Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Hawaii to get manini money for tsunami debris cleanup, congressional candidates race for cash, H-1 lanes to narrow, Kauai Foodbank short, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Monday announced it will provide $250,000 in grants to five states affected by debris from last year's tsunami in Japan. Associated Press.

Pacific reef sharks will swim into oblivion without more regulation and effective enforcement, the latest science says. Civil Beat.

Democrats Mufi Hannemann and Tulsi Gabbard are not only leading in the polls, they also continue to raise far more money than their 2nd Congressional District opponents. Civil Beat.

The four top candidates for Hawaii’s two congressional seats in this year’s election are in financial dead heats as the campaigns turn for home in the primary election, Federal Election Commission filings show. Hawaii Reporter.

Honolulu City Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard took the fundraising lead in the latest reporting quarter in the race for Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District seat. Hawaii News Now.

U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono contends Hawaii voters want a U.S. senator who shares their values, who is tough enough for a fight but practical enough to collaborate. Star-Advertiser.

State lawmakers last week received a memo from the Hawaii State Ethics Commission asking them to review their disclosures and fill in some of the blanks. Civil Beat.

It's called an "open primary," yet voter options are limited. Civil Beat.

The former head of a state panel that reviews Hawaii's historic register says the list has become a way for well-connected homeowners to get hefty tax breaks. Associated Press.

State roundup for July 17. Associated Press.

Oahu

The city of Honolulu nwill bump up peak-hour service for TheBus on four Oahu routes at the start of the school year to try to accommodate an expected "pulse" of extra student riders when public school classes begin July 30. Star-Advertiser.

In an attempt to break the logjam on the H-1 through Makiki, workers will re-stripe parts of the freeway to create a fourth lane in each direction. Star-Advertiser.

Debate over the $5.2 billion Rail Transit Project has dominated the race for Honolulu Mayor.   But … as early voters go to the polls in about two weeks … the arguments for and against rail have not addressed how the candidates intend to deal with population growth. Hawaii Public Radio.

In the past six months, 15 candidates running for five seats on the nine-member Honolulu City Council have spent $291,534.05 on their campaigns. Civil Beat.

A group sued the city Monday in an attempt to block the sale of vacant city-owned parcels near Haleiwa Beach Park. Star-Advertiser.

A long-delayed plan to build a commercial irradiator on Oahu for farmers to treat produce for mainland export is moving forward. Star-Advertiser.

Meals On Wheels cutting service Belt tightening means fewer meals for home-bound seniors. KITV4.

Hawaii

With control of the Hawaii County Council up for grabs, candidates have pulled in more than $250,000 in the first six months of this year, although much of that comes from public financing. Tribune-Herald.

Hawaii County is hoping to gain a few “likes” by launching its first Facebook pages. Tribune-Herald.

Maui

The state Office of Planning says it believes the California landowner developing two Kihei shopping malls "has failed to substantially comply with its representations" of the project now under construction. Maui News.

Six Kihei patrol officers are among community members hoping to make a difference in the lives of some Kihei youths, as they embark on a yearlong mentorship program with a group of 24 intermediate school students. Maui News.

Kauai

Kauai officials said continued erosion along Kekaha Beach has forced the county to relocate the Kekaha lifeguard tower to the west end of MacArthur Park. KITV4.

Despite the efforts of several hundred volunteers Saturday, the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank’s one-day summer food drive fell short of its goal. Garden Island.

The presenters often outnumbered community members but there were plenty of questions at the first two public safety meetings in Kilauea and Koloa. Garden Island.