Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Limits sought for public land development agency, Maui scientists launch coffee-infused breakfast cereal, state pays $400k workers comp to Kauai man dead 20 years, Kaneohe Marine base faces fines for pyrotechnics, Kilauea lava flow resumes march toward sea, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Two state senators behind the Public Land Development Corp. on Monday recommended a new strategic plan to help respond to intense criticism from environmentalists, Native Hawaiians and labor about the corporation's mission. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii’s Public Land Development Corporation is facing an increasingly hostile political landscape as it works to partner with private companies to develop state lands. Civil Beat.

A newly released internal audit warns that a lack of oversight and accountability in key procurement and contracting processes at the Department of Education opens up the agency to a risk of theft. Star-Advertiser.

As the nation reflects today on the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that claimed about 3,000 lives, the Pacific Aviation Museum has gathered together a representation of the "war on terror" costs for America that followed. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii voters unsatisfied with either the Democratic Party ticket (Barack Obama and Joe Biden) or the Republican Party ticket (Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan) have a third and fourth option. Civil Beat.

Several hundred new apartment rentals are under construction statewide. The units will increase affordable housing options for low-income residents, but according to the state’s housing study tens of thousands of additional affordable rentals are needed. Hawaii Public Radio.

School Bullies: Hawaii Gay Kids Face High Risk Of Harassment. Civil Beat.

Oahu

Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle is headed to China for a conference. Associated Press.

A multimedia campaign designed to beef up support for the city's $5.26 billion rail project has been making a pitch in emails designed to solicit canvassers to walk door to door in support of rail. Star-Advertiser.

The State is considering issuing a fine against Kaneohe Marine Corps Base for not having a permit for a pyrotechnics rehearsal it conducted over the weekend. KHON2.

A potential development in Aiea has some residents concerned about whether their homes will have trade winds anymore. Civil Beat.

A community-based effort called 100,000 Homes Oahu aims to move 100 of Oahu's most at-risk homeless people and families into permanent homes within the next two years. Star-Advertiser.

A local developer is converting an office building formerly known as "Newtown Square" to medical condominium units. KHON2.

Brigham Young University-Hawaii is working to improve its newest degree program -- one of its most popular --  after the school received sharp criticism from a regional accreditation team raising questions about whether the new major amounted to a "worthless degree." Hawaii News Now.

The Queen's Medical Center is now willing to release a 95-year-old, debilitated woman — with her feeding tube in place — after a circuit judge indicated last week that he's unlikely to rule on whether to remove Karen Okada's feeding tube until late October. Star-Advertiser.

AES Solar has received approval of its environmental impact statement for Kalaeloa Home Lands Solar LLC, a proposed 5-megawatt solar farm in West Oahu. Pacific Business News.

A recycling program has started generating complaints along with cans and cardboard and some have already discontinued their efforts. Hawaii News Now.

The “Thai lottery” case being investigated by federal authorities and police here involves “a mom and pop operation that’s been going on for 20 years within the Laotian and Thai communities,” defense attorney Myles Breiner said today. Hawaii Reporter.

Hawaii

Astronomers at the W.M. Keck Observatory atop Mauna Kea were set to begin using a new instrument Monday night that promises to speed up the process of discovering some of the universe’s oldest, and most distant, objects. Tribune-Herald.

A rash of burglaries in Kona has left residents terrified and contemplating taking their safety into their own hands. West Hawaii Today.

After months of inconclusive dithering, a lava flow from a breakout near Puu Oo is making its way downslope. Tribune-Herald.

Wainaku Ventures LLC, whose sole principal is the Edmund C. Olson Trust II, has bought the Wainaku Executive Center from the estate of the late former C. Brewer & Co. honcho J.W.A. “Doc” Buyers. Tribune-Herald.

Ken Wood is leaving his post as CEO of North Hawaii Community Hospital, but he isn’t leaving the hospital just yet. West Hawaii Today.

State parks officials are attempting to terminate a permit that allows a business to operate a coastal tour on Hawaii island after the death of a 15-year-old New York boy who was swept out to sea during a guided visit. Star-Advertiser.

Maui

Maui food scientist Mike Abrams and partner Chuck Mason have launched Cappuccino Crunch, a line of toasted rice flour cereals for caffeine lovers. Pacific Business News.

The Maui-based food scientist says he's created the world's first coffee-infused cereals. Maui News.

A Final Environmental Impact Statement has been filed for the development of a public high school in Kihei. Maui Now.

Hawaii and the federal government are starting a program to reduce the amount of sediment, fertilizer and other pollution that flows into the ocean and harms coral reefs off West Maui. Associated Press.

Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge visitor center and Kanuimanu Ponds public viewing area will be open to the public on Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Maui News.

Kauai

The state paid almost $400,000 in worker's compensation benefits for a former Kauai resident who has been dead for more than 20 years. Hawaii News Now.

More than $1.3 million in federal funds for storm-related projects has made its way to Kaua‘i. Garden Island.

County Parks and Recreation Director Lenny Rapozo told the Kaua‘i County Council last week the administration has spent $34.29 million so far in “the path that goes by the coast.” The total length of already finished work is 6.8 miles. The entire path is projected to cover 23.8 miles from Anahola to Ahukini. Garden Island.

Twenty years ago, Hurricane Iniki roared across our islands. The eye of the storm passed directly over Kauai, causing catastrophic damage. Hawaii News Now.

Some people never got to go home after Hurricane ‘Iniki battered the island, said Dickie Chang, a former head concierge and head of guest services at the Westin Kaua‘i Resort, now the Kaua‘i Marriott Resort & Beach Club. Garden Island.

There's no quick fix for Coco Palms resort on Kauai. The hotel which has been in disrepair since Hurricane Iniki devastated the Garden Island 20 years ago remains in shambles. KHON2.

Lanai

The billionaire who purchased most of the Hawaiian island of Lanai will be inheriting a water dispute that has already gone before the state Supreme Court without a final resolution. Associated Press.