Clean energy summit to start
HONOLULU (AP) — An international conference on clean energy in Honolulu is expected to draw 1,200 attendees from more than 30 countries.
The 5th annual Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo begins Monday at the Hawaii Convention Center.
The Hawaii Tourism Authority says the state is an ideal place to discuss global clean energy issues.
The gathering is expected to generate $5 million in visitor spending and $487,000 in state tax revenue.
Inmate released accidentally
HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police are searching for an inmate who officials say was accidentally released from Oahu Community Correctional Center.
Edward Robins, 51, was mistakenly let out Friday at about 4:55 p.m. Authorities say Robins was not due for release until Sept. 13.
Both police and state sheriffs have been notified. Robins was serving a sentence for third-degree assault.
Police are asking anyone with information about his whereabouts to call authorities.
Park mulled at ex-WWII camp
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers and volunteers are asking U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to help preserve the site of a former Japanese internment camp.
Jewell met Friday with the Honouliuli Park Site Advisory Committee.
Committee members told Jewell that they want the Honouliuli camp and the stories of Japanese-Americans interned there to reach a broader audience.
Jewell says Honouliuli serves a vital role in telling another side of the story of World War II.
Seed company Monsanto Hawaii, which owns the land that Honouliuli sits on, wants to donate the 160-acre area to the National Park Service.
Jewell says it’s too early to determine if Honouliuli will become a member of the national parks system. She says local partnerships and support are key.
Superintendent pay raise sought
HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Board of Education will pursue a pay raise for state schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi.
Board members will ask state legislators to increase the salary cap for the position.
Matayoshi was hired three years ago and her annual pay is $150,000.
The cap was set by lawmakers in 2001.
The board gave Matayoshi a job review of “exceptional” in the second year of her three-year contract.
Chairman Don Horner says in a prepared statement that Matayoshi has done an outstanding job realigning the department to achieve objectives of the board’s strategic plan.