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Monday, December 31, 2012

Hawaii bids aloha to 2013, news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Hawaii's economy prospered broadly in 2012, but it particularly surged in two areas: tourism and real estate. Star-Advertiser.

Schatz accepting resumes for Washington, isles staff jobs Star-Advertiser.

Campaign Cash Already Fueling Hawaii's 2014 Senate Race. Civil Beat.

All public school juniors in Hawaii will take the ACT college entrance exam this spring in an effort to boost college-going rates and better gauge student preparedness for life after high school. Star-Advertiser.

The National Park Service says it remains concerned about the State Historic Preservation Division's ability to review projects and respond to permits once federal oversight ends. Civil Beat.

Inouye's death capped year of political shifts. Star-Advertiser.

Every year, like clockwork, the four county mayors join a procession of state agencies, the Judiciary and the University of Hawaii to make their funding requests at a joint session of the state House Finance Committee and Senate Ways and Means Committee. But not this coming year. West Hawaii Today.

As the northeastern United States digs out from one snow storm and prepares for another, the timing is perfect for Hawaii to benefit from hosting the first PGA Tour event of the season. Pacific Business News.

The eBossWatch panel of workplace experts has selected and ranked the fourth annual list of America’s Worst Bosses. Two Hawaii employers made the list, including Hawaii Professional HomeCare Services owner Carolyn Frutoz-De Harne (ranked 38th worst) and Kauai Prosecuting Attorney Shaylene Iseri-Carvalho (ranked 39th worst). Iseri-Carvalho was recently was voted out of office. Hawaii Reporter.

As national debate and focus on gun control grows in the wake of recent violent shooting incidents, Hawaii, with some of the nation’s toughest gun-related laws, keeps a tight rein on gun ownership, registration, transportation and use. West Hawaii Today.

State roundup for December 31. Associated Press.

Oahu

Kirk Caldwell may have been elected Honolulu mayor because of his support for the city rail project, but as leader of Hawaii’s most populous island he'll also have a host of other issues to tackle. Civil Beat.

Mayor-elect Kirk Caldwell has announced key members of his cabinet. Civil Beat.

As the United States weighs further troop reductions in a waning Afghanistan War, Schofield Barracks is preparing for two major deployments there sometime next year. Star-Advertiser.

Sour relations are brewing over the future of the Makaweli Poi Mill. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii

Pu’u O’o: Three-decade eruption of Kilauea yields scientific discoveries. Tribune-Herald.

Maui

Maui County Democrats are officially seeking a party member to fill the Central Maui Senate seat vacated when Shan Tsutsui accepted the job of lieutenant governor last week. Maui News.

Maui County Democrats say any Democrat in “good standing” and who lives in Senate District 5 — which includes Wailuku, Waihee, and Kahului — is welcome to apply for the seat vacated by state Senator Shan Tsutsui. Associated Press.

Newly appointed Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui of Maui arrived at Kahului Airport this morning to a surprise homecoming welcome from family and friends. Maui Now.

Mayor Alan Arakawa signed the Maui Island Plan on Friday, a week after the Maui County Council passed the guide for island planning by a 5-4 vote. Maui News.

The president of the National Audubon Society visited the mountain slopes of Haleakala on Maui Thursday to bring attention to a critical opportunity to preserve endangered Hawaii birds. Star-Advertiser.

Maui bid aloha to U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye on Saturday. Maui News.

Kauai

After years of struggling with a large number of vacancies, the Kaua‘i P olice Department will close 2012 with only three open positions, according to KPD officers who briefed the Kaua‘i County Council last week. Garden Island.

The Kaua‘i Police Commission elected a new chair and vice chair for 2013 during a Friday meeting. Garden Island.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Maui Sen. Tsutsui named lt. governor, Schatz sworn in to U.S. Senate, federal court gives Honolulu rail green light, tourism spending up, Native Hawaiian incarceration a problem, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Hawaii Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui and family, Governor's Office courtesy photo
Swayed by the prospect of being a partner with Gov. Neil Abercrombie and the governor's professed commitment to creating an administration that is not "Oahu-centric," veteran state lawmaker Shan Tsu­tsui abdicated his post as Senate president Thursday and accepted the job of lieutenant governor. Star-Advertiser.

Within just 24 hours, Neil Abercrombie sent Brian Schatz to the U.S. Senate and Shan Tsutsui to the fifth floor of the state Capitol. Civil Beat.

It's official: Senate President Shan Tsutsui is Hawaii's 12th Lieutenant Governor effective immediately. Hawaii Reporter.

Hawaii Senate President Shan S. Tsutsui was named lieutenant governor Thursday after Brian Schatz vacated the office to accept his appointment to the U.S. senate, filling the seat that was occupied until recently by the late Daniel Inouye. Pacific Business News.

State Sen. Shan Tsutsui, who has served as State Senate president since 2010, was appointed as the Lieutenant Governor of the State of Hawaii by Governor Neil Abercrombie on Thursday. Hawaii News Now.

