Thursday, April 12, 2012

Historic bill transfers ceded land to Native Hawaiians, Maine Rep. Collins stumps for Lingle, Dog the Bounty Hunter wife charged with bullying, Hawaii's traveling mayor, Dalai Lama to visit, Maui News to trim staff, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Ceded lands bill signing Gov. Neil Abercrombie courtesy photo
A historic bill signing at Washington Place settles a nearly three-decades-old ceded lands dispute between the state and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Associated Press.

Invoking a famous speech by the Rev. Abraham Akaka, delivered by the late Kawaiaha‘o Church pastor on the day after Congress approved statehood, Gov. Neil Abercrombie spoke Wednesday of the next great transition for the Hawaiian people as he signed into law a settlement of long-standing ceded land claims against the state. Star-Advertiser.

It took many of the state's sharpest legal and political minds months of hard work but the result was the enactment of historic legislation that settles a $200 million tab from the state to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Civil Beat.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Wednesday signed into law a bill that settles the Office of Hawaiian Affairs’    claims to income from ceded lands by conveying ownership of land in Honolulu’s Kakaako neighborhood valued at $200 million. Pacific Business News.

With the stroke of a koa pen, Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed Senate Bill 2783, and settled a decades-old debt for ceded lands owed the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Hawaii News Now.

After nearly 30 years of working toward an agreement with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Governor Neil Abercrombie signed into law Wednesday a measure that settles OHA’s unresolved claims to income and proceeds from ceded lands. KITV4.

The law gave the Office of Hawaiian Affairs title this summer $200 million worth of Kakaako Makai parcels and buildings over 25 acres. KHON2.

Governor's Office video of ceremony.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, spoke at a fundraiser for Linda Lingle's U.S. Senate campaign at the Sheraton Waikiki, saying she believes the former governor would work with others in the political center toward bipartisan solutions. Star-Advertiser.

Linda Lingle's Role Model: Susan Collins of Maine. Civil Beat.

Hawaii foreclosure filings remained subdued last month by a problematic year-old law, which the Legislature hopes to improve before the end of this year’s session. Star-Advertiser.

A bill that would require a performance management system for teachers is not expected to advance today in the Senate, after strong opposition from teachers. But the state says the absence of legislation won't stop efforts to overhaul teacher evaluations. Star-Advertiser.

Joe Booker, Deputy Director of Corrections in the state Public Safety Department, is resigning effective Friday to take a job in New Mexico. Hawaii Reporter.

Friday will mark the Dalai Lama's fourth official visit to Hawaii. Civil Beat.

National pharmacy giant CVS Caremark is expanding its Hawaii presence next year — armed with plans to build four new MinuteClinics in the Islands along with a new deal with the state’s largest commercial health insurer. Pacific Business News.

Oahu

A popular outdoor Sunday event on Oahu's North Shore is in jeopardy after the state issued a notice to vacate to the operators and owners of the Haleiwa Farmers' Market. Hawaii News Now.

Organizers and supporters of the Haleiwa Farmers' Market said they are seeking ways to keep the popular Sunday market open, following an order by the state to vacate the site because of a state law that prohibits selling from public highways. Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu attorney alleges bullying by bounty hunter Beth Chapman. KHON2.

A 13-year-veteran of the Honolulu Police Department is free on bail after making an appearance in court on federal charges in a marijuana growing operation. KHON2.

Hawaii

Mayor Billy Kenoi has cut back on his county-paid travel since his first year in office, but he still has spent almost $100,000 of taxpayer money on trips since becoming mayor in 2008. West Hawaii Today.

Concerned about a consultant’s report that says it’s cheaper to haul East Hawaii’s garbage to West Hawaii than expand the Hilo landfill, Council Chairman Dominic Yagong is drafting an ordinance to prevent it. West Hawaii Today.

The state Board of Education is planning three community meetings on the Big Island this month. Tribune-Herald.

The discovery of a used motor core in Arizona will speed up the repairs for a broken Keei well. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

The county took a step closer to acquiring nearly 64 acres of open space in Paukukalo on Tuesday, in a purchase many said would preserve a place of cultural and community significance in Central Maui. Maui News.

Maui County Council members voted Tuesday to give initial approval to a bill that would establish new regulations for short-term rentals. Maui News.

The Maui County Council on Tuesday gave final approval to revisions that would soften the county's "Show Me the Water" ordinance. Maui News.

The Maui News plans a workforce reduction of 14 to 18 employees, with a portion expected to leave in a voluntary separation agreement, and the rest to be cut through layoffs. Maui News.

The Maui Planning Commission granted a special management area permit and planned development approvals Tuesday for the Grand Wailea to proceed with its $250 million project to renovate and expand the resort. Maui News.

Kauai

In what was called a rare event on Kaua‘i, members of the House leadership in the state Legislature were at the Wilcox Elementary School cafeteria Wednesday to listen to what island residents had on their minds. Garden Island.

A structural engineer was on Kaua‘i Wednesday to inspect Kapaia Swinging Bridge, a deteriorating historic footbridge near Lihu‘e that appeared to have partially collapsed following storms in March. Garden Island.

The Kaua‘i County Council on Wednesday recognized Kaua‘i Police Department dispatchers and the county’s public safety telecommunications personnel as part of National Public Safety Telecommunications Week under way through Saturday. Garden Island.

Molokai

A Molokai resident who has volunteered thousands of hours to fishpond restoration was honored by the Hawaii State Teachers’ Association (HSTA) with the 2012 Friend of Youth Award. Molokai Dispatch.