Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Census shows more Pacific Islanders, especially on the Mainland, Navy schedules huge RIMPAC exercise, Obama meets Hawaii Five-0, Hawaii technology 30 years behind, state to start hiring again, Superferries get new names, Kauai smart meters create fears, Maui loads ballot with charter amendments, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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The number of people reporting they are of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Island ancestry has jumped 40 percent over the last decade across the United States and by 28 percent in the state, according to new data from the Census Bureau. Star-Advertiser.

Data released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau seem to show a growing movement of Pacific peoples away from Hawaii and toward the U.S. West and South. Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders living in Hawaii grew by 25.9 percent between 2000 and 2010, compared to 40 percent nationwide. West Hawaii Today.

University of Hawaii school of Hawaiian knowledge Dean Maenette Benham is hopeful and optimistic about the latest numbers released by the U.S. census bureau. KITV4.

U.S. Census figures crunched by state officials say more than one-fifth of Hawaii residents identify as at least part Native Hawaiian. Hawaii News Now.

The Navy says more than 40 ships will be gathering in the Hawaiian Islands this summer for the world's largest naval exercises. Associated Press.

Twenty-two nations, 42 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific exercise scheduled for June 29 to Aug. 3 in and around Hawaii, the Navy said Tuesday. Star-Advertiser.

President Barack Obama greeted "Hawaii Five-0" star Grace Park and spoke about growing up in Hawaii and his connection to Asian and Pacific Americans during a speech in Washington tonight. Associated Press.

U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye has transferred more than $875,000 since January 2011 to help keep the U.S. Senate under Democratic control. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii’s U.S. Senate race has local and national importance, Democratic candidate Ed Case told Rotary Club of Kona Mauka members Tuesday afternoon. West Hawaii Today.

Hawaii was one of four states to receive a failing grade on a new survey released by Thumbtack.com, which questioned company owners about their state’s friendliness toward small business. Pacific Business News.

Hawaii is mired in ineffective and inefficient paper-based, manual business processes with old technology," according to the strategic plan released Tuesday by the Office of Information Management and Technology. Civil Beat.

Since 1962, there has been only one override of a Democrat Governor’s veto. Hawaii Reporter.

After layoffs and hiring freezes the state is close to hiring again.  Lawmakers found money for nearly 100 state jobs this legislative session.  Many will go to depleted departments. Hawaii News Now.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Tuesday announced the release of more than $37.5 million for various Capital Improvement Projects that address storm-related damage to highways and roadways, and to implement transportation safety improvements statewide. Garden Island.

Legislation before the governor could expand geothermal energy production across the state. Associated Press.

An increase in plastic debris floating in a zone between Hawaii and California is changing the environment of at least one marine critter, scientists reported. Associated Press.

The two high-speed ferries built for the shuttered Hawaii Superferry were renamed Tuesday by the vessels’ new owner — the U.S. Navy. Pacific Business News.

The former Hawaii Superferries Ala­kai and Hua­­kai have some new geography associated with their names. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Tuesday their new monikers: the USNS Guam and the USNS Puerto Rico. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. posted another strong financial performance during the first three months of the year, bolstered by the third consecutive quarter of double-digit earnings increases at its electric company subsidiary. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. reported a first-quarter profit of $38.3 million, or 40 cents per diluted share, an increase of 34 percent compared to a profit of $28.5 million, or 30 cents per diluted share, for the same quarter in 2011. Pacific Business News.

Hawaii State Teachers Association President Wil Okabe has secured a second three-year term, fighting off a challenge from a member of his negotiations committee. Star-Advertiser.

State roundup for May 9. Associated Press.

Oahu
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation has made 150,000 pages of records related to the federal approval of the rail proj­ect available on the HART website. Star-Advertiser.

Early on in his tenure, Daniel Grabauskas told the Honolulu City Council that our rail project is "amazing" because there will be no long-term debt. Civil Beat.

Drilling for support columns for Honolulu’s 5.3 billion dollar elevated rail system continues this week in Ewa. Hawaii Public Radio.

City Comfort Stations, Playgrounds, Shut Down for Years, But Mayor 'Rushes to Build Rail,' Honolulu Council Members Say. Hawaii Reporter.

The city of Honolulu is putting up $3.5 million toward the purchase of a building in urban Hono­lulu that would serve as housing for homeless people with special needs, such as disabilities or mental illness. Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle has announced a new transitional housing project geared specifically toward helping people with special needs. Civil Beat.

A nearly two-year project is about to get underway that'll affect drivers in the Pearl City and Aiea areas. KHON2.

Those who feared the damage from an undersea sewer line in Kaneohe are relieved, but other neighborhoods worry about the Oneawa tunnel project. KITV4.

Hawaiian Telcom crews will be working through the night after city crews accidentally cut one of their main fiber lines. KHON2.

Franz "Shiro" Matsuo, the ukulele-strumming founder of Shiro's Saimin restaurants, died Thursday. He was 93. Star-Advertiser.
 
Hawaii

At long last, it’s official: Hilo High School will break ground on its eagerly anticipated new gym early next month. Tribune-Herald.

It’s a different kind of county council — one in which high school students run the show. West Hawaii Today.

Maui
A Maui County Council committee Monday advanced its version of the county budget that would raise property taxes, reduce overtime in many county departments and offer up less borrowing through bonds than proposed by Mayor Alan Arakawa. Maui News.

Charter Commission members voted Monday to send 10 of its 11 proposed charter amendments to voters, in all but one case rejecting Maui County Council recommendations to delete proposals. Maui News.

The chairmen of the departments of Land and Natural Resources and Agriculture and Mayor Alan Arakawa will be attending the first ever Neighbor Island meeting of the Hawaii Invasive Species Council today, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Maui News.

The US Department of Agriculture designated Maui County as a primary natural disaster area due to losses caused by an ongoing drought. Maui Now.

Kauai

Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. on Tuesday submitted his supplemental budget for Fiscal Year 2013. Carvalho’s revised proposal reflects an increase of $4.11 million in operational expenses and $2.56 million in capital improvement projects compared to his March 15 budget submittal. Garden Island.

When County Council Member Timothy Bynum’s case was dropped last Wednesday, it was clear that it took a special prosecutor from the State Attorney General less than a month to find that the Kaua‘i County Prosecuting Attorney did not have a case to bring to court. Garden Island.

Workers at the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative have installed more than 300 meters on homes and businesses in Kapaa that allow the utility to monitor usage remotely and throughout the day. Within two years, the utility aims to replace all of the old meters with “smart meter" technology designed to help the utility smooth out power on the electric grid and add more renewable energy sources such as solar. Civil Beat.

The state is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to move hundreds of geese away from runways at the airport in Kauai. Associated Press.