Filling the lieutenant governor position now continues the domino effect. KHON2.

Shan Tsutsui officially accepted the position of lieutenant governor Thursday. This means his former role as Senate president, as well as his Senate seat, need to be filled. Senate vice president Donna Mercado Kim says she will fulfill Tsutsui's duties as Senate president . Senate members will vote on a new president on the opening day of the session. KITV4.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie faced a backlash Thursday for choosing his lieutenant governor to succeed Daniel Inouye in the U.S. Senate, revealing discord between Democrats in a state where the party has dominated for decades with Inouye at the helm. Associated Press.

Sen. Brian Schatz sworn in to United States Senate. Hawaii News Now.

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz faces a test of fire in his first days in Washington, where he was sworn into office Thursday, having arrived on Air Force One less than 24 hours after being appointed to a seat left vacant by the death of Daniel K. Inouye, Hawaii's most powerful politician. Star-Advertiser.

Brian Schatz symbolized a generational change in Hawaii’s Senate delegation, taking the hand of his new colleague, 88-year-old Sen. Daniel Akaka, moments before being sworn in Thursday as the successor to the late Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye. Associated Press.

It’s not often in politics that someone has the meteoric rise Brian Schatz had this month. Schatz has gone from lieutenant governor of a state with a little over a million people in the middle of the Pacific, to hitching a ride on Air Force One and becoming the sudden replacement to an iconic U.S. senator. Civil Beat.

Maui state Sen. Shan Tsutsui is the new lieutenant governor of Hawaii. Maui News.

A task force that spent a year studying ways to reduce the number of Native Hawaiians in prison and involved in other parts of the criminal justice system has issued its report. Associated Press.

Requiring law enforcement, court and corrections employees to receive training in "unconscious bias" and reinforcing Gov. Neil Abercrombie's call to return all Hawaii prisoners from privately run facilities on the mainland are among 38 recommendations to address the disproportionately high number of Native Hawaiians who are incarcerated. Star-Advertiser.

Task Force Demands Action On Hawaiian Incarceration. Civil Beat.

Hawaii visitors spent $1.1 billion in November, which is $208 million more than last November, while the number of arrivals was up 14.5 percent to 651,158, the Hawaii Tourism Authority said Thursday. Pacific Business News.

Visitor spending hits annual record a month early. A growing number and variety of tourists shelled out $12.9B through November. Star-Advertiser.

State roundup for December 28. Associated Press.

Oahu

A federal judge's ruling Thursday that halts construction only in the final phase of the city's 20-mile rail project was hailed by city and rail officials who say the $5.26 billion project likely will be able to proceed without further delays. Star-Advertiser.

Court Ruling Keeps City Rail Project On Track, Honolulu Mayor Says. Civil Beat.

U.S. District Judge A. Wallace Tashima has given the City and County of Honolulu and the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation everything short of a total victory in the federal lawsuit brought by former Gov. Ben Cayetano and others in an effort to stop Oahu’s $5.16 billion elevated-rail mass-transit project. Pacific Business News.

An injunction granted by the United States District Court in Hawaii on Thursday will temporarily restrain any construction activities on phase four of the city's rail transit project, but engineering, design planning and other pre-construction activities will be allowed to continue. Hawaii News Now.

Swell expected to bring waves exceeding 25 feet. The high surf should arrive Saturday and last through Tuesday. Star-Advertiser.

Edwin Noh, the founder and CEO of NOH Foods of Hawaii, has died at the age of 88, according to his family. KITV4.

Hawaii

The Big Island said aloha to late Sen. Daniel Inouye on Thursday. Tribune-Herald.

A review of testimony submitted last month to the state Public Utilities Commission reveals overwhelming opposition to proposals by Hawaii Electric Light Co. to increase its electricity rates next year. Tribune-Herald.

The Hawaii Department of Agriculture announced Thursday it is working to produce large numbers of a moth it plans to use to fight off the fireweed, an invasive plant that is toxic to livestock and has caused havoc on the state’s prime pasture lands. Tribune-Herald.

While many of us spend the holidays with family and friends, for Hawaii Island’s first responders, it’s just another few days on the job. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

The new Maui County Council will be inaugurated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Council Chambers. Maui News.

The $140 million, 21 megawatt Auwahi Wind project on Ulupalakua Ranch went online Thursday, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and BP Wind Energy announced. Maui News.

Kauai

Members of the Kaua‘i branch of the Boys & Girls Club Hawai‘i were recently treated to Christmas at Kukui Grove Center through the courtesy of The Parrish Collection Kaua‘i. Garden Island.

Molokai

The girls at Molokai Middle School are breaking all preconceived notions that boys are better at math and science. Molokai Dispatch.



