Hawaii State News 07/26/2019

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TMT supporters rally at the Capitol

More than 400 people waved signs and shouted slogans Thursday at a state Capitol rally called to show support for the beleaguered Thirty Meter Telescope.
‘We are not willing to negotiate,’ Thirty Meter Telescope opposition leader vows

MAUNA KEA, Hawaii >> A key leader of the effort to stop construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope says it is clear that neither the state nor Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim has the power to stop the project.
Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard sues Google for $50 million

Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is suing Google alleging that the tech giant harmed her bid for the presidency and infringed on her free speech when it briefly suspended her campaign’s advertising account after the first Democratic primary debate in June.


Kentucky visitor dies in 45-foot fall off Maui cliff

A visitor from Kentucky died Thursday after falling approximately 45 feet off a cliff on Maui.
Mayor Caldwell warns of crackdown on illegal vacation rentals

The city has sent out approximately 5,000 “courtesy” letters to owners and operators of illegal vacation rentals, warning them to cease advertising or risk paying hefty fines starting Aug. 1.
Habitual DUI offenders now face 5 years in jail

Four Oahu drivers charged with habitual drunken driving are looking at Class C felony convictions instead of petty misdemeanors under a tougher drunken driving law that went into effect July 1.
Ocean Safety officials warn of dangerous influence of social media

Honolulu Ocean Safety officials Thursday warned the public that what one sees on social media can be deceiving and dangerous.
Police need help to solve 1998 Waikiki killing

The son of a 69-year-old man killed in his apartment building office in Waikiki more than 20 years ago is seeking the public’s help to find the suspect or suspects responsible for his father’s death.
Le Jardin Academy chooses Earl Kim as new leader

Earl T. Kim, a former superintendent of schools in Stamford, Conn., will become the new head of school at Le Jardin Academy in Kailua starting Thursday.
Southwest Airlines plans to resume growth in Hawaii

Southwest Airlines said it plans to resume its expansion in Hawaii next month, which had been delayed due to the grounding of Boeing 737 Max planes.
Hawaii hotels top nation in room rate

Performance results during the first six months of the year might have pained some Hawaii hoteliers, but other markets across the nation only wished they had it so good.
First Hawaiian boosts profit ahead of executive’s departure

Hawaii’s largest bank achieved a modest gain in its second-quarter profit but next month will lose its No. 2 executive.
6,000 gallons of sewage leaks in Kalaeloa

A private contractor working on Coral Sea Road in Kalaeloa drilled into a 16-inch sewer force main, resulting in a sewage leak Thursday morning.
Cataluna: Too much trash, not enough options

The city’s counterintuitive pilot project to make bulky item pick up more efficient and effective by making it even less available has been roundly criticized by residents who are watching with dismay as piles pile up in their neighborhoods.
Kokua Line: TheBus rules still prohibit baggage on seats and in aisles

Question: First, a mahalo: The air conditioning on TheBus is very good. So pleasant on these extra-hot days. Second, a question: Have they changed the rule on baggage? So much stuff being carried on. Getting too crowded.
Rearview Mirror: 3 sites share connecting stories

Every now and then I look around Oahu and write about what occupied a particular location at different periods in time. I call it What Was There Before.
Man dies in single-vehicle rollover crash in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

A 57-year-old man was killed Thursday in a single-vehicle rollover crash in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.
Search to be suspended for Kalaheo swimmer missing off Kauai

The Kauai Fire Department announced the multi-agency search will likely be suspended at the end of the day for a 33-year-old Kalaheo man identified as Fathi Twalib.
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