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Friday, November 4, 2016

HNL ranks high for airports, Oahu jail could cost $650M, University of Hawaii wants extra $29M, Maui committee gives nod to accessory dwelling units, Kaui General Plan unveiling, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Honolulu Airport is ranked the fifth-best U.S. airport, according to a new study by Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii's very own Honolulu International Airport lands a top 5 spot as one of the best airports in the nation. KITV.

The University of Hawaii plans to ask the Legislature for an extra $29 million for operations next academic year, including additional funds for the UH Cancer Center, initiatives around boosting graduation rates and research activities, and salary increases for graduate assistants. Star-Advertiser.

Clinton And Trump Supporters Make Some Noise In Hawaii. The state campaigns intensify their get-out-the-vote efforts as the polls tighten and Election Day approaches. Civil Beat.

A lack of inspectors. A whole sector unregulated. A long wait to license more facilities. Those are just some of the problems plaguing long-term care in Hawaii’s long-term care industry, and it could be putting Hawaii’s kupuna at risk. KHON2.

If you’ve purchased a property anywhere in Hawaii that’s been through a non-judicial foreclosure, you may have acquired considerably less than you bargained for — or potentially nothing at all. West Hawaii Today.

Hawai‘i’s Solar Customers: Left in the Dark? Hawaii Public Radio.


Bill would require office buildings to offer shower facilities for biking workers. Hawaii News Now.

It’s been more than a year since the Hawaii Department of Health urged developer Forest City Residential Management to test the soil near homes on Marine Corps Base Hawaii on windward Oahu for possible pesticide contamination. The soil sampling still hasn’t happened. Civil Beat.

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation reported Thursday that it received $55.1 million in general excise and use tax surcharge revenue for the third quarter. Pacific Business News.

A Schofield Barracks soldier died Thursday as a result of injuries from a training accident in the Kahuku area as part of Lightning Forge, one of the 25th Infantry Division’s biggest exercises, the Army said. Star-Advertiser.

OCCC Replacement: $650M? The State is in the initial stages of studies and plans to build a new jail in Honolulu.  But before it’s fully funded, a task force is studying if a new facility is needed. Hawaii Public Radio.

The number of local high school graduates who enrolled at the University of Hawaii at Manoa jumped 12 percent this fall from last year, reversing a downward trend of the previous three years. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaiian Airlines announced Thursday that it will resume service to Kapalua Airport in West Oahu. Pacific Business News.

The city says it will begin fining the Haleiwa Beach House restaurant $250 a day, claiming that it needed a permit to make improvements and pave its parking lot. But the restaurant's owner contends he already has the permits and is following the law. Hawaii News Now.

For the first time in more than a decade, the Department of Land and Natural Resources is adding a new law enforcement boat to its fleet. KITV.


The state has acquired two new law enforcement vessels for the Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement. One of the Sea Blade 23 vessels will be based on Oahu and the other in Kailua-Kona. West Hawaii Today.

Hawaii Island sweet potato growers are struggling to protect their crops from an invasive insect that makes harvests unmarketable. Tribune-Herald.

Scientists will mix biology and geology this month inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park as they help NASA get ready for an eventual manned mission to Mars. Tribune-Herald.


The affordable accessory dwelling bill, which would permit ʻohana units on certain smaller lots, gained unanimous committee support and now heads to the full council for first reading, Planning Committee Chair Don Couch announced today. Maui Now.

Maui County Council Member Elle Cochran said Wednesday that she plans to offer an amendment to a proposed “affordable accessory dwellings” bill that would prohibit their use as short-term rentals or bed-and-breakfast operations. Maui News.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources is awaiting approval of plans to repair the eroded paths of the Waihee Ridge Trail, a popular hike that residents and visitors have expressed concern about in recent months. Maui News.

Incumbents in Maui County state House seats enjoyed a significant advantage — as usually is the case — in fundraising to defend their seats against challengers. Maui News.

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, which is slated to take over operations of Maui Memorial Medical Center on July 1, has begun helping to fill staff shortages in the transition by appointing an orthopedic surgeon and a new interim director of trauma surgery, Kaiser and hospital officials said. Maui News.

