Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Hurricane Hector coming closer, candidates make last-minute pitches, Makua Military Reservation must allow cultural access, monk seal Rocky rejects pup, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Hurricane Hector on Tuesday, NOAA
Hurricane Hector is still churning closer to the Hawaiian islands on Tuesday as a powerful Category 4 storm to the southeast of Hawaii. Hawaii News Now.

Hector weakened slightly overnight but remains a category 4 hurricane. Located 540 miles east-southeast of Hilo and 750 miles east-southeast of Honolulu, Hector was packing maximum sustained winds of 130 mph — a drop of 15 mph from Monday night — at 5 a.m. today, according to the National Weather Service. Star-Advertiser.

At 2 a.m. HST on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, the center of Hurricane Hector was located 585 miles ESE of Hilo, 670 miles ESE of Hana, Maui, and 705 miles ESE of Kahului, Maui (near latitude 15.9 North, longitude 147.1 West). Maui Now.

The National Weather Service on Monday posted a tropical storm watch for the Big Island as Hurricane Hector continued its trek toward Hawaii. Tribune-Herald.

A powerful hurricane expected to pass to the south of the state is forecast to bring dangerously large waves to east-facing shores of some islands starting Tuesday. Hawaii News Now.

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Candidates debate energy, climate issues in last major public forum before primary election. With the primary election coming up this Saturday, candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, and congress tried one last time to set themselves apart from their opponents in the last major public forum before the primary. Hawaii News Now.

The Hawaii Republican Party’s Slow Path To Extinction. The GOP is unable to field candidates in a growing number of races — and that, worry experts, is a problem for democracy and government transparency. Civil Beat.

Hanabusa’s Legacy in Congress: From Military Spending To A Post Office In Kahala. In D.C., the Democratic candidate for governor prided herself on funneling military dollars to Hawaii and was a strong advocate for the fishing industry. Civil Beat.

Some Gabbard campaign material runs afoul of military ethics rules. The Hawaii Army National Guard has instructed Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard to take down or amend certain campaign material from her VoteTulsi Facebook page because it violates military ethics rules. Star-Advertiser.

Ad Watch: Governor, LG Wannabes Hone Their TV Pitches. The leading Democratic candidates sometimes shine in a series of mostly positive campaign commercials. Civil Beat.

Can non-citizens vote? Elections officials rely on affidavits to verify citizenship. In a state that values access to the ballot, Hawaii election officials pretty much take your word for it when you claim to be a U.S. citizen and thus are eligible to vote. West Hawaii Today.

Some OHA Candidates Continue To Spend Big On Their Campaigns. Sam King has the most cash on hand in the Oahu race, while Rowena Akana has the most in the at-large contest. Civil Beat.

Lanialoha Lee of the Aloha Center Chicago is helping to organize a demonstration at Aloha Poke Company's corporate office this Friday and a protest march on Monday. Activists call it cultural appropriation and believe it will be the first Native Hawaiian protest march in Chicago. Hawaii News Now.

Oahu

Nonprofit group Malama Makua is regaining cultural access to Makua Military Reservation, $80,000 in attorney fees and the Army’s agreement to address an unexploded ordnance stockpile with the settlement of a 2016 lawsuit against the Army. Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu Ponders How To Be More ‘Age-Friendly’. Oahu has the fastest-growing population of people 65 and older in the country. Civil Beat.

Super PAC Be Change Now Spends $62K to Oppose Honolulu City Councilmember Carol Fukunaga. An Independent Political Action Committee is financing a negative campaign against an incumbent Honolulu City Councilwoman. Hawaii Public Radio.

29th annual Hiroshima commemoration and peace service ceremony held on Oahu. KHON2.

Oahu’s housing market posted modest median price gains in July and again fell a little shy of setting any new records. The Honolulu Board of Realtors reported today that previously owned single-family homes sold for a median $789,500 last month, up 5.3 percent from $750,000 a year earlier. Star-Advertiser.

Box jellyfish force closure of Hanauma Bay. City officials have closed Hanauma Bay for the rest of the day after many people were stung by an influx of box jellyfish. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Island

The scientist-in-charge at Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said there “were some hints” the near cessation of seismic activity at Kilauea’s summit and drastic reduction of lava production by fissure 8 might happen. Tribune-Herald.

Although earthquakes decreased over the weekend, the majority of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, a top attraction for the state, remains closed due to damage and will not be reopening any time soon. Star-Advertiser.

Legislative candidates drain accounts as election nears. New money flowed into state House and Senate candidates’ campaign coffers last month, but for most candidates racing toward Saturday’s election, it was flowing out just as fast. West Hawaii Today.

Big Island grapples with lava, hurricane as election nears. As Hawaii readies for its primary elections, voters are grappling with an erupting volcano and Hurricane Hector. Associated Press.

Maui


Maui continues on record-setting pace for visitor arrivals. Maui island visitor arrivals are on pace to reach nearly 2.9 million visitors by year’s end, a milestone that would make 2018 the fourth straight record-breaking year for air travelers to the Valley Isle, according to statistics released this week by the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Maui News.

Outrigger Hotels and Resorts recently acquired the Honua Kai Resort &Spa’s on-site resort rental program from affiliates of Alterra Mountain Co. Star-Advertiser.

Kauai

Hanabusa sweeping state before primary. As four lanes of vehicles passed by Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa and some of her supporters Monday afternoon, there was a lot of honking and waving and shouting. Garden Island.

‘I remember’. On Aug. 6, 1945, at 8:15 a.m., Hiroko Kunioka’s grandmother was in Hiroshima with her nephew. That was when the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Garden Island.

Significant quantities of honey in the Garden Isle have tested positive for RoundUp, a popular herbicide used to kill weeds and plants, according to a recent study. Hawaii News Now.

The Hawaii Marine Animal Response team says Rocky the Hawaiian monk seal has rejected her three-week-old pup. Officials say the baby is malnourished but is stable and is being fed through tubes until it can eat on its own. KHON2.

The median price of a single-family home on Kauai rose 11 percent last month, compared to a year ago, while the median price of a condominium in July jumped by more than 30 percent, according to statistics from Hawaii Information Service on behalf of the Kauai Board of Realtors. Pacific Business News.