Thursday, November 8, 2018

Hawaii election aftermath: lone GOP senator raring to go, House reorganization show little change, voter turnout up, 22 votes won Honolulu council seat, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

photo courtesy of Charles Freedman
Hawaii state Capitol, photo by Charles Freedman
For the first time in two years, a Republican will have a seat in Hawaii’s state Senate. Kurt Fevella squeaked out a win in Ewa Beach, beating Democratic rival Matt LoPresti by just 117 votes. Hawaii News Now.

Fevella’s win gives Republicans a state Senate caucus of 1. Kurt Fevella, the newly elected Republican senator from Ewa, won’t have the benefit of senior leadership teaching him how to wrestle earmarks into the state budget or how to navigate the arcane procedural rules of floor sessions when the Legislature convenes in January. Star-Advertiser.

The 2018 General Election delivered huge wins for Democrats on the top of the party ticket. Hawaii Public Radio.

Ed Case ready to return to Congress. Case says he sees the new Democratic majority in the House as an opportunity for Democrats and Republicans to come together. KHON2.

Toppled after 28 years at OHA, Akana says she was a target. Rowena Akana won a seat on the Office of Hawaiian Affairs board of trustees in 1990 and was re-elected seven straight times stretching across three decades. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii saw an uptick in the number of people who voted Tuesday compared to the last two midterm elections. The 398,398 residents represented 53 percent of all registered voters — showing up in greater numbers than the 2010 and 2014 midterms. Star-Advertiser.

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Hotel strike enters its second month. The Unite Here Local 5 hotel workers strike, which has become the union’s longest running Hawaii hotel strike in nearly three decades, is now a month old. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc.’s earnings rose 9.7 percent in the third quarter as the holding company’s utilities benefited from higher rates and its bank posted a strong performance. Star-Advertiser.

An entity owned by Hawaii businessman Duane Kurisu spent more than $16.7 million purchasing four ground leases on Oahu and the Big Island, including the land beneath a Honolulu office building and the ground beneath the headquarters for the West Hawaii Today newspaper. Pacific Business News.

Oahu

Waters not conceding to Ozawa in Council race. Former state Rep. Tommy Waters declined Wednesday to concede the race for District 4 of the Honolulu City Council to incumbent Trevor Ozawa. Star-Advertiser.

A Loss For Tommy Waters Is A Loss For Mayor Caldwell. Incumbent Trevor Ozawa’s narrow victory over his challenger blocked the mayor from having a majority of allies on the City Council. Civil Beat.

Trevor Ozawa keeps his city council seat by 22 votes. If you need proof that in an election, every vote counts, look no further than the East Oahu City Council race between incumbent Trevor Ozawa and challenger Tommy Waters. KHON2.

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Avalon Group became the first local developer Wednesday to agree to a city requirement to set conditions that will keep the affordable units in its proposed mixed-use residential and commercial project affordable for 30 years. Star-Advertiser.

HPD Chief: Police Not At Fault In Closing Of Domestic Violence Program. The Domestic Violence Action Center denied Chief Susan Ballard’s contention that their partnership failed because the center couldn’t meet promised quotas. Civil Beat.

HPD’s partnership with a domestic abuse service for victims to abruptly end. Commissioners agreed that the systematic issues should’ve been figured out months ago. Hawaii News Now.

A state agency is getting closer to enforcing a new Hawaii law aimed at a private company charging for parking along several streets in Kakaako long used by the public. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Island

Council shrinks another member. With former Kona Councilman Dru Kanuha officially off the council upon his election Tuesday to the state Senate, and Puna Councilwoman Jen Ruggles not participating in council meetings or legislation because of her concerns about the Hawaiian Kingdom, the nine-member body is effectively down to seven members. West Hawaii Today.

Proposal would give County Council power to censure absent members. Should Hawaii County Council members lose pay if they don’t do their job? Tribune-Herald.

Turnout in Hawaii County for Tuesday’s election was among the lowest in this county’s history as well as the lowest of any county in the state this year. West Hawaii Today.

A plan to develop a veteran’s center across from the University of Hawaii-Hilo was back before the Windward Planning Commission on Wednesday. Big Island Video News.

Maui

Priority No. 1 for Maui County’s mayor-elect: Getting along with his county council. Mike Victorino beat out Councilwoman Elle Cochran by more than 5,000 votes in a hotly contested battle for current Mayor Alan Arakawa’s seat. Hawaii News Now.

After election shakeup, dust begins to settle for new council. Council members-elect downplay 5-4 split between ‘Ohana-endorsed and ‘establishment’ candidates. Maui News.

No leadership overhaul expected at Capitol. Maui County’s state lawmakers eye their roles the upcoming legislative session. Maui News.

Maui’s Justin H. Woodson has secured a house leadership role as one of nine majority whips.  He was also identified as chair of the House Committee on Education under a list released today by House Speaker Scott Saiki. Maui Now.

Voter Turnout Down, Maui at 52%. In Maui County total turnout was 50,475 or 52.2% of the 96,721 registered voters. Maui Now.

Kauai

The End Of An Era For Election Day Polling Places. When the Garden’s Isle’s 14 precinct stations shut down Tuesday night, it might have been for the last time. An all-mail ballot experiment begins in 2020. Civil Beat.

County overwhelmingly votes to keep term limits. Garden Island.

Derek Kawakami, a Kauai county councilman, was elected mayor decisively, 16,797 votes, 65.1 percent, to 7,969, 30.9 percent for Council Chair Mel Rapozo. Garden Island.

The celebrations are over. Now the new mayor of Kauai is ready to get to work. Hawaii News Now.

Kauai mayor-elect seeks applicants to fill new administration. Kauai Mayor-Elect Derek Kawakami has hit the ground running. KHON2.

Felicia Cowden’s campaign party was over by the time she found out she snagged the last seat on the Kauai County Council. Garden Island.

Kauai's New Program for Renewable Energy. Hawaii Public Radio.