Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Record high voter registration, business leaders party with elected officials, Ige signs electronic records proclamation, jury selection starts in Kenoi trial, Honolulu police destroy rape kits, fact-checking Honolulu mayor race, solar permits drop, Maui hunting reserve opposed, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

courtesy office of Hawaii Governor
Gov. David Ige signs electronic proclamation, courtesy Governor's Office
With a single tap on a Microsoft Surface Pro, Gov. David Ige helped the state reach a major milestone in its commitment to reduce the amount of paper it uses. Governor Ige proclaimed Oct. 16, 2016 as Electronic Records Day in Hawaii. It is Hawaii's first paperless proclamation by a governor. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii saw a record-low turnout in the August primary election but hit record voter registration numbers Monday. What to expect come Nov. 8 is the big question. Star-Advertiser.

How Hawaii Companies Pay To Party It Up With Public Officials. A conference held last month on Kauai shows how Hawaii’s business elite pay money to help wine and dine influential public officials. Civil Beat.

Hundreds of Native Hawaiian homeless people could be housed in accessory dwelling units with the help of the Department of Hawaiian Homelands, a new Hawaiian Community Assets study says. Hawaii News Now.

Oahu

There are no televised debates scheduled for the race for Honolulu Mayor. But there are a number of allegations from the two leading candidates that should be checked for accuracy. Hawaii Public Radio.

HPD destroyed hundreds of untested sex assault kits. Hawaii News Now.

Honolulu firefighters are reporting injuries at a rapidly growing rate, and a rate that’s much higher than the national average. KHON2.

The number of photovoltaic building permits issued for Oahu fell 40 percent in September compared with the same month last year. Star-Advertiser.

An energy savings project being done by the Honolulu Board of Water Supply is expected to create 129 jobs, $42.7 million in household income and $3.4 million in state tax revenue during the next two decades, the water board said Monday. Pacific Business News.

The Honolulu Board of Water Supply said Monday its $33 million energy-efficiency project beginning this month will create nearly 129 jobs. Star-Advertiser.

Do Officials Really Want To Know What Kalihi Residents Think? Big projects are on the horizon, but some people feel that community-input meetings are designed to manipulate the message. Civil Beat.

Democratic incumbent state Rep. Roy Takumi is seeking another term to represent District 35, pledging to implement an after-school program to interest middle school students in learning. Takumi, 64, and Republican candidate Roger Clemente, 54, supervisor of community service aides for the city Elderly Affairs Division, will face off in the Nov. 8 general election to represent the district that encompasses Pearl City, Manana and Waipio. Star-Advertiser.

Dr. Yutaka Koichi Yoshi, who probably was the oldest surviving member of the World War II 442nd Regimental Combat Team, died last month at age 104. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii


On the first day of jury selection in the theft trial of Mayor Billy Kenoi in Hilo, the judge took matters into his own hands Monday. In an unusual move, the judge did all the questioning of individual jurors Monday while Kenoi; his lawyers, Todd Eddins and Richard Sing; and prosecutors Kevin Takata and Michelle Puu, both deputy attorneys general, sat and listened and/or took notes. Tribune-Herald.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources has reissued a finding of no significant environmental impact for the second phase of improvements to Kekaha Kai State Park. West Hawaii Today.

A new, free hepatitis C/HIV testing clinic is available in Keaau. Tribune-Herald.

Maui

Plans to create a hunting and game reserve in Kanaio are stirring up opposition from residents who say it will have little benefit to the community. Maui News.

As an emergency room physician at Maui Memorial Medical Center for 40 years, Dr. John Mills has seen his share of trauma from car crashes, broken bones, lacerations and the multitude of other emergencies patients report after walking in the door of the island’s only acute-care hospital. Maui News.

Three Hawaiian Airlines baggage handlers are being investigated for theft after guns were reported stolen from the checked luggage of law enforcement officers. Associated Press.

On Thursday, October 6, 2016, Detectives and Officers from the Maui Police Department along with federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) arrested three Hawaiian Airlines employees in connection with several theft investigations. MauiWatch.

Kauai

Cloudy skies and light showers didn’t stop construction worker Joe Duronslet from registering to vote Monday morning as he stood underneath the tent outside of the Historic County Building, filling out his paperwork. Garden Island.

Traffic will be impacted by the installation of a new waterline at the intersection of Maluhia and Waila‘au Road in Koloa. Garden Island.