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City Council approves pair of tough new regulations for vacation rental industry
After months of debate, the Honolulu City Council on Monday night passed a pair of bills that are considered some of the toughest new regulations for Oʻahu’s vacation rental industry in decades. One new law will allow the permitting for up to 1,715 owner-occupied bed-and-breakfast rentals. The second will set fines of $1,000 for the first offense and up to $10,000 for repeated violations and bans all vacation rentals outside of resort areas. Hawaii News Now. Honolulu Star-AdvertiserCivil Beat. Hawaii Public Radio. KHON2. KITV.
Emotional testimony at Honolulu Hale: KHON2.

State chipping in for farms’ compost needs
The state Department of Agriculture wants to help local farmers buy compost under a new pilot program established by Hawaiʻi lawmakers and paid for by taxpayers. Up to $650,000 is available through March for Hawaiʻi agricultural producers to be reimbursed for half the cost of compost up to $100,000 per applicant. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Growing number of children live in economic insecurity
Hawaiʻi is in the middle of the pack for overall child wellbeing, with keiki falling behind in education and economic security markers but tracking ahead of most states in measures of health, family and community. Civil Beat.

Report says Hawaiʻi is a dangerous place for elderly pedestrians
Between 2018 and 2017 a new report by non-profit Smart Growth America shows 226 pedestrians were hit and killed in the state. In addition more than half were at least 50-years-old. The report placed Hawaiʻi as the third most dangerous in the nation and that the most dangerous places in the state for pedestrians is Kahului, Wailuku, and Lahaina on Maui. KITV.Maui Now.

Protecting Your Company’s Physical Security
Former Honolulu Police Chief Lee Donohue offers 5 Steps to reduce threats to your business… read more.
Prosecution rests its case in Kealoha trial
Federal prosecutors Monday wrapped up their case in trial, and by day’s end two of the five defendants, including former Police Chief Louis Kealoha, already had completed their defenses. But even before the first defense witness was called, the defense attorneys asked for and acquittal their clients, saying the government failed to provide sufficient evidence to support the charges against the defendants. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. KITV. Hawaii News Now. Hawai‘i Public Radio.
Katherine gets second defense lawyer. Civil Beat.
Katherine’s attorney calls Gerard Puana as first witness.KHON2.

Garbage is stacking up in Chinatown
Residents and businesses in Chinatown say there are growing piles of garbage blocking sidewalks and creating health hazards. They believe part of the problem is illegal dumping, but they also believe the city’s recent rule change for trash pickup in the area isn’t helping. Hawaii News Now.

Residents: Pieces of history could have been lost to future ball fields
Native Hawaiians in particular were concerned that the ground was being cleared without proper steps to safeguard the area’s possible archaeological treasures. Waimānalo’s crescent-shaped beach has been a focus of intense archaeological interest for more than 50 years. Civil Beat.

Enchanted Lake residents fear planned development will destroy wetlands
Developer Lacus LLC plans to build a residential development in the heart of Enchanted Lake. But people who live next to the 4.9-acre site believe a large portion of it should remain untouched. Hawaii News Now. 

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