The latest includes Diamond Head Crater as well as more details on the closure of the Ala Wai Smal Boat Harbor.
2:50 p.m. APEC And Labor Talk
“On the Effects of APEC on Labor” is the subject of a panel discussion this Sunday at 3 p.m. at Revolution Books.
Panelists include Steve Dinion and representatives from Local 5.
2:15 p.m. Local 5 At Turtle Bay
The hotel workers union and supporters will wear Halloween costumes and gather outside the entrance to Turtle Bay Resort on Kamehameha Highway beginning at 4:15 p.m. to propose expansion plans.
George Cox, a 29-year employee at the Turtle Bay Resort said, “Enough is enough. This is the last and best place to live on Oahu and we’ve got to keep the North Shore a viable place for people to work and play. The big banks that own our hotel must do more. They need to invest in our community. We need good jobs.”
Look for Eric Gill dressed up as a Wall Street magnate. (Just kidding.)
“We are pleased to announce that the Unemployment Trust Fund (UTF), which is used to pay unemployment benefits, entered the new federal fiscal year in the black,” said Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Director Dwight Takamine. The state had borrowed funds from the federal government beginning in December 2010 and anticipated owing $1 million in interest on September 30. Instead, the state only paid $211,000 for interest on loans made in December 2010.
“The fact that the UTF currently has a positive balance alone is encouraging news. Furthermore, the additional $1.2 million savings is significant for the business community and Hawaii’s economy,” said The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii President, Jim Tollefson.
Obama To Meet Harper, Calderon In Honolulu
The White House said today that President Obama will host Stephen Harper of Canada and Felipe Calderon of Mexico for the North American Leaders’ Summit in Honolulu on Nov. 13.
The meeting will build on wide-ranging, on-going cooperation among the United States, Canada, and Mexico with a particular focus on competitiveness, citizen security, energy and climate change, and North America’s role in the Americas as well as in global economic, political, and security issues.
The N.A. summit follows the APEC summit, which runs Nov. 8-13.
Renovated Airport Lobby Unveiled
The state Department of Transportation unveiled a newly renovated ticketing lobby at Honolulu International Airport yesterday as part of a larger modernization effort.
Lobby 8 in the main terminal building “includes a brightly colored back wall made of cast glass, depicting the Pacific Ocean, and a ‘wave’ wall made of shaped wood above the entire lobby,” according to a press release.
Similar work is planned for other lobbies, which includes “creating more open area by demolishing old, termite damaged ticket counters and the installation of 46 new, state-of-art ticketing counter positions and informational video displays.”
The renovation is a part of the $66 million In-line Explosive Detection System installation, currently underway at HNL. It began in July 2010 and is scheduled to be complete in January 2013.
The Board of Land and Natural Resourcesis scheduled to meet this morning at the Kalanimoku Building.
The agenda includes a host of issues related to forestry and wildlife, coastal permits and contested land cases.
Panel: Native Hawaiian Recognition
Colette Machado, John D. Waihee, Clayton Hee and Malama Solomon will be participating in a panel discussion on Act 195, regarding Native Hawaiian recognition by the state, at 10 a.m. at Turtle Bay Resort.