Hawaii Independent Staff

Actors wanted for ‘A Jive Bomber’s Christmas’ at Kumu Kahua Theatre Video: Kamiloiki Elementary curriculum talk Latest data shows impact of recession on Hawaii’s students
Hawaii Prepatory Academy students in Kamuela take part in interactive learning with the iPad. Photo from MacWorld.com
Governor Abercrombie’s address to be streamed online Maui County plans to install 1,000 solar panels by the end of the year Town hall meeting takes a look at public education in Waianae Over a hundred volunteer hands in Kawainui Marsh restoration
HECO workers help in restoration efforts at Ulupo. Courtesy Photo
East-West Center receives $1 million grant to support international journalism program Plaintiffs confident in lawsuit against elevated rail
Former Gov. Ben Cayetano leads a press conference at Honolulu Hale against heavy elevated rail transit in January. Photo by Jamie Winpenny
Sand maintenance at Makaha intended to replenish 3,800 cubic yards of erosion
An exposed section of the roadway and parking lot at Makaha Beach. Photo by Darwin Bohnet
Johnson Hall reopens, 4,000 students moving in to UH Manoa this week City Council to vote on Laie Marriott Hotel complex
A handout depicting the contextual plan of the proposed Laie Marriott hotel complex. Photo by Jade Eckardt
Non-profits invited to participate in Honolulu City Lights
Christmas in Hawaii, and Honolulu City Lights, is just around the corner. Courtesy Photo
Godsmack at Blaisdell Concert Hall in September
Godsmack has sold over 17 million records in just over a decade. Courtesy Photo
Kailua Beach Park boat ramp closed till Sunday BOE to hear testimony on graduation requirements, discuss HSTA contracts in executive session 60,000 students returning to school through September, expect traffic Conference to address plight of families affected by incarceration Verbatim: The No Child Left Behind Act got it backwards Hawaii charter school task force to discuss governance, funding City to launch motor pool pilot project Native Hawaiian convention cultivating community energy
Speakers gather on stage at the Annual Native Hawaiian Convention. Courtesy Photo
Detour: Kinau off-ramp under construction through October Honolulu City Council public hearing on signs, rezoning ag land Researchers, policy makers convene to tackle plant diseases in the global market Aloha Aina Earth Day in Aiea to collect prom dresses, household appliances Four local legends to be inducted into 2011 Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame HPD’s CLEAN project comes to Wahiawa City to smoke test Kaneohe sewers Hawaii lawmakers ask feds to front Medicaid costs of COFA citizens Waimanalo sewage moratorium lifted after 20 years
Waimanalo, from Makapuu Point. Courtesy Photo
The Nature Conservancy receives $1.1 million tech grant Lawsuit challenges industrial aquaculture ‘fishing permit’
Kona Blue is the first integrated hatchery and offshore fish farm in the country.
Energy curriculum underway in Oahu classrooms
Teachers at various public schools on Oahu attended the Island Energy Inquiry Leadership Seminar in July. Courtesy Photo
UH researcher says ongoing global biodiversity loss unstoppable with protected areas alone ACLU seeks details on government location tracking
An individual's mobile device can be used to track their geographic location.
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Hundreds to promote safety, raise awareness at Honolulu’s National Night Out
A recent National Night Out in Missouri City, Missouri.
Government workers benefits plan to save millions, State says Island execs mourn passing of beloved colleague
Stephanie Lee Uyeda was widely loved and respected by Hawaii businesses.
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Honolulu Mayor travels to Japan on goodwill tour Report cites cost benefits of HFD-EMS merger Downtown Neighborhood Board to discuss rail, noise, reapportionment Arts collective celebrates First Friday grand opening in Chinatown
The historic Mendonca Buidling in Chinatown. Photo from gohawaii.com
23 Oahu species proposed for Endangered Species Act protection Maui Fire Department reminds everyone to check their fire alarms
Maui Fire Department officials credit a working fire alarm with saving the life of 84-year-old Rick Liserr, who managed to wake up and safely escape his home, pictured above. Courtesy Photo
Council transportation committee to hear hundreds of rail property acquisitions
An artist's rendering of rail in Downtown Honolulu. Courtesy Photo
Honolulu Zoning and Planning Committee meets Thursday Commission on Water Research Management’s August bulletin available online 20,000 gallons of untreated wastewater overflow at Kailua Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Verbatim: Obama calls on Americans to make their voices heard on debt crisis
President Barack Obama talks with staff during a Domestic Policy Council meeting in the Oval Office, July 28, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Healthcare Transformation Coordinator tasked with reducing costs, improving services
Beth Giesting accepts her position as the State's new Healthcare Transformation Coordinator. Courtesy Photo
Debt crisis: Abercrombie convenes cabinet for worst case scenario LGBT Labor Leadership Training workshop on Kauai for the first time Native Hawaiian scholars awarded Mellon-Hawaii fellowships Decipher the science at Nuclear Radiation Workshop in Manoa
