Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Inouye, Akaka support Hirono, Hawaii lawmakers to challenge monk seal plan, no drug testing of teachers, not ready for APEC, millions in no-bid contracts for politically connected Big Island nonprofit, Kaui bans drinking, urinating, defecating on new county building grounds, Maui cop gets jail time, more news

U.S. Rep. Hirono with Sen. Dan Akaka in 2009, courtesy photo
Endorsement? US Senators Inouye, Akaka Make Appearance at Hirono Fundraisers. Hawaii Reporter.

Scores of small schools — those with transient populations and campuses in remote areas — would see their main source of funding reduced next school year by as much as 20 percent under a proposal before the Board of Education. Star-Advertiser.

After years of legal wrangling, a conflict about random drug testing for teachers appears to be at an end. Star-Advertiser.

State lawmakers will propose legislation challenging federal protections for monk seals if the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration doesn't scale back its proposals, according to state Rep. Sharon Har. Civil Beat.

Oahu

Waikiki street performers fear arrest. Hawaii News Now.

Portions of two state projects to spruce up Oahu for President Barack Obama and other world leaders coming here for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting have hit snags and will not be completed by the start of the event in November. Star-Advertiser.

Protests are in works for Hawaii APEC meeting. Civil Beat.

A former U.S. service member was arrested in Hawaii after he sent emails from Thailand that threatened to kill Vice President Joe Biden, authorities said Monday. Associated Press.

A judge has ruled more than 150 dogs and nearly 80 puppies currently in foster care should be forfeited to the Hawaiian Humane Society by owners of the breeding facility they were rescued from. KHON2.

The North Shore community of La’ie is one of the most over-crowded neighborhoods on O’ahu. Hawaii Public Radio.

The First Annual Lanikai Surf Festival takes place over the weekend of September 23-24 at Lanikai Park, featuring a wide variety of activities from surf films to a 2.4 stand up paddle race. Hawaii Independent.

Hawaii

Darren Rosario became the Big Island's 21st fire chief on Monday during a morning ceremony on the balcony of the Hawaii County Building in Hilo. Tribune-Herald.

Over the past eight years, Hawaii County has awarded more than $3.3 million in no-bid contracts for disabled transportation services to a politically connected nonprofit. West Hawaii Today.

Officials posted warning signs at Hilo Bay following a spill of 500 gallons of wastewater, the state Department of Health reported. Star-Advertiser.

Campers are overstaying their welcome at Kiholo State Park Reserve, leaving behind trash and human waste, scorching the ground with fires and barbecues, damaging vegetation, and destroying archaeological sites, said state Department of Land and Natural Resources officials. West Hawaii Today.

The state Department of Transportation will receive $10.6 million to refurbish a runway at the Hilo International Airport, Hawaii's congressional delegation announced Monday in a joint news release. Tribune-Herald.

Maui

Environmentalists and a long-time Makena advocate are concerned that there are no longer educational volunteers and only a sparse number of rangers to patrol the ecologically and geologically fragile Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve in Makena. Maui News.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss its investigation into 1940s-era unexploded ordnance that may be located in the Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve in Makena. Maui News.

A federal judge has sentenced a former Maui police officer to a year-and-a-half in prison for stealing about $1,500 from a driver during a traffic stop and extorting sex from a woman who had been jailed. KITV4.

Kauai

Without much fanfare or discussion, the Kaua‘i County Council sent a message to the public last week: Do not drink, urinate or defecate in front of our new home. Garden Island.

Hawaiian Electric Co. has contracted with Hawaii BioEnergy LLC to supply 10 million gallons of Kauai-grown biofuel annually to power its Kahe Generating Station in Leeward Oahu. Pacific Business News.

Residents are being asked to provide input for a multi-use trail for the communities of Waimea and Kekaha. Garden Island.