Neil Abercrombie today named Deputy Public Defender Karen Tooko Nakasone to serve on the First Circuit Court.
If confirmed by the state Senate, Nakasone, 41, would fill the seat vacated by Sabrina McKenna, who now sits on the Hawaii Supreme Court.
11:54 a.m. UPDATE Labor Board Reschedules Hearing
Citing “serious concerns” about challenges regarding the Hawaii State Labor Board‘s ability to rule with impartiality in the HSTA contract dispute, HLRB has ended today’s hearing and asked everyone to come back Thursday.
She said she wanted to return to Washington, where she had served as an aide to Democratic Sens. Daniel Akaka and Daniel Inouye and former Rep. Ed Case, because she believes that she has the experience to bring about change at this “critical time for the people of Hawaii.”
Neil Abercrombie said yesterday that partnerships between government, nonprofits and other organizations are key to ending homelessness in Hawaii.
“We have seen unprecedented coordination and focus on homelessness in Hawaii in the last 90 days, and this is just the beginning,” the governor said to residents of the Next Step Shelter in Kakaako, according to a press release from his office.
The 90-day plan ends today, and the governor and Mark Alexander ticked off a list of accomplishments during those three months, including moving hundreds of people from Waikiki, downtown and Waianae into transitional or permanent housing.
The state’s efforts continue with the first meeting of the Hawaii Interagency Council on Homelessness Aug. 25.
HSTA Complaint Gets Labor Hearing
The future of collective bargaining in the state could well be on the line as the Hawaii State Teachers Association takes its contract dispute before the Hawaii Labor Relations Board.
The state, DOE and BOE will make their case, too, about why they imposed a contract after negotiations hit a wall.
Motorists in the Lunalilo off-ramp area will experience “modified morning driving conditions” when they hit the road this morning. That’s because the DOT has changed the closure hours for the H-1 Freeway Lunalilo On-Ramp.
The on-ramp will be reopened one hour earlier on weekdays at 8:30 a.m., instead of its current re-opening time at 9:30 a.m., according to a press release. The modified hours will be from 6 to 8:30 a.m. on weekdays, excluding state holidays.
Area lawmakers Karl Rhoads and Carol Fukunaga pushed for the changes because of the traffic congestion that impacts the Punchbowl-Makikiki-downtown area following the beginning of a school year.
Flags are at half-staff from sunrise to sunset today in memory of former Hawaii County Mayor Herbert Matayoshi.
A celebration of his life service is scheduled this evening in Hilo.