Friday, May 28, 2010

Waikiki beach makes top 10 list, Hannemann's gubernatorial bid sets dominoes falling, economic upturn noted, Pierce Brosnan illegally renting his Kauai home? More news from around the islands

The Oahu beach named after Olympic swimming legend Duke Kahanamoku has been listed among the top 10 beaches in the nation in an annual survey for 2010.

Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann said his campaign in the Democratic primary for governor will stress issues such as education, economic recovery and sustainability, but he also said his personal values and roots growing up in Kalihi would shape his vision.

Mayor Mufi Hannemann's political aspirations and management of the city's $5.5 billion rail project are parting ways.

The race is officially on.

Just moments after Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann officially announced he is running for governor, a war of words is was being waged between the candidates. Democrats Mufi Hannemann and Neil Abercrombie, along with Republican Duke Aiona were all exchanging strong words.

The battle between Mufi Hannemann and Neil Abercrombie - a sparring match between Hawaii political heavyweights is deja vu. It's a rematch 24 years in the making.

The wait is over. The race has begun.

After months of waiting and wondering, Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann made his anticipated next political move official this afternoon.

Mayor Mufi Hannemann's announced bid for Hawaii governor Thursday is creating a domino effect with politicians now lining up for a special election to fill the remainder of his term.

Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann's desire to be the state's next governor is one of the worst-kept secrets in recent politics.

The Democratic Party of Hawaii will come together for three days of meetings and speeches at the Hilton Hawaiian Village beginning today.

The state's top economists on the Council of Revenues on Thursday said Hawaii's economy is seeing a faster and bigger turnaround than expected.

Hawai'i's economy continues on the upswing with the state Council on Revenues' latest forecast showing an increase in general fund tax revenue for the remainder of this fiscal year and next.

Hawaii's economic recovery is well under way, and revenues for this fiscal year are expected to be 0.5 percent more than last year, said the state Council on Revenues.

Nearly 400 people losing their jobs in the next two weeks when The Honolulu Star-Bulletin merges with The Honolulu Advertiser may have to wait months for millions of dollars in severance pay.

Near Waipahu High School crews began closing off a portion of Farrington Highway to begin the task of testing where Honolulu's rail route might go.

  How cool would it be to stay at James Bond’s house, maybe not even legally?

Earthquakes. Termites. Brush fires. Torrential downpours. The heat of the tropical sun. Hurricanes. Soaring utility bills.

Just days before bids were due, Hawaii County has canceled a request for proposals to privatize the county's green waste collection.

The day after the state Commission on Water Resource Management made another precedent-setting decision to restore millions of gallons of water a day to East Maui streams, Hawaii's last sugar producer issued a statement of thanks with a plea for mercy in the next rounds of decision-making for disputed access to stream water.

A refurbished Japanese cruise ship made its inaugural Hawai‘i appearance Thursday following the dedication of its refurbishing project in late March.

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