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A quarter of isle public schools have high rates of chronic absenteeism
According to a national report, schools were said to have a high rate of chronic absenteeism if 20 to 29 percent of students were gone for 15 days or more. Overall, about 15 percent of all Hawaii public school students were chronically absent. But at the school level, that figure varied widely. Hawaii News Now.

Panel to study constitutional convention question before election
Colin Moore and Keith Mattson are gathering a group of voters to form a Citizens Initiative Review panel to review the pros and cons of holding a constitutional convention. The panel will be comprised of neighborhood board members across Oahu and possibly some members of nonprofits. It is expected to publish a statement Oct. 10 with its findings, both pro and con. Civil Beat.

Brett Kavanaugh no friend of special rights for Native Hawaiians
Trump's Supreme Court nominee once called the Office of Hawaiian Affairs a "naked racial spoils system." The topic was not discussed on the opening day of Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing Tuesday, the morning was marked by loud protests and partisan posturing, it will likely be a subject of inquiry from U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, who sits on the Judiciary Committee holding the hearing. Civil Beat.

Hurricane Norman is strengthening
Packing maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, Norman was about 480 miles east of Hilo and 670 miles east of Honolulu and heading west at 12 mph at 5 a.m. today, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. Star-Advertiser.

UH researchers get grant for Limu Study
The National Science Foundation has awarded $792,021 to a team of researchers from UH Manoa, Bishop Museum and the Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife to describe a species of limu found only in the Hawaiian archipelago’s deep and dimly lit waters. Star-Advertiser.

Four Ways to Fight the Flu  
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccination as the best line of defense against the flu. But it isn’t the only way to stay healthy...read more.

Erosion at Makaha threatens homes
A big south swell brought on by Hurricane Lane sliced off a 50-foot chunk of Makaha Beach in front of the Among family home, eating away half of their backyard. According to Kea Among, the property damage is much more extensive than what they experienced in 1992 and 1982 when Hurricanes Iniki and Iwa flooded their home. Hawaii News Now.

Affordable units make up 20 percent of new Waikiki rental tower
The developer of a planned rental apartment tower in Waikiki has given the project a name and increased the length of time homes would be affordable to residents earning less than the median income. Star-Advertiser. KITV.

Will lawsuit against UH from woman injured in lab explosion hold up?
Thea Ekins-Coward was a postdoctoral fellow when the explosion occurred in 2016; she filed a lawsuit against UH claiming negligence in 2017. The question about her employment status may elevate the case to the Hawaii Supreme Court after attorneys for Ekins-Coward filed a petition to the state’s high court last month, contending she was never a UH employee. Civil Beat.

United Airlines catering workers to vote on unionization
Workers in Honolulu and four other cities will vote on whether to unionize after gaining federal approval to hold the election. The National Mediation Board ruled Aug. 22 that the election could proceed. United Airlines sought to block it after raising questions about whether the union had wrongly pressured workers to sign cards in support of organizing. Civil Beat.

Babysitter accused of child sex assault found dead in Laie
A CrimeStoppers bulletin publicized on Aug. 22 that Jesse Puaa allegedly sexually assaulted someone’s children. CrimeStoppers coordinator Sgt. Chris Kim said that Puaa’s body was found floating in a river in Laie on Aug. 31. Star-Advertiser.




Is Waikiki Safe?
Oahu’s tourism and entertainment hub endures an epidemic of beach thefts, random spikes in violent crimes and an understaffed police force. Here’s what’s being done to counter the crime...read more.

Property tax ballot question could cost property owners millions collectively
Hawaii Island property owners could end up paying an extra $75 million annually if a constitutional amendment passes that would allow the state to carve off a piece of county property taxes for public education. West Hawaii Today.

Jaggar Museum artifacts being moved to Pahoa
Mainstreet Pahoa Association's Board of Directors reports that they are in discussions with Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, in cooperation with Mainstreet Pahoa Association, in allowing the contents of the world renowned Jaggar Museum in the park to be transferred to Pahoa and be housed for temporary exhibit. Big Island Now.

Kilauea's sulfur dioxide emissions drop
Between Kilauea summit, the lower East Rift Zone and Puu Oo, sulfur dioxide emission rates have dropped to less than 1,000 tons per day, the lowest since 2007. Tribune-Herald.

Lava access draws tourists, locals alike
Tourists and locals trickled into the gated MacKenzie State Recreation Area to get a closer look at the cooled aa lava flow during the recent lull in the spectacular lower East Rift Zone eruption. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii’s Most Profitable Companies

Hawaiian Airlines is the most profitable company in Hawaii after two straight years as No. 2 on our annual ranking. Its profit in 2017 was $364 million...read more.

Hotel workers rally on Kaanapali Beach for higher wages, contract
Under the rallying cry of “one job should be enough,” hotel union workers called for higher wages and a contract Monday afternoon on the beach fronting the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. Maui News.

Hikers airlifted from Iao Valley
Seven individuals were stranded on a high spot in the middle of the river by quickly rising waters. Wailuku firefighters located the group and Rescue 10 personnel aboard the Department’s Air 1 helicopter were called to extract all seven individuals. Maui Now. KHON2.

Lanai and Molokai visitor numbers increasing substantially
According to HTA stats for July, Lanai welcomed 6,251 visitors, up 19.1% from the same month last year. For visitor expenditures, the island saw spending jump 67.9% from $5.1 million to $8.6 million. Molokai also reported big percentage increases for the month. The Friendly Isle’s visitor arrivals climbed 32.2% to 5,644, and its spending soared 109.5% to $2.9 million. Maui News.

Remnants from Lane lengthen timeline for Kuhio Highway emergency repairs
The National Weather Service said that flooding last week in that area at times approached the level seen during April's record-breaking event, especially in Wainiha Valley and Hanalei Valley. Crews were in the middle of tackling repairs at 32 sites along the highway. Hawaii News Now.

Feline balancing act
With the Animal Balance sterilization project in full swing, teams of trappers are canvassing the Lihue and Kapaa areas for community cats. Garden Island.



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