Monday, December 5, 2011

Schools face overhaul, UH coach McMackin's future in doubt, Pearl Harbor 70th nears, Molokai still fighting cruise yacht, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Attack on Pearl Harbor historical photo
Pearl Harbor salute at year 70. As WWII vet numbers dwindle, preservation of their legacy shifts to newer generations. Star-Advertiser.

The genealogy website Ancestry.com is offering free access to its World War II records through Wednesday. Associated Press.

A first-of-its-kind meeting was held Saturday morning, to map out the strategic plan for the future of Hawaii's public schools. KITV4.

An overhaul is on the horizon for Hawaii's charter school system, which may include stronger accountability, performance contracts and more agencies through which to gain a charter. Civil Beat.

Hawai‘i’s Department of Education is about to be restructured, with a clearer division between academics and operations, and more decision-making by education leaders at the local level. Civil Beat.

President Obama and the first family are scheduled to spend Christmas and New Year's in Hawaii again this year. Hawaii News Now.

Five months after one of its members stepped down, Gov. Neil Abercrombie has yet to fill a vacancy on a seven-member panel charged with administering the State Water Code. Civil Beat.

Hawaiian Airlines will interview more than 2,200 for 275 jobs. Pacific Business News.

Environmentally conscious travelers have new a new rental car option in Hawai`i. Hawaii Public Radio.

More than $90,000 – that is how much University of Hawaii head football coach Greg McMackin makes per month on his current contract – or a little less than that per game. Hawaii Reporter.

Warriors Head Coach Greg McMackin, University of Hawaii Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw, and University of Hawaii Athletics Director Jim Donovan, met for approximately 90-minutes Sunday night, following the football team's annual awards banquet at the Sheraton Waikiki hotel. KITV4.

Oahu
The state has released a draft request for proposals to build a residential tower in Kakaako that would rise significantly higher than any existing structure in Hawaii. Star-Advertiser.

Restaurant stands out with its 'no serve' list. Star-Advertiser.

The city is considering a batch of engineering changes to the $5.17 billion Honolulu rail project, including a proposal to reduce the size of the stations and the length of the trains that would operate on the elevated rail system. Star-Advertiser.

Marina proposal at Sand Island is meeting some opposition. KHON2.

Hawaii

County Council members will consider a package of 14 proposals to take to the state Legislature at Wednesday's County Council meeting in Hilo. West Hawaii Today.

For the first time, select Hawaii County firefighters are to receive intensive training designed to keep them safe while responding to meth labs. Tribune-Herald.

Separate proposals to allocate millions of taxpayers' dollars for maintaining Hawaii County recreational facilities will appear before the County Council when lawmakers meet Wednesday in Hilo. Tribune-Herald.

In the early 1980s, Jerry Kremkow took a big gamble -- risking everything he had on his belief that he would find good water far below Mauna Kea ranch land. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

Unfamiliar faces on the island may make it feel like newcomers are behind Maui's 21 percent population growth over the past decade. Maui News.

Around 43 percent of Makawao residents spend more than half of their income on rent. Maui News.

The Maui County Council voted unanimously Friday to extend its own deadline to pass the Maui Island Plan until Aug. 3. Maui News.

Kauai

The sea of lights were turned on formally Friday evening during the Festival of Lights ceremony at the Historic County Building. Garden Island.

Molokai

American Safari Cruises (ASC) owner Dan Blanchard announced yesterday that the Safari Explorer yacht will not dock on Molokai as scheduled this weekend. The cancellation followed a community meeting Wednesday night, which was attended by over 300 residents. Molokai Dispatch.