Today’s Hawaii News 08/28/2019

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Students will have to meet new vaccine requirements next school year
Hawai‘i students will have to meet new immunization requirements in the upcoming school year, including showing evidence of having received the HPV vaccine by the time they enter seventh grade, the state Health Department announced.Hawaii News Now. KHON2. Tribune-Herald. KITV.

Amemiya announces run for Honolulu mayorFormer Hawaii High School Athletic Association Executive Director Keith Amemiya announced his run for the Honolulu 2020 mayor’s race, emphasizing the need to restore trust in government and improve conditions for the public. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. Civil Beat. KHON2.

Ala Moana sand replenishment will kill sand-dwelling creatures, researchers say
The benefits to beach-goers of a $10 million sand replenishment project at Ala Moana Regional Park, scheduled for next year, won’t come without sacrifice. The small creatures that live in the sand – such as worms, crabs and shrimp – are facing likely death, according to researchers from UC San Diego. Civil Beat.

Gabbard falling short in polls for third round of debates

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is on the verge of not qualifying for the third Democratic primary debate next month, putting at risk her campaign for the presidency. She still needs to obtain 2% support in two more polls approved by the Democratic National Committee by today’s deadline. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Congressman Ed Case to hold press conference on tour helicopter legislation
Case will hold a press conference today, to discuss details of his proposed federal legislation to regulate commercial tour aircraft. The aim of the legislation is to increase safety regulations and address concerns of disruption, in light of recent crashes. KHON2.

Southwest inter-island expansion end in sight
Southwest Airlines will have completed its anticipated build-out of neighbor island flights come January with the carrier’s next big Hawai‘i growth spurt expected to focus on new trans-Pacific service. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. 

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OʻAHU
USS Arizona Memorial repairs nearly complete
The long wait for the USS Arizona Memorial to reopen to walk-on visits is ending soon, with a new anchoring system drilled firmly into the seafloor to keep a formerly wayward floating access dock in place, officials say. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

City leaders: Plans for rail work along Dillingham not acceptable
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Kalihi’s City Councilman Joey Manahan say a recent update on rail construction’s impact leaves them unconvinced that the plan has adequately considered the damage to businesses and residents along the project’s narrowest, trickiest stretch. Civil Beat.

YMCA investing $1.5M into Kamamalu Park
For years, downtown residents have complained that Kamamalu Park was a magnet for the homeless and drug use in a neighborhood surrounded by schools and businesses. But the city and the YMCA of Honolulu are close to approving a private-public partnership which aims to make the park safer and attract more people. Hawaii News Now.

UH students protest TMT in campus sit-inUniversity of Hawai‘i ­Mānoa students opposed to the Thirty Meter Telescope have launched a sit-in at the Bachman Hall administration building, demanding that the university drop its support for the controversial $1.4 billion astronomy project.Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Former Honolulu police officer gets probation in sex assault of 5-year-old girl
Deputy Prosecutor Loren Haugen said in state court today that he offered fired Honolulu police officer Teddy Van Lerberghe a plea deal in the sexual assault case against him involving a victim who was 5-years-old when the sexual assaults started because that’s what the victim wanted. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

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HAWAIʻI ISLAND
Mayor Kim asked for one month delay just before TMT construction start
Two days after Governor Ige announced the start of construction on the TMT would begin on July 15th,  and shortly after the kiaʻi opposed to the project were spreading the word in news releases that “Kanaka Maoli have no other choice but to engage in peaceful and nonviolent direct action,” Mayor Harry Kim wrote an official letter to the governor. The letter is dated July 12, 2019. Big Island Video News.

Narrowing down names for fissure 8
The Hawaii Board of Geographic Names began soliciting names for fissure 8 from the public in 2018, ultimately generating a list of 21 proposed monikers for the fissure, one of the most prominent landmarks formed during the Kīlauea eruption last year. Tribune-Herald. Hawaii News Now.

Puakea Guest Ranch published draft EA in special permit 
Owners of the Historic Puakea Ranch in North Kohala are seeking a Special Permit from the County of Hawaiʻi to create a guest ranch out of its collection of cottages, gardens and other structures listed on the State Register of Historic Places. The permit will allow the ranch to increase vacation rental occupancy and allow for weddings and community events. Big Island Video News. 

HAWAII BUSINESS
Coal: Needed Backup Power for O‘ahu or Dirty Fuel that Deserves to Die?

Twenty counties have bans in place or scheduled to take effect against using coal to generate electricity, and HB 563 would have made Hawai‘i the first U.S. state with such a prohibition… read more.
MAUI COUNTY
County looks to cut permitted business at Kamehameha Iki Park
For years, eight surf schools have held permits to access the beach through Kamehameha Iki Park in Lahaina, but only two operators are allowed. The county had hoped that eventually businesses would drop off, but now it’s decided it’s time to bring the park into compliance. Maui News.

MPD releases officer accused of inappropriate conduct, abuse of authority
Maui police released this afternoon a police officer, who was arrested Monday night at Kahului Airport, after posting $50,000 bail. He faces charges of attempted perjury, first-degree attempted hindering prosecution and tampering with a witness.Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. Maui Now. KITV.Hawaii Public Radio.
At least three women accuse officer of abusing power. KHON2.

KAUAʻI
Horse removed from beach
A horse carcass has been removed from the shoreline at ʻAliomanu, thanks to a little lime from County of Kauaʻi and workers hired by locals. Garden Island.
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