Hawaii Island News, 28 Nov 2018

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“Hawaii Business Magazine”, 28 November 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.

Military’s Mauna Kea rec area plans no-go
The military has retreated from a plan to conduct special reconnaissance training at the Mauna Kea Recreation Area, where role-playing soldiers armed with guns would try to hide from observers. West Hawaii Today.

Well loved beach park to reopen 
One of lower Puna’s most popular beach parks will officially reopen next week after a six-month-plus closure because of lava. Isaac Hale Beach Park, also known as Pohoiki beach park, will reopen at 1 p.m. Dec. 6 after a blessing ceremony, the county Department of Parks and Recreation said in a statement Tuesday. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News.

Salary Commission chair calls it quits
Salary Commission Chairman Hugh Ono, who led the board through double-digit raises for county elected officials and department heads, resigned Tuesday. Ono didn’t elaborate on why he’s decided to leave two years before his term ends, other than to say it’s for personal reasons and he’s not ill. West Hawaii Today.

Construction at Maunakea VIS to impact stargazing, operating hours
The Maunakea Visitor Information Station will adjust its hours and suspend its stargazing program ahead of the start of a construction project. The six-month-long project, which will begin in January, is aimed at improving safety and access for visitors at the popular, but at times overcrowded, stop along the Maunakea Access Road. Tribune-Herald.

Repairs progress as Water Board preps to elect leadership, determine salaries
The number of downed deep wells in North Kona hasn’t changed as four of the region’s 14 water sources remain out of commission. A 10 percent voluntary conservation on water use in the area also remains in effect. However, Department of Water Supply officials said that they’re making progress on at least three of the four fronts, adding the deep well at Honokohau may be pumping water to the surface again as soon as early January. West Hawaii Today. 

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Russ Roberts