Tuesday, November 14, 2017

President Trump makes Hawaii fuel stop today, Airbnb hosts could remain secret, state pension fund makes gains, hunt for dangerous escaped mental patient moves to Maui, leaky boat off Waikiki slow to be salvaged, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania at USS Arizona Memorial, Nov. 3 pool photo, Associated Press.
President Donald Trump is expected to stop over at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for an Air Force One refueling stop Tuesday morning en route to Washington D.C. following a 12-day trip to Asia. Star-Advertiser.

President Donald Trump will be in Hawaii again Tuesday. Trump is scheduled to leave the Philippines Monday night and arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Tuesday morning. KHON2.

President Donald Trump headed for home today following an extensive tour of Asia that he said had been “tremendously successful” and had put the world on notice that the “rules have changed” for countries that want to trade with the U.S. Associated Press.

State need not identify Airbnb hosts. The proposed agreement that Gov. David Ige’s administration has been negotiating with Airbnb to collect taxes on vacation rentals would not allow the state to disclose rental property owners’ names or rental locations to the city for enforcement purposes, according to an Airbnb representative. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii’s largest public pension fund, playing catch-up on its $12.44 billion shortfall, started the new fiscal year on a strong note as its investments rose 3.3 percent in the July-September quarter. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Employee Retirement System Up $3B. The ERS serves 135-thousand members in the state and county, which represents nearly 10 percent of the population. Hawaii Public Radio.

Appeals Court Allows Partial Enforcement Of Trump Travel Ban. But it cannot be enforced against people with “bona fide” relationships with individuals or groups in the U.S. Associated Press.

Man With Hawaii Roots On Verge Of Top Border Enforcement Post. Kevin Kealoha McAleenan is already acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and enjoys bipartisan support. Civil Beat.

Measures in place to keep guns out of the wrong hands, but do they work? Last year alone, more than 21,000 people applied for gun permits statewide, and the crosscheck thwarted more than 300 attempts to get gun permits by applicants who were denied for a broad range of disqualifying offenses. KHON2.

Experts discuss ways to increase Hawaii's EV adoption rate, see growth opportunity among heavy-duty vehicles. Pacific Business News.

Nevada’s ‘Most Dangerous’ Inmates Move In With Hawaii Prisoners. The private Saguaro Correctional Center in Arizona says the new prisoners will be fenced off and separated from the 1,400 Hawaii inmates. Civil Beat.

Island Air files for Chapter 7 liquidation. Island Air has filed a motion to convert from Chapter 11 bankruptcy to Chapter 7. KITV.

Whether Island Air’s 423 employees get paid for their last 10 days of work will be up to a Bankruptcy Court trustee. Star-Advertiser.

Scoot, the low-cost, long-haul subsidiary of the Singapore Airlines Group, is launching Hawaii service next month with a promotional one-way fare of $80 from Honolulu to Osaka, Japan, and a $200 one-way fare from Honolulu to Singapore. Star-Advertiser.

Study of data from 1970s, ’80s reveals climate changes affecting native birds. Tribune-Herald.

Climate change is affecting the food supply of Hawaii's native and non-native bird species. Hawaii Public Radio.

Hokulea continues its mahalo tour with more stops across the state. Hawaii News Now.

Oahu

Hawaii's head marshal forced to retire amid special treatment allegations. Sources say the Department of Justice launched an investigation in 2016 after Miyamoto drove the city prosecutor and a deputy police chief into the basement of the federal building to avoid the media. Hawaii News Now.

Taxpayer-funded lawyer assigned to Katherine Kealoha in corruption trial. Hawaii News Now.

The Coast Guard announced a new plan Monday that aims to remove the 79-foot fishing boat stranded off Waikiki within 2-1/2 weeks, weather permitting. Star-Advertiser.

Spilled fuel, hundreds of hooks in Waikiki waters as boat remains stuck. Hawaii News Now.

Coast Guard: Could be 2.5 weeks before Kaimana vessel is removed. KITV.

State seeks developer for Pawaa project. A state agency hopes to attract competitive bids from developers interested in building a low-income rental apartment tower along with a juvenile shelter and service center on state land in Honolulu. Star-Advertiser.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa has been singled out for a national award for its success in raising its four-year graduation rate. Star-Advertiser.

UH Manoa recognized for increase in four-year graduation rate. KHON2.

Concerns are growing over limited street parking in Waikiki. Some residents say the City is continuing to let businesses buy up parking spots, leaving them with fewer options. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii entrepreneur and venture capitalist William K. “Bill" Richardson died on Friday. Pacific Business News.

Hawaii Island


This is probably news to most Big Island tenants, but, according to the federal government, rental costs here have dropped. West Hawaii Today.

A Hawaii Island commission has officially named its “top ten”; an annual priority list of potential land-acquisitions using a fund derived from two percent of the county’s real property taxes. Big Island Video News.

A project to widen 2.8 miles of Mamalahoa Highway in Waimea hit a roadblock Thursday when Hawaii County canceled the bid solicitation after one of the bidders protested the procurement process, claiming it was unfair. West Hawaii Today.

The Thirty Meter Telescope has entered into a contract with Coherent Inc., a provider of lasers and laser-based technology, to polish its U.S. manufactured primary mirrors, marking a major production milestone. Big Island Now.

The Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo could get boost from federal legislation being championed in Washington by Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono. Big Island Video News.

A major retailer has clarified how much Kona coffee is in a line of California-made, cold-brew coffee beverages that drew a complaint from a Kona coffee farmer association last month. Star-Advertiser.

Maui

Sunscreen containing certain chemicals could be banned in Maui County after a bill to eliminate the potentially harmful products was recommended for approval by a Maui County Council committee Monday. Maui News.

Levee repairs underway. Heavy equipment operators work Thursday afternoon on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project to repair 4,000 linear feet of Wailuku levees damaged by flooding of Wailuku River in September 2016. Maui News.

Maui Police Department has confirmed a Hawaii State Hospital patient who escaped from the facility has boarded a plane and flew to Maui. Hawaii News Now.

Manhunt Expands to Maui for Dangerous Escapee. The manhunt has spread to Maui for a man who has spent decades in the Hawaii State Hospital. Maui Now.

Kauai

Kauai’s first voluntary marine protected area is now at Koloa Landing, meaning that divers and fishermen have agreed not to remove aquarium fish and eels from the reef. Garden Island.

Hotel working with county. In August, the county Planning Department issued violations to Hanalei Bay Resort for illegal dwellings and insufficient parking. Garden Island.