In a budget briefing at the Legislature at about this time last year, state Department of Education officials reported that their backlog of repair and maintenance jobs was $293 million, and they were patting themselves on the back because it was a significant drop from the $392 million reported in 2010.
Hawai‘i’s hospitality industry recently honored the best-of-the-best of its employees at the 29th Annual Na Po‘e Pa‘ahana (the hard-working people) Awards. The Hanalei Colony Resort took home two awards, one for the resort itself, and one for General Manager Laura Richards.
The Hanalei Colony Resort won the Excellence in Community Service award at the 29th annual Na Po‘e Pa‘ahana (the hard-working people) awards ceremony on Oahu. The resort was awarded for their commitment to supporting their Kauai community. Though they are closed for operations indefinitely due to the heavy rains, the resort still opened their doors to local residents to provide spaces for key services, including a school.
Last week, we spent some time on “variance reports,” which is how our state government agencies report differences in position count and spending from one year to the next. The agencies are also supposed to report on performance measures that they pick themselves, but sometimes still disregard this requirement.
The state Department of Health issued a notice of violation and order against the Maui Land & Pineapple Company Inc. for 15 wastewater effluent violations from the Haliimaile waste stabilization ponds on Maui. The company has been ordered to pay a penalty of $230,000 and construct a new wastewater treatment plant.