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September 11, 2012
The Associated Press

Big Isle tour company should lose its state permit - DLNR

HILO - A Hawaii kayak tour company leading a group of teens when one from New York was swept out to sea could lose its permit from the state.

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources is recommending that Hawaii Pack and Paddle's permit be revoked for three violations on July 4.

That's the day 15-year-old Tyler Madoff was swept off the west coast of the Big Island. The family of the White Plains teen filed a lawsuit claiming that tour guides were negligent.

The department says the company conducted a tour with 13 passengers - one more than allowed, exceeded the landing time and deviated from authorized areas.

The company said that it disputes those findings. The Board of Land and Natural Resources is to consider the recommendation Friday.


Billionaire inherits lingering Lanai legal dispute over water

HONOLULU - The billionaire who purchased most of the Hawaiian island of Lanai will be inheriting a water dispute that has already gone before the state Supreme Court without a final resolution.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday that the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals returned the case back to a circuit judge last month. A group called Lanaians for Sensible Growth is challenging developer Castle & Cooke's irrigation of the Manele Bay golf course with water from the island's high-level aquifer.

The legal dispute has spanned more than two decades.

In June, Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison purchased 98 percent of the island's 141 square miles.

Castle & Cooke lawyers say the golf course is crucial to providing jobs.

But the group says the case is about protecting underground water sources.


Mayor of Honolulu en route to China and then to Washington

HONOLULU - Honolulu's mayor is headed to China for a conference.

Mayor Peter Carlise's office says he left Honolulu on Monday to attend the Chengdu 2012 China International Friendship Cities conference.

He will then travel to Washington, D.C., next week for meetings with the Federal Transit Administration and others regarding Honolulu's rail transit project.

He will be accompanied by Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation officials and the city council's chairman.

He is to return to Honolulu on Sept. 21.The center (photo below) is celebrating its 40th anniversary Saturday.



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