Hawaii State News, afternoon edition, 27 September 2018

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“Hawaii Business Magazine”, 27 September 2018.

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Comment:  Here are today’s top Hawaii State news from “Hawaii Business Magazine”, published in Honolulu, Hawaii. Views expressed in this Hawaii news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Ige accepts KHON-TV debate invite,  Tupola dragging her feet
While Tupola has been pushing Ige to agree to debates since the beginning of the general election campaign season, the KHON debate would also include their lieutenant governor running mates. This could prove a liability for Tupola given the tensions she has had with her running mate, Marissa Kerns. The two will be part of the same ticket when voters cast ballots in November. Star-Advertiser.

Supreme Court asked to invalidate ballot measure for school funds
Counties took the unusual step after Circuit Judge Jeffrey Crabtree refused to block the measure from appearing on the Nov. 6 ballot. The counties are appealing that ruling to the state’s appeals court. This separate avenue of legal action, the counties argue, is necessary because waiting for the other appeal to wend its way through the court system would take too long. Civil Beat.  KHON2.

How Mazie Hirono shaped her “badass” image in Washington
Hirono has a reputation for being careful and not overly outgoing in public, which has kept her out of the spotlight despite decades of political experience. But ever since the election of President Donald Trump in 2016, Hirono has become a reliable voice of resistance within the Democratic Party. It’s only become more amplified with Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Civil Beat.

U.S. House approves $1.7 billion nationwide disaster relief legislation
Sen. Brian Schatz said he expects the state could receive tens of millions in funding to help recovery efforts. So far, Hawaii has received more than $120 million in federal disaster funding: $56 million for the Big Island to recover from the Kilauea eruptions and $64 million for flooding on Kauai and Oahu. Hawaii News Now.Tribune-Herald. Star-Advertiser.

Lane’s impact on visitor industry revealed in HTA report
Hurricane Lane might not have materialized into the menacing monster storm that was forecast, but all the bluster surrounding it did keep some tourists away. In August, Hawaii hotels reported that occupancy fell nearly 3 percentage points to just over 78 percent, according to a Hawaii Hotel Performance Report recently released by the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Star-Advertiser.

Uber hack settlement to trickle down
Hawaii will receive about $700,000 as part of a $148 million nationwide settlement with California ride-sharing service Uber Technologies Inc. due to the ride-hailing company’s delay in reporting hackers had accessed the private information of some 600,000 drivers. Star-Advertiser.

OHA launches new grant program 
The Office of Hawaiian Affair’s $500,000 Kulia Grants Program is intended to provide financial assistance to projects that are not generally covered by its standard Community Grants Program. OHA’s standard program typically provides larger, multi-year grant awards that require a minimum of 20 percent matching funds. Maui Now. 

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Russ Roberts