Hawaii State News, evening edition, 31 Dec 2018

With most of the world now firmly launched into 2019, Hawaii remains the last major area making the transition to the New Year.  As 2018 enters the history books, Hawaii media have released their top stories and tentative predictions for 2019–a year that will be filled with international tension, environmental change, and preparations for social and political change worldwide.  This edition of “Hawaii News Digest” taps the resources of the “Honolulu Star-Advertiser” for a final look at 2018 and the stories that made Hawaii a news leader in the Pacific Region.  Here are the details:

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“Honolulu Star-Advertiser”, 31 December 2018, published in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Views expressed in this Hawaii News summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

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Fireworks likely to draw more than 100K
More than 100,000 residents and visitors are expected to view the annual Fireworks by Grucci display that will begin at 11:55 p.m. tonight from a barge in waters off Waikiki Beach.
Environmental groups dispute auditor’s study
A new report by Honolulu Auditor Edwin Young concludes that a ban on foam or polystyrene food containers on Oahu would not reduce litter on the island, but would negatively affect some smaller businesses.

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The Star-Advertiser’s top 5 Hawaii news stories of 2018
The year that was 2018 might best be known in Hawaii for its explosions — the ones that did happen and the big one that didn’t.
Hawaii Republicans are accused of spending violations
A longtime critic of the Hawaii Republican Party is alleging top state GOP leaders violated federal campaign spending laws by illegally funneling excess contributions to Cam Cavasso during his campaign for the U.S. House this year, but Republican Party Chairwoman Shirlene Ostrov says the party assistance to the Cavasso campaign was legal.
Amphetamine users use more emergency resources, UH study finds
Patients who test positive for amphetamine spend more time per emergency room visit and are more likely to require medication and physical restraints, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine.
Municipal composting operation is planned for Puna
County officials hope to build Hawaii island’s first municipal composting operation — at a construction cost of $10.5 million — to divert green waste and organic materials from the island’s two landfills.
More than 1,000 HECO customers lose power
A traffic accident in Waiahole cut off electricity to 1,675 Hawaiian Electric Co. customers, and repair crews worked to restore power to the last six remaining customers Sunday night.
Company seeks to build satellite launch site on Big Island
An Alaska-owned aerospace corporation wants to build a satellite launch site on the east side of Hawaii island.
Alaska Aerospace proposes Hawaii launch site
HILO, Hawaii >> An Alaska-owned aerospace corporation wants to build a satellite launch site in Hawaii.
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