Friday, November 23, 2018

Vacation rental business growing, Honolulu council candidate asks Supreme Court for recount, Western governors to meet in Kona, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Isle B&Bs, vacation rentals see double-digit growth. Hawaii’s bed-and-breakfast accommodations and vacation rental homes saw double-digit growth in 2017. Star-Advertiser.

State economic growth downgraded. Hawaii’s extraordinary run of economic expansion, now in its ninth year, paused briefly earlier this year, according to a new federal estimate that has led state officials to downgrade their annual growth forecast for the local economy. Star-Advertiser.

School improvements could be completed faster under the DOE’s new plan. With one in every five Hawaii public schools over 100 years old, there has been a significant backlog of repairs needed at campuses across the state. Hawaii News Now.

Government-backed Veterans Affairs purchase loans in Hawaii surged more than 71 percent in financial year 2018, compared to five years ago, according to Veterans United Home Loans, the nation’s largest VA lender. Pacific Business News.

Company with ties to Sandwich Isles faces bankruptcy. Creditors of a business called Paniolo Cable Co. that is owned by the adult children of imprisoned telecommunications entrepreneur Albert Hee are trying to force the cable company into bankruptcy. Star-Advertiser.

Oldest US military survivor of Pearl Harbor dies at age 106. Ray Chavez, the oldest U.S. military survivor of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor that plunged the United States into World War II, died Wednesday. Associated Press.

A Hawaiian Airlines flight en route to the mainland was turned around and landed back in Honolulu. Hawaiian Airlines Flight 16 was headed toward San Diego from Honolulu Thursday when about an hour in, the pilots decided to turn around. Hawaii News Now.

Oahu

Oahu politician challenging election results. The election may be over but one candidate is challenging the results. Tommy Waters lost his bid by just 22 votes. KHON2.

Honolulu’s Secret Home Buyers Must Now Reveal Their Identities. New federal rules aimed at cracking down on criminal activity require that shell companies paying all cash for homes report their owners. Civil Beat.

Head of award-winning permitting agency says DPP can change, too. The head of a Washington county permitting department that transformed itself into a nationally recognized exemplary agency says the same thing can happen at Honolulu’s embattled Department of Planning and Permitting. Star-Advertiser.

Inflatable, mobile homeless shelters could be coming to Oahu. Honolulu Police have a new idea that could temporarily house the homeless who can't get into area shelters because of overflow: portable, inflatable shelters. KITV.

Oahu’s Waianae Range will be the future home of more than a dozen wind turbines after Hawaiian Electric Co. signed a power purchase agreement with EE Ewa LLC for a new 46.8-megawatt wind project on the island’s west side. Pacific Business News.

Wind farm proposed for Waianae range. Wind farm proposed for Waianae range. Star-Advertiser.

A battle over a Portlock gate blocking access to a beach path is far from over. The city council is taking up the matter at next Wednesday's meeting. KITV.

Owner of Honolulu engineering firm convicted of conspiracy to commit tax fraud. A federal jury convicted Wagdy Guirguis, owner of engineering firm GMP Associates Inc. and CPA Michael Higa with conspiracy to defraud the IRS on Wednesday. Pacific Business News.

Teddy’s Mapunapuna closes for cleaning after video allegedly shows workers grilling rat. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Island

The Western Governors’ Association will hold their 2018 Winter Meeting Dec. 11-13 at the Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island. Maui Now.

TMT opponents want high court to reconsider ruling. Opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope are getting some help from other Native Hawaiian leaders and a former state Supreme Court justice in their request for reconsideration of a recent ruling in favor of the $1.4 billion project. Tribune-Herald.

Recovering lava-inundated areas around Puna’s Highway 132 has been prioritized by the Hawaii County Council. On November 20, the council passed Resolution 732-18, requesting the administration work on getting alternative roads for residents who were isolated during the recent eruption. Big Island Video News.

Maui

Ground broken for new county service center. $25 million project targeted for completion in 2020. Maui News.

The County of Maui today broke ground on a new 60,000 square foot service center on a parcel located at the Maui Business Park in Kahului. Maui Now.

Kauai

Kuhio Highway opening could be early 2019. The Hawaii Department of Transportation said Wednesday that due to weather-related delays and consideration of environmental and community concerns, it is now targeting early 2019 for reopening of Kuhio Highway on the North Shore. Garden Island.

Seasport Divers is partnering with the Kauai Surfrider Foundation to do an underwater debris cleanup at Koloa Landing, one of Kauai’s popular dive and snorkel locations. Garden Island.