Hawaii State News, 04 Feb 2019

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Pali Highway reopens after landslide closes Kailua lanes
A landslide closed all lanes of Pali Highway in the Kailua-bound direction this morning between Waokanaka Street and Nuuanu Pali Drive.
Smollett tells audience ‘I will only stand for love’ after attack
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. >> Jussie Smollett was blunt, emotional and defiantly determined Saturday night at a Southern California concert some urged him not to play, telling the crowd before singing a note that he had to go on with the show because he couldn’t let his attackers win.
Many chafe at tourism growth
Instead of “chirp, chirp, chirp,” most days Choon James hears “beep, beep, beep” at what should be her quiet North Shore country home adjacent to a seabird sanctuary.

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Today BASKETBALL PacWest: Chaminade vs. Hawaii Pacific, women at 4:30 p.m.; men at 6:30 p.m. at Neal Blaisdell Arena. PacWest: Biola vs. Hawaii Hilo, women at 5 p.m.; men at 7:30 at UHH Gym. HHSAA Read More
EV charging station rebates now available
Hawaii Energy and Ulupono Initiative are partnering to offer limited-time rebates for installing electric vehicle charging stations at workplaces and multi-unit dwellings.
No. 2 UH serves up another sweep against No. 8 Stanford
The Bulgarians have a word for it: “Koshmar.”
Mililani visits KS for a potent state opener
The Division I bracket for the Snapple/HHSAA Girls Basketball State Championships is nearly a duplicate of last year’s layout, which means there are major matchups from Day 1 on.
HPU baseball sweeps Howard Payne
The Hawaii Pacific baseball team edged, then routed Howard Payne (Texas) in a doubleheader Sunday at Hans L’Orange Park.
Maui’s Mahi Pono to offer lots to local farmers
WAILUKU >> The company that bought a vast expanse of land in Central Maui from Hawaii’s last sugar cane plantation plans to kick off its new operations by offering lots to local farmers to grow their crops.
Jilted fiance wins appeal over ring
A state appeals court says a judge in Kona should not have found in favor of a woman whose jilted fiance sued to get back the engagement ring he gave her.
Many chafe at tourism growth
Instead of “chirp, chirp, chirp,” most days Choon James hears “beep, beep, beep” at what should be her quiet North Shore country home adjacent to a seabird sanctuary.
Subdivision is planned for Kalaeloa
A largely deserted piece of the former Barbers Point Naval Air Station in Kalaeloa is being prepared for re-population as part of a plan to build the first new homes in the area since the military base closed in 1999.
Hawaii lawmakers kill plan to lower voting age
A key Senate committee scuttled a plan to allow Hawaii residents to begin voting in state and local elections when they reach the age of 16 but is moving forward with proposals for automatic recounts in close races along with another plan for statewide voting by mail.
Homeless flock to rest stop but few use social services
The number of homeless adults, children and pets using the city’s Punawai Rest Stop, a “hygiene center” in Iwilei, has steadily grown in less than a month of operation — from eight people on the first day to 174 on Thursday.
Hazardous chemicals hamper construction at UH site
Higher-than-expected levels of the chemical chlordane in the soil beneath the former Henke Hall have delayed construction of the new Life Sciences building at the University of Hawaii at Manoa by nearly a year, and raised the cost of construction by nearly $4 million.
Letter: Rail station planning doesn’t make sense
Hawaii politicians have been committed to an Oahu rail project for more than 25 years. With the ongoing construction of stations, we can now visualize what they had in mind. My concern is the exposure of elevators, escalators and stairs to our island environment and the likely associated maintenance issues.
Letter: Shutdown benefited some, weakened U.S.
Envision a pebble tossed in a lake and the ripples it causes. In 50 states, 800,000 government workers were not getting paid. Families depend on them for life’s necessities. They are customers of businesses that suffer in turn, and the ripples widen.
Letter: President delivers cons, cowardice
After two years of the Trump administration, it has become glaringly obvious that the president is both a con man and a coward.
Letter: Show aloha on road; it could save a life
As much as we try to “drive with aloha” every day, it takes only a moment in time for a tragedy to occur. We are all shocked and saddened by the deaths of three pedestrians who were not even walking but were standing where they thought was a safe place. My heart breaks for their families and friends, even though I did not know them personally.
Letter: Spend what it takes for pedestrian safety
Oahu’s crosswalks are among the most dangerous. Dead and injured pedestrians are proof of that.
Column: Guarantee of living wage would help our communities thrive
The need for a living wage is pressing. More than two decades as the CEO of AlohaCare has made me very familiar with the needs of the most vulnerable in Hawaii. Since retiring two years ago, my seat on the board of PHOCUSED has allowed me to clearly see, through our community partner organizations, the challenges posed by poverty among children, kupuna, those with special needs, and low-income wo
Editorial: Get tougher on impaired drivers
Last week’s horrific crash in Kakaako, in tandem with the state’s drunken-driving figures, persuasively underscore the ongoing need to employ a variety of strategies to reduce alcohol-related fatalities.
Towers sprouting up in Ala Moana neighborhood
They’re heeeeerrre … or at least, they’re starting. The first of at least five condominium towers in the Ala Moana area broke ground on Thursday, heralding a dramatic change-of-landscape to come.
Letter: Push back against hard-core homeless
Hooray for Lee Cataluna. She pointed out how we the people are losing out to the hard-core homeless (“Still no plan for helping homeless who don’t want help,” Star-Advertiser, Jan. 30) .
Subdivision is planned for Kalaeloa
A largely deserted piece of the former Barbers Point Naval Air Station in Kalaeloa is being prepared for re-population as part of a plan to build the first new homes in the area since the military base closed in 1999.
Homeless flock to rest stop but few use social services
The number of homeless adults, children and pets using the city’s Punawai Rest Stop, a “hygiene center” in Iwilei, has steadily grown in less than a month of operation — from eight people on the first day to 174 on Thursday.
Hazardous chemicals hamper construction at UH site
Higher-than-expected levels of the chemical chlordane in the soil beneath the former Henke Hall have delayed construction of the new Life Sciences building at the University of Hawaii at Manoa by nearly a year, and raised the cost of construction by nearly $4 million.
Hawaii lawmakers kill plan to lower voting age
A key Senate committee scuttled a plan to allow Hawaii residents to begin voting in state and local elections when they reach the age of 16 but is moving forward with proposals for automatic recounts in close races along with another plan for statewide voting by mail.
Maui’s Mahi Pono to offer lots to local farmers
WAILUKU >> The company that bought a vast expanse of land in Central Maui from Hawaii’s last sugar cane plantation plans to kick off its new operations by offering lots to local farmers to grow their crops.
Jilted fiance wins appeal over ring
A state appeals court says a judge in Kona should not have found in favor of a woman whose jilted fiance sued to get back the engagement ring he gave her.
EV charging station rebates now available
Hawaii Energy and Ulupono Initiative are partnering to offer limited-time rebates for installing electric vehicle charging stations at workplaces and multi-unit dwellings.
Woman reports kidnapping, sex assault in Ala Moana area
Honolulu police are investigating a report of a kidnapping and sex assault that allegedly occurred in the Ala Moana area Saturday.
Police looking for suspects in Waianae attempted murder case
Honolulu police are looking for two men they say injured a 59-year-old woman and a 9-year-old boy Sunday during a robbery in Waianae.
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