Taking a closer look at the Ala Wai CanalUPDATED 9:29 AM HST May 20, 2013Video Transcript
There were big plans for the Ala Wai Canal back when it was built in the 1920's. Today... It's become best known for its stagnant, smelly water. So what happened? Our media partners at Civil Beat are working on this story and more. Joining us this morning is political reporter Chad Blair. We are running a special series of stories on Honolulu's Ala We are running a special series of stories on Honolulu's Ala Wai Canal all week. When the canal was built in the 1920s, civic leaders hoped it would help Waikiki grow into a business center and tourist mecca to rival Southern California. That came true, but flawed engineering designs and destruction of a vital ecosystem have made the canal a very real health and environmental threat in the economic heart of Hawaii. At the Hawaii Republican Convention on Saturday, delegates sought to present a unified front and clamp down on members who say the local GOP isn't conservative enough. Former Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona said the only elective office he would consider running for next year is governor. And several delegates said former Gov. Linda Lingle was likely through with politics. A younger generation of leaders has taken charge. We reported a couple of weeks ago about the significant backlog in processing military veterans claims in Honolulu. It's due in part to more soldiers coming come from service overseas. Now, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has authorized extra overtime hours to meet the needs of our veterans. We like to think our diverse culture makes us more tolerant. A "Geography of Hate" map suggests that Hawaii folks are pretty positive compared with parts of the mainland. Researchers at Humboldt State University tagged "racist, homophobic and anti-disability tweets." The map shows the eastern half of the country appears most hateful. You can find the complete story we just discussed on CIVIL-BEAT-DOT-COM.