Maui Sugar: End of an Era – Part 2. Maui Now.


Hawaii’s voter turnout is among the worst in the nation, according to a study conducted by WalletHub, but Kauai voters have been coming out early and often for early registration and same-day voting. Garden Island.

Island’s road map for the future is here. General Plan update draft to be released today. Garden Island.

As part of its sustainability efforts, the County of Kauai installed three water-bottle fillers at the Lihue Civic Center. Garden Island.


Agriculture and unemployment
are nearly inseparable for Molokai, considering that its largest employers are biotech companies Monsanto and Mycogen. Maui News.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Hawaii joblessness as high as 9%, state House leadership turmoil, Kauai council shows openness, welfare recipients spend on mainland, lawmakers look to marijuana harvests, Hawaii Five-0 harkens back, Colt Brennan update, more island news

The caretaker of Hanauma Bay shares some of his secrets. KITV4.

After more than a decade on the job, House Speaker Calvin Say can't muster the votes to stay in power. Civil Beat.

Citizen groups seeking transparency in government are sending letters to each of Hawaii’s legislators that urge them to make the Capitol more accessible. Associated Press.

The newly elected members of the Kaua‘i County Council met in public Monday for an organizational meeting to discuss committee assignments and other key appointments. Garden Island.

A KITV4 News investigation found Hawaii welfare recipients are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars a month on the mainland, even though they're Hawaii residents, and it's allowed by law. KITV4.

Hawaii's unemployment rate held steady at 6.4 percent in October for the fourth straight month as the uneven nature of the state's economic recovery kept a lid on any significant job growth. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii's unemployment rate is still 6.4%, but there are still wide differences from island to island, and a much higher rate of workers who can't get all the hours they want. Hawaii News Now.

Lockheed Martin Corp. says it has received $4.4 million in federal grants to help it commercialize technology producing energy by exploiting ocean temperature differences. Associated Press.

Top state lawmakers are looking for ways to make more medical marijuana available, especially to people in urban areas who can't grow their own. KITV4.

What can the public really expect from the Abercrombie administration during the upcoming 2011 legislative session? Hawaii Independent.

As Hawaii prepares to usher in a new administration, one has to look back on those promises made in the heat of the campaign and during numerous debates voters had to endure and wonder if they can be delivered. West Hawaii Today.

Gov.-elect Neil Abercrombie is correct that the rail project is primarily a city and Federal Transit Administration responsibility. However, he is wrong in declaring that it is not his responsibility “to weigh in on the finances” since rail has the potential to significantly impact the state’s finances. Hawaii Reporter.

A security summit held annually in Honolulu is in it's eighth year, but this time around, there's a hot topic at the convention. KHON2.

A shooter fires a weapon. In the flash of an eye a computer detects and fingerprints the gun and reports back to a machine called a Hostile Fire Detection System. Hawaii News Now.

The Transportation Security Administration said Honolulu travelers should not expect major turbulence in their travel plans, despite a planned protest over security measures at Honolulu Airport. Star-Advertiser.

More than a dozen people testified yesterday against changes limiting eligibility for state mental health services — changes that some critics say contributed to a 36 percent rise in deaths among mental patients in 2009 from the year before. Star-Advertiser.

Local retailers are projecting a "strong holiday season," with most contacted in the days before Black Friday saying overall sales for the year are already up compared to last. Maui News.

A bill introduced by Honolulu City Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi would cap sewer fees for homeowners who earn $50,000 a year or less at .33 percent of their monthly income. KHON2.

After a 14-month journey around Hawaii County government, Mayor Billy Kenoi's ethics-reform package died a quiet death last week. Tribune-Herald.

Jamae Kawauchi, a Hilo attorney specializing in land-use, civil and business litigation, has been chosen to be Hawaii County's next clerk, Hamakua Councilman Dominic Yagong said Friday. Tribune-Herald.

The state Department of Health is warning divers to avoid the water around Pearl Harbor's Pier Mike 1 after thousands of gallons of sewage spilled in a storm drain that empties into harbor. Associated Press.

The Kaho'olawe Island Reserve Commission will hold a meeting at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 30 at the Kahului Community Center. Maui News.

