Thursday, September 6, 2012

Waikiki street performers face arrest, Hirono and Lingle debate today, Hawaii seeks No Child Left Behind waiver, UH reaches record enrollment, House committee mulls gun control, Maui 2nd domestic destination, HELCO wants to lower fuel costs, Kauai plugs $1M budget hole, more news from all the Hawaiian islands

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Waikiki street performers suspect the Hawaii Police Department in recent weeks has been cracking down on them at the request of a Waikiki business group, citing a series of arrests that caught many of the entertainers off guard. A group of performers plans to gather at the Sept. 11 Waikiki Neighborhood Board meeting to discuss the incidents. Civil Beat.

Former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle and U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono are facing each other in the first of five general election debates in their race to replace U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka. Associated Press.

The University of Hawaii’s systemwide enrollment has reached a record 60,633 students, university officials reported. Pacific Business News.

A Civil Beat analysis of campaign spending and primary election results shows a vote last month cost most major candidates in major races between $10 and $20 apiece, though the range was from $3 to $90. Those who spent more in total were more likely — though not guaranteed — to win. Civil Beat.

The state plans to file an application today for a waiver from key provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind law in a bid to overhaul its accountability system for schools and focus more on academic growth and less on the results of a single annual test. Star-Advertiser.

Rep. John Mizuno used a hearing on violence Wednesday to make nice with gun rights groups. Civil Beat.

The House Human Services Committee conducted an informational briefing today on ways to improve nonviolence and peace in Hawai’i.   The discussion primarily focused on the need for more or less gun control legislation. Hawaii Public Radio.

Hawaii Democrats are contesting the standing of another candidate who is running under their banner. Civil Beat.

Candidate complains primary winner was not a registered Democrat. KHON2.

The State Senate Wednesday scheduled a special hearing to investigate the University of Hawaii's Stevie Wonder blunder while the UH Board of Regents approved a special committee to evaluate the school's financial and management practices. Hawaii News Now.

The state Senate Special Committee on Accountability has scheduled a Sept. 24 meeting to review the University of Hawaii's handling of the Stevie Wonder concert fiasco. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii hotels have set a new room revenue record of $310 million, according to data released Tuesday by a tourism industry consultant company. Associated Press.

Oahu
A Honolulu businessman accused of illegally importing some of the confiscated fireworks that exploded and killed five men in a Waikele storage bunker in 2011 was found not guilty of all charges Wednesday. Star-Advertiser.

The University of Hawaii Board of Regents approved approved a short-term cash advance for UH-West O‘ahu construction on Wednesday as a bridge until an $18 million loan is delivered. Star-Advertiser.

After two critical audits, the man in charge of maintaining the University of Hawaii campus was fired in July, sources said. Hawaii News Now.

Kaimana Beach, also known as San Souci Beach, is a small haven for locals along the Waikiki shoreline, an international tourist destination that attracts several million tourists annually. Civil Beat.

An Oahu group is adding a high-technology alternative in its war against coqui frogs, an alien species that has infested an estimated 60,000 acres on Hawaii island, threatened its native environment and lowered some property values and visitor occupancy. Star-Advertiser.

It was the second time in recent days EMS and police helped deliver a baby on the H-1 freeway. KITV4.

Hawaii

A Hawaii County Council committee is urging Hawaii Electric Light Co. to do something company representatives say they really want to do anyway — bring down the price the utility pays for alternative energy from independent suppliers. West Hawaii Today.

A critical link in the island’s cross-island highway is one year away from completion. Tribune-Herald.

The fate of new proposed rules for agri -tourism ventures may be decided later this month. Tribune-Herald.

The state department that owns the Old Kona Airport Park still hasn’t transferred the property to Hawaii County. West Hawaii Today.

Carol Ignacio calls it her “green project” — salvaging 20 housing units that were slated for the landfill, moving them across island and turning them into homes for low-income senior citizens. Tribune-Herald.

Maui

Maui is making waves as the second most popular domestic destination for the remainder of the year, behind Las Vegas – bumping ever-popular Orlando to number three. Maui Now.

Mokulele Airlines and the Travassa Hana hotel have formed a partnership to launch twice-daily service between Kahului and Hana starting Oct. 1, restoring what officials say has been a decadelong hiatus in daily scheduled service to rural East Maui. Maui News.

Hopes are being raised for restored health of one of the most severely impacted coral reefs in the state in West Maui, with the signing Tuesday of a $3 million state and federal cost-sharing agreement to develop a watershed plan for the West Maui "Ridge to Reef" Initiative. Maui News.

Wailuku Main Street Association may have violated county grant agreements and federal tax requirements and failed to follow its bylaws and did not keep close tabs on its executive director, who should be fired, according to a report from the state attorney general's office. Maui News.

The Hawaii Supreme Court’s recent decision in a longstanding water dispute goes beyond the issue of how to fairly allocate the flow from four Maui streams. It also underscores a yawning, ongoing disconnect between state law and decisions made by the state Commission on Water Resource Management. Honolulu Weekly.

Kauai

The Kaua‘i County Council, following a recommendation last week from its Committee of the Whole, approved two bills Wednesday to address an almost $1 million imbalance in the budget for Fiscal Year 2013, which started July 1. Garden Island.

The County of Kauai in Hawaii will pay $120,000 to settle a federal charge of race harassment filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today. Hawaii Reporter.

The Kaua‘i County Council approved a request for the Kaua‘i Police Commission for an additional $20,000 to be used in special counsel in a 5th Circuit Court complaint against Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. Garden Island.

The future of a Kilauea Agricultural Park took precedence at the Kilauea Neighborhood Association meeting Tuesday. Garden Island.

Single-family home prices on Kauai inched up nearly 3 percent in August, while the median price of a condominium jumped nearly 20 percent, according to statistics from Hawaii Information Service. Pacific Business News.

Molokai

Molokai residents are frustrated with Oceanic Time Warner Cable, the island’s only provider of cable television (CATV) and broadband Internet services. Many claim that though they pay the same price as on other islands for Internet, they get only half the speed. Molokai Dispatch.