Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Obama prepares for Hawaii vacation, inauguration, Inouye to lie in state in U.S. and state Capitol, state Democrats to meet on successor, transportation secretary signs off on $1.55B rail funding, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Two Hawaii school bands will participate in President Barack Obama's second inauguration Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C. Star-Advertiser.

Law enforcement and security agencies on Oahu are planning for the arrival of President Barack Obama and his family in Kailua this weekend, although federal fiscal negotiations may delay the start of his annual vacation in his birth state. Star-Advertiser.

The White House has not said whether President Barack Obama, who has delayed a planned vacation on Oahu to continue negotiations on the fiscal cliff, will attend a Hawaii memorial service for U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye this weekend, but several federal agencies have issued warnings about security zones being set up in the air and in the ocean near Kailua. Pacific Business News.

Memorial services will be held in Washington D.C. and Hawaii for the late Senator Daniel Inouye. Hawaii News Now.

The body of U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol, an honor requiring approval from both chambers of Congress and bestowed previously to only 31 Americans. Star-Advertiser.

Filling in for U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye won’t be easy, but depending on when a replacement is named that person could have an inside track on garnering national influence for Hawaii. Civil Beat.

The death of U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii leaves open a seat in the Senate to be filled by a Democrat, with U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa the immediate front-runner thanks to Inouye’s wishes. Associated Press.

U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye's heartfelt request on who should succeed him will hang over Hawaii Democrats as they meet next week to choose three nominees for his replacement.Star-Advertiser.

Governor Neil Abercerombie has requested the Democratic Party of Hawai’i provide him with a list of 3 nominees to pick from to fill the vacant seat left by Senator Daniel Inouye who passed away Monday. Hawaii Public Radio.

The Democratic Party State Central Committee has notified members it will meet Friday December 28 and by the end of that day they will have narrowed the list of Senate candidates to three names. Hawaii News Now.

The process of picking a successor to fill the remainder of Senator Dan Inouye's term has begun and political analysts have a good idea of whose in the running. KHON2.

Isles face own fiscal cliff as many expect sizable drop-off in federal funds. Star-Advertiser.

Lesson From Alaska: Loss of Inouye Won't Be as Bad as We Thought. Civil Beat.

The state Elections Commission knows it needs to take action after dozens of polling places ran short on ballots during the Nov. 6 general election. But the commission isn't sure yet who to hold accountable or for what exactly. Civil Beat.

"We are trying our very best to get this thing under control and get a grasp on it," said Commissioner Danny Young, who is part of a subcommittee investigating what led to a massive ballot shortage during November's general election. KITV4.

State roundup for December 19. Associated Press.


U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today participated in a ceremony to sign an agreement to provide $1.55 billion to the City and County of Honolulu on the island of Oahu to build Hawaii's first-ever rail transit system. KHON2.


The Hawaii County Council’s finance committee postponed a resolution to create a task force to consider possible changes to the county’s property tax code. West Hawaii Today.

A report by the International Association of Assessing Officers takes Hawaii County to task for insufficient internal controls, oversight and cross-checking of property assessments, issues that could lead to inequities in how much taxes property owners are paying. West Hawaii Today.


Capitalizing on some of Maui's busiest months for tourism, Hawaiian Airlines will offer for the first time twice-daily nonstop service between Los Angeles International and Kahului airports during the summer. Maui News.

A new security screening checkpoint was dedicated today at Kahului Airport. Maui Now.

Thanks to several years of advocating by community groups, Maui County is moving ahead with $2.5 million worth of improvements for a Maalaea road that has suffered extensive flood damage from heavy rain events in recent years. Maui News.


Year after year, the county gives a new timeline to fix the eroding Pono Kai seawall in Kapa‘a, but the project never takes off. The Moanakai Road seawall, just south of Pono Kai, has a similar history. Garden Island.

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