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11:02 a.m. Gov Rejects Okabe Request

Neil Abercrombie, in a letter dated Wednesday, rejected Wil Okabe‘s request on Tuesday to come to the negotiating table.

The governor wrote that the state is “more than willing to receive, consider and timely respond to” any new proposals from the teachers union.

But, the governor says he hasn’t seen any new offer, and so he’s sticking to his “last, best, final offer.” He also dismissed Okabe’s view that the collective bargaining process is similar to the legislative budget process.

10:07 a.m. Kauai Airport Manager Fired

Embattled Kauai airport manager is out

Big Isle sewer rate increase sought

Abercrombie visit to Maui set for weekend

Software glitch holds up new Big Isle redistricting maps

After 55 years, front door open at Lahaina Public Library

Kauai: ‘Constrained by resources,’ state violates elevator code

Big Isle police chief to meet with public

Gabbard on ‘Hawaii Five-O’

Mike Gabbard this week filmed an episode of the beloved local cop show. Although it wasn’t a speaking part, he plays Captain Jameson, Governor Pat Jameson’s grieving husband.

The governor, fans will recall, was knocked off on the last episode of the first season. Gabbard, wearing Navy whites, will be featured in the first episode of the new season, which involves a funeral filmed at Punchbowl Cemetery.

“It was fun,” Gabbard told Civil Beat, adding that he had never done TV work before. (He was paid for the work.)

Associate Pastor Nofo Eletise of Kaimuki Christian Church played the kahu presiding over the fictional funeral. Gabbard says the episode will air in September at Sunset on the Beach in Waikiki.

Lingle Celebrates Friedman

Linda Lingle will speak today as part of a Milton Friedman Birthday Celebration held by the Grassroot Institute.

The talk is set for midday at the Japanese Cultural Center in Honolulu.

Friedman, the free-market advocate who would have been 99 this week, won a Nobel Price in economics.

Feeding the Homeless

Marc Alexander will be on hand at noon today as the homeless feeding program run by the Ohana Family of the Living God Ministry moves from Aala Park to the Institute for Human Services Sumner Street Shelter in Iwilei.

It’s part of a new collaboration between the ministry and IHS. Kalua pig and cabbage, macaroni salad and rice are on the menu for the occasion.

Alexander and the governor have discouraged the feeding of homeless people in parks, calling it a disincentive.

Briefing: Medicaid

House and Senate Committees on Human Services are scheduled this morning to hold a joint informational briefing.

They will receive updates from the Department of Human Services Med QUEST Division on changes related to Medicaid programs.

In a statement, Suzanne Chun Oakland said, “We hope local residents will show up at the hearing to listen to these changes that could impact Medicaid, and to express their ideas and comments directly to the their legislators and the Human Services people who administer Medicaid.” 

Legislative Conference Kicks Off

The Hawaii Legislature will welcome lawmakers from 13 Western states to Honolulu beginning tomorrow and running through Tuesday at the Sheraton Waikiki.

The event is the 64th annual meeting of the Council of State Governments-WEST. Marcus Oshiro, Brian Taniguchi, Calvin Say and Shan Tsutsui** are hosting the meeting.

The governor had been invited to attend, but won’t.

Click here for more information.

Where’s Neil?

Here today, gone to Maui:


Governor’s Luncheon & Board Installation, Maui Chamber of Commerce, Kahili Golf Course, 11:30 a.m.


  • Kihei Lipoa Street Farmers Market, Lipoa Street, 9 a.m.

  • Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc., Grand Wailea Resort, 10 a.m.

  • Kihei Elementary School Garden Visit, 250 East Lipoa Street, noon

  • 13th Annual Bernice Pauahi Bishop Awards Dinner, Bishop Museum’s Great Lawn, 6 p.m.

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