Thursday, July 21, 2016

U.S. Rep. Mark Takai: 1967-2016. Honored by friends and colleagues. Plus, Legislature overrides Maui hospital worker bailout veto, Kauai council passes vehicle smoking ban, Thirty Meter Telescope judge makes big bucks, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Friends and colleagues mourned the passing of U.S. Rep. K. Mark Takai on Wednesday, describing the congressman as ferociously hardworking with an enthusiasm for politics dating back to his days at Pearl City High School. Star-Advertiser.

Mark Takai, a Democrat from Hawaii serving his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives, has passed away. Civil Beat.

U.S. Rep. Mark Takai, a war veteran and long-time legislator known for his bright nature and deep commitment to service, died in his home Wednesday after a months-long battle with cancer. Just 49 years old, the first-term Democrat from Hawaii was surrounded by family when he died of pancreatic cancer, said Rod Tanonaka, Takai’s chief of staff. Associated Press.

U.S. Rep. Mark Takai, D, Hawaii, died Wednesday morning at his home surrounded by family. He was 49 years old. KHON2.

U.S. Representative from Hawai’i, K. Mark Takai, passed away today in Honolulu following a 9-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Hawaii Public Radio.

Congressman Mark Takai's star was rising in our nation’s Capitol. He was respected for his decades of public and military service. His spark didn't go unnoticed. KITV.

Those who knew Congressman Mark Takai say he was a passionate public servant and a loyal friend. Garden Island.

Years before he made his mark in politics, Mark Takai made his mark at the University of Hawaii. Hawaii News Now.

Scenes From Mark Takai’s All-Too-Short Congressional Career. After 20 years in the Legislature, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014 and mused about serving Hawaii for another 20 years in Washington, D.C. Civil Beat.

Hawaii voters will be asked who should serve out the remainder of the late Mark Takai’s term in Washington — possibly on the same day they decide who should represent the 1st Congressional District in the next term starting in January. Civil Beat.

The state Office of Elections plans to hold a special election in conjunction with the Nov. 8 general election to decide who will serve out the last two months of the unfinished term of the late U.S. Rep. Mark Takai, according to a spokeswoman for the office. Star-Advertiser.


Honolulu is moving closer to imposing the city’s first set of regulations on the ride-hailing industry, which has operated under a free market since entering the isles. Star-Advertiser.

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation is talking to the feds about borrowing money from them for the first time, from the same program Puerto Rico used to bail out its train when its cost doubled. KHON2.

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday granted tentative approval to Hawaiian Airlines to shift its current daily flight between Honolulu International Airport (HNL) and Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport (HND) to a daytime schedule starting Oct. 29. Pacific Business News.


Retired Judge Riki May Amano is earning $375 an hour and could make as much as $200,000 for acting as Thirty Meter Telescope contested case hearings officer. Star-Advertiser.

Five candidates for Hawaii County mayor participated in a two and a half hour political forum at the Pahoa Community Center on July 16. Big Island Video News.

For the second consecutive year, Hawaii’s longline fisheries in the Central Pacific have reached their bigeye tuna quota far earlier than expected. The longline fleet, nearly all of which is based in Honolulu, will now have to travel farther to fish for bigeye, a factor that could lead to better prices for Big Island fisherman bringing in tuna with handlines. Tribune-Herald.

Hawaiian attendees describe atmosphere on the ground at passion-fueld Republican National Convention. West Hawaii Today.

The Hawaii Supreme Court has cleared Connections New Century Public Charter School employee Eric Boyd of ethics violations stemming from 2006. Civil Beat.


State lawmakers on Wednesday overrode Gov. David Ige’s veto of a bill providing severance packages and retirement benefits to Maui County hospital workers who will lose their state jobs as three hospitals are transferred to Kaiser Permanente. Star-Advertiser.

The Hawaii Legislature voted Wednesday to override Gov. David Ige’s veto of a bill that provides severance payments or pension benefits to unionized public workers at three hospitals in Maui County that are being privatized by Kaiser Permanente. Civil Beat.

The State House and Senate today voted to override Gov. David Ige’s veto of SB 2077 to preserve the management transfer of three state run Maui hospitals to Kaiser Permanente. Maui Watch.

The Legislature overturned the Governor’s veto of a benefits package for Maui hospital workers. Hawaii Public Radio.

Hawaii lawmakers have voted to override Gov. David Ige's veto on a bill that would transfer control of three Maui County hospitals to Kaiser Permanente, making it the largest privatization of public facilities in state history. Associated Press.

A section of the old Haleakala Trail that Mark Twain and Jack London likely hiked to reach the summit of the mountain that traverses an area currently in ranching by Haleakala Ranch officially became state property earlier this month, but public access is being limited to guided hikes. Maui News.

The Maui County Service Center at the Maui Mall, which houses the divisions of Motor Vehicles and Licensing and Real Property Tax, reopened Monday after being closed since March due to water damage. Maui News.

Lynn DeCoite, a first-term state representative, businesswoman, farmer and rancher, will face a state substitute teacher in the Democratic primary race for the district that covers Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe and East Maui. Star-Advertiser.


It is now illegal to smoke in the car with minors on Kauai. On Wednesday, the Kauai County Council voted 6-1 to approve Bill No. 2629, which prohibits smoking in cars with children under the age of 13. Garden Island.

A resolution that would have let the public vote on how to pay for road repair projects was rejected Wednesday by the Kauai County Council. Garden Island.

Irene Inouye said her late husband, Sen. Daniel K Inouye, insisted that nothing be named after him. But she said there were a small number of places that were special to the late senator, and the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Mana was one of them. Garden Island.

Police officers, prosecutors, and community members gathered in front of the YWCA of Kauai in solidarity, rallying against racial bias, discrimination and inequality. Garden Island.


According to Brenda Kaneshiro of Molokai Meli, Molokai was once the number one honey exporter of the world. In the early 1900’s Molokai Ranch had countless hives. Unfortunately a disease affected the bees and they were nearly all wiped out. Maui Now.

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