Thursday, March 15, 2018

Hawaii students, Gov. Ige, join nationwide school walkout, medically assisted death up for Friday hearing, pesticides found in water, Russell Suzuki named attorney general, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Keaau High School students remember fallen PC:Jim Albertini
Thousands of students at campuses across Hawaii walked out of their classrooms at 10 a.m. Wednesday in solidarity with their peers nationwide who are staging 17-minute walkouts as a tribute to the 17 victims of the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Fla. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Students Join Walkouts In Wake Of School Shootings. On campuses across the islands, youths gather to honor the victims of the Florida massacre and call for action on gun control. Civil Beat.

Local Students Walkout in Support of Shooting Victims. Hawaii Public Radio.

'I don't want to be scared': Hawaii students take part in National School Walkout. KHON2.

Students and teachers across the state joined thousands across the country in National School Walkout Day in an effort to put a stop to gun violence. KITV.

PHOTOS: Hawaii students participate in National Walkout Day. Hawaii News Now.

Gov. David Ige joined students at his alma mater, Pearl City High School, this morning, Wednesday, March 14, 2018, to support their initiative to honor each of the 17 students and teachers who lost their lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14. Big Island Now.

East Hawaii students join peers nationwide and walk out in protest against gun violence. Tribune-Herald.

In the wake of a shooting that killed 17 people at a Florida high school — and later threats to their own school — a handful of students at Konawaena High School looked to their own campus for an opportunity to ensure students feel safe in their classrooms. West Hawaii Today.

A nation-wide student-led demontration against school violence took place Wednesday and included many schools on the Big Island. Big Island Video News.

Kapaa High students call for gun reform. Garden Island.

Island School uses nationwide movement to educate, make a difference. Garden Island.

Social media drives student movement. As schools across the nation staged 17-minute walkouts for #nationalwalkoutday in tribute to the 17 victims of the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Fla., Hawaii became part of the social media dialogue with its own hashtags: #NeverAgainHI and #EnoughIsEnoughHI. Star-Advertiser.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) spoke on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, in support of H.R.4909, the Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act—legislation she has co-sponsored that would increase federal funding for schools in Hawaii and across the country to strengthen school violence prevention measures. Big Island Now.

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The public once again will have a chance to testify Friday morning on a bill to allow physicians to prescribe lethal doses of medication at the request of terminally ill patients. Star-Advertiser.

The State Legislative Auditor briefed a Senate Committee on the results of an audit of the Public Utilities Commission completed in February. Hawaii Public Radio.

State releases heavily redacted recording of HI-EMA's missile mistake test. The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday released a heavily redacted portion of the 24-second internal test message that triggered the state's missile alert mistake on January 13, 2018. Hawaii News Now.

Gov. David Ige has appointed veteran government lawyer Russell Suzuki as Hawaii’s attorney general. Suzuki has been acting attorney general since Feb. 2, when former Attorney General Doug Chin resigned to become lieutenant governor. Star-Advertiser.

Gov. David Ige has appointed Russell Suzuki to serve as the state attorney general. KHON2.

New Revenue Forecast Means $50 Million More For State Budget. The Council on Revenues projects 5.3 percent general fund growth for the current fiscal year and 4.5 percent next year. Civil Beat.

The Hawaii Council on Revenues raised its projection for the growth of the state’s general fund from 4.5 percent to 5.3 percent during its quarterly meeting on Tuesday. Pacific Business News.

Could food cause Hawaii's high cancer rates? Hawaii lawmakers are debating whether the state should pay for research to see if that is the reason behind Hawaii's nation leading rates of stomach and intestinal cancers. KITV.

Data collected during an initial six-month period of monitoring for pesticides in surface water on Kauai and Oahu found “trace levels” in most detections. Garden Island.

Plate lunches statewide will have a new look if a bill banning polystyrene becomes law. Senate Bill 2498 not only seeks to ban the containers for food, but also drinks. KHON2.

State eases rules on required TB tests. Most Hawaii residents will no longer be required to get a tuberculosis skin test when starting a new job or school. Star-Advertiser.

Family of Seth Rich sues Fox News, former Hawaii reporter Malia Zimmerman over retracted article. New York Times.

Hawaii chefs, restaurants once again miss the cut for James Beard finals. Despite seven Hawaii individuals and restaurants making the semifinals of the James Beard Foundation award, none made the finals, continuing a more than decade-long trend. Pacific Business News.

Hawaii ranked fourth in the nation for green car sales in 2017. The percent of green vehicles -- hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles--sold was 4.2 percent in Hawaii, higher than the 2.6 percent national average, according to iSeeCars, an automotive research firm. Star-Advertiser.

Oahu

Divide among Council members gets wider. The ill feelings between several members of the Hono­lulu City Council reached new heights Wednesday as Councilwoman Kymberly Pine reasserted that she and the other two female Council members have not received proper credit for their work under the leadership of Chairman Ron Menor and Vice Chairman Ikaika Anderson. Star-Advertiser.

Feds Say UH Manoa Overcharged Disabled Dorm Residents. The university has refunded about $100,000 to more than 40 students to resolve a federal complaint. Civil Beat.

Ige: State Looking For Land To Relocate Waianae Encampment. The governor contradicts state officials who last week announced an imminent sweep and a possible federal grant to build an education center. Civil Beat.

The leader of one of Oahu’s largest homeless encampments said Gov. David Ige on Tuesday promised her “no sweep” but offered no details on the future of the encampment known as Puuhonua o Waianae, located next to the Waianae Small Boat Harbor. Star-Advertiser.

Closure of Oahu Toys R Us stores pending. Star-Advertiser.

Ulupono invests $3 million in energy efficiency firm. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Island

An infusion of state money is helping kick start the transformation of a vacant lot at the corner of Kealakehe Parkway and Ane Keohokalole Highway into a homeless village. West Hawaii Today.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources took a step toward demolishing the former Uncle Billy’s Hilo Bay Hotel by issuing a “request for interest” for developers Wednesday. Tribune-Herald.

State to developers: Tear down this building to get long-term land lease. Hawaii News Now.

Banyan Drive may see a new hotel as the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Land Division, has issued a Request for Interest (RFI) relating to the former Uncle Billy’s Hilo Bay Hotel site, more recently known as the Pagoda Hilo Bay Hotel, located in Hilo. Big Island Now.

Maui

Project to rid east Maui of invasive cattle raises concerns after dead cows left to rot. Hawaii News Now.

The American Red Cross opened a shelter at Hana High School today, March 14, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. due to area flooding. Maui Now.

Kauai

‘Responsible Tourism’ talk Thursday. The former director general of the Icelandic Tourist Board will share lessons learned from tourism impacts to the Nordic island nation in a presentation on Kauai Thursday. Garden Island.

Kauai bird recovery project seeks to eradicate bird illness in the islands. The Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project is gearing up in the fight against avian malaria. Hawaii News Now.