Hawaii State News, midday edition, 06/20/2019

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Visitor from Georgia who apparently drowned at Kauai beach is identified
A 53-year-old visitor from Roswell, Ga., who died while swimming in waters off Polihale Beach in Kekaha on Kauai Saturday has been identified as Robert Boswell.
5 rescued from capsized boat in Kaneohe Bay
The U.S. Coast Guard said three adults and two children are safe on shore after their 14-foot recreational vessel capsized in Kaneohe Bay early this afternoon.
Honolulu police seek suspect who fled scene of car crash in downtown Honolulu
Honolulu police are looking for a man who fled on foot after he crashed the vehicle he was operating into a retaining wall in downtown Honolulu, police said.


Slight relief on its way as Hawaii’s record-setting June heat wave continues
The month of June is shaping up to be a record-setting one as more temperatures this week either matched or broke previous records.
Hawaii State Hospital to go digital
The Hawaii State Hospital is replacing 25-year-old surveillance systems, some of which aren’t operational, with new digital equipment to bring the facility up to date and improve safety for patients and staff.
Chinatown liquor store to get license despite protest
The Honolulu Liquor Commission plans to renew the license of a Chinatown liquor store in the face of significant opposition from community members and government officials.
Former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha received discounted solar deal
Louis Kealoha was given a $20,000 discount for the installation of 26 solar panels at his Kahala home in 2013 as a favor to a police officer who worked part time for the solar contractor and because Kealoha was the police chief, according to the contractor.
Burning battery charger led to chaos at airport
The “pop, pop, pop” that some people mistook for gunfire at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport Tuesday was Plexiglas barriers and plastic posts being knocked to the floor by panicked passengers after a smoking carry-on bag was found at a security checkpoint, a Transportation Security Administration official said at a news conference Wednesday.
Kauai’s tourism concerns are being addressed
The anger that resulted in Kauai protesters temporarily turning back tourists entering the stretch of Kuhio Highway that leads into Ha‘ena was tempered Wednesday after state and county officials promised more collaboration in managing tourism on the Garden Isle.
Trackers haul in 40 tons of marine debris at Kewalo Basin
The sailing cargo ship Kwai pulled into Kewalo Basin on Tuesday morning with quite a haul — approximately 40 tons of marine debris collected from the Pacific Ocean.
Hawaii Marine held in Nebraska weapons incident
A 22-year-old Hawaii Marine remains in custody in the brig on Ford Island after he was stopped at Offutt Air Force Base in his home state of Nebraska trying to bring in two semi-automatic rifles, a pistol, a silencer, body armor and ammunition, according to officials and news reports.
School’s home appliances to help migrant students adjust
A Central Middle School project to help its Pacific Islander community is receiving help in the form of thousands of dollars worth of home appliances.
Pahoa affordable housing gets $100K donation
Renovation of the Nani O Puna affordable housing community on Hawaii island received a boost Tuesday with a $100,000 donation from the Nareit Foundation’s REIT Way Hawaii Community Giving Campaign to the Affordable Housing and Economic Development Foundation.
New destroyer to be christened ‘Daniel Inouye’
On Saturday in Bath, Maine, Irene Hirano Inouye will shatter a bottle of champagne across the bow of a new $1.5 billion destroyer while stating, “I christen thee United States ship Daniel Inouye.”
Pearl Harbor volunteer was ‘great friend’ to grieving families
Jim Taylor served 33 years on active duty in the Navy, retiring in 1989 as command master chief of the “Blue Geese” of Patrol Squadron 22 at Naval Air Station Barbers Point.
Kokua Line: Census 2020 will collect answers by phone, mail or online
Q uestion : Will the 2020 Census only be online? They will miss a lot of people that way.

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