Watching and reporting about Hawaii politics and government.

2:18 p.m. Djou Running Again?

Our DC808 blog has this tantalizing post regarding Charles Djou and the 1st Congressional District that he held so briefly.

12:03 p.m. Nakasone Named to 1st Circuit Court

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.

Read about it here.

10:29 a.m. Kiaaina Noticed in D.C.

Roll Call has an item today about Esther Kiaaina‘s candidacy for Congress.


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.”

So far, the CD2 race has attracted little attention locally.

Gov: Partnerships Ending Homelessness

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.

Follow the hearing — and learn about the issues at stake — on Civil Beat’s live blog. Education reporter Katherine Poythress will be reporting live from the hearing room. Here’s a link to the blog.

Back to School Traffic Jam

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.

Honoring Matayoshi

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.

More Complaints About Super-Committee

The Washington Post has an item on how the congressional super-committee charged with finding budget cuts is mostly comprised of white males.

No Dan Akaka and no Dan Inouye, the article observes.

The article does not mention Mazie Hirono and Colleen Hanabusa, thought neither of whom are on the super-committee, either.

HGEA Side Deal Costs Big Isle

Check out the latest in Neighbor Island government news:

Maui launches a ‘Save Our Sports’ campaign

BLNR approves new Hanalei rules

Hawaii County side deal with HGEA costly

Three unions on Big Isle still seek new deal

Waikoloa summit will consider moon research park

Kenoi in Waiohinu to celebrate water spigot facilities

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