Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Democratic candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and vacant congressional seat square off in debates, Honolulu short $134M for rail project; thunder, lightning, whirlwinds as Kilauea eruption creates its own weather, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Hanabusa, Ige debate PC: Hawaii News Now screenshot
Gov. David Ige faced off against his Democratic challenger, U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, on Monday, seeking to point to his record — and suggest she doesn't have one. Hawaii News Now.

Ige, Hanabusa Spar Over LG, Special Interests And False Missile Alert. A televised debate between the leading Democratic candidates for governor offered familiar rhetoric mixed with lively jabs over fresh topics. Civil Beat.

Hanabusa and Ige debate immigration, environment. The forum was sponsored by the Hawaii Lodging &Tourism Association, Waikiki Improvement Association, Retail Merchants of Hawaii and Waikiki Neighborhood Board. Star-Advertiser.

Two of Hawaii's top Democratic contenders vying to be the next governor squared of in Waikiki on Monday. Both candidates agreed to disagree on how to sustain the state's record setting tourism industry. KITV.

Top gubernatorial candidates differ on ohana zones for homeless. Star-Advertiser.


The five Democrats vying for the second-highest position in state government kept things upbeat and friendly Monday evening at a forum sponsored by Hawaii News Now, stressing their qualifications and avoiding any criticism of one another. Star-Advertiser.

Here’s How These 5 LG Hopefuls Would Make That Office Relevant. The five Democratic candidates for Hawaii’s lieutenant governor spent an hour Monday evening trying to win over voters. Civil Beat.

In debate, candidates for lieutenant governor point to their experience, priorities. Hawaii News Now.


Tension erupted at times as six candidates vying for the congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa worked to set themselves apart from each other Monday night during a debate hosted by Hawaii News Now. Star-Advertiser.

Democratic Contenders For Congress Duke It Out. A debate Monday featured sharp attacks on the candidates’ records, as well as disagreements about the scale of the military presence in Hawaii. Civil Beat.

In heated debate, candidates for Congress seek to differentiate themselves — and one another. Hawaii News Now.

Super debate attendees weigh in on what they heard from the candidates. Hawaii News Now.


How Capitol Connections Helped A Nonprofit Win A State Grant. Two Hawaii lawmakers voted to give public money to an animal support organization while sitting on its board of directors. Civil Beat.

Specific kinds of sunscreens are disappearing from the shelves this summer in preparation for the 2021 Hawaii oxybenzone ban, which Gov. David Ige is expected to sign into law today. Garden Island.

A new campaign is seeking to raise awareness about prostitution and sex trafficking during RIMPAC, world's largest maritime exercise. Hawaii News Now.

The largest containership ever built in the United States was christened Saturday and soon will be on its way to Hawaii where it will regularly deliver merchandise from the mainland. Star-Advertiser.

Cincinnati Bell completed its acquisition of Hawaiian Telcom on Monday and named a new top executive for the Hawaii phone, TV and internet service provider. Star-Advertiser.


The latest report on Honolulu’s troubled rail project by independent consultant Jacobs Engineering Group estimates the project will cost $8.3 billion, about $134 million more than the city’s current forecast, and possibly be fully operational nine months later than has been projected. Star-Advertiser.

Feds: Honolulu Rail Is Still Short By $134 Million. A new federal report on the transit project’s risks pushes its completion back nearly a year and says it needs even more cash. Civil Beat.

Federal report estimates rail cost at $8.3 billion with completion in 2026. KHON2.


Parking complaints at Hanauma Bay spotlight larger concerns. Hawaii News Now.

City to hold hearing on potential changes to surf contest permit process. A hearing on whether the city should change its rules when it comes to surf contests will be held Tuesday. KHON2.

Charter School Principal Calls It Quits After A Year. Principal Jeff Vilardi is the latest in a series of staff departures at Kamalani Academy. Civil Beat.

Community outrage over the death of hammerhead sharks sparks a $5,000 reward. The state says this is the first time concerned groups have offered a reward for the taking of hammerhead sharks. KHON2.

Hawaii Island

New Emergency Proclamation Divides Lower Puna Into Areas A, B. Big Island Video News.

In the Leilani Estates subdivision, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory field crews monitoring fissure 8 captured this video of a whirlwind above the lava channel. Tribune-Herald.

Fissure Whirlwind, Lava Boats & Volcanic Thunderstorms Explained. Big Island Video News.

Eruptions on the Big Island are so vigorous they're creating weather. Hawaii News Now.

Access to parts of lower Puna will improve today with the reopening of Highway 130 between Pahoa and Kalapana. Tribune-Herald.

The Hawaii volcano that’s been erupting in a residential neighborhood for the past two months has built a cone that’s now about the height of 10-story Aloha Tower. Associated Press.

Unable to operate their nonprofit park stores following the May closure of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the Hawaii Pacific Parks Association has opened a new store location in Prince Kuhio Plaza. Tribune-Herald.

Church leaders meet to organize aid efforts. Tribune-Herald.

Maybe the 31st time will be the charm. After evaluating 29 sites, Hawaii County is looking at two more possibilities for a sewer plant in Naalehu. West Hawaii Today.

Four state parks will close early on the Fourth of July, the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of State Parks said Monday. West Hawaii Today.


Cochran seeks to extend Central Maui moratorium on sand mining. The legislation has a July 19 expiration date. Maui News.

Last call today for changes to charter. Committee will review final set of amendments. Maui News.

A Families Belong Together sign waving rally was held on Maui on Saturday, June 30, 2018 to support the reunification of migrant children with their parents. Maui Now.


County officials announced that refuse collection services for residents affected by the April flood in the Wainiha and Haena area will continue through July 31. Garden Island.

Nine teen students recently completed the three-day MyPI, or Hawaii Youth Preparedness Initiative, Teen Community Emergency Response Team training. Garden Island.

The Department of Taxation announced dates for its 2018 Tax Workshop to be held across the state this month. Garden Island.

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