Friday, April 1, 2016

Hawaiian Electric seeks smart-grid revamp, another super delegate for Hawaii Democrats, bill denying rapists parental rights clears committee, Big Island council to mull general excise tax surcharge, Kauai Rep. Kawakami leaving Legislature, skyscraper OK'd for Waikiki, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Hawaiian Electric Co. asked the state Thursday to approve a $340 million smart-grid system that would improve reliability, allow for increased use of renewable energy sources and give customers more control over their electrical use. Star-Advertiser.

Gov. David Ige’s administration concluded in filings Thursday that 22 days of hearings on NextEra Energy Inc.’s proposed purchase of Hawaiian Electric Industries proved the plan is a bad fit for the state. Star-Advertiser.

A proposed law passed through the House Committee on Judiciary Thursday would allow the courts to deprive rapists of parental rights as long as there’s “clear and convincing evidence” that a child was conceived during a sexual assault. Associated Press.

Legislation backed by groups who want to reduce homelessness and create more affordable housing cleared the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday. Civil Beat.

The Senate Senate Ways and Means Committee moved 22 bills forward Thursday, the latest batch to clear the crucial money committee chaired by Sen. Jill Tokuda. On Tuesday, the committee passed bills to reduce homelessness and create more affordable housing. Civil Beat.

Senate Bill 3034 has been moving along at the Hawaii Legislature, but the bill called “Marsy’s Law” faces a deadline next week or it’s likely dead for 2016. Civil Beat.

Hawaii Democrats discovered last week that they have another superdelegate for the party’s national convention in Philadelphia this summer. The news comes as pressure builds on Hawaii’s superdelegates to support U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Gets Another Superdelegate For Democratic Convention. In a surprise to local party officials, Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui was added just before the presidential preference poll, bringing the total to 10. Civil Beat.

Some of Hawaii’s most dynamic teachers are reaching out to inspire colleagues and enhance their profession as part of a new corps of “teacher leaders.Star-Advertiser.

It’s no coincidence that April is Tsunami Awareness Month in Hawaii. Seventy years ago today the islands were pounded by one of the most destructive tsunamis in the 20th century, a series of massive waves that took 159 lives and caused more than $26 million in damage across the state. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii hotel rates rose 5.1 percent last week to an average daily rate of $270.77 as hotel occupancy across the Island srose 4.5 percentage points to 83.9 percent, according to the weekly report from Hospitality Advisors LLC and STR Inc. Pacific Business News.

What really happened at the ʻAha, part IV. The international committee struggles to have its alternative documents to the federal-recognition constitution put before the participants for consideration. Hawaii Independent.

Oahu

The Honolulu City Council zoning committee has unanimously approved plans for a hotel-condo tower to be built at King's Village in Waikiki that's 110 feet higher than current zoning allows. Hawaii News Now.

Neighborhood Concerns Face Off Against Honolulu’s Need For Affordable Housing. The City Council considers a development moratorium that would postpone a project in Moanalua, while another in Chinatown has been delayed for months and still faces obstacles. Civil Beat.

Kirk Caldwell has a new campaign commercial playing on local radio stations. Star-Advertiser.

The solar airplane grounded in Hawaii last year flew back into action today. The solar impulse went for a training flight at Kalaeloa Airport. KITV4.

Hawaii

The public will get its chance to weigh in on a taxing question next week, when the County Council Finance Committee considers a half-percent general excise tax surcharge for transportation projects. West Hawaii Today.

A judge’s decision was reported incorrectly Thursday in West Hawaii Today regarding a neighbor dispute over ocean views in the Alii Heights subdivision. The judge ruled in favor of the couple who sought remedy from their neighbors whose shrubbery they claimed obstructed their ocean view. John S. Gailliard and Jodi L. Gailliard prevailed in their civil suit against Elizabeth Rawsthorne and William Bates, Judge Melvin Fujino wrote in an order filed Wednesday. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

Although hundreds of Makena Beach & Golf Resort employees will be without jobs beginning July 1, their prospects for regaining employment are bright in Maui's burgeoning hotel industry, Maui County officials said Wednesday. Maui News.

Discovery Land Co. said Thursday that the $300 million redevelopment of the Makena Golf & Beach Club will will create 400 new construction jobs, and that about 20 percent of the 385 employees who will be affected by the hotel's closure will remain at the resort to assist with operations. Pacific Business News.

Still in its early stages, a project calling for the development of 32 private rental townhomes, along with retail, dining and office space, is being proposed for a 1-acre parcel on Vineyard Street near the back parking lot of Maui Medical Group in Wailuku.Maui News.

Kauai

Calling it the easiest decision he has ever made, Kauai Rep. Derek Kawakami, D-Kapaa, announced Thursday he not run for another term in the state House and will instead seek a two-year term on the Kauai Council. Garden Island.

State Rep. Derek Kawakami announced Thursday that he’s going to give up his seat in the Legislature and run for the Kauai County Council. Civil Beat.

Saturday started in sewage for a few guests at The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas when a system failure spilled raw human waste into the bathrooms of one of the resort’s guest buildings, affecting about 5 percent of all of their rooms. Garden Island.