Thursday, December 27, 2012

Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz heads to U.S. Senate as Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie bucks the late Sen. Daniel Inouye's faction of the state Democratic Party

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Lt. Gov Brian Schatz named to U.S. Senate, screen capture of Gov. Abercrombie announcement
Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz, who is expected to be sworn in today as the late U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye's successor, said Wednesday that he understands the magnitude of the appointment and promised the islands: "I won't let you down." Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz on Wednesday was appointed the state’s next U.S. senator, bucking the dying wishes of U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye to win the support of Gov. Neil Abercrombie. Associated Press.

Who Is Brian Schatz? Meet Hawaii's New U.S. Senator. Civil Beat.

Ten days after the death of Dan Inouye, Hawaii has a new U.S. senator. And it's not Colleen Hanabusa. Civil Beat.

The decision drew an immediate backlash on Twitter and Facebook, but Gov. Neil Abercrombie did not back down when asked why he failed to honor Sen. Dan Inouye's final wish. KITV4.

Just hours after receiving a list of three candidates from Hawaii's Democratic Party to replace U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced the appointment of his Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz to the position. Hawaii Reporter.

Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz has been appointed to fill the vacant U.S. Senate seat held by Daniel Inouye for the past 50 years. Pacific Business News.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie chose his Lt. Gov., Brian Schatz, Wednesday to replace the late U.S. Sen. Dan Inouye, rebuffing Inouye's request to appoint U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa to the post. Hawaii News Now.

Gov. Neil Abercombie has appointed Brian Schatz to succeed the late Daniel Inouye as U.S. Senator. KHON2.

Governor Abercrombie has selected Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz to succeed the late Senator Inouye. Hawaii Independent.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie picked Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz to fill the U.S. Senate vacancy left by the recent and sudden death of Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawai‘i. The governor’s choice denies Inouye’s deathbed wish for Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawai‘i to succeed him in the Senate. Garden Island.

Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz has been named to replace the late-Sen. Daniel Inouye in the U.S. Senate. Maui News.

Governor Abercrombie Appoints Brian Schatz to fill Senate Vacancy. Hawaii Public Radio.

The late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye's office says it's disappointed Gov. Neil Abercrombie chose not to honor the Hawaii Democrat's last wish that U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa replace him in the chamber. Hawaii News Now.

A series of statements were released in the moments following the appointment of Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz to fill the vacancy of the late US Senator Daniel Inouye. Most of the remarks were congratulatory in nature, but at least one, coming from the Hawaii Republican Party, was critical of the governor’s choice. Maui Now.

President Barack Obama returned to Washington on Wednesday night after spending his last day of vacation at the golf course and the beach. Star-Advertiser.

President Barack Obama left Hawaii Wednesday night, cutting short his traditional holiday vacation. Hawaii News Now.

Not only is the State Energy Office looking to grab a bigger piece of the so-called barrel tax. The state Department of Agriculture is hoping state legislators will nearly triple its share of the barrel tax from 15 cents to 42.5 cents of the $1.05 total for every barrel of petroleum that is imported to Hawaii. Pacific Business News.

The Hawaii State Department of Health Adult Mental Health Division is conducting a series of community focus group meetings to solicit input from communities and stakeholders statewide about AMHD services for adults with severe and persistent mental illness. Hawaii Reporter.

An anonymous donor has committed to a $9.2 million gift to the University of Hawaii to fund scholarships and support programs and projects in the sciences and culinary arts, the UH Foundation announced Wednesday. Star-Advertiser.

Oahu

Big, potentially dangerous waves are hitting the north shores of several islands, including Oahu. Star-Advertiser.

Laurel Stricklin knows firsthand what it takes to be compassionate to complete strangers. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii

Hawaii County residents can expect improvements in roads, parks and garbage management, modernization of civil defense sirens and a commitment to agriculture, according to 2013 priorities cited by Mayor Billy Kenoi and Council Chairman J Yoshimoto. West Hawaii Today.

Starting Wednesday, Kealakekua Bay is closed for business to kayaks, standup paddlers and boogie boarders. West Hawaii Today.

The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park plans to challenge an application for a helicopter landing pad in the former Royal Gardens subdivision, according to the Hawaii County Planning Department. Tribune-Herald.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park expects to begin using two hybrid battery/hydrogen-fueled visitor shuttles this spring. Tribune-Herald.

The public is invited to a memorial service today in Hilo for the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye. Tribune-Herald.

Maui

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa will hire both the exiting Council Chair Danny Mateo of Molokai, and the exiting Vice Chair Joe Pontanilla of Kahului. Maui News.

Maui County's call for a developer to build and operate a waste-to-energy plant has attracted some of the nation's top names in waste-conversion technologies. Maui News.

A service for the late Sen. Daniel Inouye will be held Saturday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Castle Theater, it was announced Monday as another prominent elected leader applied to be considered to fill the seat. Maui News.

Kauai

In an effort to make Makaweli Poi Mill more self-sufficient and increase projects supporting the Hawaiian language on Kaua‘i, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs announced Wednesday it is transferring the poi mill to a local nonprofit group. Garden Island.

Rep. Derek Kawakami’s schedule precluded him from joining everyone else Wednesday at the M. Kawamura Farm Enterprises shop in Pua Loke. Garden Island.


