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Hawaii News Digest, morning edition, 13 August 2017, Post #15427.


Here are some of the stories making headlines in Hawaii for Sunday, 13 August 2017.

Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard honors Hawaii Purple Heart recipients at official medal presentation.’i-purple-heart-recipients-at-official-medal-presentation-ceremony/

Thanks to Hawaii Island news blogger Damon Tucker for this story.

According to Damon Tucker, the medal recipients included veterans of World War II, the Korean conflict, and the Vietnam war.  The U.S. Army awarded the Purple Heart for their combat wounds, but never got around to holding a formal presentation as required by Army regulations.  Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who still serves in the Hawaii National Guard, said the “ceremony closes the circle for these veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much.”

Here’s how the University of Hawaii is proposing to reverse a 5-year-enrollment decline.

University of Hawaii President David Lassner wants to bring enrollment at the Manoa Campus to 20,000 over the next three years. Lassner says there are several reasons why UH enrollment has dipped during the past year, including the state’s low unemployment rate, “which means students are leaving higher education for the work force.” Some students disagree with that rationale, saying years of poor facilities maintenance and increasing tuition and fees are contributing to lower student enrollment.

Hawaiian Airlines flight to Los Angeles makes emergency landing in Hilo.

The flight from Lihue, Kauai to Los Angeles was diverted to the Hilo International Airport on Friday after smoke was reported in the cockpit.  The Boeing 767 with 250 passengers on board landed safely in Hilo at 8:30 p.m. Friday. The cause of the smoke is still under investigation.

Kaimana the monk seal pup is on her own after relocation, responding well to new home.

NOAA personal successfully moved the endangered Hawaiian monk seal pup from Kaimana Beach to an undisclosed Oahu beach. The move was made after scientists determined that “Rocky”, the pup’s mother, had fully weaned Kaimana from her care.  The relocation was completed by 11:00 a.m., Saturday, 12 August 2017. Kaimana remains healthy and is doing well on her own.

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Opinions expressed in this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.

Thanks for joining us today.

Until next time,

Russ Roberts

Hawaii News Digest

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