“Hawaii Business Magazine”, 27 December 2018, published in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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Comment: Here are today’s top Hawaii State News stories from “Hawaii Business Magazine”, published in Honolulu, Hawaii. Views expressed in this Hawaii news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.
TOP STORIES A record year for monk seal pups
The year 2018 has been a record one for Hawaiian monk seal pups born in the main Hawaiian isles, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. As of Nov. 2, 30 pups had been born in the main Hawaiian islands, soundly beating the previous record of 21 pups in 2013, NOAA Fisheries said. Star-Advertiser.
Ige selects department heads
Gov. David Ige has reappointed leaders at three state departments, his office announced. Jade Butay will remain director of the Department of Transportation. Linda Chu Takayama will remain as director and Damien Elefante will remain as the deputy director of the Department of Taxation. Ige also reappointed Ryker Wada to serve as the director of the Department of Human Resources Development. Jason Minami will continue as Wada’s deputy. Star-Advertiser.
Tatum takes over at HTA amid tourism challenges
Chris Tatum, a top executive with Marriott hotels, is taking over the reins of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. The year began on a high for visitor numbers but natural disasters and rat lungworm scares have thrown curve balls at the industry. The tourism agency also saw a negative state audit, a legislative trim to its budget and the loss of its top three executives. Star-Advertiser.
Court cases open window into Marshallese adoptions
A lawsuit by a Kentucky couple alleges that an Arkansas attorney offered to fly a Marshallese birth mother to the U.S. despite a treaty that bars such travel. A civil lawsuit by the couple, Travis and Kristina Partin, and an ensuing bankruptcy filing by the attorney give glimpses into the scope and nature of Marshallese adoptions normally kept confidential. Civil Beat.
Japanese-Americans more likely to accumulate fat in liver and abdomen
These findings are according to the latest research from the University of Hawaii’s Cancer Center. Fat in these areas can lead to more serious health problems, such as diabetes and several types of cancer. They found that liver fat and abdominal fat varied significantly with ethnicity, but was highest in Japanese-Americans or Asian-Americans. Hawaii Public Radio.
Hawaii News Now: Year in review
The repercussions of the false missile alert are still being felt. Hawaii News Now.
The 2018 hurricane season was among the most destructive in years. Hawaii News Now.
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