Hawaii State News, 01 October 2018

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

Hawaii Convention Center anticipates more robust 2019
Business at the Hawaii Convention Center, which turned its first profit in 2016, has softened as the facility celebrates its 20th anniversary. Hawaii Convention Center general manager Teri Orton said the facility has felt the burn of January’s false missile alert, April flooding, the Kilauea Volcano eruption in May and an active hurricane season. Star-Advertiser.

Construction industry enjoys unexpected growth to help boost economy
A report released by the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization projects that statewide construction spending will reach a decade high of $9 billion this year. That figure represents a 7 percent increase over $8.4 billion in 2017, a gain that UHERO last year didn’t expect would happen. Star-Advertiser.

Top congressional candidates voice stance on big issues during forum
Hawaii’s top candidates for the 1st Congressional District – Ed Case and Cam Cavasso – found common ground on the Jones Act and the Honolulu rail project but disagreed about marijuana legalization and Native Hawaiian sovereignty during a forum Friday hosted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. They were also divided over whether Hirono should have told men across the country last week to “shut up and step up” in regards to sexual assault. Civil Beat.

Hirono calls hypocrisy claim “manufactured moral outrage”
The Washington Free Beacon reported that Hirono took $1,000 in political contributions from Delaware senator Tom Carper, who admitted to slapping his wife in a 1998 interview. Hirono, who declined to comment for the Free Beacon story, was called out last week by the Hawaii Republican Party for acting hypocritically.West Hawaii Today.

State House of Representatives hiring for 200 temporary positions
The House said they welcome a diverse group of applicants from recently graduated college students to retirees who want to learn more about the legislative process, public service, and administration. Session staff positions are temporary and generally run from December/January to the first week of May.Maui Now.

Humpback whale sightings are becoming less common 
Researchers have found that along with fewer sightings, fewer male Hawaiian humpback whales have been recorded singing. Researchers have also observed a decline in the number of mother-calf pairs for the past three seasons. Despite the downward trends, scientists are not too concerned just yet. Associated Press.

Tech initiative by state wins award
The State’s Hawaii Department Dashboard has been recognized with the first ever Chaucer Digital Innovation Award in the North America category.  An initiative by the Office of Enterprise Technology Services, the Hawaii Department Dashboard is a strategic roadmap that uses digital visualization to improve the State’s IT governance process and promote organizational change.  It also aids with communications and planning of IT projects across State executive branch departments. KITV. 

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Until next time,

Russ Roberts