Hawaii State News, 11 Nov 2018

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“Honolulu Star-Advertiser”, 11 November 2018.

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Comment:  As Hawaii transitions from Sunday eventing into Monday morning, here are the latest Hawaii State news headlines to begin the week.  Articles, opinions, and editorial views are those of the “Honolulu Star-Advertiser”, its reporters and its correspondents.

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NOAA divers retrieve 82 tons of debris from Papahanaumokuakea

In a place as remote as Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, which remains uninhabited by humans, one imagines pristine shores and clear, turquoise waters. Yet a team of 18 divers who returned two weeks ago from a trek to the chain of isles and atolls located 1,200 miles northwest of the main Hawaiian islands, hauled out some 164,917 pounds of fishing nets and plastic waste. That’s more th
Hawaii GOP lost by largest margin since statehood

When Republican state Rep. Andria Tupola lost to Gov. David Ige by nearly 29 percentage points in last week’s general election, it was the most dramatic drubbing in a gubernatorial race in state history. It was also a likely sign that Hawaii voters are continuing to migrate to the Democratic Party. The election results were particularly startling because Ige appeared so politically vulnerable at
Pearl Harbor ships join nationwide bell ringing to mark centennial of WWI’s end

All the ships pier side in Pearl Harbor will ring their ship bells at 11 a.m. today as part of a nationwide initiative to commemorate Veterans Day and the 100th anniversary of the conclusion of World War I. Nov. 11 marks the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended hostilities in WWI. “To mark this anniversary, the United States WWI Centennial Commission is calling on Americans acro


Readers offer ideas to make Honolulu streets safer for pedestrians

2018 has been a particularly deadly year for Honolulu pedestrians, with 26 fatalities so far — the highest toll in more than a decade. In our “Hazardous Crossing” special report on pedestrian safety Nov. 4, we asked readers to write in with their suggestions and comments. Here are some of the responses, which have been edited for length and clarity. — Our crosswalks now, which are white stripes o
Ward Village tower developer can post first ‘sold out’ sign

The developer of Ward Village in Kakaako took the tiniest of steps recently to reach a major milestone: declaring its first “sold out” condominium tower. Texas-based Howard Hughes Corp. noted the last sales contract being signed for its nearly finished Ae‘o high-rise in a quarterly financial report Tuesday. Hughes Corp. said it had signed contracts for all 465 units in the tower as of Sept. 30. T
10 Indonesian nationals charged in shark fin smuggling attempt off Oahu

Ten Indonesian nationals have been charged with trying to smuggle thousands of dollars worth of shark fins out of Hawaii in their luggage. A criminal complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court accused the suspects of smuggling and violating the federal Lacey Act, which bans trafficking of illegal wildlife. The state passed its own law eight years ago banning possession of shark fins. According
Volcanic Ash: Was rail worth all the pain? Voters suggest maybe not

Mayor Kirk Caldwell stood before microphones last week to announce he’ll float a $44 million short-term loan to meet federal demands to get that much more to the $9 billion rail project by Nov. 20. It was the official breaking of a promise to never use city funds and property taxes for rail construction, an accounting trick to avoid federal defunding over missteps that have rail six years behind
Lee Cataluna: Day-after waving a sign of character

It must take a lot to stand on the side of the road holding a sign with your name on it while waving to potential voters in passing cars. It seems so emotionally vulnerable, like the dogs who run up to the fence of their kennel at the Hawaiian Humane Society: “Pick me! Pick me!” Some candidates and their supporters make it look easier than others. They bop around and cheer as though it’s fun. Oth
Hawaii property owners close 10 large-capacity cesspools

Enforcement actions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this year led to the closure of 10 large-­capacity cesspools in Hawaii and more than $640,000 in civil penalties. The EPA in 2005 banned large-capacity cesspools under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Since then, more than 3,400 large-capacity cesspools — defined as cesspools that serve 20 people or more daily — have been closed statewid
Big Isle co-op aims to grow specialty tea

HILO >> A Big Island cooperative is hoping to establish a specialty tea industry in Hawaii. The Hawaii Medicinal Tea and Herb Cooperative is seeking up to $500,000 in investments for a 5-acre tea plot in Mountain View. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the cooperative hopes to cultivate 100 acres of tea in 10 years. The cooperative on Thursday showed investors tea growing at Akatsuka Orchid Garde
Public hearings set on school bullying, discipline

Public hearings will give the community a chance to comment on proposed changes to rules against bullying and harassment at Hawaii public schools. The Board of Education recently approved changes to Chapter 19, the discipline
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Russ Roberts