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5:52 p.m. Rail Town Hall Meetings

Starting next week, the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation will hold a series of five town hall meetings to engage the public on the controversial rail project.

They’ll be held in Kapolei, Kaimuki, Pearl City, Kaneohe and at the Blaisdell Center. Honolulu City Council member Romy Cachola complained at the very end of Friday’s meeting that there should be more meetings in certain Central Oahu locations.

You can start your planning now. Here’s the flyer:

5:40 p.m. Mayor’s Twitter Account Compromised

At one minute after 5 p.m. today, Inside Honolulu received the following direct message via Twitter from Mayor Peter Carlisle, aka @hnl_mayor.

This made me laugh so hard when i saw this about you lol

(Civil Beat warning: Do NOT open the link)

The message appears to be a hack, one that’s been common in recent days on the social networking service. Asked about the message, spokeswoman Louise Kim McCoy said: “That was not the mayor. We are checking the account and precautionary measures are being taken. A corrective message will be sent shortly.”

Sure enough, a few minutes later a follow-up DM arrived:

Please disregard last message, do not open the link that was “sent” by me, it appears to be a hack job.

For the record, Carlisle is in Washington, D.C., all this week. So it appears there’s a city staffer who’s tweeting on his behalf — a note about a traffic delay was sent this afternoon.

3:29 p.m. Federal Money For Electric Buses

From the desk of U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye earlier today:

WASHINGTON — The City and County of Honolulu will receive $5,061,000 to purchase eight new electric buses as part of a U.S. Department of Transportation initiative designed to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, Senator Daniel K. Inouye, Senator Daniel K. Akaka, Congresswoman Mazie Hirono and Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa announced today.

The money will be used to pay for eight, 45-foot long turbine electric buses, which will increase the size of the city’s bus fleet to 539.

The city currently operates a fleet of 531 buses, 60 of which are hybrid-electric vehicles.

The money was made available through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s, Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) program.

Read the release, complete with quotes from the congressional delegation, here.

Honolulu and the Military

One reader emailed Inside Honolulu on Friday to ask if the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference is really so important that it requires an entire week of Mayor Peter Carlisle‘s time.

The Department of Defense announcement says the JCOC is the only outreach program sponsored by the U.S. Secretary of Defense, and has as its mission “to increase public understanding of national defense … by immersing American business and community leaders in the day-to-day life of U.S. military men and women.”

Carlisle and 39 other participants in JCOC82 will begin and end their week in our nation’s capital, but will include travel to bases and installations. The military says nominees for the program “must be in good health and must be able to withstand 12-16 hour days of strenuous activity.”

Carlisle’s penchant for exercise aside, does the mayor of Honolulu really need to understand national defense? Here are some things to think about:

  • Hawaii is a major strategic asset for the United States military, and Oahu more than any of the neighbor islands has felt the impacts of that status. Case in point: This December marks 70 years since Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japan.
  • Many of Carlisle’s constituents are active-duty military or former service members, or family members of those who have served. When the Hawaii Reapportionment Commission was debating earlier this year whether to include nonresident military families in its population base, the number thrown around was 70,000.
  • Pearl Harbor, Hickam Air Force Base and Kaneohe Marine Corps Base are three key installations that train soldiers for overseas deployment. Just last week, a former Kaneohe marine accepted a Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama for his service in Afghanistan. (The picture accompanying today’s post is of that man, Sgt. Dakota Meyer.)
  • The city announced Saturday that the Congressional Medal of Honor Society has selected Honolulu to host its 2012 national convention. Approximately 85 recipients will gather at the Hale Koa Hotel and other locations from Oct. 2-6, 2012. (Read the full press release here.)

Do you think the conference is a good use of Carlisle’s time? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Where’s Carlisle?

Mayor Peter Carlisle will be in Washington D.C. all this week to attend the annual Joint Civilian Orientation Conference at the invitation of the U.S. Department of Defense. Doug Chin is acting mayor until Saturday, but no public schedule was put out for Chin.

Read Previous Editions of Inside Honolulu

September 16: The “Creepy Crawlies”; Bill Survives, Barely; Ryan, Lee Back Tour Bus Ban; Carlisle Back To D.C.; More About the “Housing Preservation Initiative”; Law Enforcement Memorial and Today’s Honorees; Queens Plan, Too; Laie Marriott Approved; Other Resos On Horizon; Laie Testimony Begins; Sign Regulations Deferred; City Getting Out Of Landlord Business; The Three Other Finalists; Nine Other Applicants; Bunda Confirmed Unanimously; Testimony For Bunda; No Tours On Sundays; Council to “Play It By Ear” On Sign Regulations Bill; Today’s Meetings; Where’s Carlisle?

September 15: Ikaika Fundraiser Tonight, More Soon; Rail Opponents On the Radio; Finmeccanica Exec Offers Resignation; Horner’s Ansaldo Conflict?; Correction: $300K/Year; Honolulu’s $1.5 Million Lobbyist; Population and Ridership; HART Board on Friday; Where’s Carlisle?

September 14: Sister City Summit: A Summary; No News From Ethics Meeting; $1 Million for Psych Hospital; Tulsi Passes the Basket; Live-Tweeting Sister Cities Summit; Rail Soil Sampling Next Week; BRT v. Rail; Police On Protests; Sister City Activities; Where’s Carlisle?

September 13: Details On The Plan; ‘Modified Existing Plan’ It Is; Bombardier’s Response; Bombardier Lawsuit Denied; Berg: Reverse Ansaldo Contract; Sister Cities Program; Going After Castro; Godbey’s Disclosures; Wrong Again On Jobs; Real Property Tax Commission Meets Today; Friday’s Council Agenda; Where’s Carlisle?

September 12: City Asks for Early Decision on Rail Lawsuit; Ethics Commission Today; Where’s Carlisle?

September 9: Carlisle’s Public Sked; Remembrance Walk; Congestion Deception; ‘Outrage’ on Mayor’s Homeless Comments; Successful Sewage Trucking; Where’s Carlisle?

September 8: What We Learned; Honolulu’s Lousy Traffic; Undercover in Washington; Eagles Have Landed; Corp Counsel on Procurement; Horner Impressed; Stanley Chang Testifies; Aloha From Italy; Sale Or No Sale, Finmeccanica Is Obliged; Joint and Several Liability; Finmeccanica: Failure ‘Impossible’; The Questions; The Players; Ansaldo On The Big Screen; Where’s Carlisle?

September 7: Four Council District Plans; The Resignation Letter; Jamila Resigns From Planning Commission; Thoughts on Washington Trip; Not Following Rules; Where’s Carlisle?

September 6: Thursday Night In Waianae; Council Public Hearing Notice; Mayor On Homelessness; Jobs Claim Half True; Where’s Carlisle?

September 2: Peter, Toru, Carrie All Washington-Bound; Carlisle’s Public Sked; HART at First Hawaiian; Carlisle at Civil Beat; Ansaldo: We Complied With Licensing Requirement; Long Weekend; Civil Beat’s ‘Hatchet Job’; Where’s Carlisle?

September 1: PIG Picks Bunda; Carlisle’s Rail Pep Talk; Semi-Autonomous, But Connected; All Sewage Ideas Welcome; Defining ‘Undercover’; Today’s Meetings; Where’s Carlisle?

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