Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Kakaako park to close for homeless sweep as Ige touts successes, Honolulu police chief selection hearing today, Kauai doctor sues over abortion pill, Big Island council critiques hiring audit, flight disruptor saw butterfly, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Kakaako Waterfront Park will be closed to the public indefinitely — starting at 10 p.m. Sunday — because park officials say they can no longer ensure the safety of park users following a recent series of dog bites, fires and vandalism attributed to an estimated 180 homeless people living along the Kakaako shoreline. Star-Advertiser.

Following a series of dog attacks, fires and vandalism blamed on homeless people lining the waterfront, state officials plan to indefinitely close Kakaako Waterfront Park and the adjacent Gateway and Kewalo Basin parks starting at 10 p.m. Sunday. Star-Advertiser.

Gov. David Ige on Tuesday touted the state's success housing homeless families — in a Kakaako park overrun with squatters. And a half hour before the news conference, workers plastered Kakaako Waterfront Park with signs saying that come Sunday night the area (including parking for Point Panic) will be off limits to the public — indefinitely. Hawaii News Now.

Kakaako Waterfront Park will be closed for clean-up and to clear out homeless campers. That is also the same park, where a state shelter was showcased for its high rate of success re-housing Hawaii's homeless residents. KITV.

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Republican lawmaker hints at run for Hawaii governor. It's a hot question in Hawaii politics: Is Representative Andria Tupola running for Governor? Well, she sure is hinting at it. Hawaii News Now.

Congressman Blasts Fishery Council For ‘Improper Lobbying’ The Northern Marianas lawmaker demands an investigation of the Hawaii-based Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council. Civil Beat.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources, in partnership with the State Office of Planning, will hold the first-ever Hawaii Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission meeting in mid-October. Maui Now.

A Turkish man pleaded guilty today to interfering with a flight crew and blamed his inflight behavior that prompted fighter jets to escort the plane to its Honolulu destination on a hallucination that he was chasing a butterfly. Associated Press.

New routes in works as Hawaiian Air beefs up fleet. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii is back on Singapore’s radar for the first time in 25 years. Scoot, the low-cost, long-haul subsidiary of the Singapore Airlines Group, said Tuesday it plans to fly to Honolulu at the end of this year to mark its first foray into the United States.  Star-Advertiser.

The Hawaii Dental Association launched the Hawaii Dental Association Foundation on Tuesday. The HDA said planned programs for the foundation include scholarships for individuals who wish to enroll in the oral healthcare field, free oral care events for children and community disaster relief assistance. Pacific Business News.

Oahu

City Must Find $160 Million To Pay For Rail Agency’s Employees. Those costs had been covered by general excise tax revenue, but the legislative bailout requires that money to be used only for construction. Civil Beat.

The recovery plan for the embattled rail project was approved Tuesday by the Honolulu City Council’s budget and transportation committees. Hawaii News Now.

The final phase of the search for a new Honolulu police chief begins at 2 p.m. today when the Honolulu Police Commission takes public testimony on its seven finalists. Star-Advertiser.

Police commissioners are meeting Wednesday afternoon to take public testimony on the seven finalists they are considering to become the next Honolulu Police Chief. Hawaii News Now.

Generators running 24/7 to power parts of Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children. KHON2.

Investor Shidler’s gift could bring UH business school $7 billion over time. Jay Shidler has donated a collection of mainland commercial properties to UH, representing the largest single gift ever made to the 110-year-old university. Star-Advertiser.

The median price of condos on Oahu last month hit $425,000 — up 10 percent from a year earlier. Hawaii News Now.

Oahu's housing market is so tight, developer D.R. Horton says people have camped out overnight for a chance to buy market priced homes at Hoopili. A single family home at Hoopili starts at about $640,000. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii Island

Legislative auditors on Tuesday defended their report sharply criticizing county hiring practices before a County Council committee that said the audit doesn’t go far enough. West Hawaii Today.

The Hawaii County Council is poised to become the third in the state to send a resolution to the Legislature, asking that body to comply with the state Sunshine Laws governing open meetings. West Hawaii Today.

Council members agreed on Tuesday that state lawmakers should be subject to the same open meeting requirements and sanctions that they are subject to at the county level. Big Island Video News.

After nearly two months of severe water restrictions, the Department of Water Supply has turned the taps back on in North Kona. West Hawaii Today.

The Hualalai and Palani Wells have been repaired, water officials announced Tuesday, but a 25% reduction in water use remains in effect. Big Island Video News.

A Hilo legislator who underwent surgery Sept. 27 to remove a cancerous testicle was told Tuesday the surgery was successful. Tribune-Herald.

Inaugural MoonBase Summit brings cutting edge science minds together at Mauna Lani. West Hawaii Today.

Eighteen stories of tsunami victims and survivors are the centerpiece of a new exhibit at the Pacific Tsunami Museum highlighting Hilo’s relationship with the natural disasters. Tribune-Herald.

A tricky mission is underway to free an ocean predator entangled in rope near Honokohau Harbor on the Big Island. The 12-foot female tiger shark was first spotted a couple of weeks ago. Hawaii News Now.

Maui

A man and woman were released pending further investigation after being arrested in a police raid Monday at Temple of the Pharaohs video arcade in Maalaea, according to police records. Maui News.

The University of Hawaii Maui College is looking for ways to boost enrollment by two groups that show promise as potential students: returning adult students between the ages of 25 to 44 and high schoolers who want to enroll early. Maui News.

Kauai

Dr. Graham Chelius, who estimates he has delivered 820 babies on Kauai over the last nine years, filed a lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in Honolulu against the Food and Drug Administration that he hopes will prevent unwanted pregnancies around the country by giving everyone access to the so-called abortion pill that’s currently unavailable on the Garden Isle. Star-Advertiser.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit representing a Kauai doctor that challenges restrictions on the drug known as Mifeprex. KHON2.

The Kauai Fire Department is reminding the public to keep drones away from emergency situations. KHON2.