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Marine debris discussed at Hawaii conference - U-T San Diego

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Marine debris discussed at Hawaii conference
U-T San Diego
HONOLULU — Government officials, beach cleanup activists and environmental experts have gathered in Honolulu this week to discuss how to deal with trash in the ocean.
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Conferees are tying to come up with an international plan to handle the increasing amount of marine debris.  The 2011 Japanese tsunami brought the problem into focus, and, now, marine experts are hoping some kind of multinational effort can be made to clean up the debris that has fouled beaches from Japan and Alaska to Hawaii and the U.S. mainland's west coast.  Aloha, Russ.

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Earth Pics sur Twitter

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Lanikai Sunrise, Oahu, Hawaii pic.twitter.com/C3XsVjAjWA
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Nice sot of Oahu's Lanikai Beach at sunrise. You can keep winter at bay on this beautiful stretch of sand. Aloha, Russ
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Hawaii Breaking News - Three Hawaii restaurants among Top 100 in U.S. - Hawaii News - Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Hawaii Breaking News - Three Hawaii restaurants among Top 100 in U.S. - Hawaii News - Honolulu Star-Advertiser | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
Hawaii's breaking news leader.
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Now I'm hungry. Congrats to the ULU Ocean Grill and Sushi at The Four Seasons Resort at Hualalai on Hawaii Island, the Halekulani in Waikiki , and Mama's Fish House in Paia, Maui. Tasty! Aloha, Russ
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Hawaii part of nationwide T-Mobile $90M settlement - KHON2

Hawaii part of nationwide T-Mobile $90M settlement - KHON2 | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
61,000 Hawaii consumers are eligible for "cramming" refunds.
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Thanks to the coordinated response of 49 other states, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Federal Communications Commission, Hawaii will share some of the $90 million in fines levied against T-Mobile for charging its customers with unauthorized fees.  The practice known as "cramming" bills customers for programs or services they didn't order.  The settlement involves up to 61,000 Hawaii subscribers to T-Mobile.  For more information, call 855-382-6403.  Aloha, Russ.

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Obama 'Eagerly' Awaits 17-Day Hawaii Christmas Vacation - Breitbart News

Obama 'Eagerly' Awaits 17-Day Hawaii Christmas Vacation - Breitbart News | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
The White House has announced that President Obama and his family will spend another Christmas vacation in Hawaii. The Obamas will leave Washington, D.C.
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President Obama and his family will arrive in Hawaii today (Saturday) to begin a 17-day vacation.  The President will return to Washington, D.C. on 04 January 2015.  As in past vacations to Hawaii, the President will rent a private home in Kailua, Oahu and will use the recreational facilities at nearby Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe.  According to Judicial Watch, taxpayers have "coughed up" $6.2 million for three Obama vacations.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii Public Radio nears fundraising goal for transmitter on Mauna Loa - West Hawaii Today

Hawaii Public Radio nears fundraising goal for transmitter on Mauna Loa - West Hawaii Today | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
Hawaii Public Radio is nearing its goal of erecting a transmitter and tower at Kulani Cone on the slopes of Mauna Loa to broadcast its second programming stream, KAHU-FM, also known as HPR-2, to East Hawaii.
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Here's an update on plans by Hawaii Public Radio to build a transmitter tower to serve East Hawaii Residents.  The tower would be located on Kulani Cone on the slopes of Mauna Loa and would air a second programming stream known as HPR-2.  HPR-1 already serves East Hawaii.  Aloha, Russ.

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Puna lava flow slowing, but still advancing toward Pahoa Marketplace - Hawaii News Now

Puna lava flow slowing, but still advancing toward Pahoa Marketplace - Hawaii News Now | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
USGS geologists with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory say at the average rate of advance of the past week, lava could reach the Pahoa Marketplace and Highway 130 in about 5 days.
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According to Hawaii Tribune-Herald reporter Tom Callis, Longs Drugs will be the next retailer to close in Pahoa as the June 27 lava flow continues to approach Pahoa.  The store will close at 1 p.m. today (Saturday), leaving lower Puna without a pharmacy of its own. Longs is located in the Woodland Center across Pahoa Village Road from the Pahoa Marketplace, the first shopping center threatened by the flow.  As of Friday, lava remained about 0.6 miles from the marketplance.  Malama Market closed Thursday, leaving Pahoa residents with a natural food store and a few small groceries or convenience stores to buy food.  Although the lava flow is slowing down, projections have the lava flow reaching the Pahoa Marketplace in about 5 to 7 days.  Aloha, Russ.

