Hawaii Island News, afternoon edition, 28 Dec 2018

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“Hawaii Business Magazine”, 28 December 2018, published in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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

Over $61 million from FEMA for county after eruption, hurricane
According to a series of communications from Hawaii County Finance Director Deanna Sako to the Hawaii County Council, FEMA is providing funds to be used for the repair of damages from the eruption of Kilauea Volcano, as well as the flooding caused by Hurricane Lane. Big Island Video News.

Satellite launch facility proposed on Shipman land
An environmental assessment is being drafted for a proposed small satellite launch facility in East Hawaii. The Alaska Aerospace Corp. operates the Pacific Spaceport Complex on Kodiak Island and wants to build its next site for launches closer to the equator. Tribune-Herald.Big Island Video News.

PGV: Donation unrelated to road permit request
Puna Geothermal Venture’s $150,000 donation to Hawaii County aimed at helping Puna residents affected by the Kilauea eruption was unrelated to its request to build an emergency access road over the lava flow, says its Hawaii representative. Tribune-Herald.

HTA report: Tourism still down
The number of out-of-state arrivals to the Big Island dropped by 10 percent from November 2017 to November of this year, from more than 136,000 to just more than 123,000. During the same time period, total visitor expenditures on the Big Island dropped by 18 percent, from $189 million to $154 million. The drop in visitors from last year disproportionately affected the east side of the island. Tribune-Herald. 

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Russ Roberts