Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Interisland fares drop as price wars continue, state Senate bill bans plastics, red light cameras catch on, Public Safety director faces confirmation battle, Maui jail in lockdown following riot, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Hawaiian Airlines matching Southwest fares means lower prices for interisland flights. Hawaiian Airlines dropped airfares Monday to as low as $98 for round-trip flights between Oahu and Maui starting in April as competition from Southwest disrupts the interisland market — at least temporarily. Star-Advertiser.

Boeing 737 Max 8 used for Hawaii flights. A number of countries have grounded their Boeing 737 Max 8 planes following Sunday's deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight. We found out Air Canada uses the Max 8 on its flights from Honolulu to Vancouver, Canada. KHON2.

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Senate Passes Bill To Ban Certain Single-Use Plastics. A bill that prohibits the purchase, use, sale, or distribution of plastic beverage bottles, utensils, stirring sticks, polystyrene foam containers, and straws by state and county agencies has passed out of the Hawaii State Senate and is now in the House of Representatives. Big Island Video News.

Proposal to install cameras that catch red light runners gaining steam. In an effort to make Hawaii roadways safer, the state Senate is supporting the installation of cameras at intersections to document and cite drivers who run red lights. And now the House Transportation Committee is holding a hearing on the idea later this week. Hawaii News Now.

A proposal to install cameras to catch red-light-runners, has widespread support from the community and it is rolling through, at the state Capitol. KHON2.

Gov. Ige’s Re-Appointment Of Public Safety Director Is Meeting Resistance. A key senator says it’s still “an open question” whether the nomination of DPS director Nolan Espinda will clear the full Senate. Civil Beat.

Cost to transport, house Hawaii inmates on the mainland is skyrocketing. Hawaii taxpayers spent almost $2 million last year to move prisoners back and forth from Saguaro Correctional Center in Arizona. Hawaii News Now.

Oahu

Kaneshiro’s paid leave approved by his appointee. The decision to pay Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro his full $170,712 annual salary and benefits while he is on leave during a federal corruption investigation was made by the man Kaneshiro appointed to replace him. Star-Advertiser.

Attorney says he'll subpoena police chief to testify against Kaneshiro. Police Chief Susan Ballard could provide key testimony against prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro if an impeachment trial takes place. KHON2.

New Hearing Date Set For Kaneshiro Impeachment Petition. Judge Jeff Crabtree held a hearing on a petition created by businessman Tracy Yoshimura calling for the impeachment of Kaneshiro. Hawaii Public Radio.

City attorney to help hammer out how process for impeachment petition works. Hawaii News Now.

Shining Sunlight On The Honolulu Police Chief’s Performance. In contrast to past practice, the police commission solicited input from a wide range of groups and the chief OK’d releasing the details of her annual review. Civil Beat.

When it comes to the ex-police chief’s legal defense, things just got more complicated. Last week, Honolulu attorney Kevin Sumida appeared before the Honolulu Police Commission for a contested case hearing over whether city taxpayers should pay for the defense for Louis Kealoha, the former police chief. Hawaii News Now.

Lieutenant who investigated financial crimes pleads guilty to tax charges. A Honolulu Police Department lieutenant who investigated financial crimes for decades pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of filing false and fraudulent tax returns. Hawaii News Now.

No jail for retired HPD officer accused of tax fraud. A former Honolulu police officer pleaded guilty Monday to filing fraudulent statements with his state income tax returns but as part of a plea agreement is not expected to spend any time behind bars. Star-Advertiser.

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Portlock property owner plans to fight city. The landowner at the center of the Portlock gate controversy said he plans to fight the city’s move to establish a public beach path over his property. Star-Advertiser.

Ala Moana Beach Park users voice concerns on city planned park changes. For years now, the City and County of Honolulu has been planning to make some changes and upgrades to the "People's Park," but not everyone is happy about the latest ideas being floated. KHON2.

No dog park. No “world-class playground.” And no changes to parking. That was the overwhelming sentiment of attendees at a community meeting Monday on the future of Ala Moana Regional Park, known as the “people’s park.” Hawaii News Now.

Cheers and jeers during Q&A meeting over proposed changes at Ala Moana Regional Park. Residents for and against changes to the park pack McCoy Pavilion to talk with city officials. KITV.

Dredging of Nuuanu Reservoir preceded flood of muddy water into thriving stream. The Board of Water Supply had been dredging its largest reservoir in Nuuanu since January before it opened its floodgate last month, emptying millions of gallons of water into the Nuuanu Stream. Hawaii News Now.

City officials Monday held a blessing ceremony for Honolulu’s newest off-leash dog park, at Aala Park. Star-Advertiser.

Dog park a draw at one of Honolulu’s most problem-plagued public spaces. Hawaii News Now.

Off-leash dog park now open in Chinatown. KHON2.

Hawaii Island

A series of projects to curb albizia growth along county roadways are awaiting additional funding before they can be completed. The Big Island Invasive Species Committee recently completed most of a project to eradicate the invasive albizia trees lining five miles of the Puainako Street extension. Tribune-Herald.

Contractor given go-ahead for Alii Drive culvert replacement project.  Isemoto Contracting has been given the go-ahead to begin preparation work for a year-long project to replace a culvert on busy Alii Drive. West Hawaii Today.

Honokaa Improvements Include Rodeo Arena, Mamane Street. Big Island Video News.

Maui

Maui Community Correctional Center remains on lockdown Tuesday morning, hours after a riot and standoff at the facility ended. Officials said the situation — in an inmate module — was resolved about 6:26 p.m. Monday. Hawaii News Now.

A disturbance by inmates in a module at the Maui Community Correctional Center has been brought under control. Star-Advertiser.

Maui Police Respond to Disturbance at MCCC. Maui Now.

Disturbance at Maui Community Correctional Center under control. KHON2.

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First Deputy Corporation Counsel Edward Kushi has taken over management of the Department of the Corporation Counsel while department head Patrick Wong is on administrative leave, Mayor Michael Victorino announced on Monday. Maui Now.

County plans to turn over Wong case to state AG. Maui police working to collect evidence, complete investigation. Corporation Counsel Patrick Wong, 53, was placed on administrative leave Saturday after being arrested on physical abuse charges. Maui News.

State will handle domestic abuse case against Maui County’s top civil attorney. The physical abuse case against Maui County’s top civil attorney will be turned over to the state Attorney General’s Office to investigate, Maui Mayor Mike Victorino said Monday. Hawaii News Now.

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The Maui Food Bank’s stocks are running low following a spike in demand during the federal government shutdown and the usual rush of the holiday season. Maui News.

Proposed improvements at Iao Valley State Monument that include a new entry, water and sewer system upgrades and expansion of parking areas will be discussed at a meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku. Maui News.

Kahului Ranks in Top 10 Hottest Secondary Home Markets in Nation. A new study from financial technology company, SmartAsset, uncovered the hottest secondary home markets nationwide, and a section of Maui ranked in the eighth spot. Maui Now.

Kauai

Kauai is still waiting for Southwest Airlines to announce flights into Lihue Airport, and airline representatives say that will happen soon. Garden Island.

While laysan albatross chicks on Kauai are just about to starting to outgrow their nests, 25 of their cousins are getting used to something new far from their own birthplaces — about 1,300 miles away, according to researchers who recently translocated a group of black-footed albatross chicks from Midway Atoll to the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge on Oahu. Garden Island.

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