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.



Monday, December 24, 2012

Hawaii honors Inouye, candidates lining up to replace him, Obama family vacation, Native Hawaiians more likely to get HIV/AIDS, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye lies in state at the Hawaii Capitol, (c) 2012 Arlina Agbayani
U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye was remembered Sunday at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, a soldier's goodbye with military honors for a humble man who taught so many the meaning of sacrifice. Star-Advertiser.

About a thousand people, from President Obama and members of Congress to World War II veterans and everyday citizens, gathered at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific to bid aloha to Sen. Daniel Inouye at services Sunday morning. Hawaii News Now.

They came in dark suits and dresses, royal capes and military regalia, in slippers, T-shirts and shorts, in wheelchairs and strollers. They all came, thousands of them, to say goodbye to Dan Inouye. Civil Beat.

The late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye was praised as a humble leader who embodied honor, dignity and duty during a public visitation at Hawaii’s state Capitol. Associated Press.

Sen. Akaka speaks at Inouye's Punchbowl service. KITV4.

From the President to Congressional leaders and cabinet secretaries there were a lot of dignitaries who attended the memorial but didn't speak during the service. KHON2.

From private to general and admiral, and from white-haired 442nd Regimental Combat Team veteran to the commander in chief, the loss of U.S. Sen. Daniel Ino­uye was felt through the ranks of all branches of the military at his memorial service Sunday at Punchbowl. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Democrats are moving to speed up the process to decide on three nominees to replace U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, raising the possibility that the appointed senator could be sworn-in before other new senators in early January. Associated Press.

Inouye's Last Wish Is Abercrombie's Biggest Burden. Civil Beat.

Former U.S. Rep. Ed Case said Sunday that he has applied for the appointment to replace U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye. Star-Advertiser.

It says something of a man's importance to his country that a U.S. president attended his funeral not once but twice. Civil Beat.

On their second full day of vacation on Oahu, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama paid their respects to U.S. Sen. Daniel Ino­uye, visited the grave of Obama's grandfather, then spent the afternoon hiking with their daughters in Maunawili. Star-Advertiser.

President Barack Obama and the first family arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii just after midnight Saturday morning for their fifth Hawaiian Christmas vacation since he was elected President. Hawaii Reporter.

A new study shows that Native Hawaiians are more than two and a half times more likely to be diagnosed with HIV/AIDS than Caucasians.  HIV-infected Native Hawaiians are also three times more likely to be hospitalized. Hawaii Public Radio.

Oahu

When he campaigned for mayor two years ago, Peter Carlisle pledged to get the city's finances in order and end politics as usual at Honolulu Hale. Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation officials said they have completed all of the trench work for the archaeological survey along the elevate-rail mass-transit project’s entire 20-mile route. Pacific Business News.

Hawaii

The proposed reopening of East Hawaii’s Kulani prison will return more than $4.7 million to the local economy, according to state Public Safety Interim Director Ted Sakai. Tribune-Herald.

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Kekaha Kai State Park will close early on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, according to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

Term limits forcing two county councilors to eye opportunities. Maui News.

Maui County Council Members Danny Mateo and Joe Pontanilla will end their fifth and final consecutive terms as council members Jan. 2, but they won't be going far. Maui News.

Kauai

Uilani Corr-Yorkman is fulfilling a lifelong ambition to open a culturally based preschool that she says is sorely needed on Kaua‘i’s Westside. Garden Island.

The public is invited to attend a memorial service and pay their respects to Sen. Daniel K. Inouye on Friday at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall, according to a county news release. Garden Island.

Friday, December 21, 2012

U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye honored, Abercrombie budget increases state spending, Cayetano alleges corruption, Maui biodiesel to fuel Honolulu airport, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye lies in state, AP photo
Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, Medal of Honor winner and the second-longest serving senator in U.S. history, was honored Thursday at the U.S. Capitol in a solemn ceremony usually reserved for presidents. Star-Advertiser.

The state has announced plans to accommodate the public at memorial services in Hawaii for U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye. Star-Advertiser.

‘Olelo Community Media, in collaboration with the Office of the Governor, will cablecast live the lying in state ceremony in honor of U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye at the State Capitol on Saturday, Dec. 22, from 5 p.m. through midnight. Hawaii Reporter.

Dozens of dignitaries, many sitting congressional members, will be flying in from Washington D.C. to remember their dear friend and colleague in his home state. KITV4.

While many powerful politicians paid their respects to the late Sen. Dan Inouye (D-Hawaii) at a rare ceremony in the U.S. Capitol rotunda in Washington, D.C. Thursday, others who didn't know him well personally also showed up because they felt a connection to him and his legacy. Hawaii News Now.

Sen. Daniel Inouye, the second-longest serving senator in U.S. history, was remembered Thursday as a man who gallantly defended his country on the battlefield and gracefully sought to better it during the 50-plus years he represented his beloved state of Hawaii. Colleagues and aides lined the Capitol rotunda five deep to say farewell. Associated Press.

