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Monday, December 3, 2012

Hawaii coral mulled for endangered species list, sex offender list scrutinized, Hawaiian Airlines adds Taiwan flight, unexploded weapons found in underwater cable project, Molokai school most improved, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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The National Marine Fisheries Service is proposing to place three species of coral found in Hawaii under the protection of the federal Endangered Species Act. Star-Advertiser.

Akaka Retiring: Plenty Aloha, But What About Accomplishments? Civil Beat.

It took Hawaiian Airlines jst two months to capitalize on Taiwan being added to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program. The state’s largest and oldest carrier said this morning it plans to launch three-days-a-week service between the capital city of Taipei and Honolulu next summer. Star-Advertiser.

When the state Legislature created Hawaii's sex offender registry in 1997, proponents argued that the new law would improve public safety and inform residents about offenders living in their neighborhoods. Star-Advertiser.

Regardless of what the experts say, Kristalyn Stephenson, 18, believes that Hawaii's sex offender registry is effective and serves a vital function. Star-Advertiser.

Retailers seem to be feeling more optimistic about their futures in Hawaii by adding 4,300 jobs this past year. Pacific Business News.

It wasn't the lowest bid. And the company's not local. But Hawaii Department of Education officials determined Management Partnership Services was the best consultant to study the state's broken student transportation program. Civil Beat.

Since Monday is the first work day of the month testing will also be done the emergency sirens across the state. KHON2.

State roundup for December 3. Associated Press.

Oahu
Thousands of unexploded chemical weapons are sitting on the ocean floor about five miles off of Oahu’s famed southern beaches. Civil Beat.

The vog that rolled in this morning is expected to linger all the way into next weekend, according to the National Weather Service. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii

Hawaii County is objecting to a bill passed last legislative session that it says removes its permitting authority over new geothermal projects. Tribune-Herald.

Hawaii Electric Light Co. is holding a series of public meetings on the Big Island to give the public an opportunity to comment on the “Integrated Resource Planning” process. Big Island Now.

Almost three years after Hawaii County finished a study outlining potential treatment options, many homes in Kapoho Beach Lots and Kapoho Vacationland Estates remain on cesspools despite being adjacent to the Wai Opae tide pools and Champagne Pond. Tribune-Herald.

On Dec. 31, Gerald De Mello will retire after serving for 21 years as the Univeristy of Hawaii-Hilo University Relations director. Tribune-Herald.

Maui

Bids for the demolition of the 51-year-old former Wailuku Post Office/Federal Building across the street from the Kalana O Maui building are being accepted. Maui News.

Air traffic controllers lost radar and radio contact with a Cessna 172 that departed Kahului Airport for Molokai on Saturday night, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor. Maui News.

The small plane that disappeared off of Maui's north coast Saturday night belonged to Jose Krall, the pastry chef and owner of Maui Bake Shop & Deli in Wailuku, his wife, Claire Fujii-Krall said Sunday. Maui News.

Kauai

Visitors to the Garden Isle during October spent 18.5 percent more this year from the same period in 2011. Garden Island.

Molokai

Molokai Middle School was recently recognized by the Department of Education as the most improved school in the state.  Molokai Dispatch.

Molokai teachers are joining public school educators around the state to raise awareness of their efforts of negotiating a fair contract with the state. Hawaii Public Radio.

Lanai

A Hawaii company that struggled to start a fish farm raising opakapaka in ocean cages submerged off Lanai gave up the effort last month, filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Star-Advertiser.


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