Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Hawaii technology lacking, school system faces audit, Hawaiian Airlines considers kama'aina program, state may get second saint, migrant workers decry conditions, Pearl Harbor remembered and more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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One trillion computing devices will be connected to the internet by 2013 … and 3 out of 4 citizens will be dealing electronically with government agencies. But Hawai’i’s information technology is lagging far behind … according to one study…it’s among the bottom third in the nation. Hawaii Public Radio.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie and his Department of Education say they want even more money to run school buses next year — even though the Legislature told them to cut costs. Civil Beat.

The Department of Education is facing a series of tough budget decisions in the coming school year that -- in worst-case scenarios -- could result in the elimination of school bus service on Oahu and an 85-cent increase to school lunch prices, officials warned Tuesday. Star-Advertiser.

The governor's appointed Board of Education approved on Tuesday plans for a two-year, internal audit of the state's school system. Tribune-Herald.

Special Investigation: Laotian Workers Suffer Health and Financial Problems on Oahu Farms. Hawaii Reporter.

Hawaiian Airlines working on possible pricing options for locals. Hawaii News Now.
http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/16205051/hawaiian-airlines-working-on-possible-pricing-options-for-locals

The Dec. 7, 1941, bombing of Pearl Harbor and those who lost their lives that day are being remembered Wednesday on the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack that brought the U.S. into World War II. Associated Press.

On the eve of the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, I helped lead a field trip to Ke Awalau o Puʻuloa (Pearl Harbor) for 57 inner-city Honolulu high school students. Hawaii Independent.

Helicopters from the 25th Infantry Combat Aviation Brigade at Wheeler Army Airfield are set to lift off for a mission in Afghanistan. KITV4.

Oahu


Oahu's jobless rate improved to 5.6 percent in October from 5.7 percent in September but slipped in a ranking of 372 metropolitan areas to the 39th lowest, according to a report Tuesday from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Star-Advertiser.

Dozens of exemptions to the city's property tax system have rendered it unfair and inefficient. Civil Beat.

A former chief of staff fired by Honolulu City Council member Tom Berg is now calling for his impeachment. Civil Beat.

After decades of neglect eight roads in east Oahu will be getting a much needed facelift in the form of new asphalt by March. KHON2.

Safeway plans to open its new Honolulu store on South Beretania Street next week. Pacific Business News.

Hawaii

Hawaii County's $7.5 million road maintenance "windfall" should be spent on specific projects with individual price tags, County Council members told Mayor Billy Kenoi's administration Tuesday. Tribune-Herald.

Some members of the Hawaii County Council have apparently taken to heart Henry David Thoreau's adage, "That government is best which governs least." West Hawaii Today.

It's only five words, but it makes a world of difference to South Kona Councilwoman Brenda Ford, chairwoman of the Finance Committee. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

Ground was broken for the long-awaited Kihei police station Monday morning, with politicians, police officers and community members saying they are excited to see the area's growing population finally getting a station to fit its needs. Maui News.

Kauai

A temporary septic system is coming with price tag for residents of a housing complex in one of the island’s sunniest and hottest places. Garden Island.

The Salvation Army recently accepted a $7,800 donation to continue its Soup Kitchen program for 2012, Garden Island.

Molokai


Known affectionately as the "beloved mother of the outcasts," Blessed Marianne Cope, who ministered to Hansen's disease patients in Kalaupapa for the last 39 years of her life, is one step away from being canonized as a saint, Hawaii's second after St. Damien. Star-Advertiser.