Thursday, October 13, 2011

Hawaii civil unions not ready, Ethics Commission probes missing lobbyist gifts, APEC won't boost tax coffers, former Big Island mayor mulls another run, more Hawaii news

Honolulu civil unions rally (c) 2011 All Hawaii News
The state Department of Health continues work on a computerized system for processing applications for civil unions, but it is unknown yet whether the system will be available for use before Jan. 1, when the new civil unions law goes into effect. Star-Advertiser.

Abercrombie concludes Tokyo meetings, heads to Okinawa. Hawaii Reporter.

State Ethics Commission executive director Les Kondo’s search for missing lobbyist gifts at the Hawaii State Legislature has deeply offended state Rep. Joseph Souki, D-8th (Wailuku, Waihee, Waiehu, Puuohala, Waikapu). Hawaii Reporter.

When an estimated 20,000 people arrive on Oahu next month for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, hundreds of them could be making purchases tax free. KHON2.

Hawaii home foreclosures remained depressed for a fourth consecutive month in September under a state law that created a freeze on many new out-of-court cases. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii's start-up companies are "chronically and acutely hamstrung" by a lack of capital in the islands. And a local stock exchange would help fix that. Civil Beat.

Drought conditions persist in several areas of the state, particularly in Hawaii County. Star-Advertiser.

A new study could help local policymakers and agencies that deal with severe weather. Hawaii News Now.

The number of children attending public schools statewide has hit its highest level in six years, thanks in part to a baby bump that increased the size of this year's kindergarten class and the growing popularity of charter schools, which saw an 11 percent increase in enrollment. Star-Advertiser.

Each of the Hawaiian Islands has its own electric grid, its own mix of fuel sources, and individual strengths and vulnerabilities in terms of electrical infrastructure. Hawaii Public Radio.

Oahu

A $75,000 gift from Waikiki businesses to the Honolulu Police Department to purchase extra foot patrols has come under fire before. Civil Beat.

A Honolulu police sergeant accused of fraudulently collecting overtime pay will have his fate decided by 12 jurors. Hawaii News Now.

Local company Pacific Biodiesel now has its first planting and harvest of test crops under its belt. KITV4.

Surfers are to Oahu’s North Shore as tourists are to Waikiki. Pacific Business News.

Hawaii
Former Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim says he hasn't decided against running for a third term in 2012. Tribune-Herald.

Big Island public school enrollment edged up slightly in the past year while the number of those enrolled in public charter schools grew at a faster rate. Tribune-Herald.

The coffee berry borer is taking a bite out of this year's Kona coffee crop. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

Maui Republicans cheered former Republican Gov. Linda Lingle's announcement Tuesday that she's making a bid for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Daniel Akaka. Maui News.

Former Republican Gov. Linda Lingle will discuss how decisions made in Washington, D.C., affect local businesses and the community at a Maui Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Monday. Maui News.

Kauai

The Kaua‘i County Council will make a last-ditch effort next Wednesday to hire outside legal counsel for a case trying to balance private and public interests. Garden Island.

The Office of the Prosecuting Attorney announced Tuesday that Sam Jajich was appointed to second deputy prosecuting attorney. Garden Island.

Molokai

Molokai residents brought a bag full of suggestions and concerns to a visit from the head of one of the largest branches of the state government – the Department of Land and Natural Resources. Molokai Dispatch.