Hawaii State News 08/01/2016

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Gabbard attacks Harris’ progressive credentials

Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard sharpened her attacks against California Sen. Kamala Harris during Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate, painting her health care policy as a giveaway to the private insurance industry and skewering the former prosecutor and attorney general’s record on criminal justice. Gabbard went so far as to tell Harris that she should apologize to “the people who suf
Gov. Ige to present awards to green businesses

Gov. David Ige today will present Hawaii Green Business Program awards to 35 businesses and organizations for their efforts to save energy, recycle and conserve water.
76-year-old arrested in sexual conduct case

The U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday it arrested a 76-year-old man in Hawaii and charged him with engaging in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign place.
Crackdown on vacation rentals could hurt tourism

Oahu’s more restrictive short-term rental rules, which take affect today, have come to the attention of investors and economists who warn the county is in danger of not having enough lodging for visitor arrivals to continue to grow.
Waikiki condo owners will sue to stop new law

The owners of at least one Waikiki condominium complex are preparing to ask a state judge to stop the city from enforcing the new vacation rental law against them.
Rapid ohia death found on Oahu for first time

Rapid ohia death, the fungal disease that has killed millions of ohia trees across Hawaii, has been detected for the first time on Oahu.
Big Island to be affected most by Hurricane Erick

Hawaii island is expected to bear the brunt of Hurricane Erick, which is forecast to bring rough seas with high surf rising to about 15 to 20 feet.
Actor Momoa lends star power to protests

Mauna Kea >> Actor Jason Momoa added some star power to the daily noontime protocol for theThirty Meter Telescope protesters Wednesday, walking up the closed Mauna Kea Access Road to present an offering in front of a crowd of about 600.
Shark finning persists off Big Island

Marine biologists say they are alarmed by recent shark finning incidents on Hawaii island, citing photographs of two oceanic whitetip sharks with their fins hacked off, and that of a dead and gutted whitetip reef shark.
Kokua Line: Report illegal vacation unit to city by telephone or mail

Q uestion : Enough complaining from the illegal vacation-rental operators. Boo hoo. Now that the city says it’s finally going to be cracking down, how do we report them?
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