Thursday, September 30, 2010

Planet discovered, Aiona not walking the talk, charter school faces challenges, voters yawn at BOE ballot, lots of millionaires here, coral bleaching, airport bird kill draws fire, more Hawaii news

Astronomers used Mauna Kea's Keck 1 telescope to discover an Earth-like planet that could contain water and possibly even life, a finding likely to reinvigorate the search for extraterrestrial life and inspire Hawaii's next generation of space explorers. Star-Advertiser.

 Our state, the smallest  in the nation has the biggest number of millionaires living in it per capita. KHON2.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park officials have met with their Big Island neighbors to discuss the continuing drought that could lead to wildfires.  Associated Press.

Broad areas of the Big Island continue to suffer from severe drought, and relief appears to be months away. Tribune-Herald.

The head of Hawaii's largest union says he will seek to alter the state open records law in the coming legislative session to limit access to information about public employee salaries. Civil Beat.

Corals at remote atolls northwest of the main Hawaiian islands suffered some bleaching this summer as ocean temperatures rose to higher than normal levels for a couple of weeks. Associated Press.

NOAA: Papahanaumokuakea coral bleaching not as bad. KHON2.

The mysterious brown stuff found in the ocean Tuesday off Kailua Beach has been revealed. KITV.

Gov. Candidate Aiona Refuses To Get Flu Shots. KITV.

It's not setting sail but the trash meant for the mainland is finally on the move. Hawaii News Now.

Kamehameha Schools is evaluating whether to reacquire city-owned parcels in Haleiwa, part of the same property that D.G. "Andy" Anderson wants for a boutique hotel. Star-Advertiser.

What a federal wildlife official termed a "shotgun control operation" Monday afternoon in Keaukaha was aimed at stopping cattle egrets from endangering aircraft at nearby Hilo International Airport. Tribune-Herald.

The University of Hawaii has been ranked among the world's top 200 universities in a recent publication. Hawaii News Now.

Big reforms planned for Hawaii public schools and lingering anger over teacher furloughs weren't enough to boost low voter participation in Board of Education races. Star-Advertiser.

The proposed Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School has one last bureaucratic hurdle to clear before preparing for an August 2011 opening, but it's a big one -- acquiring a charter from the state. Tribune-Herald.

Efforts to convert Laupahoehoe High and Elementary School on the Big Island to a charter school are continuing, thanks to an extension of a federal grant. Associated Press.

Young Brothers officials are threatening to ask for rate increases for their interisland shipping services if the state's Public Utilities Commission allows another shipping company to "cherry pick" the most profitable routes. West Hawaii Today.

Young Brothers will file for reconsideration of last week's Public Utilities Commission decision to allow Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines to move vehicles and heavy cargo interisland on its ship, MV Jean Anne. Maui News.

A crowd of applicants greeted Transportation Security Administration employees at a job fair Wednesday at the Lihu‘e Civic Center. Garden Island.

Big Island police are asking for the public's help in finding military commemorative and presidential coins with sentimental value stolen yesterday in a burglary of an 82-year-old man's Pepeekeo apartment. Star-Advertiser.

Molokai Properties Water Rate Hikes Finalized. Molokai Dispatch.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Abercrombie, Aiona match begins, UH fights bedbugs, state fights bee beetle, Obama supports Hanabusa, Maui candidate with criminal record allowed to run, Kauai firefighters disciplined, more news from across the state

Are Native Hawaiians getting a fair shake in our legal system? New numbers show that 40% of all prisoners in Hawaii are Native Hawaiians, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) says that's no coincidence. Hawaii News Now.

A disproportionate number of Native Hawaiians are making up a segment of the prison population, according to a new study released by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. KITV.

Native Hawaiians are treated unfairly by the criminal justice system in Hawaii, according to a report released yesterday by the state Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Star-Advertiser.

OHA releases a damning report on the treatment of Native Hawaiians in the criminal justice system and calls out for solutions. Civil Beat.

Hawaii's outnumbered Republicans recruited candidates for almost every legislative race this year, but many of them struggled to raise money or receive votes in the state's primary election. Associated Press.

President Barack Obama's political organization has sent out an undisclosed number of e-mails to Hawaii residents urging them to support Democrat Colleen Hanabusa for the 1st Congressional District seat. Associated Press.

Former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D) and his Republican opponent for Hawai governor, Lt. Gov. James Duke Aiona (R) on Tuesday discussed their different views on how they would wean Hawaii from fossil fuel to a clean, green economy. KITV.

The Energy Expo was the first venue the democratic and republican gubernatorial candidates have both shown up at since the primary. KHON2.

Maui County Clerk Jeffrey Kuwada has dismissed a challenge to the candidacy of Elle Cochran, which claimed she was not eligible to run for office because she has a criminal record. Maui News.

Kauai County officials say disciplinary action has been taken after a Fire Department boat was used for a fishing expedition to waters along the coast of Niihau. Associated Press.

Seasonal hiring in Hawaii appears to be on the rise from a year ago as retailers prepare to boost staffing for an anticipated brisk holiday season. Star-Advertiser.

