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1:45 p.m. Gov’s Weekly Messages On Hold

Neil Abercrombie hasn’t posted a weekly message to his official website since July 1.

The weekly messages — usually short video clips of the governor talking to the camera — have been intermittent since launched April 11, sometimes coming weekly, sometimes not. The substance of several have been as bland as their titles, e.g., “Getting Our Economy Rolling Again.”

Spokeswoman Donalyn Dela Cruz tells Civil Beat, “We are looking at different ways to more effectively communicate the governor’s message.”

11:09 a.m. Hawaii Interagency Council on Homelessness

Through executive order last week, the governor created a Hawaii Interagency Council on Homelessness, a 24-member hui of department directors, county mayors, federal agency representatives and community leaders.

Its mission — part of the 90-day plan to deal with homelessness — is to “develop a unified plan on addressing homelessness,” according to a press release from the administration.

The governor himself is chair of the hui; Marc Alexander is vice chair.

10:29 a.m. Schatz Starts Fundraising for 2014

He’s not up for re-election until 2014, but Brian Schatz has already started to raise money for a possible campaign.

Schatz raised $59,913 from Jan. 1 through June 30, 2011, according to his latest report filed with the Campaign Spending Commission.

A big chunk of the donations — $25,000, or nearly 63 percent — came from Honolulu-based architectural, engineering and construction management services firm Mitsunaga & Associates. The firm’s presidents and other executives gave seven individual donations.

Other donors included:

• Philanthropist Sharon Twigg-Smith: $2,000
• Real Estate developer Patrick Kobayashi: $2,000
• UH Board of Regents administrator Keith Amemiya: $1,000
• Developer Bert Kobayashi Jr.: $1,000

Schatz spent $39,798 during the same six-month period, which included paying off $30,000 in loans.

More campaign filings should be trickling in before the Aug. 1 deadline.

—Nanea Kalani

9 a.m. Neighbor Isle Gov’t News

Hoffman says he won’t run for Big Isle mayor

Kauai chief: Cops ‘increasingly concerned’ about violence

Maui program places youth in aid of native species

Pohakuloa convoys scheduled Friday on Big Isle

Kauai County considers HR department to curb sexual harassment

Post earthquake, Kalopa Bypass brings relief to Big Isle drivers

8:11 a.m. Four Post Offices May Close

Four Hawaii post offices may be closed due to low traffic and revenue, according to a KITV report.

The branches are the Uptown Branch on Nuuanu Avenue, the Kapolei Station on Kamokila Boulevard, the Hanamaulu Branch on Kauai and the Kalaupapa Branch on Molokai.


There’s a new postage stamp featuring a Matson container ship passing Diamond Head.

Perreira Live Chat

HGEA head honcho Randy Perreira joins Civil Beat today at noon for a live chat.

He’s already answered a short Q&A for us, but this is a chance for Civil Beat readers to chime in too. Just click here.

Town Hall: Hanabusa

Colleen Hanabusa is scheduled to hold a tele-town hall from 2:10 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. (There may still be time to register.)

Social Security and Medicare are among the expected topics; maybe that debt-ceiling business, too.

Meeting: Venture Capital

The Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation wants input on how to use $13 million of investment capital from the U.S Department of Treasury — some of those “federal dollars” the gov’s always raving about.

There is a meeting today at 8 a.m. at the Hawaii State Art Museum (250 S. Hotel Street). For more info, click here.

Meeting: Federal Stimulus

The local Economic Stimulus Program Oversight Commission is scheduled to meet this morning at the Capitol.

The agenda includes an update from Hawaii ARRA coordinator Mark Anderson.

Refrigerators for Molokai

Molokai folks can trade in old fridges for energy-efficient models that will save big bucks on electricity bills.

The opportunity, which is all day at Kaunakakai Regional Park, is part of the Blue Planet Foundation Hui Up! initiative — a partnership with state and federal agencies and private sector businesses.

Where’s Neil?

Here’s Neil:

• Blue Star Museums, Honolulu Academy of Arts, 10 a.m.

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