Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Kahele challenges Gabbard for congressional seat, Ige's State of the State address today, Caldwell mulls banning right turn on red, Oahu's property tax exemption could rise, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Hawaii state Sen. Kai Kahele officially announced Monday that he plans to run for the congressional seat occupied by U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, setting up a potential 2020 Democratic primary challenge for Gabbard early on as she embarks on her bid for president. Star-Advertiser.

Sen. Kai Kahele Gets A Jump On 2020 In Announcing Congressional Bid. The Hilo legislator said he’ll campaign for the seat currently held by Tulsi Gabbard. Civil Beat.

With about 200 supporters cheering him on, state Sen. Kai Kahele on Monday announced he’s running for the 2nd Congressional District seat currently held by fellow Democrat, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. West Hawaii Today.

Sen. Kahele to Run for 2nd Congressional District. Big Island Now.

As more and more Democratic opponents continue to join her in the race for the White House, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) will head into the 2020 election with another challenger to worry about — one vying for her seat in Congress instead of challenging her for the presidency. Hawaii News Now.

State Sen. Kai Kahele announces bid for Congress, challenging U.S. Rep Tulsi Gabbard. KITV.

VIDEO: Kahele announces he’s running for Congress. Tribune-Herald.

VIDEO: Sen. Kai Kahele’s “Major Announcement” On MLK Day. Big Island Video News.

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Gov. Ige to deliver State of the State in dramatically different position than in 2018. Gov. David Ige will deliver his fifth State of the State address on Tuesday, focusing on the key priorities of his second term — and touting the accomplishments of his first. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii prison officials are asking for an emergency appropriation of $3.4 million to continue housing inmates out of state for six more months as a delayed upgrade to prison security systems wraps up. Associated Press.

It's been two years since the legislature asked for a study to be done regarding the state's prison policies. The prison reform task force found positive studies from rehabilitative prisons which helps inmates instead of punishing them. KHON2.

Hawaii’s effort to become energy independent is nearing an important threshold as utility-scale solar farms are promising to produce electricity cheaper than fossil fuel plants, clean energy advocates say. Hawaii News Now.

Last week’s arrest of members of a Hawaiian sovereignty group brought up an often asked question in the Hawaiian community, “Who exactly speaks for native Hawaiians?Hawaii Public Radio.

Community wants stiffer charges thrown at group behind OHA attack. Members of the Kingdom of Atooi attempted to seize OHA Thursday and identified themselves as federal marshals. KITV.

The Pacific Whale Foundation will once again host the Great Whale Count on Saturday, inviting volunteers and citizen scientists to count whales from shore as part of a long-term survey of humpback whales in Hawaii. Star-Advertiser.

Oahu

Property tax exemptions would rise for the first time since 2006 under a bill introduced last week by Honolulu Councilwoman Heidi Tsuneyoshi. Star-Advertiser.

Feds Say Hawaii Is Too Quick To Approve Wind Power Turbines. They’re asking the Public Utilities Commission not to green-light more projects until environmental concerns are addressed. Civil Beat.

Mayor Caldwell heads to D.C. to attend national meeting of mayors. Caldwell’s office says he will be attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors 87th Winter Meeting where he will share issues challenging the islands on a national stage. Hawaii News Now.

No turn on red? Honolulu mayor wants to change a traffic law on Oahu. Some are for it, but others say it’ll worsen traffic. Hawaii News Now.

East Honolulu patrol officers next in line for body cameras. It's been five months since Honolulu Police officially rolled out its body camera program. Since then, it's expanded to include more officers in more places on Oahu. KHON2.

No more milk: A Big Island dairy’s closure is impacting an Oahu farm’s operations. Naked Cow Dairy relies on milk from Hawaii Island to make their products. Hawaii News Now.

Thousands participated in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration parade, which began Monday morning at Magic Island at Ala Moana Regional Park, wound its way through Waikiki and ended with an afternoon unity rally at Kapiolani Park. Star-Advertiser.

Isle company faces opposition by Swedish corporation. Kaholo. Kahlua. Might a person confuse one for the other? Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Island

Adult day center opens in long-awaited new location. The $8.7 million, 19,414 square-foot day center — located adjacent to the Mohouli Heights Senior Neighborhood — is a partnership between Hawaii Island Community Development Corp., which managed the construction of the facility, and Hawaii Island Adult Care, which will provide programs and services there. Tribune-Herald.

A commission tasked with prioritizing the purchase of privately held Hawaii lands got an update on recent acquisitions, as its new report to the mayor again identifies multiple parcels in North Kohala worthy of preservation. Big Island Video News.

Maui

The County of Maui’s Department of Parks and Recreation is inviting the public to offer comments on the South Maui Community Park master plan update. Maui Now.

$522K Repaving Project to Begin in Central Maui. Work will begin this week on a Maui County project to repave five streets in Wailuku and five in Kahului, the Department of Public Works announced. Maui Now.

The Department of Public Works reports that repaving work will begin this week on a Maui County project to repave five streets in Wailuku and five streets in Kahului. KITV.

County jobless rises half a point to 2.3 percent. Maui News.

Rotary clubs bring more rescue tubes to west side. Beach parks farthest from services like fire, police to have priority. Maui News.

Kauai

Massive Flood Risks Don’t Deter Kauai Homeowners From Rebuilding. Kauai has tightened requirements for shoreline development, but they don’t take into account more alarming recent predictions of the impact of climate change and rising seas. Civil Beat.

Removing, and eating, invasives. Lihue Kaiser Permanente physician Todd Kuwayhe was thinking about sustainability as he waded through the loi at the Waipa ahupuaa during Monday’s Kaiser Permanente Day of Service held annually on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Garden Island.

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