Young Brothers Ltd. on Tuesday said it was "surprised and disappointed" at the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission's decision to allow a competitor to provide interisland shipping. KITV.

Thieves stole 15 moi from a fish tank at the Waikiki Aquarium over the weekend, aquarium officials said. KITV.

One of Hawaii's most popular visitor destinations will be closed on weekday afternoons starting in November. Hawaii News Now.

State Department of Agriculture workers are searching East Hawaii farms for signs of the coffee berry borer. Meanwhile, farmers anxiously await word concerning whether the bug's arrival will spark a quarantine on Kona coffee. Tribune-Herald.

Bed bugs surface at UH-Manoa dorms and Campus Center. KHON2.

It's policy at public schools but still not practiced. Controversial locker searches are stuck in limbo – more than a year after the Hawaii Board of Education approved them - because of legal concerns, budget cuts, and a precedent-setting policy. Educators are proceeding with caution. Hawaii News Now.

After meetings spanning several months, the county Charter Review Commission on Monday fine-tuned several questions to be placed on the ballot next election. Garden Island.

A community effort to redevelop six vacant Lanakila Homes units in Hilo has foundered, and the Hawaii Public Housing Authority is going back to the drawing board. Tribune-Herald.

A 5,000-home subdivision mauka of Kaloko Industrial Area is being brought forward again. West Hawaii Today.

Three new lieutenants and seven new sergeants have a combined 140 years of service with the Kaua‘i Police Department. Garden Island.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Eat local campaign takes root, OSHA threatens to yank state oversight, hotel occupancy up, asteroid discovered, congressional campaign gets hot, APEC seeks marketing help, more Hawaii news

Localvore movement takes root in N. Kohala. West Hawaii Today.

There’s a macadamia nut shortage in Hawaii and around the world. KITV.

An asteroid that will come within 4 million miles of Earth in mid-October has been discovered by a new University of Hawaii telescope atop Haleakala on Maui. Associated Press.

A new report says hotel occupancy in Hawaii averaged 79.5 percent in July, up from 68.8 percent in July 2009. Associated Press.

Maui's hotels enjoyed an 18.1 percent jump in revenue per available room in July, according to the Hospitality Advisors report released today. Maui News.

Trying to file for unemployment got harder Monday. KHON2.

The U.S. Department of Labor is threatening to yank the state's authority to oversee safety and health in Hawaii's workplace, in light of "serious performance problems." Star-Advertiser.

A week into the general election season, ads are flying in the race for the 1st Congressional District. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii's Board of Education revised its Chapter 19 policy on student conduct and discipline – allowing for searches inside school lockers. But more than a year after the policy was revised, administrators have still not started the controversial inspections. Hawaii News Now.

APEC's Hawaii committee seeks marketing and communications proposals. Associated Press.

Teach for America, the competitive national program that recruits top-notch college graduates to teach in public schools, has more than quadrupled its Hawaii ranks since starting in the islands in 2006 and is looking to expand further at a time when the state needs more highly qualified teachers in hard-to-staff areas. Star-Advertiser.

Enrollment at the University of Hawaii at Hilo continues to swell, with the number of students enrolled this year topping 4,000 for the first time. Tribune-Herald.

With the passing of September’s deadline, the Molokai Veterans Caring for Veterans have entered into federal litigation against Maui County and Mayor Charmaine Tavares. Molokai Dispatch.

Civil unions may be an unspoken issue in gov race. Associated Press.

Hawaii businesses are receiving federal money to help increase renewable energy production. Associated Press.

County officials said Monday that the supervisors involved in a recent fishing trip aboard a Kaua‘i Fire Department boat off the coast of Ni‘ihau have been disciplined. Garden Island.

"Hawaii Five-O" script sparks on-line idea. Hawaii News Now.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Surf's up for the season, Abercrombie-Aiona debates set, HUD nixes two Hawaii laws, Blue Angels wow crowds, fireworks limits coming, more news from around the islands

The first big northwest swell of the season drew experienced surfers and big crowds to beaches on Oahu's north shore Sunday. Hawaii News Now.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has told the state to stop applying two laws enacted by the Legislature over Gov. Linda Lingle's vetoes.  Associated Press.

Teach for America, the competitive national program that recruits top-notch college graduates to teach in public schools, has more than quadrupled its Hawaii ranks since starting in the islands in 2006 and is looking to expand further at a time when the state needs more highly qualified teachers in hard-to-staff areas. Star-Advertiser.

The world famous Blue Angels wowed the crowds one last time for the year on Sunday at the Kaneohe Bay Airshow. KHON2.

Tens of thousands of spectators crowded the flight line at Kaneohe Bay yesterday to catch the Navy's Blue Angels, an Air Force F-22 Raptor and other high-flying acts. Star-Advertiser.

Roberts Hawaii, the state's largest tours and transportation company, has seen a spike in fatal collisions recently, making up 40 percent of all fatal commercial vehicle collisions so far this year and 30 percent last year. Star-Advertiser.

Acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell said Friday that he expects to sign into law a bill that limits fireworks -- passed by the City Council on Wednesday. Star-Advertiser.

Plans to sell some unused city park land in Haleiwa brought out dozens of protesters Saturday. KITV.

