Friday, August 17, 2018

Hurricane Lane strengthens, B-2 stealth bombers deployed, foster mom arrested in toddler death, Maui affordable housing fast-tracked, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

public Facebook photo by Kai Kahele
Batwing B-2 stealth bombers at Hickam AFB  (Facebook photo)
Three batwing B-2 stealth bombers are in Hawaii for their first deployment to the state, Pacific Air Forces said. Star-Advertiser.

Lane quickly intensifies into a Category 2 hurricane in East Pacific. Hurricane Lane has rapidly increased into a Category 2 storm and is expected to strengthen even more as it approaches the Central Pacific, according to officials with the National Weather Service. Hawaii News Now.

Lane strengthens to Category 2 hurricane as it continues westward march. Star-Advertiser.

Isle jobless rate in July steady at 2.1%. Hawaii’s nation-low unemployment rate held at 2.1 percent in July for the second straight month as the state’s labor market remained on solid footing. Star-Advertiser.

UH Projects A $28 Million Deficit In A Billion-Dollar Budget. The spending plan approved by the Board of Regents won’t shrink an $848 million maintenance backlog. In fact, that will keep growing. Civil Beat.

Funding for public education will be a Constitutional Amendment question on the General Election Ballot, November 6. Hawaii Public Radio.

How A Tight-Knit Pacific Island Community Is Saving Its Culture. There are now more people of Tokelauan descent living in Hawaii than in the tiny island nation, which is threatened by rising seas. Civil Beat.

Hawaii researchers are working to identify new types of deep-water limu from across the islands, and they've already found two new species. Hawaii News Now.

Woman speaks out, says she was abused by priest in Hawaii. KITV.

Former Land Board chairman, WWII hero William Paty dies. Star-Advertiser.

Oahu

Waiting for documents from the DMV? You might want to check your mailing address. While delays continue to frustrate people trying to get new drivers licenses or state IDs, city officials say thousands of IDs are being bounced back by the U.S. Postal Service because of invalid addresses. Hawaii News Now.

Your Hawaii State ID or driver's license may not be accepted by airport security officers after October 2020. Under the Federal Real ID Act, states are required to verify certain personal information for those ID cards to be considered valid by federal authorities. Hawaii Public Radio.

The city of Honolulu's master plan for Ala Moana Regional Park has been years in the making, but portions of the plan are leaving some longtime park users feeling that their voices haven't been heard. Hawaii News Now.

Residents gather to offer input on new Ala Moana Beach Park designs. KHON2.

A collegiate rental housing tower in Moiliili opened Thursday without a tussle over tenants using a neighboring property owner’s private road to get into or out of the new building’s parking garage. Star-Advertiser.

Kualoa Ranch sets visitor growth goals. Kualoa Ranch last year shared broad strokes of a plan to expand tourism on its Windward Oahu property popular for movie site tours, and now has a goal of attracting up to 2,000 visitors a day. Star-Advertiser.

Lanikai Pillbox trail reopens after two month closure. The Kaiiwa Ridge or "Lanikai Pillbox" hike will re-open on Monday, August 20 after a 60-day closure to rehabilitate the two observation stations, commonly called "pillboxes."  KHON2.

Sand Restoration Begins at Sunset Beach. The North Shore Community Land Trust has partnered with the City to complete the Sunset restoration project. Hawaii Public Radio.

Hawaii Island

Hawaii County police arrest foster mom in July 2017 death of 3-year-old boy. Star-Advertiser.

Woman arrested in connection with toddler's death in foster care. Hawaii News Now.

A toddler from East Hawaii is the fifth known victim this year of rat lungworm, a disease that is expected to continue to spread with climate change. Star-Advertiser.

An East Hawaii toddler was diagnosed with rat lungworm disease, the state Department of Health said Thursday. Tribune-Herald.

Hawaii Island residents fed up with constant tour helicopter noise over their homes spoke out at a meeting held in Hilo on Tuesday, as government officials and Hawaii Helicopter Association representatives listened to the heated testimony. Big Island Video News.

Leilani residents want more transparency in decisions affecting neighborhood. Leilani Estates residents have had a front-row seat to the Kilauea eruption that has destroyed hundreds of homes and upended their community. Tribune-Herald.

As Fire And Lava Diminish, Volcano Village Still Struggles. Transportation questions loom large as residents and the national park try to navigate a return to normalcy. Civil Beat.

Developer proposes more development at West Hawaii Business Park before Kamanu Street is extended. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

Two affordable housing projects are moving forward under a new fast-track permitting process. Maui Now.

Former Maui police officer Chase Keliipaakaua is going to jail for four months for taking part in a scheme to bribe a witness against a fellow officer. Star-Advertiser.

Charter school scrambles as it awaits new campus. Completion expected early next month. Maui News.

A reef-safe sunscreen swap event will be held this Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 at Hi Tech Kahului from noon to 4 p.m. Maui Now.

Former Maui County corporation counsel Fred Rohlfing dies at 89. Prominent Republican and former state lawmaker was loved by many, including Democrats. Maui News.

Kauai

Treatment center on schedule. The site where the Adolescent Drug Treatment Center will be located has always been a special place for kahu Jade Waialeale Battad. Garden Island.