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2:15 p.m. House Reps in Taiwan, Gov Off to China

Pacific Business News has this report on state House leaders visiting Taiwan this week to discuss drought mitigation and preservation of agricultural land.


Speaker Calvin Say and members Karen Awana, Tom Brower, Sharon Har, Ken Ito, John Mizuno, James Tokioka, Clift Tsuji, Gene Ward and Kyle Yamashita are all making the trip.

Taiwanese government officials invited the group and will pay for their airfare, lodging and some meals, according to House spokeswoman Georgette Deemer.

Meanwhile, China Daily has this report about Neil Abercrombie and a three-day U.S.-China Governors Forum in Beijing that meets beginning Wednesday.


A good relationship between China and the US not only stimulates Hawaii’s economy but also encourages cultural understanding, Abercrombie said. The Big Island already has sister-state relationships with Guangdong and Hainan provinces.

“The Chinese culture and traditions have long since become intertwined into our own local culture, building on Hawaii’s longstanding and very special relationship with China,” Abercrombie said in an e-mail to China Daily.

10:55 a.m. Glick Named DBEDT Energy Chief

Mark Glick has been appointed administrator of DBEDT’s State Energy Office, which manages, develops, oversees and implements statewide energy programs.

Glick replaces Estrella Seese, the acting director, who had held the position since Ted Peck left the post earlier this year to join the private sector. Seese remains a DEBDT office branch manager.

10:10 a.m. Lingle, Case Stump In Hilo

Here’s more in Neighbor Island government-related news:

Kokee cabin auction deadline looms

$350K fine for Pukalani couple failing to file returns, pay taxes

Lingle, Case stump in Hilo

Kauai program helps identify homeless vets

Volcano Watch — gas monitoring

Merchants pleased with Lahaina Halloween decision

North Shore residents voice concerns with Cravalho

Djou Raises $81,400, Hanabusa $143,200

He’s serving in Afghanistan, but the election team for Charles Djou says he raised $81,410 in the first six weeks of his congressional campaign.

Press release:

The campaign had 411 donors and the average contribution was just under $200. … The campaign has $243,931.70 on hand. 

“We are humbled by the outpouring of support and the fact that over 90 percent of our contributions have come from hard-working people inside our State, many of whom have been hurt by a bad economy,” said Dylan Nonaka, Djou for Hawaii’s campaign manager.

Meanwhile, Richard Rapoza, who is handling media relations for Colleen Hanabusa, reports that the 1st District incumbent raised $143,204 in the most recent filing period.

Hanabusa decided in late August to run for re-election rather than seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Dan Akaka.

Gov Welcomes Jim and Bruce

In an email update over the weekend, the Abercrombie administration distributed photos from the governor’s Asia trip, which continues this week.

There was also an item on “new team members” Jim Boersema and Bruce Coppa:

Bruce and Jim bring a wealth of experience and a passion to serve Hawaii in our New Day.

APEC Protest at EWC Monday

Henry Curtis has this item posted on Larry Geller‘s blog, regarding the opening today of a four-day APEC Climate Symposium at the East-West Center.

Brian Schatz is expected to deliver remarks. Curtis also adds this news:

Peaceful protesters will gather from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, October 17, 2011 in front of the John F. Kennedy Theatre across the campus road from the East West Center. The organizers have discussed their plans with both UH and the police, and have received assurances that the protest can occur at that site.

The protests are being organized by the Hawaiian Independence Action Alliance which supports globalizing human rights rather than globalizing the power of corporations.

Pang on Lingle Team

Russell Pang, who was Linda Lingle‘s press secretary during her two terms as governor, is handling media relations for her U.S. Senate campaign.

Pohakuloa EIS: Plan Would Harm Species, Sites

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

Big Isle private road fund bill resurfaces

Public welcome to participate in Maui violence awareness march

Legislators to visit Molokai for wind listening sessions

Pohakuloa plan will create disturbance to endangered species, archaeological sites

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