Hawaii State News, 24 Dec 2018

From my PC to yours, have a glorious holiday season.  May the New Year, find you in good health and eager to accept new challenges.  Thanks for your comments (pro and con) and suggestions.  It’s an honor to work with each of you as we try to make sense of an immensely complex digital world.  Now, to the business at hand.

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“Hawaii Business Magazine”, 24 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 Supreme Court overturns restrictions on public records
The Hawaii Supreme Court ruled Friday that a longstanding interpretation of the state’s open records law was “palpably erroneous.” The ruling means communications between government agencies that had been kept secret must be released. Hawaii News Now. Civil Beat.New state harbor rules approved
Gov. David Ige has approved new rules for the state’s small boat harbors that prohibit camping and the feeding of feral cats at the harbors. The new rules took effect Friday. Star-Advertiser.

Repair and maintenance needs at public school tallies to $868M
The backlog of repair and maintenance projects at Hawaii’s public schools is roughly three times worse than what legislators were told in January. The Department of Education is launching an online database so the community can keep tabs on each project as it progresses. And it has adopted a new system, known as “job order contracting”, that will cut the time to complete some repair projects from several years to a matter of months. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii, Japan agree on driver’s license exemption
The agreement signed Thursday by state Department of Transportation Director Jade Butay and Japan Consul General Koichi Ito allows Japanese citizens living in Hawaii to obtain a state license without having to take the road test or a written exam if they possess a valid Japanese driver’s license. The same goes for Hawaii residents living in Japan. Star-Advertiser.

Barack Obama back on the islands
When Barack Obama was President of the United States, it was an annual tradition to spend the holidays in Hawaii. It looks like that tradition is continuing. Not surprisingly the former President was spotted on the golf course on Saturday at Mid-Pacific Country Club in Lanikai. KHON2. 

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Until next time,

Russ Roberts