Watch KITV's midday webcastPublished 11:00 AM HST Oct 10, 2013Video Transcript
Good morning, I'm Lara Yamada. The state Campaign Spending Commission has fined state Representative Karen Awana nearly 9- THOUSAND dollars -- for violating campaign finance rules. The Star-Advertiser reports the commission UNANIMOUSLY decided to impose the fine -- payable within one year. The commission says Awana FAILED to keep campaign finance records, filed false disclosure reports, and did not deposit campaign contributions in a timely manner. Awana told the paper she has named a campaign treasurer -- and won't handle campaign funds anymore. Hotel room rates here in Hawaii have hit its highest level ever-- But as our partners at Pacific Business News report, some industry experts say that if rates continue to rise, customers may begin to rethink their Hawaii Vacation. Especially if there's no significant hotel upgrades or value-added gains. An initiative to help veterans in Hawaii -- just got a million dollar grant. The money for the United States Veterans Initiative Hawaii... comes from the Veterans Affairs Department. It'll go toward homeless prevention and housing -- for 360 veterans and their families. Another 300-THOUSAND dollar grant from the labor department will provide employment services to female veterans. The grant should provide jobs for 84 veterans. An update on that massive molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor -- The Department of Land and Natural Resources says the state has transitioned from their initial response -- to a monitoring and assessment phase. Divers are surveying coral, invertebrates and fish in the affected area -- which D-L-N-R says -- has been confined to parts of Honolulu Harbor and portions of Keehi Lagoon. Frazer McGilvray: "I THINK THE ONE THING THAT WE'D LIKE TO GET ACROSS IS THAT THIS IS GOING TO TAKE TIME FOR US TO ACTUALLY ACCESS AND KNOW WHAT'S ACTUALLY THE EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE IS AND THE EXTENT OF THE POTENTIALLY RECOVERY IN THE WATER." D-L-N-R says Matson has been cooperative -- since a quarter-of-a-million gallons of molasses spilled from a Maston-controlled pipe. A company spokesperson won't say how much molasses remains in the pipe or what Matson plans to with it. The D-L-N-R and Division of Aquatic Resources will hold a public information meeting today... to discuss proposed rule changes for Maui and Lanai fisheries bag and size limits. The meeting will be at Helene Hall in Hana -- from 5-30 to 8 p-m. Board of Water Supply crews are working on a water main break in Waipahu. It's near Kahuawai Street and is affecting 25 homes in the area. The 8 inch water main break was reported around 2-15 this morning. And a perk for all Ironman Finishers -- Skyline Eco- Adventures is offering FREE Akaka Falls zipline tours for all finishers. During the 3-hour tour -- you're sure to spot waterfalls, and spectacular ocean and mountain views from a bird's eye view. The offer expires 2 weeks after the Ironman triathlon. And you must bring your 2013 finisher's medal and I-D to the tour check in. Cam Tran has your island weather forecast. Thank you for watching KITV 4 News Online. We're constantly updating the website so look for new stories later today, and on KITV 4 News at 5, 6 and 10.