Hawaii Island News, afternoon update, 14 Jan 2019

Welcome to the afternoon update from “Hawaii News Digest”–Hawaii Island News.  Views expressed in this Hawaii News summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Topics cited in this report come from the current issue of “Hawaii Business Magazine”, published in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Accessed on 14 January 2019, 2030 UTC, Post 18263.



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Longer council terms moves close to the ballot
Should County Council members serve longer terms? The Charter Commission, by a bare 6-5 vote, on Friday advanced a proposed ballot amendment that would extend council terms from two to four years. West Hawaii Today.

Emergency Village 9 site may be available as early as May
A large-scale emergency homeless site in West Hawaii may be operational inside of four months, as Hawaii County has made the preliminary development of Village 9 off Kealakehe Parkway in Kona a high priority for the upcoming year. West Hawaii Today.

Parts of HVNP to remain open
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park announced Sunday in a release that areas of the park will continue to be accessible to visitors. Some services, including restroom cleaning, trash collection and the opening of entrance stations, will now be available by using revenue generated by recreation fees. Tribune-Herald. Star-Advertiser.

Dozens of projects filmed on Big Island 
About 75 projects permitted through the county filmed on the Big Island in 2018, according to Hawaii County Film Commissioner Justin Finestone. “Typically here on Hawaii Island, we get a lot of travel shows and a lot of reality-type shows,” he explained. The island also draws “a lot of international production,” especially from Japan. Tribune-Herald. 

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Russ Roberts