Hawaii State News, 26 Oct 2018

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“Hawaii Business Magazine”, 26 October 2018.

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

Election day is already over for almost 80,000 voters
Of the 254,880 mail ballots sent out so far, about 75,000 have been returned. Another 5,000 voters already went to early walk-in polling places. Meanwhile, total voter registration has also reached a new statewide high of 756,741, about 6,800 more voters than were registered for the 2016 general election. Civil Beat.

Hawaii named second least politically engaged state
In order to determine which states are most involved in politics, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across ten key indicators of political engagement. These indicators ranged from “percentage of registered voters in the 2016 presidential election” to “total political contributions per adult population.”Maui Now.

A lot riding on name recognition for OHA candidates
Name recognition is a factor in any election, but here in Hawaii it is a dominant factor in Office of Hawaiian Affairs races. And no race better exemplifies this phenomenon than the two candidates running for the Oahu seat on OHA’s Board of Trustees. Hawaii Public Radio.

OHA Trustee declares innocence
Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee Rowena Akana testified before the state Ethics Commission on Thursday, saying she was being unfairly singled out as part of an election-year campaign by her rivals to remove her from office. What’s more, Akana said it was her own efforts to uncover unethical and incompetent behavior within OHA that made her a target. Star-Advertiser.

Payments restart as DOE computer system is partly restored
The Department of Education has begun catching up on payments to vendors after partly restoring The Financial Management System which handles a range of vendor payments, from school supplies to construction contracts. Employee payroll and school food service were not affected when the system failed during an upgrade. Star-Advertiser. KHON2.

Preparing healthcare providers for medical aid in dying
On January 1st Hawaii’s Death with Dignity law will go into effect, allowing terminally ill patients to voluntarily end their lives. Doctor David Grube is a retired family physician and the National Medical Director for Compassionate Choices. He was in Hawaii to help educate healthcare professionals about the law ahead of January 1st. He spoke with The Conversation’s Ryan Finnerty about his experience. Hawaii Public Radio.

Southwest Airlines is “ready to go” with mainland to Hawaii flights
The Dallas-based carrier said Thursday it is awaiting approval from the Federal Aviation Administration. Southwest, which announced exactly a year ago it would begin selling tickets to Hawaii in 2018, said in May it initially will fly to Hawaii from the California cities of San Diego, San Jose, Oakland and Sacramento and then add interisland routes once its mainland-Hawaii operation is established. Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald. 

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Russ Roberts