Friday, October 21, 2011

No surfboard for Obama, president's pal stripped of prostitution charge, military beefing up in Hawaii, APEC brings road closures, federal judge to rule on Big Island land fight, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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A series of ambitious projects to modernize aging training ranges and facilities at the 133,000-acre Pohakuloa Training Area is detailed in a draft programmatic environmental impact statement released this month by the Army. Star-Advertiser.

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam is one of three bases being considered for an active-duty Air Force MQ-1/9 remote split operations squadron, the Pentagon said Thursday.Pacific Business News.

Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam could start controlling one of the military's newest and most lethal weapons. Hawaii News Now.

Did Pigs Get a U.S. Marine Colonel Fired? Hawaii Reporter.

A plan to raise money from lawmakers and staff to purchase a $750 board for the president featuring the Hawaii state seal, among other things, was nixed Wednesday. Civil Beat.

The prostitution conviction of Robert R. "Bobby" Titcomb, a close friend of President Barack Obama, will be stricken from his record under an agreement confirmed Wednesday in Honolulu District Court. Star-Advertiser.

If the federal government has its way, it may soon cost more to drive. Hawaii Reporter.

A geography professor from the University of Hawaii at Manoa has led a team of researchers to create a new, interactive online website for rainfall patterns. KHON2.

Oahu

Oahu residents are being urged to prepare for possible disruptions to their schedules during next month's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting when access to some of the busiest streets in the Ala Moana-Waikiki region will be severely limited. Star-Advertiser.

APEC is on the way, and we’re digging into the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit with all kinds of coverage. Dave Lawrence reports on today's big announcements relating to security. Hawaii Public Radio.

For an entire week, residents who normally park their vehicles along Kahakai Drive just behind the Hawaii Convention Center will be hard pressed to find somewhere else to go. KITV4.

The state is preparing to start construction of a $10.8 million library on the site of the old Aiea Sugar Mill that will replace the community's current library and feature more space for patrons, a local history center and sustainable design. Star-Advertiser.

Dozens of people packed a hearing before the state Land Use Commission Thursday to debate whether a 12,000-home master-planned community near east Kapolei should move forward. Civil Beat.

Chinatown business owners tackle growing concerns over First Fridays, street closures. Hawaii Independent.

Hawaiian Art enthusiasts will have the chance to see the last work of master painter Herb Kane on Friday. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii

A federal judge could decide as early as Tuesday whether a family claiming Native Hawaiian rights can block the sale of a Kawa Bay property to Hawaii County. West Hawaii Today.

The proposed rehabilitation of the historic Umauma Stream bridge will cost an estimated $35 million, state officials say. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

Scientists from the Smithsonian using DNA data sets to outline the evolutionary family tree of the Hawaiian honeycreeper have determined that the 56 species of the native bird evolved from the Eurasian rosefinch. Maui News.

A Kihei teen will join world leaders, business executives and other notables from the Asia-Pacific region when he attends the APEC 2011 CEO Summit in Honolulu next month. Maui News.


Kauai

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will no longer issue non-mandatory preliminary permits for hydropower projects in the state of Hawai‘i. Garden Island.

Once a month, when time permits, Kurt Leong, a North Shore fireman, dives into the water at Black Pot in Hanalei Bay to help physically challenged Kaua‘i residents do something he can’t live without: Get in the water. Garden Island.