Friday, October 6, 2017

Snorkeling dangers, Hawaii attorney general seeks to challenge latest Trump travel ban, UH auditor recommends tighter travel policies, Hawaii County demonstrates igloos for homeless, Queens becomes state's first Level 1 trauma center, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Snorkeling is the most deadly ocean activity in Hawaii. Star-Advertiser.

The state of Hawaii will seek permission Friday in U.S. District Court in Honolulu to file an amended complaint to challenge the legality of President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban. Star-Advertiser.

The State of Hawaii is challenging the third and latest version of President Trump's travel ban Thursday. KITV.

Two sub-hunting and surveillance Navy jet planes have reached Hawaii with a mission of protecting the isles. Associated Press.

The University of Hawaii’s internal auditor is recommending the university tighten its travel policies after reviewing more than $13 million UH spent on travel last year, covering travel and advances for some 8,500 authorized trips mostly for university employees. Star-Advertiser.

Fewer students enrolled in Hawaii colleges this year, but for those attending, the rate of graduation increased. University of Hawaii campuses have made strides over the last decade to improve graduation rates. Garden Island.

The biggest challenge ahead for Hawaii's new head of public schools could be conflicts over how to handle special education. Hawaii News Now.

More homes were bought on Hawaii Island and Kauai in September compared with the same month last year, according to industry data released Thursday that also showed more divergence in median prices. Star-Advertiser.

Oahu

Honolulu Police Commission Chairman Max Sword is asking the city Ethics Commission whether he should recuse himself from at least part of the police chief selection process because one of the finalists is his wife’s relative. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Officials To The Homeless: Go Away. An islandwide ban on sitting or lying on public sidewalks is among a slew of new bills aimed at moving homeless people out of public places. Civil Beat.

The Queen's Medical Center said Thursday it received the verification as the first and only Level I Trauma Center in Hawaii and the Pacific. Pacific Business News.

Scientists, educators, and space explorers all converged on the Hawaii Convention Center on Thursday. And their conversation focused on, among other things, the educational possibilities of the Thirty Meter Telescope slated for Mauna Kea. Hawaii News Now.

A female Hawaiian monk seal paid a visit to the shores of Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve early this morning, which was a rare occurrence, according to state officials. Star-Advertiser.

Retail market on the rise as vacancy rates decline. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Island

The county is looking to rent the former Safeway space at Prince Kuhio Plaza, despite some concerns about occupying one of only a few large empty retail spaces in Hilo. Tribune-Herald.

“Igloo” Style Shelter For Homeless Demonstrated In Hilo. Big Island Video News.

Although two of West Hawaii’s five failed water wells have been repaired and emergency water use restrictions have been lifted for North Kona customers, county council members still want to audit the Department of Water Supply. Big Island Video News.

Emergency remodel: Revamped department at Kohala Hospital already making a difference. West Hawaii Today.

Some parents on the Big Island say their kids are being rushed to eat school lunch. KHON2.

A group of divers is trying to save  tiger shark  — estimated at about 12 feet long and weighing about 1,000 pounds — that has a rope taut around it, into a gill and the bottom of the animal’s fatty area.. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has proposed scaling back sewer rate increases sought by Hawaii Water Service Co. for nearly a thousand customers that include Pukalani residents, businesses, community facilities and schools. Maui News.

Wearing a hard hat, a bright orange safety vest and dark sunglasses, Gov. David Ige inspected the work in progress at Kahului Airport’s $340 million consolidated rental car facility Thursday afternoon as sky-high cranes hoisted construction materials in place and workers prepared forms and rebars for concrete pours. Maui News.

Kauai

Council member Derek Kawakami is taking his vision for Kauai to the next level and is throwing his hat in the running for Kauai County Mayor in the 2018 election. Garden Island.

The Kauai Police Department is reminding residents and businesses to register or renew their alarm systems in order to comply with the Kauai County Code. Garden Island.