Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Hawaii governor rejects teachers mediation request, new congressional lines favor Hanabusa, 16,000-acre Ka'u development seeks EIS, Kauai courthouse could get new life, more Maui solar, another birther visits Honolulu, Queens Medical Center to get redo, more Hawaii news

Native Hawaiian convention cultivating community energy. Hawaii Independent.

The teachers union pledged to consider "all of our other options" Monday night after the state declined an offer to enter arbitration. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii governor has upper hand in contract standoff with teachers union. Civil Beat.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Monday rejected the Hawaii State Teachers Association's request for mediation of the contract he unilaterally imposed on teachers July 1. Civil Beat.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie refused Monday evening a request by the state teachers' union to return to the negotiating table over the contract he enacted last month. Tribune-Herald.

Honolulu should “count on” full federal funding for its rapid transit project, U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye said in a press conference today. Hawaii Reporter.

Reapportionment Commission's Congressional Lines Draft Favors Hanabusa. Hawaii Reporter.

Tax advantages and falling prices for solar electric components are leading more Maui businesses and homeowners, and the county government, to build clean, electricity-producing photovoltaic systems. Maui News.

Developers are seeking to transform a 16,000-acre site next to Hawaiian Ocean View Ranchos into Hawaii's newest resort area. West Hawaii Today.

The Queen's Medical Center is seeking city approval for an estimated $100 million expansion of its bustling 17-acre campus on Punchbowl Street. Star-Advertiser.

The old Lihu‘e Courthouse has sat empty for years, but if Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s wishes come true in the next legislative session the more than 80-year-old building may once again serve the state. Garden Island.

A major airline out of China has agreed to try twice a week non-stop service between Shanghai and Honolulu. China Eastern Airlines is to arrive Tuesday. KITV4.

As the Dow drops Hawaii residents worry. KHON2.

President Obama got a new landlord last year, and now he’s going to have a new neighbor the next time he comes to Hawaii. Pacific Business News.

An outspoken critic who believes President Barack Obama's birth certificate is a forgery visited the Hawaii Department of Health on Monday. KHON2.

Work started Monday on the removal of a hollow, concrete tile wall at Kailua Beach due to concerns by the city that exposed, rusted rebar could pose a hazard to beachgoers. Star-Advertiser.

Mayor Billy Kenoi's administration has missed a County Council mandated deadline for proposals to lease 737 acres of Hamakua land to the community, even as an administration project on another Hamakua parcel is fast-tracked toward completion. West Hawaii Today.

University of Hawaii scientists have installed a new observatory on the ocean floor about 70 miles north of Oahu. Associated Press.

Big Island blogger Damon Tucker claims he was the victim of police brutality in Pahoa early Saturday morning and that he will be filing a lawsuit against the Hawaii County Police Department. Hawaii News Now.

The Waikiki Aquarium made a tough decision on Friday when it decided to euthanize one of its two Hawaiian monk seals. Hawaii News Now.

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