Wednesday, November 9, 2011

APEC brings leaders, protests, traffic jams, Legislature eyes drug shortages, state to release Brazilian bug against invasive guava, Maui golf course for sale, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Abel Lui claims Kawa Bay property (c) 2011 All Hawaii News
Hawaii County has finalized the purchase of a 550-acre Kawa Bay parcel occupied by a Native Hawaiian group that claims ownership to it. West Hawaii Today.

Drug shortages across the country are leaving people with cancer and other diseases without the medications they need, sometimes midtreatment, state Sen. Josh Green says. West Hawaii Today.

The U-S Food and Drug Administration cites a shortage of 200 drugs nationwide in 2011. Hawaii Public Radio.

The state Department of Agriculture gave itself permission this week to release a Brazilian insect as a biocontrol measure for strawberry guava. West Hawaii Today.

Hawaii’s attorney general joined 45 other attorneys general across the nation to ask Village Voice Media to stop publishing classified advertisements that promote child trafficking and sex trafficking on BackPage.com back in August. Hawaii Reporter.

Hawaii had the nation's 20th-worst mortgage delinquency rate in the third quarter as 5 percent of the state's homeowners missed two or more payments during the period. Star-Advertiser.

APEC

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton returns to Hawaii with the message that with reductions in forces and commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. is at a "pivot point" at which it can and will refocus on Asia and the Pacific. Star-Advertiser.

Yoshihiko Noda, the prime minister of Japan, has been expected to announce this week that Japan will join a round of trade talks called TPP, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but it's no longer absolutely certain. Hawaii News Now.

The meeting here of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum seems to have generated barely muffled yawns in capitals in Asia and the Americas. Civil Beat.

The Secret Service said Tuesday it will use Twitter to disseminate information to the public and media for the first time during this week's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Honolulu. Associated Press.

The US Secret Service on Tuesday showed off the capabilities of the Multi-Agency Communications Center, or MACC, which will play a crucial role in security operations at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders' Meeting this weekend. Hawaii News Now.

With so many high level government officials here, security is understandably tight and secretive. KHON2.

Sen. Daniel Inouye urged supporters to see APEC as “Hawaii’s time to shine,” in an email sent Tuesday night.Civil Beat.

A maddening morning commute, a peaceful protest and several midlevel meetings ushered in the first day of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit Tuesday, kicking off the largest international event Hawaii has ever hosted. Star-Advertiser.

Nearly 70 people marched in Honolulu late Tuesday to honor an Oahu man who authorities say was fatally shot by a federal agent in town for this week's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting. Associated Press.

The $250,000 bail posted by the mainland federal agent accused of fatally shooting a Kailua man has raised questions about whether the agent received special treatment because of his position, allowing him to be released about 48 hours after his arrest. Star-Advertiser.

Dozens of Oahu residents gathered this afternoon at Old Stadium Park for a protest march and vigil in the wake of the shooting death of 23-year-old Kollin Elderts at a Waikiki McDonald’s restaurant this past weekend. Hawaii Independent.

The federal agency that employs slaying suspect Christopher Deedy has been plagued with management problems, staffing shortages and a lack of training facilities, according to a recent federal audit. KITV4.

State transportation officials are closing Ala Moana Blvd. between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for two nights while crews install security barriers in Waikiki. KITV4.

Oahu

Nineteen people were charged with misdemeanor trespassing Tuesday after refusing to leave the grounds of a historical Honolulu palace that was once home to Hawaiian royalty, authorities said. Associated Press.

Thomas Donohue of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will address Hawaii’s business community regarding the urgency of expanding trade and travel to create jobs locally and nationally. Pacific Business News

Two possible bomb threats recently reported on Oahu have had very different outcomes. Hawaii Reporter.

Hawaii

The U.S. Army's plan to modernize Pohakuloa Training Area received a public reception Tuesday night that was every bit as cool as Hilo's recent weather. Tribune-Herald.

The state Department of Agriculture has selected a site on the Big Island for an initial release of the tiny insect Tectococcus ovatus to help control the growth of strawberry guava. Garden Island.

A lightning strike at a geothermal well in Pahoa today temporarily shut down operations and caused a miniscule release of hydrogen sulfide, Hawaii Island firefighters said. Star-Advertiser.

A second radiation leak has been discovered at the Hawaii Pacific Oncology Center in Hilo. Tribune-Herald.

Maui

Maui Lani Partners is offering its 172-acre golf course for sale, fee simple, to investors. Maui News.

Residents on Kameeui Place and those at Maui Honokowai Plantation Inn & Apartments will not have water service Wednesday night though Thursday morning as crews will be working on a water main in the area. Maui News.

Kauai
When the Kaua‘i County Council last year passed Ordinance 904 — allowing certain owners of transient vacation rentals on ag lands to apply for a permit — those opposed to the bill feared the new law would allow hundreds of new tourist units on lands zoned agriculture. Garden Island.

The county Department of Public Works has scheduled two community meetings next month to gather input on design alternatives that would improve the Kapahi, Opaeka‘a and Pu‘uopae bridges. Garden Island.