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3:20 p.m. UPDATE Inouye Speaks to Kids

KITV tagged along with Dan Inouye as he visited Washington Middle School and filed this report.

Excerpt:

In talking with student body officers, Inouye told them their potential is limitless.

“So if someone like me who never held public office such as yours can become president pro tem of the Senate, then you can become president of the United States,” said Inouye.

1:03 p.m. UPDATE Inouye Dines at Zippy’s

It’s no secret that Dan Inouye favors the Zippy’s restaurant near his alma mater, Washington Middle School, where he met with students this morning.

Soon after he tweeted (@Daniel_Inouye, 3,573 followers) that he enjoyed the sweet and sour spare ribs and beef stew, Zippy’s (@Zippys, 6,123 followers) tweeted, “Enjoy ur lunch Senator!”

No word on what his security detail chowed down on.

10:46 a.m. UPDATE Tourism Execs Hail Chinese Airline

The inaugural China Eastern Airlines flight from Shanghai arrived HIA at 9:50 a.m., and passengers were appropriately greeted with flower lei, Hawaiian music and hula.

“Today’s landmark flight is wonderful news for Hawaii’s tourism economy, and we remain committed to supporting this new route and developing airlift to meet demand,” Mike McCartney said in a statement.

The new route flies Tuesdays and Fridays, but its success will depend heavily on whether officials in both countries can ease visa requirements for Chinese travelers.

Trask Opposes Wilhelm as KSBE Trustee

Mililani Trask has told a probate judge that she is “strongly opposed” to the appointment of Aulani Wilhelm as a Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate trustee.

In a July 25 letter to Derrick H.M. Chan, Trask wrote:

She is not qualified for the position and, in her current capacity as an employee of the USNOAA, has undertaken many actions that are detrimental to the interests of the native Hawaiian and Hawaiian beneficiaries of the ceded land trust.

NOAA — the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — is the federal agency addressing oceans and the atmosphere. Trask says Wilhem opposed Hawaiian fishing rights in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

Trask — a Kamehameha Schools graduate and an authority on indigenous people for the United Nations — says Wilhelm is a political appointee connected to the administrations of George W. Bush and Linda Lingle.

Where’s Neil?

Here’s Neil:

China Eastern Airlines flight arrival, Honolulu International Airport, 10:30 a.m.

Where’s Dan?

Here’s Dan (Inouye):

Lunalilo Elementary School, 810 Pumehana Street, 9:30 a.m.

Washington Middle School, 1633 South King Street, 10:45 a.m.

Homes, Hotels, Retail for Rural Kau?

$1 billion Kau development advances

County deadline missed for Hamakua proposals

Old Lihue courthouse slated for renovation

Erosion moves Kekaha lifeguard tower

Big Island resort area planned

More help sought in Maui veteran photo search

Still no citations for Kealakekua Bay kayakers


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