Here are some of the stories making headlines in Hawaii on Wednesday, 02 August 2017:
Marco Polo fire caused more than $100 million in damages.
Honolulu Fire Department officials say the 14 July 2017 fire at the Marco Polo high-rise condominium caused damage exceeding $100 million. The fire killed three residents and injured five more. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation, and “there’s no indication that the fire was intentionally set.”
Shooting suspect charged with attempted murder.
Hawaii police have charged 49-year-old Rodney Wilbur, Sr. with “attempted second-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a separate felony, prohibited possession of a firearm and illegally carrying a pistol.” His bail has been set at $275,000. His first court appearance is set for Wednesday, 02 August 2017. The other suspect in the shooting incident at Isaac Hale Park, 36-year-old Tyson Keola Lewi, remains in police custody.
Sale of Big Island’s Mauna Lani Hotel to affiliate of California’s ProspectHill Group is finalized.
According to “Pacific Business News”, terms of the deal, which includes the Francis H. Ii Brown Golf Courses and undeveloped property were not announced. The hotel and its nearly 32 acres of land have an assessed tax value of $67.5 million. The new owners have rehired all 500 employees at the hotel and golf courses.
Hawaii State Department of Health grants provisional certification to Oahu-based lab to start testing medical marijuana.
The Hawaii State Department of Health has given Oahu-based SteepHill Hawaii a provisional certificate to test samples of medical marijuana. State law requires samples of medical marijuana sold through dispensaries to be tested for contaminants and levels of THC. Hawaii Island business man, Richard Ha, who heads the Lau Ola Medical Marijuana Dispensary, calls the certification “a good thing.”
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