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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.
Leilani Estates checkpoint to remain,
Mayor Harry Kim announced Monday that the Leilani Estates checkpoint will remain active for at least another month. The decision came shortly after the Leilani Estates Community Association announced its intention to file a lawsuit against the county. The checkpoint prevents anyone but authorized residents access to Leilani Estates and was scheduled to be removed by the end of October. Officials will continue to search for ways to give visitors a safe and legal way to see the lava field and 300-foot cinder cone left behind from Kilauea’s most active hot spot. Tribune-Herald. Star-Advertiser.
Funds to help clear rape kit backlog
The County Council on Friday is set to approve Resolution 742, authorizing an agreement with the state attorney general in order for the county to receive $280,498 in federal funds to clear a backlog of 189 rape kits. In addition to paying for DNA testing at a mainland lab, the money will pay for experts to work through the old cases to determine if they can be prosecuted, County Prosecutor Mitch Roth said Monday. West Hawaii Today.
State to green light the last of eight dispensaries to begin growing pakalolo
Lau Ola, run by Big Island farmer Richard Ha, received approval from the Health Department. The company, which faced numerous delays due to county permitting and an unexpected change in production center plans, built a large indoor facility on the Hamakua Coast. Sales are expected to begin at the start of the year at three retail locations in Hilo, Kona and Waimea.Star-Advertiser.
Kealakehe Intermediate’s Mathieu Williams named teacher of the year
The seven-year educator was named the Hawaii State Teacher of the Year Saturday night in Honolulu for his innovative teaching style that demands passion, curiosity and community building from his students. West Hawaii Today.
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