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Drowning victim identified.

Victim was 13-year-old boy.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald/Hawaii Police Department.

 

Hawaii Police have identified the body recovered from an underwater cavern system Wednesday near Hapuna each as 13-year-old Gwyneth Agustin Borromeo, also known as Jayson Borromeo, of Waikoloa.  An autopsy conducted Thursday determined the cause of death as slt-water drowning.  Aloha, Russ.

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Exclusive: Class-action lawsuit challenged Hawaiian Electric sale - Hawaii News Now

Exclusive: Class-action lawsuit challenged Hawaiian Electric sale - Hawaii News Now | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
A class-action lawsuit challenging the sale of Hawaiian Electric Industries to Florida-based NextEra Energy alleges that HEI's board undervalued the company. ...
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Not everyone is happy with the sale of Hawaiian Electric Industries to NextEra Energy of Florida. The class-action lawsuit contends that HEI's board deliberately undervalued the utility in order to get a quick sale and an immediate profit.  Aloha, Russ.

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Ford expands drivers air bag recall nationwide - Hawaii News Now

Ford expands drivers air bag recall nationwide - Hawaii News Now | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
Ford Motor Co. has agreed to government demands to expand a driver's side air bag inflator recall to the entire U.S.
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The air bag recall is spreading.  Ford Motor Company has been added to the list of vehicle manufacturers that have recalled defective driver's side air bag inflators.  Previous to the announcement, most of the air bag recalls were confined to vehicles made in Japan.  Those bags were made by Takata Corporation.  Now it appears that similar problems are being experienced by U.S. auto makers.  Quality control is now a big issue, especially where loss of life is involved.  Look for the recall notification in your mail box.  Aloha, Russ.

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Telecommunications executive charged with tax fraud - Hawaii News Now

Telecommunications executive charged with tax fraud - Hawaii News Now | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
A company that receives heavy federal government subsidies paid more than $4 million for its founder's personal expenses, a new indictment alleges.A federal grand jury today issued a 13-count indic...
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The president of a Hawaii telecommunications company was indicted on charges of diverting $4 million of the corporation's money for personal expenses during the course of a decade.  According to the Associated Press, Albert S.N. Hee, the president of Waimana Enterprises, Inc. was indicted in September on one count of filing a false 2007 tax return.  The new indictment charges him with seven counts of corrupt interference with the administration of Internal Revenue Service laws and six counts of submitting a false tax return for the years 2007 to 2013.  Aloha, Russ.

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Thieves strike Kailua family two Christmases in a row - Hawaii News Now

Thieves strike Kailua family two Christmases in a row - Hawaii News Now | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
It may not be a very Merry Christmas this year for the Meyers. ...
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An incredible string of bad luck.  Anyone with leads in this sad case should call police.  Aloha, Russ.

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Tesoro gas station brand in Hawaii to eventually be replaced - Pacific Business News (Honolulu) (blog)

Tesoro gas station brand in Hawaii to eventually be replaced - Pacific Business News (Honolulu) (blog) | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
Texas-based Par Petroleum, which last year purchased Tesoro Corp.'s Hawaii refinery and other assets, including its retail gas stations for $539 million, can only use the Tesoro brand for a period of time, but not infinitely.
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The Tesoro brand name will be around for a bit longer, at least until final purchasing agreements are signed.  Texas-based Par Petroleum bought Tesoro's Hawaii refinery last year, including its 31 retail gas stations.  Par Petroleum spokesman Lance Tanaka said rebranding will be done, although a definite timetable hasn't been established.  Aloha, Russ.

