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  • State’s ethanol fuel law comes under fire

    Pacific Business News - February 4, 2011

    By the state Legislature this session is a Senate measure that would repeal a law mandating that gasoline sold in Hawaii contain at least 10 percent ethanol.Senate Bill 715 was introduced by Sen. Mike Gabbard, D-Kapolei-Waikele, and was scheduled for a hearing before the committees on Commerce and Consumer Protection, and Energy and Environment Thursday.

  • Groups fear damage to land by Lanai, Molokai wind farms

    A survey finds cultural sites and access to hunting and fishing are among Lanai concerns
    Star Advertiser - Jan 12, 2011

    The damage that proposed wind farms on Lanai and Molokai could do to the islands' natural beauty and cultural sites outweighs the benefits they might have by helping the state reach energy self-sufficiency.That was the message from several community groups that testified at a legislative hearing yesterday.The projects, which would deliver a combined 400 megawatts of electricity to Oahu via undersea cables, are a major component of the state's plan to generate 40 percent of Hawaii's energy from renewable sources by 2030.

  • Viewpoint: Ban on force-feeding of birds sought

    Maui News - January 9, 2011

    When the Hawaii legislative session opens on Jan. 19, Rep. Angus McKelvey and Sens. Mike Gabbard, Chun Oakland and Clayton Hee will co-introduce a humane bill to prevent unspeakable cruelty to ducks and geese.More than 15 countries and the state of California have outlawed the cruel force-feeding of ducks and geese to enlarge their livers to more than 10 times their normal size in the production of foie gras, a fatty liver appetizer.

  • Data security needs attention

    Star Advertiser - Dec 22, 2010

    The digital age has meant that information can be exchanged much more freely than ever before. The flip side of this coin is that anything that is free tends to be devalued. Information is stolen, and the only ones bearing the burden of that loss are the victims of the data breach, not the ones who let their guard down.Figuring out how to correct that imbalance will be the job of the state Legislature, which is beginning to grapple with the vulnerabilities exposed by the latest breach at the University of Hawaii.State Sen.

  • Gabbard wants a law addressing data leaks

    A Liberty Coalition report calls for a fund to help ID-theft victims hurt by state breaches
    Star Advertiser - Dec 20, 2010

    Hawaii lawmakers are likely to take up proposed legislation that would punish state agencies responsible for data breaches that can result in identity theft."Right now the problem is that victims are the ones who bear all the brunt in recovering from identity theft," said state Sen. Mike Gabbard (D, Kalaeloa-Makakilo). "It's like having someone break into your house and then holding you responsible for crimes committed while the thief was wearing your clothes. Most people would agree that if you mess up, you should own up.

  • Hawaii senators visiting Taiwan

    Star Advertiser - Dec 14, 2010

    Seven Hawaii state senators are traveling to Taiwan to visit government agencies and businesses.The trip starts Tuesday, and it's sponsored by the Taiwanese government to enhance mutual understanding and cooperation.A statement from the Hawaii Senate says the trip comes at no cost to state taxpayers.The senators will visit Taiwan's Tourism Bureau, Department of Rapid Transit Systems, Council of Indigenous Peoples and the Bureau of Energy, electric car manufacturer Luxgen Motor Co. and alternative energy company iWind Energy Co.The delegation to Taiwan includes Sens.

  • Data breaches earn UH an 'F'

    Personal information in nearly 260,000 records has been exposed since 2005, a report says
    Star Advertiser - Nov 18, 2010

    A national organization has given the University of Hawaii a grade of "F" for online security breaches that exposed Social Security numbers and other sensitive information in nearly 260,000 records.The Liberty Coalition, a nonprofit civil liberties watchdog group, yesterday said more than half of the estimated 479,000 Hawaii records breached since 2005 were those mishandled by UH.PERSONAL DATA AT RISKA report by the Liberty Coalition, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit civil liberties watchdog group, states that: » Since 2005, at least 479,000 Hawaii records have been breac

  • Energy reform a top goal

    The gubernatorial candidates lay out their plans to boost state's use of alternative fuel
    Star Advertiser - Oct 10, 2010

    Former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie and Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona want to keep Hawaii on course to significantly reduce dependence on imported fossil fuel, but the candidates for governor differ on the best policy and regulatory framework to develop alternative energy.

  • Quake victims remembered

    Star Advertiser - Sep 28, 2010

    Village and church bells will ring 34 times tomorrow across American Samoa in remembrance of the 34 lives lost when a series of earthquake-driven waves began pounding the island territory one year ago at 6:48 a.m.
    In Honolulu, 2,600 miles away, Roshian Lafaele will be finalizing plans to return home to American Samoa on Thursday to mark the anniversary of the deaths of her cousin and two aunts in the deadly tsunami.
    "People are getting back to their routines," said Lafaele, a 23-year-old graduate student at Hawaii Pacific University, "but it's still hard."