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Lava Flow Expected to Cut Off Access to Pahoa Polling Place

Lava field on Hawaii Island  - Photo by Chuck Denny

HONOLULU - Chief Election Officer Scott Nago announced today that voters assigned to Pahoa Community Center (04-03) who live north of the lava flow are instructed to vote at Hawaiian Paradise Community Center (04-01) on general election day. “The flow is expected to cross Highway 130, cutting off access to voters living in Ainaloa and […]

October 28th, 2014 | Posted in Hawaii Politics | Read More »

Governor requests presidential declaration for Kilauea lava flow

Lava field on Hawaii Island  - Photo by Chuck Denny

HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a request today for a Presidential Disaster Declaration asking for federal assistance to supplement local emergency protective measures in response to the ongoing Kilauea Lava Flow. Emergency protective measures undertaken by Hawaii County include the repair, restoration, and re-establishment of alternate routes in and out of affected communities. State efforts […]

October 26th, 2014 | Posted in Hawaii Politics | Read More »

Hawaii Coral Bleaching Event Receives International Attention

Brian Neilson from the Division of Aquatic Resources surveys bleaching in Kaneohe Bay - photographed by the Catlin Seaview

HONOLULU – The wide-spread coral bleaching event being experienced on Oahu, Kauai and Maui has attracted the attention of two separate teams interested in documenting and further studying its causes.  The director of the Catlin Seaview Survey, based in Australia, worked last week with scientists from the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division […]

October 26th, 2014 | Posted in Hawaii Politics | Read More »

Hawaii's first ever Community Based Fisheries Subsistence Area will be in Haena

Haena, Kauai (Photo by Michael Zimmerman)

HONOLULU - The state Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) unanimously approved Hawaii's first ever Community Based Fisheries Subsistence Area (CBFSA) rule package for Haena on the island of Kauai.  BLNR Chairperson William Alia said, "This is an historic action, following years of work by the Haena community in collaboration with Dept. of Land […]

October 26th, 2014 | Posted in Hawaii Politics | Read More »

UHERO State Forecast Update: Hawaii Economy In Need of An Engine

Honolulu Skyline (Photo courtesy of UHERO)

Prospects for Hawaii growth remain muted. Despite a pickup over the summer, visitor arrivals have been soft this year, and the period of robust visitor spending increases is behind us. A mixed global economic environment and limited visitor industry capacity will keep a lid on future gains. While the construction expansion continues, it does so […]

October 26th, 2014 | Posted in Hawaii Politics | Read More »

Hawaii Senate Holds Special Session for Judicial Appointments

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HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Senate will convene Wednesday, October 20, 2014 at 11 a.m. to open a special session to consider judicial appointments of Jeffrey P. Crabtree and Christine E. Kuriyama to the Circuit Court of the First Circuit (Island of Oahu), and Margaret K. Masunaga to the District Court of the Third Circuit […]

October 22nd, 2014 | Posted in Hawaii Politics | Read More »

Third Shark Encounter on Maui This Week as Murky Water Warning Continues

Shark in Hawaiian waters (photo by Terry Lilly)

HONOLULU – For a third time this week, a Maui ocean user encountered a shark in murky water today around 10 a.m.  Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) officers report two women from Kihei, ages 53 and 46, were about 200 yards off Waipulani Beach Park, stand-up […]

October 22nd, 2014 | Posted in Hawaii Politics | Read More »

Travel Agent Pleads Guilty in $360,000 Fraud Scheme That Keeps School Band from Hawaii trip

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US Attorney report - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a travel agent pleaded guilty in federal court today for stealing $360,000 from the Willard High School Band Boosters, which forced the cancellation of a trip to Hawaii for more than 300 students and chaperones. […]

October 16th, 2014 | Posted in Hawaii Politics | Read More »

Information you need to prepare for Ana

Kym Pine

BY HONOLULU COUNCIL MEMBER KYMBERLY PINE - As Ana approaches our shores, the City'sDepartment of Emergency Management (DEM) advises O‘ahu residents to prepare a 7-dayDisaster Supply Kit. Although Ana may be a tropical storm when she approaches the Hawaiian Islands later this week, strong winds, flooding rains and storm surge could result in evacuations. To receive the most […]

October 16th, 2014 | Posted in Hawaii Politics | Read More »

Kyle Matsumoto sentenced to 10 years in prison

Kyle Matsumoto sentenced to 10 years in prison

LIHUE – On Wednesday, Judge Kathleen Watanabe sentenced Kyle Masato Matsumoto, a 37-year-old Hanalei man, to concurrent 10 and five-year prison terms in six separate cases. Second Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Rebecca Vogt represented the State of Hawai‘i and Mark Zenger represented Matsumoto, who has been in custody at Kaua‘i Community Correctional Center since December 3, […]

October 16th, 2014 | Posted in Hawaii Politics | Read More »

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