Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Unions hopeful for economic recovery, ag industry and private schools strapped

Agri- cultural industry executives worry that Hawaii businesses will wither on the vine and incoming food will rot on the docks if the state goes through with massive layoffs of agriculture inspectors.

The state's private schools this year have had to increase financial aid to prevent an exodus of families that can no longer afford tuition.

Public and trade unions in Hawaii celebrated Labor Day as they have for decades at the annual Unity picnic in Waikiki.

Hawaii union workers spent the day with their families in Waikiki on Monday at the Second Annual Labor Day Unity Picnic.

The leader of the Hawaii Laborers Union said he is beginning to see signs of recovery in the construction industry.

State officials are holding two series of meetings about fishing regulations.

On Oct. 11, at the canonization of Father Damien in Saint Peter's Square, Pope Benedict XVI will give Honolulu Bishop Larry Silva a small box containing the right heel of Hawai'i's first saint.

Opponents of a development that would urbanize more than 1,000 acres of prime agricultural land in Ewa have won a preliminary battle at the State Land Use Commission.

One visitor in Hawaii is nearing the end of his mission to try 50 jobs each in a different state in 50 weeks.

Long accustomed to water catchment, dirt roads and other infrastructure deficiencies, lower Puna residents will soon have the island's newest and biggest fire station.

The county Board of Ethics’ ongoing discussion of Kaua‘i County Charter Section 20.02D has led to the resignation of one county volunteer last month, setting up the possibility of a precedent that could reach far and wide and change the way local government operates.

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