Obama praises Sen. Inouye upon his passing

“Tonight, our country has lost a true American hero with the passing of Senator Daniel Inouye. The second-longest serving Senator in the history of the chamber, Danny represented the people of Hawaii in Congress from the moment they joined the Union. In Washington, he worked to strengthen our military, forge bipartisan consensus, and hold those of us in government accountable to the people we were elected to serve. But it was his incredible bravery during World War II – including one heroic effort that cost him his arm but earned him the Medal of Honor – that made Danny not just a colleague and a mentor, but someone revered by all of us lucky enough to know him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Inouye family.” [...]

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. [...]

HPU appoints new trustees

Hawai‘i Pacific University officials voted in James Polk, Michele Saito and Stephanie Saito to the University’s Board of Trustees on Oct. 22. James Polk is a senior executive vice president and manager at Bank of Hawaii in the Hawaii Commercial Banking Division. Michele Saito is the president of Farmers Insurance Hawaii, Inc. Stephanie Saito is the executive vice president of Bank of Hawaii. [...]

Chef Ming Tsai to appear at Macy’s Ala Moana

Famed chef Ming Tsai, a member of Macy’s Culinary Council, will demonstrate a few recipes from his new cookbook, “Simply Ming One-Pot Meals: Quick, Healthy and Affordable Recipes,” at Ala Moana next Tuesday. The new cookbook tackles the four basic needs in everyday cooking: taste, healthfulness, simplicity and affordability. After the cooking demonstration, Mr. Tsai will greet guests and sign copies of his book which can be purchased at Macy’s during the event. [...]

Children’s Librarian is Employee of the Year

The Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) announces the selection of Curt Fukumoto, Children’s Librarian of Salt Lake-Moanalua Public Library, as the 2010 HSPLS Employee of the Year. Fukumoto is outstanding in opening up the wonderful world of reading to his young patrons. His weekly story times, which have continued year round since May 2006, routinely draw over one hundred preschoolers and their caregivers. In 2010 alone, Fukumoto’s programs have has drawn an attendance of more than 5,000. [...]

Republican Caucus Selects New Leaders

House Republicans selected Representative Gene Ward Ph.D. as Minority Leader and Representative Kymberly Pine will continue to serve as the Minority Floor Leader. Cynthia Thielen remains the Assistant Minority Leader, Corinne Ching will be the Assistant Minority Floor Leader and Barbara Marumoto will be the Minority Policy Leader. The three freshman George Fontaine, Aaron Johanson and Gil Riviere will serve as Whips. [...]

New director to lead Institute for Astronomy in 2011

Günther Hasinger, an expert in astrophysical studies whose work has been instrumental in the operation of x-ray satellites and the development of future observatories, has been appointed director of the Institute for Astronomy (IfA) at UH Mānoa, effective January 2, 2011. Hasinger is currently the scientific director at the Max-Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Garching, near Munich, Germany. [...]