The retiring U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka took to the Senate floor Thursday and urged his colleagues to approve a Native Hawaiian federal recognition bill in honor of U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye. Star-Advertiser.

As Washington, D.C., paid silent tribute to the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Thursday, his longtime friend Sen. Daniel Akaka asked his colleagues to complete a task the two lawmakers never could — pass the Akaka bill. Civil Beat.

It's what everyone in town is talking about: Who will be appointed to replace Daniel K. Inouye in the U.S. Senate? Civil Beat.

Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz said Thursday that he will apply for the appointment to replace U.S. Sen. Daniel Ino­uye, giving Hawaii Demo­crats a youthful option who could build seniority in the Senate over several decades. Star-Advertiser.

Two more Hawaii lawmakers plan to apply for Sen. Dan Inouye's seat in Congress. KHON2.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie said Thursday that the spending increases he’s proposing for the next two fiscal years address fundamental necessities like early childhood education, state employee pensions and retiree health care. Associated Press.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie says his administration will wait until the Council on Revenues issues its quarterly forecast next month before deciding whether tax increases or any other type of revenue-boosting measures are needed to balance the two-year budget he proposed this week. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii would have to spend more than $500 million a year for the next 30 years to make the state's employee health and retirement funds viable again, state Finance Director Kalbert Young says. Civil Beat.

The Governor outlined his two-year executive budget proposal today. Hawaii Public Radio.

Former Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano, who is involved with two significant lawsuits in Hawaii, will headline the Smart Business Hawaii Annual Conference on Wednesday, January 9, discussing "Ending Corruption in Hawaii." Hawaii Reporter.

Hawaii mental health advocates say the shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school underscores the need for a robust mental health safety net and for improved efforts to provide resources and support to individuals early — at the first signs of worrisome behavior. Star-Advertiser.

Randy Iwase, veteran of the state Senate and one-time gubernatorial candidate, has left politics but hasn’t strayed that far. He chairs the state Tax Review Commission, a panel assembled periodically to recommend tax-code changes to help the state cover its bills. Star-Advertiser.

The University of Hawaii introduced new Athletics Director Ben Jay to the media Thursday. Pacific Business News.

State roundup for December 21. Associated Press.

Oahu
First coined in the 1970s, the sentiment “Keep the Country Country” still runs deep. But that mantra hasn’t insulated the North Shore of Oahu from the pressures of urbanization, which are squeezing the region on numerous fronts from Haleiwa to Laie, all connected by the sole two-lane highway but lacking a comprehensive plan. Honolulu Weekly.

Five years after a car critically injured McCully resident Gwyne Isa in a Moiliili crosswalk, the city will dedicate a pedestrian-activated warning signal at the crosswalk today. Star-Advertiser.

David Becker, the former Waimanalo puppy farm manager, says he was the fall guy and maintains his innocence.  He also thanks the judge that set him free. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii

With foreclosures and short sales at lower levels than this time a year ago, West Hawaii real estate agents are seeing improvements in the local market. West Hawaii Today.

A three-member panel of the National Labor Relations Board ruled last week that an election granting a union the right to organize workers at Puna Geothermal Venture was valid. Big Island Now.

The Reed’s Island bridge in Hilo will be closed for four hours Dec. 28 as crews prepare to make repairs. Tribune-Herald.

Maui

State regulators have approved a multiyear contract for Maui-based Pacific Biodiesel to supply Hawaiian Electric Co. with 250,000 gallons a year of locally produced biodiesel. Maui News.

The contract for Maui-based Pacific Biodiesel Technologies to supply biodiesel to Hawaiian Electric Company for the Honolulu International Airport Emergency Power Facility has been approved by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. Maui Now.

Maui tied for third with Alaska cruises in the top domestic destinations category for 2013 in the Travel Leaders Group Travel Trends Survey. Maui News.

Kauai

The Kaua‘i County Council gave final and unanimous approval Wednesday on a bill that bans fishing at Morgan’s Ponds in Lydgate Beach Park, a popular recreational spot utilized by visitors and local residents. Garden Island.

Molokai

Molokai's iconic Kanemitsu Bakery is back in business, ending a five-month closure stemming from state Department of Health violations. Maui News.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Hawaii loses congressional clout, plans Inouye's funeral, Ethics Commission wants tighter laws, Ritz-Carlton coming to Waikiki, Kauai seeks balanced budget, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Hawaii's leading ladies: Gabbard, Hanabusa, Hirono (c) 2012 All Hawaii News
Mazie Hirono, who will be sworn in to the Senate on Jan. 3, must immediately begin to fill the void left by Hawaii's loss of 72 years of seniority — Inouye's 50 years and Akaka's 22 years — and lead a congressional delegation that will be among the least experienced in Washington. Star-Advertiser.

Was Ed Case Right About Senate Transition? Civil Beat.

