Friday, January 18, 2013

120th anniversary of overthrow overlooked by Hawaii media, Oracle's Ellison buys an airline for his Hawaiian Island, Abercrombie open to repeal of PLDC, unemployment drops, more news from all the islands

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One hundred and twenty years ago today, the Hawaiian Kingdom was overthrown. Hawaii Independent.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie said Thursday that he would consider a repeal of the Public Land Development Corp. if the state Legislature is unable to adjust the controversial law to satisfy public objections. Star-Advertiser.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie wants the Legislature to repair flaws in the Public Land Development Corporation or find another way to shore up state facilities and generate revenue for natural resources. Civil Beat.

On the first day following the opening of the 2013 Legislature, the Senate introduced a bill — passed at first reading — to repeal the controversial Public Land Development Corporation. In the House of Representatives, a bill to repeal PLDC, crafted by three Big Island representatives, was pending introduction. Garden Island.

For the state Legislature, 2013 might be the year of the repeal. Tribune-Herald.

Hawaii state Rep. Karl Rhoads wants a tighter grip on firearm ammunition and has introduced a bill to require people who are buying bullets to prove that they're licensed gun owners. KITV4.

A gain of nearly 12,000 jobs in 2012 helped push Hawaii's unemployment rate to 5.2 percent by year's end, the lowest level in more than four years, the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations reported Thursday. Star-Advertiser.

The Hawaiian concept of pono — to be moral, truthful and just — set the tone at the annual Red Mass Thursday, held by the Catholic Diocese of Hono­lulu to offer special prayers of guidance to government leaders at the start of each legislative session. Star-Advertiser.

Together, the demonstrations both inside the cathedral and outside represented the ongoing battle between church and state, between those who believe the two should forever be separate and those who argue they are eternally intertwined. Civil Beat.

Hawaii is the only state in the nation with an average gas price above $4. Pacific Business News.

Hawaii Gas Gets Green Light From Feds To Begin LNG Shipments. Civil Beat.

The latest round of talks on a new contract for teachers ended Thursday afternoon without a deal. KHON2.

State Sen. Jill Tokuda, head of the Senate’s Committee on Education,will hold a “Twitter Town Hall” from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, on the creation of Hawaii’s Keiki First Steps Program. Big Island Now.

Hawai’i’s Senior U-S Senator is nearing the end of a week-long visit home before heading back to Washington DC. Hawaii Public Radio.

Oahu

State Senators were stunned on Thursday when University of Hawaii officials admitted during a Ways and Means hearing that some $200,000 went missing over a 7-year period, but was recovered from an "inactive account" when the University installed new software and discovered the funds. Hawaii Reporter.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board on Thursday unanimously voted in favor of new national safety recommendations for fireworks disposal jobs in response to the explosion that killed five workers handling confiscated fireworks in a Waikele bunker two years ago. Civil Beat.

An attempt on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to break the unofficial world record for the largest human peace sign is just the start of a worldwide movement for peace, said Eric Butler, founder of World Peace Plan, the group organizing the Hono­lulu event. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii

Engineers working for the state Department of Transportation say that plans for a traffic circle at one of the most dangerous intersections in the state will prevent accidents and could potentially save lives. Tribune-Herald.

Hilo shoppers and retailers had mostly positive things to say on the first day the county’s new plastic bag ban took effect Thursday. Tribune-Herald.

Maui

Second Circuit Judge Joseph Cardoza approved Wednesday an agreement between Public Access Trails Hawaii and the state of Hawaii to join forces in ongoing litigation to reopen the Haleakala Trail to hikers. Maui News.

The County of Maui Department of Environmental Management today announced the availability of the January 2013 US EPA/Department of Health Consent Decree Wastewater Quarterly Report. Maui Now.

Paia has been named one of the "Top Ten Happiest Seaside Towns in America" by Coastal Living Magazine and could win top honors with help from the public. Maui News.

Kauai

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. holiday the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge will waive its entrance fee Sunday. Garden Island.

Molokai

The Molokai Land Trust has received the deed to a 5-mile stretch of remote and environmentally sensitive coastline along the rugged north shore of Molokai. Tribune-Herald.

Lanai

Larry Ellison, the billionaire who bought 97 percent of the island of Lanai in June, is adding small interisland airline Island Air to his Hawaii collection. Star-Advertiser.