Wednesday, October 19, 2011

UPW mulls strike during APEC, Hawaii woman unfriends Facebook in lawsuit, Honolulu officials wine and dine in Washington D.C., BOE plans budget, Big Island farmers get $34M in tax breaks, more Hawaii news

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Could the Republican Lingle accomplish what the Democrat Akaka has not been able to — passage of federal recognition of Native Hawaiians? Civil Beat.

Former Gov. Linda Lingle would like to be the "point person on tourism" if elected to one of Hawaii's U.S. Senate seats next year. Maui News.

There are seismic changes in the Pacific region that are coming to a beachhead, and it is in Hawaii at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, that many of these changes will likely be advanced. Hawaii Independent.

Facebook has been tagged in a lawsuit by a Hawaii woman alleging violations of federal wiretap law. Star-Advertiser.

Key legislators won't have to testify before the Hawaii Labor Relations Board in a labor dispute involving the teachers union, the board has ruled. Star-Advertiser.

Possible price hikes affecting school meals and bus service dominated the discussion at a BOE meeting this afternoon. Members debated proposed changes to the Department of Education's operating budget for the next school year. Hawaii News Now.

The University of Hawaii was ranked No. 295 on U.S. News and World Report’s 2011 list of the top 400 universities in the world. Pacific Business News.

A study recently published in the Journal of Environmental Health found high levels of mercury in bags of marlin jerky from Hawaii. State health officials are investigating, but they don't want people to panic. Hawaii News Now.

Oahu


Five Honolulu City Council members and both of Hawaii's U.S. senators celebrated the Honolulu rail project's progress at an upscale French bistro near Capitol Hill on Tuesday evening. Civil Beat.

The anti-APEC group World Can't Wait sought help from the ACLU after getting stonewalled by the city over a permit to protest when world leaders are in town next month. KITV4.

While the City and County of Honolulu works overtime to ensure the success of next month’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, the threat of a United Public Workers strike still looms on the horizon. KHON2.

Businesses Say They Are 'Left In Dark' Weeks Before APEC's Arrival. KITV4.

More details about APEC security and traffic plans are expected to be announced this week, and some neighborhoods can expect some security attention due to VIPs. KHON2.

Wetlands where native waterfowl, shorebirds, migratory birds and plants thrive had virtually disappeared from Honolulu until now. Star-Advertiser.

On a business trip to Washington, D.C., City Council Chairman Ernie Martin revealed to Civil Beat that he intends to run for Honolulu mayor — at some point. Civil Beat.

The City and County of Honolulu today announced that the World Invitational Hula Festival, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, will take place at the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall on November 10 through 12. Hawaii Independent.

Hawaii

Big Island farmers and ranchers receive about $34 million in property tax breaks every year, part of Hawaii County's efforts to encourage food sustainability and prevent overdevelopment. West Hawaii Today.

Postal customers and other users of the Hilo Federal Building are now benefiting from an $8.9 million renovation of the historic facility. Tribune-Herald.

An unsuccessful County Council candidate got a positive recommendation on his nomination to the Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources Preservation Commission. West Hawaii Today.

In recognition of Kalanianaole's achievements, Joyce Iwashita was recognized earlier this year as Hawaii's National Distinguished Principal. Tribune-Herald.

The 6,500 residents in the Ka'u District are one step closer to getting an emergency shelter. Hawaii Public Radio.

Maui

After investigating conditions at a troubled affordable housing project on Maui, the state has terminated a private company's $1.75 million contract to manage the project. Hawaii Reporter.

The Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corp. has terminated its contract with Honolulu firm Realty Laua to manage the troubled Honokowai Kauhale affordable housing project. Maui News.

A tag used to track a shark is transmitting on Maui, instead of in the ocean. Associated Press.

Kauai

A second state agency has decided to terminate its contract with Kauai Independent Food Bank. Star-Advertiser.

County officials received word Monday of a $975,000 grant awarded to the county from the State of Good Repair Initiative. Garden Island.

The Kaua‘i Police Department has begun updating its business contact list and is asking Kaua‘i business owners to provide their current contact information online. Garden Island.

Molokai

Sen. Mike Gabbard and at least two other legislators will visit Molokai Nov. 2 to discuss the so-called “Big Wind” project with local residents, the senator confirmed today. Molokai Dispatch.