Hawaii State News 06/29/2019

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Katherine Kealoha to remain behind bars until all 3 cases against her are resolved

Convicted former city Deputy Prosecutor Katherine Kealoha is in federal custody after being called “a walking crime spree” in court Friday.
Caldwell defends his ‘move on’ comments following Kealoha verdicts

Mayor Kirk Caldwell on Friday defended his comments suggesting the Honolulu Police Department, the city and Oahu residents “move on” following Thursday’s convictions of former Police Chief Louis Kealoha, his wife and former Deputy Prosecutor Katherine Kealoha and two other police officers on federal conspiracy and corruption charges.
TMT foes vow to hold steady as construction approaches

A group of mostly Native Hawaiians rallied Friday in Honolulu against the planned Thirty Meter Telescope, vowing to exert nonviolent protest to counter what they view as desecration of Hawaii’s tallest mountain.
President of mayors conference defends holding meeting in Hawaii

Amid clearing skies, 220-plus mayors from across the United States converged Friday at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort to discuss possible solutions for a slew of common issues ranging from federal immigration policies to climate change.
U.S. mayors hear conflicting versions of progress in homelessness on Oahu

Two officials with the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness are in town to share a message with more than 220 mayors from across the United States that progress can be made, even in high-cost housing markets like Hawaii.
Auditor says BLNR left $1.6M in leases uncollected

The state auditor issued a critical report saying the state Board of Land and Natural Resources failed to collect a potential $1.6 million from revenue-generating leases.
Police reclassify Capitol shooting as murder case

Police have reclassified the deadly Feb. 18 shooting of a 28-year-old man by a deputy sheriff at the state Capitol as a possible second-degree murder case after an autopsy report revealed the victim was shot in the upper back at close range.
Student’s parents sue over abuse at Kroc Keiki Learning Center

A preschool teacher at the Kroc Keiki Learning Center was fired last year for lifting up and yelling into the ears of children in her class, according to a lawsuit filed by the parents of one of the students.
The Army in Hawaii celebrates inclusivity with Pride Month event

An Army Pride Month panel discussion on the 50th anniversary of the key gay rights stand it commemorates noted the inclusivity gains made in the ranks over the past decade but failed to mention the more recent transgender ban sought by President Donald Trump.
Hawaii seed farming shrinks in latest season

The value of corn and other crops grown in Hawaii to produce new seed varieties for farmers has fallen to a 13-year low, according to a government estimate published Thursday.
New shop to offer Pearl Harbor souvenirs at Ward marketplace

Pacific Historic Parks, the nonprofit arm of the National Park Service, will open a new shop Monday at ‘Ohana Hale Marketplace at Ward Village.
Ocean Watch: Sap suckers transport own garden

Last week I found dozens of ringed sap-sucking slugs in one area of a shallow reef. These little charmers with the noncharming name look like nudibranchs (snails without shells, aka sea slugs), but the two groups have a major

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