The Coast Guard reports crew members of the cutter Ahi have helped free a sea turtle that was entangled in a net. Associated Press.

In the space of a year, the state's consumer protection agency sanctioned a total of 18 Big Island businesses. Tribune-Herald.

Hawaii businesses are receiving federal money to help increase renewable energy production. Associated Press.

OC16 will broadcast a live debate between former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie and Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona in their campaign for governor on Oct. 20. Star-Advertiser.

After a week of behind-the-scenes negotiations, former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie and Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona have committed to several debates and forums in the campaign for governor. Star-Advertiser.

On Saturday, the leaders of Maui's Democratic and Republican parties expressed confidence in their candidates who face each other in every state House and Senate contest. Maui News.

On Kaua‘i, out of the 39,790 registered voters, just 17,206, or 43.2 percent, of voters cast primary votes. Garden Island.

Rail’s Direction Hinges on New City Leadership. Civil Beat.

Maui County Council Member Gladys Baisa remarked that the Maui Tropical Plantation "looked like the county fair" on Saturday afternoon as Jesse Spencer gave a public presentation under a massive tent on his proposed affordable housing development down the highway mauka of Maalaea. Maui News.

It is equally refreshing and startling when a state manager declares his team’s supervision of a popular public resource has not been very good. Garden Island.

If you haven’t noticed, there have been a few new changes at our water store in town. Molokai News.

It's not everyday you see alpacas grazing the slopes of Mauna Kea. West Hawaii Today.

The Coast Guard reports crew members of the cutter Ahi have helped free a sea turtle that was entangled in a net. Associated Press.


Friday, September 24, 2010

More qualify for food stamps, Molokai utilities too cheap, Hawaiian airlines Japan flights picking up, judge refuses to disqualify candidate, while another candidate faces new disqualification lawsuit, more

A study of erosion hazards at city beach parks on Oahu found crumbling seawalls, disappearing beaches and parks facilities threatened with destruction. KITV.

Kyo-Ya Hotels and Resorts -- the parent company of Sheraton and Starwood in Hawaii -- wants to spend 700 million dollars rebuilding portions of the Princess Kaiulani and Moana Surfrider hotels. KHON2.

Enrollment dipped at the University of Hawaii's flagship Manoa campus this fall but increased at the nine other UH campuses, pushing overall fall enrollment to a record high of 60,231 students, for a 3.6 percent increase over last year's previous record. Star-Advertiser.
Hawaiian Airlines has received authorization from Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism to operate new international service to Japan. Associated Press

Castle & Cooke Homes won state approval yesterday for the bulk of its proposed Koa Ridge community, concluding a more than decade-long effort for the contentious project between Mililani and Waipio. Star-Advertiser.

A developer wants to buy unused city park land from the city in Haleiwa and build a replica of the turn-of-the-century Haleiwa Hotel. KITV.

They don't have a lot of money but nearly 200 people at a low-income housing complex in Liliha are facing a rent hike. Hawaii News Now.

The Hawaii state government is being honored for supporting its employees who also serve in the National Guard and Reserve. Associated Press.

Hawaii delegation splits over small business credit bill. Associated Press.

The income limit for people qualifying for the state's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, will rise from 130 percent of the federal poverty level to 200 percent, the maximum allowable under federal guidelines. West Hawaii Today.

The state Public Utilities Commission has approved an annual revenue increase of $548,682, or 126.5 percent, for Molokai Public Utilities Inc. Associated Press.

A Big Island company that plans to put macadamia nut shells to good use is getting a federal boost. KHON2.

It has been three years in the planning and now it is finally in place. The vertical axis wind turbine is close to being operational. KITV.

Maui Land & Pineapple Co. will sell its Bay Course at Kapalua to TY Management Corp. for $23.6 million and lease it back to continue to operate the links until March 31. Maui News.

The county Department of Water has more system-improvement projects happening now than all the other counties combined, said David Craddick, DOW manager and chief engineer. Garden Island.

Republican gubernatorial candidate James "Duke" Aiona promised supporters Wednesday evening in Kailua-Kona that his administration, if elected Nov. 2, will not raise taxes for Hawaii residents. West Hawaii Today.

Despite the efforts of conservative Christian groups to defeat candidates who support Hawaii civil unions, top opponents of House Bill 444 suffered losses in Saturday's primary. Civil Beat.

A second-place finish in Saturday's primary election and demands from constituents have prompted Ka'u Councilman Guy Enriques to end his months-long media silence. Tribune-Herald.

Two downtown voters are suing to disqualify David S.Y. Chang, the Republican candidate for the state House's 28th District, from the upcoming general election. Star-Advertiser.

A Second Circuit Court judge threw out the challenge to Maui County Council Chairman Danny Mateo’s candidacy last week, saying he didn’t have authority to rule on the case. Molokai Dispatch.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Hawaii losing trade winds, NYT blasts state for ignoring human trafficking case, jobless rate down, good place for young people to live, bad place to drive and other top island news

Whether it was the result of curiosity, nostalgic loyalty or the millions of dollars CBS spent on promotion, the network premiere Monday night of the new "Hawaii Five-0" was a hit. Star-Advertiser.

