Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Appeals court rules Hawaii's open-carry gun law unconstitutional, cop killer's alleged accomplices in court, Maui sand mining moratorium extended, lots of politics and more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Appeals Court: Hawaii Can’t Restrict Openly Carrying A Gun In Public. If the ruling stands, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling could lead to more guns in public in states like Hawaii and California that have restrictive laws. Associated Press.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the Constitution protects the right to openly carry a gun in public for self-defense, rejecting Hawaii's claims that the right to carry only applies to firearms kept at home. Hawaii News Now.

Federal court of appeals ruled Hawaii's gun law violates constitutional rights. KHON2.

Gun enthusiasts welcome court ruling by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in favor of carrying a firearm in public for self-defense. Star-Advertiser.

Appeals court sides with Big Isle man in case about open carry of guns. The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Tuesday sided with a Big Island man when it ruled the Second Amendment affords the right to openly carry a gun in public for self-defense. Tribune-Herald.

Hilo veteran has pushed for gun rights for 6 years. George Young Jr., a Chinese-Hawaiian Vietnam veteran from Hilo, wasn’t surprised after winning a lawsuit for the right to openly carry a gun for protection, a victory that could have significant implications for the Aloha State. Star-Advertiser.

State lawmakers are warning that a federal appeals court decision striking down state restrictions on who can carry a firearm in public could make Hawaii a more dangerous place to live. Star-Advertiser.

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In Crowded Race For Congress, Democrats Span Ideological Spectrum. Unlike candidates in many blue districts on the mainland, “progressives” have struggled to find traction in Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District Democratic primary. Civil Beat.

New attack ads slamming the governor and a local councilwoman surface. It is 18 days until the primary election and a Super-PAC with a history of negative campaigning has launched a series of new attack ads. Hawaii News Now.

The Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters is boosting its spending on advertising to support U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa and oppose Gov. David Ige just as early absentee ballots are being cast in the Democratic primary, according to new reports filed with the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission. Star-Advertiser.

Video: Meet the four people running for the OHA Trustee seat. KITV.

Fake Service Animal Owners Face Consequences. The growing problem of people bringing their pets into clinics and dentist offices, grocery stores restaurants, shopping malls and even movie theaters has struck a nerve. Hawaii Public Radio.

Florida and Hawaii lead nation in shark attacks. Florida by far led the country in shark attacks between 2007 and 2016, with 244, according to an analysis by the SafeWise security company. Hawaii came in second with 65. Star-Advertiser.

Union: Marriott Agrees To Subsidize Hotel Workers’ Housing. Local 5 also says that the company has promised to install panic buttons in response to sexual harassment concerns. Civil Beat.

Marriott has agreed to contribute to a housing fund to help hotel workers deal with the high cost of housing in Hawaii, according to representatives from Unite Here Local 5 who are in the midst of collective bargaining. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaiian Air reports $79.5 million profit. The Honolulu-based company said it had net income of $1.56 per share. Star-Advertiser.

Oahu

4 Council seats to be decided by voters. Because Oahu has a population of more than 1 million people, each of the nine Honolulu City Council members represents more than 100,000 constituents. Star-Advertiser.

2 seasoned state lawmakers vying for Senate seat that covers Kailua, Kaneohe. With state Sen. Jill Tokuda deciding to run for lieutenant governor, her Senate seat is up for grabs.  Hawaii News Now.

Health Department rips city for illegal wastewater leaks from garbage trucks. Health Department investigators said the city could face fines of up to $25,000 per day per violation if it doesn’t address the problems. Hawaii News Now.

New report says Airbnb, HomeAway users spent $1.1 billion on Oahu in 2017. One of every seven visitors to Oahu stayed in alternative accommodations last year, spending about $1.1 billion, according to a report released Tuesday by Kloninger & Sims Consulting LLC. Pacific Business News.

More than 4,200 solar panels to be installed at HNL to meet green energy goal. New solar modules will be installed at Honolulu airport as part of Hawaii's goal of reaching 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. Hawaii News Now.

Kahauiki Village Daycare and Preschool Blessed. An on-site children’s facility was blessed today at a plantation-style affordable housing village near Sand Island. Hawaii Public Radio.

