Hawaii Island News, afternoon update, 17 September 2018

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“Hawaii Business Magazine”, 17 September 2018.

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Here are today’s top Hawaii Island news stories from “Hawaii Business Magazine”.  Views expressed in this Hawaii news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

NPS preps for reopening of Volcanoes
The National Park Service has produced a new map prior to the reopening of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on National Public Lands Day September 22. The map shows the Halemaumau deepest subsistence area, and lists the locations and facilities that are going to be open. NPS also published a new Special Reopening Advisory that details the profound changes and new dangers in the park. Big Island Video News.

Businesses await reopening of park
With Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on track to reopen later this month, Volcano businesses are cautiously optimistic about a return to pre-eruption visitors. Ira Ono, owner of Volcano Garden Arts and president of tourism advocacy group Experience Volcano, said he is hopeful that the reopening of the park will see visitor rates improve in time for the winter season. Tribune-Herald.

Condos and hotels caught up in proposed vacation rental rules
Some vacation rental condos, by a quirk of zoning, are being swept up into a vacation rental bill while those just across Alii Drive are not, an issue that has a crowd ready to speak out at the Leeward Planning Commission meeting. West Hawaii Today.

Roadblocks to re-licensing push some drivers to illegal behavior
A bureaucratic barrier, a lack of adequate state statutes and the sluggish pace at which county Departments of Motor Vehicles process road tests have created a glitch in the driver’s re-licensing process that’s incentivizing thousands of Hawaii residents to break the law every year.West Hawaii Today. 

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