Hawaii State News, evening edition, 31 Jan 2019

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Driver in fatal Kakaako crash appears in court on manslaughter charges
A 27-year-old man charged with three counts of manslaughter in Monday’s deadly crash in Kakaako made his initial court appearance at Honolulu District Court today.
Pelosi takes hard line against wall money in funding bill
WASHINGTON >> President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi today hardened their positions about a border wall, casting doubt on the prospects of Capitol Hill negotiations intended to reach a compromise and avoid a second government shutdown.
Kauai’s torrential rain in April sets national record, weather officials confirm
The torrential rains that flooded Kauai in April set a national record for the most rainfall in a 24-hour period, weather officials confirmed today.


5 commercials to watch for during the Super Bowl this Sunday
With Super Bowl 2019 around the corner, companies are releasing their game-time commercials early. A 30-second Super Bowl advertisement could cost more than $5 million this year with over 100 million people expected to watch the game on CBS Sunday.
Kakaako crash victim William Travis Lau was innovator in medical field, colleagues say
Pacific Anesthesia announced today the death of friend and colleague Dr. William Travis Lau, a “dedicated, talented cardiac anesthesiologist.”
Kayaker missing after heading for the Philippines
Honolulu CrimeStoppers issued a missing-person bulletin today for a man who reportedly left Hawaii on a kayak nearly two months ago bound for the Philippines.
Chinese New Year Calendar 2019
This week’s Chinese New Year happenings:
Review: Nicole Kidman sheds the glamour in “Destroyer”
Nicole Kidman is almost unrecognizable in “Destroyer,” in which she plays a very bad cop. Wearing a crust of disfiguring makeup and mousy hair that looks as if it has crawled out of a dumpster to take up residence on her head, she undergoes a startling transformation, and it forces you to scan her face and look, really look, at a woman you might otherwise turn away from.
Novelist Richard Powers addresses intertwined fates of forests, humanity
Fifty years after his only visit to Hawaii, the acclaimed author and conservationist Richard Powers is coming to the islands to speak and read from his new, best-selling novel “The Overstory,” a captivating, soaring epic rooted in the consciousness of big, ancient trees.
Singer, actress, former Miss America Vanessa Williams comes to Blue Note Hawaii
Vanessa Williams has had chart-topping hit records, and she’s starred in films and on Broadway. Her involvement in the arts has involved a multitude of creative decisions, in front of and behind the spotlight.
Review: Gina Rodriguez undercut by weak ‘Miss Bala’
If you’ve ever watched TV’s hugely entertaining “Jane the Virgin,” you’ll know that its star, Gina Rodriguez, is one of the most engaging, charismatic and relatable actresses out there.
Pau Hana Patrol: Cheesecake Factory Kapolei offers tasty items at good prices
The Cheesecake Factory in Kapolei is a bit of a drive for town folks, but unlike the Waikiki location, it offers a happy hour.
Lawmakers consider funding for 2 Big Island ambulances
Hawaii lawmakers will consider legislation that would fund putting two more ambulances into service on the Big Island.
Airbnb criticizes Hawaii attempt to subpoena host records
Airbnb is pushing back against Hawaii’s attempt to find tax delinquents by subpoenaing 10 years’ worth of invoices, receipts and other records from the home-sharing platform’s island hosts, calling it an unprecedented, “massive intrusion” that violates state and federal law.
Ulupono Initiative scraps plan for dairy farm on Kauai
Socially minded investment firm Ulupono Initiative has abandoned an 8-year effort to establish a dairy on Kauai that aimed to be the state’s biggest local milk source.
Border Patrol makes biggest-ever fentanyl bust
PHOENIX >> U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced today their biggest fentanyl bust ever, saying they captured nearly 254 pounds of the synthetic drug that is helping fueling a national epidemic of fatal opioid overdoses from a secret compartment inside a load of Mexican produce heading into Arizona.
Retired Kauai police chief injured after getting hit by a car on Hawaii island
Retired Kauai Police Chief Darryl Perry was seriously injured over the weekend when he was hit by a vehicle while riding a bicycle on Hawaii island.
Kauai police identify 31-year-old visitor who drowned off Secret Beach
Kauai police have identified the male visitor who drowned in waters off the North Shore Wednesday afternoon.
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Until next time,
Russ Roberts