Tuesday, October 18, 2016

State abuse notifications violate federal law, Kenoi trial starts today, $8.3M in rail change orders, more on feral cat poop problem, REITs cost millions in tax losses, Thirty Meter Telescope hearing Thursday, Maui wastewater overflow, Kauai water project, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Halema‘uma‘u Crater
Kilauea crater overflow, courtesy Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
Kilauea Volcano’s summit lava lake has deposited fresh lava onto the floor of Halema‘uma‘u Crater for the first time since spring 2015. Tribune-Herald.

The procedures the state has used for years to notify thousands of Hawaii families suspected of child abuse or neglect in less serious cases do not meet U.S. regulations and must be changed, according to the preliminary findings of a federal investigation. Star-Advertiser.

Two years ago the state Legislature wanted to know the value of a Hawaii tax deduction that benefits real estate investment trusts, or REITs. Now they know, and it’s way higher than they previously estimated. Star-Advertiser.

Feces from Hawaii's stray cats threatens seals: Video. Pacific Business News.

A replacement has been found for Jim Williams, who resigned from the Hawaii state Board of Education last month. Gov. David Ige on Monday appointed former public school teacher and principal Darrel Galera. Civil Beat.

Oahu

Honolulu rail leaders approved $8.3 million in leftover change orders Thursday — cost increases related to delays and premature starts that hit the project’s first 10 miles. Star-Advertiser.

Following Monday’s meeting with the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s board of directors, chairwoman Colleen Hanabusa told KHON2 she wants a complete overhaul to fix a crumbling critical component to the rail.

Honolulu voters will be asked in November to decide whether to change the rules governing the city’s Affordable Housing Fund. Civil Beat.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is expected to nominate former Hawaii Supreme Court Associate Justice Steven Levinson to the Honolulu Police Commission. Civil Beat.

HPD: Officers' actions before Kunia shooting were appropriate. Hawaii News Now.

An elementary school serving mostly military families on Schofield Barracks now bears the name of the late U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, who was remembered Monday during a ceremony at the campus as a staunch supporter of education and the military. Star-Advertiser.

Teachers and administrators met at Radford High School for their first ever technology summit, Monday. Hawaii News Now.

School just got cooler for students at Jefferson Elementary in Waikiki. The Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association donated 32 air conditioners and fans that'll help fend off the campus's blistering heat. KITV.

Almost a century ago, Kakaako, with its dusty streets and dilapidated houses, seemed to be asleep, just awakening to the fact that business was encroaching on its boundaries. Civil Beat.

Jon McKenna, who abruptly departed from his position as the top executive of Associa Hawaii just a few weeks ago, is now with his former property management company’s chief competitor, Hawaiiana Management Co., his new company confirmed to Pacific Business News.

Hawaii

A jury was seated Monday in the trial of Mayor Billy Kenoi, clearing the way for opening statements that will start today in Hilo Circuit Court. Honolulu Circuit Court Judge Dexter Del Rosario, who is hearing the high-profile case, said he expects closing arguments to be held Oct. 31. Tribune-Herald.

On Hawaii Island, jury selection has wrapped and opening statements for the trial of Mayor Billy Kenoi will take place Tuesday. KHON2.

We will live stream court proceedings, however the signal may be cut off when the court goes into recess or has private bench conferences with the attorneys. When the trial resumes, our coverage will continue. KHON2.

Attorneys with the University of Hawaii at Hilo have accused Thirty Meter Telescope foes of waging a campaign to disrupt and delay the contested case hearing with the aim of having the case overturned on appeal. Star-Advertiser.

The start of witness testimony in the Thirty Meter Telescope contested case was delayed until Thursday. Tribune-Herald.

VIDEO: TMT Opponents Asked About Attorney Withdrawal. Big Island Video News.

Kim wants say in nominations: Flurry of last-minute Kenoi posts to county boards raises concerns. West Hawaii Today.

A former police officer was found dead on Sunday, two days before he was scheduled to change his plea in an assault case. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

A new classroom building at a crowded Maui campus is still empty, nearly three weeks after a blessing ceremony. Hawaii News Now.

A wastewater overflow of approximately 4,600 gallons occurred on Friday, Oct. 14, at 3 p.m. along South Kīhei Road. Maui Now.

Pavement striping will prompt alternating lane closures on Mokulele Highway between North Kihei and Kamaaina roads this week, according to the state Department of Transportation. Maui News.

Kauai

The water department is planning a $3.5 million project to make the dispersal of water from the Kapaia Reservoir more efficient. Garden Island.