Monday, July 23, 2012

Hawaii orchid show highlights the best, education experiment yields mixed results, rail tax nets $47M, Hawaii County mayor touts garbage incinerator, Native Hawaiian roll commission starts work, military irks Molokai, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Exquisite shapes, vibrant colors, and alluring fragrances of one of the world’s most exotic flowers fascinated attendees of Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club’s 30th annual show and sale Sunday in Honalo. West Hawaii Today.

Ed Case and Mazie Hirono will square off one last time this Thursday, on a primetime debate on Hawaii News Now sponsored with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat.

Music, emotion and the spirit of aloha filled Washington Place on Friday as members of the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission began a yearlong effort to register native Hawaiians toward the creation of a future sovereign government. KITV4.

State officials are touting Hawaii's new policy to deal with the impacts of climate change, from sea-level rise to decreased stream flow. Civil Beat.

In 2010 the state Department of Education formed two "zones of school innovation,"one on the Leeward Coast of Oahu and the other in the Kau-Pahoa region of Hawaii island, in hopes of providing the state's lowest-performing schools with intensive help. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii may require skippers of power driven boats in state waters to complete a boating safety course. Associated Press.

A federal judge in Hawaii has dismissed a human trafficking case against executives and business associates of a labor recruiting company accused of exploiting hundreds of farm workers from Thailand. KITV4.

Oahu
Born in Waipahu. Raised in Hilo. Spend any amount of time with Kirk Caldwell and you're likely to hear those words. Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle seems to be everywhere these days. Civil Beat.

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation will receive nearly $47 million in revenue from a surcharge on Hawaii's general excise tax for the second quarter of this year. Pacific Business News.

Waikiki hotels are enjoying higher occupancy this summer despite big increases in average room rates. Pacific Business News.

City purchasing records do not support the Fire Department’s version of how a controversial $175,000 consulting contract was awarded in 2010, a review of those records today showed. Hawaii Reporter.

Health care professionals from all over the state spent several days dealing with a hypothetical large scale tsunami disaster on O’ahu . Hawaii Public Radio.

A national historic landmark is rusting away. The "Falls of Clyde" is docked near the Aloha Tower Marketplace. It was one of the first vessels to sail for Matson and has been around the islands for nearly 100-years. Hawaii News Now.

Changes coming to once popular park near UH Manoa campus. KHON2.

Hawaii

About three months after Hawaii County ended a pilot project for hauling garbage to the west side, Mayor Billy Kenoi said he is now in favor of a waste-to-energy project to resolve the Big Island’s looming landfill crisis. Tribune-Herald.

Maui

A candidate forum, featuring Maui County candidates in contested races in the Aug. 11 primary election, will be held 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and broadcast live on three Akaku: Maui Community Television channels. Maui News.

A grass-roots Maui charity that claimed to be raising $20 million for a 42-acre post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury treatment center for service members has dissolved after being investigated by the state attorney general's office, officials said. Star-Advertiser.

A handful of Maui Meadows residents expressed optimism and excitement about the county's pilot curbside recycling project that county crews were kick-starting Saturday by distributing green and blue carts in the South Maui neighborhood. Maui News.

Kauai
The former USS Kilauea is the latest ship sunk as part of the Rim of the Pacific exercises in and around the Hawaiian Islands. Associated Press.

Kamehameha Schools presented keys to five Hawaiian-focused and conversion charter schools recently who will receive their share of 24 modular buildings donated by Kamehameha Schools totaling $4.8 million. Garden Island.

Molokai

The Marines have backed down from a plan to increase helicopter touch-and-go practice landings at the tiny airport that serves as the lifeline for Kalaupapa. But the Marines continue to anger residents with a proposal to build a helicopter fuel depot "topside" on Molokai. Star-Advertiser.