Thursday, December 8, 2011

Honolulu police release video of drunk councilman, ag board in turmoil, homeless sidewalk ban passes, Big Island bond reallocation killed, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands



A police sergeant's helmet-cam caught the following video of drunken Honolulu City Councilman Tom Berg arguing with the Secret Service at an APEC event. Civil Beat.

Police have released a video of City Councilman Tom Berg arguing loudly and belligerently with Secret Service personnel outside a Waikiki hotel on Nov. 12 after being denied re-entry into an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation reception. Star-Advertiser.


In wheelchairs and on walkers, the old veterans came Wednesday to remember the day 70 years ago when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Associated Press.

An association of Pearl Harbor survivors founded in 1958 has announced they will be disbanding at the end of the month. Associated Press.

State Leaders Search for Ways to Increase Energy Efficiency. Hawaii Public Radio.

A limit on the number of charter schools in Hawaii would be lifted if the recommendations of a task force are adopted. Civil Beat.

The Waialae Iki census tract in Honolulu had the highest median household in Hawaii in 2010, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey five-year estimates released Thursday. Pacific Business News.


Hawaii residents are getting better at paying their mortgages and credit cards on time, and the trend is forecast to continue next year. Star-Advertiser.

The Agribusiness Development Corporation has ousted its longtime executive director and hired a new one in a surprise move that some called a power play staged by newer board members. Civil Beat.

There's controversy at the State Department of Agriculture over what's called a forced resignation and an inside job on picking the replacement. Hawaii News Now.

State tourism leaders gathered in Waikiki Wednesday for a discussion on marketing strategies for 2012. KHON2.

Oahu

A proposal to ban the practice of storing personal items, including furniture and clothing, in public areas such as sidewalks and parks now goes to Mayor Peter Carlisle, who is expected to sign the bill into law. Star-Advertiser.


Lost, Injured Hawaiian Seabirds Find Sanctuary at Sea Life Park. Hawaii Reporter.

Pearl Harbor wasn’t always a place of war. Hawaii Independent.

Hundreds lined up early to add their name to the list of runners participating in Sunday's 39th annual Honolulu Marathon. KHON2.

Hawaii

A $23,000 contract to remove a partially collapsed loading dock at Honokohau Small Boat Harbor appears to have been completed by a contractor not licensed for the scope of work, West Hawaii Today has learned. West Hawaii Today.

Puna Councilman Fred Blas cast the swing vote Wednesday by joining minority members in defeating a $10 million parks-maintenance plan, which left stunned supporters fuming. Tribune-Herald.

A plan to divert $10 million from two Hilo projects on a recent county bond issue to try to quickly put construction workers back on the job failed by one vote Wednesday, when four council members voted to leave the current $56 million bond issue alone. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

A retreat that brought together members of the Board of Education, public school superintendents, legislators and other state education leaders was a step in the right direction, Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui Complex Area Superintendent Bruce Anderson said this week. Maui News.

Kauai

The Kaua‘i County Council on Wednesday approved a $40,000 request to retain special counsel to defend the county in a lawsuit against a mixed martial arts fighter Tased by a Kaua‘i Police Department officer two years ago. Garden Island.

Molokai
Richard Schuman, owner of air service provider Makani Kai, confirmed last week his company will begin providing lower-cost flights in and out of Kalaupapa later this month. Molokai Dispatch.

The Safari Explorer passenger yacht did not dock last weekend as scheduled after more than 300 community members attended a public meeting last Wednesday night. Molokai Dispatch.