Friday, August 11, 2017

Changes coming to Hawaii airports, 1k National Guard troops face deployment, CEO leaves Pearl Harbor nonprofit, sewer spill closes Maui beaches, Ige's fundraising slow, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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The Department of Transportation Airports Division expects the number of passengers boarding planes at state airports to exceed the 2007-2008 peak this year and is continuing major initiatives, including a $2.7 billion airline modernization project. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii DOT plans to resurrect airport authority bill as modernization projects move forward. Pacific Business News.

State to create new police force for Honolulu's airport, ports. Hawaii News Now.

Gov. Ige’s Campaign Cash As Low As His Poll Numbers. The incumbent, who has held just three fundraisers, has raised far less than most sitting governors at this point. Civil Beat.

Political Analyst Boylan: Governor David Ige Will Be Hard to Beat in 2018. Hawaii Public Radio.

The Hawaii Army National Guard has been told that about 1,000 of its citizen soldiers should be prepared to deploy to the Middle East and Europe starting in the spring and with those departures continuing into 2019. If the mobilizations occur as planned, the combined deployments would be the biggest in a decade. Star-Advertiser.

Approximately 1,000 Hawaii Army National Guard soldiers have been notified they should be prepared to deploy to the Middle East and Europe starting next spring. West Hawaii Today.

The Hawaii Army National Guard says it has been notified by the Department of Defense about possible deployments in spring 2018. KITV.

The Hawaii Army National Guard has just been notified by the Department of Defense about upcoming unit deployments to the Central and European Command’s areas of operation starting in the spring of 2018. KHON2.

A plan to tax drivers by how much they drive instead of how much gas they use is moving forward. KHON2.

County clerks in Hawaii are releasing limited voter information to President Donald Trump’s commission investigating alleged voter fraud, but the clerks from Honolulu, Kauai and Hawaii counties said today they’re providing far less information than what the commission wants. Associated Press.

The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council is crafting new definitions that could allow more fishing in restricted waters around the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and American Samoa. Civil Beat.

The buying power of $100 in the islands is just $84.18. That's the lowest purchasing power of any state, and $1.44 less than it was last year, according to a Tax Foundation analysis. Hawaii News Now.

The University of Hawaii Foundation, the fundraising arm of the UH system, attracted more than $77.6 million in donations for the year that ended June 30, officials announced Thursday. Star-Advertiser.

Oahu

A nonprofit that supports National Park Service operations at Pearl Harbor said Thursday its CEO is no longer with the organization. Associated Press.

State lawmakers can expect another request for some kind of facility for racing enthusiasts on Oahu. Hawaii News Now.

A wayward bullet from his .38 Smith and Wesson could cost former Honolulu police officer Anson Kimura $300,000, according to recently filed court records. Civil Beat.

The Honolulu Fire Department announced Thursday that it received confirmation that the Marco Polo building contained asbestos at the time of the fatal July 14 fire, and it is taking additional precautions to ensure that any and all firefighters’ gear that may have been exposed to the hazardous material is safe. Star-Advertiser.

Nearly a month after more than 120 Honolulu firefighters responded to the city's largest-ever highrise fire, many are being asked turn in their jackets, hoods, and pants because of potential asbestos contamination. Hawaii News Now.

Nearly a month after Honolulu firefighters were exposed to asbestos at the fatal Marco Polo high-rise blaze, some of the protective gear they wore is just now being taken out of service. KHON2.

A day after the state health department confirmed Oahu's first case of Rat Lungworm disease in seven years, island farmers are already seeing an impact on their businesses. Hawaii News Now.

A single-engine, Beech 19A plane that fatally crashed in the Waianae Mountains above Kunia was traveling at an altitude of 2,000 feet before it disappeared from radar, according to a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board. Star-Advertiser.

A legal battle has erupted over control of the $200 million estate of Abigail Kawananakoa after the Campbell Estate heiress suffered a recent stroke. Star-Advertiser.


Two women were arrested in the aftermath of a law enforcement raid of a massage parlor in the Kukui Plaza Mall on Thursday. Star-Advertiser.

The National Endowment for the Humanities will give more than $200,000 to the Manoa Heritage Center and East-West Center to support the understanding of Native Hawaiian and East Asian history and culture. Pacific Business News.

Honolulu-based water purification startup Hawaiian Cool Water is getting ready to add staff after scoring a contract to become the sole water provider for one of Hawaii’s largest employers. Pacific Business News.

The Boiling Crab will open its first Hawaii location in October at Kamehameha Schools’ Salt at Our Kakaako restaurant and retail complex. Pacific Business News.

Hawaii Island

The Hawaii Supreme Court has agreed to hear a 2012 defamation lawsuit by Elections Administrator Pat Nakamoto against former County Clerk Jamae Kawauchi and former Council Chairman Dominic Yagong. West Hawaii Today.

New hotel proposed for Henry Street. West Hawaii Today.

After months of planning, Hawaii County began the long-awaited cleanup of Old Airport Park Wednesday. West Hawaii Today.

Cyanotech Corp., a Hawaii island producer of nutritional supplements made from algae turned higher sales into a $501,000 profit in its fiscal first quarter after having a $691,000 loss in the same period last year. Star-Advertiser.

Maui

The public is advised to stay out of the waters of Kahului Harbor from Kanaloa Avenue to Linekona Street because of a 25,000 gallon sewage spill. Maui Now.

The state Health Department advised the public Thursday afternoon to stay out of the ocean from outside the Kahului Harbor breakwater to Linekona Street in Paukukalo because of a sewage spill. Maui News.

The Maui County Liquor Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to consider streamlining single-event liquor licenses for nonprofits next month via rule amendments proposed by Maui County Council Member Yuki Lei Sugimura and the Department of Liquor Control. Maui News.

Maui’s Kula Elementary School was selected as one of five state-funded Pre-K classrooms for the 2018-2019 school year. Maui Now.

Frustrations and worries mounted Wednesday among parents and even a West Maui lawmaker as 383 students at three Maui schools continued to deal with temporary bus route suspensions. Maui News.

Filipino residents and groups are rallying to restore a traditional Filipino country hut honoring immigrant sugar cane workers at Kepaniwai Park after it was nearly destroyed by September’s torrential downpour and floodwaters in Iao Valley. Maui News.

Kauai

The Department of Education still has a shortage of school bus drivers on Kauai and Maui a week into the school year. Garden Island.

Council considering changing school bus stop application process. Garden Island.

Students at King Kaumualii Elementary School are being turned away from the after-school A+ program because of a shortage of staff members. Garden Island.

Some rainfall levels for Kauai in July were the lowest they’ve been since 2006, but experts say the island isn’t in extreme drought. Garden Island.