Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Hawaii political shenanigans in hacked website, Honolulu councilman to be sentenced for stealing, military sticky issue in reapportionment, Supreme Court considers Native Hawaiian lawsuit, sharks and snow and more Hawaii news

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A reinforcement swell arriving Tuesday should keep south shore surf at advisory levels with 8-foot waves through for a third day. Star-Advertiser.

In a joint research effort between the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology, University of Tokyo, the Japanese National Institute of Polar Research, and the University of Florida, scientists have shed new light on the hunting behavior of tiger sharks by studying their swimming dynamics off the west coast of Hawai‘i Island. Hawaii Reporter.

The military has awarded a $62.7 million contract to a Honolulu company for the construction of a new laboratory and offices for the command that searches for, finds, and identifies the remains of Americans missing from past wars. Associated Press.

The state Reapportionment Commission is revisiting the question of whether nonresident military personnel living in Hawaii should be counted when the panel carves up voting districts this year. Maui News.

The Hawaii Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider the state's challenge to a lawsuit by Native Hawaiians who want the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to seek adequate funding from the state. Star-Advertiser.

The Department of Education is once again disagreeing with the conclusions of an annual report on graduation rates across the country, which puts Hawaii in the bottom third of states for the number of students who leave school with a diploma. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii’s newest Community College Chancellor officially begins her job July 1st.Hawaii Public Radio.

A state lawmaker is called a "crook" on her OWN e-mail to constituents. KITV4.

The chief of staff to Honolulu City Council member Tom Berg hacked Rep. Kymberly Pine's website and government email account and is responsible for putting up postings and sending out an email calling her "a crook." Civil Beat.

When former City Councilman Rod Tam shows up for sentencing today on charges of stealing money from the city, he must also decide whether to contest new charges that he violated state campaign spending laws. Star-Advertiser.

The route to realign Saddle Road has been as winding and circuitous as the road itself. West Hawaii Today.

Officials at the state's unemployment office say a power surge was likely the reason why all 180 tele-claim phone lines were down Sunday. KHON2.

Vanpool Hawaii is losing its government funding, but its executive director said Monday the program will continue. Hawaii News Now.

The sight of Mauna Kea's white peaks can be startling to Big Island visitors during the winter months. But even longtime residents were taken aback when the mountain collected between 6 and 12 inches of snow and hail on Saturday, just two weeks shy of the summer solstice. Tribune-Herald.

A longtime state worker and former interim NELHA director takes over next week as the new executive director at the energy laboratory. West Hawaii Today.

It’s not a pretty situation. Hawaii imports approximately 85 to 90 percent of the state’s food supply. We have less than a seven-day food supply in our stores at any given time. Hawaii Independent.

Home sales and prices rose on Kauai during the month of May, according to data from the Hawaii Information Service. Pacific Business News

For the next couple nights, construction workers will be putting final touches in the new Wailua Bridge, affecting the traffic in the area while work is performed. Garden Island.

Plans to build electric cars in 3 states stall. Associated Press.

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