Thursday, May 2, 2019

Mail-in voting awaits Ige's signature, Oahu monster house bill becomes law, man falls into Kilauea crater, Honolulu-Princeville flights commence, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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 Man Rescued After Fall Into Kilauea Caldera. A man fell in from a location by Steaming Bluffs Wednesday evening, and was later rescued and airlifted from the park. Big Island Video News.

Man who fell into Kilauea Caldera rescued after hours-long mission. Multiple rescue parties from the park and county worked together in the rescue operations. Nightfall and windy conditions reportedly made the rescue challenging. Hawaii News Now.


Hawaii Lawmakers Pass All-mail Elections, Automatic Recounts. Hawaii lawmakers have passed bills instituting all-mail voting and automatic recounts for races with narrow victory margins, measures lawmakers hope will boost voter turnout and confidence in elections. The bills now go to the governor, who hasn't indicated whether he'll sign them. Associated Press.

Mail-in voting bill OK’d. A bill that would require all statewide elections to be conducted by mail beginning with the 2020 primary is headed to Gov. David Ige for consideration. Tribune-Herald.

Hawaii is on the verge of a major increase in parking fines along state highways. The new surcharge is meant to keep sightseers from pulling over in dangerous areas. Hawaii News Now.

The Hawaii Department of Health on Wednesday posted an interactive map online to help visitors and residents learn of air quality conditions throughout the state. Civil Beat.

CBD products seem to be everywhere, and that’s got the state worried. The Health Department is warning businesses in the islands that sell cannabis-derived products that they risk “regulatory actions and penalties.” Hawaii News Now.

CBD in food and beauty products aren't FDA approved and could post health risks. KHON2.


‘Monster house’ bill becomes law without mayor’s signature. Mayor Kirk Caldwell on Wednesday allowed a bill designed to be a comprehensive policy on large-scale houses to become law without his signature, warning that it may go too far and have unintended consequences. Star-Advertiser.

Caldwell Asks City Council To Amend ‘Monster Homes’ Bill. The Honolulu mayor approves Bill 79 but points to Department of Planning and Permitting concerns. Civil Beat.

New limits on the construction of so-called "monster homes" will take effect immediately after Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell allowed a regulatory measure to become law without his signature. Hawaii Public Radio.


19 Army helicopters circle Oahu in rare flyover. An Army AH-64 Apache unit at Wheeler Army Airfield made some history Wednesday — and gained a lot of attention from the shore — by flying 19 of the wasp-like attack helicopters in formation around Oahu to celebrate an anniversary and demonstrate the squadron’s capability. Star-Advertiser.

A&B buys another Kapolei industrial property. Alexander & Baldwin Inc. continued its buying spree of industrial real estate on Oahu with the purchase of 36 acres used by the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation to mold concrete. Star-Advertiser.

Upcoming conference to generate millions in visitor spending. The Hawaii Convention Center will host nearly 2,500 participants from 32 countries for an annual scientific and educational conference for radiology professionals May 5-10, generating an estimated $9.4 million in visitor spending. Pacific Business News.

Hawaii Island

2nd round of hearings set for revised Maunakea rules. Members of the public will have a second chance to weigh in the University of Hawaii’s proposed Maunakea administrative rules during a series of hearings next month. Tribune-Herald.

Farming slow to regrow after Kilauea eruption. Almost 14 square miles of Lower Puna was covered by lava, wiping out producers of papaya, ornamental flowers, nursery plants, macadamia nuts, avocados, coffee, noni, cacao, breadfruit, ginger, turmeric and more. Star-Advertiser.

The Hawaii Nurses Association — which represents more than 70 nurses at North Hawaii Community Hospital in Waimea — is preparing for an informational picket on Saturday. The union says Queen's nurses at the Punchbowl and West Oahu hospitals earn $59.63 per hour while North Hawaii nurses get $47.45 which is about 20% less. Hawaii News Now.

County to replace Old Terminal Building with new comfort station. The Old Terminal Building at the Old Kona Airport Park will soon be a sight of the past. West Hawaii Today.


Anaergia plan for waste-processing, energy-producing plant hits setback. Judge rules project at Kahului wastewater plant needs new EIS. Maui News.

Rampant Fireworks Use Sparks Concern, Discussion on Maui. An estimated 60 people attended a meeting on Tuesday night at Pomaikai School, focused on illegal fireworks and the rampant use in residential neighborhoods. Maui Now.

This Native Hawaiian Taro Farmer Has Been Fighting A&B For Decades. The result has been bittersweet. Stream water was restored to his East Maui land three years ago, but so many others gave up traditional taro farming during the long battle. Civil Beat.

Haleakala National Park’s stream monitoring system in Kipahulu has been repaired and the area known as the Pools of Oheo is now open. Maui Now.


Makani Kai Air begins flights. The landing marks the first time in over 22 years Princeville will have constant direct flights to Honolulu. Makani Kai Air is offering two daily flights between Kauai and Honolulu. Garden Island.

Makani Kai Air today launched its new Honolulu to Princeville service today, making it the first carrier in 22 years to provide regulary scheduled service between the two destinations. Hawaii News Now.

TSA is hiring at Lihue Airport. The Transportation Security Administration is hosting a two-day recruitment event to hire Transportation Security Officers to work at Lihue Airport. Garden Island.

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