Thursday, May 9, 2019

Honolulu City Council defers vacation rental bills, All Nippon Airways gears up for Hawaii expansion, Big Island tourism shifts from volcano viewing, Maui home prices top $800k, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Honolulu City Council Defers Measures to Crack Down On Vacation Rentals. Council members hear heated testimony from supporters of the rentals who say their livelihoods are at stake, and opponents who say they worsen the housing shortage. Civil Beat.

Bills to regulate vacation rentals on Oahu get sent back to committee. After hours of debate, the city council sent bills meant to regulate vacation rentals back to committee. Hawaii News Now.

Council balks at vacation rentals decision. After more than 100 hundred people testified on the short-term vacation rental issue over a span of over five hours Wednesday, the Honolulu City Council decided to hold off on a final decision on the two bills before them and send them to a newly formed Council Zoning, Planning and Housing Committee. Star-Advertiser.

Short-Term Rental Rules Stumble at Honolulu Hale. After months of debate, the Honolulu City Council was poised yesterday to approve new rules that would have restricted short-term rentals on Oahu. But after more than eight hours of public comment and deliberation, councilmembers sent two proposals back to committee for revisions. Hawaii Public Radio.

Vacation rental bills draw nearly a hundred testifiers to City Council hearing. As one of the biggest vacation spots on the planet, Hawaii's former Governor warning Honolulu is going the way of other top world cities like Barcelona and Amsterdam, being overrun by Airbnbs. KITV.

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Former Head Of Hawaiian Home Lands Is Back At Agency In A New Job. Jobie Masagatani will earn a six-figure salary as executive assistant to the director. Civil Beat.

Governor David Ige will sign new rules for the state Environmental Impact Statement process after a nearly two-year effort to modernize the existing rules. State officials say this is the first time in 23 years that the environmental review process has been revamped. Maui Now.

Hawaii Put This Woman On A Child Neglect List — And Now She Can’t Fight It. Julia Milam was placed on Hawaii’s abuse and neglect registry, a label that could kill her lifetime dream of becoming a nurse. Civil Beat.

All Nippon Airways gearing up to expand in Hawaii in a big way. Big was the name of the game for All Nippon Airways, which gave Honolulu patrons a sneak peek Wednesday of the world’s largest wide-body plane and the state’s largest airport passenger lounge. Star-Advertiser.

Stormy seas cut into Matson profit. Recent bad weather on the Pacific Ocean hurt business somewhat for Matson Inc., but Hawaii’s largest ocean cargo transportation firm still said its financial performance is off to a good start this year. Star-Advertiser.

Oahu


Anderson Chosen City Council Chair As Leadership Shifts. A leadership shakeup today at the Honolulu City Council landed Ikaika Anderson the chairmanship of the council while Tommy Waters was sworn in to represent East Honolulu following a court challenge and months of delays. Hawaii Public Radio.

Tommy Waters takes oath of office as newest member of the Honolulu City Council. District 4 covers Ala Moana Beach Park to Hawaii Kai, Waters won the seat in last month's special election against Trevor Ozawa. KITV.

Blaisdell Center set for Kealoha trial. Jury selection for the Kealohas and three Honolulu police officers is scheduled for Monday at the Blaisdell Center. KHON2.

Hawaiian Heiress Renews Fight Over Her Millions. A judge is allowing a 93-year-old Native Hawaiian heiress to switch lawyers in a legal fight over control of her $215 million estate. Associated Press.

Hikers still trespassing at Sacred Falls 20 years after tragedy. It was 20 years ago today — on a picture perfect Mother’s Day — when boulders rained down from 50 feet above Sacred Falls State Park with the sound of a freight train, killing eight people and injuring about 50 more. Star-Advertiser.

Hanauma Bay set to reopen after sewage pump is repaired. After being closed since Monday, Hanauma Bay is set to reopen for the tail end of the week. Hawaii News Now.

Female monk seal returns to Waikiki; NOAA urges public to give her some space. Federal officials are reminding the public to keep a good distance from a female monk seal that has hauled out at a Waikiki Beach for the fourth day on Wednesday. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Island

Tourism officials shift marketing strategy. Hawaii’s volcanoes are no longer the Big Island’s chief selling point for tourism marketing after the Kilauea eruption. Tribune-Herald.

Hilo golf course needs more green. Low attendance and higher than anticipated costs have forced a $180,000 taxpayer bailout of the island’s only municipal golf course. West Hawaii Today.

A draft environmental assessment has been published for a planned subdivision along the North Kohala coast. The six-lot subdivision will be makai of Akoni Pule Highway, and will be developed on a 37.88-acre parcel, 3 miles north of Kawaihae. Big Island Video News.

On May 2, the Windward Planning Commission voted to approve a Verizon Wireless permit application to build a telecommunications tower that will serve lower Puna. Big Island Video News.

Big Island Dairy closure ahead of schedule. Five months after the owners of Big Island Dairy announced they would cease operations at the Ookala facility, by the end of April all cows were removed from confinement and the dairy ended all milking operations ahead of schedule, according to the state Department of Health. Tribune-Herald.

Maui

Mahi Pono to begin planting in June. Mahi Pono is preparing to plant its first 400 acres in June and has announced today its plans to grow avocados, bell peppers, potatoes and about a dozen other crops on 1,500 to 2,000 acres in Central Maui this year. Maui News.

Mahi Pono, LLC, today announced its 2019 crop plan, which includes different varieties of produce that are scheduled to be planted on approximately 1,500 to 2,000 acres of land in Central Maui. Maui Now.

Single-family home sale prices break $800,000 mark. April’s median cost highest on record for Maui County. Maui News.

Maui’s median home price soared to $819,500, according to new data released by the Realtors Association of Maui.  That’s up +13% from the month before when the median was listed at $725,000. Maui Now.

Kauai

Black Pot Beach Park set for June 4 opening. Three public meetings on the county’s proposed fiscal year 2019-2020 budget, which runs July 1 through June 30, will be held on May 10, 13 and 14, all from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Garden Island.

This Island’s Only Bookstore Is Thriving. Small independent bookstores can survive despite today’s proclivity toward digital downloads and a giant online retailer. Civil Beat.

Counting corals. Recent reports from Kauai’s North Shore are pointing to new coral growth. Garden Island.

A stone ukulele is missing from a monument in Nawiliwili Park dedicated to the memory of Israel Kamakawiwoole. Garden Island.

Molokai

State health inspectors close Molokai restaurant due to roach infestation. The state Health Department has posted a red “closed” placard at Paddlers Restaurant and Bar in Kaunakakai, Molokai. Star-Advertiser.

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