Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Hawaii Supreme Court affirms native rights stop at state parks, governor's mansion upgrades include $12k dog run, GOP continues push for relevance, UH chancellor wins $300k sabbatical, Maui debates bus fares, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands for smartphone and web

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The Hawaii Supreme Court has affirmed that a Native Hawaiian practitioner violated state park rules by setting up residence in a closed area of Kalalau Valley, despite his defense that he had a constitutional right to live there as a caretaker. Civil Beat.

Bank of Hawaii announced on Monday it is working with the Hawaii Tourism Authority and Office of Hawaiian Affairs    to be the first bank to offer Hawaiian language prompting in its ATMs. Pacific Business News.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie and First Lady Nancie Caraway have spent more than $41,000 in taxpayer money on improvements to the governor's residence since moving in about a year ago. KITV4.

Hawaii's 20 Republican delegates in the presidential primary are breaking down as expected following the state's caucus in March. Associated Press.

Two years ago … 46-thousand registered Republicans voted in Hawai’i … a little more than 6 percent of all voters in the state.    Hawai’i Republican Party delegates gathered for their 2012 State Convention this weekend … and the goal of GOP leaders is to rebuild the party from the ground up. Hawaii Public Radio.


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FACT CHECK — Charles Djou: I Accepted No PAC Money Last Quarter. Civil Beat.

Hawaii lawmakers this year pushed hard and passed a bill that enables Department of Land and Natural Resources officers to carry the electric weapons. Civil Beat.

Hawaii will get more than $128,000 to help protect and preserve Hawaiian monk seals, green sea turtles and hawksbill turtles. Associated Press.

The state Judicial Selection Commission has forwarded to Gov. Neil Abercrombie the lists of nominees to fill an impending vacancy on the Hawaii Supreme Court and a vacancy on the Circuit Court bench on Maui. Star-Advertiser.

PBN has received more than a dozen new entries for the Social Madness social media challenge over the past week and a half, which means we’re nearing the four-dozen mark for the challenge. Pacific Business News.

Oahu

University of Hawaii at Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw will be paid nearly $300,000 for a ten- month sabbatical after she steps down from her position this summer and she will land another high paying UH job next year. Hawaii News Now.

A change in the electric rate system implemented last year means a slightly larger bill for Oahu residents. KHON2.

With bagpipers and motorcycle officers leading the way, more than 200 police officers, their supporters and dignitaries marched down Beretania Street from the main police station to the state Capitol on Monday to observe the start of Police Week 2012 and pay homage to those who died in the line of duty. Star-Advertiser.

As Hawaii honors its fallen police officers this week, the push continues to build a permanent memorial. Hawaii News Now.

An attorney for three Honolulu Police Department officers who filed a federal lawsuit charging HPD with race and gender discrimination alleges that top-ranking HPD officers, city attorneys and the city Equal Opportunity Office conspired to cover up wrongdoing by officers. Star-Advertiser.

A Teamsters Union supervisor on the “Hawaii Five-0” television production was asphyxiated by police at his Nanakuli home in February and was in a “cocaine-induced excited delirium” when he died, according to the City Medical Examiner’s office. Hawaii Reporter.

The book shelves in Washington Middle School's library are overflowing, not so much with books, but termite droppings. KHON2.

The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier is visiting Pearl Harbor on the way home to San Diego after a six-month deployment to Asia and the Middle East. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii

Koyo USA Corp. will pay $2 million in two installments to settle an alleged violation involving use of an unapproved manufacturing process for its bottled water, known as Mahalo Hawaii Deep Sea. West Hawaii Today.

Mayor Billy Kenoi’s $365.1 million budget moved forward with few changes Monday, but it’s likely to face many more amendments when it comes up for a final vote May 31. West Hawaii Today.

Hawaii County Council members debated the merits of a community relief shelter in the middle of Puna’s Leilani Estates subdivision before sending it back for further refinement. Tribune-Herald.

Maui

A $1-per-ride fee and a $2 daily pass would be eliminated for riders of the Maui Bus public transit service under a proposal that has advanced in the Maui County Council. Maui News.

Maui County Council members paid nearly $77,000 in bonuses to office staff members over two fiscal years, but they maintain that the compensation is justified because their employees work long hours, get no overtime pay and can't count on long-term job security. Maui News.

Kauai

A “change of operations” is the term used to describe what will happen at the Makaweli Poi Mill next week, said Bryna Storch, operations manager at the mill. Garden Island.

Operations at Makaweli Poi Mill will be suspended soon, according to a statement from Hi‘ipoi LLC, the mill’s operating company. Hawaii Independent.

Federal officials are asking the public to keep their distance from two newborn Hawaiian monk seals on Kauai for the safety of the pups — and onlookers. Star-Advertiser.

Molokai

An informational meeting will be held on Molokai to discuss the planned construction activities and improvements for the Molokai to Maui commuter ferry. Maui Now.