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By Andrew Walden @ 12:58 PM :: 8451 Views :: Maui County News, Congressional Delegation, Honolulu County News, Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Republican Party, National News, Development

Memorial Day Commemorations: Punchbowl, Magic Island

Ed Case quits race: “Dream of a better way forward” crushed by Hawaii Democrat old boys (again)

Case “unity” statement: “Colleen, I don’t hate you…”

"Colleen, I don't hate you, in fact I've discovered during this campaign that you have a certain charm to you," Case said in his speech addressing delegates….

After announcing his decision, the hundreds in attendance at the State Democratic Convention gave Case a standing ovation for more than a minute.

Hanabusa joined him on stage and even took the lead in raising their hands together. It was quite a contrast from just a week ago.

"I think that's the most applause I've gotten for a long time and I feel like asking whether I would've gotten a lei if I hadn't announced this," he said….

KITV VIDEO: Case: “There was no deal” Djou: “Without Ed in there it makes it easier” GOP: “She’s just a treasure trove” 

KITV VIDEO: The scene at convention as Case drops out

Look inside the "Treasure Trove"

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Case stuns with withdrawal from Hawaii congressional primary

Many Democrats, including some who have doubted Case's party loyalty, were impressed that he chose the state convention for his announcement and that he embraced Hanabusa.

Some Democrats said Case fueled the fire after his loss by complaining about "the dark side of politics" and describing the majority party as a "machine," a term also used derisively by Republicans.

But Case told delegates yesterday that he was proud to be a Democrat. Many said the emotion his announcement caused, and the hugs he received afterward, were genuine. "When Ed spoke, you could feel the courage in that room," said Chuck Freedman, a Democratic strategist.

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Local community helps with lei shortage at Punchbowl

Sunny skies and brisk trades gave way to a picture perfect day at Punchbowl, as thousands of boy scouts fanned out at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, decorating 38,000 graves with flags and lei.

Cemetery officials say over the weekend, the local community came through, dropping off thousands of flowers.

Big Island: Memorial services held today

ADV: Native Hawaiians served on both sides during Civil War

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Shapiro: Furloughs over, but our black eye lives on

The formula for resolving public school furlough Fridays for the next school year seemed a convoluted exercise in face-saving, but we can only be thankful they got it done by whatever means it took to begin erasing this scar on Hawai'i's reputation.

(This “a pox on all your houses” line is the Abercrombie/Hannemann sales pitch.)

As explained:

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Donovan Dela Cruz opens campaign headquarters

Dela Cruz is one of 5 mayoral candidates, hoping to replace Mufi Hannemann, who has announced his bid for governor.

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Ranking of top cities calls Honolulu best in the U.S.

Honolulu is the best city in the U.S., according to the Mercer 2010 Quality of Living Survey.

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Thielen: Water decision meets most demands

The county Department of Water Supply said that the commissioners' decision to restore water in the wet season but not as much during the dry months still jeopardized its customers, who have been hit hard by the ongoing drought.

The petitioners, represented by the Native Hawaiian Legal Corp., said the decision to restore water to six of 19 East Maui streams does not restore enough water to revitalize aquatic life year round. They also said last week that the commission did not hold HC&S accountable enough for water wasted in the company's aging and leaky reservoir and ditch systems.

STATEMENT: DLNR: State Water Commission decision balances competing demands

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Kalapa: Don't overlook obvious approach to reduce government spending

How many times during the closing days of the most recent Legislative session have we heard the lament that lawmakers have slashed spending all they could and, therefore, that is why they had to resort to measures that would increase the cash flow from taxpayers?

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Baldwin principal says letter to parents is reason for probe

Anderson confirmed last week that Gonsalves had been placed on leave "pending an investigation," but he refused to provide details. He said Gonsalves' leave started May 20, the day before Baldwin's graduation ceremonies.

Anderson's letter to Gonsalves doesn't specify what "inappropriate information" was in the letter to parents and guardians.

Vice Principal Philip Gilbert has been assigned as principal. Gilbert has declined to comment.

Gonsalves sent written comments in an e-mail to The Maui News last week. She wrote that the letter that prompted the investigation was distributed to parents at a senior parent meeting for graduation and is similar to one that has been distributed for years "with very few minor edits."

(This is what a principal gets suspended for in the DoE?)

She said student reading and math scores have "greatly increased" since her administration began in 2006. In addition, the school has kept its accreditation status from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Gonsalves said she's sure accreditation will be renewed for another three years.

Gonsalves said she's had to make difficult decisions at Baldwin, some of which she knows may not have been liked by the staff.

(Retaliation by HSTA members?)

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