Monday, July 23, 2018

Super PAC influences lieutenant governor's race, Ige criticized over rail stance, pro-white candidate ousted, services set for fallen police officer, alleged accomplices charged, lots of politics plus more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Super PAC spending in lieutenant governor’s race a ‘mystery’. Why is a union-backed super PAC spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on advertising to back a candidate for a political office that has little power and that historically has not played a role in the union’s bread-and-butter issue, rail?
 Star-Advertiser.

Lawyer Vs. Engineer: Governor’s Race A Battle Of Leadership Styles. Personalities, not ideologies, are at the heart of the contest between incumbent David Ige and Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa. Civil Beat.

The primary will decide many Democrat-heavy races. As the Hawaii Republican Party has weakened over the years, Hawaii’s primary election has become more important than ever.  Star-Advertiser.

Trying To Build ‘Generation One’ Of Micronesian Voters. Could younger Micronesian-Americans, many of whom will eventually have the right to vote unlike their parents, be Hawaii’s next big voting bloc? Civil Beat.

Several women in leadership roles held a news conference Sunday at the state Capitol to blast Gov. David Ige for a campaign commercial that they say presents a double standard against women. Star-Advertiser.

On the steps of the State Capitol on Sunday morning, a group of women led by House Majority Leader Della Au Belatti voiced their concerns over what they call "misleading tactics" by Gov. David Ige's campaign. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaiian Electric receives 12 applications for community solar projects. Concerns that Hawaii's new community solar program may not attract sufficient interest, especially during the initial program phase, seem to have been unfounded after Hawaiian Electric received 12 applications within the first 10 days of its launch. Pacific Business News.

Oahu

House Speaker Scott Saiki is publicly criticizing Gov. David Ige for saying earlier this month he is “open” to another extension of the half-percent state excise tax to help finance extending the city’s rail project to Manoa. Star-Advertiser.

The City Council Zoning Committee last week moved forward two more bills that would slap tougher penalties on homebuilders who sidestep zoning laws. Star-Advertiser.

Newcomers Challenge A Career Politician In Honolulu City Council Race. Can Carol Fukunaga’s hyperlocal approach overcome the islandwide perspective of three challengers, including one with union backing? Civil Beat.

USS Arizona: Memorial set to reopen in months. Star-Advertiser.

The two Democratic candidates for governor said they favor a public-private partnership to build a new, smaller replacement for aging Aloha Stadium but differ on where the facility should be built. Star-Advertiser.

Aina Haina residents still cleaning up; urged to re-visit FEMA centers before closing. It's been three-and-a-half months since torrential rain devastated parts of East Oahu, and some Aina Haina residents are still cleaning up the mess. KHON2.

Family of Honolulu officer killed in the line of duty reflects on anniversary of his death. It had been 15 years since the last fatal shooting of a Hawaii police officer. KITV.

Shoreline Hotel Waikiki’s renovation aims to attract millennials. A picture is worth $4 million to Shoreline Hotel Waikiki, a boutique hotel that recently underwent a redesign to make itself more Instagram-worthy to attract millennials. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Island

Candidates For Governor Hone Their Messages At Hilo Forum. At a time of upheaval on the Big Island, two Democrats and two Republicans talked about how to build a better future. Civil Beat.

Four gubernatorial candidates sounded off Friday evening on Big Island issues before a crowd of more than 150 at a forum sponsored by local business groups. West Hawaii Today.

Hawaii Island residents had the chance to see the candidates running for Governor at a candidate forum Friday evening at the Event Center at the Arc of Hilo. Big Island Video News.

‘Pro white’ candidate expelled by state GOP. The Hawaii Republican Party says it expelled a candidate for state House District 2 after it became aware of his racist views. Tribune-Herald.

Four candidates for Hawaii County Council – two each running for Puna districts 4 and 5 – participated in a political forum Thursday night at Hawaii Academy of Arts & Science, or HAAS. Big Island Video News.

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3 accused of helping suspected Big Island cop killer to appear in court. Charges have been filed Sunday against three people in connection to the manhunt for wanted felon Justin Waiki. Hawaii News Now.

Accomplice to murder charges filed in South Point shootout. Three individuals arrested for allegedly aiding and abetting fugitive Justin Waiki, who was killed by police Friday in a shootout on South Point Road, are facing charges that could put them behind bars for the rest of their lives, if convicted. Tribune-Herald.

On Sunday, three people were charged with accomplice to first-degree murder for allegedly helping Justin Waiki hide from police. KITV.

With the manhunt over for suspected cop killer Justin Waiki, tributes are being planned to honor the slain Big Island officer. Hawaii News Now.

Services for Big Island officer killed in line of duty to be held at Afook-Chinen auditorium. Hawaii News Now.

Sgt. Bryan Tina in good condition according to Hawaii County mayor. The three-day manhunt for Justin Waiki is over. It culminated in a violent shootout that left Waiki dead and Sgt. Bryan Tina with a non-fatal gunshot wound. KHON2.

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The flow of tourists to the lava ocean entry slowed but did not stop last week after a tour boat was hit by a “lava bomb,” injuring 23 passengers. Tribune-Herald.

Scientists get rare chance to collect data on impact of lava on marine life, sea water. Tribune-Herald.

New testing underway to discern unknown ailment killing wild horses in Waipio Valley. No one knows how many wild horses in Waipio Valley have perished, or what is killing them. West Hawaii Today.

State terminates grant for $2.7M open space purchase. DLNR Chair Suzanne Case has notified Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim of the state’s termination of a grant agreement with the County that would have provided $1.33 million in matching funds for the acquisition of over 300 acres of private property that formerly reached the Waiopae coastline in Puna.  West Hawaii Today.

The State Legacy Land Conservation has agreed to terminate the agreement that would have helped Hawaii County purchase 300 acres of private property that reached what was once the Waiopae coastline, after lava inundated all of Kapoho. Big Island Video News.

Maui


After 130 years, kalo is harvested in Kahoma Valley. With the stream flowing again from mauka to makai, residents are able now to plant kalo. Maui News.

Joint effort formed to clean up Ukumehame site. Government and private landowner work to remove cars, homeless camp. Maui News.

The unemployment rate on Maui Island was at 2.6% in June, up from the 1.9% rate in May and down from the 2.8% rate reported at the same time last year. Maui Now.

Kauai

Westside sea level rise is meeting topic. Anyone who lives or works on the Westside is invited to participate in the West Kauai Community Vulnerability Assessment that will assess the area’s vulnerability to hazards like sea level rise and explore solutions. Garden Island.

Guardsmen deploy to Saudi Arabia. The 45-minute deployment ceremony for about 30 members of Charlie Troop, 1st Squadron, 299th Cavalry Regiment, Hawaii Army National Guard, marked what will be a year-long tour. Garden Island.