First District of Hawaii Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa submitted her application papers Wednesday to the Democratic Party of Hawaii to fill the seat of the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, who died Monday in a military hospital in Bethesda, Md. Pacific Business News.

Even without a letter from U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye stating his "last wish," U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa probably would be the most likely and best qualified candidate to replace the senator, political analysts say. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii loses economic engine with Inouye’s passing. Associated Press.

Careful planning and preparation is underway for Senator Daniel Inouye's memorial service Sunday at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. KHON2.

As Hawaii and the nation mourn the loss of Sen. Daniel Inouye, who passed away Monday at the age of 88, he is being memorialized with high honors that are reserved for presidents and eminent historical figures. Hawaii News Now.

'Go For Broke' veterans of the 442nd remember Inouye. Hawaii News Now.

The Hawaii Ethics Commission wants to widen its net next legislative session to ensure the state conducts its business above-board. Civil Beat.

Oahu

There will be no resolution on where to put Oahu’s trash this year. The fight to close the Waimanalo Gulch landfill has dragged on for a decade, through three administrations, and will now become mayor-elect Kirk Caldwell’s problem. Civil Beat.

A federal judge has scheduled a hearing in March on the request by members of De-Occupy Honolulu for an injunction to block the city from seizing their property from city sidewalks. Star-Advertiser.

Ritz-Carlton has hooked up with a developer to manage a planned Waikiki condominium-hotel tower that will give the luxury hotel operator its first presence on Oahu. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii received a long-awaited $1.55 billion check from the U.S. Department of Transportation Wednesday, a major milestone in paying for a commuter rail line that is the largest public works project in Hawaii history meant to relieve some of the vexing congestion along the H-1 freeway. Star-Advertiser.

Galbraith Estate: The Back-Story. Hawaii Public Radio.

ICE agents busted a Chinatown retail store on Hotel and Maunakea Street on Tuesday, dragging out box after box of fake versions of more than a dozen well-known brands. KITV4.

Hawaii

The final leg of Saddle Road, linking the cross-island route from Hilo to the Waikoloa resorts, is one of several Hawaii Island projects that could find its funding in jeopardy following the death Monday of U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye. West Hawaii Today.

Hawaii County now owns the northern portion of the Mamalahoa bypass through the Hokulia development — or will, once the Bureau of Conveyances records the transaction. West Hawaii Today.

Clayton Honma is now the Parks and Recreation director. West Hawaii Today.

This week, Verizon Wireless announced the availability of its HomeFusion Broadband service in Hawaii. Initially launched in select locations around the country in March, the service is tailor-made for residential customers who can’t access cable, DSL and other “hard line” Internet sources, said Ken Watts, district manager for Verizon Wireless retail. Tribune-Herald.

Maui

Gov. Neil Abercrombie's request for state lawmakers to budget $130 million for construction of a Kihei high school stands apart as the administration's largest single capital project in its proposed biennium budget, said Kalbert Young, director of the state Department of Budget and Finance. Maui News.

Just in time for the busy holiday travel season, a $3.2 million expansion of Kahului Airport's security screening checkpoints was dedicated Tuesday, with the project aimed at alleviating long lines while assisting security officials check passengers. Maui News.

Kauai
County General Funds revenues have dropped four years in a row, while expenditures keep climbing, according to an independent audit presented to the Kaua‘i County Council Tuesday morning. Garden Island.

The lives of everyday folks on the Garden Island come shining through in a new collection called Kaua’i Stories.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers this visit with the book’s editor, Pamela Varma Brown. Hawaii Public Radio.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Obama prepares for Hawaii vacation, inauguration, Inouye to lie in state in U.S. and state Capitol, state Democrats to meet on successor, transportation secretary signs off on $1.55B rail funding, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Two Hawaii school bands will participate in President Barack Obama's second inauguration Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C. Star-Advertiser.

Law enforcement and security agencies on Oahu are planning for the arrival of President Barack Obama and his family in Kailua this weekend, although federal fiscal negotiations may delay the start of his annual vacation in his birth state. Star-Advertiser.

The White House has not said whether President Barack Obama, who has delayed a planned vacation on Oahu to continue negotiations on the fiscal cliff, will attend a Hawaii memorial service for U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye this weekend, but several federal agencies have issued warnings about security zones being set up in the air and in the ocean near Kailua. Pacific Business News.

Memorial services will be held in Washington D.C. and Hawaii for the late Senator Daniel Inouye. Hawaii News Now.

The body of U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol, an honor requiring approval from both chambers of Congress and bestowed previously to only 31 Americans. Star-Advertiser.

Filling in for U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye won’t be easy, but depending on when a replacement is named that person could have an inside track on garnering national influence for Hawaii. Civil Beat.

The death of U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii leaves open a seat in the Senate to be filled by a Democrat, with U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa the immediate front-runner thanks to Inouye’s wishes. Associated Press.

U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye's heartfelt request on who should succeed him will hang over Hawaii Democrats as they meet next week to choose three nominees for his replacement.Star-Advertiser.

