Friday, October 14, 2016

Jobs increase, Obama endorses Caldwell, Japanese flag donated to Pearl Harbor, text-to-911 announced, Maui to meet on hospital woes, Hilo Bayfront trails advance, money for Kauai homeless, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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The total number of jobs in Hawaii is forecast to increase 5.6 percent from 696,390 to 735,180 from 2014 to 2024, according to a report released Thursday by the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. Star-Advertiser.

State officials forecast Hawaii's job force will increase by more than 5 percent between 2014 and 2024. KITV.

Fishery Council Downplays Worker Abuses On Hawaii Ships. Council members say there are no serious issues in Hawaii’s longline tuna fleet, but the industry is taking action to make sure. Civil Beat.

A Japanese navy flag that flew on the battleship of the man who planned the attack on Pearl Harbor was donated Thursday to the National Park Service. Associated Press.

Folks in Hawaii can now text emergency requests to 911. The service was announced at a press conference with Gov. David Ige and state and other officials Thursday. Civil Beat.

Getting help during an emergency is now coming into the 21st century. You can now text 911 thanks to a new service launched Thursday. KHON2.

U.S. Rep Tulsi Gabbard received a scathing email from longtime Hillary Clinton supporters, including a former director of the Clinton Foundation, the day after she announced her resignation as a vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee in February to endorse Bernie Sanders’ bid for the presidency. Star-Advertiser.

Sales increase for homes and condominiums statewide. Pacific Business News.

Oahu

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell scored two key endorsements in his re-election bid this week, including a nod from the commander in chief. Star-Advertiser.

A big score for Kirk Caldwell came Thursday: The president of the United States endorsed the mayor’s re-election. Civil Beat.

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, the city agency overseeing the more than $8 billion rail transit project, will foot the $4.7 million bill for relocating underground utilities that are in the path of the project, Pacific Business News has learned.

A former University of Hawaii student and Air Force veteran is suing the university and one of his professors — the chairwoman of the Manoa Faculty Senate — for allegedly attacking him with “violent outbursts and irrational verbal and physical abuse.” Star-Advertiser.

A foundering affordable rental high-rise project slated for state land in Kakaako is on a new path for development with two state agencies swapping control of the roughly $300 million plan known as 690 Pohukaina. Star-Advertiser.

For the past week outreach workers have gone tent to tent at Kakaako Waterfront Park alerting homeless campers of a coming sweep.  Despite being urged to go into shelter the majority of people haven't budged. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii’s Stanford Carr Development LLC has recently purchased 26 acres in Makaha in Leeward Oahu from a Japanese company with the intent of building a project featuring 120 single-family homes, a recreation center and other amenities, the developer’s top executive confirmed to Pacific Business News this week.

Hawaii

Mayor-elect Harry Kim has tapped another old hand for his Cabinet. Kim said this week that he’s chosen Frank DeMarco to head the Department of Public Works. West Hawaii Today.

The contested case hearing over the Thirty Meter Telescope is gearing up. It is set to begin in Hilo on Tuesday. Civil Beat.

After years on the drawing board and in the planning room, the Hilo Bayfront Trails project has made the leap to reality. Tribune-Herald.

Two developments intended to provide 170 affordable housing rental units for Kona families and seniors are expected to finish construction and start moving in new residents at the end of next year. West Hawaii Today.

A former police officer who allegedly struck and killed a bicyclist in what the Hawaii Fire Department called a hit-and-run collision last year in South Kohala has been indicted by a Kona grand jury. Tribune-Herald.

Maui

State lawmakers will get an informational briefing Monday on the fallout of the one-year delay in transferring Maui public hospitals to Maui Health System, a Kaiser Permanente-affiliated hospital system. Maui News.

The state Department of Transportation is moving forward with plans to tear down the 95-year-old condemned pier in Hana that residents say is a recreational hot spot, but that the department views as a safety hazard. Maui News.

Maui County Council Member Don Couch will need to wait a few days to learn the outcome of a Board of Ethics complaint against him. Maui News.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources will hold a public hearing next month in Kihei on proposed natural area reserve rule amendments, including parking fees for visitors and lot hours at ‘Ahihi-Kina’u. Maui News.

Kauai

Kauai Economic Opportunity gets $25,000 for homeless. Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association opens 189th General Membership Meeting in Poipu. Garden Island.

Commentary: Planning Conference Wasn’t About Freebies And Booze. The media didn’t actually cover the Hawaii Congress of Planning Officials. Too bad, because important work was done. Civil Beat.