Friday, July 27, 2018

Pence coming to Hawaii to receive Korean war remains, locals dread tourism rise, Ige and Hanabusa spar over environment, Caldwell touts regulation of vacation rentals, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Vice President Pence coming to Hawaii to receive possible remains of U.S. service members from North Korea. Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Hawaii next week when the remains of possible U.S. service members who died in the Korean war arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to be identified. Star-Advertiser.

The remains of over 50 American soldiers killed in the Korean War will soon be headed to Hawaii after a United States military plane successfully retrieved the remains on Thursday. Hawaii News Now.

Korean War remains make way to Oahu. Fifty-five cases of possible American remains were flown out of North Korea by a U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo aircraft today, setting up their arrival next week at Joint Base Pearl Harbor- Hickam for identification as part of a historic turnover brokered between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Star-Advertiser.

As tourism rises, residents less positive. Some 61 percent of the 1,600 or so Hawaii residents who participated in the Hawaii Tourism Authority Resident Sentiment Survey, which was conducted by Omnitrak from Oct. 13 to Jan. 16, said they strongly or somewhat agreed with the statement, “Tourism has brought more benefits than problems.” Star-Advertiser.

Four Takeaways From Hawaii’s Pre-Primary Election Spending. Gubernatorial candidate Colleen Hanabusa is the big winner in labor unions’ super PAC sweepstakes, election reports show. Civil Beat.

The Hawaii Conservation Alliance hosted a Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on the Environment today. The Democratic and Republican candidates for governor were asked four questions, provided beforehand, on what they’d do if elected as the state’s chief executive. Hawaii Public Radio.

Candidates for governor tout their green credentials at forum. Hawaii News Now.

Hanabusa Attacks Ige’s 2005 Vote Against Environmental Fund. Ige says he doesn’t remember why he voted against creation of the Legacy Land Conservation Program, but that he supports it now. Civil Beat.

Former fighter pilot declared Pacific Air Forces commander. A former F-16 fighter pilot who later had key roles in Libya operations and the air war against the Islamic State took command of Pacific Air Forces on Thursday at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Star-Advertiser.

Stock sale ups First Hawaiian Bank’s net in quarter. First Hawaiian Bank’s net income in the second quarter grew 21.4 percent over the previous year to $69.1 million, or 50 cents per share, following a large stock sale by its former majority shareholder. Star-Advertiser.

First Hawaiian reports 21 percent increase in net income for Q2 2018. Pacific Business News.

Oahu

The mayor Thursday unveiled a bill that allow homeowners to set up bed-and-breakfast establishments where they live but bans nonowner transient vacation units in residential zones. Star-Advertiser.

Mayor Proposes Sweeping Changes In Vacation Rental Rules. The bill would make it easier for residents to rent out part of their homes but limit the number of properties listed by absentee owners. Civil Beat.

Mayor's new bill proposes more vacation rentals, stiffer fines. Hawaii News Now.

Proposed bill could push vacation rentals out of residential neighborhoods. KHON2.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is going to introduce three new bills to city council dealing with short term rentals. They call for harsh penalties for violators. KITV.

Caldwell vetoes military tax exemption measure. A bill giving military service members living in homes they purchased on Oahu an additional break on property taxes was vetoed by Mayor Kirk Caldwell this week. Star-Advertiser.

Dozens of sex predators are registered as living in Oahu parks, review shows. A Hawaii News Now investigation has revealed some alarming gaps in the system, including vague addresses and dozens of convicted sex predators living places where you hope children can be safest. Hawaii News Now.

Blessing held for ‘micro-housing’ tower in Kakaako. The project, Nohona Hale, is unique because it’s the first tower of purely “micro- unit” rental apartments to be built in Hawaii. Star-Advertiser.

State officials made the first step toward the completion of Hawaii's first affordable micro-housing complex with a ground breaking ceremony in Kakaako on Thursday. Hawaii News Now.

The first ever micro-unit project is set to be built on Oahu. Nohona Hale is being constructed on Cooke Street. KHON2.

Hawaii Island

Hanabusa Attacks Ige On Mistaken Release Of Murder Suspect. The hunt for the murder suspect mistakenly released from a Hilo correctional facility has taken a political turn. Big Island Video News.

Gov. David Ige said Thursday evening he’s “deeply concerned” about what the Department of Public safety admitted was the “erroneous release” of murder suspect Brian Lee Smith Tuesday at Hawaii Community Correctional Center. Tribune-Herald.

State lawmaker demands accountability following mistaken release of Big Island suspected murderer. KHON2.

Law enforcement is looking for the suspect in last month’s fatal shooting on Painted Church Road after he was “erroneously released” from Hawaii Community Correctional Center on Tuesday. West Hawaii Today.

Hawaii Murder Defendant Mistakenly Released From Jail. Brian Lee Smith was being held on $1.5 million bail in connection with a June shooting death in South Kona. Associated Press.

A manhunt is underway for a 49-year-old man awaiting trial for murder who was mistakenly released from a Big Island jail Tuesday. Hawaii News Now.

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Jack’s Tours comes to an end. The decline in tourism on the Big Island following the Kilauea eruption claimed another business Wednesday when Hilo-based tour company Jack’s Tours announced its intention to close at the end of the month. Tribune-Herald.

Big Island Charter School Buried in Lava Finds New Home. Hawaii Public Radio.

Experts Talk About Effect of Kilauea’s Current Eruption on Marine Life. Big Island Now.

The Hawaii County Department of Water Supply on Wednesday challenged assertions that it’s obligated to buy a specified amount of wind power to run eight deep wells in South Kohala. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

Candidates for the open West Maui County Council residency seat said they wanted to see a better public transportation system for West Maui, more efforts on the part of hotels to provide housing and transportation for workers and solutions to coastal erosion that didn’t involve seawalls. Maui News.

No-Cost Maui County Tropic Care Clinic, Aug. 11-19 in Lahaina. Maui Now.

Kauai

The Hanalei post office is set to reopen Monday, more than three months after the building was damaged in Kauai’s April flooding. Garden Island.

Kauai waters are now critical habitat for false killer whales, thanks to a National Marine Fisheries Service designation published Tuesday in the Federal Register. Garden Island.

Kauai hotels do well in 1st first half of 2018. Kauai’s hotels led the state in growth of revenue per available room (RevPAR) for the first six months of 2018 ($233, plus 15.2 percent), boosted by increases in average daily room rate (ADR) to $295 (plus 12 percent) and occupancy of 79.2 percent (plus 2.2 percentage points). Garden Island.

The stock on the shelves was dwindling at Ishihara Market Thursday afternoon as loyal customers dropped by to say mahalo to the Ishihara family for more than 80 years of business in Waimea. Garden Island.