Today’s Hawaii News 06/13/2019

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Study: Average Honolulu resident would have to save for 40 years to afford a home
A new study underscores just how out of reach homeownership is for many Honolulu residents. The report looked out how long someone bringing in the median income would have to save in order to make a down payment on a median-priced home.Hawaii News Now.

Kaiser sues Queen’s over billing practices
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against The Queen’s Health Systems, after the hospital provider said it intended to directly bill Kaiser members who receive emergency medical services at its facilities as of May 31. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawaii Public Radio. West Hawaii Today. KITV.

Ethics Commission forces several OHA trustees to pay back thousands
The state Ethics Commission has ordered several members of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees to pay back thousands of dollars in travel and meal expenses. Hawaii News Now.

This Texas lawyer flies Marshallese women through Hawai‘i for black market adoptions
Dallas lawyer Jody Hall is arranging adoptions that involve birth mothers flown from the Marshall Islands to the U.S. in defiance of a treaty between the two nations, and has told U.S. clients she has done it repeatedly. Civil Beat.

As state looks to build tech industry, attention turns to Esports
Hawai‘i has long sought to diversify its economy and build up its tech industry. One area gaining ground at local colleges is the competitive video gaming known as esports. Started in 1972, esports has grown into a billion-dollar industry. Hawaii Public Radio.

Push to increase college financial applications may be paying off
The percentage of seniors in Hawai‘i public high schools who apply for financial aid in preparation for college has been slowly increasing, due in part to a state effort to boost application rates. Education officials hope an increase in financial aid applications at the front end will result in more students going to college the following fall, especially those from lower-income families. Civil Beat.

Should You Keep Human Resources In-House or Get an HR Partner?
Handling all of your HR in-house is certainly an option—whether you take it on yourself, add HR duties to an existing manager’s role, or hire a HR specialist to tackle it full-time… read more.
Bill to make Honolulu sanctuary city dies
Honolulu City Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi, who co-authored Bill 31, said there are no plans to move the bill beyond the approval it received on first reading June 5. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Faulty transmission line blamed for power outage at Honolulu’s airport
A power outage shut down a large portion of Honolulu’s airport Wednesday morning, but it’s now back to business as usual.Hawaii News Now. Civil Beat.

Charges dismissed against ousted principal
A state judge has permanently dismissed felony theft charges against the ousted director of the now-defunct Halau Lokahi Public Charter School because the state took too long to take the case to trial. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Kailua residents worry a stretch of road is too dangerous for pedestrians
Two people have been hit by cars in two days on Oneawa street in Kailua. It is also the road where twin brothers were struck in March. Hawaii News Now.

Injured man, 5 others cited for trespassing after rockfall at Sacred Falls
State conservation officers on Tuesday afternoon cited an injured Honolulu man, along with five others, for trespassing at Sacred Falls State Park following a rockfall incident. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. 

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