Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Hawaii hearts Obama, Gabbard to speak at DNC today, Oracle's Ellison foresees new yacht harbor for Lanai, worst students improve, Ritz-Carlton struggles on Maui, book highlights Mormons in Hawaii, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Although President Barack Obama faces a tough re-election, nothing has dulled his popularity in his native state, says former Hawaii County Mayor Dante Carpenter. Stephens Media.

Tulsi Gabbard will speak at DNC 2012. KITV4.

Congressional candidate Tulsi Gabbard is among the speakers at the convention which starts tomorrow. KHON2.

Hawaii hotels set a statewide record for July monthly room revenue as the surging visitor industry remained on pace to establish full-year highs for both arrivals and spending. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii's Mormons: 'Chosen People, Promised Land' Civil Beat.

The percentage of Hawaii students "well below" proficiency in reading and math fell in the 2011-12 school year in all tested grade levels, proof that schools are making gains in helping students who are struggling the most academically, school administrators said. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii's 2012 election is about a lot of things: about how many Democrats will control the Hawaii Legislature, whether Republicans can pick up any seats, whether there will be enough dissidents to overthrow the House speaker, whether the Big Island will stick with its current mayor or go back to its former one. But on Oahu, it's mostly about one issue: rail. Civil Beat.

School Bus Transportation Services Audit Blasts Hawaii Department of Education. Hawaii Reporter.

Over the past two weeks, hundreds of Hawaii people spoke out against the Public Land Development Corporation (and a handful spoke in favor). Hawaii Independent.

DOH: Most local produce vendors not under permit, inspection program. KITV4.

State roundup for Sept. 4. Associated Press.

Oahu

From the minute boater Ed Meixsell drove in to Heeia Kea Boat Harbor Sunday morning, he knew it wasn't going to be a typical three-day weekend at the former party spot known as the Kaneohe sandbar. Star-Advertiser.

Traffic fatalities are on the rise on Oahu and three-fourths of the deaths involved a victim who was either on a motorcycle or mo-ped, or was walking. Star-Advertiser.

More elderly pedestrians are killed in Hawaii than anyplace else in the country. Now, several efforts are coming together to try to make the streets safer for all pedestrians — no matter their age. Civil Beat.

A downtown Honolulu office building affectionately known as the “Pimple Building” is about to get a new life as a dormitory for students from Hawaii Pacific University. Pacific Business News.

Hawaii

Hawaii County spent $8.8 million in overtime in the fiscal year that ended June 30, an average of $2,959 extra for each of the 2,976 positions in county departments under Mayor Billy Kenoi’s administration. West Hawaii Today.

Should a proposed electricity rate increase of 4.2 percent in 2013 be approved by the state’s Public Utilities Commission, Big Island low-income families will be among those hardest hit by higher power bills. Tribune-Herald.

Big Island voters will have more decisions to make at the ballot box this November than just for whom to vote. Tribune-Herald.

The Hawaii Supreme Court has tossed an election challenge filed by U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka’s granddaughter. Civil Beat.

Group wants to put telescope on moon. Tribune-Herald.

Maui

The ultra-luxury Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences at Kapalua Bay - touted as "destined to become Maui's most cherished luxury homes" when it opened in 2009 - is embroiled in a lawsuit filed by homeowners who allege the developer and management company have "allowed the project to fall into disarray." Maui News.

The Surfing Goat Dairy in Kula is under assault - like most Upcountry agricultural operations - because of unyielding and costly drought conditions for the past several years, the dairy owner said. Maui News.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the nonprofit Pacific Islands Fisheries Group will join up to speak with Maui bottom fish fishermen about research activities Wednesday at Maui Waena Intermediate School. Maui News.

Kauai

A unit of the U.S. Strategic Command is conducting classified Global Positioning System tests in waters off Kauai that could disrupt civilian GPS systems on land and sea. Star-Advertiser.

Two Hawai‘i economists were optimistic for Kaua‘i’s slow but steady growth, and see recovery in most sectors with more immediate progress in tourism. Garden Island.

Stuart, Jillian and Ava Collison of Perth, Australia, never fully understood the depth of breakfast until they visited the annual Labor Day Breakfast Monday at Lihu‘e United Church. Garden Island.

Lanai

Is Larry Ellison planning a new yacht harbor for Hawaiian island of Lanai? Pacific Business News.


Molokai

“It is dangerous to put public lands in private hands,” said Molokai resident Kauhane Adams. Yet it seems that this is exactly what legislature created the Public Land Development Corporation (PLDC) to do when they passed senate bill Act 55 in 2011 that established the corporation. Molokai Dispatch.