Thursday, November 17, 2016

Homeless count details coming today, union tries to unseat Souki coalition, first super-majority female Hawaii County council chooses leaders, Maui reef threatened by groundwater degradation, pushing Honolulu rail to its limits, Honolulu attorney Galiher remembered after Molokai chopper crash, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Homelessness in the U.S. declined over the past year. Even so, there were large increases in several cities, including Los Angeles and Seattle. Hawaii Public Radio.


The federal government is estimating the number of homeless people nationwide. The Department of Housing and Urban Development will announce state-by-state figures Thursday. Associated Press.


If its campaign contributions and endorsements are any indication, Hawaii’s second-biggest public employee union seems intent on pushing for new leadership in the state House. United Public Workers gave twice as much money to candidates this election compared to the prior one, but that money did not go to the coalition led by Speaker Joe Souki, Finance Chair Sylvia Luke and Majority Leader Scott Saiki that has controlled the chamber since 2012. Civil Beat.


Oahu

The Honolulu City Council is moving ahead with a measure supporting construction of the full 20-mile rail transit line to Ala Moana, despite the project’s crippling cost overruns and lengthy delays. Star-Advertiser.


A public hearing on proposed rules that would govern traditional taxis, Uber and Lyft operations will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Mission Memorial Building hearing room. Star-Advertiser.


State health officials are warning the public to stay out of a section of Lake Wilson in Wahiawa after raw sewage spilled into waters. Star-Advertiser.


Sex on the streets, it's a sight bystanders say they're seeing way too much of among Hawaii's homeless. KITV.

A school construction project that ended up hundreds of thousands of dollars over-budget and took an extra two years to build is finally finished. KHON2.


Two new residential towers are now open in Kakaako, marking milestones for separate but slowly converging master-planned communities in Honolulu’s urban core. Star-Advertiser.

Two years after the death of one of its hippos, the Honolulu Zoo plans to reopen its hippo exhibit. Hawaii News Now.

Gary Galiher was a hard-charging lawyer who dedicated much of his Honolulu law practice to those who got a raw deal in life, many of them victims of negligent corporations. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii

With four new members starting next month, the Hawaii County Council has chosen a new leader. Hamakua Councilwoman Valerie Poindexter was voted chairwoman and North Kona Councilwoman Karen Eoff was chosen as vice chairwoman, Poindexter said late Tuesday. West Hawaii Today.

Despite warnings from local attorneys that the measure probably violates the County Charter, the County Council voted 6-2 Wednesday to send the mayor a bill giving the council more say about the firing of county civil attorneys. West Hawaii Today.


Hilo Councilman Aaron Chung expressed some buyer’s remorse this week over supporting a $99.75 million bond. Tribune-Herald.

Maui

Researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi have released a new study that links the quality of coastal groundwater with reef degradation on Maui. Maui Now.

In a study published recently in PLOS ONE, UH Mānoa scientists used a combination of field experiments and chemical analysis of water and algae to show that the quality of coastal groundwater plays a major role in determining the health of nearshore ecosystems in Hawai‘i. Maui Watch.

This week, the Maui County Council considered toughening its ban on plastic bags—and extending it to other items that wind up in landfills. Hawaii Public Radio.

Kauai

Kauai Lifeguard Association donates trucks, jet skis to Ocean Safety Bureau. Garden Island.

Kauai veterans seeking to immerse themselves back into society may soon have a support system. Garden Island.

Beachfront views and whispers of yesteryear cast a spell over a five-bedroom house fronting Hanalei Bay that just sold for $16.2 million. Garden Island.