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State to allocate $125M for flood relief
House and Senate lawmakers on Wednesday agreed to set aside $100 million to help finance the Kauai flood recovery effort and $25 million to speed the Oahu recovery, money that can be made available quickly until federal relief funding is available. The appropriation could be signed into law by Gov. David Ige as early as this week. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Associated Press. Hawaii News Now. Garden Island.

House and Senate begin negotiations on final state budget bill
Early agreement on a number of budget items included: $7.1 million to increase payments supporting foster children and resource caregivers; $1.7 million for services at Aging and Disability Resource Centers; $3.4 million for rescue and fire fighting staff and vehicles at Lihue Airport; and $500,000 for books and materials for public libraries statewide. Maui Now.

Sunscreen ban poised to go statewide?
It would be the first state to prohibit the use of sunscreen containing ingredients that scientists say harm sea life. Civil Beat.  Star-Advertiser.

Gun control could get tougher
Hawaii lawmakers are discussing versions of two bills that would tighten the state's already strict gun regulations. Associated Press.

Few Hawaii students have access to after school meals study finds
A new report by the Food Research & Action Center shows Hawaii near the bottom in terms of serving an after-school supper to low-income students. Civil Beat.

The air we breathe: among the cleanest out there according to recent report
The American Lung Association's State of the Air 2018 report shows that Hawaii continues to have some of the best air quality in the nation. KHON2.

State seeks improved HECO regulations
State regulators are seeking public participation in an effort to better align the interests of Hawaii's biggest electric utility and its customers. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaiian is 1 of 2 airlines fined for rules violations
The U.S. Department of Transportation has fined Hawaiian Airlines $125,000 for violating the agency's airline consumer protection rules, after complaints from disabled passengers and passengers denied boarding were filed.  Star-Advertiser.

Editor's Choice: Best Green Business
Oahu Fresh has been named this year’s Best Green Business. The company provides subscribing customers with a weekly bag of produce from local farmers. With 300 subscriptions & partnerships with 15 local farms and 25 restaurants, Oahu Fresh has increased business for local farmers. Founder Matt Johnson will be honored at this year’s Awards Luncheon on May 4...read more.

Flood restoration begins as Oahu included in state-of-emergency
Efforts to clean and restore damaged areas began coalescing Wednesday, with Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell issuing an emergency declaration for Oahu while Gov. David Ige announced that the island was joining Kauai on his state-of-emergency proclamation. Star-Advertiser.

East Honolulu residents bogged down by mud ask: Where's the government?
Five days after the flood, some Kuliouou homes are still filled with mud as restoration crews dig out. Hawaii News Now.

Red Hill underground storage fuel tank legislation fails
Local efforts to mandate more timely upgrades for the Navy's Red Hill Fuel Storage Facility on Oahu failed in the Legislature this session. Hawaii Public Radio.

Ige announces program to divert Honolulu homeless from jail
Under a new program announced Wednesday by Gov. David Ige, homeless people who commit minor crimes could receive social services instead of going to jail. Star-Advertiser. KITV.

Lifeguards frustrated as homeless fights, obscene acts distract from job
Waikiki Beach is the crown jewel for the state's tourism industry, and lifeguards in towers are positioned every 100 yards, to watch the millions of visitors. But lifeguards are also being forced to deal with disturbing, sometimes violent or obscene acts happening right in the front of them. Hawaii News Now.

BOW completes repairs to leeward water supply mainline
The Board of Water Supply has completed repair of the 24" water main which ruptured Tuesday near the entrance to the Waimanalo Gulch Landfill on Farrington Hwy. above Ko Olina in Leeward Oahu. This main feeds water to the entire Waianae Coast. KHON2.

Kakaako tech incubator breaks ground
The $7.3 million tech business incubator, “Entrepreneur’s Sandbox” with 13,500 square feet of work space is being built by local developer Stanford Carr on a state-owned parking lot just Ewa of the UH medical school. Completion is expected in July 2019. Star-Advertiser.



Native Hawaiian Culture is Science
Scientists are all about peer-review for validation, but the peer-review is biased depending who the peers are says Cliff Kapono, a Hawaiian surfing practitioner and chemistry Ph.D. student at UC San Diego. “Who has been missing from the conversation? Indigenous people. Where is their perspective?”...read more.

