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Hawaii begins renegotiating football TV contract - Hawaii News Now

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Hawaii begins renegotiating football TV contract
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HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii has begun to renegotiate a deal to televise its university sports with Oceanic Time Warner as a local television station group tries to show its interest.
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It appears the bidding competition for airing UH-Manoa sports is heating up, with several commercial television stations willing to bid against Oceanic Time Warner cable.  Aloha, Russ.

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Man finds calico lobster, gives it to aquarium - Hawaii News Now

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Man finds calico lobster, gives it to aquarium Hawaii News Now (AP Photo/Portsmouth Herald, Deb Cram). This July 29, 2014 photo shows a calico lobster at the Explore the Ocean World Oceanarium in Hampton, N.H..
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It's not everyday you see a lobster such as this. Fortunately for the lobster, he/she won't be eaten and will spend its days as a marine exhibit. Aloha, Russ .
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Hawaii students to see longer school days - West Hawaii Today

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Hawaii students to see longer school days West Hawaii Today Neil Abercrombie in 2011 following a series of furloughs that resulted in Hawaii students having the fewest number of instructional days in the country.
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Longer school days are ahead for Hawaii public school students. The extended schedule tacks on a few more days in August and a few more days in June to accommodate new state and federal curriculum standards. Aloha, Russ .
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Press Release: Ige Unveils Action Plan for Hawaii | David Ige for ...

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'Engineering Hawaii's Future' Ige Unveils Action Plan for Hawaii. Honolulu, HI (July 30, 2014) —Leading Democratic gubernatorial candidate State Senator David Ige has released his action plan “Engineering Hawaii's ...
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Ige has some good ideas, especially when it comes to making Hawaii self-sustaining in food and fuel. He's a bit short in the funding department. Not even his gubernatorial opponent, Neil Abercrombie, can figure this out. As with any political contest, there's a huge gulf between fantasy and reality. Face the obvious--all of these good things promised this year will cost us plenty in the form of increased taxes. Another case of tax and spend. Be sure to vote on 09 August. Aloha, Russ.
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Feds fly unaccompanied immigrant minors to Hawaii on taxpayer ...

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BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — Although 2,500 miles from the continental United States, Hawaii has joined the list of states temporarily housing unaccompanied minors from Central America who have illegally ...
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Hawaii is doing its part to care for Central American youth displaced by gang warfare, drug cartels, and violence in their home countries.  According to the federal government, the number of children and teens fleeing violence at home will reach 90,000 this year.  Kenneth Wolfe, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, told the "Hawaii Reporter" that "between January 1 and July  7, a total of eight minors were discharged from the unaccompanied alien children program to sponsors in Hawaii."  The federal government covers the cost of housing, feeding, and transporting these displaced children.  The final destination of these children will be determined by the calendar of the Immigration Court--a program that could take weeks or months.  Aloha, Russ.

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Energy 101: Geothermal Energy

See how we can generate clean, renewable energy from hot water sources deep beneath the Earth's surface. The video highlights the basic principles at work in geothermal energy production, and...
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A video that highlights the basic process of geothermal energy. Aloha, Russ.

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Japanese tourist faces 3-month jail sentence.

Man receives penalty for a drunken altercation during a trip to Hawaii.

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Source:  Associated Press (Honolulu).

 

A Japanese man who engaged in a drunken fight with flight attendants during a trip to Hawaii for his honeymoon in May will be released in a few weeks and will return to Japan.  According to Public Defender Salina Althof, Kenji Okamoto pleaded guilty last month to interfering with a flight attendant's duties by assaulting and intimidating him.  Okamoto was flying from Osaka when he got upset because a flight attendant wouldn't take his tray away.  The attendant told Okamoto he would return because his hands were full.  Okamoto became outraged, left his seat, and approached the flight attendant, who retreated to safety.  So much for spending a honeymoon in a luxury resort.  Aloha, Russ.

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Kalihi pedestrian accident closes Kamehameha Hwy. - Hawaii News Now

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Kalihi pedestrian accident closes Kamehameha Hwy.
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Another tragic case of not paying attention.  Honolulu police said the man was crossing the street against the red light when a 67-year-old woman driver of a Toyota Echo struck him.  The car had the green light.  The victim suffered head and body injuries and was taken to the Queen's Medical Center for treatment.  It is unknown if speed was a factor in the accident.  Aloha, Russ.

