The Hawaii Legislature may consider legislation next session that would cap renewable energy tax credits, which have helped homeowners install solar hot water and photovoltaic systems and grow the state’s solar industry.
Honolulu Civil Beat reports that state auditors are also looking into whether state tax credits for solar energy are being abused by homeowners who claim multiple refunds by stretching single solar systems into multiple systems. The news site says the refunds will be up for discussion next session as lawmakers examine the state’s budget.
Contractors will tie in a new waterline for fire protection purposes at Kame’eu’i Place off of Lower Honoapiilani Road from 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 27, 2011, to 6:00 a.m. Friday, October 28. During this time, residents on Kame’eu’i Place and at Honokowai Plantation Inn will have no water. Customers will have very low water pressure at the following locations:
Mahana at Kaanapali
Maui Kai Condominium
Lower Honoapiilani Road in this vicinity will be closed to one lane only and both lanes may be closed for short periods of time. Motorists in this area are advised to drive with caution and follow traffic control, or to use another route.
Affected customers have been notified by the contractor and are advised to store water for the night if needed. In addition, customers are requested to call the 24-hour service line (270-7633) only if a water
Gov. Neil Abercrombie described his low job approval rating as a spur to regain the public’s confidence, he said at a news conference today.
Abercrombie, responding to a job approval rating of 30 percent in an October survey by Public Policy Polling of Raleigh, N.C. — the lowest of any governor in the nation — said of his administration’s missteps, “I take the blame — totally.” He said it is still early in his administration: “I play all four quarters.”
Abercrombie said there is disillusionment with government across the country. “It’s up to us, then, to deliver,” he said. On what needs to change, he said, “I think I can communicate better about what we’re doing.”
Abercrombie said he did not ask his former chief of staff Amy Asselbaye and deputy chief of staff Andrew Aoki to resign. In recent weeks Abercrombie has faced questions regarding his decisions to suspend state environmental and land use laws for military ordnance removal, and to not disclose the names of candidates for state judgeships.
The governor said he would not push for a pension tax next year because the state’s revenue picture has improved.
WAILUKU,Maui,Hawai`i– The following is a joint press release from the County of Maui and the Lahaina Town Action Committee:
Halloween Night in Lahaina is one of Maui’s largest and most popular events. This year, take the Maui Bus and enjoy the evening without having to drive or find parking. For only $3.00 each way, the Lahaina Halloween Express will take you straight to all of the fun and return you home in comfort and safety. Tickets will be available today, October 24th, until Sunday, October 30th at 5:30 p.m.
Express tickets are being sold on a first come first serve basis and can only be bought in advance, in cash, at the following locations:
Kahului Location: Shell Gas Station Super Stop at370 Dairy Road
Kihei Location: Shell Gas Station, Blackie’s Pit Stop at30 Mana’o Kala Street
The Lahaina Halloween Express departs from Central and South Mauion October 31st from the following locations:
Wailuku: In front of the War Memorial Stadium/Track on the Iron Maehara parking lot side located at700 Halia Nakoa Street.
Kihei: At theKiheiAquaticCenter, Mauka Parking Lot, located at303 E. Lipoa St. Kihei.
Each location offers the following departure and arrival times:
War Memorial Parking Lot
Wailuku Departures Lahaina Departures
6:00 pm 10:30 p.m.
6:30 pm 11:00 p.m.
7:00 pm Midnight
Kihei Aquatic Center upper Parking Lot
Kihei Departures Lahaina Departures
4:30 pm 9:00 p.m .
5:00 pm 10:00 p.m.
6:00 pm 11:00 p.m.
6:30 pm Midnight
Also please note that regular Maui Bus service has also been extended for both the Ka’anapali Islander, route 25, and the Napili Islander, route 30, on Halloween night. No reservations are required and the cost is the normal rate of $1.00 each way.
Ka’anapali Islander Route 25
Transit schedules will be increased starting at 3:30 p.m. to run every 20 minutes, departing from the WhalersVillagein Ka’anapali and stopping at Cannery Mall and The Wharf. Last departing bus from LahainaTowndeparts from the Wharf at 11:30 p.m. http://www.co.maui.hi.us/documents/Transportation/Kaanapali_Islander09.PDF
Napili Islander Route 30
Transit schedules will be increased at 9:00 p.m. to run every hour from WhalersVillage. The last Napili-bound bus will depart WhalersVillageat midnight. http://www.co.maui.hi.us/documents/Transportation/Napili_Islander2010.PDF
For more information about MauiCountybus routes check out the County website by clicking http://www.co.maui.hi.us/documents/Transportation/bus_routes_020711.PDF
For further information about Lahaina Halloween Express tickets please call Jill Holley or Lynn Donovan at the Lahaina Town Action Committee at 808-667-9175.
Forecasters say you may want to keep your umbrella handy and air conditioning on for most of the week.
Kona winds from the southeast are bringing muggy weather to the islands and the chance of afternoon showers today. The winds could also bring vog from Hawaii island up to the northwestern islands.
Forecasters say radar shows moderate to heavy showers offshore of Oahu this morning. Rain is predicted for windward areas in the morning.
Daytime heating and shifting winds may bring showers to leeward and central areas this afternoon.
A weather system west of the islands is cutting off the tradewinds and bringing the Kona winds up from the south.
The muggy weather and chance of windward morning and leeward afternoon showers is expected to persist through the week.
The National Weather Service in Honolulu has continued the HIGH SURF ADVISORY for NORTH FACING SHORES of MAUI and MOLOKAI in effect until 6 a.m. Monday.
A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.
EFFECTS: A long period northwest swell will peak Sunday evening and then diminish below advisory levels on Monday.
Waves of 10 to 15 feet will impact north facing shores of Molokai and Maui.
Forecast surf heights are estimates of the height of the face or front of waves.
A high tide of approximately 2.4 feet is expected between 12:45 a.m. and 2:03 a.m. tomorrow morning.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: BEACH GOERS ARE URGED TO STAY OUT OF THE WATER AND WELL AWAY FROM THE SHORE BREAK DUE TO THE HAZARDOUS WAVE ACTION AND STRONG RIP CURRENTS.
INFORMATION: Maui County Civil Defense will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts for any updates. NOAA Weather Broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. NOAA Weather Internet services can be found at www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl.
Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200.
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