like Like highway and the worry is that a related strain of the disease could attack the more important native ohia forests. KITV4.

The fate of the Hawaii County Council's rented Waimea office is at the center of the latest spat between majority lawmakers and Mayor Billy Kenoi. Tribune-Herald.