Trade winds are a big reason we call Hawaii paradise. But a new study by the Hawaii Climate Office has documented a significant drop in the frequency of trade winds -- enough that the state climatologist said he is very concerned. KITV.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports Hawaii had one of the nation's largest over-the-month percentage decreases in employment in August. Associated Press.

In an Ugly Human-Trafficking Case, Hawaii Forgets Itself. New York Times.

A former state Department of Labor inspector is facing charges that he used other people's names personal information to verify inspections he didn't perform. Star-Advertiser.

The state says changes are on the way to the food stamp program. KHON2.

Honolulu has been named one of America's best communities for young people by America's Promise Alliance, a group committed to reducing high school dropout rates and promoting safer environments for young people. Hawaii News Now.

Two reports released in September rank roads in Hawaii among the worst in the nation. Hawaii News Now.

City Council members will try today to pass a consumer fireworks law for Oahu that falls short of a complete ban. Star-Advertiser

The first election in a three-election pilot program judging the impact of public campaign funding on Hawaii County Council races is showing mixed results. West Hawaii Today.

Two Hawaii legislators don't have to give up their current positions as they campaign for higher office. Associated Press.

Even before Saturday's primary election, many activists had already turned their attention to a constitutional amendment on the Nov. 2 general election ballot. Civil Beat.

Ever wonder why blank ballots on Hawaii's constitutional amendments count as "no" votes? We did, too. Civil Beat.

Hawaii gov. candidates begin fall short on funding. Associated Press.

The Republican Party's plan to sit back and watch Hawaii Democrats tear themselves apart in the gubernatorial primary has already failed, said Neil Abercrombie. Tribune-Herald.

In their first joint news conference at Honolulu Hale, acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell welcomed Mayor-elect Peter Carlisle to promote a successful changing of the guard, but the very office in which they stood, quickly became a source of tension. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii Democrats know a thing or two about unity, Democratic House of Representative candidate Colleen Hanabusa said Monday. West Hawaii Today.

A former Hawaii Navy family has received an $11 million settlement after a daughter suffered permanent brain damage when she was delivered by young and inexperienced Tripler Army Medical Center doctors who put the newborn through "a series of egregious medical errors," the family's lawyers said yesterday. Star-Advertiser.

More than 5,000 job seekers from across the state filtered into the Neal Blaisdell Center on Tuesday for a job fair with more than 160 different employers present. KITV.

The annual "Get the Drift and Bag It" event gets under way Saturday with a partnership aimed at cleaning Maui's coastal areas. Maui News.

A proposal to build a new community on the Big Island is aimed at creating affordable housing, much needed jobs and more importantly schools where every child goes to college. KHON2.

South Maui County Council Member Wayne Nishiki and challenger Don Couch split 38 Maui County precincts, taking 19 each, and tied in one in their primary election day contest. Maui News.

Dr. Rebecca “Becky” Rhoades confirmed Tuesday that she stepped down last week as the long-time executive director of the Kaua‘i Humane Society. Garden Island.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Personal income hardly up, Carlisle settles in, competition coming to interisland transport, more election analyses and other Hawaii news

The Public Utilities Commission is allowing newcomer Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines to expand its service to the neighbor islands. Young Brothers fought Pasha's entry into the market. KITV.

The state gave Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines LLC the go-ahead yesterday to begin an interisland shipping business that will challenge Young Bros. Ltd.'s decades-old regulated monopoly. Star-Advertiser.

Several longtime Hawaii politicians are out of work following the state's primary election, but not because of widespread voter discontent seen in other parts of the country. Associated Press.

Further analysis of district-by-district returns reveals the mathematical relationships between candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, mayor and prosecutor. Civil Beat.

Republican gubernatorial candidate James "Duke" Aiona is pressing his Democratic rival to accept his plan for six, hour-long debates beginning Friday. Associated Press.

90,000 primary votes for Mufi Hannemann were nowhere near enough to beat Neil Abercrombie who came away the Democratic nominee. KHON2.

The contest between Neil Abercrombie and Mufi Hannemann was no contest on the Big Island. Tribune-Herald.

After a dominating win in Saturday's primary election, Sunday was reserved for congratulations and "unification" for Democrats behind their new gubernatorial nominee, former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie. Maui News.

Former television reporter Ramsay Wharton is conceding the race for the GOP nomination for Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District. Associated Press.

Honolulu's newly elected mayor says he hopes his transition into office will be a "gentle" one, Peter Carlisle told KITV4 News on Monday. KITV.

Carlisle to decide on city and county jobs based on new expectations. Hawaii News Now.

Mayor Charmaine Tavares managed to edge out former Mayor Alan Arakawa by 268 votes for a first-place finish in Saturday's primary election. Maui News.

Personal income rose modestly in Hawaii in the second quarter, but the increase was among the smallest in the nation, according to a new report. Star-Advertiser.

Fall is the season of the shearwaters, and this fall these native seabirds are getting the attention they deserve. Star-Advertiser.

Several Ha‘ena landowners who received permits to build their dream homes signed an agreement long ago stating that no commercial activity would take place there. Garden Island.

