Monday, July 2, 2012

Hawaii hosts biggest RIMPAC war games ever, 103 school bus routes cut, Hawaii County councilors accused of absenteeism, U.S. Supreme Court won't review Native Hawaiian tax exemptions, UH goes in search of Earhart's plane, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

RIMPAC courtesy photo
So many nations are participating in this year's Rim of the Pacific war games off Hawaii that China feels left out. Star-Advertiser.

A record number of nations are participating in the Rim of the Pacific war game, as the Obama administration embarks on a new policy to increase the U.S. military presence in the Asia-Pacific region. Star-Advertiser.

On July 19, the East-West Center will present former Hawaii Gov. George Ariyoshi, the center's former board chair, with its Asia Pacific Community Building Award "for his dedication to strengthening the bonds of understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia and the United States." Civil Beat.

The Hawaii Department of Education on Saturday finalized a list of 103 bus routes that will be cut to make up part of a $17 million shortfall in transportation services. Oahu bore the brunt of the cuts. Civil Beat.

A day after the Department of Education released its list of school bus route cuts, residents from one of Oahu's hardest hit communities are speaking out. Hawaii News Now.

One lawmaker spoke out today against the Department of Education's decision to cut more than a hundred school bus routes across the state. KHON2.

Hawaii students will see more fruits and vegetables and less bread in their school lunches starting this fall, under new federal rules aimed at helping to tackle the nation's obesity problem. Star-Advertiser.

A retired Marine Corps colonel who flew Marine One for both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama has been appointed to head the Department of Education's Office of School Facilities and Support Services. Star-Advertiser.

The U.S. Supreme Court won’t review a ruling on tax exemptions for Native Hawaiian homesteaders. Associated Press.

The Hawaii Senate voted 24-0 Friday to confirm Judge Richard W. Pollack’s appointment to the Hawaii Supreme Court, as well as Peter T. Cahill’s appointment to become a judge on Maui’s 2nd Circuit Court. Pacific Business News.

Richard Pollack has been confirmed as Associate Justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court. Hawaii Reporter.

Taxpayers are being set up for a tax increase, make that several tax increases as a result of the work of the latest Tax Review Commission. Garden Island.

Monday marks the 75th anniversary of famed aviator Amelia Earhart's disappearance. Now a University of Hawaii research ship could soon help to solve the enduring mystery. Hawaii News Now.

Discount carrier Allegiant Air entered the Hawaii market Friday, as the first flight from Las Vegas arrived at Honolulu International Airport with great fanfare. KITV4.

State roundup for July 2. Associated Press.

Oahu

Honolulu City Auditor Edwin S.W. Young is in an awkward position. Civil Beat.

After 15 years of planning, ground was broken Thursday on a project to restore Kawainui Marsh on Windward Oahu. Star-Advertiser.

The race to represent District 1 on the Honolulu City Council promises to be one of the most exciting this year. Civil Beat.

Hawaii

Hawaii County Council members Dennis Onishi and Donald Ikeda are facing ethics complaints targeting their attendance records. Tribune-Herald.

Community-based co-management is an effective way to sustain near shore resources and the livelihoods of those depending on them while addressing concerns and user conflicts, West Hawaii Fisheries Council chairman Glennon Gingo said Sunday.West Hawaii Today.

Governor Neil Abercrombie has pledged his support for the renovation and remodeling of the 65 vacant units in Hilo’s Lanakila Housing complex on Kapi`olani Street. KPUA.

West Hawaii Today editorial staff received recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter for its work entered in the 2011 Excellence in Journalism Awards competition. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

Although Maui's visitor arrival and total expenditure growth numbers were not as gaudy as Oahu's, the May visitor data from the Hawaii Tourism Authority for the Valley Isle was still "very good" and on that coveted "slow and steady climb" upward, said the executive director of the Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau. Maui News.

Owners of the Maui Research & Technology Park hope to give the sprawling Kihei campus a $1.4 billion makeover to help attract a broader range of business activities and build out hundreds of undeveloped acres within the park. Maui News.

Maui News staffers took five first-place honors and won finalist awards in seven categories Friday in the Society of Professional Journalism Hawaii Chapter's annual excellence in journalism contest for work done in 2011. Maui News.

Kauai

After many deferrals over several weeks, the Kaua‘i County Council on Wednesday voted in favor of Council Vice Chair JoAnn Yukimura’s request for council approval to ask the county Board of Ethics for an investigation of POHAKU, a diversion program offered by the county Office of Prosecuting Attorney. Garden Island.

County officials are reminding the public that  new operating hours are now in effect at the Kekaha Landfill and the transfer stations. Garden Island.

Lanai
Larry Ellison became the sixth-largest landowner in Hawaii this week when he closed on the purchase of more than 88,000 acres of land on the island of Lanai from Castle & Cooke. Pacific Business News.

Molokai
In an attempt to aid west end Molokai residents paying some of the highest water rates in the nation, Maui County filed an appeal last year in the state Intermediate Court of Appeals against the utilities of Molokai Properties, Ltd. (MPL), better known as Molokai Ranch. That appeal was recently denied, leaving ratepayers struggling under rates that have been called outrageous. Molokai Dispatch.

Molokai’s Kanemitsu Bakery is closed after the Department of Health found sanitation violations for the second time in four months. Hawaii Public Radio.