Hawaii State News, afternoon edition, 28 Dec 2018

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

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

HTA allocates funds to keep Pearl Harbor monument operating
Hawaii Tourism Authority has approved a $126,000 cash infusion to a consortium of nonprofits scrambling to keep the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument open amid the government shutdown. It allocates $14,000 a day to keep one of the state’s most-visited attractions including the Arizona Memorial open through Jan. 6. Hawaii News Now. Star-Advertiser. KHON2.

Record visitor numbers look to fall short of 10 million mark
There were more tourists visiting the islands year over year in November, with total arrivals up 4.3 percent to 781,990, according to a recent HTA report. Hawaii has seen about 9 million tourists in 2018, up by 500,000 from the 8.5 million at this time a year ago. “It will be higher than 2017, that’s for sure. It should be around 9.9 million,” said state Economist Eugene Tian at DBEDT. Star-Advertiser.

A minimum wage increase could cause a dilemma for restaurants
A proposal to raise Hawaii’s minimum wage from $10.10 to $15 an hour has support heading into this year’s legislative session, and that’s generating plenty of conversation in the food service industry. Balancing the needs of employees and the company is never easy for any business, but it’s especially hard to finesse in Hawaii’s $4.6 billion a year restaurant sector, which provides 66,100 jobs. Hawaii Business.

Hirono will donate salary during government shutdown
Congress, unlike hundreds of thousands of federal workers, is getting paid during the partial government shutdown that started Friday. That’s why U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono says she’ll donate any pay she gets during the shutdown to food banks across the state.  Hawaii News Now. Star-Advertiser.

State offices under-report revenue from land trusts, OHA claims
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs says state agencies have been vastly under-reporting to the Legislature the amount of revenue they are generating from the state’s public land trust and that OHA’s share of that revenue should be more than double what it’s currently receiving. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat.

UH lab looks to do top secret research for U.S. Navy
The University of Hawaii is expected to sign a new contract with the U.S. Navy for $80 million worth of research during the next five years for projects ranging from cybersecurity to renewable energy. The money would support research conducted by UH’s Applied Research Laboratory, one of 12 Department of Defense research centers. Civil Beat.

Legendary musician Malani Bilyeu dies
Bilyeu, a founding member of the legendary Hawaiian band Kalapana, has died, several close family friends confirmed. He was 69. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. Star-Advertiser.

Sashimi prices uncertain
Depending on the grade, a pound of ahi was running from $14.95 to $39.95 at Tamashiro Market on Thursday, but everything can change when the next boats arrive early this morning and their catch begins hitting stores over the next few days. Asked what ahi prices will be like for New Year’s sashimi, Guy Tamashiro could only say, “Today’s price is today’s price.” Star-Advertiser. 

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Until next time,

Russ Roberts