Hawaii State News 07/31/2019

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Hurricanes Erick, Flossie weaken as islands brace for rains and rough seas
With its center located about 615 miles southeast of Hilo and 830 miles east-southeast of Honolulu at 5 a.m. today, Erick is still a powerful Category 3 hurricane packing maximum sustained winds of 120 mph and moving west at 13 mph, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. KHON2. Hawaii News Now.
Three Air Force Reserve “hurricane hunter” WC-130J aircraft took off Monday from Mississippi bound for Hawai‘i. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Gov. Ige revokes emergency order, extends construction permit for TMT
Governor David Ige on Tuesday withdrew a state of emergency proclamation for Mauna Kea, and announced the state had given the Thirty Meter Telescope an additional two years to start construction under an existing permit. Hawaii News Now.Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawai‘i Public Radio. Big Island Now. KITV. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News.KHON2.
Activists on Mauna Kea say they will evacuate if weather turns perilous. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Tourism authority: Hawai‘i saw more than 5M visitors in the first half of the year
Total visitors increased about 4% ― to 5,191,523 ― as compared to the same time period last year new Hawai‘i Tourism Authority figures show. On O‘ahu, arrivals increased by almost 5% to a little more than 3 million. Visitor spending also increased by about 2% to $4.05 billion. Hawaii News Now. Civil Beat.

Hawaiian Airlines’ second quarter exceeds expectations
Hawaiian Airlines, the state’s largest carrier, lost nearly $22 million of net income in the second quarter amid increasing competition, particularly from Southwest Airlines. Hawaiian Airlines CEO Peter Ingram said although the carrier surpassed “(Wall) Street expectations,” results were “below where we were a few years ago.” Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

American Savings Bank’s profit takes a hit
Lower interest rates and higher costs cut into the second-quarter profit of Hawai‘i’s third-largest bank. American Savings Bank reported Tuesday that its income for the three months ended June 30 decreased 17.5% to $17 million from $20.6 million in the same quarter last year. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. 

Can negotiations offer a way forward on Mauna Kea?
The TMT conflict can seem irreconcilable. Mediation experts and others weigh in on possible strategies for getting people to the table and resolving these types of disputes. Civil Beat.

Monthly siren system test has been canceled
The state and counties jointly agreed it would be best to cancel the testing to avoid public confusion. Current severe weather conditions may cause area residents to mistake the testing of the siren for an actual emergency. KHON2. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Special Kick-Off Rate for the 12th Annual Wahine Forum Ends Today
The Wahine Forum is attended by Hawai‘i’s top female executives, entrepreneurs, up-and-coming leaders and others intent on advancing their careers. Reserve your spot today at a special rate of $175. Register now!
U.S. Surgeon General visits Honolulu
Surgeon General Jerome Adams met with politicians and local health leaders Tuesday and discussed opioids, the impact of vaping on keiki, CBD and cannabis, and homelessness. KITV.

Suspect in Monday’s shooting on parole for another attempted murder case
HPD says the man who shot an officer in Wai‘anae Monday pointed his gun at a second officer, who then shot the suspect in the leg. The officer who was shot was in critical but stable condition on Tuesday. KHON2. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawai‘i Public Radio.

New court-appointed attorney for Katherine Kealoha has potential conflict
Gary Singh is the latest taxpayer-funded attorney appointed to represent Katherine Kealoha in her remaining two criminal trials has a potential conflict of interest in at least one of the cases.  But one of Singh’s previous clients may play a role in an upcoming trial involving Kealoha. Hawaii News Now.
New trial dates set for Kealoha cases. Civil Beat.

Former HPD officer avoids jail in DUI case
A former Honolulu police officer will get no jail time for crashing his vehicle into a HECO structure in 2016. Instead, Albert Lee will will pay a $500 fine as part of a plea deal. Lee claimed he was targeted by Katherine Kealoha for pulling over one of her friends in a traffic stop. Hawaii News Now. KITV. Civil Beat.

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