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Stabbing suspect has history of violence, mental illness - Hawaii News Now

Stabbing suspect has history of violence, mental illness - Hawaii News Now | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
The homeless man accused of violently stabbing a 23-year-old Kailua woman has a history of mental illness and violence. Chauncey Ingraham, 30, was charged Tuesday with attempted murder, kidnapping...
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Why was this person ever allowed back on the street, considering his past tendency to violence?  This just doesn't make sense.  He'll probably be ruled incapable of defending himself and be left in the state Hospital for an extended stay.  Not much consolation to the victim.  Aloha, Russ.

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USAMORNINGPOST.com: Obama arrives in Hawaii for annual vacation 2014 2015

USAMORNINGPOST.com: Obama arrives in Hawaii for annual vacation 2014 2015 | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
News: Obama arrives in Hawaii for annual vacation 2014 2015 - Barack Obama’s Hawaii“You can’t really understand Ba... http://t.co/eIczNEMcqC
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The First Family has arrived for a 17-day vacation on Oahu. President Obama will resided at a rental estate in Kailua, Oahu. The family will return to Washington, D.C.. On 04 January 2015. Aloha, Russ
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Hawaii asks state for $6 million for athletic department budget - Yahoo Sports (blog)

Hawaii asks state for $6 million for athletic department budget - Yahoo Sports (blog) | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
The university has a predicted $3.5 million shortfall in this year's athletic budget.
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According to sports writer Nick Bloomberg, the UH-Manoa athletic department will ask the state to cover a projected two-year deficit of $6 million.  The UH-Manoa Athletic Department has been in the black only 3 years out of the past 15 years.  Bloomberg says part of the growing financial deficit can be attributed to a poor ticket sales and a poor win-loss record for the University of Hawaii's football team.  Aloha, Russ.

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Threat from Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Growing Each Day - Breitbart News

Threat from Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Growing Each Day - Breitbart News | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
The lava from the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii is creeping closer to civilization and is now only a mile away from a store and a gas station.
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Another look at the lava flow threatening Pahoa and surrounding subdivisions.  According to Hawaii County Civil Defense, lava could impact the Pahoa Marketplace in 5 to 7 days.  In anticipation of the lava reaching Highway 130, Civil Defense officials have announced the opening of the Railroad Avenue alternate route today (Saturday). The gravel road will allow motorists to travel from Nanawale Estates to Hawaiian Paradise Park.  The road can also be accessed in the Hawaiian Beaches/Hawaiian Shores communities.  Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Warren Lee says the alternate route has no street lights.  Reflective cones and stakes have been placed along the path of the gravel road.  Aloha, Russ.

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GMO appeal squeaks through Hawaii County Council - West Hawaii Today

GMO appeal squeaks through Hawaii County Council - West Hawaii Today | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
The Hawaii County Council voted 5-4 Wednesday to appeal a federal judge’s ruling striking a law that restricts genetically modified crops on the island.
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Hawaii County Council members have decided to appeal the ruling of U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren.  Judge Kurren said the Hawaii County anti-GMO ordinance was preempted by state and federal law and, therefore, was invalid.  In August, Judge Kurren ruled against a similar anti-GMO measure on Kauai for the same reason.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii's $90M Kona Judiciary Complex designs, renderings revealed - Pacific Business News

Hawaii's $90M Kona Judiciary Complex designs, renderings revealed - Pacific Business News | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
The Hawaii State Judiciary held an open house at the West Hawaii Civic Center to release the preliminary renderings and design plans for the 10-acre, 143,000-square-foot courthouse, which is expected to start construction in March 2016 and be...
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According to "Pacific Business News", the $90 million facility will begin construction in March 2016, with a completion date of 2019. The courthouse will be water, energy, and environmentally efficient and will include state-of-the-art security equipment.  Aloha, Russ.

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E-cigarette ban approved by the Hawaii County Council.

New law sent to Mayor Billy Kenoi for approval.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  Nancy Cook Lauer.

 

On Wednesday, the Hawaii County Council voted 5-4 to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes anywhere smoking is banned.  Bill 302 would be the first such measure in the state.  Hawaii County Council Chairman Dru Kanuha, who sponsored Bill 302, said "Some 300 other municipalities in the nation have similar ordinances."  The new law will take effect once Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi signs the measure.  The mayor's office said it will review the bill before deciding whether to sign it.  Aloha, Russ.

