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Nissan delivers Hawaii’s first LEAF

Today, Nissan North America Inc. brought sustainable mobility to Hawaii with the arrival of the state’s first all-electric Nissan LEAF. Bill Markevitch took delivery of his Nissan LEAF SL today at New City Nissan of Honolulu. This groundbreaking moment follows deliveries in the launch states of California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Tennessee and Texas. [...]

‘Captain Cooked’ author plans book signings

S.P. Grogan, author of “Captain Cooked,” will be hosting book signings for the novel on Oahu and the Big Island. In the novel, the heroine goes in search of ‘a quiet beach where she could go topless,’ but stumbles into a poisoned Hawaiian singing star. Her working vacation involves riots, suspicious accidents, earthquakes, flowing lava, a real cliff hanger, and romance, having to choose between three men. [...]

Verizon sets sights on Hawaii for 4G

Honolulu, Kahului, and Lahaina are among the 140 new markets in which Verizon Wireless plans to roll out its 4G LTE network, company officials announced today. The upgraded network offers speeds up to 10 times faster than its current 3G network, with average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second. Verizon Wireless announced that it installed 4G LTE wireless data service at the Honolulu International Airport late last year. [...]

Judge Kobayashi confirmed by U.S. Senate

The U.S. Senate has confirmed President Obama’s nomination of Leslie E. Kobayashi, currently a federal magistrate judge in Honolulu, to serve as a district judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii. Judge Kobayashi, 53, was confirmed on Saturday on a voice vote of the Senate. She is expected to receive her commission shortly and will fill a judgeship vacant since June 30, 2009, when U.S. District Judge Helen W. Gillmor took senior status. [...]

State green tech survey sees growth

A state survey backed by federal stimulus funds predicts that “green jobs” will grow by over 25 percent in the next two years. The Hawaii State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) today released job projections related to Hawaii’s renewable energy and energy efficiency occupations, commonly known as “Green” Jobs. The report is a product of a $1.2 million competitive federal stimulus grant Hawaii was awarded a year ago. [...]

Endangered bird nesting at Midway Atoll

An important – and hopeful – milestone in the conservation of the endangered short-tailed albatross was recorded at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in November. On Nov. 16, refuge staff observed an adult short-tailed albatross incubating a freshly laid egg on Eastern Island, one of three small flat coral islands that comprise Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge about 1,200 miles northwest of Honolulu. [...]