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4:04 p.m. Djou’s Big News

It came as no surprise that Republican Charles Djou on Wednesday announced he would run again for the 1st Congressional District seat he once held.

But it was a shocker that Djou, a major in the U.S. Army Reserves, will also deploy to Afghanistan for six months beginning after Labor Day.

Read the full story.

10:35 a.m. Meeting: Ethics Commission

The State Ethics Commission is scheduled to meet this morning.

The agenda includes an update on guidelines for lobbying and task forces and advice regarding both the Bishop Museum‘s awards dinner and Hawaii lawmakers accepting dinner invites in San Antonio.

Executive session items include discussion of gifts disclosures.

10:10 a.m. Mahi-mahi Shortage on Big Isle

Check out the latest in Neighbor Island government news:

Kauai monk seal escapes sealed fate

Mahi-mahi shortage on Big Isle

Analysis shows wide range for Upcountry meter costs

Opposition voiced to Hualalai Partners’ plans

KIUC prepares to roll out smart meters

Mauna Kea scope’s EIS author questioned

Debt flow key to Maui water policy

House map would pit Chang vs. Nakashima

Monk seal critical habitat plan draws concern in Hilo

Overhaul for Molokai Humane Society

9:41 a.m. Flags At Half-Staff For Marine

Until sunset tonight, all state and national flags are flying at half-staff in honor of U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Christopher L. Camero.

According to a press release:

The Honokaa High School graduate died July 15 “of wounds suffered July 6 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, CA. Camero was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

8 a.m. KITV Kudos

Worthwhile recent reports from KITV:

Sand restoration project to begin in Makaha

Aging water system a concern during APEC meeting

Disney temporarily halts Aulani time-share sales

Governor to Deliver Major Address

Neil Abercrombie will deliver a speech this afternoon at Washington Place “to report on the Administration’s progress in restructuring government, the challenges that remain and the changes that are taking place to move Hawaii forward.”

That’s according to a media advisory dated Tuesday.

Last week, in a media advisory dated Aug. 12, the administration said the governor would “provide A New Day Status Report and highlight goals towards prosperity.”

Same thing, apparently.

The governor’s remarks will be streamed live at 3 p.m. here.

Djou Will Announce Plans

Charles Djou has scheduled a press conference today at noon “regarding his future plans,” according to a media advisory.

Another run for Congress, perhaps? Pat Saiki will be in attendance.


Our DC808 has confirmation that Djou does indeed want his old seat back.

Meeting: Reapportionment

The 2011 Reapportionment Commission still has business to address.

The schedule for this afternoon’s meeting at the Capitol includes discussion of counting the military and students.

Town Hall: Waianae

Jo Jordan is holding a town hall at Waianae District Park tonight.

Guest include Lisa DeLong and Dee Jay Mailer, and the focus is on education.

Catch up on previous coverage:

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