Mayor Hannemann ignores predecessor, Blake Oshiro gets a primary challenger, and Kamehameha Schools admits a non-Hawaiian to high school.

  • Yesterday, Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann planted shower trees downtown to honor former mayors Frank Fasi, Joseph Fern and Neal Blaisdell. No trees were planted, however, for Hannemann’s predecessor, Jeremy Harris, or Eileen Anderson, the city’s only female mayor who briefly deposed Fasi in the early 1980s.

  • Kamehameha Schools has posted on its website that it has admitted one non-Hawaiian student to its high school ohana beginning in August. The other 44 students admitted from a wait list are Hawaiian. “Non-Hawaiian applicants who meet our admissions criteria can be admitted if vacancies exist after the preference is applied,” said the website. “We will continue to offer admissions preference to Hawaiians because it is the most direct way to fulfill our mission of improving the capability and well-being of Hawaiians through education.”

  • As promised, Honolulu City Councilman Gary Okino has pulled papers to challenge state Rep. Blake Oshiro in the District 33 race. Both are Democrats, but Okino strongly opposes Hawaii civil unions while Oshiro was the prime architect of the now-vetoed House Bill 444.

  • The Kauai Visitors Bureau is calling Travel + Leisure magazine’s recent kudos for Kauai a public relations coup and a shot-in-the arm for the island’s tourism industry. The glitzy mag said this week that Kauai is the best Hawaiian island in 2010 and the second-best island in the world, after the Galapagos Islands.

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