Citizens of Hiroshima walk past the A-Bomb Dome, the nearest building to have survived the city's atomic bombing in 1945, on their way to a memorial ceremony on August 6, 2004. Photo by Dan Smith
Tax time again for Maui County property owners Hawaii Council on Homelessness: Abercrombie says action, results are a focus Walk Wise Hawaii campaign vigilant after 27 pedestrian fatalities last year
Walk Wise Hawaii asked over 1,200 senior citizens to take the Pedestrian Pledge at the 45th Annual Mayor’s Recognition Program for Outstanding Senior Citizens on April 21 at the Hawaii Convention Center. Courtesy Photo
City smoke testing sewer pipes in Kaneohe this week SPAM loves Hawaii, too
On average, 3.8 cans of SPAM are consumed every second in the United States. Photo by Matthew W. Jackson
Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame seeks contestants for Ka Himeni Ana 2011 Hawaii Conservation Week kicks off with a family fishing Sunday Hui up! program educates students, gets Molokai residents energy efficient
Hawaii students get involved at the 2011 "We Have the Power" Clean Energy Rally organized by Blue Planet Foundation. Courtesy Photo
Booth vendors sought for Emergency Preparedness Fair in Ewa Feds face backlash for repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’
President Barack Obama signs the certification stating the statutory requirements for repeal of DADT (Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell) have been met, in the Oval Office on Friday, July 22. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
Video: Pine hosts legislative info briefing on cyber crime Hundreds gather to support Hyatt housekeepers
Members of Hawaii's Local 5 staged a protest outside of the Hyatt Regency on July 21. Photos by Cade Watanabe
Artists gearing up for KAUPA community wall mural marathon Educators, artists come together for Hawaii Conservation Conference City considers hauling excess sewage sludge Hawaii charter school task force set to establish governance, accountability
Members of a new Hawaii charter school task force met with school officials for the first time today. Courtesy Photo
Capitol Hill bill would eliminate East-West Center
The Hawaii Imin International Conference Center at Jefferson Hall, part of East-West Center, was built in 1963. Photo by Joel Bradshaw
Hawaii lawmakers to host legislative conference The ‘greenest home in Hawaii’? Come see for yourself
What's known as "the greenest home in Hawaii" is located in Kaneohe. Courtesy Photo
SEED program awarded $1.15 million grant Tree planting ceremony honors Japanese victims of Tohoku earthquake and tsunami
The sole surviving Matsu tree in Rikuzentakata stands in the distance. Photo by Christopher Cabatbat -- Mercy Corps
Pecha Cucha: The king of slideshows August Moon: Wine, food, and art supports art education Hyphen Magazine forges ahead with public interest journalism fellowship HMSA Foundation awards Hawaii non-profit programs with $237,714 in grants
A Lanakila Meals on Wheels volunteer delivers a nutritious meal. Courtesy Photo
Fendi’s Hawaii platform features local artists, benefits UH art department State lawmakers to hold education reform informational briefing PBS Hawaii to showcase musical mission of Eddie and Myrna Kamae Wellness Center offers seniors services, free health talks in central Oahu 71st annual Na Hula Festival celebrates artistry and grace 1,005 solar photovoltaic panels set on the Kalanimoku Building Bill to repeal light bulb efficiency standards fails
A bill to repeal light bulf efficiency stardards failed in the U.S. House.
Fujifilm dedicates solar system at Waipahu office ‘Conservation Through Art’ highlights Hawaii endangered species
The po'ouli was last seen in 2004. Courtesy Photo
Haleiwa Arts Festival brings art, food, music to the North Shore
The Haleiwa Arts Festival brings family fun to the North Shore.
Waimea Valley to celebrate re-dedication
Waimea Valley will celebrate its re-dedication in August.
Monk seal habitat protection expansion hearings announced
A proposal could designate 11,000 square miles as protected monk seal habitat. Photo courtesy of NOAA
Hirono votes against bill to allow siphoning of education funds
H.R. 2445 would allow for the diversion of funds from programs for poor impoverished students.
Gov. Abercrombie signs more bills into law, Monday, before today’s deadline
Gov. Abercrombie signs House Bill 739, regarding child care requirements.
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Hawaii Arts Alliance, DBEDT to participate in national study
The Hawaii State Art Museum.
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Hawaiian Way Fund to host tribal basketball tourney
Tribal teams from Hawaii, Alaska, Indian Nations, and the Pacific will participate in the Hawaiian Way Fund tourney. Courtesy Photo
Bid to protect Hawaii’s endangered species moves forward
The endangered I'iwi, or Scarlet Hawaiian honeycreeper.
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City to smoke test Heeia sewers for leaks
City testing will help protect Heeia's watershed and fishpond. Photo courtesy of Bruce Lum, Kamehameha Schools
Wyland’s 55th birthday marked by repainting of Sea Life Park mural
Family fun at Sea Life Park. Photo from Alohatopten.com
Disaster preparedness workshop Saturday at Kapolei High School
Hurricanes are among natural disasters that can threaten Hawaii residents. Courtesy Photo