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4:30 p.m. DLNR: Malama Downed Seabirds

The Department of Land and Natural Resources has asked the public to turn off unneeded lights and to watch our for downed seabirds. (It has to do with the time of year and all the holiday lights.)

Here’s what to do if you find a fallen or injured seabird:

• Carefully, calmly pick the bird up with a towel or T-shirt, mindful of traffic and other safety hazards.
• Keep the bird at waist level, away from your face.
• Take down information on where you found the bird and submit it.
• Gently place the bird in a cardboard box that has ventilation holes and a lid.
• Keep box in a cool, safe, quiet place.
• Do not attempt to feed, treat, or release the bird.
• Take the bird to the back parking lot at Sea Life Park (561-8641) or call the Humane Society.

4 p.m. Guy + LG = Twitter Luv

The following is a brief Twitter exchange today between Brian Schatz (@brianschatz, 2,732 followers) and Guy Hagi (@GuyHagi, 3,883 followers):

Guy Hagi: South swell is for real.

Brian Schatz: @guyhagi how big? Darn, I don’t have time til Sunday!

Guy Hagi: @brianschatz Slightly overhead on the biggest sets, should be decent at “your” special spot.

3 p.m. Johns to Chair Hirono Campaign

In what translates as a strong endorsement from a well-connected Hawaii figure, Tim Johns will chair Mazie Hirono‘s U.S. Senate race.

Johns, a former executive at Bishop Museum and the Damon Estate who also headed DLNR when Hirono was lieutenant governor, is an executive at HMSA. He also served on the APEC 2011 Hawaii Host Committee.

Johns will serve in a volunteer capacity. Meanwhile, Betsy Lin will take a leave of absence from Hirono’s congressional office to work on the Senate campaign.

1:50 p.m. S&P Upgrades Hawaii Harbors’ Rating

Standard & Poor has upgraded the Hawaii Harbor System’s revenue bond rating outlook from “negative” to “stable” and reaffirmed its “A+” grade, “citing improved operational measures and financial margins,” according to a press release from state DOT.

Statement from DOT Director Glenn Okimoto:

Our Harbors Division has done a great deal of planning and collaboration with harbor users to ensure that our modernization plan provides a stable future outlook. A lot of the credit for this successful bond rating goes to Jean Oshita, Harbors Division Administrative Services Officer, who oversees our harbor financial plans.

12:15 p.m. Lingle’s Fukunaga Rebuts Abercrombie

Barry Fukunaga, former chief of staff for Linda Lingle, has penned a sharp rebuke to accusations made this week by Neil Abercrombie about his former boss.

The governor’s critical comments about the former governor’s accounting competency were raised in a Civil Beat interview Monday and reiterated in a press conference Thursday.

11 a.m. More on TSA, Racial Profiling

KITV has this report on how one of the Transportation Security Administration officers — aka “Mexicutioners” — accused of targeting Mexican travelers for extra screening at Honolulu International has been promoted.

10 a.m. Inouye, Akaka Split Detention Vote

A shout-out to blogger Ian Lind for noting that Dan Akaka voted for and Dan Inouye voted against an amendment to a defense bill “that would have limited the right of the government to indefinitely arrest and detain American citizens in military prisons without trial.”

The amendment was rejected 55-45 yesterday, with most Democrats voting as Akaka did and most Republicans voting as Inouye did.

OHA Hosts Meetings on Kakaako Deal

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs will be holding a series of public meetings to hear about the state’s proposed Kakaako land deal to settle outstanding claims for ceded land revenues.

They begin today at 
Maui Waena Intermediate School
Kahului (5-7 p.m.) and tomorrow at 
4344 Hardy St. in Lihue (10 a.m. to noon).

Bono Meets Dan Inouye

The photo on this page was taken from Dan Inouye‘s Twitter feed (@Daniel_Inouye, 4,752 followers). Name’s Bono; you probably heard of him. There’s another pic with the senator and Alicia Keyes.

Marx Wants Nat’l Bottle Bill

Hilo attorney Bob Marx, a Democrat running for the 2nd Congressional District seat, wants a nationwide plastic bottle recycling law similar to Hawaii’s because it is necessary to halt the degradation of the Pacific Ocean.

Kiaana Gets Hawaiian Support

Another Democrat running for CD2, Esther Kiaana, has been endorsed by the Sovereign Councils of the Hawaiian Homelands Assembly because “she understands the important local and national issues facing Hawaiians and native Hawaiians and will protect important social programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.”

Education Forum: Hilo

State Sen. Gil Kahele is hosting a forum with BOE member Brian DeLima beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Waiakea High School Cafeteria in Hilo.

Thielen Opposes NOAA Rules on Monk Seals

State Rep. Cynthia Thielen has written the U.S. Department of Commerce “to voice my strong opposition to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency’s (NOAA) proposed rule to designate the shorelines and waters surrounding all of the main Hawaiian Islands as a critical habitat for the Hawaiian monk seals.”

Pilago Won’t Seek Re-election

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

UPDATE: With budget in mind, House finance panel tours Lahaina

UPDATE: Molokai: Cruise dispute unresolved after meeting

UPDATE: A&B Inc. announces split

UPDATE: Company directors fought similar move back in 1988

UPDATE: Kenoi urges residents to buy local

UPDATE: Special Management Area changes on Big Isle harbors deferred

Drug probationer in Hanalei seeks medical marijuana exemption

Yagong wants to privatize Hilo sort station

Lava may be at Royal Gardens

Pilago out for next council

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