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4:24 p.m. Local 5 to End Hyatt Strike

About 500 unionized hotel workers and their supporters will rally at 5 p.m. today outside the Hyatt Waikiki to conclude their weeklong strike.

UNITE HERE! Local 5 has been in a protracted contract dispute with hotel management, as have their mainland counterparts.

2:01 p.m. UPDATE: DOE Commits $6M for Race to the Top

The Department of Education is committing $6 million over the next three years for early childhood education as a part of its Race to the Top initiatives.

The announcement was made by the governor today in Waianae.

According to a press release, “As a result, about 800 additional Hawaii children in low-income areas will be subsidized to attend preschool.”

1:12 p.m. $4.2M for Airport Work

Dan, Dan, Mazie and Colleen say the state DOT will receive $4.2 million to repair a runway at the Molokai Airport and continue renovations of the terminal building at Honolulu International.

The funds come from two FAA grants.

12:59 p.m. Choppers in Big Isle Pot Raid

Check out the latest in Neighbor Island government news:

Biocontrol “missing piece” for saving Hawaii’s forests

Kahului Costco “raring to go” on expansion; permit OK’d

Helicopters hunt for Hawaii County pot

UH-MC receives $300,000 grant for electric cars

Wainiha Valley grower claims hydro shutdown impacted taro

Big Isle residents threaten to sue Reapportionment Commission

Sparks fly at Big Isle reapportionment hearing

New site sought for Puna park

Nene awareness, public lands celebration in Kilauea

Solar parking lot lighting project for Kona Airport completed

Maui mayor proposes creation of Sustainability Division

12:33 p.m. Tulsi Needs Cash

Inside Honolulu has an item on Tulsi Gabbard asking for cash for her campaign.

In addition to Mufi Hannemann, the race for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District includes Esther Kiaaina.

Another Democrat, Rafael del Castillo, is expected to announce his candidacy this month. Gary Hooser is mulling the idea over, too.

Press Conference: Abercrombie, Matayoshi

Neil Abercrombie, Kathryn Matayoshi and Terry Lock will hold a press conference this morning at the Waianae Early Education Center.

The governor will make an announcement regarding preschool subsidies for “Zones of School Innovation.”

Meeting: State Elections

The Elections Commission meets this morning at the State Office Tower.

The agenda includes discussion of reappointment of the chief elections officer, Scott Nago, which may be held in executive session.

Meeting: Campaign Spending

The Campaign Spending Commission meets this morning at the Leiopapa A. Kamehameha Building.

The agenda includes reconsideration of fines for Andrew Jamila, a filing complaint against Sam Kong, a late filing from the West Hawaii Patriots, a conciliation agreement with Lei Sharsh and also the Hawaii State Federation of College Republicans, a complaint against Inam Rahman and a collection agreement regarding Local Union 293 State Legislature Fund.

There will also be a presentation on social media policy and application of tools “employed by Commission staff to increase communication and engagement with candidates, committees, and the public.”

Summit: Sister Cities

The Sister-Cities Summit is being held today at the Hawaii Convention Center.

Events include Honolulu formalizing a new sister-city relationship with Chengdu, China; Maui County with Goyang, South Korea; Hawaii County with Ormoc City, Philippines; and Kauai County with Iwaki City, Japan.

Hearing: Biden Threat

The Associated Press reports that the man accused of threatening to kill Joe Biden faces a detention hearing today.

Justin Alan Woodward was arrested at Honolulu International Airport Friday.

Free-Speech Zones for APEC

Inside Honolulu today has an item regarding protests, free speech and security for the APEC summit.

As Civil Beat has reported, some groups plan demonstrations during the summit while others seek to present alternative views on globalization and native rights.

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