Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Hawaiian Telcom union preps for strike, sentencing today for former Honolulu Councilman Tam, hula festival in trouble, Big Island recycling costly, more Hawaii news

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Organizers of the World Invitational Hula Festival say they need to come up with $10,000 by Tuesday. KHON2.

The Hawaii state legislative auditor has released the 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), which is a series of audited government statements that detail the financial condition of the state government. Hawaii Reporter.

Scientists and federal officials have held a series of meetings on how to deal with the estimated 5 million to 25 million tons of potentially disastrous debris from the Japanese tsunami headed for the shores of Hawaii and the West Coast. Civil Beat.

Union workers at Hawaiian Telcom made preparations for a possible strike after they voted overwhelmingly Monday to reject the company's final offer on a new three-year contract. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Department of Education officials say they knew as soon as they opened school bus service bids in 2008 that something was wrong. Civil Beat.

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii is seeking to boost premiums for about 162,000 members by an average 8.8 percent on Jan. 1. Star-Advertiser.

Oahu

State prosecutors will seek a jail term today for former Honolulu Councilman Rod Tam on charges of stealing city funds and violating campaign spending laws. Star-Advertiser.

A consultant has completed work looking into potential sites for a new solid-waste landfill and plans to present its findings next week to a panel tasked with advising the mayor on where to put a new landfill on Oahu. Star-Advertiser.

UH: APEC Sign Comes Down Thursday. KITV4.

Hawaiian Electric Co. has selected Renewable Energy Group for a new contract to supply biodiesel to its 110-megawatt Campbell Industrial Park Generating Station. Pacific Business News.

The City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Planning and Permitting will hold a public information meeting on the results and recommended changes of its review of the Ewa Development Plan and implementation process. Hawaii Independent.

Hawaii

Hawaii County needs more cash reserves, says Councilwoman Brenda Ford, who is calling for mandatory savings to pay for future disaster repairs and offset unexpected revenue shortfalls. Tribune-Herald.

A committee looking into the proposed recycling contract concluded Hawaii County pays "a premium to recycle." West Hawaii Today.

Maui

The Maui County Council Land Use Committee will hold a site inspection and hearing this week to review the proposed Kahoma residential subdivision project in West Maui. Maui News.

Visitors and residents are spoiled for choice Saturday afternoon in Olowalu, where a Hawaiian monk seal lounges on the sand and a large pod of spinner dolphins puts on an aerial show just offshore. Maui News.

Kauai

On Saturday, the state and the county will salute and recognize these sons and daughters of Hawai‘i who were part of the 2.7 million soldiers who served in the Vietnam theater. Garden Island.