Thursday, September 8, 2011

Hawaii lawmakers, officials not disclosing gifts, Gov. Abercrombie wants subpoena quashed in teacher union case, Big Island seeks 2% land fund, homeless Oahu family gets one-way trip, Waikiki Hyatt workers on strike, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Parker Ranch has joined several other large Hawaii landowners applying to preserve agricultural land in perpetuity under a 3-year-old law that qualifies them for state benefits including tax credits. Star-Advertiser.

Two dozen pricey DVD sets given to Hawaii lawmakers this year are unaccounted for. Civil Beat.

A deputy attorney general asked the Hawaii Labor Relations Board on Wednesday to quash subpoenas issued to Gov. Neil Abercrombie and six prominent state lawmakers in the teachers union's challenge against the state over a new contract. Star-Advertiser.

The atmosphere in recent negotiations between the state and teachers union was largely businesslike and friendly, and union negotiators never said they felt "intimidated" about making a deal, Board of Education member Jim Williams said in testimony Wednesday. Star-Advertiser.

Governor Neil Abercrombie will announce his appointments to the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission on September 8 at 12:15 p.m. Hawaii Reporter.

Fall enrollment in the University of Hawaii System has increased slightly to a record 60,519 students. KITV4.

A new federal program aims to reduce harassment of wild dolphins by Hawaii tour boats while promoting responsible viewing. KHON2.

Oahu

When the City Council holds a public meeting on Friday, September 16, one of the items on the agenda is Resolution 11-229, which authorizes the use of “overt video monitoring” at and around the events of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Honolulu. Hawaii Independent

The Honolulu Planning Commission was split Wednesday over a bill that the city administration had hoped would help it crack down on illegal vacation rentals. Civil Beat.

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation will hear directly from executives of Ansaldo Honolulu Joint Venture regarding the company’s financial situation and other issues at a meeting set for Thursday morning. Pacific Business News.

An event was conducted today on O’ahu to help homeless veterans for the first time in more than a decade. Hawaii Public Radio.


A homeless family of three is getting a fresh start thanks to some anonymous donors and the efforts of a state lawmaker and a homeless advocacy group. Hawaii News Now.

The median sales prices for Oahu homes and condos decreased last month, while the number of sales were up. Associated Press.

Unionized Hyatt Regency Waikiki workers went on a week-long strike this morning. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii

The Hawaii County Council Finance Committee on Wednesday supported giving voters one more chance to put a 2 percent land fund in the county charter. West Hawaii Today.

Kamehameha Schools' civil trial against a Big Island family that received a $7 million out-of-court settlement from the educational trust has been put on hold. Tribune-Herald.

Hawaii Community College continues to experience growing pains as increased demand meets facility limitations. Tribune-Herald.

The fair's back in town, but this time, it's in a slightly different location. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would take over management of Molokini under a proposal included in a draft 15-year conservation plan that also covers Kealia Pond and the Kakahai'a national wildlife refuges in South Maui and on Molokai. Maui News.

Rents at a Maui affordable housing project must be lowered and dozens of units that have been vacant for months and years must be occupied within 30 days, according to state Rep. Angus McKelvey. Hawaii Reporter.

The Maui County Urban Design Review Board recommended approval of plans for a new Iglesia Ni Cristo, or Church of Christ, on Tuesday and decided the changes made after an earlier meeting were mostly acceptable. Maui News.

Kauai

Representatives of several organizations, some already working as community service sites with the judicial system, attended a Monday meeting to consider partnering with a new comprehensive diversion program. Garden Island.