After a year and a half of back and forth, the proposed protections for Mo`omomi-Anahaki are ready to be sent to the Hawaiian Homes Commission for a vote next month. Molokai Dispatch.

A bit of nostalgia on the Hawaii Five-0 set. Al Harrington, the only living member of the original cast, shot a guest spot for an upcoming episode. Hawaii News Now.

The parents of former U.H. quarterback Colt Brennan say little has changed in the past 24 hours. KHON2.

Monday, August 30, 2010

State seeks presidential library, busy week for governor's race, signs and trash targeted in Honolulu, Maui foreclosure picture not pretty, more news from around the islands

Hawaii has an early lead in pitching the islands as the future home of President Barack Obama's library, museum and think tank, but yet another Illinois-Hawaii smack-down is brewing over where it will actually end up. Star-Advertiser.

No Public Accountability for Rail PR Contracts. Civil Beat.

Less than three weeks remain before the state's primary election and voters are likely to hear and see a lot more of the two Democratic candidates for governor. Associated Press

State Showdown: Abercrombie and Hannemann debate Monday August 30. Hawaii News Now.

High-profile Democratic primary contests in Hawaii tend to be vicious intraparty wars, and the race for governor is following that predictable script. Tribune-Herald.

Neil Abercrombie says on his campaign website that his record is proof of "a boundless commitment to serve others with integrity, honesty and humility." Tribune-Herald.

Mufi Hannemann's record is all over the map. His career is a feat of political mountain climbing (with several slips) that took him from humble roots in Kalihi Valley to Harvard University, the White House, Na'alehu, Honolulu Hale and now, he hopes, Washington Place. Tribune-Herald.

Republican gubernatorial candidate James "Duke" Aiona told supporters Saturday evening in Kailua-Kona to question the promises his Democratic counterparts have made to not raise taxes. West Hawaii Today.

The tight primary race between Democratic gubernatorial candidates Mufi Hannemann and Neil Abercrombie is coming to an end in three weeks. Garden Island.

The Waipio Little League All-Stars fly home to Honolulu this afternoon one heartbreaking win short of the title of World Series champs, but they have still stirred the dreams of players like 10-year-old Logan Yee, who hung on every pitch yesterday. Star-Advertiser.

Governor Linda Lingle has asked the public to assist in offsetting some of the costs for the players and their families by making a monetary donation. KHON2.

U.S. Navy training exercises in waters around Hawaii and across the Pacific would be the same kinds of activities that have been under way for decades, including sonar training and the use of explosives under water, Navy officials said last week. Maui News.

Explosives Testing At Kaneohe Marine Corps Base KITV.

The four major candidates for Honolulu mayor say they support restrictions on campaign signs, according to The Outdoor Circle. Star-Advertiser.

Two lawyers and an engineer are the leading candidates for the top position at City Hall. Each of the three—Kirk Caldwell, Peter Carlisle and Panos Prevedouros —bring substantial experience, expertise and their respective visions of the future for Honolulu. Filipino Chronicle

Acting Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell will sign into a law tomorrow morning a bill aimed at cleaning up illegal bulky items on sidewalks. KHON2.

A Honolulu City Council member voiced her concerns this afternoon about a recent hike in property taxes. KHON2.

The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is awarding $3 million to the nonprofit agency Housing Solutions Inc. to help provide housing in Waianae. Associated Press.

Hawaii's duck tours are looking to splash back into local waters following a summer of violent incidents. KITV.

Citing problems with the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board, such as the expenditure of over $1 million for an online licensing system that is still not operational after 7 years, the 2010 Hawaii Library Reference Bureau’s report and a 2009 State Audit on the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board concurred with the recommendation of several teachers: Abolish the Board. Hawaii Reporter.

The nomination of state Supreme Court Justice Mark Recktenwald to be that court's chief justice is to be decided this week. Hawaii News Now.

Following a year when no police officers were terminated, the Hawaii County Police Department fired one officer in 2009 and at least one more so far this year. West Hawaii Today.

The foreclosure picture for Maui is "not pretty at all" with nearly a thousand single-family homes and condominiums currently pending foreclosure - nearly double the number from a year ago - said the executive director of a non-profit housing organization Thursday. Maui News.

