Weather service to change notifications
HONOLULU - The National Weather Service is changing its high-surf warnings and advisories for Hawaii, with the goal of giving the public more detailed information.
The changes are expected as early as this week, and will label the overall threat as extreme, very high, high or moderate. In addition, the messages also will explain the major threats that should be expected. The weather service's Mike Cantin said examples of this include risk of death or injury to inexperienced swimmers and minor road inundation in prone areas.
He said the goal is to give the public better information to help them make better decisions.
The new messaging is a joint effort between the weather service and local officials across the state.
Abercrombie: Amaral to parole authority
HONOLULU - Gov. Neil Abercrombie is appointing to the Hawaii Paroling Authority a former state representative and Native Hawaiian cultural liaison.
Abercrombie announced Annelle Amaral's appointment Monday.
Her term will expire in June 2015 if the Senate confirms her nomination. Amaral would fill a new seat created by a new law expanding the authority's members from three to five.
Amaral served in the state House of Representatives from 1988 to 1996. She served as Native Hawaiian cultural liaison to the commander of U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii from 2008 until recently.
Native Hawaiians make up about one-quarter of the state's population, but about 40 percent of the state's inmates and those on parole.
Coast Guard cutter arrives at homeport
HONOLULU - A new Coast Guard ship has arrived in Hawaii.
The Cutter Morgenthau is replacing the Cutter Jarvis, which was taken out of active service in October.
The Morgenthau arrived at its new homeport of Honolulu on Monday.
The crews of the two ships officially swapped boats during a change of command ceremony in November.
The 43-year-old ship has a long history. It conducted naval gunfire support and patrol duties during the Vietnam War. In 1977, the Morgenthau became the first cutter to have women permanently assigned on board.
Schatz building his staff, seeking unity
HONOLULU - Sen. Brian Schatz is looking to build his office staff.
Schatz, in a news release, said that his office will take resumes of people interested in serving in either his Washington, D.C., or Hawaii offices. He said he's looking for "talented, energetic and public-minded people" who want to serve the state and nation.
The deadline for resumes is Friday.
Meanwhile, Schatz said it's important that the state's congressional delegation unify around what's best for Hawaii. And he said every indication so far is that it will be able to do that.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie appointed Schatz for the Senate seat previously held by Daniel K. Inouye. Inouye, who died Dec. 17, had said he wanted U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa to succeed him.