Friday, September 16, 2016

Hawaii has highest rents in nation, Waikiki elementary school teacher accused of raping student, Honolulu police fleet sidelined by recall, Civil Beat sues over investigation of auditor, Agriculture Department gets warrant to fight fire ant, Hawaiian Airlines pilots prepare to strike, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Hawaii renters continued to pay more for their living spaces in 2015 than those on the mainland, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released Thursday. Civil Beat.

When Hawaiian Airlines pilots and their union opened a strike operations center this week, it showed that they could walk off the job to get higher salaries. But such a walkout would have serious consequences for interisland travel. Hawaii News Now.

The U.S. Department of Labor is investigating reports of abusive labor conditions affecting foreign workers on American fishing vessels in Hawaii, Civil Beat has learned.

Honolulu Civil Beat filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Department of the Attorney General in an attempt to free up records related to the agency’s investigation of alleged wrongdoing inside the state Office of the Auditor.

Board Recommends: Formally Add 'Okina to State Name. Hawaii Public Radio.

A study published Thursday in the journal Nature reveals that the the critically endangered Hawaiian crow, or alala, is a “remarkable” and “dexterous” user of tools — an ability found in only a handful of other bird species and in less than 1 percent of all animals. Star-Advertiser.

Deep-sea volcano a hotspot for mysterious life. Associated Press.

A science teacher at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Waikiki is on leave after being accused of sexually assaulting a girl over a period of five years. Hawaii News Now.

An elementary school teacher has been accused of sexually assaulting a child. There are multiple charges — including the most serious ones for rape. KHON2.

About a third of the Honolulu Police Department’s fleet of blue-and-white sedans are included in a recall by Ford Motor Co. last month to replace faulty fuel pump control modules. Star-Advertiser.

Worried that his party no longer shares his party’s priorities, the vice chair of Oahu County Committee of Democrats has tendered his resignation. Civil Beat.

A program to encourage Oahu residents to install solar panels on their homes has once again hit a stumbling block because the state says it has reached its limit in approving permits. KHON2.

Homeless Families In Kakaako Will Soon Have Another Place To Go. The Kakaako Family Assessment Center is trying something new: Guests can only stay for 90 days, and by the end, the goal is for them to be transitioned into permanent homes. Civil Beat.

State officials are planning to open a long-awaited homeless shelter in Honolulu. The state aims to open the shelter in a park next to what was one of the country's largest homeless encampments. Associated Press.

Kalihi leaders want to reinvent their community. But their plans for a new Kalihi won’t become reality until lawmakers figure out what to do with the Oahu Community Correctional Center, a 100-year-old state prison that lawmakers and Gov. David Ige want to relocate. Civil Beat.

State gets $7 million to renovate Kalaeloa Airport. KITV4.

Rats haunting storm drains a tough problem for the city Star-Advertiser.


Lawyers for Hawaii island Mayor Billy Kenoi will argue in Hilo Circuit Court today that the indictment charging him with theft, tampering with government records and making a false statement under oath in connection with his misuse of a county credit card should be thrown out. Star-Advertiser.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration held a meeting Wednesday evening in Kona to receive public comments and suggestions on the establishment of a federal management program for aquaculture fisheries in the exclusive economic zone around Hawaii and other Pacific islands under U.S. jurisdiction. West Hawaii Today.

Opponents of a proposed 6.75 megawatt solar farm at Ocean View welcomed a decision by the Public Utilities Commission to temporarily halt the controversial project while the commission reviews a complaint filed against it. West Hawaii Today.


The Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture obtained a court-ordered warrant and entered the property of a Maui resident who has continuously denied access to the property that was suspected of being infested with little fire ants (LFA). Maui Now.

Some restaurants closed, while others did not serve water or iced beverages Wednesday because of a water department advisory for Central and South Maui to boil drinking water due to possible contamination from Tuesday's heavy rains and flooding. Maui News.

The county Department of Environmental Management has scheduled a public meeting for 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Lahaina Civic Center to discuss a proposed recycled water storage tank, according to an announcement. Maui News.


Endangered species on Kauai are receiving a $1.3 million bump in funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of a $44.8 million investment under the Endangered Species Act grant program that will distributed among 20 states. Garden Island.

The Planning Department next month will implement new procedures for inspections and zoning clearances for Condominium Property Regime, or CPR, applications. Garden Island.

Citing the need to sort out liability and potential DUI concerns, the Public Works/Parks and Recreation Committee deferred a bill that would allow the sale of alcohol on Wailua Golf Course. Garden Island.

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