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June 26, 2011
The Associated Press

OHA funds for guide on land rights, issues

HONOLULU - The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is awarding $125,000 to the University of Hawaii's law school to research and publish a guide to help Native Hawaiians better understand their rights regarding land issues.

The primer is to focus on an area called quiet title, which refers to an area of the law in which courts decide the interests of various parties in a piece of property. Historically, many Native Hawaiians lost title to land via this process.

The university said Thursday that the grant will pay for the Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law to produce the primer, distribute it, and conduct community outreach meetings.


Furlough Fridays end for state, city workers

HONOLULU - State and city government workers will return to a regular five-day work week after two years of taking unpaid Fridays off.

Friday was the last official "Furlough Friday" for government employees who have been forced to take unpaid days off for the last two years.

Government offices, schools and other public facilities were closed at least twice a month. The furloughs were instituted as a way to deal with budget deficits.

The closures and the different furlough schedules among state and county offices left many Hawaii residents frustrated and confused.

Both civilians and government workers are looking forward to the return of a five-day week.


Fundraiser to benefit organic farm program

HONOLULU - A fundraiser is being held for an Oahu organic farm's internship program.

The Saturday evening event on the lawn of the Hawaii State Art Museum benefits Mao Organic Farm's youth leadership training program.

The program is open to those ages 17 to 24 living along the Waianae Coast.

The $150-ticket fundraiser is to feature a silent and live auction.


Administration makes its final offer to HSTA

HONOLULU - Gov. Neil Abercrombie says his administration has made its final offer to the state teachers union on a new contract.

The governor said in a statement Friday that the state can live within its fiscal constraints if all public employees make a shared sacrifice of a 5 percent pay reduction and equal employer-employee contributions for health care benefits.

He says the administration's "best and final" offer to the Hawaii State Teachers Association is to meet those targets while maintaining instructional time for students.

HSTA President Wil Okabe wrote in a letter to union members posted on Hawaii News Now that the association will "explore all legal avenues in response to the state's unilateral decision to quit on negotiations midstream."



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