Crime rates on downward trend
Juvenile crime is down 58.5% over the past five years, despite heavy caseloads and limited budgets in the Office of the County Prosecutor. Crimes in other categories have also been dropping. West Hawaii Today.

Planning department before council for review
Planning director Micheal Yee gave the Hawaii County Council Finance Committee an overview of his department's operations during a special budget review meeting in Hilo on Tuesday. Big Island Video News.

Sexual assault report under investigation
Big Island Police and the military are investigating a reported sexual assault at the Hawaii Youth Challenge Academy in Hilo. Department of Defense says the female cadet reported last night a male staff member inappropriately touched her. KITV.

Solar contractor sues former customer to remove blog
A Big Island solar contractor is suing a former customer, seeking a court to order the Pahoa man to remove a blog from the internet that the contractor claims was "maliciously created - with the intent to cause financial harm." Tribune-Herald.

New vent and lava flow imminent on Kilauea?
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory is reporting that the magma system beneath Kilauea's Puu Oo cone has become increasingly pressurized, leading scientists to believe a new vent and lava flow may happen soon. Star-Advertiser.

Bamboo Bikes

Werk Arts is a Kailua woodworking company specializing in bikes from bamboo, an abundant local resource. Werk says his company is the only commercial bike builder in Hawaii and one of only a handful globally using bamboo...read more

Arakawa, other county officials financial reports released
Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa’s holdings in land and Arakawa Farms is worth at least $2 million, according to his financial report for 2017. Maui News.

South Maui residents object to bridge project
Residents say Kulanihakoi Bridge Replacement project won't stop flooding, offer alternative idea. Maui News.

Zuckerberg, Chan pledge $1M
In response to severe flooding on Kauai, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg have pledged to donate $1 million to organizations working tirelessly to assist the community's storm relief efforts as well long-term recovery. Garden Island. Hawaii News Now.

Omidyar joins donors funding flood relief and recovery efforts
Financial assistance is coming in to support Kauai residents dealing with the aftermath of severe flooding. With the Hawaii Community Foundation, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, his wife, Pam, and two anonymous donors have established the Kauai Relief and Recovery Fund to assist with recovery efforts. KHON2.

Why meteorologists didn't predict severity of storm
The rain-laden system was hard to track because it wasn't large-scale, like a tropical storm. Civil Beat.

Damage worse than formerly thought
An aerial survey of DLNR-owned lands on Kauai showed that several areas were left less affected by the historic flooding, while others were even more devastated. Hawaii News Now.

Relief to continue in face of another possible flood
Relief efforts will continue for stranded residents and visitors in Haena and Wainiha on Kauai today despite a flash flood watch that is set to go into effect Thursday through Friday for the entire state. Star-Advertiser.

Gabbard, Hanabusa acknowledge victims and praise emergency workers
U.S. Reps. Tulsi Gabbard and Colleen Hanabusa spoke of the destruction caused by severe flooding on Kauai and East Oahu on the House floor this morning, calling attention to victims while thanking first responders for their hard work. Star-Advertiser.

Police say some flood-trapped residents were extorted during rescues
The Kauai Police Department and Kauai County prosecutors said Wednesday that they were investigating multiple extortion cases involving would-be rescuers during the island's historic rain and flood event over the weekend. Hawaii News Now.

Spooked buffalo makes a swim for it
A female bison frightened by the on-going, helicopter storm relief efforts in Hanalei bolted into the ocean Wednesday and was roped and brought back to shore: First by boat, then with the help of personal watercraft and finally - four paniolo from the bison's Hanalei ranch who patiently nudged it out of the surf. Star-Advertiser.

Heavy reality for flooded out residents
“It’s so surreal that everything that we had is now just part of the land,” said an Anahola resident surveying her ruined homestead. Civil Beat.

School to remain shut for cleanup
Hanalei Elementary School on Kauai will remain closed for all students for the rest of the week as the campus is cleaned after suffering flood damage this weekend, state Department of Education officials said Wednesday. Star-Advertiser.

Rapozo files papers for Mayor candidacy
Lenny Rapozo, director of the county Department of Parks and Recreation, has officially filed his papers for the upcoming mayoral race. Garden Island.

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