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.

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