Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Hawaii not as tolerant as believed, nuclear attack email sends UH into tizzy, state again fights Trump travel ban, Honolulu Police Commission chairman recused from chief vote, $316.5M Saddle Road completion celebrated, first whale of season spotted off Maui, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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After decades of tracking socioeconomic and educational statistics and trends, a UH Manoa professor charges that people in Hawaii appear to be quite tolerant of ethnic inequalityHawaii Public Radio.

Lawyers representing Hawaii asked a judge Tuesday to stop the Trump administration from enforcing the latest version of its travel ban. Associated Press.

The state of Hawaii asked U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson on Tuesday to block the Trump administration from enforcing the third version of its travel ban, saying it “replicates all of the legal flaws evident in its precursors.” Civil Beat.

Gov. David Ige says a U.S. senator who has been questioning Hawaii’s Medicaid spending under Obamacare is using a “flawed analysis” and has his facts all wrong. Star-Advertiser.

A University of Hawaii email that went out Monday with the subject line, “In the event of a nuclear attack,” generated international media attention and an apology from a school spokesman today. Star-Advertiser.

A University of Hawaii spokesman is apologizing for “needless attention” from an email sent to faculty, staff and students systemwide Monday with the subject line, “In the event of a nuclear attack.” Tribune-Herald.

As N. Korea threat spurs disaster planning, schools and others discuss the unthinkable. Star-Advertiser.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority is giving more than $3.5 million to 124 Hawaii programs that perpetuate Hawaiian culture, protect natural resources and showcase community events in 2018. Pacific Business News.

The Last Hawaiian Princess? At 91, Abigail Kawananakoa has been a significant benefactor of Native Hawaiian culture and causes throughout a life of privilege and drama. But controversy still haunts her. Civil Beat.


Honolulu Police Commission Chairman Max Sword announced this afternoon that he will recuse himself from the search for a new police chief. Star-Advertiser.

The announcement Tuesday by Honolulu Police Commission Chairman Max Sword that he is recusing himself from the selection process for a new police chief, due to a conflict of interest, means all four other sitting commission members will need to agree on who should lead the Honolulu Police Department. Star-Advertiser.

The chairman of the Honolulu Police Commission has recused himself from the selection process for the new police chief. Hawaii News Now.

Honolulu Police Commission Chairman Max Sword announced he will recuse himself from the police chief vetting and selection process. KITV.

The chairman of the Honolulu Police Commission is recusing himself from all proceedings relating to the search for Honolulu’s new chief of police. KHON2.


Crews rescued 20 fishermen from a boat that ran aground off Kaimana Beach late Tuesday. Hawaii News Now.

Twenty fishermen were rescued and transported to shore from their boat that grounded about half a mile off Waikiki early Wednesday morning. KHON2.

Food inspections among new security measures at Honolulu airport. KHON2.

Councilman: Contraflow Lane Is Doing More Harm Than Good. Honolulu should stop prohibiting so many left turns during the afternoon rush hour, says Trevor Ozawa. Civil Beat.

Homeless cleared from Kakaako sidewalks. More than a dozen homeless people broke down their tents and tarps on Ohe and Olomehani streets after the crew from the Department of Facility Maintenance, accompanied by police, arrived Tuesday morning near the Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center. Star-Advertiser.

Surfers balk at state's closure of popular Kakaako parks. The Kakaako homeless sweeps are creating an unexpected conflict on the waterfront, pitting the state’s duty to ensure public safety in its parks with the public’s right to access the shoreline. Hawaii News Now.

A multi-million dollar upgrade is in the works for historic Haleiwa. During a meeting Tuesday, residents weighed in on the city's long-awaited plan to add walkways and other improvements to the town's commercial hub. Hawaii News Now.

Over a year since the state learned of toxic conditions under a Kalihi road, crews are finally addressing the problem. Hawaii News Now.

The main driver’s license center at Kapalama Hale will start opening Saturday mornings to handle a surge in the number of renewals. Star-Advertiser.

Hadley Properties, the Seattle-based owner of the leasehold Airport Industrial Park near Honolulu International Airport, has secured $165 million to refinance the 1.3 million-square-foot mixed-use complex that is home to the headquarters of Hawaiian Airlines. Pacific Business News.

Hawaii Island

The late Sen. Daniel Inouye’s vision fulfilled; Officials, community celebrate completion of Saddle Road project. The project culminates years of improvements to the cross-island highway that have spanned 48 miles and cost $316.5 million. West Hawaii Today.

A crowd of dignitaries and project officials gathered under a big white tent placed in the middle of an empty Saddle Road on Tuesday morning to dedicate newly finished east-side leg of the cross island highway. Big Island Video News.

A portable fiberglass shelter on the County of Hawaii lawn, 25 Aupuni St. in Hilo, is on loan from the First Assembly of God in Moanalua on Oahu after a Wednesday faith-based homelessness summit. Tribune-Herald.

The same group that has been caring for the public land area at the Waipio Lookout has again come before the Hawaii County Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources Preservation Commission in the hopes of continuing their work. Big Island Video News.

A local entrepreneur is leading the charge in making Hawaii Island the site for an international MoonBase prototype a reality. West Hawaii Today.

Celestial honor: Asteroid named after county traffic engineer. Tribune-Herald.

Big Island real estate sales this year have outstripped last year’s sales figures as the final quarter of 2017 begins. Tribune-Herald.


Group calls for restoration of water to streams. State water panel heard arguments to return to East Maui streams water diverted over decades for sugar. Maui News.

Pacific Whale Foundation had their first humpback whale sighting of the season this morning, Oct. 10, 2017, at 9:32 a.m. off the coast of Kapalua in West Maui. Maui Now.

Some priceless Niihau shell lei return home. Police theft investigation is ongoing. Maui News.


A little, cracked boat has washed up near Anini Beach and the life on it could be some of the more than 50 alien species landing on Kauai shores from the 2011 Japan tsunami. Garden Island.

Four adult nene have been killed by cars in the span of four days this month along Kilauea Road. Garden Island.

The Club at Kukuiula has named Nicholas Gold as general manager of the Kauai luxury real estate community. Pacific Business News.

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