Tuesday, July 31, 2018

New poll shows Ige leading governor's race, Green surges ahead for lieutenant governor; Yoshimura named to Senate seat; warden called to court in mistaken release of murder suspect, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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David Ige, Colleen Hanabusa
Civil Beat Poll: Ige Ahead Of Hanabusa In Hawaii Governor’s Race. Gov. David Ige, after trailing Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa in a May poll, now leads by 9 percent among likely primary voters. Civil Beat.

Caldwell criticizes Hanabusa’s HART role. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is wading into the Democratic primary for governor by publicly questioning U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa’s role as chairwoman of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, saying she failed to control the exploding cost of rail while she led HART. Star-Advertiser.

Civil Beat Poll: Josh Green Is Far Out Front In The LG Race. The Big Island senator garners lots of support from fans of former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Civil Beat.

Early walk-in voting started today at sites across the state. Hawaii Public Radio.

Preparations are underway at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for the Wednesday repatriation to U.S. soil of presumed American remains from the Korean War turned over by North Korea. Star-Advertiser.

The State's August 1 test has been cancelled in observance of the ceremony on that day to repatriate the remains of U.S. Service personnel from North Korea. KHON2.

Teachers Question Modern Hawaiian History Curriculum. Hawaii Public Radio.

Voters could play major role in future of Hawaii's school system. KHON2.

A Chicago-based company that trademarked the name “Aloha Poke” has ignited a social media firestorm and calls for a boycott after sending cease-and-desist letters to local and mainland businesses with similar names. Star-Advertiser.

No aloha? Chicago eatery goes after poke shops for trademark infringement. Hawaii News Now.

Oahu

A Surprise Challenge On The North Shore And Other Intriguing Senate Races. Open seats provide opportunities, while a longtime legislator is challenging to get his state Senate post back. Civil Beat.

Gov. David Ige appointed Jon Yoshimura to the seat previously held by former Sen. Will Espero on Monday. Hawaii News Now.

Honolulu City Councilwoman Carol Fukunaga is seeking a second term to represent Makiki to Aiea, but first she'll have to defend her seat against three ambitious challengers who say more needs to be done to address issues like homelessness and affordable. Hawaii News Now.

New proposal aims to reverse Oahu's new "bag fee" that charges 15 cents per bag. Though the bag fee has only been in effect since July 1st, Honolulu City Councilman Trevor Ozawa thinks it's time for a change. KHON2.

A $136 million affordable rental housing project is underway in Kapolei after a delay of almost three years. Star-Advertiser.

Construction kicked off Monday on a new, 320-unit affordable housing complex in Kapolei. Hawaii News Now.

Affordable family rental community in east Kapolei breaks ground. KHON2.

More than a year after the city conducted a homeless sweep along the Moanalua Stream, many of them have returned — much to residents' dismay. Hawaii News Now.

Photographer challenges Hawaii Taser ban on 2nd Amendment grounds. Hawaii News Now.

After its first year of operation, Honolulu’s Biki bikeshare program exceeded its ridership goals and is hoping to expand into Iwililei, the University of Hawaii at Manoa and as far east as Kapiolani Community College by the end of the year. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Island

The state House District 1 Democratic primary race pits a 10-year legislator against a community activist who’s running for office for the first time. Tribune-Herald.

A 3rd Circuit Court judge has ordered the Hawaii Community Correctional Center warden to court to explain how a pre-trial murder suspect was erroneously released last week. West Hawaii Today.

Ongoing Kilauea eruption shatters previous record for longest in lower east rift zone. Hawaii News Now.

Businesses unite to try to attract visitors in the midst of Kilauea disruption. Experience Volcano Hawaii, an organization intended to boost tourism to Volcano, launched Monday during a small event at local art gallery, cafe and cottage Volcano Garden Arts. Tribune-Herald.

Lava-related brush fire claims four homes. Four houses were destroyed Saturday by a brush fire along Kilauea volcano’s lower East Rift Zone. Tribune-Herald.

'There really is a Pele': Big Island eruptions spur cultural revival. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii County on Friday awarded a bid for the Lono Kona sewer project to Honolulu-based contractor Nan Inc., which is now tasked with transitioning the neighborhood known locally as “Hamburger Hill” away from large-capacity cesspools. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

Construction begins on a new high school in Kihei. KITV.

Maui County hotel numbers top most state categories for 2018’s first half. Occupancies lag, but room revenues increase in half-year. Maui News.

Ranch planting koa trees to ‘shade out’ invasive gorse. Its other secret weapon — a herd of hungry cattle — can eat the thorny shrub only when it’s young. Maui News.

A Maui ranch has planted thousands of acacia koa trees to help stave off the spread of an invasive plant species. Associated Press.

Kauai

The Kauai Chamber of Commerce will be presenting the Governor’s Forum at the Aqua Kauai Beach Resort near Hanamaulu from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to night to allow voters an opportunity to get to know the candidates better before casting their votes. Garden Island.

The Hanalei post office reopened its doors following repairs to damage caused by flooding from the record-breaking rainfall in April. Garden Island.

Uncertainty surrounded the future of the St. Regis Princeville Resort after weekend media reports said it had been purchased by a Miami-based hotel investment company, but the company denied on Monday that it had done so. Garden Island.