Today’s Hawaii News 06/28/2019

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Kealohas found guilty on conspiracy and obstruction charges
After deliberating for less than nine hours, a jury of seven men and five women found Louis and Katherine Kealoha guilty Thursday. As the verdict was read, Louis Kealoha hung his head and his wife stared straight ahead. The jury found both of the Kealohas guilty of five of six counts: Conspiracy and four counts of attempted obstruction. They were found not guilty of making false statements. Hawaii News Now. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.Civil Beat. Hawai‘i Public Radio. KHON2. KITV.
Prosecutors want Katherine Kealoha behind bars as she awaits sentencing: Hawaii News Now.
Reaction pours in after verdicts: Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Kealohas face two more trials: Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Verdicts for Kealohas help restore faith in the system, many say
The quick guilty verdicts in one of the state’s largest public corruption trials brought a wide range of reaction Thursday, with some saying the case underscored the inability of local officials to police themselves. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Ige signs ‘red flag’ gun bill
Gov. David Ige has approved a new law that enables family members, co-workers or police to obtain court orders blocking access to firearms for people who show signs they could pose a danger to themselves or others. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Will the inevitable confrontation at Mauna Kea become Hawai‘i’s Standing Rock?

Everyone seems to recognize that some kind of confrontation on the mountain will happen. The question is when that will happen, and what it will look like. State officials have been tight-lipped about their plans.  But it’s clear they fear this could turn into Hawai‘i’s version of Standing Rock, where thousands from across the nation gathered to block an oil pipeline. Civil Beat.

Audit conducted of DLNR’s special land development fund
The Hawaiʻi State Auditor says, “absence of long-range planning has left the Land Division staff without the expertise, resources, and options to actively and effectively manage its land portfolio.” According to the report the Department of Land and Natural Resources, DLNR, holds proceeds from more than 1,600 revenue-generating leases and revocable permits in its Special Land and Development Fund. KITV. Civil Beat. Garden Island.

Visitor spending downward slide continues another month
The takeaway from May’s tourism numbers was a familiar one: Visitors came in droves but spent less on average. Spending totaled $1.39 billion in May, a decrease of 2.1% compared to May 2018, according HTA. Hawaii News Now. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. KITV.

Hawaiʻi Employer’s Guide to HR Partnerships
Whether you’re concerned about the rising costs of labor, or simply bogged down by employee paperwork, employers know that people management today is very different from before. In this guide, learn how local employers are benefiting from HR partnerships in three big ways… read more.
Ward Village developer Howard Hughes Corp. considers shake-up and sale
The Ward Village community in Kaka‘ako could see a new master developer under a possible shake-up of Howard Hughes Corp. Texas-based Hughes Corp. said Thursday that its board of directors has retained an advisory firm to help increase shareholder value by assessing options that include selling assets or the whole company. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Kymberly Pine: “Strongly considering” running for Mayor in 2020

Honolulu City Councilwoman Kymberly Marcos Pine sent out an email to supporters this week stating, “Some of you may already know that I am strongly considering running for mayor next year. That’s why I am reaching out to you now for your support as I make this critical decision.” Civil Beat.

Lawmaker remains committed to Singapore style public housing in Hawai‘i
Following a recent trip to Singapore, State Senator Stanley Chang remains committed to adapting the island nation’s public housing model for Hawaiʻi. The idea, which would use state land along the planned Honolulu rail transit line, aims to build low-cost, high density, residential developments. Hawaiʻi Public Radio.


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