Friday, February 15, 2019

New school tax floated, feds subpoena Honolulu rail documents, Kaneshiro impeachment postponed, Kauai seeks curbside recycling, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Gov. David Ige with schoolchildren, courtesy photo
The state Education Department and teachers are now backing another controversial idea to raise money for public schools. A new proposal being considered by lawmakers would raise the statewide general excise tax (the tax consumers pay on just about everything in the islands) half a percent — from 4 percent to 4.5 percent. Hawaii News Now.


Federal grand jury subpoenas rail authority documents as part of criminal investigation. Hawaii News Now.

Federal subpoena could affect rail funding. The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation confirmed Thursday it was served with a sweeping federal subpoena this week seeking construction documents and a variety of other records in connection with the $9.2 billion project. Star-Advertiser.

The agency overseeing Honolulu rail has been subpoenaed by federal authorities to provide documents related to the transit project’s construction. Civil Beat.

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation received a federal subpoena for project documents this week, the agency said today. Hawaii Public Radio.

Feds slap subpoena on Honolulu rail authority. KHON2.


A bill that would have abolished aquarium fishing in Hawaii cleared its first committee Wednesday, but not before its purpose was significantly amended. West Hawaii Today.

Overdue Report Holds Up Hawaii Plan To Prevent Gender Discrimination. The Legislature approved creating a state version of the federal Title IX law, but its January 2020 implementation will be delayed. Civil Beat.

A Hawaii gun rights group is planning to file an ethics complaint after its members discovered nearly 700 pieces of testimony emailed to a Senate committee were missing from the Legislature’s records. Hawaii News Now.

Costco considers farming in Hawaii. State officials say Costco has a serious interest in growing its own products right here. KHON2.


A decision on whether Honolulu Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro should be impeached has been put off for at least one more month — and likely longer. Star-Advertiser.

A community effort to impeach Honolulu City Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro is scheduled to be heard in court next month. Hawaii Public Radio.

A Honolulu businessman is gathering signatures from voters in his quest to impeach the city’s prosecuting attorney. Associated Press.

Kaneshiro's attorney questions validity of impeachment petition. KHON2.

Kaneshiro impeachment case in Dist. Court; Yoshimura and attorney look to gather more petition signatures. KITV.

Police Commission Chair Says Kaneshiro Should Step Down. Hawaii Public Radio.


A bill that would prohibit people with three or more Waikiki-related misdemeanors away from the area is likely dead this session. Civil Beat.

The water off Waikiki might appear red Friday, but it will be intentional. The city said it will be conducting red dye testing in the Waikiki area, specifically near the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Hawaii News Now.

A bill would allow a new stadium to be built on the lower parking lot of Aloha Stadium. KITV.

Saint Francis School in Manoa will shut down completely after graduation in May, unable to overcome its debt, nearly a century after it was founded. Star-Advertiser.

St. Francis School of Manoa will close all grade levels at the end of this school year. KHON2.

Without enough money to carry on, Saint Francis School in Manoa will soon be no more. School officials announced Thursday the entire school is closing at the end of the school year. KITV.

A 13-year-old vision to build affordable housing on public land in Chinatown took a major step forward Thursday. A state board endorsed providing Halewaiolu Senior Residences with $86 million in development financing. Star-Advertiser.

People who live and work in Chinatown are fed up and desperate to have the city take aggressive action now against dirty and unsanitary sidewalks. KITV.

Hawaii Island

Hu Honua Bioenergy will have to wait until the state Supreme Court rules on the appeal of its power purchase agreement before it can begin generating power. Tribune-Herald.

After two years of behind the scenes meetings, Mayor Harry Kim and a "core committee" have completed a vision for Maunakea, which also contains a set of recommended initiatives. Big Island Video News.

More than $66,000 is headed to the Hawaii County Housing Agency to help residents living in public housing to reach self-sufficiency. West Hawaii Today.

Pohakuloa Training Area will open for a two-day mammal hunt later this month. West Hawaii Today.


The state Department of Transportation has put the Paia bypass development process on hold while working on prioritizing major road projects for the entire island and how to use limited funds available. Maui News.

Wailuku Civic Complex Presentation, Feb. 20. The discussion will be led by Erin Wade, County of Maui Planner and Project Administrator.  She will be discussing the future changes in Wailuku Town including design, parking mitigation and construction strategies. Maui Now.


A measure circulating through the state House is aimed at setting up curbside recycling for Kauai, though originally the bill was meant to include the entire state. Garden Island.

Hawaiian monk seal pup RK58 was recently returned to the wild on Kauai after successful rehabilitation at Ke Kai Ola, The Marine Mammal Center’s hospital and visitor center in Kailua-Kona. West Hawaii Today.

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