Friday, August 10, 2012

Hawaii early voting way up, state to help beleaguered Hawaii County Elections Office, UH tracks tsunami debris, Maui BYOB law stands, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Early voting wrapped up Thursday ahead of Saturday's primary election, in what's shaping up to be a record primary for early voting. KHON2.

More than 126,000 Hawaii voters have already cast their ballot through Thursday, moving the state close to the primary election absentee voter record set two years ago. Civil Beat.

Early Walk-in Voting ended today … and the State Elections Office estimates close to 60 percent of all voters casting ballots will do so at precinct polling stations Saturday. Hawaii Public Radio.

Candidates and independent expenditure committees spent almost $800,000 on ad time in the last week leading up to Saturday's primary election, according to Civil Beat's most recent review of TV stations' political files. Civil Beat.

A new computer model for the spread of marine debris from the March 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami shows that a large portion of the wind-driven flotsam has already arrived along the West Coast, while the main Hawaiian Islands and Northwestern Isles have so far been spared. Star-Advertiser.

An environmental group says it has new data supporting its lawsuit aimed at saving false killer whales in Hawaiian waters, with the data coming from the federal agency it is suing. Hawaii News Now.

The U.S. Department of Energy is asking for public comment on the revised scope of the Hawaii Clean Energy Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, which looks at ways in which renewable energy and energy efficiency resources are planned and used in the state. Pacific Business News.

The state is working to create a voluntary quality rating system for preschools that would give parents more information about what they're getting for their child care dollars. Star-Advertiser.

Beppie Shapiro has had an active life in Hawaii, both professionally and as … an activist! Star-Advertiser.

State roundup for August 10. Associated Press.

Oahu

Honolulu City councilman Tom Berg will find out next week what type of disciplinary action he faces for an outburst during a transportation committee meeting two weeks ago. KITV4.

Residents who represent themselves in civil cases will be able to get free help from a volunteer lawyer at Honolulu District Court starting this month. Star-Advertiser.

Two days after leaving the hospital, former Gov. Ben Cayetano was back on the campaign trail Thursday — a campaign trolley, to be specific. Meanwhile, former city Managing Director Kirk Caldwell planned a trolley tour of his own, while Mayor Peter Carlisle tried to work campaigning around a busy city work schedule. Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu mayoral candidate Ben Cayetano, hospitalized briefly this week for treatment of a bleeding ulcer, was back on the campaign trail this afternoon, greeting sign-waiving supporters in front on the state Capitol. Hawaii Reporter.

Adding 10 seats to each train car for the Honolulu rail system would cost an extra $1.5 million to $1.9 million total but would make travel on the 20-mile rail route more comfortable, officials with the Hono­lulu Authority for Rapid Transportation were told Thursday. Star-Advertiser.

A popular farmers' market on Oahu has reopened in a new location. Thursday was the first time the Haleiwa Farmers' Market was held at Waimea Valley. KHON2.

Hawaii

The state Office of Elections is sending an employee to help make sure Saturday’s primary election runs smoothly, a spokesman said Thursday. West Hawaii Today.

Hawaii County Council members will get another chance to question Department of Environmental Management officials about a recent study of hauling rubbish from East Hawaii to the Puuanahulu landfill. West Hawaii Today.

Seven area businesses are preparing to set up shop at Hilo’s newest shopping center, Manono St. Marketplace. Tribune-Herald.

Almost 99 years ago, an Inter-Island Steam Navigation Co. steamboat foundered on the reef at Mahukona, one of four official ports of entry for the Kingdom of Hawaii. West Hawaii Today.

Maui
Maui restaurants will continue having the option of allowing customers to bring their own bottle of wine to enjoy with meals. Maui News.

A salesman, an attorney and a teacher are seeking the Maui County Council's Kahului residency seat, which is being vacated by Council Member Joe Pontanilla because of term limits. Maui News.

Democrat Mazie Hirono opened her Maui headquarters in Wailuku on Wednesday night, several days before she faces off against other Democrats running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retiring U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka. Maui News.

The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association's 34th annual Visitor Industry Charity Walks in Maui County raised a record $613,025, topping last year's record by nearly $121,000. Maui News.

Kauai

The Kaua‘i County Council on Wednesday deferred three requests from County Prosecutor Shaylene Iseri-Carvalho to apply for state and federal funds totaling $300,000, which are supposed to pay for the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney’s victim witness program, the VOCA Expansion Program and the Keiki POHAKU diversion program. Garden Island.

Toxicity levels of ground contamination found in Kilauea and Kekaha are low enough for special permit dumping at a certified landfill, say officials, but some residents want it moved off-island. Garden Island.

Foreclosure ads can be a significant revenue source for an area’s largest daily print newspaper and also arguably provides the broadest possible audience to advertise an auction for a property in that county. Garden Island.

Lanai

A dedication ceremony was held today for the new $6.4 million Lanai Airport Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting station. Maui Now.