Thursday, September 6, 2018

Jaggar Museum, popular volcano overlook unlikely to reopen, groups sue to stop gut-and-replace bills, vacation rental bill draws fire in Honolulu, House leaders balk at special session for volcano, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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‘Highly unlikely’ Jaggar Museum will reopen. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park announced some of its exhibits will be displayed in Pahoa as it casts more doubt on Jaggar Museum reopening. Tribune-Herald.

Severely damaged Jaggar Museum may have to relocate. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park announced today that it plans to loan some items from Jaggar Museum to a proposed visitor center in downtown Pahoa, thanks to a partnership with a non-profit called the Mainstreet Pahoa Association. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park announced a partnership with Mainstreet Pahoa Association. There are ongoing discussions to loan exhibit features from Jaggar Museum to a proposed visitor center site in downtown Pahoa. KHON2.

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Groups sue to stop ‘gut and replace’ at Hawaii Legislature. Two government watchdog groups today sued Hawaii for enacting legislation without giving the public the proper chance to weigh in. Associated Press.

A judge is expected to rule Friday on a motion by Hawaii’s four counties to remove a question from November election ballots that would allow voters to amend the Hawaii Constitution and give the state authority to tax investment real estate to support public education. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii DOE Looks To Strengthen Its Student Discipline Code. The state was told in January its administrative law does not comply with federal anti-discrimination regulations. Civil Beat.

Hurricane Norman is forecast to pass about 200 miles northeast of the Hawaiian Islands on Thursday and Friday, forecasters say. The storm remains a major Category 3 hurricane, and is pushing up surf across the island chain. Hawaii News Now.

Royal Hawaiian Feather Cloak Feared Lost in Brazil Museum Fire. Officials estimate 90 percent of the museum’s 20 million artifacts burned in Sunday’s fire. Hawaii Public Radio.

Anthropologists with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency have photographed and cataloged the skeletal remains that were in 55 boxes North Korea returned to the United States last month. Hawaii News Now.

French banking giant BNP Paribas, which at one time owned all of First Hawaiian Bank, plans to reduce its stake in the state’s largest financial institution to under 20 percent. Star-Advertiser.

Home sales and the median price of homes mostly rose on the Big Island and Kauai in August, according to local real estate agent trade association data released Wednesday by Hawaii Information Service. Star-Advertiser.

Oahu

Most of the nearly 50 people who testified on Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s proposed short-term vacation rental bill Wednesday found something to dislike about it. Star-Advertiser.

Oahu’s tourism and entertainment hub endures an epidemic of beach thefts, random spikes in violent crimes and an understaffed police force. Here’s what’s being done to counter crime in Waikiki. Hawaii Business.

Critics of Oahu's 'sit-lie' bans say they have new ammunition after the federal appeals court ruled laws meant to get homeless people off sidewalks may violate their rights. Hawaii News Now.

A first-of-its-kind homeless shelter geared towards young people has opened at the Kawailoa Youth and Family Wellness Center in Kailua. Hawaii News Now.

Mental capacity at core of Kawananakoa case. The Honolulu tax attorney who drafted Abigail Kawananakoa’s $215 million trust says the Campbell Estate heiress was always adamant about protecting the largest part of her estate for the Native Hawaiian community. Star-Advertiser.

The state won't be issuing any more vehicle permits for the public to access Kaena Point for the rest of 2018. That's because permits have already reached the annual cap. Hawaii News Now.

From now until November, you’ll find orange tape closing off three Honolulu parks in the Moiliili area. City crews say they’ll be giving Moiliili Community Park, The Old Stadium Park, and Crane Park a face-lift over the next two months. KITV.

Honolulu police raided an alleged gambling operation in McCully Wednesday evening. Hawaii News Now.

HCDA Considering Complete Restoration of 90 Year-Old Kakaako Building. Amid all the high-rise developments in Kakaako, one property owner has decided to turn the clock back 90 years. Hawaii Public Radio.

Company linked to Patagonia sportswear founder to restore 90-year-old Kakaako warehouse. Star-Advertiser.

Median home price on Oahu passes $800K to hit new record. Pacific Business News.

Hawaii Island

Hawaii County officials met House lawmakers at the state Capitol on Wednesday to urge them to convene a special session to provide another $17.4 million in state funding for the county’s “immediate needs” for recovery from the damage done by Kilauea Volcano lava. Star-Advertiser.

Crowd comes out to support Ruggles. West Hawaii Today.

A cone within a cone? USGS says fissure 8 has formed a new feature. Hawaii News Now.

Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West announced that SBA has approved more than $30 million in federal disaster loans for Hawaii businesses and residents impacted by the Kilauea volcanic eruption and earthquakes. Maui Now.

Improvements to the drainage system on the Kuawa ball fields have been completed, and the long-awaited park is anticipated to open early next year, county Parks and Recreation officials said Tuesday. Tribune-Herald.

The University of Hawaii at Hilo has been ranked the most diverse four-year public university in the nation by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Tribune-Herald.

Condominium sales on the Big Island of Hawaii rose by more than 30 percent in August and the median price increased 10 percent, while sales and prices for single-family homes declined, according to statistics from Hawaii Information Service on behalf of Hawaii Island Realtors. Pacific Business News.

Maui

Tourism strategic plan is launched. Illegal vacation rentals to be discouraged; visitor safety, Hawaiian culture promoted. Maui News.

Rebuilding from ashes: volunteers gather to help fire cleanup. Simpli-Fresh Farm owners regroup after losing 70 percent of their farm. Maui News.

Workers at a Maui trucking company found a live skunk while unloading a container of ceramic tiles last week. Star-Advertiser.

Former Women Helping Women executive director, Stacey Moniz has been hired as the new executive director at The Maui Farm. Maui Now.

Kauai

Four months after the April flood that put the North Shore off-limits to visitors and most others, there was talk of a rejuvenation of marine life. More coral and more fish, thanks to there being almost no people in the water. Garden Island.

If you’re a user of Ke Ala Hele Makalae, and even if you’re not, Kauai Path wants you. Garden Island.

Home sales on Kauai rose by double-digits in August, and the median price of a single-family home on the Garden Isle rose by more than 15 percent, according to statistics from Hawaii Information Service on behalf of the Kauai Board of Realtors. The median price of a single-family home on Kauai last month was $716,500, an increase of 15.18 percent from $622,063 in August 2017. Pacific Business News.