Friday, March 18, 2011

Nuclear fallout misses Hawaii, Abercrombie, Obama try to quell fears, Hawaii tourism to take a hit, no dancing on Maui, big budget for Kauai, more news from the Hawaiian Islands

The first radioactive fallout from Japan's crippled nuclear plant reached Southern California early Friday, but the readings indicate levels far below a level that could endanger people, according to a diplomat. Associated Press.

Tourist arrivals in Hawaii have slowed as problems from the Japa­nese earthquake and tsunami continue to unfurl and radiation concerns mount. Star-Advertiser.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie is telling Hawaii residents and tourists that Japan's nuclear emergency poses no danger to the islands. Associated Press.

As U.S. officials collect data from planes over the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, Gov. Neil Abercrombie today attempted to quell fears of radiation arriving in Hawaii. Hawaii Independent.

Government officials and commercial airlines are reassuring Hawaii residents that mail, cargo and people arriving from Japan do not pose a health risk. Hawaii News Now.

FAQ: Nuclear Radiation, From Japan to Hawaii. Civil Beat.

Aureana Tseu, a former Miss Hawaii USA, left her apartment in Tokyo, canceled appearances and returned to Honolulu Thursday. Hawaii News Now.

Isles' hurricane evacuation centers come up short. West Hawaii Today.

Donations are pouring in to aid organizations in the wake of last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Tribune-Herald.

It’s illegal to dance in Maui bars and restaurants…except in designated areas. Certain permits are also needed. The strictly enforced rules have apparently been around for as long as anyone can remember. But a group of residents hopes to change that. Hawaii Public Radio.

Supporters of a proposal to build wind farms on Lanai and Molokai and transmit the power to Oahu via undersea cables say the proj­ect could help Oahu satisfy one-fourth of its electricity demand from the wind and sun by 2014. Star-Advertiser.

It appears state lawmakers won’t get updated state tax revenue projections until three weeks before this year’s legislature is scheduled to adjourn. Hawaii Reporter.

Only three members of Gov. Neil Abercrombie's Cabinet haven't yet been confirmed by the Senate following the chamber's approval of Richard Lim as director for the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. Associated Press.

Despite an unknown future for the Japanese — whose business on Kaua‘i has grown 42 percent since 2008 — Carvalho has proposed the highest-ever operation budget for Kaua‘i, topping the chart at $164.98 million. Garden Island.

Bruce Anderson will become president and CEO of Hawaii Health Systems Corp. on April 11. Pacific Business News

American Red Cross officials on Wednesday continued to help Molokai residents who had their homes pushed off foundations and sustained other damage during last week's tsunami. Maui News.

More than 250 Kona Village Resort employees are out of work while the luxury resort is closed due to damage caused by Friday's tsunami.

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