Monday, May 20, 2019

Hawaii growth slows, criminal convictions don't stop pensions, Caldwell to sign affordable rentals bill, Army boots journalist, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Slower Growth Across the Islands. Economists at the University of Hawaii have done statewide economic forecasts for years. But now they’re extending that research to the county level. Hawaii Public Radio.

Bill to cut pensions for convicted government employees stalled for years. Lawmakers failed this session to pass legislation that would strip state or county employees of retirement benefits if convicted of a felony. West Hawaii Today.

Last-Minute Opposition Almost Derailed Smartphone Privacy Bill In House. Late lobbying from the wireless industry led to an 11th-hour attempt to defeat House Bill 702. Now it awaits a decision by the governor. Civil Beat.

Hawaii hospitals are increasingly moving medical services to less expensive outpatient facilities to reduce health care costs. Star-Advertiser.

Oahu

Caldwell likely to sign Affordable Rentals Bill. A bill offering significant building bonuses and breaks from taxes and fees to entice owners of smaller Oahu apartment- zoned properties to develop affordable rentals is expected to be signed by Mayor Kirk Caldwell this week. Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu Mayor focuses on Chinatown cleanup. The city and county says it's doing what it can to clean up Honolulu's Chinatown. Now, the mayor is calling out the state to do more. KITV.

A major redevelopment of Waimanalo Bay Beach Park has caught residents by surprise, even though it has been talked about for years. Community outrage has been simmering over the city’s ongoing removal of trees and other foliage from the area better known as Sherwood Forest to build the first phase of a regional ball field complex and parking lot. Civil Beat.

City looks to revise bulky item pilot project. Condominium and apartment owner associations critical of the city’s new appointment-only pilot program for bulky item pickups have convinced officials to review the program. Star-Advertiser.

In Waikiki, you can’t park there... Or can you? When you see a no parking sign attached to a parking meter, what do you do? It’s a tough question in a place where parking is challenging, like Waikiki. Hawaii News Now.

Florence Puana discusses hardship and heartbreak in Kealoha trial. One way or another, the jury in the federal conspiracy trial of retired Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife, former deputy prosecutor Katherine Kealoha, will hear from the latter’s 99-year-old grandmother. Star-Advertiser.

Emergency repairs to Pali Highway on track to finish in August. Emergency repairs to Pali Highway following February’s landslide and rockfall are on track, and the limited hours of access to the tunnel by motorists remain the same, according to state transportation officials. Star-Advertiser.

Box Jelly, a pioneering co-work space on Kamani Street in Kakaako near Ward, is helping manage a new, strikingly modern building developed by the Hawaii Technology Development Corp., the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s entity in charge of growing the technology sector. HTDC has set out to create 80,000 new technology and innovation jobs earning more than $80,000 annually by 2030. Such jobs are essential in a state where nearly half of the households earn less than the $72,000 a family of four needs to eke out a decent life. Civil Beat.

New lawsuit provides window into alleged defects at ultraluxury Kakaako tower. The association of condo owners at Waiea, a high-rise within Ward Village, filed a lawsuit in state court last week alleging their building is unsafe, uninhabitable and devalued due to more than 100 construction defects. Star-Advertiser.

Central YMCA On Atkinson Drive To Be Sold For Development. In a media release, Board Chair Wayne Hamano said the decision to sell the property was based on the high costs associated with operations and maintenance. Hawaii Public Radio.

New city survey asks Honolulu residents which views they cherish most from Aloha Tower, Keehi Lagoon to Pearl Harbor. The Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting is conducting an online survey, asking residents which views of the city they want to be protected as urban Honolulu develops. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Island

PGV talks with HELCO are ongoing. As Puna Geothermal Venture moves toward restarting following last year’s Kilauea eruption, a new power purchase agreement with Hawaii Electric Light Co. might be on the table. Tribune-Herald.

Laaloa Beach Park revamp remains stalled after two years. An iconic Alii Drive park area continues to wait for a facelift that’s now two years in the making. West Hawaii Today.

County Game Management Advisory Commission wants a game management plan for Hawaii Island, but they don't want the state to write the plan by themselves. Big Island Video News.

Businessman plans market, cultural demonstration site to help Pahoa. One of the proponents of a new farmers market and cultural demonstration site in Pahoa says it’s all about helping the town survive. Tribune-Herald.

More security sought for Kamakana Villages. When Kamakana Villages welcomed its residents at the start of last year, the new development was roundly regarded as a critical piece to the puzzle of providing more affordable housing to the region’s residents. West Hawaii Today.

Army boots WHT from public meeting. West Hawaii Today was banned from a meeting Thursday outlining Army plans to manage historic resources at Pohakuloa Training Area and Kawaihae Military Reservation. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

Maui County budget passes on first reading, with amendments. Council’s version contains $40 million more than mayor seeks. Maui News.

Hawaii leaders have done little to fix overcrowding issues at jails. For inmates at the Maui Community Correctional Center, it’s not unusual to be crammed four to a cell, leaving two to sleep on the floor while trying to keep their head away from the toilet.  Star-Advertiser.

Kauai

Proposing a secondary school. More than one proposal is in the works for a middle and high school on Kauai’s North Shore. Garden Island.

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