A request by nonprofit Na Hale O Maui for $1.1 million from the county's affordable housing fund, for its program of turning foreclosed properties into affordable homes, will be reviewed Tuesday by the County Council's Budget and Finance Committee. Maui News.

Kealia landowner Canpartners says Kaua‘i County is turning its back on an offer of $3 million and 16 acres of land. Garden Island.

The Aloha Festivals are going on statewide now throughout the month of September. KITV.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Train stations short on toilets, hospitals get shot in the arm, Maui water fight escalates, tsunami zones updated, more news from all the islands

Sixteen private hospitals will receive more than $8.1 million in federal funds to provide charity care to uninsured and underinsured patients, the state announced yesterday. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Republicans said Monday this election year their goal is to field a GOP candidate for every political office in the state. KITV.

Just over a week remains until the filing deadline to be a candidate for office in the 2010 elections.KHON2.

Hawaii taxpayers have a $10 billion bill coming due — and it could get bigger. Civil Beat.

Economic activity picked up at the end of the fiscal year, but not enough for the state to end in the positive. KHON2.

Maui community groups are appealing the state water commission's recent ruling regarding Na Wai Eha streams, arguing it deprives them of the water they need to grow taro and restore natural habitat. Associated Press.

Community groups seeking to have more diverted water released from Na Wai Eha, or "the Four Great Waters," filed a notice of appeal Monday with the state Commission on Water Resource Management. Maui News.

The Board of Education is considering changes to high school graduation requirements. KITV.

Hawaii's population is aging at two and a half times the national average. KHON2.

Plans for Oahu's rapid transit system call for a single one-toilet public restroom at each of 21 stations. Associated Press.

The green light was given years ago to a centralized location for Oahu traffic management, but today marks the first step toward building the ambitious project aimed at responding in real time to traffic woes.Star-Advertiser.

It's time to double-check your danger zone. New streets, new homes, new elevations - it's all incorporated into Oahu's new tsunami evacuation maps, updated for the first time in nearly two decades. Hawaii News Now.

The advantages of internships are becoming increasingly obvious to businesses and to college students. Hawaii Business.

Some people in East Oahu are breathing a sigh of relief Monday night, now that more rundown million dollar homes in their neighborhood are now on the market. Hawaii News Now.

The County Auditor’s Office on Monday announced to the Cost Control Commission that it plans to complete at least three, possibly five, major audits this fiscal year, which started July 1. Garden Island.

The state Department of Transportation is seeking input from Big Island residents on planned revisions to its 2008-11 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program. West Hawaii Today.

Attend any roping event in Hawaii and you'll find one thing in common -- they're filled with families. Grandparents, fathers, mothers, aunts and uncles across the island are passing on their roping skills and love for the fast-paced sport to future generations. West Hawaii Today.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Improvements coming to Diamond Head, Honolulu train gets nod from feds, ignition interlock becomes law, rats panic parks, more Hawaii news

The state has started its much anticipated improvements to Diamond Head State Monument, including a new park-like pathway to the entrance to the Diamond Head trail and a new second trail down from the crater's summit.

A civil rights group is exploring the possibility of an economic boycott against Hawaii Business Roundtable members who supported a letter from the organization's executive committee urging a governor's veto of House Bill 444, the civil unions measure.

A final environmental study of Honolulu's planned 20-mile, elevated commuter rail line picked up a key federal endorsement and now goes to Gov. Linda Lingle for her review.

Full speed ahead, maybe.

The Federal Transit Administration has given the City's rail transit project the green light to proceed.

The Hawaii Republican Party is accusing national Democrats of a "flip-flop" because they're now supporting Colleen Hanabusa.

Drunken drivers will have to get ignition interlock devices installed in their vehicles starting in January as the state tries to prevent repeat offenders from threatening the safety of other motorists.

Locked out? By prohibiting any consumption of beverage alcohol, ignition interlocks punish responsible guests and threaten your business.(AT ISSUE): An article from: Cheers

The state’s goal of laying an interisland undersea cable to carry energy from Molokai and Lanai to Oahu took a big step forward last week with the announcement that a California contractor will soon begin an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project.

