Friday, February 3, 2012

Hawaii attorney general wants unlimited gifts, Legislature limiting medical marijuana, Kauai police officer complaint spurs chief's leave, Hawaii County mayor brings big bucks home from Oahu, Occupy Honolulu protestor arrested, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Hawaii consumers are slightly more confident about the future now than they were six months ago. Pacific Business News.

State House Vice Speaker Joey Manahan said Thursday that he will run for Honolulu City Council. Star-Advertiser.

State Rep. Tom Okamura, who was appointed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie in January to fill a state House vacancy in Aiea, has resigned for health reasons. Star-Advertiser.

The Abercrombie administration is proposing changes to the state ethics code that would allow state officials, including legislators, to accept unlimited numbers of invitations to charitable fundraising events, even if the purpose of the gifts is to influence  votes or other official actions. Hawaii Reporter.

After shying away last session, lawmakers have gingerly waded back into the debate over the state's gift ban. Star-Advertiser.

State lawmakers are advancing a bill this session to change Hawai’i’s medical marijuana law to rein-in alleged abuses and questionable practices. Hawaii Public Radio.

Oahu

One Occupy Honolulu protester was arrested at Thomas Square on Thursday as city officials continued to rid Oahu sidewalks of personal items under a nearly 2-month-old ordinance. Star-Advertiser.

The Honolulu Marathon, which generates more visitor spending in Hawaii than any other annual event, pumped $107.7 million into the state economy in 2011. Star-Advertiser.

Rail Radio Blitz Costs Oahu Taxpayers $145,000. Hawaii Reporter.

Residents at Mayor Wright public housing complex will soon see new security measures following recent violence. KITV4.

Hawaii

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi packed his re-election war chest with almost three times the money raised by Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle — most of it coming from donors in Carlisle's own backyard. West Hawaii Today.

It was chaos in Hilo’s county building on Wednesday, when protest erupted during a vote on adopting a new building code for Hawaii Island. Big Island Video News.

An unruly crowd chanting "kill the bill" forced two recesses of a County Council meeting Wednesday and brought a dozen police officers to council chambers. West Hawaii Today.

Valerie Poindexter, the District 1 representative on the county Redistricting Commission, on Wednesday pulled papers for the County Council district she helped draw. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

Dragging buoys and a nest of fishing lines,an adult humpback whale apparently didn't want anything to do with a motorized boat carrying a federal rescue team intent on cutting away the snarled mess, disappearing Thursday afternoon after several hours of pursuit. Star-Advertiser.

Coast Guard personnel and federal marine mammal specialists responded Thursday to help an adult male humpback whale entangled from head to tail in fishing nets and dragging two orange buoys six miles south of Maalaea Bay, the Coast Guard reported. Maui News.

Upcountry farmers said this week that they have concerns about proposals to change the way agricultural lands are taxed. Maui News.

A bill to ban alcohol at Kalama and Cove Parks in South Maui gained unanimous passage on second and final reading today. Maui Now.

Kauai

Kauai mayor addresses complaint made by 27-year KPD veteran. KHON2.

Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho acknowledged Thursday that he placed the Garden Island's police chief and two assistant chiefs on leave this week in response to an unspecified "employee-generated complaint" to his office and the Kauai Police Commission. Star-Advertiser.

After two days of “no comment” from his office, Kaua‘i County Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. held a brief news conference Thursday to read a statement that did not answer why he placed County Police Chief Darryl Perry and two assistant chiefs on indeterminate leave this week. Garden Island.

Kauai County Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. broke his silence on Thursday about the shakeup involving three of the Kauai Police Department's top leaders. Hawaii News Now.