Hawaii State News, evening update, 30 Jan 2019

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Accessed on 31 January 2019, 0215 UTC, Post 18346.


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Special election between Ozawa and Waters set for April 13
City Clerk Glen Takahashi says Trevor Ozawa and Tommy Waters will be the only candidates on the ballot, and the special election for Honolulu City Council District 4 will be conducted by mail. Ballots are expected to show up in voters’ mailboxes from Hawaii Kai to Waikiki after March 21. Takahashi says the “do-over” election will cost around $250,000. Hawaii News Now. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii Public Radio. KITV.  KHON2.

Engineer’s bribery scandal involves awarding of lucrative DHHL contract
Jim Lyon, owner of Honolulu-based Lyon Associates, pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy charges in the alleged bribery scheme. Multiple sources say the bribe helped land a $2.5 million DHHL engineering contract in 2010 to assessing the safety of four dams that the DHHL owned in the Anahola area of Kauai. In his guilty plea, Lyon admitted that he paid a total of $240,000 to the state workers to land the deal. Hawaii News Now.

Numerous bills address voting system
Hawaii legislators are considering bills that call for voting reforms like automatic recounts in close elections, a statewide mail voting system and others that could make it easier for new voters to register. Civil Beat.

TMT opponents travel to California to appeal to key funder
In what she describes as a last ditch attempt to stop the Thirty Meter Telescope, Kealoha Pisciotta and other opponents are scheduled to meet Wednesday with the president of a Palo Alto-based foundation established by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore and his wife. The Gordon and Betty More Foundation pledged $250 million for the $1.4 billion project. Star-Advertiser.

Bill looks to make disaster plans a requirement for condos
State Representative Cynthia Thielen proposed the bill and it is co-signed by Representative Gregg Takayama. It would require new condominiums to create disaster preparedness plans before the beginning of next year. The bill requires plans for a range of disasters. KHON2.

Hawaiian Airlines reports $233M profit 
Higher fuel prices, increased competition, aircraft delivery delays, the Kilauea eruption and severe weather events didn’t prevent Hawaiian Holdings Inc. from carrying the most passengers of any year ever or surpassing analyst’s expectations in 2018. Star-Advertiser. 

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Russ Roberts