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Friday, August 9, 2019

Public asked to weigh in on Honolulu rail fares, Saiki named NCSL president-elect, Waikiki pavilions to be locked down, tilapia invasion off Kauai, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Honolulu rail construction PC:HART
HART Served More Subpoenas, Council Defers Abolishing Agency, Public Asked About Rail Fares. A few Honolulu rail employees have been served federal subpoenas, the latest in several rounds issued in the ongoing probe of the $9.2 billion rail project. Hawaii Public Radio.

Honolulu Rate Commission seeks public input on rail transit fares. Some of the topics to be covered include whether bus and rail fares should be the same, with no charge for transfers, as well as whether there should be flat rates or distance-based rates and the categories for rates. Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu Rail Officials Won’t Say Much About New Round Of Subpoenas. The latest federal orders were served to an unspecified number of HART employees. The rail agency won’t say who or how many staff members got them. Civil Beat.

State comptroller refuses to pay for setbacks blamed on the rail authority. State Comptroller Curt Otaguro is refusing to authorize payments for delay claims on the city’s rail project if the city rail authority or its consultants were to blame for the circumstances — rejecting already a total of $11.2 million in invoices. Star-Advertiser.


China tariff increases take effect on local businesses. Tina Yamaki, president of the 200-member Retail Merchants of Hawaii, said the tariffs will affect almost every consumer product, which is especially bad for an island state where most things are imported. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii House Speaker Scott Saiki was named president-elect of the National Conference of State Legislatures in Nashville this week. Civil Beat.

Speaker Saiki Named President-Elect of NCSL. Big Island Now.


Proposal to curb crime at Waikiki pavilion gets mixed reviews. To clean up the pavilions in the heart of Waikiki, the city plans on putting gates around them that would be locked at night. Hawaii News Now.

Former Honolulu Prosecutor Wants Court To Decide If He Can Run Again. Under the city charter, Peter Carlisle has been out of the prosecutor’s office too long to qualify for the ballot. Civil Beat.

Katherine Kealoha: Sentencing must be finalized before finding out if new trial is granted. Last month, she filed a motion for a new trial claiming her court-appointed lawyer was ineffective. KITV.

Judge Puts Chill On Lawsuit Over Pesticides At Kaneohe Marine Base Housing. Hundreds of service members alleged they should have been warned about pesticide problem at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe. Civil Beat.

Legal battle over rundown Waikiki hotel comes to a head. The so-called “Ebbtide Hotel” on Kuhio Avenue has been a Waikiki eyesore for years. Hawaii News Now.

Millions more to be spent on Kakaako parks after state hands off to city. One of Hawaii’s largest transfers of park land is about to take place, when the state turns over a large portion of Kakaako makai to the city. KHON2.

Hawaii Island

Mauna Kea Scientific Toll: 2,000 Observing Hours For 400 Projects Lost. Maunakea Observatories have been been closed for three weeks now – resulting in a loss of more than a year’s worth of discoveries. Scientists say unreliable access to telescopes is preventing them from resuming operations on the summit. Hawaii Public Radio.

$1.1 million grant will help boost UH telescope. The National Science Foundation awarded a $1.1 million grant to a University of Hawaii scientist to install an advanced secondary mirror onto the university’s 2.2-meter telescope. Tribune-Herald.

The University of Hawaii’s senior adviser on Mauna Kea has another title. Greg Chun has been named executive director of Mauna Kea stewardship for UH. Hawaii News Now.


PONC money for nonprofit boards heads to 2020 ballot. A charter proposal allowing the county to pay nonprofit board members to help maintain open space cleared its final hurdle Thursday and is headed to the 2020 ballot. West Hawaii Today.

Disciplined officer reason for closed case dismissal request. Officer misconduct apparently sidelined a police witness in a drug case, and now a judge is set to rule today on whether the defendant in the case will stand trial. West Hawaii Today.

‘Carmageddon’: Peak-hour roadwork without prior notice causes major traffic snarl. Lack of public notice about a lane-striping project that started during rush hour Thursday morning on Highway 130 between Shower Drive and Kaloli Drive in Hawaiian Paradise Park caused a massive traffic snarl that frustrated and angered Hilo-bound motorists. Tribune-Herald.

Highway 130 Restriping Brings Traffic Delays To Puna. Big Island Video News.


Police sent to Mauna Kea accumulate $68,105 in overtime. During today's city council meeting on the Valley Isle, MPD Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu testified the state is reimbursing the county to cover overtime expenses. KITV.

At a Maui County Council meeting Thursday, Maui’s police chief defended his decision to send 27 MPD officers to the Big Island last month to assist with the TMT conflict. Maui police chief defends decision to send officers to Mauna Kea. Hawaii News Now.

The administration’s long-awaited “strategic plan” for affordable/attainable housing was greeted with ridicule and dismay by several members of the Maui County Council attending the Aug. 7th meeting of the council’s Affordable Housing Committee. Maui Watch.

State working on repairing water leak at Maalaea. Harbor users concerned about lost water, also say leak a hazard. Maui News.

Community Meeting on Wailuku Town Improvements, Aug. 19. During this meeting, the department will provide information on the latest construction schedule, updates on temporary parking locations and shuttle transportation, status on the re-examination of Phase 2 of the Civic Complex, planned construction mitigation and communication efforts, and ways the public can support Wailuku Town’s businesses. Maui Now.


Kealia subdivision EIS approved. A proposed subdivision is one step closer to fruition in Kealia, after the Land Use Commission accepted the project’s Final Environmental Impact Statement Thursday. Garden Island.

Tilapia invasion along Napali Coast concerns state officials. State officials announced Thursday they are working to stop an invasion of black-chin tilapia in the near-shore waters of the Napali Coast State Wilderness Park on Kauai. Star-Advertiser.

Introduced Tilapia Invade Kauai’s Napali Coast. The state is investigating its fish removal options in order to protect the pristine region. Civil Beat.

Tilapia invade Napali Coast. Thousands of black-chin tilapia have invaded near-shore waters in the Napali Coast State Wilderness Park on Kauai. Garden Island.

Huge schools of tilapia crowd near-shore waters on Napali Coast. Hawaii News Now.

The state calls tilapia invasion an emergency. KHON2.

Monday, February 9, 2009

National group to bring bad budget news

HONOLULU -- If misery loves company, Hawaii’s got plenty of both.

A new report by the National Conference of State Legislatures says the budget gap – the difference between what states have and what they need – has moved nationally from “sobering” to “distressing.”

NCSL Executive Director William Pound will bear the bad news personally to Hawaii on Thursday, when he’ll address the House Finance Committee.

Pound is expected to update the committee on current fiscal conditions, strategies being employed to meet budget shortfalls and whether states should expect much relief from the federal bailout, known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which is currently being negotiated in Congress.

Hawaii’s three-year budget shortfall is estimated at $1.8 billion, but even that intimidating figure could become more frightening. NCSL, in its interactive budget map, shows Hawaii’s FY 2009 budget gap at $353.3 million, or 5.8 percent of the state general fund.

Even though some states have taken corrective actions, the current FY 2009 gap still stands at $47.4 billion, on top of the $40.3 billion shortfall for the 2008 FY, according to NCSL, whose budget analysts are predicting it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

"These figures are absolutely alarming, both in their magnitude and in the painful decisions they present to state lawmakers," Corina Eckl, fiscal program director for NCSL, said in a statement. "The easy budget fixes are long gone, only hard and unpopular options remain.”