Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Hawaii filing deadline reveals instant winners, paired incumbents; Supreme Court justice named; school bus plan stalls; Kaiser Permanente named safest hospital; all out for transit of Venus; more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Former state Sen. Lorraine Inouye checks election maps (c) 2012 All Hawaii News
Democratic candidates for the Hawaii Legislature are fielding more than double the number of Republican candidates in the 2012 elections — 121 to 56. Civil Beat.

Incumbents are facing off in redrawn districts. Several Democratic leaders are competing against either each other or former lawmakers. Star-Advertiser.

Statewide candidate filing report from the Office of Elections.

Citing his reputation as a "judge's judge," Gov. Neil Abercrombie appointed Circuit Judge Richard Pollack on Tuesday to a 10-year term on the Hawaii Supreme Court. Star-Advertiser.

Circuit Judge Richard Pollack has been appointed to the Hawaii Supreme Court by Gov. Neil Abercrombie. Hawaii Reporter.

Judge Richard W. Pollack has been nominated to the Hawaii Supreme Court by Gov. Neil Abercrombie. Pacific Business News.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie wants to change the state law that requires Hawaii judges and justices to retire at age 70. Civil Beat.

More than half of Hawaii hospitals were rated average or worse in a new patient-safety survey that already is under attack by the industry. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii school board members on Tuesday rejected the Department of Education's plan to plug a $17 million shortfall for student transportation services that includes eliminating 190 buses. Civil Beat.

The Board of Education is asking schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi to dig deeper to cover a shortfall for student transportation and wants service cuts to affect no more than 4,300 student riders. Star-Advertiser.

A proposal from the state Department of Education for the state Board of Education to discontinue certain school bus routes hit a wall Tuesday, and will now be revisited in an upcoming board meeting. Garden Island.

Yesterday the Islands provided one of the best places to view the rare Transit of Venus. Hawaii Public Radio.

The daylit side of the world paused Tuesday to mark the transit of Venus across the sun, an event that won’t be seen again for 105 years. Tribune-Herald.

Hundreds of people seized their last chance in a lifetime to watch Earth’s sister planet do its slow march across the sun Tuesday in Waimea. West Hawaii Today.

Oahu

The Honolulu City Council plans to hammer out operating and capital improvement spending plans Wednesday, and there are several items that could stir debate. Civil Beat.

The city's "white bin" program, which allows schools and clubs to earn money for programs by inviting neighbors to dump their recyclables at specially marked containers, will continue under the City Council's $1.95 billion operating budget up for a final vote today. Star-Advertiser.

For the second straight budget, a sewage treatment project is a major source of friction between Mayor Peter Carlisle and the Honolulu City Council. Civil Beat.

Officials said Tuesday that federal firefighters acted quickly Monday to contain a small brush fire at Naval Magazine Lua­lua­lei that got away from firefighters and grew to a 1,200-acre brush fire that likely affected endangered plants, possibly damaged structures and forced Wai­anae Valley residents to evacuate two days in a row. Star-Advertiser.

Former award-winning journalist Gregg Takayama today filed as a Democratic candidate for the State House representing Pearl City’s new 34th District (Momilani-Pacific Palisades). Hawaii Reporter.

Experts predict fewer storms than usual in the Central Pacific during this year's hurricane season. That is good news for Hawaii, but emergency response teams are still preparing for a potential disaster. Hawaii News Now.

Kahala residents say they've been noticing more homeless people living on the beach and squatters taking over vacant mansions. KHON2.

Hawaii
The election is over before it even began for two Big Island state representatives and two County Council members who won their respective races as of the 4:30 p.m. Tuesday filing deadline. West Hawaii Today.

Seven East Hawaii school bus routes affecting a total of 158 students are likely to be discontinued this academic year. Tribune-Herald.

The U.S. Commerce Department is awarding a $3 million grant to the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority to support the development of alternative energy sources and biotechnology. Associated Press.

Family members cried as a federal judge told Cannibus Minister Roger Christie that he'd have to remain behind bars. Hawaii News Now.

Big Island single-family home and condominium sales were down slightly in May, but median sale prices for both rose when compared to the same period last year, according to statistics from Hawaii Information Service. Pacific Business News.

Maui

A County Council committee Monday approved removing eight sites in Makena from protected area designation, after the Planning Department cited the potential for legal issues and county reimbursements for the impediments to development with the designation. Maui News.

More than a handful of residents and property owners of Anuhea Place near the Kulamalu Town Center in Pukalani asked County Council committee members Monday to place their land in a rural growth boundary so that they could freely put up homes for themselves and their children. Maui News.

A remake of the 1980 movie classic, “The Blue Lagoon,” which was filmed partially on Maui, is scheduled to air on June 16th on the Lifetime Network. Maui Now.

Kauai

Single-family home sale prices dropped 19 percent on Kauai in May, to a median price of $483,750. But condominium prices were up 22 percent to $264,500 last month when compared to the same period last year, according to statistics from Hawaii Information Service Inc. Pacific Business News.

The Hawai‘i National Guard and a unit from Nevada are on Kaua‘i this week for the Makani Pahili 2012 disaster communications exercise in support of the County of Kaua‘i and County Civil Defense. Garden Island.