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March 13, 2013
The Associated Press

Harbor repairs incomplete

HONOLULU - The tsunami that devastated Japan occurred two years ago, and while repairs to Hawaii's boat harbors have been ongoing more needs to be done.

KITV-TV said some of Hawaii's boat harbors have been transformed since the March 11, 2011, tsunami, while others remain much the same after hundreds of boats were ripped off their moorings.

The Keehi Marine Center ended up losing more than 140 slips. The nearby Keehi Small Boat Harbor, the state's second largest facility, lost 40 slips. The tsunami caused more than $2 million in damage in the harbor.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources say about 95 percent of reconstruction to the harbor has been completed.


Environmental bills net OK

HONOLULU - Members of the state House energy committee are moving forward several of Gov. Neil Abercrombie's environmental initiatives.

The committee on Tuesday approved a bill to provide low-cost loans to help people afford solar panels and other equipment the bill calls "green infrastructure." Abercrombie says this will help the state reach its clean energy goals.

The committee also approved Abercrombie's proposal to amend and expand the Electronic Waste and Television Recycling program.


Stadium weddings for fans

HONOLULU - Las Vegas watch out. Aloha Stadium is offering weddings, island-style.

Couples have not been allowed to get married in Oahu's Aloha Stadium before, but the stadium's website now says that Aloha Stadium is available for the "ultimate" sports fan's wedding.

Stadium sales and marketing specialist Samantha Spain told KHON-TV that the arena offers loads of options. Couples could get married on the 50-yard line. Or, perhaps they would want to tie the knot at North Plaza.

Stadium weddings are a way to generate money during football's offseason.



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