Governor Neil Abercerombie has requested the Democratic Party of Hawai’i provide him with a list of 3 nominees to pick from to fill the vacant seat left by Senator Daniel Inouye who passed away Monday. Hawaii Public Radio.

The Democratic Party State Central Committee has notified members it will meet Friday December 28 and by the end of that day they will have narrowed the list of Senate candidates to three names. Hawaii News Now.

The process of picking a successor to fill the remainder of Senator Dan Inouye's term has begun and political analysts have a good idea of whose in the running. KHON2.

Isles face own fiscal cliff as many expect sizable drop-off in federal funds. Star-Advertiser.

Lesson From Alaska: Loss of Inouye Won't Be as Bad as We Thought. Civil Beat.

The state Elections Commission knows it needs to take action after dozens of polling places ran short on ballots during the Nov. 6 general election. But the commission isn't sure yet who to hold accountable or for what exactly. Civil Beat.

"We are trying our very best to get this thing under control and get a grasp on it," said Commissioner Danny Young, who is part of a subcommittee investigating what led to a massive ballot shortage during November's general election. KITV4.

State roundup for December 19. Associated Press.

Oahu

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today participated in a ceremony to sign an agreement to provide $1.55 billion to the City and County of Honolulu on the island of Oahu to build Hawaii's first-ever rail transit system. KHON2.

Hawaii

The Hawaii County Council’s finance committee postponed a resolution to create a task force to consider possible changes to the county’s property tax code. West Hawaii Today.

A report by the International Association of Assessing Officers takes Hawaii County to task for insufficient internal controls, oversight and cross-checking of property assessments, issues that could lead to inequities in how much taxes property owners are paying. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

Capitalizing on some of Maui's busiest months for tourism, Hawaiian Airlines will offer for the first time twice-daily nonstop service between Los Angeles International and Kahului airports during the summer. Maui News.

A new security screening checkpoint was dedicated today at Kahului Airport. Maui Now.

Thanks to several years of advocating by community groups, Maui County is moving ahead with $2.5 million worth of improvements for a Maalaea road that has suffered extensive flood damage from heavy rain events in recent years. Maui News.

Kauai

Year after year, the county gives a new timeline to fix the eroding Pono Kai seawall in Kapa‘a, but the project never takes off. The Moanakai Road seawall, just south of Pono Kai, has a similar history. Garden Island.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Aloha State mourns death of U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, through the eyes of all of Hawaii's media

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Daniel Ken Inouye, a Hawaii icon who lived a life of remarkable service to his country that included sacrificing his right arm in combat during World War II and representing the islands with distinction for nearly 50 years in the U.S. Senate, died Monday. He was 88. Star-Advertiser.

Senator Daniel Inouye through Associated Press' lens. Associated Press.

Hawaii’s senior senator, Daniel Inouye, died Monday from respiratory complications. He was 88. Pacific Business News.

With the death Monday of Hawaii's senior U.S. senator, Daniel K. Inouye, the responsibility to replace him falls to the man who served with him for 20 years in the U.S. Congress. Civil Beat.

U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye urged Gov. Neil Abercrombie to appoint U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa as his successor, according to Inouye's spokesman. Star-Advertiser.

For longer than Hawaii has been a state, Daniel Inouye has served the islands, but Monday Senator Inouye died from respiratory complications. KITV4.

U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, one of the nation’s most influential and powerful leaders, died Monday from respiratory complications while at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Civil Beat.

He's been the leader of the Democratic party in Hawaii for decades. He was third in line of presidential succession. KHON2.

Daniel Inouye wanted Hawaii Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa to succeed him in the U.S. Senate, according to a letter sent to Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie. Pacific Business News.

Before he died, Sen. Daniel Inouye asked that U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa replace him in office, Inouye's office said. Hawaii Reporter.

Quotes on the death of Hawaii U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, who died Monday in a Washington-area hospital from respiratory complications. He was 88. Associated Press.

Daniel Inouye, a decorated and inspirational war hero who later became the highest-ranking Asian American politician in United States history by serving as the President pro tempore of the Senate and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, died Monday in Washington. Hawaii News Now.

U.S. Sen. Dan Inouye left a legacy that likely will go unparalleled in the state’s history, an emotional Gov. Neil Abercrombie said Monday. Star-Advertiser.

Befitting his significance to his state and his country, statements on the passing of Daniel K. Inouye have been passionate and heartfelt. Civil Beat.

Tributes to Hawaii's senior senator -- Daniel. K. Inouye -- came from the White House and the U.S. Senate floor, and from the state he represented for more than 50 years in Congress. Associated Press.

What Inouye’s passing means for Hawaii. Hawaii Independent.

Hawaii's Senior Senator, Daniel K. Inouye, died Monday, December 17, at the age of 88 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after suffering respiratory complications. Hawaii Reporter.

It won’t be easy to fill Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye’s shoes, but someone will have to fill his seat. West Hawaii Today.

