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Satisfaction study ranks Hawai‘i airports among the worst.
Daniel K. Inouye International Airport nearly tops a list of this year’s worst airports for customer satisfaction, mainly because of construction, which tends to delay passengers and sour their travel experiences. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
FBI: Violent crimes fall in recent years despite rise in rapes
A new report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows a drop in violence in Hawai‘i recently. But the numbers show sexual crimes in the state have seen a steep increase in recent years. There were 625 reported rapes in Hawai‘i last year, a rate of 44 per 100,000 people. Hawaii News Now.
The state Public Safety Department’s top trainer appears to be off the hook — for now
The state Labor Board is dropping its request for Marte Martinez’s personnel file after fierce resistance from two other state agencies defending her: Public Safety and the state Attorney General’s Office. Hawaii News Now.
State health department is prepared to ban E-Cigs if needed
If ongoing state and national investigations provide conclusive evidence that vaping is behind a recent trend of lung illness, the Hawaii Department of Health is prepared to pull certain e-cigarette products from the shelves, officials said. The health department Monday stopped short of placing an outright ban on e-cigarette products and paraphernalia, instead issuing a public health advisory “urging everyone to stop vaping, no matter the substance or source,” until national investigations are complete. Civil Beat.Honolulu Star-Advertiser.Hawaii Public Radio.Hawaii News Now.KHON2.Tribune-Herald.Big Island Video News.Garden Island.Maui Now. Lawmakers planning to crack down on underage vapingKHON2.
Coffee farmers say State policy is putting crops at risk
The U.S. Department of Agriculture outlawed importing unroasted, green coffee into Hawai‘i in 1998 to protect it’s coffee crops from a beetle called the coffee berry borer. But instead of following the strict federal policy, which appears to apply only to coffee sent directly from a foreign location, the Hawaii Department of Agriculture set a lower bar. If the coffee stops at another U.S. port first, under Hawai‘i law, it’s fine to come into Hawai‘i. Civil Beat.
DOE awarded $50M federal grant to boost literacy skills in kids
The Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant is designed to expose student to dual language opportunities, advance third grade literacy skills, and improve family education and engagement. Hawaii News Now.
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Land Use Commission again will convene to determine landfill’s fate
The city finally might win its long-running quest to win state approval to extend the life of O‘ahu’s only municipal landfill, but not if neighbors of the West O‘ahu facility have anything to do with it. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Proposed Bill could force non-union workers to pay union dues
Bill 37 would require a Project Labor Agreement for any City & County of Honolulu “Critical” construction project over $1,000,000. “Critical” projects include road, wastewater, drainage, and park improvement projects. A current example of a PLA project is the rail. Bill 37 is up for a vote in Wednesday’s City Council meeting. KITV.
Councilmember calls for delay of Kaka‘ako parks transfer to city
Honolulu City Councilmember Kymberly Pine is asking the city administration to delay taking over Kaka‘ako Waterfront Park and other nearby parcels in a handoff from the state slated for this fall. Pine submitted a resolution, Res. 19-254, suggesting a slowdown in light of the capital and operating costs the Kaka‘ako parks require, when there are lots of improvements to be done at other city parks. KHON2.
Honolulu invited to climate summit with world’s largest cities
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is off to Denmark this week for a global gathering of big city mayors. Their goal is to tackle the major challenges of climate change. Hawaii Public Radio.Honolulu Star-Advertiser.Civil Beat.
Two young monk seals found dead on North Shore, NOAA says
On Monday, Hawaii Marine Animal Response officials revealed the deaths of two young Hawaiian monk seals in recent months. In both cases it appears cause of death was not natural. NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement is investigating. Hawaii News Now.
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