Monday, July 16, 2018

Gov. Ige, Tupola, pull ahead in poll, Trump support rises, Kauai mayor mulls suspension of vacation rental ban, 29-year-old wins $1M in Safeway contest, lava nears Big Island beach park, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Gov. David Ige, U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa
The commanding 20-percentage-point lead that U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa enjoyed over Gov. David Ige in the Democratic primary for governor just four months ago has evaporated, with Ige pulling ahead one month before election day, according to a new Honolulu Star-Advertiser Hawaii Poll. Star-Advertiser.

New voter poll shows shift in support for gubernatorial candidates. Hawaii News Now.

New poll numbers are out in the race for governor, and they include some dramatic reversals. The new front-runners were once the underdogs. KITV.

A plurality of Democratic voters think Gov. David Ige is the most trustworthy candidate running this year and also rate him highest for leadership ability in the new Honolulu Star-Advertiser Hawaii Poll. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Governor’s Race: Clear Differences On Energy Policy. Among the biggest splits between the two Democratic contenders is whether natural gas should be part of the state’s energy future. Civil Beat.

Reaching the homestretch in her bid to upset Gov. David Ige in the Aug. 11 Democratic primary, U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa mused last week about what she calls a “fascinating statewide campaign” and on what she’s learned on the campaign trail, especially from millennials. Maui News.

State Rep. Andria Tupola has surged ahead of her opponent, attorney and former state Sen. John Carroll, in the Republican primary for governor, according to the latest Hawaii Poll. Star-Advertiser.

Support for President Donald Trump has risen to 91 percent among Hawaii Republicans — up from 73 percent in March — according to the latest Honolulu Star-Advertiser Hawaii Poll. Star-Advertiser.

OHA At-Large Candidates Have Raised Little Money So Far. None of the three incumbents — Lei Ahu Isa, Rowena Akana and John Waihee IV — reported spending any money this year and two are in debt. Civil Beat.

Australia adds to amphibious capabilities at RIMPAC. Star-Advertiser.

Oahu

Following The Money In Oahu Legislative Races. Fresh faces are raising and spending more than some longtime lawmakers with better name recognition. Civil Beat.

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation awarded a $25.9M construction contract for the first phase of its Kamehameha Highway resurfacing project to Road and Highway Builders LLC. Pacific Business News.

Kawananakoa records secret despite Supreme Court directive. Star-Advertiser.

Long-time TV newsman Jai Cunningham leaving to join HART. Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu woman wins $1 million in Safeway contest. Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu inflation slowed in the first half of the year as the state economy continued to see modest growth. Star-Advertiser.

The office vacancy rate in Downtown Honolulu reached an all-time high of 19.4 percent in the second quarter, and landlords looking to increase income are boosting parking rates for downtown spots, according to the second quarter office market report by CBRE. Pacific Business News.

Chick-fil-A plans Hawaii debut. A national fast-food chain largely known for a simple yet highly adored fried-chicken sandwich and commercials featuring cows plans its first Hawaii restaurant on Oahu. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Island

Lava about half-mile from Isaac Hale park. The southern boundary of the flow front at the ocean entry of lava from Kilauea volcano’s lower East Rift Zone remained a little more than a half-mile away from Isaac Hale Beach Park and Pohoiki boat ramp on Sunday evening, according to Hawaii County Civil Defense. Tribune-Herald.

A small island has appeared offshore from where lava from fissure 8 enters the ocean. Tribune-Herald.

Pohoiki, Overflows, & The Tiny Lava Island. Big Island Video News.

Explosions, eruptions continue inundating the Big Island. Hawaii News Now.

The state Attorney General continues to provide no updates or shed further light on the status of a stolen drug evidence case involving the Hawaii County Police Department. West Hawaii Today.

Developers, businesses and single-home builders aren’t supposed to construct new cesspools anywhere in Hawaii, but a labor shortage within one Hawaii County department creates what is essentially a loophole, leaving open the possibility to do just that on the Big Island. West Hawaii Today.

Sudden shutdown displaces charter school’s students and teachers. Star-Advertiser.

Woman’s death from heroin overdose leads to dismantling of homeless camp. West Hawaii Today.

There’s one thing to understand right away about the root of the opioid crisis — there is no one thing. West Hawaii Today.

Once every decade, a commission is created to review and propose amendments to the county’s fundamental governing document, its county charter. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

The best and not-so-best worlds:Looking at Maui’s hospital changeover, a year later. 1 year after hospital transition – growing pains: A more nimble hospital system is still facing employee and doctor recruitment challenges. Maui News.

Seabury Hall looking for new head of school. Board chooses not to renew contract of previous headmaster. Maui News.

Kauai

Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. is considering lifting a ban on legal transient vacation units on Kauai’s flood-­ravaged north shore if the owners agree to house some of the 15 families displaced when their homes were destroyed by severe flooding and landslides in mid-April. Star-Advertiser.

While coffee farmers throughout the state are getting their feet wet with new technology, Kauai Coffee Company is working on creating it. Garden Island.

The Mayor’s Advisory Committee for Treatment and Community Integration will host “Drug Addiction 101,” a community meeting at Kapaa Missionary Church from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Garden Island.