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Two asteroids named after Hilo and Kona.

Astronomers succeed in named two new asteroids after Hawaii towns.

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Source:  Stephens Media Hawaii.

Reporter:  Nancy Cook Lauer.

 

Hilo and Kona have reached the heavens in a figurative sense.  Astronomers in Germany and the Canary Islands have succeeded in naming two asteroids after Hilo and Kona in the Hawaiian Islands.  Tobias Hausler, an undergraduate astronomer at Starkenburg Observatory in Heppenheim, Germany discovered asteroid 342431, lated called "Hilo" on 25 October 2008, along with Matthias Busch, originator of the volunteer Teide Observatory Tenerife Asteroid Survey.  Busch, with Rainer Kresken at Teide Observatory in Teneife, Canary Islands, discovered asteroid 284891, named "Kona" on 13 September 2009 while he was searching for NEOs (near earth objects) that could pose a threat to the planet.   Hausler notified Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi about the discovery and  enclosed certificates as "a symbolic handover" of the two minor planets.  Astronomers who discover asteroids are able to name them after a lengthy process that includes multiple observations to establish and predict their orbits.  Discoverers apply to the International Astronomical Union to assign names to their numbered asteroids. There are rules, such as the asteroid can't be for the discoverer.  Aloha, Russ.

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UH President David Lassner responds to reports on Chancellor's ouster - Hawaii News Now

UH President David Lassner responds to reports on Chancellor's ouster
Hawaii News Now
The President of the University of Hawaii has released a statement about recent reports that Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple will be removed from his position.
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UH-Manoa President David Lassner says the removal of UH Chancellor Tom Apple was done in accordance with Hawaii's public records law.  That law requires personnel matters to remain confidential.  Lassner added that "Experience teaches that personnel issues are best addressed in private, and when a change in leadership is necessary, it is best accomplished with as much dignity as the circumstance permit."  Aloha, Russ.

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Surveillance video shows theft at Waipahu Middle School - Hawaii News Now

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Surveillance video shows theft at Waipahu Middle School
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The University of Hawaii's John A. Burns School of Medicine tracked the effectiveness of lifestyle changes over medication for diabetes prevention.More >>.
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Honolulu police are looking for a male suspect who took more than $10,000 worth of items from Waipahu Intermediate School on 11 July 2014.  Those with information on this case should call Crimestoppers, which will pay up to $1,000 to anyone providing a clue leading to an arrest in this case.  Aloha, Russ.

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Long-lived Mars Opportunity rover passes 25 miles of driving - Astronomy Magazine

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Long-lived Mars Opportunity rover passes 25 miles of driving
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The voyage of the "Opportunity" rover reminds me of the old Timex watch commercial: "It takes a licking but keeps on  ticking." According to John Callas of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, the rover was never intended to travel more than a kilometer (0.6 mile).  But, as time wore on, that prediction was scrapped as the little machine established a distance record unmatched by any rover on another world.  The Soviet Lunukhod 2 traveled almost as far on the moon. That mission is still considered an unplanned success, because it produced more information and pictures than originally called for.  As the Opportunity travels to new targets, it is showing scientists more mysteries of the "Red Planet", a place humans may one day colonize.  Hawaii has played a significant role in Martian exploration with the recent completion of the Hi-SEAS 1 and Hi-SEAS 2 simulated Mars missions on the slopes of Mauna Loa.  I wish we could make cars as reliable as the Opportunity rover. Three cheers for the little machine that "could."  Aloha, Russ.

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Passengers Stuck in Hawaii for 3 Nights Get Cash - ABC News

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Passengers Stuck in Hawaii for 3 Nights Get Cash
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A group of Air New Zealand passengers were stranded for a third night Monday after being repeatedly told their plane was delayed due to mechanical problems.
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If you have to be marooned, you might as well spend the delay in Honolulu.  That's the story of some Air New Zealand passengers who have spent three days waiting for a flight home after their scheduled airplane developed an engine sensor problem (it later turned out to be a false alarm).  The stranded passengers are getting 1,000 New Zealand dollars ($850 U.S.) to defray expenses while their plane returns to Honolulu.  Some passengers took other flights to Wellington, New Zealand.  The airline "issued an unusual apology and promised every passenger will be compensated with cash or the equivalent in a rewards program."  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii mayoral candidate tased after police chase (VIDEO) - RT

