Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Honolulu may get tiny piece of Obama presidential library, state tax returns delayed, Kauai council trims open space fund, Maui mulls public electric utility, Hawaii geothermal minerals valuable, Oahu chases homeless, police honor their fallen, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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University of Hawaii early plans to locate Obama presidential library, courtesy photo
President Barack Obama has decided to build his presidential library on the South Side of Chicago, where his political career began. However, the foundation said it plans to collaborate with each of the other three finalists, including the University of Hawaii. Associated Press.

With Chicago on the verge Tuesday of being named the future home of Barack Obama's presidential library, University of Hawaii officials still couldn't say on the eve of the expected announcement that Hono­lulu would win some component of the project. Star-Advertiser.

President Barack Obama's presidential library will be located on the South Side of Chicago, not in Kaka'ako, the president confirmed in an online video released early Tuesday morning. Hawaii News Now.

It’s official: Obama library will be in Chicago, presence in Honolulu. KHON2.

State tax returns could be delayed 16 weeks. Hawaii News Now.

The Hawaii Health Connector has prepared a contingency plan to shut down operations by Sept. 30 after lawmakers failed to pass legislation to keep the state's troubled Obama­care insurance exchange afloat. Star-Advertiser.

The state Office of Planning is accepting comments on its draft analysis of Hawaii’s land use system, which points out “system-wide weaknesses” in how Hawaii manages growth and development. The deadline for submitting comments is May 31. Civil Beat.

Always Investigating found the state’s out-of-date paper system can delay payday for thousands of public workers. Even if you’re not a state worker it can affect you, because all of that manual processing has cost taxpayers millions in overpayments that are very hard to get back. KHON2.

Oahu

How Can ‘Housing First’ Work When the Housing Isn’t There? If Oahu is ever to solve its stubborn homelessness problem, a big influx of affordable housing units will be required. Meeting the challenge is difficult and costly, but the state might save money in the long run. Civil Beat.

An effort to build more housing for Hawaii's struggling families gets a big “no thanks” from the neighbors. The state is hoping to partner with a developer to turn some office space into new units in Kalihi. Hawaii News Now.

One of Oahu's most notorious homeless hangouts is about to be cleaned up yet again. So why are people saying it's just a waste of time? KITV4.

Profit keeps flowing as more cement gets poured and construction cranes raise the "ultra luxury" Waiea condominium tower in Kakaako where units have sold for an average price of $3.7 million. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Pacific University is a little more than three months away from moving its first group of students into the newly-renovated Aloha Tower Marketplace in Downtown Honolulu. Pacific Business News.

As she does every year, Kay Lindemann Allen attended the Honolulu Police Department's Remembrance walk and memorial ceremony Monday evening to honor the memory of her father and to show solidarity with the family members of other officers who have died in the line of duty. Star-Advertiser.

A double change of command for two of the Pacific's highest-ranking military members will show off some four-star power May 27 at Pearl Harbor now that the Pentagon's top military job is sorted out. Star-Advertiser.

The State Legislature did not provide additional funding this session for the University of Hawai’i Cancer Center which is operating with an annual 13-million dollar deficit. Hawaii Public Radio.

Hawaii

The Hawaii County Council witnessed a presentation last Tuesday that is likely to spark a state-wide discussion on the use of Hawaii’s geothermal mineral resources. Big Island Video News.

In response to increased seismic activity along the East Rift Zone, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park closed backcountry trails and campgrounds below Kilauea’s summit for overnight use. Tribune-Herald.

For some, getting up close and personal with a swollen, boiling lake of lava might sound terrifying, even nightmarish. For 37-year-old Matt Patrick, it’s a dream come true. Tribune-Herald.

Fifth-graders from Na Wai Ola Public Charter School in Mountain View were among those who joined the Hawaii Police Department in celebrating Police Week on Monday at the Hilo police station. Tribune-Herald.

Former Hawaii County Prosecutor Jon Ono died April 30. He was 68. Tribune-Herald.

The Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems is facing the possibility of shutting down next year after lawmakers approved $8.5 million for a new headquarters and test facility but not the $1.4 million the Hilo-based aerospace agency requested to fund its operations. Tribune-Herald.

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi is scheduled to appear before the Board of Ethics Wednesday to respond to a citizen's complaint relating to his use of a county-issue credit card, called a PCard. KITV4.

The uncut version of Kenoi's interview with Honolulu media in early April.

Maui

As Hawaiian Electric Industries and Florida-based NextEra Energy Inc. continue to hammer out the details of their $4.3 billion merger deal signed in December, Mayor Alan Arakawa suggests Maui County consider all options, including a publicly owned electric utility. Maui News.

The Kapalua Resort Association says extending its West Maui coastal trail will be a boon not only for resort guests but also for the public. Maui News.

The proposed protection and restoration of habitat for native species at Nuʻu on the leeward slopes of Haleakalā will be discussed at two upcoming public scoping meetings. Maui Now.

Victory Development, which currently is constructing condominium and commercial spaces in Kihei, is proposing to build a 39 unit, three- and four-story hotel-condominium project in a busy area of the South Maui town mauka of Kamaole Beach Park II. Maui News.

Opinion: State to spend even more money on Kahului Airport restrooms. MauiTime.

Kauai

The County Council, by a 4-3 vote, reduced the amount of money it will contribute to a fund set up specifically to purchase land for public use. Garden Island.

Two community groups opposing the proposed south side dairy are petitioning state officials to post signs at Waiopili Stream cautioning the public about health risks associated with exposure to what they say are highly polluted waters. Garden Island.

A federal court jury has awarded more than $500,000 to 15 Kauai residents who say they can’t enjoy their homes because of red dust from test fields operated by DuPont Pioneer. Associated Press.