Hawaii Island News, midday update, 17 Jan 2019

Welcome to the midday 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 post come from the current issue of “Hawaii Business Magazine”, published in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Accessed on 17 January 2019, 2015 UTC, Post 18280.



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First medical marijuana dispensary on Big Isle open for business
Big Island Grown’s first location in Hilo opened to little fanfare Wednesday morning. While the business is the first on the Big Island to have passed a final inspection by the state Department of Health, the dispensary was all business during its grand opening. Tribune-Herald.

Recovery funds stalled by shutdown
As part of its recovery from the Kilauea eruption, Hawaii County is seeking more than half a billion dollars in federal disaster relief and economic aid. But state civil defense officials say some of the money is now being held up by the partial government shutdown in Washington, D.C. Hawaii News Now.

County is suing a Hawi vacation rental
The lawsuit comes following more than two years of neighbor complaints over weddings, concerts and events being held at Puakea Ranch without a permit. The property is owned by a Beverly Hills group, includes four plantation-era buildings on 32.4 acres in the state land use agricultural district and in county agricultural zoning. The ranch buildings are advertised on sites such as Airbnb and booking.com. West Hawaii Today.

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Russ Roberts