Helicopters Dropping Poison: Coming Soon To A Forest Near You?

Downtown Honolulu is just 30 miles away, but in remote Kahanahaiki, it feels like 3,000 miles.

Staff Sgt. David Flowers stepped on a land mine in Afghanistan on May 11, 2009.

Firefighters made "good progress" this weekend against a brush fire burning for a week above Maalaea, but it still remains 90 percent contained and not yet extinguished.

The Kaua‘i County Council recently passed a bill to allow wastewater fees to gradually increase over the next few years.

A federal Bankruptcy Court judge approved yesterday the potential sale of Hawaii Biotech Inc. and set a July 19 auction date for the financially troubled company that is conducting clinical trials to produce vaccines for dengue fever and the West Nile virus.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Cockfight bust scatters 500, former governors band against Djou, televised Honolulu City Council meetings could fall to budget ax, UH studies deep-sea vents, Hilo branch to get new chancellor, more Hawaii news

A deep-sea expedition headed by a University of Hawaii geologist has yielded insights into one of Earth's most active volcanic areas, in the Galapagos Islands.

Showing a united front in a party that has been described as divided, Hawaii's last three governors, all Democrats, warned yesterday that the election of Republican Charles Djou to the U.S. House would be a setback for Hawaii.

Three former Democratic governors asked voters yesterday to choose a Democrat in the special election for Congress and prevent Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou, a Republican, from taking advantage of a divided electorate.

Less than a week left in the special election and democrats are worried a republican could win the race for congress.

The latest ad campaign from Republican Charles Djou blasts Democratic opponent Ed Case.

Three of Hawaii's past governors are calling on voters to keep the 1st Congressional District seat Democratic

Here are some of the questions and answers that didn't make it into our one hour long debate-- like what the candidates have done and will do to help small businesses.

When construction begins on Honolulu's rail line is now up to the governor and federal government. But it's unlikely that the mayor who's been the force behind the project will be in his office for the groundbreaking.

Four O'ahu men have been charged with animal cruelty after Honolulu police raided a Nānākuli cockfight attended by an estimated 500 people Saturday afternoon.

Residents of Hakimo Road in Nanakuli have split opinions regarding a massive police raid in their neighborhood Saturday. Officers armed with a search warrant broke up a cockfighting event that was attended by an estimated 500 people.

Fifty-one of the most beautiful women took the stage for the 2010 Miss USA Pageant.

A plan by some City Council members to chop funding for the televised broadcasts of its committee meetings is starting to draw protests from their colleagues and others.

New legislation would place limits on the use of leaf blowers, offering some relief to residents from the noisy machine — but not as much as some had hoped for.

Mayor Billy Kenoi's administration appears to be moving quickly to convert the Hawaii County Band into a private nonprofit corporation.

The dean of science at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona has been tabbed to succeed Rose Tseng as University of Hawaii at Hilo chancellor.

West Hawaii, which accounts for 76.2 percent of all property value in the county, is set to be hit the hardest by property tax hikes proposed by Mayor Billy Kenoi.

The 10th Maui Matsuri was held on Saturday at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

Biotechnology is a viable industry, said agricultural expert Douglas Jones during a luncheon hosted by the Hawai‘i Crop Improvement Association and the Chamber of Commerce last week at JJ’s Broiler.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Engineering Division will hold a public information meeting on Wednesday, May 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to discuss a planned improvement project at Maalaea Small Boat Harbor.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

State seeks to tax cash sales and the bag you take it home in, home sales up a bit, cell phone driving bans ineffective, federal money coming for rail, more news

Special state agents are scrutinizing businesses' cash sales in hopes of taxing some of the $2 billion in unreported transactions estimated to occur in Hawaii every year.

Hawaii state lawmakers are considering a proposal that would force customers to pay more at the grocery store.

Hawaii parents want school furloughs to end right now, but two state Senate committees are looking to the future to make sure Hawaii's public school children are never again robbed of any classroom time.

O'ahu's housing market started the year on a positive note, as the median price of previously owned single-family homes sold in January jumped 10.8 percent to $597,500 from $539,500 a year earlier.

