Hawaii State News 08/09/2019

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Suspension data overstated for Hawaii public school students, superintendent says

Data showing Hawaii students were suspended far longer than the national average was based on incorrect reporting by the state that overstated the situation, the superintendent said today.
State comptroller refuses to pay for setbacks blamed on the rail authority

State Comptroller Curt Otaguro is refusing to authorize payments for delay claims on the city’s rail project if the city rail authority or its consultants were to blame for the circumstances — rejecting already a total of $11.2 million in invoices.
China tariff increases take effect on local businesses

Honolulu businesswoman Hong Pan has had to raise prices by 25% on dozens of products she sells at her Chinatown shop.
Fewer hurricanes expected as El Nino fades

Hawaii’s state climatologist said Thursday he expects the Central Pacific to experience fewer hurricanes than what was originally predicted for the season.
Trial set in Benadryl overdose case

An October trial is scheduled for a woman charged with manslaughter in the death of a 7-month-old girl from an overdose of Bena­dryl at an unlicensed day care.
Hawaiian Airlines’ passenger traffic falls

Hawaiian Airlines’ passenger traffic dipped 1.9% in July even though it filled up more of its seats.
Maui home sales tumble 26%

Big and small moves both up and down permeated Maui’s housing market in July, according to data from the Realtors Association of Maui.
Hawaiian Telcom helps lift Cincinnati Bell’s revenue

Cincinnati Bell posted a narrower loss and higher revenue in the second quarter, helped by a strong contribution from subsidiary Hawaiian Telcom.
Cataluna: What if plate lunch was just on a plate? (BYO fork)

Remember when the big garbage bins on wheels were first delivered by the city? They seemed like such an unnecessary burden — heavy, unwieldy, wheels but no brakes. How were the frail seniors, the ones who seem most concerned about rubbish and about rubbish rules and rubbish schedules, going to handle those big things?
Kokua Line: City fixing Waikiki pedestrian signal that skipped ahead during crosswalk countdown

Qu estion : I found this unusual situation at the intersection of Kuhio and Paoakalani avenues several times, and apparently getting it fixed is evading the authorities. Is there any way to send the city photos or videos to illustrate repairs that are needed? Or, if not, can you alert them to this particular, dangerous situation where a senior might start to cross thinking that they have 30 secon
Rearview Mirror: Servco Pacific was founded on setbacks and opportunities

Servco Pacific is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and with $1.8 billion in annual sales, it’s one of Hawaii’s largest private companies.
Big Island man faces drug, firearms charges

Hawaii County police charged today a 37-year-old man, formerly of Kailua-Kona, with drug and firearms charges following an arrest after being spotted with marijuana in his pickup truck.
Tilapia invasion along Napali Coast concerns state officials

State officials announced Thursday they are working to stop an invasion of black-chin tilapia in the near-shore waters of the Napali Coast State Wilderness Park on Kauai.
Number of electric vehicles in Hawaii nears milestone

The number of passenger electric vehicles in the state is just a few hundred shy of reaching a milestone, according to the latest statistics from the state’s monthly energy trends report.
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