Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Big surf could lower voter turnout, 'Hunger Games' to film in Hawaii, OHA expands national presence, help for the homeless, Maui has state's top bond rating, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Voters across the state will head to the polls on Tuesday to select their nominees for president, mayor, and several congressional races during Hawaii's general election. Hawaii News Now.

Early voting in Hawaii before today's election was slightly ahead of the last presidential election in 2008, but political analysts do not expect turnout to be much higher than the 66 percent of registered voters who cast ballots four years ago. Star-Advertiser.

As of Nov. 3 almost 182,000 voters statewide had cast early ballots, far eclipsing the 152,000 ballots cast early in Hawaii’s 2010 general. Civil Beat.

Election Day is a state, city and county holiday.  So, all state, city and county offices are closed as well as state libraries. KITV4.

Like Florida in 2000, some are predicting that the closely contested 2012 presidential election could result in one candidate winning the national popular vote and the other winning the Electoral College. Civil Beat.

Republican Linda Lingle spent her time shaking hands while Democrat Mazie Hirono was with her supporters phone banking -- each trying to sway the undecided. KHON2.

Big surf will hang around today, with advisory levels likely continuing for east-facing shores but ending for the north shores of the main Hawaiian Islands, the National Weather Service predicts. Star-Advertiser.

The National Weather Service has extended a high surf advisory until 6 a.m. Tuesday. Star-Advertiser.

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is looking to expand its reach far beyond Hawaii's shores. Civil Beat.

Providers of services to homeless people have planned a host of events statewide for next week aimed at boosting awareness of the hurdles they face and urging more people to be part of the solution. Star-Advertiser.

It’s official — “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will film in Hawaii. The sequel to Lionsgate’s wildly popular “The Hunger Games” will film on Oahu sometime before the end of the year. Pacific Business News.

Oahu

The race for Honolulu Mayor will likely be the most closely watched of the election. KHON2.

Honolulu Mayoral hopeful Kirk Caldwell reported raising $76,000 in the final weeks of the race, according to the latest reports filed with the state Campaign Spending Commission. Former Gov. Ben Caye­tano, Caldwell's mayoral opponent, reported raising $73,599, bringing his total for the campaign to $1.4 million. Star-Advertiser.

Former Hawaii Campaign Spending Director Robert Watada is accusing Honolulu Mayoral Candidate Kirk Caldwell of participating in a"pay to play" scheme after reviewing dozens of donations Caldwell's campaign accepted from government rail contractors and employees of the city's rail authority. Hawaii Reporter.

The countdown to the General Election tomorrow is well underway and local campaigns are making their final push to reach potential voters. Hawaii Public Radio.

Hawaii

It’s time for Hawaii residents to head to the polls and cast the votes that will determine the future of their community, state and nation. Tribune-Herald.

Almost 30,000 of Hawaii County’s 104,323 registered voters had already voted by the early walk-in voting deadline Saturday. According to the county Elections Division, 9,502 voters opted for early walk-in voting, and 20,019 mail-in ballots had been received. West Hawaii Today.

State elections officials are watching for problems at the polls in Hawaii County during today's election, taking over for county officials after widespread glitches that led to extended voting hours during the primary. Associated Press.

Civil Defense and police personnel have fixed 11 of the 13 tsunami warning sirens found to be dysfunctional during last week’s test. Tribune-Herald.

Kona residents can hop a direct flight to Anchorage starting Saturday. West Hawaii Today.
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An ocean-drifting fish-raising prototype from a Hawaii company was named one of the best inventions of 2012 by Time Magazine. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii developer Peter Savio is moving forward on plans to expand his Pagoda hotel brand, which caters to kama­aina and college students looking for economical rooms. Star-Advertiser.

The Hawaii Police Department and the U.S. Army Garrison-Pohakuloa last week formalized a training agreement. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

A 22-acre vacant lot in Lahaina that has been used as a dumpsite and homeless encampment in recent years will be developed into a $60 million housing project. Maui News.

Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch rated Maui County Aa1/AA+/AA+, higher than any other county in the State of Hawai’i. Mayor’s TV Show to Discuss Maui Bond Rating. Maui Now.

A high surf advisory is currently in effect for north and east facing shores of Maui and Molokai and will remain in effect until Tuesday 6 a.m., the National Weather Service said. Maui News.

Kauai

Two Kaua‘i residents who regularly attend County Council meetings have filed a formal complaint with the Board of Ethics against the county attorney. Garden Island.

Kauai’s mayor and police chief have been battling publicly since last February over whether the mayor or the police commission has the authority to discipline or fire the police chief. Hawaii Reporter.

The Kaua‘i County Council unanimously approved on first reading last week a bill that would create a permanent reserve fund for the county, to be used to cover budget shortfalls and stabilization and initial disaster response, among other things. Garden Island.