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New heat mapping tool confirms 2019 was the hottest year on record
Last year was the hottest ever in Honolulu. There were 135 daily temperature records set statewide in 2019. But some areas are definitely hotter than others. And now, for Oʻahu at least, you can see that discrepancy with the city’s new heat-mapping tool. Civil Beat.Honolulu Star-Advertiser.Hawaii News Now.KHON2.KITV4.
Gov. Ige wants Hawaiʻi to become a test site for coronavirus test kits
Right now, the only test site in the country is the CDC lab in Atlanta, Georgia and it takes more than a week get results for samples from Hawaiʻi. KITV4.Tribune-Herald.KHON2.Maui Now.
No one in state tested for the coronavirus
Health officials continue to reassure the public that the coronavirus is not circulating in the islands, but they have not tested a single person. Meanwhile, Japanese news outlets are reporting at least two new cases of coronavirus in Aichi prefecture related to contact with a Japanese couple who tested positive after traveling to Hawaiʻi Jan. 28 to Feb. 7. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Japanese visitor had symptoms while on Maui. Maui News.
Ige says preclearance flights from Japan to Hawaiʻi are at least a year out
Preclearance flights would allow Japanese visitors to undergo immigration and customs screening before flying to Hawaiʻi and other U.S. destinations. The process would ease congestion at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport and would allow Japanese travelers to fly directly to neighbor islands. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Lawmakers seek more transparency about prosecutors’ charging decisions. Civil Beat.
Bill introduced that would make bestiality against the law in Hawaiʻi. KITV4.
Greenhouse construction bill passes third reading in House. Big Island Now.
Legislators take aim at helicopter noise, safety. Tribune-Herald.
Proposed helicopter safety bill seems to be unenforceable
Spurred by recent tour helicopter crashes in Hawaiʻi, the proposed legislation would set stiffer state requirements for tour pilots. But the feds, not the state, regulate the skies. Civil Beat.
Why so few kids get tested for lead poisoning
Only 25% of kids between 1 and 2 years old in Hawaiʻi get tested, in part because it’s not required. A bill in the Legislature would require mandatory testing for the first time. Civil Beat.
State’s largest public worker union endorses Kai Kahele for U.S. House
The Hawaii Government Employees Association Wednesday endorsed state Sen. Kai Kahele in his bid for the U.S. House seat representing rural Oʻahu and the neighbor islands, giving a substantial boost to a campaign that already appeared to be quickly gaining momentum. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
HAWAII BUSINESS 20 for the Next 20: Rebecca Dayhuff Matsushima, Hawaiian Electric Co.
Rebecca Dayhuff Matsushima’s job is both challenging and crucial. As the director of renewable acquisition for Hawaiian Electric Co., she deals with Hawai‘i’s energy future in concrete terms… read more.
Louis Kealoha pleads for leniency ahead of his sentencing
Former Honolulu Police Chief and convicted felon Louis Kealoha believes he should spend less than three years for his crimes. Kealoha’s attorney made the argument in a court document that has since been sealed, citing Kealoha’s “long and distinguished record of service and contribution to the community”. Hawaii News Now.
Council OKs moving jail to Hālawa
A permit clearing the way for the relocation of the Oahu Community Correctional Center to Hālawa from Kalihi won an 8-0 approval from the Honolulu City Council Wednesday, but the contentious project still needs funding from state lawmakers. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
City Council passes bill to allow residents to report illegal dumpers
If passed into law, people would be able to send pictures or video to the City’s Department of Environment Services and they would be able to fine that person. KHON2.Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Kawananakoa hearing will be open to public
A judge ruled Wednesday that a hearing to determine whether Campbell Estate heiress Abigail Kawananakoa is capable of handling her own financial affairs will be open to the public except for when the discussion turns to medical and financial information. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.Civil Beat.
Legal fees in fight over heiress Kawananakoa’s fortune continue to mount. Hawaii News Now.
New hotel planned near Honolulu airport
Some new hospitality industry competition is planned for part of Oʻahu where a new hotel hasn’t been built in nearly a half-century. Honolulu Star-Advertise
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