Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Honolulu mayor says homeless worse than rats, DOE mulls school closure, Hirono visits Maui, Kauai, APEC holds photo contest, Hawaii reapportionment plans public, more news from all the Hawaii Islands

Abel Lui (c) 2011 All Hawaii News
A state panel sympathetic to Native Hawaiians living on a disputed Kawaa Bay parcel is assuming oversight as battles rage in court over ownership and access rights. West Hawaii Today.

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation is holding a photo contest open to all photographers living in any of the communities participating in APEC. KHON2.

This year, 15 pedestrians have died on Hawaii roads, 12 of them on Oahu. Two were on Maui, and one was on Hawaii island. Star-Advertiser.

With just one Hawaii high school reaching the high proficiency benchmarks set under the federal No Child Left Behind law this year, administrators are turning to the accreditation process to provide parents a better understanding of whether their schools are making the grade. Star-Advertiser.

The state agreed to 10 "concessions" in its effort to get the Hawaii teachers union to agree to a "last, best and final" offer that included pay cuts and furloughs. Civil Beat.

Against a backdrop of local slowing and deteriorating conditions in the U.S. and global economy, Hawaii will see only modest growth in 2012. Hawaii Reporter.

The Hawaiian monk seal — the nation's most imperiled marine mammal — is on the verge of getting its own emergency room. Associated Press.

Oahu

Honolulu's homeless problem is so troublesome that Mayor Peter Carlisle says it's worse than a rat infestation.. Civil Beat.

After state officials evicted the homeless who took refuge under the freeway viaduct, the squatters moved across the street. KITV4.

Likelike Elementary School is the latest Hawaii public school that could be closed in order to save the state money. Hawaii News Now.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That’s what Bombardier Transportation    (Holdings) USA is doing as it attempts to win the core systems contract for City and County of Honolulu’s $5.3 billion rail project. Pacific Business News.

Now that it has decided to include various nonresident populations in the overall population base, the City Council Reapportionment Commission is preparing to draw its new set of political boundaries for Oahu's nine Council districts. Star-Advertiser.

A City Council Reapportionment Commission meeting takes place on Wednesday, September 7 in Honolulu Hale. Hawaii Independent.

Hawaii

Honeybees. They're responsible for pollinating one-third of the food we eat, but could humans be putting them in peril with the pesticides we use? West Hawaii Today.

Three Puna roads stand to receive a combined $450,000 face-lift that won't cost local taxpayers a dime. Tribune-Herald.

The Keaukaha Panaewa Farmers Association hopes to spark that revolution with the opening of its Hawaiian Farmers Market. Tribune-Herald.

Maui

U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono brought together about two dozen experts recently to help island residents facing the prospect of losing their homes to lenders or their life savings to scam artists. Maui News.

The Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce presented its third annual Ko'i Awards on Friday evening to three Mauians and a business for showing excellence in leadership, diligence in action and responsibility to their native community. Maui News.

Kauai

U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono says the president will speak to Congress on Thursday to make a bipartisan effort to move the economy. Garden Island.

The 21st annual Hawai‘i International Tropical Fruit Conference kicks off Friday on the Big Island and continues with consecutive “After the Conference” gatherings on Kaua‘i, O‘ahu and Maui. Garden Island.

A project on Kauai is paying tribute to victims of the 9/11 attacks by encouraging acts of kindness. Associated Press.

Molokai

Molokai public schools have joined many in the state participating in a program that aims to raise students’ test scores. Hawaii Public Radio.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking comments on a draft conservation plan for Molokai’s Kakahai`a National Wildlife Refuge. Molokai Dispatch.