Friday, November 25, 2011

Big backlog of state warrants, Honolulu Santa goes solar, Molokai fights feral cats, curbside recycling coming to Maui, Kawaiaha'o Church burial battle continues, homeless housed in buses and more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Kawaiaha'o Church has stopped construction again on a controversial multipurpose building -- this time because of a complaint that the church is disregarding a state requirement to remove human burials found on the construction site. Star-Advertiser.

Special report: law enforcement faces backlog of 87,942 state warrants. Hawaii News Now.

The Hawaii Judicial Selection Commission, as promised, is becoming more transparent. Hawaii Reporter.

The nation's second-largest school bus company may soon be rolling into Hawaii. Civil Beat.

The U.S. Maritime Administration is expected to decide in the near future on a winning bidder for the two former Hawaii Superferry vessels, which had a short-lived operation in Hawaii waters. Star-Advertiser.

The State of Hawaii’s administration announced today that costs for hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Honolulu was lower than expectations. Hawaii Independent.

The Hawaii Supreme Court has postponed its 30-day suspension of attorney Earle Partington from the practice of law until Dec. 3. Star-Advertiser.

Close to 300 deployed marines and sailors returned home to Hawaii Thanksgiving morning. KHON2.

Oahu

The city will delay signing what would be the largest contract in Honolulu history to allow time to gather more information about the financial stability of rail company Ansaldo Honolulu JV and determine whether problems at Ansaldo's troubled parent company could affect the Honolulu rail project. Star-Advertiser.

City to Sweep Homeless from Stadium Park. Civil Beat.

Homeless find shelter on buses. KHON2.

A Honolulu light display of Santa's workshop and village will be powered by the sun this year. Associated Press.

Honolulu Police released tapes of calls made to 911 on the night of a fatal shooting in Waikiki. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii

As governments around the world look for ways to slash spending and cut deficits, one appealing target has emerged -- the telescopes on Mauna Kea. Tribune-Herald.

The Mauna Kea Science Reserve sprawls over more than 11-thousand acres atop Hawai`i’s tallest mountain. Hawaii Public Radio.

Jackie Rey's Ohana Grill was bustling Thursday morning, but the restaurant wasn't serving its usual fare. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

Hawaii Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald is seeking public comment on six judicial nominees for a vacancy in district court in 2nd Circuit Court, which covers Maui County. Pacific Business News.

Maui County would test curbside recycling in a pilot program officials hope to run in Maui Meadows for one year. Maui News.

Kauai

A Kaua‘i County fourth-quarter report released Tuesday reveals a flat economic “recovery,” with the exception of the tourism and construction sectors. Garden Island.

Several community meetings have been scheduled by the Kauai Department of Water to discuss a proposed rate increase. KITV4.

Hundreds of Kaua‘i residents on Wednesday took advantage of the annual Salvation Army Community Thanksgiving Lunch to enjoy a turkey meal complete with all the fixings. Garden Island.

Molokai

The island of Molokai is renowned for fighting off-island invaders in ancient times and now big businesses. Now, a group of owners on the west end are also fighting their homeowner association to keep a managed feral cat colony on the 14-acre property. Molokai Dispatch.