Friday, January 19, 2018

FCC advisors investigate false missile scare, FBI probes Honolulu prosecutor as Ethics Commission drops charges, big raises for Big Island mayor, County Council, federal complaint over Takai campaign account, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

courtesy HI Emergency Managament Agency
Cold War stockpiles on Oahu, courtesy HI-EMA
Gov. David Ige and Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Vern Miyagi will brief state lawmakers today on the ballistic missile attack false alarm that frightened residents and tourists across Hawaii on Saturday. Star-Advertiser.

Investigators with the Federal Communications Commission met with state officials and members of the media at the Diamond Head Emergency Operations Center on Thursday. Hawaii News Now.

Advisors from the Federal Communications Commission are in Hawaii looking for answers after Saturday's false alert. KITV.

Everything you need to know about Hawaii's false ballistic missile alert in one place. Hawaii News Now.

State’s missile alert program rife with problems, Kim says. Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim says the state needs to reassess everything about its missile warning program, not just what led to last week’s false alarm that caused panic across Hawaii.  Tribune-Herald.

In the alert’s aftermath, some seek comfort in guns, MREs and supplies. Star-Advertiser.

Heartbreaking moment on social media when man puts child down manhole during false missile alarm. KITV.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate John Carroll has dubbed Democratic Gov. David Ige as “Doomsday David” and is calling on him to resign in the wake of Saturday’s ballistic missile false alarm. Star-Advertiser.

A nonprofit campaign finance watchdog in Washington, D.C., has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission against the campaign treasurer for the late Congressman Mark Takai, alleging that Dylan Beesley “illegally converted the late Congressman’s leftover campaign funds to personal use.” Star-Advertiser.

Complaint Filed Over Use Of Late Congressman’s Campaign Funds. The Campaign Legal Center says Dylan Beesley illegally converted funds to his own use after death of U.S. Rep. Mark Takai. Civil Beat.

Residents are urged to help combat climate change. The Hawaii Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation Report, adopted by the Hawaii Climate Commission at the end of December and delivered to the state Legislature, projects climate change-driven sea level rise of 3.2 feet over the next 30 to 70 years. Star-Advertiser.

Here’s How Climate Change Is Already Threatening Hawaii. We’ve seen flooded streets and washed out beaches, but even the birds, the animals and the forests are being affected by global warming. Civil Beat.

State says it is past time to address climate change. Garden Island.

New questions in homeless survey aimed at better understanding lives of those on streets. Hundreds of volunteers are gearing up to canvass the state next week in an effort to count every person living on the street. Hawaii News Now.

Coming soon: Online inspection reports for neighbor island restaurants. KHON2.

Solar installations surged in 2017 while permits declined. Solar installations across Hawaiian Electric Cos.’ service territories rose in 2017 by the most megawatts in five years even as the number of permits that were issued continued a multiyear downward trend. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii solar installations see largest gain in 5 years, driven by rooftop solar. Hawaiian Electric Cos. said it added more than 100 megawatts of solar energy across its service territories in 2017. Pacific Business News.

Civil Beat: The 2018 legislative session. KITV.

Thousands of native Hawaiians turned out for the Onipaa Kakou march yesterday. The event commemorated the 125th Anniversary of the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Hawaii Public Radio.

Oahu

FBI corruption investigation targets city prosecutor. Honolulu prosecuting attorney Keith Kaneshiro is the target of an FBI investigation into corruption at the highest levels of law enforcement on Oahu. Hawaii News Now.

Katherine Kealoha cleared of ethics claims despite charges. The attorney for the man who filed an ethics complaint against embattled lawyer and Honolulu Deputy Prosecutor Katherine Kealoha has called for the removal of the leader of the Office of Disciplinary Counsel because he cleared Kealoha of wrongdoing. Associated Press.

Mayor’s Affordable Housing Mandate Loses Ground. A City Council committee agrees to incentives for developers, but hesitates to impose requirements to build affordable units. Civil Beat.

1 of 2 affordable housing bills moves. A City Council committee gave preliminary approval Thursday to one bill that’s considered a key component of Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s affordable housing strategy, but held off taking a vote on a companion measure. Star-Advertiser.

Officers At Bar Shooting Denied City-Paid Legal Defense. They were off-duty, out of uniform and drinking when HPD Sgt. Anson Kimura accidentally shot a bartender. Civil Beat.

At Kualoa Ranch, a real WWII-era bunker came in pretty handy this weekend. Hawaii News Now.

State Department of Health officials said this morning they are investigating a possible case of hepatitis A in a Mapunapuna restaurant employee. Star-Advertiser.

Volunteers collect 10,000 pounds of invasive algae from Maunalua Bay. KHON2.

Hawaii Island

Raises approved: Mayor, County Council, others get big hikes. The Salary Commission approved raises up to 34.6 percent Thursday, while a County Council member has introduced a charter amendment to slow down the money train. West Hawaii Today.

Neighbors push back against resort project. The Leeward Planning Commission Thursday held off on approving a slate of requests from Waikoloa BC, LLC, related to a proposed 40-unit resort development. West Hawaii Today.

A crowd showed up to the Leeward Planning Commission meeting in Kealakehe on Thursday to share their opinion on a small resort complex being proposed for the cherished sandy beach of Anaehoomalu. Big Island Video News.

Power generation up but number of Big Island permits down. Tribune-Herald.

Maui

Haleakala sunrise reservations gone in minutes; tweaks considered. Waitlist, cancellation capability mulled but changes not likely soon because park lacks control over system. Maui News.

It’s been two days since the latest road work started on Tuesday on the Honoapiilani between Keawe Street and Kapunakea Street. Maui Now.

Aloha Recycling HI5 redemption centers reopened early Thursday afternoon after closing a day earlier over alleged late payment from the state Department of Health. Maui News.

Kauai

Coco Palms continued. Thursday’s continuance in the Coco Palms civil case was continued again to this morning because Hawaiian language interpreter Kumu Hina wasn’t present. Garden Island.