Former U.S. Attorney Ed Kubo's chances of being confirmed by the state Senate as a Circuit Court judge improved yesterday when an influential senator who had opposed Kubo said he would likely vote for his confirmation.

The Federal Transit Administration has included funding for the Honolulu rail system in President Barack Obama's fiscal 2011 budget, in anticipation of the rail plan's clearing environmental review

A high surf advisory is in effect for north and west facing shores of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai and north facing shores of Maui.

Blocked wells have left Puna Geothermal Ventures falling behind on its contract with Hawaii Electric Light Co., plant manager Mike Kaleikini said Monday.

Maui Land and Pineapple Co. will cease paying for life insurance and medical coverage for all its noncontractual retirees.

While the Kauai County Council continues to tweak a proposed ban on handheld electronics for Kaua‘i drivers, a leading institute on highway safety reported last week that similar laws across the country have not resulted in a lower incidence of traffic accidents.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Trains, planes and Superferries, legislative budgets, dead whale and other top Hawaii news of the day

The M/V Huakai, the high-speed ferry that never fulfilled its purpose as part of Hawaii Superferry operations last year, will be mobilized for relief duty in Haiti.

One of two high-speed catamarans built for Hawaii Superferry is being sent to Haiti to help with relief efforts following the devastating earthquake.

A pilot with a Coast Guard C-130 airplane out of Hawai'i who flew into Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Sunday said the airport was like "the wild, wild west."

Reconsidering a street-level alternative for Honolulu's planned elevated commuter rail line would delay the start of the project by only six months, the American Institute of Architects' Hawai'i chapter said yesterday.

Gov. Linda Lingle said yesterday she is worried whether Honolulu will be able to afford to pay for and operate a proposed elevated rail system and that she has heard similar views expressed by the Federal Transit Administration.

Air pollution in Punaluu - it's been four days now since a dead whale's been rotting off a Windward Oahu beach.

Preparations are under way for a one-day walkout at Kaiser's Honolulu clinic, where a strike line is expected to form at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

When the Hawaii Legislature opens Wednesday, state lawmakers will have their minds on money and money on their minds

For South and West Maui legislators, 2010 will be all about hanging on to what they thought they already had.

With a new member sworn in, a new chair elected and a new year underway, the Kaua‘i Board of Ethics last week made dramatic strides toward resolving long-standing conflict-of-interest issues.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Submarines, trains and weinermobiles top news

A state with a warrior tradition yesterday welcomed a 21st- century combatant to its shores: the Virginia-class submarine USS Hawai'i.

The state welcomes the USS Hawaii, the first "Virginia-class" attack submarine to be stationed in the Pacific. This vessel is part of the Department of Defense's strategy to address growing threat in the region.

The family of Navy Lt. Shane Allen made a special, last-minute trip to Pearl Harbor to greet him as he and the rest of the crew of the USS Hawaii arrived at their new home port.

The Union Public Workers Unions and Gov. Linda Lingle's administration went to the state Labor Relations Board on Thursday over the threat of layoffs and ongoing labor negotiations.

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile's recent O'ahu visit did not cut the mustard with the Outdoor Circle.

Honolulu's planned elevated commuter rail project likely will come in at close to the budgeted price and within five months of the anticipated completion date, according to a report by project oversight consultant Jacobs Engineering.

The University of Hawaii Board of Regents got some good financial news yesterday, learning that researchers brought in $414 million last year and that the UH Foundation raised more than $336 million after its recently concluded six-year Centennial Campaign.

A major California lettuce grower has recalled about 22,000 cartons of romaine lettuce over concerns that the product may be tainted with salmonella.

Drivers must wait several more months for a new mile-long roadway that will trim minutes off the commute between Wailuku and Kahului.

Heavy summer rains led to flash flood warnings Thursday, soaking anything outdoors and twice closing the Hanalei Bridge.

After almost three hours of discussion Wednesday, the Hawaii County Council tentatively agreed to turn the clock back to its June 16 meeting where it voted to reorganize leadership positions.

Despite the economic downturn, Hilo's fledgling residency program to bring doctors to the Big Island is moving ahead -- its survival due to an outpouring of donations from the community.