Everyone that KHON2 talked to said Sen. Daniel Inouye is irreplaceable. But the Hawaii Democratic Party and the governor must appoint someone and that could happen within a month. KHON2.

With the passing of Hawaii's longest serving U.S. Senator, local and national politicians faced the task of filling the massive void left by one of the longest serving Senators in U.S. history. KITV4.

Hawai’i residents lost their senior U-S Senator today … reportedly due to respiratory complications. Hawaii Public Radio.

Sen. Daniel K. Inouye has died. Hawaii 24/7.

Daniel Ken Inouye, the grandson of Japanese immigrants, sacrificed his right arm for his country in combat during World War II and devoted much of his life as an unwavering voice for Hawaii in the U.S. Senate. Star-Advertiser.

On Dec. 7, 1941, high school senior Daniel Inouye knew he and other Japanese-Americans would face trouble when he saw Japanese dive bombers, torpedo planes and fighters on their way to bomb Pearl Harbor and other Oahu military bases. Associated Press.

The loss of Sen. Daniel Inouye as Hawaii's main benefactor in Congress will hurt the state's effort to attract federal dollars that are a significant part of the local economy. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii business leaders praise U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, who died Monday at the age of 88: Pacific Business News.

Despite his busy schedule on Capitol Hill, Senator Daniel Inouye found time to keep in touch with his childhood pals. His former classmates shared fond memories of their famous friend. Hawaii News Now.

News of Sen. Daniel Inouye’s death rippled across the Big Island on Monday, prompting political leaders to solemnly reflect on the man they considered a mentor. Tribune-Herald.

Practicing Jews in Kona have a special place in their hearts for Dan Inouye. Star-Advertiser.

Maui County politicians, residents and community leaders said longtime Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye was a "tremendous asset" for the state and helped drive economic and scientific ventures on the Valley Isle. Maui News.

Condolences have been pouring in from congressional colleagues as they learned of the passing of US Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii today. Maui Now.

“Aloha,” said U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawai‘i, Monday. And then he was gone forever. Garden Island.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Inouye hospitalized indefinitely, 700 civil unions statewide, Legislature may consider marijuana legalization, PCBs in Kauai water, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye is fighting respiratory complications and will remain hospitalized indefinitely, his staff said Sunday. Star-Advertiser.

Sen. Daniel Inouye remains in hospitalized in a Washington-area hospital on Sunday evening. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye remained hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland on Sunday with respiratory complications with no indication as to when he would be released, as doctors worked to stabilize his supplemental oxygen requirements, his spokesman said. Pacific Business News.

In its first year recognizing civil unions, Hawaii has issued more than 700 licenses to couples. Tribune-Herald.

Legislature Might Amend Hawaii Marijuana Laws. Civil Beat.

Tourism industry experts are forecasting a sunny winter season in Hawaii, thanks to an expected harsh winter on the Mainland and increased air lift into the Aloha State. Pacific Business News.

Hawaii's unemployment rate is just 5.5 percent, lower than its been since the recession and far lower than the national average of 7.9 percent. Civil Beat.

State roundup for December 17. Associated Press.

Oahu
The 80 or so businesses left at the old Kapalama Military Reservation at Hono­lulu Harbor have been given an early 2014 deadline to vacate as the state proceeds with plans for a $250 million, 90-acre shipping container terminal to handle Hawaii's growing import needs. Star-Advertiser.

Emergency medical services will return to Ewa, as the new sale of an old Oahu hospital is announced. KITV4.

Some coastal residents of Hauula are increasingly fed up with chronic flooding trouble they say has been made worse by a drainage pipe valve installed by the city. Star-Advertiser.

UH Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple has announced the appointment of Ben Jay as the new Athletics Director. President M.R.C. Greenwood joins him in congratulating Mr. Jay. She did meet with Mr. Jay during his visit and is very pleased with his selection. Hawaii Reporter.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources plans to use heavy sandbags to stabilize a Waikiki beach groin this week. Associated Press

Hawaii

A statewide Civil Defense siren modernization program could bring as many as 15 new alarms to the Big Island next year. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

Once on the path to recovery, the rare and iconic Haleakala silversword on Maui appears to be fighting for survival as rainfall declines and temperatures rise in its mountainous habitat, according to scientists. Star-Advertiser.

Termites are chewing away at the 136-year-old Ka'ahumanu Church, but at least four years of church fundraisers have not brought congregation members anywhere near the $850,000 needed to refurbish the iconic, often-photographed church. Maui News.

Kauai

Island residents who use the Hanama‘ulu post office should expect that mail and packages were likely damaged during Friday’s fire that destroyed the 116-year-old Hanama‘ulu Trading Company building. Garden Island.

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health announced Friday that a chemical contaminant was found in a drinking water reservoir in Princeville. Garden Island.

The Cost Control Commission quietly and without much discussion unanimously approved its 2012 Annual Report during its monthly meeting last week. Garden Island.

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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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.