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04.05.2018


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Hirono won't let cancer impede as she readies for re-election campaign
U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono says her ongoing cancer treatment has not affected her Congressional duties, and that she's running for re-election to continue fighting for Hawaii's families and kupuna. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now. KITV.

Luck puts Constitution Party at top of Hawaii's primary election ballot
On Wednesday, the state Elections Office held a random drawing (think plucking names from a lauhala basket) to decide the order of political preferences on the ballot. Hawaii News Now.

Souki puts forth official apology
Former House Speaker Joe Souki has paid a fine and submitted a letter apologizing for his behavior after several women including former state Director of Human Services Rachael Wong accused him of sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct. Star-Advertiser. Apology full text.

What's up with all the gut-and-replace trickery at the legislature this year?
More and more dramatic last-minute changes in bills are being made with a minimum of public notice this legislative session. Civil Beat.

Gov. Ige is set to sign bill legalizing medical aid in dying
Not everyone is happy about it. Over 18,000 people signed a petition to try to deter him from signing the bill. KHON2. KITV.

Ige bypasses lawmakers to pay for HI-EMA plans
More than a month after Gov. David Ige announced he would ask lawmakers for millions of dollars to upgrade the state's emergency preparedness systems in the wake of the statewide false missile alert, the administration has decided it does not need that extra money after all. Star-Advertiser.

New chorus of voices questions plan to block sale of some sunscreens
A bill that would ban the sale - but not the use - of sunscreen with chemicals believed to kill coral reefs is advancing at the state Legislature. Hawaii News Now.

Feral cat-friendly measure dies in senate
The Humane Society supported the bill to maintain cat colonies, but opponents pointed to the damage they do to other species. Civil Beat.

Bill calls for protection of students who allege harassment
The measure would establish a state corollary to the federal Title IX law prohibiting gender discrimination. Civil Beat.

Solar permits up on Big Isle, down in Maui County
The number of solar permits issued in Hawaii and Maui counties moved in opposite directions during the first quarter. Star-Advertiser.

 
HAWAII BUSINESS
Native Hawaiian Culture is Science
From a Native Hawaiian perspective, modern science is a valuable tool but may lack an element needed to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems involving climate change, sustainability and other challenges...read more.
 

OAHU
Will turning over Kakaako parks to city open them up for commercialization?
A state plan to transfer Kakaako's parks to the city ran into resistance at a Hawaii Community Development Authority board meeting Wednesday. Hawaii News Now.

Neighbors concerned by development carving into Waialae Iki hillside
At the base of Waialae Iki in East Honolulu, a hillside has been undergoing a dramatic re-contouring with excavators cutting deep benches and leaving scarred rock faces visible from Kalanianaole Highway. Star-Advertiser.

Caldwell calls for legalization and regulation of transient accommodations
The failure of counties to enforce zoning codes has added to the state's housing crisis with a staggering number of runaway illegal vacation rentals. Mayor Kirk Caldwell is proposing to fix that broken picture by legalizing Bed and Breakfasts, with operators paying higher taxes and penalties for violations. Hawaii Public Radio. KITV.

Owner of alleged "monster house" in Manoa fires back at neighbors
Tensions have been escalating over the home built in 1919 for the founder of Straub Clinic since Grant Shen purchased it in 2016. Neighbors say he has illegally converted the single-family residence into an apartment building with as many as 15 to 20 people living there. Hawaii News Now.

Kailua home turning a lot of heads lately
A shipping container has been installed above it. With the lack of space and housing here in Hawaii, it's good to think out of the box for solutions. And sometimes that means living in a box. KHON2.

Hyatt Centric workers vote to unionize
Workers at the Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach Hotel cast their votes Tuesday to make the property the first Hawaii hotel to join the Unite Here Local 5 union through a National Labor Relations Board election in two decades. Star-Advertiser.

HTA balks at $6M price for UFC title fight
The Ultimate Fighting Championship made the Hawaii Tourism Authority an offer it could refuse, leading to the collapse of talks that had been aimed at bringing a UFC card starring Max Holloway to Aloha Stadium this summer. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now.

