Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Hawaii short qualified teachers, Lingle-Hirono race going negative, Hawaii residents not so fat, 23 Oahu plants, flies, added to protection list, Hawaii Shield Law working, HECO eases solar installation rules, Marine helicopter squadron activated, Kauai fights GMO, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Eighty-five percent of Hawaii secondary school classes are taught by teachers rated as "highly qualified," up 20 percentage points from five years ago but still short of the state's goal of having a fully certified teacher in every classroom, new figures show. Star-Advertiser.

Federal mediation between the state and public school teachers has been under way for weeks. KHON2.

The increasingly negative campaign for Hawaii's U.S. Senate seat rose to a new level Monday, with Democrat Mazie Hirono accusing Republican Linda Lingle of deception and a possible coverup in producing its latest television spot. Civil Beat.

Republican Senate hopeful Linda Lingle says opponent Mazie Hirono can't make up her mind. Civil Beat.

Many homeowners and some small businesses installing solar photovoltaic systems will face fewer obstacles under new procedures announced by Hawaiian Electric Co. Star-Advertiser.

A record amount of solar power systems were installed in Hawaii in the second quarter of the year. Associated Press.

Hawaii's 2011 adult obesity rate is the second-lowest in the nation, but that could change dramatically for the worse in 20 years, according to a report released today by two public health groups. Associated Press.

Hawaii's law protecting journalists from being forced to reveal their sources and notes hasn't been tested much in court, but that may be a sign it's working. Civil Beat.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority said Monday that it will issue a request for proposals for its 2013 Product Enrichment Program on Oct. 1. Pacific Business News.

In the 1990s, bullying was prioritized as a serious problem for the Hawaii Department of Education. Civil Beat.

Oahu

Excavation continued today at the site where the first human bone was found along the rail route. Hawaii News Now.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is newly classifying 23 Oahu plants and flies as endangered or threatened. Associated Press.

Two new types of Marine helicopters were outlined against Kaneohe Bay on the flight line Monday as the service activated Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367, which goes by the call sign "Scarface." Star-Advertiser.

The city of Honolulu is holding a series of public meetings to create regulations for commercial activities at all of its parks. Hawaii News Now.

The passage of two bills (Bill 5 and Bill 11) that restricted or banned commercial activity at Kailua and Kalama beach parks, has also created the need for a permitting structure at 288 city parks across Oahu. KITV4.

The 100-Thousand O’ahu Homes Project was launched in Waikiki yesterday. Hawaii Public Radio.

The members of a long-running "Occupy" movement have a new name — (de)Occupy Hono­lulu — and new objectives as they prepare to enter their second year of existence. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii
With millions of dollars worth of water and sewer projects on the line, Hawaii County stands to benefit from an almost $20 million federal infusion into the state’s clean water and drinking water revolving funds. West Hawaii Today.

Fifteen years after they were first cited for a building code violation, the owners of a ramshackle three-story “house of cards” in Kalapana Seaview Estates are being taken to court. Tribune-Herald.

Space for doctors and patients of Kaiser Permanente’s North Kona clinic will nearly triple in 2014, when the group practice is slated to open its new office space, mauka of Honokohau Small Boat Harbor. West Hawaii Today.

Barely two months after it opened, the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates well is partly out of commission. West Hawaii Today.

Connections Public Charter School’s plans for a new campus are coming closer to reality. Tribune-Herald.

Hawaiian scientist takes on cancer. Tribune-Herald.

Maui

Maui residents will have an opportunity tonight to weigh in on a key environmental document the U.S. Department of Energy and state officials plan to draft to help meet the ambitious goals of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative. Maui News.

The US Department of Energy hosts a public scoping meeting in Kahului tonight to discuss alternative energy projects that support the state in its goal of achieving 70% clean energy by 2030. Maui Now.

Plans to convert the landmark Aston Maui Lu Resort in Kihei into time-share condominiums could be revived as the hotel's owners actively seek a buyer for the 27-acre property. Maui News.

Kauai

Genetically modified organisms were the focus of a worldwide Occupy movement on Monday, and demonstrators in Lihu‘e said Kaua‘i is Ground Zero with experimental seed testing. Garden Island.

Ground was blessed and broken for Section B of Ka Ala Hele Makalae, or the multi-use path, Monday morning. Garden Island.

The threats of potential legal challenges that David Arakawa, executive director of the Land Use Research Foundation, made several times a year ago to the Kaua‘i County Council, have become a reality. Garden Island.

Lanai

Lanai’s new owner, Oracle Corp. co-founder and CEO Larry Ellison, made his billions in the technology field but hasn’t quite taken to the online social networking tool Twitter just yet. Pacific Business News.