Despite all the political changes, the city is continuing the work to prepare for rail. Hawaii News Now.

One tune was stuck in William Hardisty's head during the fourth annual Parade and Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace in Honokaa. It played repeatedly as he helped prepare the Hamakua Youth Center's float and then when he marched down Mamane Street. West Hawaii Today.

Although not always visible, the fresh spring-fed waters of Loko o Mokuhinia are still flowing, and archeological work to restore Moku‘ula to its former glory is progressing one spoonful at a time. Lahaina News.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Money doesn't equal win in primary races, GOP wants term limits, parties patch divides, voter turnout high, more election news

The day after a bruising primary campaign, gubernatorial rivals Neil Abercrombie and Mufi Hannemann put aside their primary rivalry and greeted each other warmly Sunday at the Hawaii Democratic Party's Unity Breakfast. Hawaii News Now.

Emotions ran high as Neil Abercrombie and Mufi Hannemann joined forces at the Hawaii Democratic Party’s post-election unity breakfast on Sunday. KITV.

The word "unity" doesn't spring to mind when thinking of Mufi Hannemann and Neil Abercrombie. Civil Beat.

Former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie tapped into a reservoir of support among traditional Democrats in his primary victory on Saturday but also did remarkably well in regions that often favor independents and conservatives. Star-Advertiser.

Democratic candidate Neil Abercrombie's domination spanned all counties except Kauai. It was a blowout. KITV.

The cheering started early at the old Comp USA building on Ala Moana Boulevard well before the first print-out was released. But when it was, the intensity in the room rose to a different level. KHON2.

Having the most money didn’t prove to be an advantage in the state’s major primary races. Hawaii Reporter.

Hawaii Republicans gathered in a show of unity and to unveil a legislative action plan outlining their proposals to improve Hawaii's economy, education and government. KITV.

The state Republican Party is proposing term limits for state legislators and a rule requiring that a supermajority in the state House approve all tax hikes. Associated Press.

The 42.8 percent of registered voters who cast ballots for Saturday's primary election exceeded the turnout in the last two primary elections.Star-Advertiser.

With 39 of 40 precincts reporting late Saturday night, Maui County turnout was only 34.2 percent. Maui News.

Lynda Goin has made it a point to cast her ballot every election year. This year was no different. West Hawaii Today.

A mapping error has led 370 voters on Maui to be assigned to the wrong election district. Associated Press.

 Democrat Brian Schatz and Republican Lynn Finnegan emerged victorious Saturday night from a big field of lieutenant gubernatorial candidates. West Hawaii Today.

While Hawaii's gubernatorial race and several Big Island County Council seats were hotly contested, eight candidates for state House of Representatives seats cruised on through to November unopposed. Tribune-Herald.

Incumbent Rep. Cindy Evans will face Republican Scott "Hendo" Henderson for the 7th House District representing South Kona and North Kohala. Tribune-Herald.

It was a virtual dead heat after early election returns, but Rep. Faye Hanohano is her party's choice for the 4th state House District. Tribune-Herald.

Democratic state House Reps. Joe Souki and Joe Bertram III easily fended off primary election challenges Saturday night. Maui News.

Former city prosecutor Peter Carlisle bested a field of three other candidates to win the Honolulu mayor's race.Hawaii News Now.

With just two years in office before facing the voters for re-election, Mayor-elect Peter Carlisle is focusing on short-term goals for his new administration. Star-Advertiser.

Kaua‘i voters lined up largely behind Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. in Saturday’s primary election. Garden Island.

The University of Hawaii will sweeten a legislative funding request to restore about $50 million in state cuts by making a portion of the appropriation contingent on meeting key outcomes. Star-Advertiser.

When the Kekaha shrimp farm was in full operation several years ago, ocean currents dispersed millions of gallons of shrimp-smelling wastewater that the company dumped daily near the shore. Garden Island.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

It's Neil! And all the updated results from yesterday's elections. (7:30 a.m. printout)

Official 7:30 a.m. printout from the state Office of Elections, here.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Three newspapers' takes on the Democratic rally

One of the most bitter Democratic races for governor in decades drew to a close last night at the simple Mooheau bandstand in downtown Hilo with rivals Neil Abercrombie and Mufi Hannemann searching for common ground. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Democrats from around the state, gathering Friday evening for one last hurrah before the primary, pledged party unity with varying degrees of sincerity as they shared the stage with their intraparty rivals. West Hawaii Today.

Democrats urged unity among their divided ranks at the traditional Grand Rally in Hilo on the eve of today's primary election. Tribune-Herald.

Photo album: Scenes from Hawaii Democratic Party Friday evening rally in Hilo

Hundreds of supporters for all the candidates crowd the Mooheau bandstand in Hilo Friday evening

Gubernatorial candidate Mufi Hannemann hoists a young supporter

Gubernatorial candidate Neil Abercrombie greets roadside supporters

Executive Committee member Chuck Freedman confabs with local kingmaker George Yokoyama

Tribune-Herald reporter Peter Sur meeting deadline

Star-bulletin political columnist Richard Borreca getting the scoop

Puna County Councilwoman Emily Naeole-Beason

Hawaii County Democratic Party Chairman Steve Pavao

Friday, September 17, 2010

Gay lawmaker targeted, Family Forum lobbies too much, Kenoi defies party neutrality, Matson expands, Hawaiian Airlines threatened, meth prosecutions up, no more big money for Hannemann, more Hawaii news

Hawaii Family Forum, a Christian charity that helped lead the fight against civil unions, spent so much money politicking last year that it had to pay the IRS $20,741 in taxes for its "excessive lobbying," according to its latest tax return. Star-Advertiser.

