Thursday, October 6, 2011

State probes gun deal, Hawaii school lunch price up, Honolulu approves APEC cams, Maui to increase vacation rentals, Big Island HR director golfs with employee he may fire, Kauai missile test a success, more Hawaii news

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A nonbinding, but nonetheless controversial, resolution seeking a statewide ban on aquarium fish collecting passed the Hawaii County Council 6-2 Wednesday. West Hawaii Today.

Three hundred fifty brand new pistols and holsters have been stuck in storage at the state Department of Public Safety's headquarters for an entire year, while an investigation into the gun deal with Smith & Wesson begins to intensify. Hawaii News Now.

A letter obtained by KHON2 dated July of last year details a deal between gun maker Smith & Wesson and the Hawaii State Sheriffs Department to trade out 350 existing duty issued pistols for 350 new pistols. KHON2.

The Hawaii Tax Review Commission is soliciting the services of a consultant to study the fairness of Hawaii’s tax system and recommend changes, including the possible elimination of personal and corporate income taxes. Hawaii Reporter.

Abercrombie Takes Tamer Tack After Pro Bowl Gaffe. Civil Beat.

The state is seeking an 85-cent increase to the price of a school lunch under a plan that would bring the cost for a high school student to $3.35, more than double what students paid in 2006. Star-Advertiser.

Members of the state Reapportionment Commission are giving themselves more time to study a revised plan for staggering the terms for new state Senate districts so that about half come up for re-election every two years. Star-Advertiser.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority said Wednesday that it has canceled a request for proposals for the contract to market Hawaii to Europe’s major market and is extending its marketing contract with AVIAREPS Tourism for one more year. Pacific Business News.

The Aloha for Japan campaign formally ended Tuesday after exceeding $8 million in contributions. Associated Press.

Oahu

The City Council has approved the use of 34 new video cameras — some of which already have been installed — to enhance security during next month's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Waikiki. Star-Advertiser.

The U.S. Coast Guard began meeting with residents of the Ala Wai boat harbor this week, giving them a heads up about restrictions during the three-day Veteran's holiday weekend when the APEC meeting is scheduled. KITV4.

Is Honolulu Police Protection Now For Sale? Civil Beat.

Parents of school aged children on the North Shore hope to a see a charter school opened soon that would accommodate 100 seventh- and eighth-grade students. Hawaii Independent.

Hawai’I’s largest public housing project is undergoing a major renovation over the next two years in the state’s first public-private partnership. Hawaii Public Radio.

A $135 million renovation project at what was known for nearly 50 years as Kuhio Park Terrace has generated a sense of pride for those who call the area home. Residents are starting to return to their newly-renovated units, at what is now called the Towers of Kuhio Park. KHON2.

Hawaii

The Hawaii County administrator ultimately responsible for disciplining employees has been golfing with a worker he may be asked to fire. Tribune-Herald.

Legal Morass Raises Questions About Charter School Independence. Civil Beat.

The Hawaii County Council is continuing to debate modifications to the state building code, with last-minute amendments Wednesday forcing yet another postponement of the complex document. West Hawaii Today.

The Hawaii County Council, by a 7-0 vote, agreed Wednesday to a charter amendment setting aside 2 percent of county property taxes to purchase land for public access, open space and natural resources preservation. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

Maui County Council members moved closer Monday toward making it easier to legalize short-term rentals outside of resort districts, as long as they are closely monitored in the county's neighborhoods. Maui News.

The latest report from the U.S. Geological Survey shows that stream flow in Maui County and statewide is below normal and mostly "much below normal," the second-lowest category ranging from low to high. Maui News.

Kauai

A missile defense system successfully intercepted two targets at the same time during a test in Hawaii, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency said Wednesday. Associated Press.

Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative on Wednesday announced its intent to pursue the development of a 10-megawatt solar farm, which would be the largest of its kind in the state. Garden Island.

The public is invited to share their ideas during community meetings on the six sites recommended for acquisition by the Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources Preservation Fund Commission in its 2010 annual report to the county. Garden Island.