Hurricane Erick to pass below South Point today

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Hurricane Erick impacts expected today, Flossie coming next
Erick continues to lose strength as it churns southeast of the Big Island, but forecasters are warning it could bring heavy rains and high surf to the islands starting Thursday. At 5 a.m. Hawaii News Now. KITV. KHON2.
At 5 a.m., the National Hurricane Center said Flossie was located 1,515 miles west-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California ― or 1,580 miles east of Hilo. Hawaii News Now.KITV.

On debate stage, Gabbard skewers Harris over her criminal justice record
Hawaiʻi Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard engaged in a heated exchange with fellow presidential contender U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris on the debate stage Wednesday, claiming that Harris should apologize to the people she impacted with her criminal justice policies. Hawaii News Now. Civil Beat.

More federal dollars are flowing to Hawai‘i’s rural clinics
In just three years, nine more health clinics acquired Rural Health Clinic status from the federal government, allowing them to get higher reimbursement for Medicaid and Medicare patients. Civil Beat.

Feds say Hawai‘i is still falling short in meeting special education needs
The Hawai‘i Department of Education, for the fifth year in a row, has fallen short of meeting requirements of a federal law governing special education services for school-aged children with disabilities. The DOE needs assistance implementing Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act based on its annual performance report. Civil Beat. 

Scientists report equipment near failure as a result of TMT protest
The telescopes on Mauna Kea are billion-dollar instruments that require daily maintenance to stay in good working order. As access restrictions continue for a third week, many are developing serious problems. For nearly two weeks, no technician has had access to the summit to perform daily maintenance tasks. Hawai‘i Public Radio.

Jason Momoa visits Mauna Kea
Hawai‘i actor Jason Momoa rallied TMT protestors at the base of Mauna Kea on Wednesday, becoming the latest celebrity to do so. Hawaii News Now. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News.

Hawaii’s Top 250 Companies 2019
Welcome to the Hawaii Business Top 250, which has highlighted the state’s biggest companies for 36 years now. Our ranking tool is gross sales, a key indicator of market dominance and influence… read more
Vacation rental crackdown commences
O‘ahu’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. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
As Honolulu officials prepare to start “digital stings” onAug. 1 to curb illegal short-term vacation rentals, they’re also working to improve their search for potential violators. Hawaii News Now.
Owners of one Waikīkī condo complex are preparing to aska state judge to stop the city from enforcing the new vacation rental law against them. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Showdown looms with Howard Hughes over parcels on rail route
Negotiations to compensate the Kakaʻako landowner for properties critical to the project have broken down, with the parties as much as $100 million apart. Civil Beat.

Dozens of abandoned cars will be towed from Honolulu airport lots
The state says 60 cars that were abandoned at Honolulu’s airport will be removed over the next several weeks. Hawaii News NowKHON2.

Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death found on Oʻahu
Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death, the fungal disease that has killed millions of ʻōhiʻa trees across Hawai‘i, has been detected for the first time on Oʻahu. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. 

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