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Big Island lava viewing area opens as flow forces stores to close - SFGate (blog)

Big Island lava viewing area opens as flow forces stores to close - SFGate (blog) | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
A public lava viewing area opened yesterday in the Big Island town of Pāhoa, just before stores at the area's largest shopping center began to close in expectation of lava advancing across Highway 130—the sole access road into the town and the...
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Hawaii County Civil Defense has set up a public viewing area that local residents can use to see the lava flow that will eventually overun parts of Pahoa Village.  Meanwhile, the Malama Market and its gas station were closed Thursday in anticipation of the arrival of the June 27 lava flow. As of Wednesday, the lava front was about 0.8 miles from Highway 130, having advanced 165 yards between Wednesday morning and Thursday morning.  Even with the slowdown, lava could reach the Malama Market area anytime between 7 and 10 days from now.  Hawaii Governor David Ige also paid a visit to the Pahoa area, saying "It does give you a very different perspective to be on the ground and view it from the air and talk to people and actually see the flow itself."  Aloha, Russ.

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Sony decides to scrap 'The Interview' - Hawaii News Now

Sony decides to scrap 'The Interview' - Hawaii News Now | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
Following threats of terrorist-style acts and major theater chains already dropping the project, Sony Pictures has decided against the planned Dec. 25 release of 'The Interview.'
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Cyber terrorist threats have forced Sony Pictures to withdraw a controversial movie from distribution.  These threats, apparently traced to a special North Korean cyber espionage unit, have also forced the closure of some theaters across the United States.  Security experts say all businesses must pay more attention to their internal security procedures.  Lax security protocols have been linked to the devastating security breaches at many companies, including Target, K-Mart, the Veterans Administration, and now Sony Pictures Entertainment.  The same concern should be addressed to our own personal data.  Whether we believe it or not, this country is involved in a cyber war that threatens our economy and way of life.  Be careful with whom you share personal information.  As a victim of identity theft, I can tell you the experience of restoring your credit is a life-changing experience.  Keep your lives as private as you can.  Aloha, Russ.

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How Japan's recession could affect Hawaii - Hawaii News Now

How Japan's recession could affect Hawaii - Hawaii News Now | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
"We're concerned right now with the economic situation in Japan, they're in a recession," Les Enderton, Executive Director of the Oahu Tourism Bureau, ponders Japan's economic slowdown from eight s...
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The continuing slowdown in Japan's economy could have a major impact on Hawaii's visitor industry.  Many of Hawaii's visitors come from Japan, and any drop in arrivals from Japan could adversely affect tax dollars generated by these visitors.  Aloha, Russ.

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Invasive Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle found near Kakaako - Hawaii News Now

Invasive Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle found near Kakaako - Hawaii News Now | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
The invasive Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle has been found in a new spot on Oahu. ...
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It appears another invasive insect pest is getting a foothold on Oahu. The Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle damages palm trees to the point where many of them die.  Agricultural inspections must be stepped up to prevent further invasions of potentially damaging insects from entering Hawaii.  Perhaps, it's a losing battle.  Aloha, Russ.

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Casting for a Big Fish on the Big Island of Hawaii - New York Times

Casting for a Big Fish on the Big Island of Hawaii - New York Times | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
Ulua can weigh well over a hundred pounds. So how, exactly, do you haul one in from the shore?
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Great story on how to land the Ulua, one of Hawaii's favorite game fishes. The task is easier said than done, especially when one of these fish can weigh over a hundred pounds.  I'll remember these tips the next time I manage to hook one.  Aloha, Russ.

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Campaign seeks public’s help to protect Kauai forest birds through rat control

Campaign seeks public’s help to protect Kauai forest birds through rat control | PRG HAWAII NEWS WITH RUSS ROBERTS | Scoop.it
A new crowdfunding and outreach campaign has been launched to generate support for protecting the native birds of Kauai by controlling rats with humane, self-resetting traps, the Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project announced recently.
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This seems to be a worthwhile project, considering the amount of damage to both animal and human habitats done by rats.  Hawaii's native birds are also endangered by mongoose which attack birds and steal their eggs.  Aloha, Russ.

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