Hawaii Island

An associate of Justin Waiki told authorities the fugitive cop killer intended to shoot it out with police, according to a court document filed by prosecutors in Kona. Jamie Jason, the 35-year-old woman who hid with Waiki under a blanket in the rear of a sport-utility vehicle, told police she held the stolen .38 revolver and extra rounds of ammunition while Waiki took a swim at a beach at Ka Lae, aka South Point, shortly before the violent end of a 60-hour manhunt on Friday. Tribune-Herald.

Suspect: I tried to get cop killer to turn self in. Malia Lajala told police she asked Justin Waiki on Friday to turn himself in the days after he became a suspect in last week’s shooting death of Officer Bronson Kaliloa. West Hawaii Today.

'I saw everything.' Cop killer's alleged accomplice reveals new details of deadly shootout. KHON2.

A "bombshell" claim on tape played in a Kona court room Tuesday. A woman inside the vehicle with accused "cop killer" Justin Waiki told police he shot his alleged accomplice as officers moved-in. KITV.

Law enforcement agencies that offered rewards for information leading to the arrest of a man suspected of killing a Hawaii police officer haven't made decisions about who will receive more than $30,000. Hawaii News Now.

Proving Waiki's friends were accomplices to attempted murder will be challenging, says law expert. KHON2.

Connection of other officer shooting unconfirmed. More than 10 shots were fired during a pursuit last week that injured the driver of the suspected vehicle in the arm, according to testimony during a preliminary hearing Tuesday. West Hawaii Today.

Vacation rental bill heads to planning commissions. Hawaii County Council members approved a fourth version of a vacation rental bill Tuesday, fine-tuning a measure that’s generated a lot of controversy from those on both sides of the issue. West Hawaii Today.

Disabled or unemployable veterans would pay no property taxes under a bill advanced Tuesday by the County Council Finance Committee. West Hawaii Today.

The Hawaii County Water Board voted Tuesday to raise the power cost charge to ratepayers, while choosing to defer action in a power purchase agreement dispute between the Department of Water Supply and Lalamilo Wind Company. West Hawaii Today.

Hamakua residents attended a political forum at the Honokaa People’s Theater on Monday evening, which featured candidates for State House and State Senate. Big Island Video News.

The U.S. Senate passed legislation Tuesday instructing the federal government to evaluate the damage done by the Kilauea eruption to the Big Island’s economy. Tribune-Herald.

County Council to consider resolution to rename fissure 8. Tribune-Herald.

DLNR Responds To Criticism Over Sea Turtles Killed By Lava. As images of dying sea turtles and cited lava viewers spread online, the state tried to quell social media unrest with a written statement. Big Island Video News.

State officials said eight more people have been cited for loitering in the East Rift Eruption Zone in Puna, seven of them since Monday, bringing the total so far to about 90 since early May. Star-Advertiser.

An unknown disease is killing wild horses in Waipio Valley on Hawaii Island. Hawaii Public Radio.

Maui

A Maui County Council committee voted Monday to recommend extending a moratorium on sand mining in Central Maui through Dec. 31, allowing the county time to complete a study on sand availability and possibly pass new laws regulating sand mining. Maui News.

Hololani resort’s latest effort to halt erosion of beach faces lawsuit. Plaintiffs: Driving in sheet piles needs greater review. Maui News.

Panel looks to roll back park facility fees. Complaints of increase cost, logistics cited. A Maui County Council committee today will review a recently passed $20 across-the-board fee hike for use of county parks facilities amid complaints from the public and the need to close parks permits offices for a week to implement the change manually. Maui News.

Community stunned by trees mowed down in west Maui, but state defends project. West Maui residents were shocked recently to see dozens of trees chopped down to their stumps near Honolua Bay. Hawaii News Now.

Kauai

Opening arguments were heard Tuesday in Fifth Circuit Court in a jury trial against the former Kauai Police Department officer who would eventually become head of the Department of Land and Natural Resources on Kauai. Garden Island.

New charter school readies for opening. Dr. Kani Blackwell put out a call for help to unload the Alakai O Kauai “School in a Box” at the site of the newest charter school at Kahili Mountain Park. Garden Island.

Commentary: Affordable housing — closing the loop on Bill 2687. Affordable housing is at crisis levels. Garden Island.