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Hawaii mayoral candidate tased after police chase (VIDEO)
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Beau Hawkes isn't the only contender in the upcoming Maui County, Hawaii mayoral race, or even the only one to be arrested in recent weeks.
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Never a dull moment in Hawaii politics.  I see we have a fine slate of mayoral candidates this year, especially the tased candidate from Maui County.  Nothing like a little variety to spice up the election season!  What is our world coming to?  Aloha, Russ.

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Tweet from @EarthPix

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Na Pali Coast Waterfall, Hawaii http://t.co/RZ2sZautHP
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One of the many hidden waterfalls along the Na Pali coastline of Kauai. This area of the Garden Island is quite stunning. Aloha, Russ.
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Mauna Loa Access Road Receives Funding for Reconstruction ...

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Thanks to news blogger Damon Tucker for this item. In light of the recent approval of fund for the Thirty Meter Telescope, the money to repair this vital connecting road to the summit of Mauna Kea is needed to insure construction of the TMT is done in a timely manner. Aloha , Russ .
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Hawaii's Haiku Stairs Illegal Hike - Business Insider

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The stepladder was built in 1943 during World War II to "provide access to buildings at the top of the ridge, used as transmission stations," according to a tourism site called Best Places Hawaii. Haiku Stairs/Vimeo.
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Stunning views from one of Oahu's most "extreme and beautiful hikes".  The 4,000 step trail has been illegal since 1987, but that hasn't stopped dozens of hikers from making the strenuous trek up the mountain to an old radio transmission building that was used to contact naval forces in World War II.  This hike isn't for those scared of heights. Some hikers feel the risk is worht the view.  Just check out the spectacular shots of Windward Oahu!  Quite a sight!  Aloha, Russ.

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Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii

Subscribe for more Breaking News: http://smarturl.it/AssociatedPress Japan has been practicing storming beaches with the U.S. and other countries as part of the Rim of the Pacific exercises...
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According to the Associated Press, Japanese forces participating in the current RIMPAC military exercise have been praciticing storming beaches with the U.S. and other countries.  The amphibious landing exercises come as Tokyo tries to boost its ability to defend small islands it controls but China claims as its own.  Tokyo fears China will try to land forces on the islands and Japan will need to fight them off.  Brad Glosserman, the executive director of the  Honolulu think tank Pacific Forum CSIS, says defense of these islands "is the flashpoint in their relationship and therefore they need to be ready to repel Chinese or any other country that manages to try to challenge the Japanese claim."  Japanese ground forces for decades were focused on the Cold War threat posed by the Soviet Union to northern islands such as Hokaido.  But China's military growth is bringing its attention to the south.  Aloha, Russ.

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Man drowns at Maui beach.

Drowning occurred at Kamaole Beach Park on Maui.

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Source:  Associated Press (Honolulu).

 

Maui County police say a 59-year-old Kahului man died in an apparent drowning in Kihei.  Stephen King was found floating face down Sunday afternoon about 5 yards offshore at Kamaole Beach Park.  Maui police said responders performed CPR after pulling King from the water.  But they were unable to revive him, and King was pronounced dead at the scene.  Police said an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

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Hawaii foster parents: Pay raise not enough - Hawaii News Now

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Hawaii foster parents: Pay raise not enough
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HONOLULU (AP) - A lawsuit claiming Hawaii foster parents are underpaid is moving ahead despite a recent increase in state payments.
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More than 1,000 Foster Parents in Hawaii are suing the state, despite a recent increase in state payments.  Those supporting the lawsuit claim the new payment schedule is inadequate and fails to consider Hawaii's high cost of living.  Aloha, Russ.

