Tuesday, October 4, 2011

New Hawaii program aims to stem foreclosure, from Wall Street to Hilo-Town, Kauai losing sugar mills, Maui looks to small farms, holiday pay due Hawaii County workers on leave, more news from the islands

Hilo protest (c) 2011 All Hawaii News

About 100 residents in Hilo joined like-minded citizens across the country Monday as they stood up and showed their support for the Occupy Wall Street campaign that began three weeks ago in New York City. Tribune-Herald.

Over 4,800 miles from New York City on the Big Island of Hawaii, residents inspired to demonstrate in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement lined roads on either side of the moku. Big Island Video News.

(c) 2011 All Hawaii News
A small group of what some bystanders described as "graying hippies" gathered outside the Merrill Lynch building in Hilo, Hawaii, on Monday afternoon to back the "Occupy Wall Street" movement that has been building and spreading to other cities since it started in New York City two weeks ago. Hawaii Reporter.


They've paid their debt to society, but many Hawaii ex-convicts are now having trouble finding a job to pay off their other debts. KITV4.

Hawaii on Monday introduced a mortgage foreclosure dispute resolution program that will allow owner-occupants with homes in nonjudicial foreclosure to have the opportunity to meet directly with their lenders. Pacific Business News.

Local homeowners facing foreclosure now have options based on a recently enacted law. Hawaii Public Radio

Homeowners facing foreclosure now have another way to try to stay in their homes. KHON2.

Daniel Inouye's Guide To Getting Elected. Civil Beat.

Last week, consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch released documents obtained from Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie’s office that shed light on the governor’s recent position reversal in support of a controversial fish farming bill. Hawaii Independent.

The number of adult community schools would shrink to four from 11, and students would have to pay $20 or more for classes that are now free, under a plan to save adult education services that would also require the state to restore more than half of the $5 million in funding cut from the program for next year. Star-Advertiser.

Oahu


Waianae-area residents still can't be certain whether seafood they harvest off their shore is safe from dangerous levels of arsenic and lead. Civil Beat.

Buoys went up this morning to keep swimmers at bay while city crews remove hazardous pieces of the Natatorium's aging sea wall. Hawaii News Now.

T.J. Maxx, the national discount retailer, will fill the second floor of the Ward Village Shops, and Ward Centers will get a $3 million face lift as the property owner studies plans for a major redevelopment of Kakaako. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii
A South Kona property owner's protest of a county land acquisition has hit the end of the road. West Hawaii Today.

Hawaii County employees on unpaid leave -- even for disciplinary reasons -- must nonetheless be paid for holidays, the Intermediate Court of Appeals ruled last week. West Hawaii Today.

State and county officials used federal funds to put new numbers in an old North Kohala agricultural park plan that could be exempted from county zoning and subdivision rules. West Hawaii Today.

University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program will close its Kailua-Kona office by Nov. 1. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

Over the last five years, an independent contractor who annually inspected a troubled state affordable housing project on Maui made only passing references to the ever-rising vacancy rate at the complex, according to copies of the inspection reports. Hawaii Reporter.

While there may be fewer examples of the traditional, larger family farm on Maui than there once were, more people apparently are specializing in growing vegetables and breeding exotic birds and other livestock on a small scale. Maui News.

Kauai

The future doesn’t look sweet for Kekaha and Lihu‘e sugar mills. The asbestos-laden ghosts of a bygone plantation era are slated for destruction, more than a decade after the end of their productive lives. Garden Island.

Pioneer Hi-Bred opens doors to the public. Garden Island.