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August 4, 2013
The Associated Press

Artists sought for Mink, Inouye statues

HONOLULU - The Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and Arts is putting out an international call for artists to create art in honor of the late U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye and U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink.

The foundation said the state Legislature passed a measure to commission sculptures honoring Inouye and Mink. The art will be placed near the state Capitol. The Legislature instructed that $250,000 be spent for each work.

Mink died in Honolulu in 2002. She was 74. Inouye died in December in Washington, D.C. He was 88.

The foundation said art honoring the two longtime leaders will be the most anticipated and scrutinized pieces ever commissioned in Hawaii, in line with historic statues of icons such as King Kamehameha, St. Damien and Duke Kahanamoku.

The application deadline is Aug. 26.


October to be 'Hawaii Fashion Month'

HONOLULU - Gov. Neil Abercrombie is asking Hawaii residents to dress their best this fall.

The governor is set to announce October as Hawaii Fashion Month at a news conference Tuesday at The Modern Honolulu hotel. He will be joined by representatives from the state's business and tourism offices as well as the Hawaii Fashion Incubator.

The inaugural event is meant to drum up support for Hawaii fashion designers, manufacturers, retailers and artists.

Organizers say the entire month will consist of different workshops and events to showcase Hawaii fashion.


Invasive Species Council sets budget

HONOLULU - The Hawaii Invasive Species Council is allocating more than $2.5 million for dozens of projects during the current fiscal year, including efforts to eradicate axis deer on the Big Island and detect mongooses on Kauai.

Coordinator Josh Atwood said in a statement Wednesday that the council's priority has been to balance responding to new threats while maintaining detection and response capacity.

The council was created in 2003 when the Legislature declared invasive species "the single greatest threat to Hawaii's economy and natural environment and to the health and lifestyle of Hawaii's people."

But the council has much less money to fight alien pests than it received nearly a decade ago. The council's budget was $4 million in fiscal 2005.



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