Honolulu tops the nation for solar capacity per capita
The new report released by Environment America found Honolulu also ranks third in the nation for total solar installed in a city. KITV.
 


 

HAWAII BUSINESS
Duane Kurisu & Business Leaders To Speak at Hilo Event
Hilo is where Hawaii Business owner and aio founder Duane Kurisu grew up & he has gathered four local leaders including, John Dean of CPB, Allan Ikawa of Big Island Candies, John Komeiji of Hawaiian Telcom & Colbert Matsumoto of Island Insurance Co., for a talk story discussion at SmallBiz Academy Hilo on April 20. Register today!
 

HAWAI‘I ISLAND
Kim's assistant, Niimi resigns
Lance Niimi, executive assistant to Mayor Harry Kim and Hawaii County's homeless coordinator, has resigned his post. West Hawaii Today.

Homeless housing fast tracked
Roy Takemoto, executive assistant to Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim, was in Honolulu Wednesday meeting with Ford Fuchigami, Ige's administrative director, and others to discuss an emergency proclamation Kim requested from the governor in March. West Hawaii Today.

Hele-On help rolls in: Grant pays for six new vans
Hawaii County's beleaguered bus system is getting a little boost from the federal government, thanks to a $576,000 grant announced Wednesday. West Hawaii Today.

Kohala hospital receives funding
Kohala Hospital will receive much-needed renovations following the release of capital improvement project funds that were recently released by Gov. David Ige. Big Island Now.

Hilo mural with armed hula dancer painted over amid complaints
A mural meant to celebrate this year's Merrie Monarch Festival has instead created a conflict between artistic expression and sensitivity about gun violence in America. Hawaii News Now.

Dispute leaves DirecTV customers without hula coverage
For thousands of local residents who aren’t among the relative few holding coveted tickets to the Merrie Monarch Festival’s hula competition, the live statewide broadcast by KFVE-TV of the three nights of hula is a must view. Tribune-Herald.

HAWAII BUSINESS
Kids and Adults Fly High at Seagull Schools

In 2012, Seagull was one of only 16 childcare centers nationally to be recognized by then-first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign promoting healthy lifestyles for children. About a year ago, all campuses became Blue Zones Project-certified as environments for healthy living...read more
 

MAUI COUNTY
Chief Faaumu receives high marks in annual evaluation
The Maui Police Commission recently finished its annual review and evaluation of police chief Tivoli Faaumu. KHON2.

Kaiser expands footprint on Maui
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has acquired 6.2 acres under its Wailuku Medical Office for $22 million. Star-Advertiser. Maui Now.

Input sought on Waiehu Golf Clubhouse improvements
Two "Meet and Greet" events will be held to discuss the Waiehu Clubhouse Master Plan & Feasibility Study. Maui Now.

End of the road for Maui Downhill
Rich Goodenough likes to play poker, and as friends will say, he knows when it’s time to fold. The 76-year-old owner of bike tour company Maui Downhill closed his business’s doors on Monday, three months after Haleakala National Park trimmed the number of tour companies allowed to operate in the park starting this year. Maui News.

Workers' thefts sank Molokai credit union
The government says over at least nine years, two employees stole more than $1 million from the credit union, leading to First Hawaiian Homes Credit Union's insolvency, closing and liquidation. Star-Advertiser.
 

KAUAI
Hanalei thankful for state help, but want road fixes
The state's spotlight has swung toward Hanalei because of recent landslides, but locals say it's the streets, not the slopes, with the major problem. Garden Island.

Talks turn heated on Westside plan
The question of what makes a community was the center of a heated discussion about the West Kauai Community Plan during the County Council's Planning Committee meeting Wednesday. Garden Island.

Dogs have joined the fight against invasive rats on Lehua Island
Monitoring teams are observing more albatross on Lehua Island than they have in a long time, according to a Wednesday press release from the Department of Land and Natural Resources. 
Garden Island. KHON2. 


 
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