Monday, December 12, 2011

Hawaii Super PACs begin fundraising, Hirono-Case Senate campaign heats up, Honolulu enforces smoking ban, Supreme Court may hear Hawaiian preference lawsuit, Kilauea Volcano leaves last man standing, Hawaii bond critics fear negative arbitrage, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Congresswoman Mazie Hirono and Sen. Daniel Akaka courtesy photo
Rep. Mazie Hirono’s campaign for U.S. Senate is releasing the results of a new poll that shows the Democratic congresswoman with an 18-point lead over Democratic rival and former Congressman Ed Case. Civil Beat.

Former Congressman Ed Case: If Hirono Wins U.S. Senate Democratic Primary, Former GOP Gov. Lingle Will Beat Her. Hawaii Reporter.

Campaigns for next year's elections are getting under way and Hawaii is already seeing the formation of special political committees that can raise and spend unlimited amounts of campaign money. Civil Beat.

The U.S. Supreme Court could announce as early as today whether the justices will review a case that could produce a landmark ruling on the legality of government benefits to Native Hawaiians under the Constitution's equal protection clause. Star-Advertiser.

Within the first minutes of the new year, clergy and judges may register online to perform civil unions, and within a short time will be able to unite same-sex couples in a legal relationship that grants them the same rights as married couples for the first time in Hawaii. Star-Advertiser.

In less than a month, same-sex couples in Hawaii will become eligible for civil union status under a new law signed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie in February. Tribune-Herald.

Hawaii’s Hurricane Relief Fund and Rainy Day Fund are supposed to be tapped only in true emergencies, such as a tsunami or hurricane. Hawaii Reporter.

Hawaii’s media monopoly and the struggle for democracy. Hawaii Independent.

Go Mokulele is returning to normal schedule Monday, three days after its fleet was grounded. KHON2.

Google is spending several hundred million dollars to build a data center in Hong Kong and has plans to follow that up with two other Asian locations. Hawaii Public Radio.

State roundup for Dec. 12. Associated Press.

Oahu

More international visitor arrivals boosted occupancy and room rates on Oahu to near record levels for October as the performance of hotels statewide improved. Star-Advertiser.

For those hunkered down at the Occupy Hono­lulu encampment at the edge of Thomas Square, disenchantment with the direction in which government and corporate institutions have taken the world comes with an unwavering sense that their movement can improve the situation. Star-Advertiser.

For the first time in more than four years, a Honolulu police officer has issued tickets to bar patrons for breaking the statewide smoking ban. KITV4.

A plan that will serve as a guide to the state as it moves forward restoring Kawainui Marsh is starting to take shape. KITV4.

Before many of us were even up Sunday, thousands hit the road in the 39th annual Honolulu Marathon. KHON2.

Hyatt Hotels Corp. has opened the first of two towers at its new Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach hotel. Pacific Business News.

Hawaii

Jack Thompson, 61, is the last resident of Royal Gardens, the subdivision that has been inundated by lava since 1983. Tribune-Herald.

On Jan. 10, 1976, Allen Castro, 25, and Danny Robinson, 21, met for the first time. Love quickly blossomed. Tribune-Herald.

Maui

Severed fiber optics cable disrupts communication on Maui. KHON2.

Runoff from heavy rain has prompted state health officials to issue a Brown Water Advisory for Maui and the Big Island of Hawaii. Hawaii News Now.

Kauai

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of State Parks announced Friday it auctioned all of the 16 available recreational cabin lots in Koke‘e and Waimea Canyon state parks in the first scheduled tier of the auction held Thursday at the Kaua‘i War Memorial in Lihu‘e. Garden Island.

The earthquake and tsunami that rocked Fukushima Prefecture last March not only tragically devastated its small villages, it swept a legacy of junk into the Pacific Ocean. Garden Island.