Hawaii Island News, afternoon update, 22 October 2018

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“Hawaii Business Magazine”, 22 October 2018.

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

Ag survey reports nearly $28M in eruption damages 
Beginning in August, the University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources conducted a survey of farmers affected by the Kilauea eruption. Of the total damages reported by 46 respondents, $17 million were specifically damage to crops, while destroyed land, buildings and inventory accounted for $4.1 million, $3.3 million and $3 million in losses, respectively. Tribune-Herald.

Salary Commission finds setting salaries a tricky business
The Salary Commission has been in the news a lot lately, after approving double-digit pay hikes that raised eyebrows as well as salaries. Commissioners justified the raises, some as high as 30 percent and more, by noting that some positions hadn’t seen raises in almost 10 years, while others went without increases for five.West Hawaii Today.

Innergex Renewable Energy wins solar-plus-storage project bids
Innergex Renewable Energy Inc., an independent public power company based in Quebec, Canada, was selected by Hawaiian Electric Companies earlier this month to develop and operate two new utility-scale solar farms in Hawaii. West Hawaii Today.

Small farm homesteads are planned for a former sugar plantation site
The state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands wants to reduce a backlog of beneficiaries waiting for homesteads by offering a new kind of land lease: small farm sites. The agency proposes turning 766 acres of former sugar cane plantation land it owns on Hawaii island into 375 parcels where beneficiaries could build a home on 1- to 3-acre lots and raise crops or animals for themselves or for sale. Star-Advertiser. 

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Russ Roberts