Christian Conservatives Target Gay Lawmaker. A group called the Aloha Family Alliance this week sent out thousands of fliers showing two men in black suits embracing, about to kiss. They appear to be getting married. KITV.

Early walk-in voting for the primary election ended today with a big turnout across the islands. KHON2.

Thousands of voters across the state decided to cast their ballots early this year. Hawaii News Now.

After a bitter campaign marked by mudslinging and contentious divisions over race, religion and gay rights, two longtime political rivals in Hawaii meet in a primary Saturday to decide which Democrat will try to recapture the governor's seat from Republican hands after eight years. Associated Press.

Mazie Hirono and Ed Case could not do it in the Democratic primary for governor in 2002. Daniel Akaka and Case did not do it in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in 2006. Political analysts wonder whether former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie and former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann have the ability to drive voter turnout tomorrow in the Democratic primary for governor. Star-Advertiser.

Mayor Billy Kenoi's endorsement of gubernatorial candidate Mufi Hannemann in a contested primary race goes against the Democratic Party's neutrality philosophy, party leaders said. Tribune-Herald.

Gubernatorial candidate Mufi Hannemann today offered an idea to promote University of Hawaii sports in Asia as an option to the Western Athletic Conference dilemma. KITV.

Reports have been filed with the campaign spending commission detailing what's called "late contributions" since September 3. KHON2.

Mufi Hannemann's campaign for governor said yesterday it didn't receive any contributions exceeding $500 during a 10-day period leading up to tomorrow's Democratic primary election against Neil Abercrombie. Star-Advertiser.

Challengers to incumbent 8th District House Rep. Joe Souki say they have a fresh and young perspective that deserve voter consideration over the incumbent's 28 years of experience. Maui News.

Acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell, who leads all mayoral candidates in fundraising, picked up an additional $68,000 over the past two weeks as he makes a final push to defeat former Prosecutor Peter Carlisle, who began the race with a sizable lead in polls over all contenders. Star-Advertiser.

Thousands more Hawaii residents fell into poverty last year, driving up the rate here to its highest level since 1997, Census Bureau figures released yesterday show. Star-Advertiser.

Governor Linda Lingle today announced state Department of Transportation (DOT) Director Brennon Morioka has accepted a job as executive vice president of Shioi Construction, Inc., in Pearl City.  His last day at the DOT will be Thursday, Sept. 23.  KHON2.

Matson Navigation Co. has initiated its expanded China service with a second five-ship port rotation that will double the ocean shipper's trade between that country and California. Star-Advertiser.

For the second time in three weeks the state has fined the city $140,000 for "willfully violating" state law at one of its wastewater treatment facilities. KHON2.

It’s official: the names of City & County of Honolulu employees are a matter of public record — not just their salaries and job titles. Civil Beat.

The FBI says a telephone bomb threat forced the delay of a Hawaiian Airlines flight out of Los Angeles. Associated Press.

North Shore brush fire appears intentionally set. Hawaii News Now.

The company securing a $26 million bond to cover the cost of constructing the Mamalahoa bypass appears to have enough cash reserves to cover the obligation, Corporation Counsel Lincoln Ashida said. West Hawaii Today.

County prosecutors are batting a thousand in terms of convictions in methamphetamine, other-drug and career-criminal cases, said Shaylene Iseri-Carvalho, prosecuting attorney. Garden Island.

The wife of state Sen. Fred Hemmings has been sentenced to one year probation. Associated Press.

Although not always visible, the fresh spring-fed waters of Loko o Mokuhinia are still flowing, and archeological work to restore Moku‘ula to its former glory is progressing one spoonful at a time.  Lahaina News.

Mango is called the King of Fruits for good reason. Molokai Dispatch.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Hawaii students lag behind nation in SAT scores, beach-widening during APEC, gubernatorial candidates still going at it, UH gets $9M biomed grant, more news from around the isles

Hawaii hoteliers will be among the first to net returns from the 2011 Asia-Pacifc Economic Cooperation when its 21 member economies begin next month booking rooms from a short list of hotels that have been cleared to handle the high-level international event. Star-Advertiser.

Widening of Waikiki Beach scheduled to start in 2011. Star-Advertiser.

The public got a chance to comment on the proposed widening of Waikiki Beach. Hawaii News Now.

Hundreds of workers at the Hilton Hawaiian Village voted Wednesday to authorize a strike. Hawaii News Now.

Scenes are being shot for the movie, Battleship, at Magic Island Thursday. Hawaii News Now.

The average SAT scores of college-bound Hawaii students nudged up this year, but still lag behind the national average, according to results released this week. Star-Advertiser.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa said today that it was awarded a $9.2 million federal grant to help build a biomedical research base and to support early career researchers trying to become independent scientists. Associated Press.

