Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Hawaii schools to sell ads on campus, slap on the wrist for former Honolulu Councilman Tam, city seeks $37M for APEC, Hawaii County drug testing, Maui vacation rental bills advance, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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A Hawaiian monk seal that became quite the celebrity while swimming and playing with Molokai beachgoers in 2009 has returned home. Star-Advertiser.

The state is considering policy changes that would allow advertising in public schools, as long as it promotes a positive message and doesn't show up in classrooms or teaching materials. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii has earned the distinction of being the only state to show improvement in fourth- and eigth-grade reading and math scores on a nationwide student achievement assessment. Tribune-Herald.

Hawaii Medical Service Association, the state's largest health insurer, plans to raise premiums by an average 3.6 percent next year for 84,000 members who work at large companies. Star-Advertiser.

Oahu

A judge has sentenced former Honolulu city councilmember Rod Tam to two days in jail for stealing taxpayer money.Hawaii News Now.

Former Honolulu Councilman Rod Tam was ordered Tuesday to serve a two-day jail term but has a chance to have his record cleared of stealing money from the city and violating campaign spending laws if he stays out of trouble for a year. Star-Advertiser.

In a resolution introduced by Honolulu City Council Chair Ernie Martin and member Stanley Chang, the city estimates the cost of providing extra security for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit at $37 million. Civil Beat.

Honolulu Hotels Filling Up for APEC. Civil Beat.

The World International Hula Festival was supposed to celebrate its 20th Anniversary at the Waikiki Shell this month, but the upcoming APEC conference has forced the festival to relocate. Hawaii News Now.

Nearly 800 pounds of fresh green onions have been destroyed at a Waianae farm after an unapproved pesticide was found during product sampling. KHON2.

Hawaii

A Hawaii County Council committee took its discussion of a proposal to drug test elected officials behind closed doors Tuesday evening. West Hawaii Today.

New restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of axis deer and other invasive species are advancing in both state and county government. Tribune-Herald.

Maui

Maui County Council members inched closer to developing regulations for vacation rental homes Monday, agreeing on several requirements for property owners. Maui News.

he Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corp. has named Hawaii Affordable Properties Inc. the interim management company for Honokowai Kauhale. Maui News

Kauai

The Kilauea HI5 bottle redemption center will be relocating to the Anaina Hou grounds in Kilauea effective today. Garden Island.