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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Obama cuts vacation short, Hirono tried to delay Senate seniority, Schatz could be top pick for Senate seat, Inouye to be honored on each island, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Obama and first lady visit Hawaii Marine Base, White House courtesy photo
President Barack Obama is cutting short his traditional Christmas holiday in Hawaii, planning to leave for Washington on Wednesday evening as lawmakers consider how to prevent the economy from going over the so-called fiscal cliff. Associated Press.

In what has become a Christmas Day tradition, President Barack Obama shared holiday cheer Tuesday with members of the military and their families at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Star-Advertiser.

Mazie Hirono allies lobbied Democratic officials to hold back the appointed senator's swearing in until the same day as Hirono, even though the delay would cause the state to lose vital seniority in the U.S. Senate. Star-Advertiser.

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa said Monday that she is qualified to fill the Senate seat left vacant by the death last week of Daniel Inouye. Associated Press.

Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz remains the candidate most likely to be chosen by Gov. Neil Abercrombie to replace Inouye, who died Dec. 17, in spite of Inouye's request for U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa to replace him. Hawaii News Now.

Before Gov. Neil Abercrombie selects a successor for the late U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, the Democratic Party of Hawaii's State Central Committee will be the primary vetting chamber. Civil Beat.

The Democratic Party expects by this time Wednesday, 14 candidates to fill the U.S. Senate seat of Daniel Inouye will be narrowed down to three. KHON2.

County governments on Hawaii island, Kauai and Maui are holding memorial services this week for U.S. Sen. Daniel Ino­uye, who died Dec. 17 at age 88 of respiratory complications. Star-Advertiser.

Voter ID laws were one of the most contentious issues of the past election season. Civil Beat.

The military family financial services organization First Command is warning that many service members are cutting back on their spending this holiday season as concerns about the country falling off the “fiscal cliff” mount. Pacific Business News.

State roundup 12.26. Associated Press.

Oahu

Continued high-surf conditions and the annual crush of holiday beachgoers combined to keep North Shore lifeguards "extremely busy" on Christmas Day, an official said. Star-Advertiser.

Monster waves with up to 25-foot-faces hit the islands, injuring some surfers and attracting numerous onlookers. KHON2.

Hawaii

Plans to build a Mars-like habitat on Mauna Loa are now in the hands of the state’s Office of Environmental Quality Control. West Hawaii Today.

From food safety to expanding solar power, the Big Island’s state legislators are planning to tackle a wide range of issues during the next session in Honolulu. Tribune-Herald.

Elections top 2012 stories. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

A recent study confirms liquid flows through wells used by a Maui wastewater plant into the ocean via underwater springs close to shore, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday. Associated Press.

Oceanic Time Warner Cable held a grand opening and blessing of its new facility in the Maui Lani Village Center last week. Maui News.

Repairs to the Coach Soichi Sakamoto Pool in Wailuku continue, with re-opening tentatively set for June of 2013, barring any obstacles. Maui Now.

Kauai

Kaua‘i Fire Department officials are reminding residents that a permit from the fire department is required to set off fireworks on New Year’s Eve. Garden Island.

Kadomatsu, a traditional New Year’s display in Hawai‘i, are now available at various places in time for a New Year’s celebration. Garden Island.