Wednesday, October 13, 2010

UH to pay $2.5M for alleged cronyism, landowners say dam safety too costly, woman says $5.7M award won't end suffering, Native Hawaiian issues at forefront, Maui landfill hearing draws crowd, Honolulu more wealthy, more Hawaii news

Giving native Hawaiians and Pacific islanders broader access to federal agencies will be the focus of the next meeting in Washington, D.C., of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, an official said yesterday. Star-Advertiser.

Native Hawaiian leaders are getting one-on-one face time with officials from the Obama administration. Hawaii News Now.

Abercrombie and Aiona agree on the need to pass the Akaka bill, but differ on whether to do it this year or next. Civil Beat.

As expected the Office of Hawaiian Affairs debate started with questions about the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, more commonly known as the Akaka Bill. Hawaii News Now.

Gubernatorial candidates Neil Abercrombie and Duke Aiona went head-to-head in a televised debate tonight that focused on Native Hawaiian issues, as well as other broader issues. KHON2.

U.S. Rep. Charles Djou appears to have a slight edge over Democratic challenger state Sen. Colleen Hanabusa for his congressional seat, according to a public poll being released today in Washington, D.C. Star-Advertiser.

House Minority Leader John Boehner on Tuesday announced that Republican U.S. Rep. Charles Djou will win a spot on the House panel that doles out federal dollars if Djou wins re-election. Associated Press.

Hawaii Democrat Colleen Hanabusa on Tuesday criticized a new TV ad by her opponent for Congress, Republican U.S. Rep. Charles Djou, that warns voters about a storm of lies and special interests. Associated Press.

Hawaii Democrat Colleen Hanabusa is criticizing a new TV ad by her opponent for Congress, Republican U.S. Rep. Charles Djou, that warns voters about a storm of lies and special interests. KITV.

The Hawaii Superferry's vessels were recently auctioned off. But talk of an interisland ferry has re-surfaced in the race for governor.Hawaii News Now.

The University of Hawaii has tentatively agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle a lawsuit that alleges cronyism played a role in the award of a key development contract at the $120 million Cancer Research Center of Hawaii, Hawaii Reporter has learned. Hawaii Reporter.

When it comes to income, Honolulu is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. KHON2.

The Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations is scrambling to notify hundreds of small Hawaii nonprofit groups that they have just two more days to preserve their tax-exempt status by filing with the IRS. Star-Advertiser.

New state rules on dam safety could be too costly for landowners, several people testified yesterday at the first of four public hearings this week on proposed changes. Star-Advertiser.

Credit card debt carried by the average Hawaii consumer, over $9,000 for most of the year, has fallen to $8,469, a mainland study finds. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii homeowners with good credit and plenty of equity in their homes are waiting months to get refinancing loans approved -- if they're approved at all -- and the delays are chasing hundreds of mortgage brokers out of the island market. Star-Advertiser.

The hot potato that is ethics reform has landed back at its starting place with the county Board of Ethics. West Hawaii Today.

The first public meeting about the proposed site for the island’s next landfill in Ma‘alo drew a large crowd from the Hanama‘ulu community. Garden Island.

Homeless campers said they aren’t too concerned about Wednesday’s Honolulu City Council vote on a bill that aims to ban tents and property from public sidewalks. KITV.

A woman who won a $5.6 million jury award after slipping in a McDonalds restaurant said the money will not end her suffering. KITV.

A Texas woman who slipped and fell at the Dairy Road McDonald's nearly three years ago was awarded $5.67 million last week for the injuries she suffered at the Kahului restaurant while visiting relatives on Maui. Maui News.

Rental rates for Hawaii County's only horse stable are going up incrementally, delaying the full increase until October 2012, Parks Director Bob Fitzgerald announced Monday. Tribune-Herald.

The Maui County Council Public Services Committee voted 4-1 late Monday to recommend approval of the Kula Ridge fast-track housing application with conditions. Maui News.

The need to maintain the island’s unique cultural identity is as strong as the need for more jobs and a more diverse, stable economy in the eyes of Molokai residents. Molokai Dispatch.

A lucky-me contributor, I recently received my premier, four-color, first copy autographed edition of “Practice Aloha, Secrets to Living Life Hawaiian Style,” a collection of stories, recipes and lyrics compiled by editors Mark Ellman and Barbara Santos. Lahaina News.

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