Hawaii State Briefs for 19 July 2017

Hawaii News Digest, 19 July 2017, 22:20 hrs, UTC, Post #15341,



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Here are the top stories making headlines in Hawaii for Wednesday, 19 July 2017:

Inflation rises in Honolulu

The consumer price index reached a five-year high of 2.5% during the first half of 2017.  Leading the list of higher priced items were energy costs and apparel.

UH-Manoa is developing a flood alert system.

The UH-Manoa Ocean Observation program will use a $500,000 federal grant to develop a flood alert system for west Maui.  The project will take three years to complete.

Honolulu Mayor pushes for  high-rise sprinkler bill

Following the deaths of three persons at the Marco Polo Condominium fire, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is supporting a bill that would require sprinkler systems in any building over 75 feet/28.86 meters tall. There are about 300 high-rises on Oahu that were built before a 1975 law made sprinkler systems mandatory in new structures.

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Thanks for joining us today.

Until next time,

Russ Roberts

Hawaii News Digest


2 thoughts on “Hawaii State Briefs for 19 July 2017

  1. The high rise sprinklers don’t come cheap….that’s going to raise the h.o.a. fees more than a little bit for the people in those buildings. Housing costs keeps getting further and further out of line.


    1. That was one of the reasons the original builder didn’t install sprinklers. According to the Honolulu Fire Department, it would cost around $4,000 to install a sprinkler system in each apartment. In either case, housing in Honolulu is incredibly expensive and in terribly short supply. People always give the excuse that the “supply and demand” cycle determines housing costs. Perhaps so, but most of us can’t afford to live in this beautiful place. That’s one reason Janice and I left Honolulu in 1975 to try our luck on the Big Island. We lucked out–even over here, prices are getting to be obscene. Aloha, Russ.


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