Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Teriyaki Spam coming to Hawaii, Gabbard creates Future Caucus, big raises for DOE administrators, molasses cleanup continues, fracking big topic on Big Island, Lanai airport upgrades, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Minnesota-based Hormel Foods LLC has formulated Spam Teriyaki and has chosen Hawaii to be its exclusive launch point. Star-Advertiser.

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, two of the youngest members of Congress, are forming a new bipartisan Future Caucus. The Hawaii Democrat and Illinois Republican, both 32, hope the Future Caucus will channel a national discussion on technology and innovation to encourage economic growth. Star-Advertiser.

State, federal and local agencies have created a command post near the site of last week's massive molasses spill in Hono­lulu Harbor to help better respond to the disaster, officials announced Tuesday. Star-Advertiser.

The fate of a controversial and long-worked-on fishery rules package now lies in Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s hands. West Hawaii Today.

The Department of Education's six assistant superintendents will see their six-figure salaries go up an average 3.6 percent while the deputy superintendent will see a 16.6 percent boost under raises approved by the Board of Education on Tuesday. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii is trying to find out whether its public school teachers are making the grade. This year's Hawaii public school teachers are being evaluated under a new, controversial performance evaluation system that takes into account in-classroom observations, student surveys, academic growth and other measures that determine the size of raises that teachers will get during the next school year and beyond. Civil Beat.

Leaders from the executive and legislative branches of all four counties agreed on a coordinated action plan for the 2014 Legislative Session, officials announced. Maui Now.

Oahu

Nearly 100 people received their naturalization certificates during a ceremony aboard the USS Missouri in conjunction with Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, recognizing the 1787 signing of the Constitution. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii

The next time there is a food shortage emergency, the county will handle it better, several County Council members vowed Tuesday after hearing how a council action last year overwhelmed the Hawaii Island Food Basket with too much food to distribute in too short a time. West Hawaii Today.

County residents got their first chance to weigh in Tuesday on the future, or lack thereof, of hydraulic fracturing — a process also known as “fracking” — on Hawaii Island. Tribune-Herald.

Maui
Hawaii Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald on Tuesday named six nominees to the District Court for Maui County. Pacific Business News.

Kauai

After a four-month time out, the wheels are again turning on the Kauai Department of Water’s proposal for a high-elevation well near Mount Kahili. Whether they are turning fast enough — or should be turning at all — was up for debate Tuesday. Garden Island.

Lanai
The state is receiving millions of dollars from the U.S. Transportation Department to bring runways at the island of Lanai's only airport into compliance with safety requirements. The runways there do not meet current Federal Aviation Administration safety standards. Hawaii News Now.