Elton John has added a second January concert at the Blaisdell Arena, promotor Tom Moffatt announced today.
John will appear Jan. 7 — the night after a previously announced “Greatest Hits Live” concert at the Blaisdell.
Tickets go on sale at noon Monday at $39, $79 and $139. They will be available online at Ticketmaster.com, in person at the Blaisdell Box Office, or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. Each customer will be allowed to purchase up to eight tickets per transaction; service charges apply.
Tickets to the Jan. 6 show went on sale Saturday and the high demand led to the booking of a second show, Moffatt said.
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HONOLULU—“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 Hawai‘i’s economy,” said The Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i President, Jim Tollefson.
However, the State and Hawai‘i employers were potentially facing additional interest payments this year. For loans taken during calendar year 2011, the accrued interest of $371,000 would be waived as long as the state took no further federal loans between October 1 and December 31, 2011. The DLIR, however, projected needing to borrow again during the last quarter of 2011, which would require the immediate payment of $371,000 in interest that had accrued on federal loans taken since January 1, 2011.
To avoid having to borrow from the federal government again, Governor Abercrombie approved an agreement between the DLIR and the Department of Budget & Finance that temporarily allows the DLIR to replenish the Unemployment Trust Fund from the State treasury, thus avoiding having to pay the $371,000 in accrued interest. Hawai‘i employers’ will save $1,200,000 because the law providing the mechanism for the assessment for the interest payment allows the DLIR to forego charging an Employment & Training Fund Assessment next year. DLIR projects paying off any short-term loan by the end of 2011.
“The legislature deserves much credit for crafting a temporary mechanism in our law to pay interest that both met federal requirements and provided tax savings for businesses during these challenging economic times,” said Governor Neil Abercrombie. “DLIR and B&F also deserve recognition by working together to exercise prudent fiscal management, especially the staff of the Unemployment Insurance Division that generated this creative solution.”
A photo of a man who appears to be straddling or riding a threatened Hawaiian green sea turtle will be examined by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The photo, circulated widely on the Internet, is troubling because no one should even touch the protected animal, said Patrick Opay, endangered species branch chief of the NOAA Fisheries Service Pacific Islands regional office in Honolulu.
“It’s concerning for us because it doesn’t send a very good message to the public,” he said Friday. “You don’t want to be grabbing the animal, petting it, feeding it.”
The photo captures a man underwater on top of a green sea turtle, grasping its shell with both hands. KHON-TV identified him as Jamie O’Brien, a professional surfer on Oahu’s North Shore. O’Brien and the photographer could not be reached for comment Friday.
KHON-TV brought the photo to Opay’s attention Thursday, whose office then referred it to NOAA’s enforcement group. Violating the Endangered Species Act can result in a maximum fine of more than $13,000. While it’s not clear if the photo is even genuine, Opay said it’s worth looking into.
A Japanese World War II submarine wreck was found partially buried in the seabed of a Papua New Guinea harbor during a search for unexploded munitions, Australia’s military said Friday.
Australian and New Zealand warships found it 180 feet underwater while working in the area to clear WWII-era explosives Thursday, a Defense Department statement said. Simpson Harbor is in the town of Rabaul, which was a major Japanese military base on the northeast coast of the South Pacific nation.
The wreck is partially buried in sand but upright. Australian navy historians had concluded from underwater images that the wreck is Japanese, the statement said. “The Royal Australian Navy will now work with Japanese authorities to assist in determining the wreck’s identity,” it said. Gary Oakley, an Australian War Memorial curator and a former submariner, said it appeared to be a midget submarine crewed by one or two men. “My best guess would be it’s a Japanese midget submarine. It doesn’t look big enough to be an ocean-going … submarine,” Oakley said after examining indistinct images of the wreck released by the Defense Department.
Japanese midget submarines were transported by ship or larger submarines and used covertly to infiltrate enemy targets including Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and Sydney Harbor. Such a submarine could have been destroyed by an American air raid or naval bombardment or even scuttled by the Japanese toward the end of the war, Oakley said.
Sports Authority has taken over the former Borders Books, Music & Cafe space at the Maui Marketplace in Kahului.
The Maui News reports that Ben Arita, the Honolulu-based district manager for Sports Authority, said the sporting goods chain would likely hire more people for the expanded Maui store than the number who worked for Borders. The newspaper reports that Sports Authority has plans to open two more Hawaii stores next year, one in Hilo and its fourth location on Oahu.
Honolulu – Governor Neil Abercrombie today testified before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia in support of efforts to strengthen prevention initiatives, including agricultural import and entry inspection functions aimed at detecting and intercepting invasive species at Hawai’i’s ports of entry.
The field hearing was led by Committee Chairman, U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka.
“It is critically important that the federal government support an appropriate level of inspection to keep invasive species out of Hawai’i,” stated Governor Abercrombie. “Currently the lack of an expansive and coordinated inspection process for our ports allows hundreds of invasive species to enter our islands’ ecosystems each year.”
An example of specific concern to the state is the lack of resources to give the Hawai’i the full protection from the brown tree snake from Guam. The state does not have the resources to deploy inspectors to Guam or to do inspections of cargo and aircraft in Hawai’i. Currently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture only inspects luggage and cargo leaving the State of Hawai’i but not anything incoming which leaves us open to critical dangers of invasive species.
When asked by Senator Akaka what the Abercrombie Administration’s top three recommendations for how the Federal Government can assist the state, Governor Abercrombie replied, “Federal support is needed to provide appropriate levels of inspection in areas where it lacks now; secondly, we need fiscal support to help us provide funding to our state Department of Agriculture that oversees these inspections; and we need an action plan to enable and ensure that the funding provided is well-utilized.”
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