Wednesday, April 3, 2019

High bacteria closes Hanauma Bay, 'gender X' could appear on state IDs, licenses, attorney general drops charges against Maui corporation counsel, Oahu pedestrian plan hearings set, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands


Elevated bacteria level closes beach at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. The beach at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve will be closed Wednesday following reports of an elevated bacteria level by the State Department of Health Clean Water Branch. Star-Advertiser.

Hanauma Bay To Close Wednesday Following Elevated Bacterial Reading. City parks officials are planning to close Hanauma Bay Wednesday after the state health department found bacterial levels exceeded its established threshold. Hawaii Public Radio.

High bacteria levels force closure of Hanauma Bay. The city said levels of the enterococci bacteria were nearly twice the threshold allowed. Hawaii News Now.

Elevated bacteria level at Hanauma Bay, park closed Wednesday. KHON2.

The beach at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve will be closed Wednesday, April 3, following reports of an elevated bacteria level by the State Department of Health Clean Water Branch. KITV.

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Beyond Hotels And Beaches: Can Hawaii Really Diversify Its Economy? Hawaii’s economy is thoroughly dominated by tourism. But alternative energy and research-and-development offers some of the best chances for creating new, higher paying jobs. Civil Beat.

Gender 'X’ could soon be an option when applying for IDs, drivers licenses. A measure toward furthering gender equality in the state is moving forward at the legislature. Hawaii News Now.

Lawmakers lose sleep over controversial water rights bills. The bills would extend for seven years temporary permits to divert water from streams. Hawaii News Now.

A Senate committee voted in favor Tuesday of Department of Hawaiian Home Lands Deputy Director William Aila’s confirmation — despite opposition to his nomination. The move comes days after the Ige administration decided not to nominate DHHL Chair Jobie Masagatani to another term. Hawaii News Now.

After Humpback Whale Count, Researchers Say It's Too Early To Determine Trends. A total of 109 humpback whales were counted in Hawaiian waters on Saturday as over 430 volunteers finished data-gathering from the shores of Oahu, Kauai, Maui and Hawaii Island. Hawaii Public Radio.

Hawaiian Airlines adds California route, expands Oceania code-share agreement. Competition between Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaii’s largest carrier, and Southwest Airlines, one of the U.S.’s top four carriers, is rising. Star-Advertiser.

Oahu

ACLU pushes back against ex police chief’s attorney who called for firing of Kealoha critic. The Hawaii ACLU fired back against Rustam Barbee, the taxpayer funded attorney for ex police chief Louis Kealoha on Tuesday. Hawaii News Now.

ACLU tells Kealoha attorney to back off. The University of Hawaii Law School and the ACLU are standing behind by a faculty member who's been asked to stop commenting on legal cases. KHON2.

Navy’s new high-tech destroyer USS Zumwalt arrives in Pearl Harbor. A striking and controversial Navy destroyer pulled into Pearl Harbor for the first time this morning, garnering attention for its sheer size (610 feet long), stealth features, and unorthodox wave-piercing “tumblehome” hull on its first operational sail from San Diego. Star-Advertiser.

Lawmakers look to reduce helicopter noise, but how to do so is up in the air. Residents along the coastline from Waikiki to Diamond Head and Kahala have been raising their voices for years to complain about noise from tour helicopters disrupting their neighborhoods. Hawaii News Now.

Public meeting coming up on Oahu's First Pedestrian Plan. The City and County of Honolulu is hoping taking pedestrian safety a step further by creating Oahu's First Pedestrian Plan. KHON2.

Feeding The Homeless When The City Says Not To. A nonprofit bringing food and hot shower services to Kakaako Gateway Park is sparking a debate about the downside of free meals in parks. Civil Beat.

With repairs on schedule, state shoots down idea of adding Pali contraflow hours. The state transportation department says it's "on schedule" to complete repairs to the landslide-damaged Pali Highway by the end of August. Hawaii News Now.

Pali Highway repairs on schedule; contra-flow hours to remain the same. State transportation officials said today that current contraflow hours for Pali Highway will remain the same, as emergency repairs continue in the wake of damaging rockslides in mid-February. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Island

$3M Settlement After Rock Slide Adds To Taxpayers’ Legal Bill. The state Department of Transportation is set to pay a $3 million settlement in a 12-year-old case brought by a Big Island couple injured when falling rocks smashed into their car.  Civil Beat.

Ka'u ranchers and farmers find themselves once again stuck in the middle of a contentious legislative fight over Hawaii water rights. Big Island Video News.

Tuesday’s Mauna Kea Management Board meeting – the first one held since May 2018 – began with a report from Office of Mauna Kea Management director Stephanie Nagata. Big Island Video News.

Another botched transport: Kailua-Kona man charged with attempted murder not released by HCCC for hearing. A preliminary hearing was rescheduled after a Kailua-Kona man, accused of assaulting a police officer, was not transported by deputies from the Hilo jail to the Kona courthouse. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

Charges dropped against top civil lawyer. Attorney general won’t prosecute Patrick Wong. The state attorney general’s office said Monday that it will not prosecute Maui County Corporation Counsel Patrick Wong over domestic violence allegations. Maui News.

Dagdag-Andaya, Nakagawa named to director posts in administration. Confirmation still required by council. Maui News.

MCCC staff were ‘scared for our lives’. Letter describes chaos during March 11 riot. Maui News.

Kauai

The Hawaii Community Foundation announced Monday that more than $600,000 in grant funding is being distributed to Kauai nonprofits from the Kauai Relief and Recovery Fund that was created following the storm and flood of April 2018. Garden Island.

Upgraded sirens sound off. Several new Kauai outdoor warning sirens were included as part of Monday’s statewide outdoor warning siren test. Garden Island.

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