Hawaii State News 07/29/2019

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State-city impasse could mean losing $220 million to shore up Ala Wai Canal
The loss of federal funding may be imminent if the state and city don’t reach agreement on who would ultimately be responsible for putting up matching funds required to proceed with shoring up the Ala Wai Canal to protect Waikīkī should the waterway overflow. The Army Corps of Engineers must find a sponsor for its $345 million Ala Wai Flood Risk Management Project by Wednesday. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

TMT opponents, State reach agreement for workers at existing telescopes on Mauna Kea
Over the weekend, TMT opponents announced that they agreed to allow researchers and technicians of the existing telescopes to go up to the summit. Hawaii News Now.

UH President David Lassner visits Mauna Kea
University of Hawaiʻi President David Lassner met with the demonstrators on Sunday. UH is subleasing land to TMT and is allowing it to build and operate the telescope atop Mauna Kea. Lassner met with Kupuna and had this to say: “I came here because I wanted to see you I wanted to feel your spirit I wanted to witness for myself first hand what is happening here.” KITV4.Big Island Video News. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. KHON2.

Tropical Storm Erick expected to become hurricane soon
With its center located 1,310 miles east-southeast of Hilo at 5 a.m. today, Erick is packing winds of 70 mph and heading west at 17 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

University of Hawai‘i’s Confucius Institute closes as FBI raises alarm
UH has shuttered its China-influenced Confucius Institute following new federal restrictions and amid FBI warnings that universities are not doing enough to stem intellectual property theft and espionage. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

A New Way for Electricity 
Hawai‘i is taking the next step for energy efficiency: changing the way Hawaiian Electric Cos.’ utilities are regulated to align their incentives with those of consumers and the state’s clean energy goals… read more.
Crimes go unsolved as Honolulu Police Department copes with officer shortage
The HPD has been short staffed for years, and in April 2018, soon after taking the reins, Chief Susan Ballard told the City Council the department had begun cutting services, including investigation of certain felony crimes. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Kealoha’s defense team faced hopeless task, court filing says
Citing the “mountain of evidence” proving Katherine Kealoha’s guilt, federal prosecutors have asked the U.S. Circuit Court to defer considering her motion for a new trial until after she is sentenced in October. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Vacation rental shakedown nets hundreds of innocent owners
The city received 390 calls from property owners who said they got warning letters but don’t operate an illegal rental. The city said it sent letters to 5,000 property owners last week. A Department of Planning and Permitting program relies on information posted in ads on platforms like Airbnb and VRBO, said DPP spokesman Curtis Lum. Those services don’t publish precise addresses, so the city cast a wider net. Civil Beat.KHON2.

City council proposes use of prosecutor’s safe house for homeless victims
Under Resolution 19-166 moving through City Council the controversial Honolulu Prosecutor’s Safe House would be used to house domestic violence victims at risk of becoming homeless. Hawai‘i Public Radio.

State says new barrier at Dillingham Airfield is for safety; skydive company calls it payback
A long line of plastic barriers now cut through a parking lot at Dillingham Airfield. The state says they’re for security. But the founder of Skydive Hawaii thinks they’re a not-so-subtle form of payback. Hawaii News Now. 

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