Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Hawaii set to be first to challenge Trump's travel ban, state Senate passes assisted suicide bill, Honolulu may charge for checkout bags, Kona beach closed after high bacteria counts, Kauai searches for entangled humpback, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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 Feb. 10, 2017, rally, courtesy Muslim Association of Hawaii
Hawaii is expected to become the first state in the nation to challenge President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii is poised to challenge President Donald Trump’s new executive order on immigration as early as Wednesday — more than a week before the travel ban is set to take effect. Civil Beat.

Hawaii is not wasting any time challenging President Donald Trump's new travel ban. KITV.

A day after President Donald Trump signed a revised travel ban, attorneys for Hawaii said the state plans to challenge that order as well. Associated Press.

As Hawaii Muslims offered mid-day prayers Tuesday, the president of their association talked about recent anonymous hate messages directed at the Oahu mosque and its members via social media posts, emails and voicemail messages. Hawaii News Now.

Statement of Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin can be found here.

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Hawaii’s full Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to advance a bill that would let terminally ill patients obtain prescriptions for lethal doses of drugs after an emotional debate on the floor that included one senator’s personal story about his battle with pancreatic cancer and why he opposed giving patients the option to end their own lives. Star-Advertiser.

Aid In Dying Bill Clears Senate Despite Emotional Appeal. On a big day at the Capitol, senators also passed a rail tax bill while the House voted to decriminalize drug paraphernalia possession. Civil Beat.

The Hawaii Senate passed a bill to allow terminally ill patients to receive medical aid in dying, one of hundreds of bills lawmakers passed Tuesday ahead of a legislative deadline. Associated Press.

The state Senate passed a medical aid-in-dying bill and a bill to ban vaping and smoking on all University of Hawaii campuses. The two measures were among hundreds of bills lawmakers passed Tuesday ahead of a legislative deadline. Tribune-Herald.

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Growth in visitor arrivals has outpaced hotel usage in Hawaii, according to a recent survey commissioned by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, which shows consumer demand for alternative accommodations is growing. Star-Advertiser.

The Board of Education promises to be open and transparent regarding its search for a new superintendent. KHON2.

The ideal candidate to be Hawaii’s next schools superintendent will be a “transformational leader” who encourages innovation and risk-taking, inspires teamwork and demonstrates a deep commitment to helping students maximize their potential, according to a list of job characteristics endorsed by the state Board of Education. Star-Advertiser.

The state Department of Health said today that Meadow Gold Dairies may resume selling 2 percent reduced-fat milk processed at its Honolulu plant after sales were suspended more than a week ago because of signs of potential contamination. Star-Advertiser.

Thousands of public school teachers across Hawaiʻi waved signs to motorists before school this morning, Tuesday, March 7, and then walked into schools together before classes began. Maui Now.

Oahu

The state Senate passed a proposal to deal with Oahu’s troubled transit project Tuesday, but not before several members vented about the city’s handling of rail and called for more accountability. Star-Advertiser.

A bill expanding the city’s controversial “sit-lie” ordinance into Iwilei and additional parts of Kapalama moved out of a City Council committee Tuesday after receiving passionate testimony from area merchants and residents. Star-Advertiser.

Paper or plastic? Either way, you’d have to pay under a proposal to make Honolulu’s plastic bag ban even stricter. KHON2.

A leading surfers group, with a track record for stopping projects, turned out in full force Tuesday to make waves against a plan to replace Waikiki’s aging Royal Hawaiian Groin with a design that has a much larger footprint. Star-Advertiser.

The Hawaii Foodbank expects to save about $2.1 million over the next 25 years on its newly installed rooftop solar energy system, the Honolulu-based nonprofit said Tuesday. Pacific Business News.

Hawaii's residents take the top spot in terms of the country’s happiest and healthiest, but those who call urban Honolulu home appear to be below the state’s average. Pacific Business News.

Commentary: The Honolulu Ethics Commission last month concluded it lacks legal authority to apply the conflict of interest prohibitions and disclosure requirements of the ethics code to City Council members who receive significant campaign support from special interest groups. Civil Beat.

Hawaii

The Hawaii Department of Health Clean Water Branch issued a beach advisory for Kona Coast Beach Park Tuesday, citing elevated levels of enterococci bacteria in the water. West Hawaii Today.

The Department of Public Works is instituting new procedures — such as requiring tools to be checked in and out each day — in response to an audit that found too much inventory unaccounted for. West Hawaii Today.

The Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism and the U.S.-Japan Council, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit educational organization, will host the first ever Japan-Hawaii Economic Summit in Kona from May 9-11. Pacific Business News.

Teachers rally for better wages. West Hawaii Today.

A woman wearing a full-face snorkel mask died at Pohoiki Bay. Her husband thinks the new style of mask may be to blame, but no one keeps track of the equipment being used when someone drowns. Civil Beat.

Maui

Teachers out in force. Maui News.

Overnight receiving kennels for strays and owner-surrendered animals at The Maui Humane Society shelter in Puunene will be closed on April 1 in a decision made for “the welfare of the animals,” said the nonprofit organization’s chief executive officer. Maui News.

Kauai

A search continues for an entangled humpback whale last seen near Koloa Landing on Kauai’s south side at 9 a.m. Monday by a kayaker about a mile off-shore. Garden Island.

Educators push for progress in contract talks. Garden Island.

Kauai Women’s Caucus aims to bring social change. Garden Island.