Thursday, November 3, 2011

Hawaiian sovereignty activists occupy Iolani Palace grounds, Kauai grapples with landfill, Hawaii County struggles with building code, Molokai doesn't like yacht, more news for smartphone and web

Iolani Palace (c) 2011 All Hawaii News
A group of about 20 Hawaiian sovereignty activists belonging to the group Hawaiian Kingdom Government issued a 50-page statement Wednesday demanding that the Friends of ‘Iolani Palace vacate the grounds. Star-Advertiser.

Federal prosecutors were dealt another major setback on Wednesday after a federal magistrate denied their request for a nine-month continuance in what government officials have called the largest human trafficking case in U.S. history. Civil Beat.

Obama to Hold Fundraiser in Honolulu After APEC. Civil Beat.

Patricia M. Loui has been confirmed for a place on the board of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, Sen. Daniel Akaka’s office said Wednesday. Pacific Business News.

Hawaii DOE Superintendent's Lesson — Keep Your Head in the Sand. Civil Beat.

One of the fastest-growing visitor markets for Hawaii is South Korea. The Hawaii Tourism Authority says both arrivals and spending by South Koreans have been climbing steadily over the past several years. Hawaii Public Radio.

Hawaiian Telcom IBEW union says it is waiting for a strike approval from the international office and it would be holding a meeting with the strike captains. Hawaii News Now.

Oahu

The pregnant Honolulu woman arrested with her husband for shoplifting two sandwiches at a downtown Safeway says she blames the store manager for allowing a mistake to escalate into an incident that sparked national attention. Civil Beat.

The news about the arrest of Nicole Leszczynski, 28, and her husband Marcin, 33, in the Safeway store on Beretania Street in Honolulu continues to make national and international news ranging from the Washington Post to the London Daily Mail - and it has even caught the attention of Steven Colbert. Hawaii Reporter.

Law enforcement sources told KITV 4 News they are concerned a former Honolulu police officer who failed to show up for sentencing in a sexual assault case last week may have fled to his native Morocco, while his lawyer fears his client may be dead. KITV4.

Police announced new details Wednesday on park restrictions tied to next week's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings as some Waikiki residents made plans to leave the island and others stocked up on provisions to hunker down during APEC. Star-Advertiser.

The City Council quickly disposed of a proposal for another public vote on the rail transit project Wednesday. Star-Advertiser.

Oahu residents whose building permits were held up because their homes were determined to be too far from the nearest fire hydrant are applauding a decision by the Board of Water Supply to relax the policy after consulting with the Hono­lulu Fire Department. Star-Advertiser.

On a given day, roughly 30,000 vehicles travel along Kahekili Highway and for drivers on the Windward side of Oahu it's a common complaint that traffic on this stretch can cause quite a back-up. KHON2.

Disgraceful and Dangerous, those two words are used a lot to describe our playgrounds and, it's easy to see why. Hawaii News Now.

From the North Shore to East Oahu, many playgrounds have become a "black eye" for the city and concern for parents. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii

In a climate so gentle that some residents have only screens on windows to catch the trade winds, many are wondering why the county wants to force them to install double-paned glass windows and double-walled construction when building or remodeling their homes. West Hawaii Today.

Two proposals to boost Hawaii County's emergency cash reserves and another to design a Waimea transit hub received unanimous support from a County Council committee Tuesday. Tribune-Herald.

A showdown is brewing between the state's Charter School Review Panel and the interim board for the Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School. Tribune-Herald.

The head of the Department of Land and Natural Resources and three state senators want to hear the public's concerns at a series of upcoming meetings around the Big Island. Tribune-Herald.

Maui

The East Maui Animal Refuge is seeking help from the public, as it works toward regaining permits to take in wildlife. Maui News.

Maui County will be in the mix of things during next week's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leader's Week meetings in Honolulu, with a booth at the Hawaii Convention Center and Mayor Alan Arakawa invited to a variety of exclusive venues, said county Economic Development Coordinator Teena Rasmussen. Maui News.

Kauai

With the Kekaha Landfill set to close permanently by December 2020 and without a fully functional recycling network or processing plant, the county is still struggling to site a new landfill. Garden Island.

More than 2,000 plants are scheduled to be given away at the Arbor Day Plant Give-away, Saturday from 9 a.m. behind the K-mart store at the Kukui Grove Center. Garden Island.

Molokai

As American Safari Cruises’ yacht docked on its first trip to Molokai last Sunday morning, protesters greeted it with requests to leave local waters. Molokai Dispatch.