TOP STORIES Trump approves eruption assistance
President Donald Trump has approved Hawaii’s request for individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Big Island residents whose homes have been lost or damaged due to the ongoing Kilauea Volcano eruptions. Star-Advertiser.Tribune-Herald.Big Island Video News.
Settlement reached in special education lawsuit against state
The state agreed to pay $10.25 million to settle a federal lawsuit brought by the Hawaii Disability Rights Center and the parents and legal guardians of special-needs students whose public education was cut off at age 20 instead of 22 by a 2010 state law. Star-Advertiser.Civil Beat.KHON2.
Audit finds Hawaii AG mismanaged asset seizure program
The Attorney General failed to account for forfeited property and didn’t spend $2 million for drug prevention programs as required by law, the report found. Civil Beat.
State gets $3.2M to thwart election hacking
Russian hacking in 2016 prompted Congress to bolster state elections security with new Tfunding. Civil Beat.
Jobless rate holds at record low 2 percent
The state’s labor market continued to stay strong as the seasonally adjusted jobless rate in May matched the previous month’s number to remain the lowest in the country, according to data released Thursday by the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. Star-Advertiser.
Hawaiian Airlines, JAL seeking antitrust immunity to pursue joint venture
Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines, two major carriers serving the Hawaii market, are seeking to create a joint venture, which they say would provide consumers with lower fares, increased capacity and more choices. Star-Advertiser.KHON2.
VERGE-Hawaii discusses environmental impacts of tourism
Nearly 700 attendees are at VERGE-Hawaii, the Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Summit in Waikiki this week. One of the topics discussed was sustainable tourism. Hawaii Public Radio.
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OAHU Ethics commission audit stopped on advice of city’s lawyer
The Honolulu auditor was concerned its results might be “discoverable” in a lawsuit filed by Louis and Katherine Kealoha. Civil Beat.
Allegations surface of equipment misuse for profit by DLNR employees
Video on iWaterman’s website shows company employees on jet skis providing marine rescue training for corporate clients and first responders on Kaneohe Bay. But a closer look shows that the company is using jet skis that were paid for by state taxpayers and are owned by the Department of Land and Natural Resources.Hawaii News Now.
Court reports mixed on Kawananakoa
The psychiatrist hired to conduct a medical evaluation in the legal dispute involving the $215 million estate of Abigail Kawananakoa has concluded that the Campbell Estate heiress does not have the mental capacity to manage her own financial affairs as a result of a stroke she suffered last year. The special master hired to advise the judge is recommending that she does.Star-Advertiser.
Stores to begin charging 15-cents per bag
This new law that goes into effect next month is the next step towards an all out ban on plastic checkout bags. What’s left to carry all your goods will be reusable tote bags, recyclable paper bags, or your own bags. KHON2.
Ewa Beach community without power for over 30 hours
HECO says an investigation found that a rat had gotten into its substation equipment, causing fuses to blow and an outage to Kapilina Beach Homes. KHON2.
City commissioned statue of Kamehameha III
As part of the City’s plans to improve Thomas Square, Hawaii’s oldest park, an artist was commissioned to sculpt a statue of Kamehameha III to commemorate the monarch’s historical connection to the area. KITV.
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HAWAI‘I ISLAND FEMA aid available for volcano victims
Homeowners, renters, business owners and nonprofits that have suffered losses in the volcanic eruption can now start applying for federal monetary aid. Star-Advertiser.Big Island Now.
DOH to increase air quality monitoring
The Hawaii Department of Health announcedThursday plans to install 10 new ambient air quality monitoring stations across Hawaii Island.West Hawaii Today.
Green gems raining from the sky at Kilauea? Well … not exactly
Many rumors have spawned from the Kilauea eruption. The latest rumor to make its rounds on social media is green crystals raining down from the sky. Hawaii News Now.
Eruption update – chemical analysis
On today’s media call: UH Hilo volcanologist Cheryl Gansecki, who shared insights into the effort to procure real-time chemistry analysis of lava samples. Big Island Video News.
DLNR provides emergency cinder resource to tropical floral businesses
Recent volcanic eruptions have forced the sole source of black cinder to vacate its harvesting plant, jeopardizing the island’s tropical floral business, a major economic industry in East Hawaii. These businesses provide plants and flowers to stores for sale statewide and out-of-state exports. West Hawaii Today.
Survivors of past Hawaii lava recall despair and opportunity
Lava pouring out of a Hawaii volcano burned down Mary Dressler’s home and her town 28 years ago. Now, watching creeping lobes of molten rock slowly wipe out entire neighborhoods over the past month, she has been transported back to those losses.Associated Press.
South point management project gets greenlight, but needs funding
Now that a finding of no significant environmental impact has been published for a new resources management plan for South Point, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is ready to take up a project residents have requested for three decades – as soon as it finds the money. West Hawaii Today.
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