Friday, September 7, 2018

Hawaii sues Airbnb, vacation rentals controversial on all islands, rail contractor seeks ‘mega-substantial’ settlement, Hirono releases Kavanaugh documents about Native Hawaiians, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Hawaii sues for info on Airbnb owners who aren't paying taxes. The state says it believes that many vacation rental owners are failing to report and pay general excise tax and transient accommodation taxes, and they're asking the court to order Airbnb to turn over the names, addresses, Social Security numbers and bank information for potentially thousands of owners. Hawaii News Now.

Amid the political fracas that has engulfed the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Brett Kava­naugh, protections for Native Hawaiians have been thrust into the spotlight. Star-Advertiser.

Hirono calls Supreme Court nominee's views on Hawaiians 'offensive'. U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono released "committee confidential" documents Thursday in which U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh questions the constitutionality of Native Hawaiian programs. Hawaii News Now.

Olivia, Norman continue to weaken overnight. Hurricanes Norman and Olivia both weakened overnight as the former continued on a track away from the islands while the latter remained on track toward Hawaii. Star-Advertiser.

Olivia expected to remain a hurricane when it crosses into the Central Pacific. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige is asking President Donald Trump to declare a major disaster for Hurricane Lane which battered the state last month. Associated Press.

To aid in Hurricane Lane recovery, governor seeks presidential disaster declaration. Hawaii News Now.

Governor requests major disaster declaration with damage from Lane exceeding $22 million. KHON2.

Gov. David Ige asked the U.S. President to declare a major disaster for the state as a result of the impacts from Hurricane Lane. Impacts include floods and wildfires from Aug. 22 to Aug. 29. KITV.

Board of Education To Wait On Approving New Student Discipline Code. Board members want state education officials to clarify some points in the code governing student misconduct and discipline. Civil Beat.

Report: More than 35,000 Hawaii households 'food insecure'. More than 35,000 Hawaii households are "food insecure," which means they've run into trouble providing enough food for their families and, in some cases, have gone hungry, a newly released U.S. Department of Agriculture report estimates. Hawaii News Now.

Humpback Whales are Navigating an Ocean of Change. Maui Now.


Honolulu rail contractor seeks ‘mega-substantial’ settlement over construction delays. Star-Advertiser.

Board members of a foundation a 92-year-old heiress established for Native Hawaiians are calling for a judge to protect her $215 million trust. Associated Press.

Court-appointed official says heiress Kawananakoa may be victim of 'undue influence'.  Hawaii News Now.

"Greedy and not Pono": friends of Hawaiian heiress concerned about wife's management of fortune. KITV.

That Long Line For A Driver’s License May Get Even Longer. The number of expiring licenses increased from about 2,000 per month in the summer of 2017 to 12,000 per month this summer. Civil Beat.

Vacation Rental Regulation Plan Finds Little Support from Residents. The Honolulu Planning Commission held a public hearing yesterday on several proposals that would change the way Temporary Vacation Units, or TVU’s, operate on Oahu. Hawaii Public Radio.

In wake of park closures, homeless encampments pop up on nearby streets. The city has closed for maintenance Old Stadium Park, Moiliili Community Park and Crane Park. The three parks are set to reopen Nov. 5. Hawaii News Now.

OHA Considers Management Plan for Wahiawa Birthing Stones. Trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs are taking up a master plan for more than 500 hundred acres in Wahiawa. The land was acquired six years ago to safeguard a rich cultural resource. Hawaii Public Radio.

'I've never seen it like this.' North Shore residents shocked by Ehukai Beach erosion. As one North Shore beach starts to look like its old self again, another popular beach nearby is becoming unrecognizable. KHON2.

Crew of crashed Black Hawk became disoriented, Army report says. The pilots of an Army Black Hawk helicopter that crashed into the ocean off Kaena Point on an Aug. 15, 2017, night training flight, killing all five aboard, experienced “spatial disorientation” and hit the water with “tremendous force” nose down and banked to the right, according to an Army investigation. Star-Advertiser.

Oahu’s housing market took just a small step in August but crossed a big threshold to top the $800,000 price mark for the first time. Star-Advertiser.

Median price of single-family home on Oahu hits record high. The median price for a single-family home on Oahu hit a record $810,000 in August, up by nearly $24,000 from a year ago, new Honolulu Board of Realtors figures show. Hawaii News Now.

Oahu single family home prices hit an all-time record high last month, with the median sales price at $810,000. KHON2.

Hawaii Pacific Health plans to open a $3.1 million medical clinic in the Aeo residential tower in Kakaako. Pacific Business News.

Hawaii Island

The Windward Planning Commission wants to see a stricter short-term vacation rental law than currently proposed by the County Council. West Hawaii Today.

Wood-Burning Power Plant Raises Environmental Concerns. A facility that plans to burn 30 truckloads of eucalyptus logs daily requires massive amounts of water for cooling. Civil Beat.

County preps to reopen Isaac Hale. Puna residents looking forward to jumping back into the ocean, and even digging their toes into a brand new black sand beach, have reason to rejoice. Tribune-Herald.

There was a wave of support on Wednesday for Puna councilwoman Jen Ruggles and her decision to refrain from legislating until county lawyers can provide a proper legal opinion. Big Island Video News.


Maui's tourism plan to discourage illegal vacation rentals. Maui officials have begun implementing a 10-year tourism strategic plan that includes efforts to discourage visitors from staying in illegal vacation rentals. Associated Press.

Planning panel advances special fund for shoreline issues. Revolving fund would gain revenue from application fees and fines. Maui News.

Armstrong Development topped off its newest condominium community, Kalama Kai, located just 200 feet from Kalama Beach Park in Kihei, Maui. The residential workforce housing development at 45 Kanani Road and will feature 39 three-bedroom units and one one-bedroom unit. Maui Now.

Kuleana Lands on Maui Focus on Recovery from Brushfires. Hawaii Public Radio.


Warnings about dangerous terrain and drowning risks are now posted at the trailhead to Queen’s Bath, attached to a new fence that spans the hillside in front of the trail. Garden Island.

Sugar Plantation Bash Saturday is to help get Paulo running. Paulo, the oldest operating steam locomotive in Hawaii, has been hauling school kids for longer than she’s been hauling sugar, said Scott Johnson, the Grove Farm Homestead Museum engineer. Garden Island.

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