Tuesday, March 13, 2012

GOP caucuses today across Hawaii, state House passes $11B budget, state to pay man disrupting Senate prayer, inmate bitten by pig, Honolulu pimps scott-free, Kauai police chief reinstated, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

For the first time in history, Hawaii Republican voters will be voting on their choice of Republican Presidential nominees. Hawaii News Now.
 Elizabeth Santorum, wearing lei and a pleasant smile, sat patiently Monday afternoon as state Senate Minority Leader Sam Slom gave her a 45-minute briefing on Hawaii politics. Star-Advertiser.

Local Mitt Romney supporters took their campaign to the streets of Laie this evening. KITV4.

Hawaii will be in the national political spotlight this week as reporters from around the country arrive to cover the Republican Party of Hawaii’s presidential caucus on Tuesday. Hawaii Reporter.

What do Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum all have in common? All three presidential candidates sent a son or daughter to Hawaii to try to make waves ahead of Republican presidential caucuses Tuesday evening. KITV4.

House lawmakers advanced on Monday an $11.1 billion supplemental budget bill that leaders say takes a conservative approach to government spending amid an economic recovery that is still fragile. Star-Advertiser.

The state House of Representatives today passed an $11 billion budget bill and two House committees gave very grudging approval to Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s $200 million settlement deal with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Hawaii Reporter.

A man who was dragged out of the state Senate chamber and arrested for objecting to lawmakers opening their daily proceedings with a prayer has reached a $100,000 out-of-court settlement with the state. Star-Advertiser.

The State House of Representatives advanced a bill today to establish a regulatory process to build an inter-island high voltage electric transmission cable. Hawaii Public Radio.

The House Finance Committee is calling the Hawaii Department of Education's bluff on school buses. Civil Beat.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has appointed Central Pacific Financial Corp. President and CEO John C. Dean to serve on the University of Hawaii Board of Regents. Pacific Business News.

Loretta J. Fuddy, state health director, said children and adolescents nationwide take in between 10 and 15 percent of their calories from sweetened beverages, and about 1 in 3 Hawaii children entering kindergarten is obese. Star-Advertiser.

Big Island state Rep. Bob Herkes, D-Puna, Ka‘u, Kona, is working to temper legislation enacted last spring to curtail the high rate of home foreclosures in Hawaii. Tribune-Herald.

A bill that would end mandatory inspection of green coffee beans being shipped from Hawaii cleared its last hurdle before the state House of Representatives last week and goes before a Senate committee today. West Hawaii Today.

Lawmakers recently approved legislation that authorizes a payout for a Waiawa prison inmate bitten by a wild pig, along with other settlements totaling $5.8 million in state funds. Civil Beat.

Hawaii’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 6.5 percent in January, the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations said Monday.Pacific Business News.

The State Department of Health has issued notices for eight companies across the state after air permit violations dating back to 2010 were either discovered or self-reported. KITV4.

Oahu

In one year, Honolulu police made more than 200 prostitution arrests. But only one of those arrests involved a pimp — and he was never charged. Civil Beat

Six new roadways are open in a quickly growing West Oahu community grappling with congested traffic. KHON2.

Hawaii

Kona to get three charter flights from Japan, West Hawaii Today.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources has sent KapohoKine Adventures a cease and desist letter prohibiting the tour company from taking visitors to the former Kaimu Bay area. Tribune-Herald.

Work at Kawa Bay questioned. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

The Nahiku community is seeing its long-awaited community center come to fruition as the county and the state move ahead to fund the estimated $815,000 center that will be built on the grounds of the former Lower Nahiku Grammar School. Maui News.

Maui County Republicans will have a chance to have their say in the GOP race for president during caucus voting from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Maui News.

The proposed acquisition of 63.7 acres of coastal wetlands in Paukukalo resurfaces again before the Council’s Budget and Finance Committee this week. Maui Now.

Kauai Police
Chief Darryl Perry

Kauai

Kauai Police Chief Darryl Perry regained his badge and access to his office Monday after agreement was reached between the Mayor's Office and the Police Commission. Star-Advertiser.

Kaua‘i County Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. on Monday announced that Police Chief Darryl Perry was officially off paid leave and back on the job, even though Perry said he had been on the job since last month. Garden Island.

Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. will present his State of the County address Friday. Garden Island.