Friday, September 20, 2013

Obamacare explained for Hawaii, controversial Honolulu mural to be unveiled, sex harrassment charged in Oahu prison, more news fromall the Hawaiian Islands

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Hawaii residents could pay as little as $120 per month for medical coverage on the new state-based health insurance exchange set up as part of the federal health care reform law known as Obama­care. The state Insurance Division released for the first time Thursday average premiums for individuals purchasing plans on the Hawaii Health Connector, the online marketplace designed to match qualified individuals with health plans. Star-Advertiser.

The state on Friday revealed rates for the 95 health-insurance plans that will be offered for individuals and small businesses on the Hawaii Health Connector starting Oct. 1 that start at an average of $120 for a 21-year-old nonsmoker choosing the most basic plan. Pacific Business News.

The man accused of threatening to cut off Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s head will be sent to Washington, D.C. where he'll face charges in federal court there. Aniruddha Sherbow is being held in San Diego but is expected to be transferred to the nation's capital. Last week, federal magistrate Judge William McCurine Jr. found probable cause to believe Sherbow committed the crime.  Civil Beat.

In July, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell introduced 10 bills that could have raised tens of millions of dollars in property tax revenues for the city. The proposed laws aimed to change Honolulu’s tax code in ways that would allow the city to rake in more money, either by eliminating certain exemptions or reclassifying certain properties so they could be taxed at a higher rate. Civil Beat.

A lot more vehicles will soon fill up spaces at the mostly vacant, 410-stall parking garage on South Street that some have criticized as a symbol of government waste and inefficiency. About 400 city employees will be able to park there under an agreement reached this month between the Federal Transit Administration and the city. Star-Advertiser.

From manini issues like complaining about moped noise to territorial Kailua residents protesting their town's touristic appeal, Oahu's neighborhood boards are often a hotbed of anger and unrest. And sometimes, all that translates into real change. Civil Beat.

Plans for a "Free the Mural: Stop the Censorship" protest this weekend have been dropped after the state agreed to remove a black curtain shrouding the "Forgotten Inheritance" mural at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. Star-Advertiser.

A female prison guard accepted a social media "friend" request from a male colleague only to receive naked pictures of the man and a request for sex minutes later, according to a lawsuit filed in First Circuit Court in Honolulu Aug. 9. The lawsuit accuses Tahn Kakaio, an adult correctional officer at the Oahu Community Correctional Center, of sexual harassment and other charges, including sexual assault, over an eight-month period.  Civil Beat.


More than a year before Towne Development of Hawaii Inc. submitted a draft environmental assessment for a proposed condominium project above Kahaluu Bay, Kamehameha Investment Corp. officials tried to stop it from happening. West Hawaii Today.

Maui County Council Member Don Couch and mayoral Executive Assistants John Buck and Zeke Kalua will join Mayor Alan Arakawa at a "County on Your Corner" event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Piilani Village Shopping Center. Maui News.


 Looking for something new to pump up that backyard garden? The 12th Kauai Community Seed and Plant Exchange is set for Sunday and will celebrate the growth of the Kalihiwai Food Forest and Community Garden. Garden Island.

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