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3:30 p.m. Lim on 4Q: ‘Glass Half Full’

DBEDT projects “positive economic growth in Hawaii for rest of 2011” and “continued positive growth in 2012,” despite a slowdown in visitor arrivals in the third quarter.

Fortunately, the tourists are dropping a lot of kala on the aina.

“We are looking at this glass as half full,” said Director Richard Lim. “Overall, Hawaii has strong economic indicators and the potential to continue our positive growth. The current administration has a strong commitment to economic development and the will to make it happen.”

12:30 p.m. Okamura Eyes Oshiro’s Seat

Tom Okamura, who spent the 1980s and ’90s representing Aiea in the state House, is looking to get his old job back.

Okamura’s name will likely be on the short list of candidates to go to the governor in order to replace Blake Oshiro, who steps down Dec. 7 to become the governor’s new deputy chief of staff.

“I have been approached by several people who have put my name in, and the reason is that they feel it would be a good transition for the community’s sake to have someone with some experience,” Okamura, 63, told Civil Beat.

Okamura, who served stints as House Majority Leader and Floor Leader, said boundaries for District 33 had changed somewhat since he was in office — the district includes Halawa Heights, Aiea Heights and Red Hill — but was still centered in Aiea.

Gov to Highlight Smart Grid Project

The Associated Press is reporting that Neil Abercrombie will hold a ceremony at the state Capitol this morning to acknowledge an agreement between Hawaii and Japan’s New Energy & Industrial Technology Organization to build a ‘smart grid’ on Maui.


The project aims to demonstrate how to integrate solar, wind and other renewable energy sources into the electricity grid.

Kenoi on Facebook, Twitter

Big Isle Mayor Billy Kenoi now has a Facebook account and is on Twitter (@MayorKenoi, 62 followers).

Colleen Hanabusa, Dan Inouye and Mufi Hannemann were among those welcoming Kenoi today to the world of social media.

Supercommittee and Hawaii

Bloomberg has this report on the fallout following the congressional supercommittee’s failure yesterday to strike a deficit-reduction deal.


Funding for education, health care, urban development and dozens of other programs may be cut by about $11 billion, or roughly 6 percent, when the cuts take effect in 2013, according to an analysis by Federal Funds Information for States. States with economies closely linked to the military, such as Virginia, Hawaii and Alaska, could also be hit by required defense cuts.

Gov: Redo Reapportionment

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

Discovery of new ant along Waipoli Road may signal wave of expansion

GMO on the table for Kauai Council

Redo reapportionment plan, governor says

Bankrupt Big Isle radio stations sold

“Final piece of the puzzle” for Kaheawa OK’d

Hilo Toys for Tots motorcade back on

Praise for Hawaii Redistricting Commission

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