Tuesday, August 7, 2012

First former public defender sworn to Hawaii Supreme Court, Cayetano hospitalized for ulcer, hugs, kisses are traditional Hawaii greetings, lots of politics and more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Richard Pollack was sworn in as the newest member of the Hawaii Supreme Court on Monday, becoming the first person who served in the public defender's office to sit on the state's high court. Star-Advertiser.

On Monday, a new Hawaii Supreme Court justice was sworn in. KITV4.

Over the past six months, the PAC Pacific Resource Partnership has spent $1.3 million to advertise on local TV stations, which is more than any other campaign in the primary election. Civil Beat.

Republican Linda Lingle faces no serious competition in Saturday's primary election, yet she's still raising more money than Democrats Ed Case and Mazie Hirono, who are in a tight race. Civil Beat.

Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, last week continued to miss voting on key measures so she can fundraise and campaign for the seat left open by the retirement of U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii. Hawaii Reporter.

Honolulu Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard lent her campaign $30,000 on Friday, about a week after former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann loaned his campaign $150,000. Star-Advertiser.

The two top contenders for Hawai’i’s Second Congressional District seat are trailblazers and leaders in their ethnic community … but only Mufi Hannemann can be elected as the first U.S. House member of Samoan descent. Hawaii Public Radio.

The Primary Election is this Saturday, and the State Office of Elections still needs about three hundred more volunteers to work at the polls. KHON2.

Hundreds of Hawaii residents should have received higher prices for their properties sold through nonjudicial foreclosure auctions during the past four years, according to lawsuits recently filed on behalf of borrowers who allege unfair and deceptive practices by four major banks. Star-Advertiser.

In Hawaii it's not uncommon for business associates to greet one another with a hug and a kiss. Friends and family do the same, and sometimes even strangers. Star-Advertiser.

State roundup for August 7. Associated Press.

Oahu

Former Gov. Ben Cayetano, the front-runner in the race for Honolulu mayor, is recovering after he was hospitalized Sunday with what doctors "strongly suspect" to be a bleeding ulcer, his wife said Monday. Star-Advertiser.

Mayoral candidate Ben Cayetano, 72, is in the hospital, but his wife said the health scare won't stop him from returning to the campaign trail. Hawaii News Now.

Cayetano’s condition is not considered life threatening, and his wife said during a Monday press conference that he could be discharged as soon as Tuesday or Wednesday. Civil Beat.

Former Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano has a real chance to exceed 50 percent in Saturday's primary and become Honolulu's 14th mayor. It would be only the second time in the last 16 years that the mayor would be elected without the need for a runoff. Civil Beat.

Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle joined transportation officials today to dedicate the new Alapai Transit Center and 48 new fuel-efficient buses. Hawaii Reporter.

Seeing is believing and today Senator Daniel Inouye went to see the 13 rail transit columns that have been built so far. Hawaii News Now.

The sister of a Nanakuli man who suffocated while being restrained by police is suing the city of Honolulu and the police officers involved for $10 million. Star-Advertiser.

According to the lawsuit filed Friday, Aaron Torres' sister did not know why the police had shown up at their property. Civil Beat.

THE USS Arizona Memorial, a grave for most of the battleship's 1,177 sailors killed in the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese attack, continues to evolve, and its museum will include a new exhibit on the Hiro­shima atom bomb attack and reconciliation after the war, officials said. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii

Volunteers, vendors and elections workers dummied up absentee ballots Saturday for a statewide test of the counting machinery and data network in preparation for this coming Saturday’s primary election. West Hawaii Today.

Dominic Yagong lists opening up the public’s access to government among his accomplishments during his 12 years as a County Council member, but it’s also an area where he wishes he’d done more. West Hawaii Today.

Political experts are calling this fall’s race in the Big Island’s 2nd senate district representing Puna and about half of Ka`u one of the tightest in the state. KPUA.

A number of police critics as well as several supporters showed up at the County Building in Hilo on Monday night to weigh in on the Hawaii Police Department’s efforts to obtain national accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. Tribune-Herald.

The lawyer representing the founder of Hawaii Cannabis Ministry will ask a federal judge today to release his client to a halfway house. Associated Press.

As the federal No Child Left Behind Act’s benchmarks for success have continued to climb, many schools have struggled to meet the standards set for them. In Hawaii, less than half of the state’s students met last year’s federally mandated goals, according to preliminary 2012 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) results released last month. Tribune-Herald.

Proposed rules to govern the recently created Public Lands Development Corp. are “fundamentally flawed,” Sierra Club Hawaii Chapter officials said in an email sent to members last month. West Hawaii Today.

Pahoa residents could be getting a supermarket and more with a proposed new shopping center. Tribune-Herald.

Pahala Public and School Library on the Big Island has adjusted its public service schedule temporarily due to a staffing shortage. KHON2.

Maui

Prices of single-family homes in Maui County jumped by 24 percent in July, while sales declined, according to the Realtors Association of Maui. Pacific Business News.

Democratic challengers for the 10th House District seat, Edward Kaahui and Angus McKelvey, agree that West Maui's main thoroughfare, Honoapiilani Highway, is in dire need of improvement. Maui News.

Maui County Council Member Riki Hokama was elected recently as the second vice president of the National Association of Counties at its annual conference in Pittsburgh. Maui News.

The state’s Na Ala Hele Trails and Access Program will launch a new guided hike program at Maui’s Haleakala Ranch this weekend. Maui Now.

Kauai

A year after a major brush fire burned Weliweli homes, residents are concerned that the brush needs to be maintained to prevent another fire. Garden Island.

A road closure due to a traffic accident and a pavement resurfacing project brought traffic in Lihu‘e to a near standstill Monday afternoon. Garden Island.

Twelve Canadians from four different provinces and a team leader picked up where the Kaua‘i Board of Realtors left off at the Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity’s Anahola house sites. Garden Island.