Monday, July 7, 2014

Rapes on campus, Hawaii candidates take to the airways, Big Island monk seal dies from fish hook, Oahu home prices hit record, former Maui mayor making comeback, Kauai newspaper goes 7 days, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Is UH Doing Its Part to Combat Sexual Assaults on Campus? Critics say the University of Hawaii's approach to sexual violence ends up discouraging victims from reporting incidents. Civil Beat.

Several Pacific island officials are opposed to President Barack Obama's proposal to create the world's largest marine sanctuary in the Central Pacific, which would greatly expand protected fishing areas. Star-Advertiser.

The National Marine Fisheries Service on Thursday classified as endangered and threatened four distinct populations of a shark species whose fins are favored as an ingredient in shark fin soup. Associated Press.

With just five weeks to go before primary elections, campaigns in Hawaii are picking up speed. Associated Press.

At 9 p.m. Monday most Hawaii voters will have their first chance to see and hear from U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz and U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa as they debate the issues side by side. Civil Beat.

VIDEO: Schatz, Hanabusa Agree On Jones Act. Big Island Video News.

Commentary: Former Gov. Ben Cayetano is using the attention he's getting as a victim of negative campaigning by Pacific Resource Partnership to fuel his own negative campaign against U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz. Cayetano, who backs U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa against Schatz, demanded that Schatz fire Andy Winer as his chief of staff because Winer advised PRP in its campaign against him for mayor. Star-Advertiser.

About the only thing Neil Abercrombie and David Ige seemed to have in common during a debate in Honolulu Thursday night were colorful aloha shirts. The incumbent governor and the state senator who is challenging him in the Democratic primary disagreed on many of the issues discussed live on PBS Hawaii’s “Insights.” The arguments were especially heated over who deserves credit for the state’s economic recovery and whether the administration or the Legislature was more fiscally responsible. Civil Beat.

A new campaign video offers a personal look at Gov. Neil Abercrombie, from his first impression of Hawaii when he arrived as a university teaching assistant in 1959 to his fondness for Japanese cinema and Hawaiian music to his emotional bond with Agnes "Aggie" Kalaniho‘okaha Cope, his hanai mother. Star-Advertiser.

Hawai’i’s 1st Congressional District had the only Asian-majority in the U.S. for decades …a distinction it now shares with San Jose, California.  But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the seven candidates vying for the democratic nomination in the primary election are reaching out to the district’s Asian majorities from Waipahu to Hawai’i Kai.  Hawaii Public Radio.

Oahu

A plan to create pedestrian walkways and other improvements along the main commercial strip of historic Haleiwa is advancing four years after the city appropriated more than $2 million for the long-envisioned project. Star-Advertiser.

Oahu median home price rises to record $700,000. Low interest rates and rising personal income are among the factors driving up demand. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii

As the United States celebrates its declaration of freedom from Britain’s tyranny this Independence Day, it continues to illegally occupy Hawaii — an independent nation that deserves self-determination and restoration by its people — Native Hawaiian testifiers said Thursday. West Hawaii Today.

Mostly forgotten heiau may be last left in Hilo. Tribune-Herald.

A monk seal pup that was found bleeding from the mouth two days ago on the Big Island has died.  Marine mammal experts have confirmed that the seal pup's death was caused by a fishing hook. Hawaii News Now.

Maui

Former Maui Mayor James "Kimo" Apana is looking to return to politics with a bid for the state House seat representing Central Maui against incumbent Justin Woodson. Star-Advertiser.

Maui Brewing Co. and other small Hawaii producers of beer, liquor and wine rejoiced Saturday as Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed into law a bill that removes and increases manufacturing caps on their yearly productions. Maui News.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources is moving forward with revised plans to build a new pier at Lahaina Harbor for interisland ferries. Maui News.

Kauai

The Elections Division of the Office of the County Clerk will be providing drive-thru voter registration services in the parking area fronting the Historic County Building and Annex Building from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on July 9 and July 10. Hawaii Reporter.

Damaged Coco Palms building torn down. Garden Island.

The Garden Island newspaper announced today that it will bring back its Saturday edition beginning July 12.  Editor-in-Chief Bill Buley said he and his staff are “thrilled to again be putting out a print edition every day.”