After successful appeals, four more Hawaii public schools have met “adequate yearly progress” goals under the No Child Left Behind Act. Associated Press.

The state’s only organic-certifying body, the Hawaii Organic Farmers Association (HOFA), will suspend its program this month, forcing organic farmers in Hawaii to look to the mainland for certification. Molokai Dispatch.

Hawaii's Aloha spirit is being tested in Democratic primary for governor. Washington Post.

If one looked at the 2010 Democratic primary race for governor simply from the viewpoint of who’s funding the candidates, it might go down as a battle between engineers and educators. Honolulu Weekly.

Intense competition between two prominent gubernatorial candidates has split the allegiances of Democratic leaders, who expect to soon bury the ill will and unite behind the party's nominee. Tribune-Herald.

Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann and former U.S. Congressman Neil Abercrombie - both Democrats - made what's likely to be their last efforts to differentiate themselves to Maui voters before Saturday's primary election on issues such as taxes, civil unions, a lottery, government spending and the return of Hawaii Superferry. Maui News.

Five times as many candidates in Hawaii's 2002 primary election tapped into public matching funds for their campaigns than this year. Civil Beat.

With three days until the election candidates are trying to set themselves apart from opponents but it's sometimes easier said than done. Hawaii News Now.

State legislators are sitting on and spending piles of cash as they wait for the Nov. 2 general election. Tribune-Herald.

Some critics said Wednesday Honolulu prosecutor candidate Darwin Ching's TV ad goes too far in portraying Honolulu as crime-ridden. KITV.

The Hawaiian Humane Society for the first time in its history has completed a survey of how candidates for governor and Honolulu mayor feel about animal welfare issues. KITV.

A formal complaint has been filed with the state's Democratic Party over outgoing Honolulu City Councilman Gary Okino's endorsement of Republican candidates.  Associated Press.

The departure of Council Member Jo Anne Johnson from the West Maui residency seat has drawn seven candidates, all eager to step into her shoes. Maui News.

Retired car dealer James Pflueger and son Alan Pflueger, who took over the dealership, were indicted by a federal grand jury yesterday on conspiracy tax fraud charges of claiming personal expenses as deductible business expenses. Star-Advertiser.

A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted retired car dealer James Pflueger and others on charges related to tax fraud, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release. Garden Island.

The outrage over a sudden spike in property taxes for 247 Oahu residents was tackled head-on Wednesday by the Honolulu City's Council's Budget Committee. KHON2.

Genshiro Kawamoto owns an 87 acre parcel in Kahaluu that neighbors say is overgrown with trees that threaten public safety. KITV.

Police Bust Illegal Gambling Operation in Chinatown KHON2.

The scientists and backers of the Thirty Meter Telescope want the Big Island community working at, and benefiting from, the planned astronomy study site, a representative said Tuesday. West Hawaii Today.

Hawaii County police officials are asking the County Council to move ahead with the lease of 100 more patrol car computers. West Hawaii Today.

Developers will face new requirements to provide recreation and firefighting facilities as a condition of rezoning under a bill the County Council Planning Committee is scheduled to consider Monday. West Hawaii Today.

The core of Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative’s strategic plan calls for reducing the Garden Isle’s dependence on imported fossil fuels while reliably delivering power to a growing customer base. Garden Island.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Endangered palila could become extinct, last gubernatorial debate shows no clear winner, Lingle wants GOP to vote GOP, teachers file lawsuit for health care, more state news

The endangered palila songbird — a species found only on the slopes of Mauna Kea volcano — is facing possible extinction as its population declines dramatically, officials said Tuesday. Associated Press.

State, federal and private organizations said an endangered Hawaiian songbird's population has fallen drastically in recent years. KITV.

After months of talking about each other's lack of experience and misguided intentions, the two men who would be Hawaii's Democratic candidate for governor faced off one last time in old Wailuku town. Star-Advertiser.

Despite the bad blood between them, their final joint appearance before Saturday's primary election was a civil exchange — and maybe moot, given that many people have already voted absentee. Civil Beat.

 Gov. Linda Lingle is calling on fellow Republican voters to cast GOP ballots and not to stray into the Democratic primary. Associated Press.

Governor Linda Lingle cast her ballot Tuesday at Honolulu Hale. Hawaii News Now.

Eleven candidates want to be Hawaii's lieutenant governor, a post that most political observers agree has few responsibilities and almost no power. Associated Press.

Hawaii has a new Supreme Court chief justice. KITV.

Hawaii public school teachers filed suit yesterday in Circuit Court to block changes in their health coverage, saying that the state's plan to do away with their health benefit trust fund is unconstitutional. Star-Advertiser.

A public school teacher files a class-action lawsuit against Governor Linda Lingle. Hawaii News Now.

Requests for mail-in absentee ballots have skyrocketed for this primary election. KITV.

If state and federal officials can't find coffee berry borer on other islands, Big Island farmers are facing some kind of quarantine, even temporarily, state Department of Agriculture officials said Monday morning. West Hawaii Today.

