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5 p.m. No APEC Surfboard for Obama

Brickwood Galuteria and Cindy Evans sent a letter via email Wednesday asking their colleagues and staff in the state House and Senate for a $10 donation to buy Barack Obama a surfboard.

The $750 surfboard — which would feature the state seal — would be presented to the president during his APEC visit.

“If you are not aware, the Hawaii Convention Center often presents this type of gift to those who bring a convention,” the letter explained.

The letter noted that Calvin Say and Shan Tsutsui advised that the 10 bucks had to come from legislator’s personal funds or legislative allowance.

The request for donations, however, was quickly withdrawn when it was learned that legislative allowances can not be used for such purposes.

Evans could not be reached by Civil Beat, but Galuteria called Thursday and explained, “We made a mistake. It would have been a nice gift, but we had to retract it. We meant well.”

1 p.m. Crystal Ball: Hawaii Seats Safe for Dems

Larry Sabato‘s Crystal Ball today says that Hawaii’s two U.S. House seats are “safe” for Democrats.

In fact, Hawaii is part of a “coastal fortress” — California, Oregon and Washington — for Dems.

Sabato’s most recent forecast for the U.S. Senate race in Hawaii, meanwhile, says the seat “leans” Democrat. The prediction is dated Oct. 11, the day Linda Lingle entered the race.

11:30 a.m. Kauai Chief Says Cops Help ‘Occupy’ Protests

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

Hawaii County Council may face drug tests

Honeycreeper an Asian immigrant on Maui

Chief: Kauai police play vital role in “Occupy” demonstrations

Kohala residents raise questions about scenic byway

Molokai Dispatch: Its wedgie season!

Defecating, drinking banned in Lihue Historic District

Waste not: Big Isle still pursuing zero-waste goals

10 a.m. Secret Service Reveals APEC Security Plans

It’s going to be tough getting in and out of Waikiki and Ko Olina during the peak of the summit Nov. 11-13.

Read all about it here.

9:30 a.m. Hawaii Unemployment Rate Climbs

The Department of Labor & Industrial Relations said today that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 6.4 percent, a 0.2 percentage point increase from 6.2 percent in August.

Press release:

There were 591,850 employed and 40,250 unemployed in September, for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 632,100. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.1 percent.

The State’s job count received a boost from the opening of a new resort on Oahu as well as a rise in visitor related water transportation in September. The divergence between the increase in job count and the decline in labor force employment is likely due to an increase in multiple jobholders.

Abercrombie Returns From Asia

The governor is expected back on Honolulu today after a trip to Tokyo, Okinawa and Beijing.

“It was an extremely productive trip that will benefit Hawai’i as we look to strengthen our economy,” the governor said in a press release. “Building upon our relationships with these countries is important not just for our visitor industry but our longstanding cultural connections as well.”

Abercrombie is scheduled to hold a news conference Monday to discuss his Asia trip.

Meeting: BOE

The Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. at Governor Samuel Wilder King Intermediate School Cafeteria in Kaneohe.

The occasion, according to a public notice, is a “Windward Oahu District Community Meeting to get to know each other, share views on public education and discuss the community’s role in supporting student achievement and our public library system.”

Hearing: HSTA

The Hawaii Labor Relations Board resumes its series of hearings on the dispute between HSTA and the state over labor contracts.

Civil Beat, of course, is live blogging the hearing.

Meeting: LUC

The Land Use Commission is scheduled to meet at 9:30 a.m. downtown regarding a D.R. Horton-Schuler Homes project in Ewa.

Meeting: OHA

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet a 9 a.m. at Kuhio Hale in Kamuela on the Big Island.

‘Insights’: Domestic Violence

Dan Boylan welcomes William Hoshijo, Nanci Kreidman and David Louie on the PBS show “Insights” tonight to talk about domestic violence.

Promo:

Though October is Domestic Violence Awareness month in Hawaii, local organizations advocate for victims year-round and bring to light an issue that still carries stigma. Progress culminated when the Hawaii Legislature passed Act 206 last session. The new law prevents employers from discriminating against domestic violence victims.


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