Thursday, April 5, 2012

Legislature seeks agriculture self-sufficiency, gas hits record high price, Marines eye Molokai, plastic bag ban moving through Honolulu council, $200M ceded lands settlement set for ceremonial signing, statewide Foodbank cites shortages, Big Island fish farm approved without public hearings, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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A proposal headed to the state Senate could help Hawaii double its locally grown food supply by 2020. Associated Press.

The state has spent about $30 million in stimulus funds provided by the White House in the past three years. Civil Beat.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie is scheduled to put his signature on a historic $200 million settlement between the state and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs on Wednesday. Associated Press.

Governor Neil Abercrombie will sign Senate Bill 2783 into law next week, effectively sealing a $200 million settlement land deal between the state and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Maui Now.

The state Senate approved a resolution Wednesday calling for an audit of state agencies and long-time department practices that can give employees excessive amounts of nonbase compensation, such as overtime and unpaid leave. Star-Advertiser.

The Hawaii Legislature is eager to pass legislation to attract more film production in the islands. Civil Beat.

Free wireless Internet access will be available in public libraries statewide beginning on Monday, April 2. Associated Press.

Gas prices continued their march upward in Hawaii this week, with the statewide average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline hitting a record price on Wednesday. Pacific Business News.

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Lingle: Women Voters Care About Finances, Jobs, Families - Not Just Contraception. Hawaii Reporter.

The Senate Ways and Means Committee wants to give more money to Hawaii's public schools to help them tackle ambitious reform initiatives. Associated Press.

Its cupboards aren't bare, but with just a 13-day supply of food on hand, the Hawaii Foodbank is asking for donations from the community. Star-Advertiser.


In one of the oddities of a tumultuous election year, state Rep. Kymberly Pine will run against City Councilman Tom Berg, her former aide and ally in driving the anti-tax, less government message of the tea party movement. Star-Advertiser.

Oahu consumers and businesses would be eased into a plastic bag ban under a bill moving through the City Council. Star-Advertiser.

Citing doubts about the Hawaii Legislature's ability to pass a statewide single-use checkout bag fee this year, the Honolulu City Council Wednesday took a major step forward toward a temporary Oahu-only fee on plastic bags. Civil Beat.

Bills that would allow people who keep horses on agricultural lands to once again be eligible for significant tax breaks was advanced by the City Council's Budget Committee on Wednesday. Star-Advertiser.

There are a dozen bills pending at the State Legislature relating to dogs …and improving their lives.  But at the Honolulu City Council … the issue today was about Horses and how to prevent them from becoming homeless. Hawaii Public Radio.

Federal Stimulus Still Not Stimulating Many Jobs at Local Biorefinery Plant. Civil Beat.

Six members of the Occupy Honolulu movement pleaded no contest to charges of violating city rules at Thomas Square Park last November. KHON2.

State officials are trying to identify the species of a live bat a man was playing with at the Honolulu airport. Hawaii News Now.

A capital improvement project for Kewalo Basin Harbor valued at $18 million may hinge on a public-private partnership between the Hawaii Community Development Authority and Almar Management Inc. KITV4.

The State is taking another step forward on its master plan for the Diamond Head State Monument. KHON2.


Repairs are under way to the zip line platforms at the course where a construction worker fell to his death in September when a 30-foot platform collapsed. But an engineer observing the work says other zip lines on the Big Island may contain the same fatal flaws. Tribune-Herald.

The Hawaii County Council spent two hours in closed session Wednesday afternoon, emerging with no decision on a settlement offer from the attorney representing three fired Elections Office employees. West Hawaii Today.

A Seattle-based developer is seeking to build the Big Island’s first Holiday Inn Express in Kailua-Kona. Tribune-Herald.

DOH gives fish farm permit No public hearing held by agency. West Hawaii Today.

Bank of Hawaii is donating a North Kohala building and land worth $440,600 that the county Parks and Recreation Department and Office of Aging plan to use for community programs. West Hawaii Today.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has announced the release of $600,000 in Capital Improvement Project funds for road improvements in the Pu’uwaawaa area of Mamalahoa Highway. Associated Press.


A public meeting is planned this Friday to discuss two upcoming projects at the Lahaina Small Boat Harbor in West Maui. Maui Now.

The Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors  announced the appointment of Lisa Varde, as executive director. Maui Now.


County departments have agreed to recommendations from a fuel use audit that cites concerns about accountability and billing practices. Garden Island.

The Kaua‘i County Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a request from Kaua‘i Police Department Chief Darryl Perry to use $300,000 of the department’s asset forfeiture funds to begin work on a police substation that ultimately would cost $6 million. Garden Island.

The Kaua‘i County Fire Department on Wednesday reopened two North Shore beaches — Hae‘ena and Ke‘e —  that had been closed Tuesday due to dangerous surf conditions. Garden Island.


The U.S. Marine Corps is looking to expand their presence in Hawaii, and some of their proposed operations may take place on Molokai. Molokai Dispatch.

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