Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Hawaii Five-0 snarls traffic, climate change could change El Nino, campaigns turn up the heat, Obama steps into gubernatorial race, strikers imperil convention, UH gets medical grant, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Climate change could alter the El Nino cycle in the Pacific, affecting fish stocks and the distribution of nutrients in the ocean, new research suggests. Star-Advertiser.

While it's still hotly debated among scientists whether climate change causes a shift from the traditional form of El Nino to one known as El Nino Modoki, online in the journal Nature Geoscience, scientists now say that El Nino Modoki affects long-term changes in currents in the North Pacific Ocean. Environmental Research Web.

The offense: a "Hawaii Five-0" filming that lasted for seven hours longer than what the state allowed, which caused an unannounced East Honolulu rush-hour traffic jam on Friday. Star-Advertiser.

President Barack Obama is lending support to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Neil Abercrombie. Associated Press.

Gubernatorial candidate Neil Abercrombie is getting major support from a friend in the White House. Hawaii News Now.

U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye holds a 13-point lead over Republican challenger Cam Cavasso in his bid for a ninth consecutive term, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll. Star-Advertiser.

The National Republican Congressional Committee said Monday it will spent $210,000 in Hawaii to run ads until the Nov. 2 general election against Colleen Hanabusa. KITV4.

Djou: 'I Am Not a Member of the Tea Party' Civil Beat.

The two major candidates for Hawaii's 1st Congressional District have raised similar amounts of political contributions in September. Associated Press.

Two gay rights groups are supporting several, mostly Democratic candidates for state and congressional offices in Hawaii. Associated Press.

Oahu residents can begin early voting on Tuesday, the Honolulu city clerk said. KITV4.

The fate of Oahu's largest fall convention, which could potentially generate some $40 million in economic activity, hung in the balance yesterday as a five-day union worker strike at the Hilton Hawaiian Village came to a close along with related strikes in Chicago and San Francisco. Star-Advertiser.

On the picket line Monday, some workers said the walkout was worthwhile. KITV4.

Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle is expressing some optimism over Oahu's proposed $5 billion rail transit. KHON2.

The Obama administration and Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI) joined around 600 Native Hawaiian advocates at the largest annual gathering of Native Hawaiian organizations – the Native Hawaiian Convention. Molokai Dispatch.

Legal papers filed recently in state court make new allegations about former Gov. John Waihee’s role in the 2004 financial failure of Hawaii’s largest group of funeral homes and cemeteries. Hawaii Reporter.

An $11 million federal grant will enable the University of Hawaii's Pacific Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases Research to continue work on dengue and other infectious diseases. Associated Press.

As the Diocese of Honolulu wraps up its capital campaign to raise $30 million – which actually received $57 million in pledged funds – parishes around the state will begin to reap the benefits. Molokai Dispatch.

When looking at the City and County of Honolulu’s revamp of the island’s Sustainable Communities Plans and Development Plans—eight regional blueprints that dictate the island’s course of development over the next several years—it’s good to understand the history and background surrounding the City’s planning process. Hawaii Independent.

The first of two meetings by the U.S. Department of the Interior on its draft protocol plan for handling and disposition of burials, sacred sites and other important areas is 6:30 p.m. today at the Kapa‘a Neighborhood Center. Garden Island.

A Kauai luxury hotel and four environmental groups on Monday announced they've settled a lawsuit over the resort's alleged failure to protect endangered and threatened seabirds. Associated Press.

The State Department of Health will be testing about 200 students at McKinley High School Tuesday after a student was diagnosed with tuberculosis. KHON2.

Apollo Kaua‘i, Zero Waste and People for the Preservation of Kaua‘i, along with Pat Gegen as moderator, presented a mayoral and council candidate forum Sunday afternoon at the Kapa‘a Elementary School cafeteria. Garden Island.

The winner of the Guy Enriques-Brittany Smart race will influence the futures of both the 6th District and the entire County Council. Tribune-Herald.

Ten young women this year are vying to be crowned Miss Kona Coffee -- not just for the title, but for the educational and self-improvement opportunities that come along with participating in the pageant. West Hawaii Today.

As two sisters growing up on welfare on Kauai, Bonny Ponting and Toby Neal know how hard it is for families to put food on their tables as well as provide children with all the supplies they need for school and their well-being. Maui News.

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