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Senate bill complicates UH plans for student entrepreneurs center
UH’s plan to turn Atherton House, a former YMCA property across from the Mānoa campus, into an entrepreneurial student center has encountered an obstacle. Two state Senate committees approved a bill on Jan. 30 that would appropriate funds to turn it into a senior citizens center. Hawaii Business Magazine.
Chinatown merchants blame fears over coronavirus for drastic decline in business
Businesses in Honolulu’s Chinatown are reporting a drastic drop in sales ― as Chinatowns across the U.S. have turned into virtual ghost towns because of irrational fears of infection. Hawaii News Now.
35 under ‘self-quarantine’ for coronavirus, 1 under mandatory quarantine. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
EPA: Toxic releases dropped in 2018
Hawaiʻi’s major industrial facilities reduced the amount of harmful chemicals released into the environment by 4% in 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported in its annual Toxic Release Inventory. The inventory tracks how industrial facilities like factories, mines and power plants manage toxic chemicals that may pose a threat. Civil Beat.
Is an $868,000 home affordable? Hawaiʻi senators say no
Lawmakers in the Hawaiʻi Senate Housing Committee on Tuesday rejected a core element of a major housing proposal backed by Gov. David Ige and House and Senate leadership that aims to provide affordable housing near the rail line. The problem is the so-called affordable housing wouldn’t actually be affordable, according to Sen. Stanley Chang, who chairs the committee. Civil Beat.
Lawmakers limit scope of bill banning Attorney General’s probe of Hawaiian nonprofit. Civil Beat.Big Island Video News.
Bill aims to outlaw relieving oneself publicly in business districts. Civil Beat.
Remote legislative access bill heads to senate floor. Big Island Now.
Bill to permit edible cannabis products advances. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Proposal would allow lower fines for traffic citations if driver can’t pay. KHON2.
Senate’s new sexual harassment policy hailed as ‘good step’
The Hawaii State Senate has updated its policy on sexual harassment, more than two years after the #MeToo movement made headlines nationally and at home. The Hawaii House of Representatives updated its policy a year ago. Civil Beat.
Ship operator fined $1.75 million for unlawful bilge dumping
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, a vessel operating company, pleaded guilty today in federal court to one count of maintaining false and incomplete records relating to the discharge of bilge waste from the tank vessel “Topaz Express,” a felony of the Act to Prevent Pollution from ships. Maui News.
A Texas-based contractor was slapped with a hefty fine after violating labor standards
The U.S. Department of Labor says Steve Hoegger and Associates violated the Fair Labor Standards act when it did not properly identify workers as independent contractors during renovation work at the Marriott Ko Olina Hotel, and the Marriott Maui Ocean Club Hotel. Hawaii News Now.
HAWAII BUSINESS Nohea Gallery: A Lifelong Love
Almost all of the artists displayed are from Hawai‘i, and the company is big on recycling. “We’ve never used a plastic bag in our 30 years in business,” says co-owner Laurie Baron, who also has an interest in environmental science… read more.
NOAA to homeport new oceanographic ship in Honolulu
The Oceanographer will replace the Hiialakai, which was retired early because of corrosion. Its mission will include general research and exploration of marine life, and climate and ocean ecosystem studies. Civil Beat.
Caldwell: ‘No explanation’ for rail delays on Dillingham Boulevard
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is growing increasingly impatient with delays in the city’s rail project, citing holdups in awarding the final phase of the system’s construction contract and work along Dillingham Boulevard. Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
New storm water utility may hike taxes or fees
Hold onto your wallets. A whole new water utility is in the works, and it could cost Oʻahu residents, businesses and even the state and federal government dearly. KHON2.
Dillingham Airfield a hot topic at North Shore town hall meeting
More than 300 people jammed into Waialua Elementary School’s cafeteria and flowed out its doors Tuesday evening at a town hall meeting to air a lot of complaints about the state’s decision to terminate its lease at Dillingham Airfield. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.Hawaii News Now.KHON2.