Thursday, June 11, 2009

Top Hawaii Headlines: Thursday morning edition

HHonolulu City Councilman Duke Bainum was remembered yesterday as a political moderate who reached out to help those most in need.

Though his chair sat empty -- draped with leis -- fellow Honolulu City Council members acknowledged the presence of Duke Bainum as they conducted perhaps their most important meeting of the year.

The Honolulu City Council is once again forced to seek out a ninth member after the sudden death of Councilmember Duke Bainum.

City Council will have to prepare for a special election to fill the seat of Councilman Duke Bainum, who died Tuesday of a heart aneurysm.

Honolulu residents will see higher property taxes, vehicle registration fees, bus fares and Waikiki parking rates under the budget package passed by the City Council yesterday.

Although he stopped short of saying he would veto it, Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann had serious concerns about the budget bill approved by the City Council yesterday that includes an increase in real property taxes but no tax credit for homeowners.

M.R.C. Greenwood, the incoming president of the University of Hawai'i, said her top priority will be navigating the 10-campus system through an estimated $148 million budget shortfall over the next two years.

A potential primary clash between Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann and U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie would give Democrats two brand-name choices for governor in 2010 but could also test resources during a recession.

Foreclosures in Hawaii soared 397.6 percent last month to a record high and pushed the state to its highest national ranking since 2005.

Last year was difficult for North Hawaii Community Hospital and the region's residents, with layoffs and leadership turnover, but the hospital's new chief executive officer thinks community relations have begun to mend.

A company trying to harvest eucalyptus and operate a veneer plant in Ookala is asking the state for a break on its penalty payments, following another postponement of its starting date.

Hawaii County pays dozens of employees to drive their personal cars for work purposes despite having its own vehicle fleet

CARE Hawaii, which provides an array of mental health services, will shut down its operations on Maui and Kauai, state health officials confirmed.

Maui Land & Pineapple has been granted an exemption to the county's "Show Me the Water" ordinance for a large-lot subdivision below the Kapalua-West Maui Airport in Mahinahina.

First swine flu cases confirmed on Kaua‘i

Tobacco bucks fill campaign coffers, drain from the Tobacco Settlement Fund

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