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Under pressure to reverse Apple's firing, UH president speaks - Hawaii News Now

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Under pressure to reverse Apple's firing, UH president speaks Hawaii News Now MANOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Under growing pressure from on- and off-campus to reverse his decision to remove University of Hawaii at Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple, UH...
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UH-Manoa President David Lassner said he is sorry the impending removal of Tom Apple as UH-Manoa Chancellor has become "a public spectacle."  Lassner's veiled apology came as student government groups announced they would hold a sit-in on Tuesday protesting Apple's removal, while faculty and Native Hawaiian groups released statements support Apple and calling on Lassner to reverse his decision.  Some UH observers believe Apple's unsuccessful effort to oust Dr. Michele Carbonne, the controversial head of UH's Cancer Center, was the primary impetus for Apple's firing.  Apple was upset that Carbonne, the subject of 25 grievances and personnel complaints, was not fired.    Aloha, Russ.

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Major improvements coming to Hawaii Island Girl Scout camp.

Camp Kilohana to get portion of state grant.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

 

According to reporter John Burnett, Hawaii Island's Camp Kilohana will get a share of a $1.25 million state capital improvement grant to the Girl Scouts of Hawaii for wastewater systems improvement.  The funds will also support wastewater upgrades at Camp Paumalu on Oahu and Camp Piiholo on Maui.  Although it's not known what the Hawaii Island share will be, Marci Manker, the Girl Scout Hawaii membership and program services coordinator for Hawaii Island, said she is grateful for the funding.  Manker added that the improvements are needed at the Hawaii Island camp, which is adjacent to the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) on the Saddle Road.  Manker said the girl scout camp has "only a limited number of actual bathrooms, and they're tiked to a catchment system...and then there are some outhouses...we've actually had to rent porta-potties for people to use because  there weren't sufficient sanitary facilities."  Aloha, Russ.

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Maui man dies after found unconscious under large tree - Hawaii News Now

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Maui man dies after found unconscious under large tree
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A Napili man died Monday from his injuries after he was found unconscious under a large tree, Maui police said.
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Maui police identified the victim as 57-year-old Joseph Bento, who had been cleaning his property in the Honokahau Valley and was later found unconscious by a friend. Attempts to revive Bento failed.  An autopsy will be done to determine the exact cause of death.  Aloha, Russ.

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Officials address Big Island hunting concerns - Hawaii News Now

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Officials address Big Island hunting concerns
Hawaii News Now
Representatives from the state Department of Natural Resources met with a group of Big Island hunters and lawmakers over the weekend.
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At the meeting, state DLNR officials and hunters discussed a plan to balance conservation and hunting in 19,000 acres of critical habitat in North Kona.  The final plan should be finished in a few months.  Federal and state officials will examine lands that are already under protection and see if some consolidation of responsibility can be made for preserving these acres.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii Health Care Faces Federal Threat - ABC News

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Hawaii Health Care Faces Federal Threat
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The problem starts with the Hawaii Health Connector, a federally mandated insurance marketplace that's losing money.
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Not so long ago, Hawaii's Prepaid Health Care Law covered just about everyone in Hawaii at reasonable cost.  That bubble will soon burst if the trouble-plagued Hawaii Health Connector doesn't overcome several deficiencies, both in data collection and financial support.  Hawaii Attorney General David Louie says benefits "mandated by the state are superior. We don't want to lose that." However, with the Hawaii Health Connector failing to deliver coverage at an affordable cost, Louie feels the choice will be either to prop up a failing system at taxpayer expense or to turn control of Hawaii's health care program to the federal government at the risk of "unravelling the state's comprehensive Prepaid Health Care Law."

 

Comment:  Someone really "dropped the ball on this one."  Apparently, our once successful Hawaii Health Care program will be subverted to a trouble-plagued federal system that will reduce care and increase cost.  Think about this when you vote this year.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii's high rate of diabetes spurs 16-year study - KHON2

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Hawaii's high rate of diabetes spurs 16-year study
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Causes and prevention of diabetes were the focus of a study by the University of Hawaii's John A. Burns School of Medicine.
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The results of a 16-year study of the causes and preventative measures concerning diabetes are in.  The study was conducted by the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  The study found "that there are many different interventions that could prevent diabetes."  Dr. Richard Arakaki adds, "And certainly lifestyle, where we have people increase their physical activity and decrease their weight, is probably the most obvious intervention."  The evidence is clear:  increase physical activity, reduce weight, and stay off "junk food."  Also have your glucose and chloresterol levels checked by your physician during your annual physical.  Diabetes can be prevented with a few lifestyle changes.  Aloha, Russ.

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