Hawaii State News, 21 December 2018

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“Hawaii Business Magazine”, 21 December 2018, published in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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

State earns C+ in beach maintenance 
Hawaii received the average grade in the Surfrider Foundation’s annual State of the Beach Report Card, which grades 30 U.S. states and the territory of Puerto Rico on policies that address climate change, shoreline erosion and extreme weather. Star-Advertiser.

Pentagon awards contract for powerful missile defense system
The Missile Defense Agency has awarded Lockheed Martin a $585 million contract to design and build a powerful ballistic missile radar defense system on Oahu. Three possible locations for the radar are being eyed: Two at the U.S. Army’s Kahuku Training Area and the third next to the U.S. Air Force’s Kaena Point Satellite Tracking Station. Hawaii News Now.

Police Chief: Sharing information with Kaneshiro not in city’s best interest
Susan Ballard believes Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro should not be attending monthly public safety staff meetings because of reports that he’s a target of a federal investigation into Honolulu law enforcement. The mayor’s office is “seriously considering” Susan Ballard’s request that he be excluded from public safety meetings.Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now.

Pearl Harbor sites to remain open even if government shutdown happens
Despite a possible government shutdown Pearl Harbor Historic Parks, the non-profit organization that operates the attractions, said it will continue to provide financial support to help the National Park Service continue daily operations to the sites. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii’s population has declined and could affect the economy
For the first time since statehood in 1959, the state population has declined for two consecutive years with fewer births, more deaths and a greater number of residents moving to the mainland. The trend is alarming because without enough people economic growth could be affected, said Eugene Tian, state economist with Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. Star-Advertiser.

U.S. civil rights commission supports federal recognition of Native Hawaiians
In a major reversal, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is supporting federal recognition of Native Hawaiians. The commission had previously opposed the establishment of a government-to-government relationship between the U.S. and Native Hawaiians, similar to those established with American Indian tribes, and in 2006 opposed the Native Hawaiian Reorganization Act, known as the Akaka bill after Hawaii’s late U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka. Star-Advertiser. 

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Russ Roberts