Hawaii State News, afternoon edition, 07 Jan 2019

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Accessed on 08 January 2019, 0101 UTC, Post 18226.



“Hawaii Business Magazine”, 07 January 2019.

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Hawaii to play key role in Obama Foundation’s programs, Barack says
Barack Obama spoke at the East-West Center on Sunday evening – his first speech in the state where he was born since he stepped down as president two years ago. The speech honored the inaugural cohort of Obama Foundation Leaders: Asia Pacific. The initial group of 21 emerging leaders, including two from Hawaii, represents 16 countries and is expected to grow to about 200 members. Hawaii Business Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat.
Hawaii News Now.
Video of Obama’s address. Star-Advertiser.

Gov. Ige’s new cabinet is still almost half empty
It’s a new year, but Gov. David Ige may be keeping the majority of his current cabinet around for the beginning of his second term. Ige has appointed 11 of the 19 cabinet-level positions that lead state departments and agencies, and nine of those are carryovers. “We are committed to filling the cabinet as quickly as possible,” Ige said Thursday. Civil Beat.

Vacation rentals outpace timeshares in popularity with tourists
Historically, hotels, condominium rentals and timeshares have been at the top of Hawaii’s institutional lodging choices. Hawaii Tourism Authority data from 2003 to 2017 showed timeshares as the third most-popular lodging choice. Star-Advertiser.

Prison officials ordered to accommodate Native Hawaiian religion
First Circuit Court Judge James Ashford last week ordered the department to conduct a review of Robert Holbron’s requests and to offer reasonable alternatives if they can’t be accommodated in full. The ruling on the class-­action lawsuit could have implications for other inmates who chose to practice the traditional Hawaiian religion. Star-Advertiser.

Senators ask why Hawaii passed on opioid suit
State senators on Friday questioned why Gov. David Ige’s administration chose to file lawsuits over President Donald Trump’s immigration policies but declined to join in class- action litigation against drug manufacturers and distributors that are being blamed for the opioid epidemic across the country. Star-Advertiser.

Bill for dog friendly restaurants is back
The Humane Society, along with its fellow animal rescue organizations on neighbor isles, is pushing for a bill this legislative session that would give restaurant owners the discretion to adopt dog-friendly policies. It follows at least two other attempts to pass such a bill, with similar versions having failed in 2012 and 2015. Star-Advertiser.

New rule bans feeding and abandoning feral animals at small boat harbors
Governor David Ige approved the rule in December 2018 in an effort to help protect native and endangered species being threatened by feral animals. While many Hawaii residents say they see lots of roaming cats, many say it’s become a big problem. KHON2.

Claims paid out by state involve injuries, damage, and bizarre incidents
When people file a claim with the state and get money, taxpayers foot the bill. The state Department of Accounting and General Services’ annual small claims report shows the state paid $179,148.77 to resolve 174 claims during the last fiscal year. Small claims amount to $10,000 or less. KHON2. 

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Russ Roberts