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Today’s Hawaii News A.M. 09/17/2019


Welcome to the Hawaii State News update from Hawaii News Digest.

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Accessed on 17 September 2019, 2045 UTC, Post 19539.


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Passenger electric vehicle registrations nearing 10,000
To be precise, the state is just short of the 10K milestone by 95 cars, according to the state DBEDT’s monthly energy trends report. As of August, the total number of passenger electric vehicles in the state was 9,905, an increase of 2,255 vehicles, or 29.5%, from the same month last year, and an increase of 206 vehicles, or 2.1% from July. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

DOH gets another $4M to combat opioid crisis
The state Health Department announced Monday that it has received the additional federal grant funds. Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a total of $1.8 billion to states to continue efforts combating the opioid crisis by expanding access to treatment and supporting near real-time data on the drug overdose crisis. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Louis and Katherine Kealoha offered plea deals from federal prosecutors

Federal prosecutors have made offers to Louis and Katherine Kealoha to avoid their upcoming trials. The terms would require them to plead guilty to the financial crimes, that includes bank fraud and identity theft. For Katherine, the deal means she would also need to plead guilty to the dozens of drug crimes ahead of her trial in May. Hawaii News Now.

Leading the renewable energy revolution

Hawai‘i has positioned itself as a pioneer in the quest to move toward a fossil-free future. How it deals with obstacles in its path to 100% renewable energy could hold lessons for the rest of the country. Civil Beat.

Study finds cost for monthly housing in Honolulu not hurt by illegal vacation rentals
The study by local housing market researcher Ricky Cassiday found that monthly rents for housing in residential communities with the highest concentrations of vacation homes generally didn’t become more expensive during the industry’s explosion in recent years compared with the whole island or most neighborhoods with relatively few vacation rentals. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

State Hospital now under new leadership
Doctor Run Heidelberg took over for William May as the administrator of the Hawai‘i state hospital. Hawaii News Now.

Fixing the Backlog of Native Hawaiians Waiting for Homesteads
DHHL plans to develop 1,300 new lots from fiscal year 2020 through 2024 – assuming funding by the state Legislature is available. At that rate, it would take 110 years to serve everyone on the waiting list… read more.
Whistleblower suspects Kealoha’s investigation into Board of Water was a sham
New questions are being raised about an apparent investigation headed up by disgraced ex-deputy Prosecutor Katherine Kealoha into the Board of Water Supply, and a whistleblower involved in the probe now believes it was all a sham. Hawaii News Now.

Removal of lead contaminated soil in Kalihi has been delayed
Work to remove toxic soil buried beneath Factory Street in Kalihi is being pushed back a few weeks, just as alarming new details are coming out about the lead contamination under the asphalt. The feds are expediting a $1.3 million clean-up, now expected to start sometime in October, warning public health could be at risk. Hawaii News Now.

Kailua neighborhood board requests helicopter ban in letter to FAA
The Kailua Neighborhood Board has passed a resolution asking for a federal ban of all tour helicopters over the beach community, and has sent a formal letter to the Federal Aviation Administration outlining details of that request. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Bright yellow garbage bags are the city’s solution to Chinatown’s trash problem
The city has started handing out big, bright yellow garbage bags to businesses in Chinatown to try and tackle the community’s chronic trash problem. City officials say the bright bags will help their crews know what trash to pick up and what’s been illegally dumped. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. KITV. Hawaii Public Radio.

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