Hawaii State News 06/07

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Canopy cracks may delay rail construction timeline

The scheduled December 2020 opening of the Honolulu rail line’s first segment may be pushed back because of the discovery in late April of cracks found in several prefabricated steel structures that were to be used at West Oahu rail stations.
373 homeless people died on Oahu from 2014 to 2018

The combination of drugs, alcohol, poor health, lack of hygiene and medical attention mean Oahu’s homeless population has an average lifespan potentially decades shorter than the population in general.
Honolulu Medical Examiner identifies 22-year-old who drowned off Portlock

A 22-year-old man who died at Spitting Cave on Wednesday has been identified as Matthew R. Forero-Pinilla, according to the Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office.


Flu ruled out as cause of death for couple vacationing in Fiji

FORT WORTH, Texas >> Health officials in Fiji said they don’t yet have an answer on why a Texas couple died while vacationing on the island but that influenza has been ruled out as a potential cause.
Hawaiian Airlines passenger counts drop; carrier charts course toward greater efficiency

Passenger traffic for Hawaiian Airlines in May was just below flat, the carrier reported Thursday; however, its efficiency markers were up and the carrier is investing in new technology to enhance operational performance.
Kailua-Kona man, 33, arrested after visitor from Japan is critically injured in head-on crash

Hawaii island police arrested a 33-year-old Kailua-Kona man in connection with a head-on collision on Highway 11 Wednesday where a 24-year-old visitor sustained critical injuries.
Forged signatures allegedly found in trust documents of Katherine Kealoha’s uncle

A handwriting expert testified Thursday that someone forged two signatures of Katherine Kealoha’s uncle on a revocable living trust document in his name — and that Kealoha could have signed the name of a nonexistent notary public named “Alison Lee Wong” on the document.
Vacation rental bills would hurt Hawaii economy, industry advocates warn

Vacation rental operators are warning the Honolulu City Council that two bills it is considering could not only put them out of business, but deliver a severe blow to Oahu’s tourism industry.
Crabbe stepping down as OHA’s chief executive officer

Office of Hawaiian Affairs CEO Kamana‘opono Crabbe, who survived political upheaval and controversy over seven years, announced Thursday he will be stepping down from his post at the end of the month.
Police didn’t use excessive force against man who died, jury finds

A federal jury found Thursday that three Honolulu police officers did not use excessive force against Sheldon Haleck, a former Hawaii Air National Guardsman who died after a run-in with police on South King Street in front of Iolani Place.
Judge denies state’s request to suspend murder trial

The prosecutor in the state murder trial of a man accused of killing Jack in the Box restaurant manager Helen Prestosa asked the judge to suspend the proceedings Thursday until he can determine whether his key witness is able to continue to testify.
Oahu home prices slipped in May

Down a little, up a little, down a little, up a little.
Column: Mitochondria provide energy for our bodies’ cells

Feeling tired today? Most of us grow more weary as the day goes on and as the years pass. We say we are out of energy or getting low on energy, which is a fact. The energy we expend is generated inside our cells by a symbiotic organelle called mitochondria.
Lee Cataluna: More projects, more trouble, no lasting solution in sight

In Waikiki this week, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced a plan to lock down or convert the row of pavilions fronting one of the most famous stretches of beach in the world because the shaded benches have become a haven for hard-core homeless.
Kokua Line: Tips for making DMV appointment without your own computer or smartphone

Q uestion : Can I call to make an appointment to renew my driver’s license?
Rearview Mirror: Site of Moiliili Quarry became UH’s lower campus

When I was going to the University of Hawaii in the early 1970s, what today is called the lower campus was called the quarry. School registration and athletic classes and events took place in Klum Gym. We climbed a five-story staircase


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