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Friday, December 14, 2012

Speaker Say ends 14-year reign, Inouye's health unknown, ordnance could halt undersea cable, state urges teachers union to negotiate, DHHL in disarray, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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State House Speaker Calvin Say said Thursday that he would step down as speaker, recognizing he no longer has the votes to remain in power but appealing to majority Democrats to organize without the help of Republicans. Star-Advertiser.

The longest-serving speaker in the history of the Hawaii House of Representatives announced Thursday that he is resigning from the chamber's top post. Civil Beat.

House Speaker Calvin Say said Thursday he plans to step down from his leadership post on the first day of Hawaii's new legislative session and is endorsing House Finance Committee Chairman Marcus Oshiro to succeed him. Associated Press.
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Speaker Say

Calvin Say has stepped down as speaker of the State House of Representatives. Hawaii News Now.

Rep. Calvin Say announced Thursday he will no longer be a candidate for House Speaker for the 2013-2014 legislative sessions. KITV4.

The longest-serving state Speaker of the House says he is stepping down from his leadership position, but a power struggle at the Capitol is far from resolved. KHON2.

It's been more than a week since U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye was admitted to the hospital, yet his status as of Thursday remained closely guarded. Civil Beat.

The discovery of thousands of chemical warfare weapons off of Pearl Harbor could cause problems for the state's highly touted interisland cable project, designed to bring renewable energy from the neighbor islands to Oahu. Civil Beat.

Facing growing teacher protests over a labor dispute in its 17th month, the state called on the teachers union Thursday to make clear what it wants in a new contract and to explain why it can't return to the bargaining table before the new year. Star-Advertiser.

U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono will serve on the energy, judiciary and veterans' affairs committees when she moves to the U.S. Senate in January, Senate Demo­crats announced Wednesday. Star-Advertiser.

The turnover in leadership at the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands continues, with the latest departure being its deputy director, Michelle Kauhane. Civil Beat.

Mitch Kahle, founder of the Hawaii Citizens for the Separation of State and Church, has often been called "the Grinch who stole Christmas" for his efforts at making sure local governments don't appear to be officially sanctioning religious practices or holidays, including, of course, Christmas. But Kahle doesn't mind. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Gas is in the middle of a federal permitting process to bring liquefied natural gas to the Aloha State for the first time. West Hawaii Today.

State roundup for December 14. Associated Press.

Oahu

The Public Charter School Commission voted Thursday to approve the opening of two new charter schools next year on Oahu: an elementary school that would partner with the Polynesian Voyaging Society and a secondary school focused on sustainability. Star-Advertiser.

Rental apartments won out over condominiums Thursday in a competition to build affordable housing in a tower that could rise to 650 feet on state land in Kakaako. Star-Advertiser.

Some Oahu soldiers out for a bit of exercise ended up rescuing a threatened green sea turtle. Associated Press.

Hawaii

An independent study of Hawaii County’s property tax policies found evidence of what some West Hawaii residents have been complaining about for years —there are big differences in how much tax people pay for what appear to be similar properties. West Hawaii Today.

Big Island veterans struggle to find work. Tribune-Herald.

An Air National Guard presentation at a national conference gave former Ka‘u Councilwoman Brittany Smart an idea. West Hawaii Today.

Hawaii County is looking to take advantage of current low interest rates by refinancing up to $60 million of its long-term debt. Big Island Now.

A well at Puna Geothermal Venture is offline after failing during an annual test on Tuesday. Tribune-Herald.

Last week, racial and cultural disturbances caused Kona's Kealakehe High School to be closed for a day to let things calm down.  Now some school administrators and community leaders have taken a first step towards addressing core issues beyond last week's incidents. Hawaii Public Radio.

Maui

The Fairmont Kea Lani, the Four Seasons Resort Maui, the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, and the Wailea Beach Villas have all been ranked on the upcoming Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List for 2013, an annual reader’s choice poll. Maui Now.

The Iao Valley State Monument was reopened Tuesday after the state Department of Land and Natural Resources completed repairs to park walkway sections. Maui News.

The Kaiwi Ohana Holiday Craft Fair, set for Saturday in Waiohuli Hawaiian Homes, has been canceled due to lack of vendor interest, organizers said. Maui News.

Kauai

County officials again heard criticism during a briefing to the Kaua‘i County Council Wednesday on the progress of repairing Kilauea Gym’s leaking roof. Garden Island.

In the 20 years since its inception, Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity has built 108 affordable homes, made critical repairs to 19 substandard homes and is on track to construct a total of 124 homes by 2021. Garden Island.

Paulo fires up Train Day ahead of Waimea parade. Garden Island.