Monday, October 1, 2012

Hirono tops Lingle in poll, Navy backs off solar plan, Kauai begins shipping container housing, Maui wages sugar-burning battle, Hawaii County council to continue elections scrutiny, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

U.S. Senate candidates
Linda Lingle, Mazie Hirono, U.S. Senate candidates
Mazie Hirono has a double-digit lead over Linda Lingle in the first independent survey of the U.S. Senate race since the August primary election. The Civil Beat Poll shows Hirono, a Democratic congresswoman, with a 55 percent to 39 percent advantage over the two-term Republican Hawaii governor. Civil Beat.

President Barack Obama and his family have taken a $4 million vacation in Kailua, Hawaii, each Christmas, since 2008, courtesy of the nation’s taxpayers. Hawaii Reporter.

Hawaii’s abysmal voter turnout rate is getting national attention. This time from CNN.com which is making it part of an interesting new project called “Change The List.” Civil Beat.

Oahu Democrats on Saturday (Sept. 29) voted overwhelmingly to reject a complaint against state Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz. Civil Beat.

The U.S. Commerce Department says it will grant Hawaii $1.3 million to upgrade its disaster preparedness system and build new tsunami warning sirens. Associated Press.

The University of Hawaii Board of Regents is beginning its annual evaluation of UH President M.R.C. Greenwood, the fourth since she was hired in 2009 and the first since the Stevie Wonder concert fiasco. Star-Advertiser.

What exactly happened with the Stevie Wonder concert deal intended to raise money for the University of Hawaii Athletics Department? Civil Beat.

The first checkpoint for the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative is just three years off, and the plan appears on track to reach its short-term goals for the use of alternative energy sources to replace oil in electricity generation. Star-Advertiser.

Most people who ended up in Honolulu Immigration Court removal proceedings last year came from three countries: China, Mexico and the Philippines. Star-Advertiser.

Debris from the March 2011 Japanese tsunami is now reaching Hawaii shores, and scientists expect that it will continue to wash up through the winter and into spring. Tribune-Herald.

State roundup for October 1. Associated Press.

Oahu

In the face of opposition from historic preservation groups, the Navy has eased off plans to install photovoltaic panels on the historic Ford Island runway in Pearl Harbor. Star-Advertiser.

An anti-rail group is setting up its own "super PAC" to counter what it says are "lies" and "mudslinging" attacks on candidate Ben Cayetano by pro-rail groups. Hawaii News Now.

City Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro faces a challenge in the November general election from a former veteran deputy prosecutor who lost his job when Kane­shiro took office two years ago. Star-Advertiser.

Family hopes for tougher punishment for Donaldson Enterprises, the company allegedly responsible for Waikele fireworks bunker explosion. KITV4.

Local fishermen donated more than 650 pounds of fish to help feed Hawaii's hungry to kick off Hawaii's 7th Annual Fishing and Seafood Festival. KHON2.

Hawaii

The Hawaii County Council will take a closer look at the operations of the county Elections Division on Wednesday, when it will consider two resolutions directing how the office should operate in the wake of a primary election that saw many polling places open late. West Hawaii Today.

Big Island fishermen on Saturday got an in-depth look at new federal annual catch limits and the Marine Mammal Protection Act and how such regulations affect local fisheries. West Hawaii Today.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Honolulu led a groundbreaking ceremony for a new St. Michael The Archangel Church, replacing the building damaged beyond repair in the October 2006 earthquakes. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

A roadside sign-waving rally by the Stop Cane Burning group was countered Saturday by a demonstration by a larger group in support of Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. Maui News.

Women said they found renewed focus and hope after being taken in at Women Helping Women's domestic violence shelter. Maui News.

Kauai

A state law enforcement conference, salaries of executive appointees and the status of a lawsuit against the mayor were among the topics discussed at a Police Commission meeting Friday. Garden Island.

On Friday, ground was broken in the footprint of a shipping container, which will form the basis of a Ho‘ouluwehi Affordable Sustainable Living House Prototype at the Kaua‘i Community College campus. Garden Island.

Molokai

For years, there have been talks about bringing back the sovereign nation of Hawaii, for Hawaii to become socially, economically and politically independent of the United States. Molokai Dispatch.