Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Hanauma Bay finances questioned, 'Wonder blunder' plea change coming, Star-Advertiser lays off 15 newsroom staff, contested case parties visit Thirty Meter Telescope site, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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The nonprofit Friends of Hanauma Bay says the city continues to “intentionally and persistently” misuse money collected at the site to pay for operations at other East Honolulu facilities despite court mandates requiring the money be used at the nature preserve only. Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and city officials are under fire from a nonprofit organization for “the continuing misuses of admission fees paid by visitors to Hanauma Bay.” Civil Beat.

A man accused of scamming the University of Hawaii out of $200,000 for a Stevie Wonder concert that never happened is scheduled to change his plea. Associated Press.

Pacific Fleet officials investigated an active-duty naval reservist from San Diego who failed to stand and salute during the playing of the national anthem on Sept. 19 at Pearl Harbor. Star-Advertiser.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority is introducing a new virtual reality tour experience using 360-degree live action footage that instantly drops the viewer into Hawaii from anywhere around the world. Hawaii News Now.

The number of Hawaii public school students taking Advanced Placement exams continued to climb this year along with the number of students scoring well on the college preparatory tests, according to results released this afternoon. Star-Advertiser.

WalletHub has struck again, and Hawaii’s union for teachers is calling for change. The finance and credit website ranks Hawaii 51st in the nation when it comes to best and worst states for teachers (the analysis includes the District of Columbia). Civil Beat.

Only 215 Hawaii Inmates Were Tested For Valley Fever In Arizona. About 1,400 Hawaii prisoners are incarcerated in Arizona, but only a fraction have been tested for a disease common in the Southwest. Civil Beat.

The U.S. Department of the Interior has finalized a rule that creates a pathway to federal recognition for Native Hawaiians. The process began two years ago, and included thousands of pieces of testimony from listening sessions across the state and on the mainland. Hawaii Public Radio.

Hawaii Democrats and Republicans gathered Monday around the state to watch the first Donald Trump-Hillary Clinton presidential debate, but it’s unclear whether anyone heard anything new that would move a vote from one candidate to the other. Star-Advertiser.

Prosecutors from eight countries and 13 states and the District of Columbia are convening this week in Waikiki to discuss solutions to sex trafficking. Star-Advertiser.


The Honolulu Star-Advertiser is laying off 15 newsroom employees. Star-Advertiser.

A community group has filed a complaint with the Hawaii Office of Environmental Quality Control seeking to suspend an environmental review process for building a replacement facility for the crumbling Oahu Community Correctional Center. Civil Beat.

The Honolulu Fire Department says some of its computers may have been infected with malcious software. KHON2.

The Howard Hughes Corp. plans to develop a new 42-story, 751-unit mixed-use condominium high-rise tower in the Honolulu neighborhood of Kakaako next to its 466-unit Aeo mixed-use tower that’s currently under construction, the Texas-based developer told Pacific Business News on Monday.

Several Hawaii residents are suing the property owners of a North Shore restaurant for allegedly violating permitting law and polluting Haleiwa by using an improper septic system.  Civil Beat.

An Oahu restaurant owner is accused of knowingly dumping sewage and putting the public in danger. The lawsuit, which is filed by Hawaiian Princess Abigail Kawananakoa, also blames the city and state for not stopping the contamination. Hawaii News Now.


Parties in the contested case for the Thirty Meter Telescope toured the summit of Mauna Kea on Monday morning. Tribune-Herald.

Environmental groups team up, draft letter to get word out about coral-safe sunscreen options ahead of Ironman. West Hawaii Today.

Hawaiian immersion students still can ‘opt-out’ of tests in English. Tribune-Herald.


The Maui Bus will expand its Kula Villager Route No. 39 in response to Upcountry community requests for more service, Maui County officials said Friday. Maui News.

Japanese-American soldiers may have taken off the uniform when they left the front lines of World War II and returned to Maui, but they never stopped serving. Maui News.


With less than two months until the General Election, Kauai candidates can be seen along the island’s main roads, waving and smiling at passing cars. Garden Island

The Kauai Workforce Development Board is accepting public comment on the Local Area Plan for Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act. Garden Island.

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