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.