The debate over the proposed Honolulu rail project is intensified on Tuesday as a group of supporters urged Gov. Linda Lingle to approve the $5.5 billion project. KITV.

This Saturday's election is winner take all for the Honolulu mayor's race and the candidates didn't hold anything back in the live 90 minute debate at the Blaisdell Center. Hawaii News Now.

The four major candidates for Honolulu mayor exchanged barbs and tried to distinguish themselves from the pack at a final debate before Saturday's special election. Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu mayor's race: candidate profiles Hawaii News Now.

Traveling through Honolulu International Airport just got a bit more comfortable and whole lot tastier. KHON2.

A high-ranking Hawai‘i lawmaker remains concerned about the price the state recently agreed to pay for two industrial lots to expand Lihu‘e Airport. Garden Island.

Following the controversial issues that have surfaced in the last few weeks regarding Lihu‘e Airport administration, state Senate Ways and Means Committee Chair Donna Mercado Kim took a quick trip Tuesday to the Garden Island. Garden Island.

Gov. Linda Lingle has nominated a new deputy director of water resources within the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. Associated Press.

Hawaii had the third most expensive hotel rates in the nation after New York and Massachusetts during the first half of the year. Associated Press.

The city requires low-income homeowners applying for a break on property taxes to submit a slew of documentation to verify eligibility. StarAdvertiser.

In the heat of the campaign season, election-related e-mail is making its way into county-owned computers, even though there are prohibitions against it. West Hawaii Today.

Hoping to score a knockout in the first round, candidates for the Hawaii County Council are digging deep into their war chests. Tribune-Herald.

Four candidates - each offering a distinct point of view - will give voters a clear choice in the race for the Maui County Council's Makawao-Haiku-Paia residency district. Maui News.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Hawaii Five-0 a hit on Waikiki, Mufi's mojo, new school chief named, East Oahu cries fowl over peacock killing, Kauai concerned over shrimp farms, furlough protestors sentenced, more island news

Thousands of people packed Sunset on the Beach in Waikiki tonight for the premiere of the remake of the classic TV series, "Hawaii Five-O." KHON2.

The stars of the new "Hawaii Five-0" knew how to make an entrance as they stepped onto a red carpet last night for a Sunset on the Beach premiere of the CBS crime series. Star-Advertiser.

After months of anticipation the new Hawaii Five-0 made its world premiere and what better place to do it then here in Waikiki at Sunset on the Beach and we were the first to interview the stars on the red carpet. Hawaii News Now.

Mufi Tries to Get His Mojo Back. Civil Beat.

Mufi Hannemann on Monday called on his rival for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, Neil Abercrombie, to explain how state government would pay for the new programs Abercrombie is proposing. Associated Press.

Two Hawaii environmental groups are criticizing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mufi Hannemann's campaign for using a slogan long associated with efforts to block development. Associated Press.

Gubernatorial candidate Mufi Hannemann Monday said he is encouraging Republicans, religious voters and anyone else to vote in the Democratic Party primary Saturday -- even if they are not Democrats. KITV.

Governor Linda Lingle tried to dispel accusations that she is dragging her feet on completing an environmental review of Honolulu's planned rail transit system Monday. She said in a statement that several hurdles remained before the environmental impact statement (EIS) could be finalized. Hawaii News Now.

The state's education system is under fire from some politicians who complain there hasn't been a management audit of Hawaii public schools in nearly 40 years. KITV.

Kathryn Matayoshi, who guided the state Department of Education through its successful bid for $75 million in competitive Race to the Top funds and has garnered wide support in the community since stepping in as interim superintendent in January, was chosen yesterday as the permanent head of Hawaii's public schools. Star-Advertiser.

The Hawaii Board of Education on Monday appointed interim Schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi as the new head of the Department of Education. KITV.

A Board of Education committee voted Monday afternoon not to close three elementary schools on Oahu and Molokai. KHON2.

A judge has sentenced 19 people who protested school furlough days in Gov. Linda Lingle's office to community service or fines of $75. Associated Press.

Some Kaua‘i residents are voicing their concerns over an informational meeting and field trip that the state recently scheduled for Thursday morning at Sunrise Capital’s shrimp farm in Kekaha. Garden Island.

East Oahu residents are calling foul after the city administration recently ordered the killing of 18 peacocks in Koko Crater Botanical Gardens. Hawaii Reporter.

Council Member Wayne Nishiki is defending his South Maui residency seat against two challengers who contend his late filing of a financial disclosure in 2008 remains an issue this election year. Maui News.

It was a heist at sea like no other and it was all caught on video. KHON2.

The morning clouds and drizzle that blanketed Hilo lifted before noon Sunday, leaving a dozen acrophiles a perfect day to dive from a platform 85 feet high into a placid pool beneath a waterfall. Tribune-Herald.

When 53-year-old Edward T. Rosen lost his vision for nine days after a rifle chamber explosion, the U.S. Marine was terrified he'd never see again. West Hawaii Today.

Blending ancient Hawaiian practices – malama ka `aina – with modern methods of sustainability – solar panels and food forests – is the topic of one of Matt Yamashita’s latest films, showing now on `Oiwi TV. Molokai Dispatch.