Hawaii State News 5/24

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U.S. Senate approves disaster funding bill with more than $100M for Big Island, Kauaʻi
A measure that provides nearly $100 million to relocate the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory was approved by the U.S. Senate on Thursday. The bill, part of a $19.1 billion bipartisan package, was passed by a 85-8 vote. It also commits tens of millions of dollars in additional housing grants for Hawaiʻi County and millions in funding for the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge.Hawaii News Now. Big Island Video News.

Superintendent Kishimoto gets high marks in her second year on the job
Hawaiʻi School Superintendent Christina Kishimoto received a favorable year-end evaluation from the state Board of Education, earning an overall rating of “effective,” the state Department of Education said Thursday. Civil Beat.

PUC advances effort to cut electricity costs
The Public Utilities Commission issued a decision and order Thursday to prioritize new regulations designed to lower electricity costs, improve customer service, expand customer choices and cost-effectively meet the state’s clean- energy goals. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu’s population declined for a 4th consecutive year in 2018
At a time when people are moving to cities in droves, Urban Honolulu appears to be an exception. Newly-released Census estimates show 4287 people left Honolulu last year, a drop of 1.2 percent. Hawaii News Now. Civil Beat.

Hawaiʻi Island Business Report
Last year’s Kīlauea eruption caused nearly $28 million in damage to Hawaiʻi Island farms. The majority of the losses were in crops at roughly $17 million… read more.
Homicide detective who helped investigate Kealoha mailbox theft asked “Why us?”
Dru Akagi was in the Honolulu Police Department’s Homicide Division in 2013, and was assigned to investigate the Kealohas’ reported mailbox theft. Akagi was among six witnesses who took the stand Thursday in the second day of the Kealoha trial.Hawaii News Now. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. KHON2.KITV.

HPD thinks fire at controversial development was intentional
Honolulu police officials believe heavy-duty machinery that was being used to clear ironwood trees at Sherwood Forest were intentionally set ablaze late Wednesday. Crews contracted by the city have been clearing the forest at Waimānalo Bay Beach Park as part of a controversial park development project. Community groups have held several protests over the $32 million park renovation project, which opponents say is both unneeded and unwanted. Hawaii News Now. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Kailua beach again picked as best in the U.S.
Kailua Beach Park has been selected as the best stretch of sand for an annual list of top U.S. public beaches compiled by Florida International University Prof. Stephen Leatherman, also known as “Dr. Beach.” Honolulu Star-Advertiser. 

Theater with Impact
Playbuilders of Hawaii Theater Co. has produced plays about local neighborhoods, the LGBTQ community, sexual abuse, foster care and homelessness… read more.

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