Thursday, August 16, 2018

C-SPAN bus visits Hawaii Capitol, looking ahead to general election, Caldwell vet tax cut veto stands, health insurers report gains and losses, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

photo courtesy C-SPAN
C-SPAN bus visits Hawaii Capitol, courtesy photo
C-SPAN Bus brings nonpartisan message to Hawaii. The 45-foot bus is on a 50-state tour and kicked off its 10-day sojourn in Hawaii today with an appearance at the state Capitol. Star-Advertiser.

The Primary Is Over So What’s Ahead For The General Election? Sure, the tight races and intense, expensive campaigning of the 2018 primary may be pau, but Hawaii voters still face critical decisions at the ballot box in November. Civil Beat.

HSTA Weighs-In on Constitutional Amendment to Help Fund Public Education. A Constitutional Amendment question on public education funding will be on the General Election Ballot. Hawaii Public Radio.

A new report from the state shows there are more students leaving the state to go to college than coming in. According to the State of Hawaii Data Book in the fall of 2016, 3,100 students left Hawaii to attend a 4-year college. That's compared to 1,400students that came to Hawaii. KHON2.

Hawaii Medical Service Association’s profit soared to $56.8 million in the second quarter, while Kaiser Permanente’s losses rose to $40.5 million as the health insurers struggle to balance the pool of sick and healthy members. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii priest named in detailed report of sex abuse allegations by Catholic clergy. KHON2.

Tropical Storm Lane continues to strengthen and is expected to be a major hurricane when it crosses into the Central Pacific this weekend, the National Hurricane Center said. Hawaii News Now.

Oahu

Leaders of the Honolulu City Council today failed to override Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s veto of a bill giving additional tax breaks for active military personnel who own property on Oahu. Star-Advertiser.

SamKoo wins final approval for Ala Moana condo. Embracing the view that affordable housing units in the near future trump a transit hub on the same site in the distant future, the Honolulu City Council on Wednesday voted 9-0 to approve exemptions clearing the way for SamKoo Hawaii’s 43-story, 513-unit The Central Ala Moana. Star-Advertiser.

Affordable housing complex to bring hundreds of new units to Ala Moana area. Hawaii News Now.

City officials this morning announced a six-part plan to restore the dune at Sunset Beach on Oahu’s North Shore following last winter’s episode of severe erosion. Star-Advertiser.

Major Sunset Beach dune restoration project could be model for other spots. Hawaii News Now.

When the swells roll in, Sunset Beach on Oahu's North Shore delivers solid surf, and barreling tubes. But recently, the waves have been doing more damage than good. KITV.

New Police Commissioner Could Bridge Divide With City’s Legal Team. UH General Counsel Carrie Okinaga, the latest appointee to the commission, was Honolulu’s corporation counsel from 2005 to 2011. Civil Beat.

Bookkeeper receives 25 years for stealing almost $7M. A state judge sentenced the longtime bookkeeper of The Arc in Hawaii to 25 years in prison Wednesday for stealing nearly $7 million from the nonprofit that provides services to children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities and for failing to pay taxes on some of the money she stole. Star-Advertiser.

WWII POWs buried as unknowns in isles get memorial marker. The marker lies within the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific where the men are buried in 20 separate graves as “unknowns.” Associated Press.

$100M ‘Midway’ movie remake set to film on Oahu next month. Last summer, German film director Roland Emmerich toured a number of sites around Pearl Harbor as he prepared to remake the action epic “Midway” about the 1942 battle that turned the tide of World War II in the Pacific against the Japanese. Star-Advertiser.

Foodland Super Market Ltd. will open a new Foodland Farms store to anchor Kamehameha Schools’ $11 million redeveloped neighborhood center across from the Kahala Mall, and will also operate a Shell gas station on the property. Pacific Business News.

Honolulu graded 'F' in small business friendliness. Honolulu doesn’t make the grade when it comes to small business friendliness, according to a survey by Thumbtack. Pacific Business News.

Hawaii Island

Despite displacement of residents because of the Kilauea eruption, and longer wait times on election day, voter turnout in lower Puna saw little change during Saturday’s primary election. Tribune-Herald.

Lava That Destroys On Land Spurs New Life At Sea. A plume of phytoplankton off the coast of Puna was spotted from space. Now scientists take advantage of a unique opportunity to study lava as “fertilizer.” Civil Beat.

Closure of main part of national park has given rangers more time to improve former ranchlands. The closure of the main unit of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park because of the Kilauea eruption has directed more visitors to the previously less-visited Kahuku Unit, and with them a host of improvements. Tribune-Herald.

A partnership between the Waimea community and Hawaii County has raised the required matching funds to keep regular air service at the tiny Waimea-Kohala Airport, at least for this year. West Hawaii Today.

Financial institution boosts tourism in Hawaii County through travel promotion. West Hawaii Today.

Maui


Maui jail pays fine for faulty fire alarm panel. ‘At no time were inmates at risk,’ public safety spokeswoman says. Maui News.

Maui Electric Rate to Increase $5 for Typical Monthly Bill. The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has issued an interim decision approving a base-rate increase for Maui Electric Company. Maui Now.

Revenue bond issue to generate cash for airport improvements. More airport lease lots, bigger gate hold-rooms and larger restrooms are scheduled for Kahului Airport through the sale of airport revenue bonds later this month. Maui News.

Kauai

The Kauai County Housing Agency in partnership with Kauai Habitat for Humanity and Ahe Group will host a public meeting to present the draft Environmental Assessment for the Waimea Huakai Affordable Housing project situated on the 6.5-acre parcel behind the West Kauai Technology & Visitor Center. Garden Island.

Police operation leads to arrests, removal of illegal campsites. Garden Island.

Body Cameras Are Police Officers’ New Best Friends. Garden Isle cops have been wearing cameras since 2016. There was some initial reluctance, but now “it’s part of our uniform.” Civil Beat.

In observance of Statehood Day, County of Kauai offices will be closed on Friday, along with all refuse transfer stations as well as the Kapaa and Waimea swimming pools. Garden Island.