Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Lack of training blamed for deadly Marine Corps helicopter crash, celebrity chef Sam Choy testifies in Kenoi trial, Ige's salary lags top CEOs, Hanabusa a sure thing, another $6.9M for Honolulu homeless housing, iconic Coco Palms trying to rebuild, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Sam Choy hands a photograph back to attorney Richard Sing while he testifies during Kenoi's trial Tuesday in Hilo Circuit Court. Pool photo HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald
Celebrity chef Sam Choy didn’t take long to change the mood in Mayor Billy Kenoi’s criminal trial Tuesday morning. Tribune-Herald.

Celebrity chef Sam Choy took the witness stand today during the ongoing criminal trial of Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi. Big Island Video News.

The architect of Hawaii County’s purchasing card — or pCard — program testified in Mayor Billy Kenoi’s corruption trial Tuesday that Kenoi had broad leeway over his spending, including purchasing alcohol, as long as it was in the best interest of the county. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi's former managing director knew as far back as 2011 that the mayor was using his government-issued credit card for personal purchases. Hawaii News Now.

On day four of the trial for Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi, a total of five witnesses were called to the stand by the defense team. KITV.

Day four of Hawaii Island Mayor Billy Kenoi’s trial saw laughter and tears in the courtroom. KHON2.

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A Marine investigation of a deadly 2016 helicopter collision off Oahu found that pilot error, lack of training and command problems were to blame. The findings are contained in a report obtained by the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley. Civil Beat.

Twelve Hawaii Marines were killed on Jan. 14 when two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters collided off Oahu as one chopper raced at night to catch up and the first helicopter turned in its path, according to the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California, Berkeley. Star-Advertiser.

How Gov. David Ige's salary compares with other governors. Pacific Business News.

The election is still two weeks away, but a Washington, D.C., political news outlet says Colleen Hanabusa will definitely be returned to Congress. Civil Beat.

Two incumbents face challengers in the final two races for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. West Hawaii Today.

Restaurant Brands New Zealand Ltd. said Tuesday it plans to buy Pacific Island Restaurants, the largest fast-food operator in Hawaii, for $105 million. Pacific Business News.

Oahu
Nearly a year after Hale Mauliola’s opening, city leaders who once doubted it would work are calling the transitional housing complex a success — and they aim to expand the model to help address widespread homelessness on Oahu. Star-Advertiser.

The city spent $6.9 million to buy a three-story, 24-unit walk-up apartment building on Beretania Street to be used for low-income and homeless housing. Star-Advertiser.

Are Oahu’s Bridges Better Off Than They Were 4 Years Ago? Kirk Caldwell promised to improve them. But while work has continued, there haven’t been any new repair initiatives. Civil Beat.

This Clear Water Has Been Flowing Under Kakaako Since The 1920s. An auwai has been discovered underground, and Howard Hughes wants to find a way to bring it to the surface. Civil Beat.

Heavy day at polls as early voting starts. Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu voters are being asked to establish an agency dedicated to managing thousands of acres of city land and another charged with handling climate change and sustainability. Civil Beat.

The chief executive of the Queen’s Medical Center says the hospital is trying to help fix the state’s critical primary care shortage in private practice even as it offers lucrative contracts to persuade doctors to join its staff. Star-Advertiser.

A 14 year old Hawaiian monk seal is back in the water after a lifesaving surgery to remove a fishing hook he swallowed. Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released RE-74, also known as Benny, after a two-week recovery period. Hawaii Public Radio.

Copper thieves target street lights along Farrington Highway. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii

The contested case hearing over a key permit for the Thirty Meter Telescope inched forward today as opponents of the project wrapped up their questions for the first witness called by the University of Hawaii, and moved on to the second. Star-Advertiser.

Fence on Mauna Loa meant to protect ‘ua‘u from feral cats. Tribune-Herald.

Humpback whale season typically starts in December and stretches through March, but a few of the mammoth mammals recently made early appearances off the coast of West Hawaii. Two separate reports of sightings came into the West Hawaii Today Tuesday, the first such reports since last season.

Maui
Commentary: Why Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa’s decision to suspend community plans may be a bad idea. MauiTime.

Maui County’s largest products show, the 3rd Annual Made in Maui County Festival, is fast approaching and the island is gearing up for what is anticipated to be a “big draw” for both residents and visitors alike. MauiWatch.

Kauai

The developers of the iconic Coco Palms Resort on Kauai are hoping to clear another hurdle. Pacific Business News.

‘No vote, no grumble’ Some visit polls before the general election. Garden Island.

Schools in the state of Hawaii are getting a much needed boost from the U.S. Department of Education. HIDOE will receive $1.5 million in School Improvement Grants, or SIG, to improve facilities, classrooms and the overall student experience. Garden Island.

Blocking the locks. DLNR removes 94 ‘love locks’ from Waimea Canyon lookout. Garden Island.