Honolulu News for May 16th 2013

Hawaii Book & Music Festival
Literary / Who says you can't have it all? Come on, all you lovers of reading (and live authors), music, film and dance-here's your chance to hoolaulea with your friends and Hawaii's arts community for an entire weekend. See you this Saturday and More…

2 Honolulu Zoo workers selected as semi-finalists in wildlife TV contest
2 Honolulu Zoo workers selected as semi-finalists in wildlife TV contest. 1 hour ago. A pair of educators working at the Honolulu Zoo may have a new job. Stephanie Arnie and Charles Lee are both semi-finalists in the mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom “Wild More…

Judge sets house arrest conditions for Hawaii defense contractor accused of
HONOLULU — A federal judge in Hawaii is setting conditions for the pretrial release of a defense contractor accused of giving military secrets to his Chinese girlfriend. U.S. District Court Judge Leslie Kobayashi said Tuesday Benjamin Bishop will be More…

Kakaako plan bears monitoring
<p>This Kakaako process has been unusual, unlike the happenstance growth of Waikiki and downtown Honolulu. Several tall residential buildings have emerged from earlier HCDA plans but drawings accompanying the agency's longterm plan released last More…

Hawaii refracts on team names; 'Rainbow' back
HONOLULU — Hawaii's athletic department is scrapping a plan to drop the word "Rainbow" from its men's teams' nicknames. The university announced Tuesday it is changing its football, baseball and other men's team nicknames to the Rainbow Warriors – a More…

Rail authority seeking artwork for stations and facilities
Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Dan Grabauskas, executive director of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, spoke about the public art program for rail stations today outside of Honolulu Hale. (Krystle Marcellus/kmarcellus@staradvertiser.com More…

HONOLULU Magazine wins at Hawaii Publishers Association Pa'i
HONOLULU Magazine took home nine awards on May 9 from the Hawaii Publishers Association's annual Pa'i Awards. More…

Jurors deliberate in Honolulu highway rampage case
HONOLULU (AP) — There wasn't enough evidence presented to prove the Wahiawa man accused of going on a deadly Honolulu highway shooting rampage intended to kill, his defense attorney told jurors in his closing argument Tuesday. Jurors began More…

Q&A: How to calculate property tax on home in Hawaii
Real property tax rates actually differ per island, so it depends where you are looking to buy. Honolulu county charges $3.50 per $1,000 of net residential property. Maui county is $5.75, Hawaii $9.10, and Kauai $4.25. These rates are current until at More…

State will spend $87000 on mailing blunders
(Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser). Two erroneous mailings to 250,000 Quest health insurance members will cost state taxpayers $176,254. The Department of Human Services Med-Quest Division, which manages the Medicaid health insurance More…

Two Honolulu zoo workers selected as semi-finalists in Wildlife tv contest
A pair of educators working at the Honolulu zoo may have a new job. Stephanie Arnie and Charles Lee are both semi-finalists in the mutual of Omaha wild kingdom “Wild Guide” contest. The winner gets $10,000 dollars and will host a new online show about More…

Container ship rescues sailor 425 miles off Kiribati's Christmas Island in
HONOLULU, Hawaii – A container ship rescued a 58-year-old Australian mariner who called for help after the autopilot system on his vessel failed. The U.S. Coast Guard said Tuesday the Kota Wangi's crew rescued the man Monday night. He was about 425 More…

Jurors to resume deliberations in Honolulu rampage
HONOLULU (AP) — Jurors will continue to deliberate in the murder trial against a Wahiawa man accused of going on a shooting rampage that left a mother of 10 dead. The jury will resume deliberations Wednesday morning. Toby Stangel is charged with More…

Housing First $ – Honolulu Weekly
Last Thursday, May 9, the Caldwell administration revealed its action plan for solving Honolulu's homeless problem. But at the City Council's budget meeting the same day, Budget chair Ann Kobayashi wanted to know where the money for “Housing First More…

Two Into Two Won't Go – Honolulu Weekly
The 24th Annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival plays June 4-9 at the Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Museum of Art and R/D Interisland Terminal. Individual tickets are $10 general, $9 student and senior. Festival passes are $80 (film only, no More…

Auditor: Hawaii airport projects mismanaged
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's state auditor says Transportation Department officials improperly shifted buying power to a contractor managing a $1.7 billion renovation of the Honolulu airport as part of a pattern of repeat violations. Acting State Auditor More…

Party Animal – Honolulu Weekly
Director Baz Luhrmann had it in his grasp. The Great Gatsby, at last done right for the screen, is the equivalent of capturing lightning in a jar. It does come close, and you might end up grinning ear-to-ear at some of the stuff in the party-filled More…

Soaring Union Costs Are Making It Difficult To Balance Honolulu Budget
Labor costs are rising for the city of Honolulu, putting Mayor Kirk Caldwell at odds with the City Council over whether to cut costs or raise revenues. On Tuesday, city officials told the Honolulu City Council Budget Committee that new contracts with More…

HONOLULU — Aloha, US Secret Service? You've been served.
About those vacations to Hawaii, we want to know how much they're costing taxpayers. Judicial Watch Inc., a nonpartisan Washington, D.C.-based organization that focuses on transparency and accountability in government, filed the lawsuit May 6 to obtain More…

State will spend $87000 on mailing blunders
(Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser). The state said the cost of two erroneous mailings to 250,000 Quest health insurance members totaled $86,888. The Department of Human Services Med-Quest Division, which manages the Medicaid health insurance More…

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