A Hawaii first in Congress, a possible ballot question on Honolulu ethics, and $3 million to fix Hilo’s aging airport.

  • The Hill reports that Hawaii Rep. Charles Djou became the first of his peers to use an iPad while giving a floor speech Wednesday in the U.S. House of Representatives. The young Republican then tweeted the news.

  • The Executive Committee of the Honolulu City Council will consider today Resolution 08-232, a charter amendment that would prevent Councilmembers from voting when they have a conflict of interest. The Council’s agenda can be viewed here.

  • A blogger at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer picked up on the story that Hawaii lawmakers will pay to fly a Hawaii homeless person home to Puget Sound. “Pineapple Express” shows “no aloha,” the blogger griped.

  • Hilo International Airport will receive nearly $3 million from the feds for passenger loading upgrades. Hawaii Sens. Daniel K. Inouye and Daniel Akaka say the funds are needed to modernize the aging hub.

  • Budget and staffing cuts have forced Maui to close six county pools once a week beginning tomorrow, while two others will close except for scheduled programs. The closings will be on different days so swimmers can still make a splash somewhere — just not at their favored swimming hole.

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