Wednesday, August 29, 2018

New jail slated for Oahu, top lawmakers buy loyalty among peers, tropical storms approach as cleanup continues, council member refuses to vote, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Gov. David Ige accepts environmental impact statement for relocating Oahu’s overcrowded jail. However, the $525 million project to rebuild the Oahu Community Correctional Center at the state Department of Agriculture’s animal quarantine station could face challenges. Star-Advertiser.

Governor Selects Halawa Animal Quarantine Site for OCCC Replacement Facility. The state is moving ahead with its plan to replace Oahu’s aging jail for pre-trial detainees and those will less than a year sentence. Hawaii Public Radio.

The severely overcrowded Oahu Community Correctional  Center will be relocated to the Animal Quarantine Station site in Halawa. Hawaii News Now.

Larger jail planned for Oahu with Halawa chosen as new site. KHON2.

Hawaii could partner with private developer to build Honolulu jail. Pacific Business News.

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A Hawaii-based soldier plans to plead guilty to charges of attempting to support the Islamic State group. Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang is scheduled to change his plea Wednesday. Associated Press.

Capitol Finance: How Top Lawmakers Build Their Power With Campaign Cash. Top Hawaii House and Senate leaders have given out nearly $200,000 to other candidates since 2006. Civil Beat.

There are now 2 tropical storms churning in the East Pacific. Tropical Storm Miriam is about 1,230 miles east of Hilo, moving west near 13 mph. Tropical Storm Norman was 455 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico on Tuesday evening, or about 2,699 miles from Hilo. Hawaii News Now.

The Hawaii Department of Transportation is actively monitoring hazardous road conditions across the state in light of heavy rain and severe flooding from Tropical Storm Lane. Hawaii News Now.

Lessons Learned From The Hurricane That Just Missed Hawaii. Lane didn’t leave the devastation that many feared it would. It did leave Hawaii with a new standard for storm preparation. Civil Beat.

The state has revised its requirements for the rabies quarantine program to cut down on wait times while still preventing the virus from being introduced. Hawaii News Now.

Oahu

Elections Chief: No Proof Of Vote Tampering In Primary. Dozens of Kalihi residents who filed a lawsuit over the narrow victory of Rep. Romy Cachola haven’t shown any wrongdoing by the state, Scott Nago argues. Civil Beat.

Drivers beware: Issuing traffic tickets just got easier for HPD. Three nighttime Honolulu police officers, three solo bike officers and three parking enforcement officers racked up 80 traffic and parking tickets by midmorning Tuesday under a new mobile automated citation program designed to be more accurate and less time consuming. Star-Advertiser.

Rain increases Ala Wai Canal pollution, causes beach warning. The Ala Wai Canal was a chocolate brown mess Tuesday complete with floating trees, natural debris and trash. Star-Advertiser.

City hosts community meetings on Ala Wai Bridge alternatives analysis. The Department of Transportation Services Complete Streets Program has announced an alternative analysis study titled "Ala Pono: An Ala Wai Crossing," which evaluates alternatives for additional community access including a new bridge between the neighborhoods of Waikiki, Ala Moana, and McCully/ Moiliili. KHON2.

FBI conducts an island-wide drug bust Tuesday. KITV.

The owners of Wailana Coffee House plan to find a new tenant for the restaurant after it closes on Sept. 30. Pacific Business News.

Hawaii Island

County officials were still at a stalemate Tuesday, one week after Puna Councilwoman Jen Ruggles shocked fellow council members by announcing she will refrain from voting or sponsoring legislation because she feared she would be violating international law and committing war crimes against the Hawaiian Kingdom. West Hawaii Today.

Council member Jen Ruggles released a letter on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in response to Corporation Counsel Joe Kamelamela’s opinion regarding possible criminal liability for war crimes. Big Island Now.

Water Board finding puts future of wind farm in question. A decision by the Hawaii County Water Board at its monthly meeting Tuesday may signal the end of an award-winning renewable energy project and prove the impetus for a legal battle with implications amounting to tens of millions of dollars. West Hawaii Today.

East Hawaii Business owners, residents continue cleanup as county tabulates damage done by Hurricane Lane. Tribune-Herald.

Hilo Resident's Book and Music Store Destroyed by Lane. Hawaii Public Radio.

Health officials warn that going into a building that has been flooded, even after the water is gone, can present a wide variety of hazards. Big Island Video News.

Sgt. 1st Class Reymund Rarogal Transfiguracion, a highly decorated special operations soldier who gave his life for his country, has returned home. West Hawaii Today.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has given 46 people citations since May. KITV.

Recently released into the wild, 11 endangered Hawaiian crows survived recent severe weather brought on by Tropical Storm Lane. Hawaii News Now.

‘These Little Buggers’ Are Taking A Big Bite Out Of Hawaii’s Macadamia Crop. Hawaii is considering introducing a newly discovered wasp to prey on the invasive pest. Civil Beat.

Maui

Former Maui officer sentenced for theft and bribing motorist. Former Maui police officer Anthony Maldonado stole $1,800 from a motorist because he thought the motorist was a drug dealer, had stolen drugs and money from drug dealers before, gave some of the drugs to his mistress and sold steroids to at least one other officer, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday at Maldonado’s sentencing. Star-Advertiser.

Community members are invited to a meeting Wednesday night to discuss the impacts of Lane and a recent string of brush fires over the weekend. KHON2.

Investigation: So far, 'No criminal intent' found in Maui wildfires. Hawaii News Now.

‘The pride runs deep’. First responders rally to save historic Lahainaluna campus. Maui News.

Support in aftermath of fire pours in as Native Hawaiian families on kuleana lands vow to rebuild. Star-Advertiser.

Kauai

Rains pound Kauai; bridge, schools, parks closed. Garden Island.

Deluge swamps North Shore. Garden Island.

Lane Resoaks Areas That Were Deluged In April Storm. The Kuhio Highway is closed near Hanalei, where business activity has come to a standstill. Civil Beat.

Michael Bukoski had just moved back into his house on Wailaau Road in Koloa when the notice for voluntary evacuations came across Tuesday morning. Garden Island.