Monday, July 16, 2012

Health Department lags on testing Hawaii beaches, teachers union mulls lawsuit, Maui mayor meets with Lanai owner Ellison, Navy sinks ship off Kauai, annual barge visits Molokai, candidates report campaign finance, taxpayer subsidies spike for Honolulu rail, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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The Hawaii Department of Health didn't test dozens of beaches that it was supposed to in 2011 — including some of the state’s most popular. Civil Beat.

Honolulu City Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard led all 2nd Congressional District candidates in fundraising in the second quarter of 2012, according to contribution reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. Star-Advertiser.

There's not a well-known Republican running for in the race for 2nd Congressional District, so Hawaii voters will likely be selecting a new U.S. representative in the Democratic primary on Aug. 11. Civil Beat.

For former Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Ed Case, being a moderate is not only a political philosophy, it is about effective leadership. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii State Teachers Association President Wil Okabe told teachers last week that the union is exploring legal means to enforce the January contract agreement the state considers off the table, according to internal documents. Civil Beat.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie recently signed bills to combat cyberbullying, to prohibit adults from soliciting minors to electronically transmit nude images of minors and to allow out-of-state records to be subpoenaed in criminal cases. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaiian Airlines, the state's oldest airline said Sunday it will offer nonstop flights between Honolulu and Auckland, New Zealand, three times a week beginning March 13. Star-Advertiser.

Oahu

Honolulu mayoral candidate Kirk Caldwell received $511,404 in campaign donations from January through June, nearly $400,000 less than fellow challenger Ben Cayetano, according to campaign figures released today. Hawaii Reporter.

Honolulu city taxpayer subsidies for public transportation in Honolulu will increase by hundreds of millions of dollars to 17 percent of overall city tax collections after the new 20-mile rail system gets rolling, according to the new financial plan for rail. Star-Advertiser.

The Honolulu elevated rail project is splitting Hawai`i’s environmental community, with only one group coming out in support of the project. Hawaii Public Radio.

An $8 million gym and multi purpose building continues to sit empty in West Oahu. KHON2.

Honolulu is seeking applicants for projects to preserve and protect forests, beaches, coastal areas. Associated Press.

Hawaii

Less than half of Hawaii County Mayor Mayor Billy Kenoi’s $388,249 in campaign contributions come from the county he oversees. West Hawaii Today.

Incumbent State Senator Gil Kahele raised more than 10 times the money that challenger Donald Ikeda did in the first six months of 2012, according to campaign spending reports released Thursday by the state Campaign Spending Commission. Tribune-Herald.

After being vetoed last week, two geothermal bills will get another chance Thursday as the Hawaii County Council votes on whether to override Mayor Billy Kenoi’s administrative dismissal. Tribune-Herald.

The former nursing director at Bay Clinic has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit, claiming she was fired because of her gender and marital status, and accusing the nonprofit health care organization of “defamation” and “negligent infliction of emotional distress.” Tribune-Herald.

Maui

Maui state Rep. George Fontaine last week lauded Gov. Neil Abercrombie for recently signing four cyber-crime bills into law. Maui News.

Maui County total business establishments decreased 2% from 4,422 establishments in 2005 to 4,332 in 2010. Maui Now.

The 2012 Native Hawaiian Justice Task Force will hold meetings on Maui and Molokai on concerns about the disproportionate number of Native Hawaiians who are in prison. Maui News.

Kauai

A live-fire exercise sank the former Navy ship Niagara Falls southwest of Kauai on Saturday, the Navy said. Star-Advertiser.

A Kaua‘i attorney was convicted of harassment Thursday after being accused of licking his client’s ear at his office last year. Garden Island.

The Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a forum featuring the Kaua‘i County Council candidates on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kaua’i War Memorial Conventional Hall Exhibition Area. Garden Island.

Lanai

Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa got some glimpses this week about what Lanai’s new owner, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, wants to do with the Pineapple Isle when he met with Ellison's representatives and people from Castle & Cooke in a closed-door meeting. Pacific Business News.


Molokai
courtesy Sen. J. Kalani English
Molokai barge day courtesy Sen. J. Kalani English
The normally calm demeanor of the Kalaupapa settlement was replaced with hustle and bustle on Saturday morning as residents chatted excitedly about what many have dubbed “Christmas in July.” It marked the once-a-year barge that hauls in essential supplies like building materials, fuel, vehicles and other goods from Oahu to the isolated settlement. Molokai Dispatch.