Monday, March 27, 2017

Jobs for homeless, taxes, green fuel and Oahu ferry on Legislature's agenda, Haleakala rules rile native practitioner, Abercrombie blasts committee for killing aid in dying bill, coffee season promising, Kauai trail to open, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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A measure before state lawmakers would launch a day laborer program to give Hawaii’s homeless alternatives to panhandling. Star-Advertiser.

Former Gov. Neil Abercrombie is blasting a House committee for shelving a high-profile bill that would allow terminally ill patients to obtain prescriptions for lethal doses of medication and says lawmakers should resurrect the measure through a rarely used clause in the state Constitution that would allow for a full floor vote on the bill. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii lawmakers are exploring progressive taxes, green fuel and a potential Oahu ferry route in the upcoming week at the Legislature. Associated Press.

The state Public Utilities Commission is giving the solar industry more time to add customers who are looking to get credit on their electrical bills for the excess energy their rooftop systems produce. Star-Advertiser.

The 2016-17 Hawaii coffee season looks promising statewide with preliminary estimates calling for an increase in production, yield and value. West Hawaii Today.

Hawaii may not often appear as itself in movies but as a shooting location, it has been on a hot streak. Hawaii Public Radio.

Hawaiian Airlines and its 670 pilots agreed on a 63-month contract amendment, resulting in a one-time cash payment of $55 million to $60 million, according to a filing the airline made with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday. Pacific Business News.

Hawaiian Airlines’ pilots, ending more than two years of contentious negotiations, have ratified a new 63-month contract worth 42 percent more than the existing agreement. Star-Advertiser.

Commentary: Hawaii’s ailing GOP won’t grow more popular while riding the coattails of Trump. Star-Advertiser.


A year and a half after Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed the accessory dwelling unit ordinance into law, interest has been growing, with more than 1,280 homeowners submitting “pre-check” forms to see whether their lot qualifies for the addition. Star-Advertiser.

The city is proposing several short-term projects in Waipahu, some of which are already funded, in an effort to build on existing transit-oriented development plans and to prepare the area for rail’s arrival. Star-Advertiser.

Using your cellphone while behind the wheel is against the law, but one Honolulu City Council member is looking to take that a step further. His proposal would make it illegal for pedestrians to use an electronic device while crossing the street. KHON2.

The state Department of Health’s Clean Water Branch reported that the its water quality alert notification for Sans Souci Beach in Waikiki has been cancelled. Star-Advertiser.

A multi-million dollar Honolulu safe house meant to be used by victims of domestic violence is being criticized by advocates at both the local and national levels for failing to live up to its mission. Hawaii News Now.


Saturday marked the first-ever East Hawaii Republican County Convention, where party members gathered to select committee officers and delegates for the upcoming state party convention, to be held in May on Kauai. Tribune-Herald.

The Hawaii County Council and Mayor Harry Kim remain at odds over the canceling of a composting contract. Tribune-Herald.

Lack of state funds threaten to discontinue Veterans Treatment Court. The Big Island Veterans Treatment Court is now facing an unknown future as funding to continue the program has not yet been determined. West Hawaii Today.

If the county truly supports sustainable agriculture, says Fred Housel, it will lower the tax rate on agricultural property. Now the highest rate in the state, the agricultural rate was increased by 31.5 percent in 2010. West Hawaii Today.

Hawaii Electric Light Co. says in its latest filing to the state Public Utilities Commission that it can achieve the state’s goal of 100 percent renewable energy, possibly even before the state-mandated deadline of 2045. Tribune-Herald.

The cost of your future electric bill rests, once again, with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. Tribune-Herald.

More Big Island high school students enrolled in college and participated in dual-credit programs last year, but four-year high school graduation rates dropped slightly. Tribune-Herald.

The contractor in charge of a project to provide aeration pump upgrades and sludge removal at the Kealakehe Wastewater Treatment Plant has defaulted, and dredging of the facility’s sludge ponds has come to a temporary halt, according to the Department of Environmental Management. West Hawaii Today.


A Haleakala National Park ranger and a teacher from an Oahu public charter school got into a heated argument over cultural practice conflicting with park safety, and a video of the recent exchange is going viral on social media. Hawaii News Now.

Maui Medical Cannabis Dispensary to Open this Summer. Nearly 100 well-wishers attended Friday’s blessing of Maui Grown Therapies, one of two medical cannabis dispensaries on Maui. Maui Now.

Maui County’s unemployment rate continues to tick downward. Maui News.

UH-MC students swap coral-killing sunscreens for ‘reef safe’ versions. Maui News.


Council OKs use of trail to Koloa shoreline. Kauai residents will soon be able to legally access a dirt trail in Koloa to get to the shoreline. Garden Island.

Kapaa High School saw one of the highest increases in student enrollment in dual-credit courses in the state, from 8 percent to 23 percent. Garden Island.

Department of Water officials announced the completion of the Halewili Road Main Replacement Project in Kalaheo, and recently held a dedication ceremony at the project site. Garden Island.

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