Navy proposes rotation of Poseidon jets
HONOLULU - The Navy may rotate Poseidon jets through Hawaii instead of basing them at a Marine Corps base in Kaneohe Bay.
The proposal would increase the number of planes based at Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Florida and Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington state.
The Navy is preparing a new environmental study for the idea.
The Poseidons are a military version of the Boeing 737. The Navy is replacing aging, propeller-driven P-3C Orions with Poseidons for surveillance, reconnaissance and submarine-hunting.
In 2009, the Navy decided to base five squadrons and a fleet replacement squadron in Jacksonville, four squadrons at Whidbey and three squadrons at Kaneohe Bay.
But it now says that basing the planes at two places instead of three "may best meet current requirements."
Brief hospital visit for senator after fall
WASHINGTON - Hawaii's Sen. Daniel K. Inouye had a quick trip Thursday to Bethesda Naval Hospital after falling at his home.
Inouye's Washington office said the 88-year-old Democratic senator sustained a minor cut to the back of his head and did not lose consciousness.
He was taken as a precaution to the hospital, where he was treated and released. The senator was back home and resting Thursday afternoon.
UH, OHA to present resources for college
HONOLULU - The University of Hawaii and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs are offering free presentations on resources and financial aid available to Native Hawaiian students interested in attending college.
They'll make 18 presentations on Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and the Big Island over the next two months.
The presentations will include a brief workshop on filling out financial aid applications and strategies on earning scholarships.
The sessions are part of a statewide initiative to bring Native Hawaiian scholarship opportunities to underserved communities.
UH and OHA are working together with a federal program called GEAR UP Hawaii on the project.
The first sessions will be held in Waimea, and Kona and Hilo during the last week of this month.
More information is available at www.hawaii.edu/aha.