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3:50 p.m. Governor’s Asia Itinerary

Neil Abercrombie will travel from Oct. 9–21 to visit with travel industry leaders and dignitaries in Tokyo, Okinawa and Beijing.

Officials from the Hawaii Tourism Authority, who helped arranged the trip as part of APEC outreach, will accompany him.

This is the governor’s first international trip while in office. The cost for the governor’s travel, a single staff member and security is $28,641.98.

For more information, check the governor’s website.

2 p.m. Petition For Teixeira

KITV has this report about state Civil Defense employees circulating a petition to bring Ed Teixeira back to work.

The popular Teixeira served as vice director for 12 years before abruptly resigning Wednesday over differences about department policies.

1:30 p.m. Coverage of Abercrombie Shake-up

Just in case you missed the biggest news of the week:

Third Top Advisor to Hawaii Gov Steps Down

Senior Dems Pushed Gov To Shake Up Staff

New Chief of Staff an Accomplished Businessman With Strong Labor Ties

Two Top Advisers to Hawaii Governor Are Out

Here’s a shout-out as well to Henry Curtis and Larry Geller for this related item.

9:15 a.m. Redux: Local 5 Rally at Hyatt

Hundreds of UNITE HERE! Local 5 members in red T-shirts will begin rallying at 4 p.m. outside the Hyatt Regency Waikiki.

Press release:

Workers at the Hyatt are standing up to secure good, decent jobs for this community. Today and since 2002, there are between 70 and 80 less union workers working at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki. The Hyatt is proposing to outsource and subcontract more work.

DLNR Listening Session on Molokai

The Department of Land and Natural Resources has scheduled a listening session at 4 p.m. at the Mitchell Pauole Community Center in Kaunakakai.

William Aila, Guy Kaulukukui and Bill Tam are expected to be on hand.

LUC and Clayton Hee

The Land Use Commission is scheduled to take action on Clayton Hee‘s request to be an intervenor in the D.R. Horton-Schuler Homes project on Oahu. Hannah Miyamoto has also made a request.

The proposed Hoopili development is for a master-planned community of 11,750 homes in Ewa.

The LUC meeting is at 9:30 a.m. at the Leiopapa A. Kamehameha building. A site visit is set for 1:30 p.m. beginning at Kapolei Hale.

Cultural Panel Upset Over Lahaina Halloween

Check out the latest in Neighbor Island government-related news:

Health execs give their prognosis for North Hawaii

Kauai jury hung on Atooi’s “Native Hawaiian” license

Big Isle law targets drunken drivers

Commission has no say over Halloween event on Front Street

Oceansphere gets patent for Kona fish pen

Dry times return to Hawaii Island


West Hawaii shooting range could open in “couple years”

Mayor Arakawa urges water conservation

Historic Lahaina corridor named one of America’s “Great Streets”

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