Monday, September 12, 2011

Pfleuger defaults on Kauai dam settlement, 200mw wind farm coming to Molokai, Oahu affordable housing to become less so, Maui finds tax inequities, world's fastest sailing ship visits Honolulu, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Nene geese on Kauai are beginning a $7.2 million migration to Maui and the Big Island via air.  Civil Beat.

Hawaii’s government boards and commissions are required to inform the public about the times, locations, dates and agendas of upcoming meetings. But for the public, gaining access to this information is not always an easy task, and government officials themselves seem confused about what is required of them. Civil Beat.

The Federal Aviation Administration is stepping up enforcement of flight regulations in Hawaii of powered hang gliders. Associated Press.

More than 150 delegates from 14 international cities will gather at a sister-cities summit hosted by Hawaii’s four counties this week in Waikiki. Pacific Business News.

Appointments to apply for a Hawaii state identification card can now be made online. Associated Press.

Oahu

Residents at the city's 12 affordable-housing properties can expect to pay more rent when private companies take over the properties, city officials said. Star-Advertiser.

The number of wildfires on Oahu has dropped sharply this year, thanks to a ban on fireworks and unusually wet weather from La Nina. Star-Advertiser.

The world's fastest sailing ship is here in Honolulu. KHON2.

Rice enthusiasts jammed Magic Island Sunday for the second annual Rice Festival. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii

Unlike its state counterpart, the Hawaii County Redistricting Commission is excluding nonresident military and students when drawing new political boundaries. West Hawaii Today.

A Kona pediatrician plans to show people born with congenital heart defects and others how far they can go. West Hawaii Today.

Maui


Council member says change needed to fix inequities in assessment of ag land value. Maui News.

A Paia resident's most recent rhyming picture book, "Maggie Goes on a Diet," has set off a controversy over its story of a teenage girl and her efforts to lose weight. Maui News.

Kauai

Retired Auto Dealer Jimmy Pflueger has defaulted on his promise to pay several million dollars to Kauai residents who lost their loved ones - and property - when his Ka Loko dam breached in the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 14, 2006. Hawaii Reporter.

Kaua‘i secures $138M in state CIP budget. Garden Island.

Molokai

Molokai Renewables developers confirmed last week they will place a bid to build a 200 megawatt wind farm on Molokai once a new request for proposals is released this fall. Molokai Dispatch.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to bring back Kakahai`a’s healthy wetlands and native birds – and it now has plans to make that happen. Molokai Dispatch.