The number of foreclosure lawsuits filed in Hawaii courts in October tripled to 195 cases, compared to between 60 and 70 filed during the previous three months, according to data from the Hawaii State Judiciary.
The report says that while the number of new foreclosures last month remains far below the 363 cases filed in state courts in October 2011, it indicates that law firms and mortgage lenders are adjusting to a revision of Hawaii’s foreclosure law that was enacted in June, which includes a requirement that attorneys verify the accuracy of the documents lenders submit in each foreclosure case.
Coach, Brooks Brothers and Calvin Klein are among the high-end retailers that plan to open their second Hawaii outlet stores at The Outlets of Maui in Lahaina.
The Maui News reports renovation work started this month to turn the Lahaina Center on Front Street into Maui’s first outlet mall, whose other tenants will include Adidas, Carters, Guess and Perfumania. Thew newspaper reports that existing tenants Hard Rock Cafe, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Hilo Hattie, ABC Stores and Cold Stone Creamery, will remain when the outlet mall opens in July.
The new tenants each have stores in the Waikele Premium Outlets on Oahu, which is the only other outlet mall in Hawaii.
(Report Prtovided by Pacifc Business News)
Fresh on the heels of an extremely successful windsurfing event, Ho’okipa is ready to host a world kite surfing event.
Organizers of the 2012 Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro Wold Championship Tour event will begin the competition Thursday morning on Maui’s famous north shore wind and kite surfing mecca – Ho’okipa Beach Park. The event begins with a blessing, hula, mele and oli and a few words from Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa.
KSP Professional Wave Tour spokesperson Kristin Boese says the top 24 kite surfing men in the world will compete during the event as will the top 12 female kite surfers.
The contest period runs from this Thursday, November 29 through December 8 and will feature events any and every time the conditions are right, say organizers. Fans will be able to find out what is happening at the beach at all times by going to www.kspworldtour.com/live where they can either watch live action or the latest recorded shows. The live status in the header info line will tell you at all times if the competition is running or on hold for the day and you will also be able to see here when the next update will be made.
Matson Inc., said Wednesday that it will raise rates for for its Hawaii shipping service on Jan. 1, but its rates for service to Guam and the Northern Marianas Islands will remain the same.
According to the Honolulu-based company, rates for its service between Hawaii and the Mainland will increase by $175 for containers being shipped west and $85 for containers headed east. Matson (NYSE: MATX) is also increasing its handling charge for cargo going west by $50 per container and $25 for containers going east.
Matson estimates that the increases will cause shipping costs to rise by an average of 5.6 percent.
“This rate increase will help offset rises in operating costs and support ongoing investments in our Hawaii service,” Dave Hoppes, senior vice president of ocean services, said in a statement. “In the past decade, Matson has invested nearly $1 billion in four new container ships, fleet enhancements, new container equipment, information technology and upgrades to its terminal facilities.”
And although Matson isn’t raising its rates for Guam and the Northern Marianas, it is increasing the rates by $100 per container for service to the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands on Jan. 20, 2013. Handling fees for Matson’s West Coast terminal are also going to increase by $50 per container on Jan. 20.
(Report Provided by Pacific Business News)
The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) has made significant progress in its Race to the Top (RTTT) goals, according to several notable accomplishments highlighted in a two-year report released today. Hawaii has completed more than 90 percent of its RTTT grant deliverables in the past 24 months.
“The significant strides in this Hawaii Race to the Top report reflect the extraordinary accomplishments of our educators and their commitment to prepare graduates for college or careers,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “A newly revised Board of Education/DOE strategic plan has fully aligned our efforts to transform Hawaii’s public education system. Teachers, administrators and community partners are working hard on this transformation and we are seeing widespread success.”
Hawaii was the only state that demonstrated significant reading and math gains by fourth and eighth graders in the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress.
“Our reform efforts are making a positive difference in our schools, and we are pleased with our progress,” added Stephen Schatz, assistant superintendent for the DOE Office of Strategic Reform. “The two-year report provides a snapshot of the exciting gains being made in our reform plan.”
The two-year RTTT report outlines the following five-point reform plan and actions for student success:
Hawaii’s comprehensive five-point reform plan is aligned with a revised strategic plan. In July 2012, the Hawaii State Board of Education (BOE) unanimously approved an updated BOE/DOE Strategic Plan. (http://doe.k12.hi.us/curriculum/strategicplan2011-2018/2012_update/index.htm) The new plan builds on strategies and initiatives to ensure all students are college-and career-ready.
In August 2010, the U.S. DOE awarded Hawaii with a four-year $75 million RTTT grant. In December 2011, Hawaii was placed on high-risk status. U.S. DOE officials have since acknowledged Hawaii’s progress in implementing important reforms, including programs to support educator effectiveness.
The RTTT two-year report showcases those improvements by stating, “The state has made great strides in establishing a new teacher evaluation system based partially on student outcomes…In April 2012, the BOE passed new policies requiring the DOE to implement new teacher and principal evaluation statewide for the 2013 – 2014 school year.”
The report also highlights achievements made to turn around low-achieving schools, particularly in the ZSI, where community partners have played a key role in ensuring success. They include the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, Kamehameha Schools, AT&T, Hawaii 3R’s, Hawaiian Electric Industries and the Hawaii Business Roundtable.
“We are very grateful to the support of our community partners,” stated Superintendent Matayoshi. “These partners are active and dedicated to seeing that the transformation that is taking place continues.”
To read or download a copy of Hawaii’s two-year RTTT report, please visit www.hawaiidoereform.org and click on the “reports” tab.
The votes are in the 5th Annual Maui Women’s Classic was a huge success. This tournament started in 2008 with 12 golfers playing in the pouring rain. This year 60 females (gals) turned out to enjoy a day of sunshine, FUNdraising, many laughs and golf!
The golfers purchased mulligans – two per players enter a putting contest to beat the Pro on one hole (Frank Luchowski) and bid on silent auction items – all of which raised money for Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO). In written communication to MEO CEO Lyn McNeff, Golf Fore Girls organizer Diane Fru said, “Because of your kind support of our event and the generosity of the golfers, we raised $1,350.00 for MEO. We are both proud and delighted that we are able to help out such a worthwhile cause as MEO who make a difference in the communities on Maui.”
The 6th Annual Maui Women’s Classic is scheduled for November 16, 2013 at Wailea Old Blue, with food catered by Mulligans on the Blue. The Golf Fore Gals goal is to grow this event and continue to fundraise for charities on Maui.
Golf For Gals membership is made up of working women, retired women, younger females, stay at home moms, and professionals. Members range from beginners to seasoned golfers. The club provides women with a fun, safe and friendly environment to discover the game of golf, expand their golf and business network and benefit from being part of the golf community.
For more information about Golf Fore Gals contact Diane Fru at www.golfforegals.com or call 604-988-1402.
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