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November 18, 2012
The Associated Press

Beachgoers come to the aid of axis deer

WAILEA - Beachgoers, resort workers and a lifeguard sprang into action when they saw an axis deer struggling to keep its head above water off the coast of Maui.

Video of the Oct. 28 rescue posted by KITV shows the group working together to save the animal after it took a Pacific Ocean plunge off Wailea Beach.

Michael Boyer of the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea tells the station that the mammal sprinted directly into the ocean.

By the time the group had herded it back to shore, it was too exhausted to stand.

The deer was taken back to the woods, where Boyer says it stared at its rescuers, "almost like a thank you."

The invasive deer have been a problem in the islands for decades.


Boat removed after being stuck for days

KANEOHE, Oahu- Crews have removed a grounded 40-foot boat that had been damaging coral in Kaneohe Bay.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources tells Hawaii News Now that the boat is now sitting at He'eia Pier. The vessel had been grounded since Tuesday and several unsuccessful attempts to remove it were made before it was freed Saturday morning.

Depending on the condition of boat, it will either be crushed at the He'eia Pier and disposed of, or taken to the Ke'ehi Lagoon Boat Harbor to see if it can be repaired.


Hawaii County moves to replace clerk

HILO - Hawaii County is moving toward selecting a new county clerk.

New county council Chairman J Yoshimoto has signed a resolution appointing Stewart Maeda as county clerk.

Maeda would replace Jamae Kawauchi if his appointment is confirmed by county council members.

Kawauchi was in charge of the county's elections during the primary election in August when 13 out of 40 polling places opened late.

County council members will vote on Maeda's nomination after they are sworn in Dec. 3. Maeda is a longtime employee of the state Department of Human Services.


Myanmar's Suu Kyi slated to visit Hawaii

HONOLULU - Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will visit Hawaii in January to accept an award and deliver the keynote address at the Rotary Global Peace Forum meeting in Honolulu.

Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka of Japan will present the Hawaii Rotary Global Peace Award to the Nobel laureate in recognition of her commitment to nonviolent activism on behalf of democracy and human rights in Myanmar.

The Honolulu meeting is one of three that the Rotary organization will hold to advance peace and understanding throughout the world. Tanaka will convene similar meetings in Berlin this month and in Hiroshima in May.


Mobile feed units could come to Hawaii

HONOLULU - Hawaii may soon be getting trailers that can produce 1,500 pounds of organic grass each day for livestock, or rapidly grown vegetables and tilapia for human consumption.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that the World Eco Source Corp. is a subsidiary of Nevada-based PacWest Equities Inc. It has chosen K. Hill Livestock as its exclusive dealer for the state of Hawaii.

The World Eco Source MobileFeed units are designed to produce livestock feed that the company says can lower traditional feed costs by 200 percent. The units combine aquaponic technology for rapid production of vegetables and fish on what World Eco Source says is commercially feasible.


Hawaii's F-22 squadrons reach milestone

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM - The Hawaii Air National Guard said that the Hawaii squadrons that fly F-22 fighter jets have achieved a status that will allow them deploy.

The 199th Fighter Squadron of the Air National Guard and the Air Force's 19th Fighter Squadron have attained Initial Operational Capability status.

The 154th Wing's commander, Brig. Gen. Braden Sakai, said in a statement recently that this means the F-22 Raptors may deploy anytime, anywhere. He said this adds to U.S. air dominance in the Pacific.

Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam is home to 20 of the jets. The Hawaii Air National Guard and the active-duty Air Force share responsibility for flying and maintaining the F-22s.



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