U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz has agreed to five forums and debates on Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island with U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa. But Hanabusa, Schatz’s opponent in the Senate Democratic primary, wants more.
Here’s the schedule Schatz has agreed to:
July 1 — Kauai, hosted by the Kauai Chamber of Commerce
July 2 — Hilo, hosted by Hawaii Public Radio and the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce
July 15 — Oahu, hosted by KHON and AARP
Date TBD — Oahu, hosted by KITV and Civil Beat
Date TBD — Oahu, hosted by Hawaii News Now and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser
The Hanabusa campaign said it has committed to three other forums, all on Oahu:
March 18 — Ahupuaa O Nanakuli Homestead, Ka Waihona ka Naauao cafeteria, Nanakuli
April 21 — Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, The Plaza Club
- Date TBD — Japanese Chamber of Commerce
Photo: Hanabusa v. Schatz. (Civil Beat)
Ohana by Hawaiian, a new interisland operation, today launched its inaugural turboprop service to Molokai.
It’s the first of two islands the turbo-prop carrier will serve — the other is Lanai, set for March 18 — marking the return of Hawaiian Airlines to the tiny islands.
In related news, Island Air is soon to abandon the Molokai market in favor of well-heeled Lanai. Read Civil Beat’s related story.
Photo: (From left) Sig Zane and Kuha’o Zane, the artists behind the aircraft’s livery; Molokai Sen. Kalani English, chairman of the Committee on Transportation and International Affairs; Hadden Watt, managing director of ‘Ohana by Hawaiian; and Mark Dunkerley, president and chief executive officer of Hawaiian Airlines. (Hawaiian Airlines)
State Rep. Mark Nakashima, a Democrat, will hold a campaign fundraiser tonight at Mandalay Restaurant. The suggested donation is $50.
By coincidence, state Rep. Scott Nishimoto is holding a campaign fundraiser at the exact same time at the exact same place for the exact same contribution.
What a small world it is, no?
Photo: Cash call. (Tax Credits)
The bill states in part:
The legislature finds that taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels are currently one of the main means of funding the repair and maintenance of state and county roadways in the State.
For example, the owner of a vehicle in the city and county of Honolulu that drives twelve thousand five hundred miles per year at thirty miles per gallon of fuel will pay approximately $140 in combined state and county fuel taxes.
On the other hand, owners of electric vehicles pay substantially less in taxes than owners of conventional gasoline and diesel vehicles because they do not need to purchase liquid fuel for their vehicles. …
The amount of the fee is not yet specified. The state DOT supports SB 2324, which was introduced by Sen. Michelle Kidani.
Photo: Plugged in. (wbaiv)
If you like computer generated images of rail stations, you’re in luck.
Those stations will be the first to open up under current plans for HART to start running trains as soon as 2017. The rest of the 20 mile system, which will end at Ala Moana Center, is slated to be up and going by 2019.
Photo: Screen shot from HART video showing rail station designs.
The Honolulu FBI today says it is has received “credible intelligence” that FBI Most Wanted Terrorist fugitive Daniel Andreas San Diego, age 36, may be hiding on the Big Island.
Agents from the Honolulu and San Francisco offices of the FBI are canvassing “selected communities, including Puna and Pahoa,” looking for information about the fugitive’s whereabouts, according to a press release.
There is a reward of up to $250,000 for information leading to capture.
Photo: The suspect. (FBI)
The reso reads in part:
WHEREAS, lethal autonomous robotics have been described as the next major revolution in military affairs, on par with the introduction of gunpowder or nuclear weapons; and
WHEREAS, a United States Air Force assessment predicted that by 2030, due to growing technology, humans will be the weakest component in a wide array of systems and processes; and
HCR 61 was introduced by state Rep. Angus McKelvey.
Photo: Transformers. (Colin ZHU)
Kamehameha Schools announced yesterday that it’s permanently closing its preschool center in Haleiwa once this school year wraps up.
The letter announcing the closure cites the end of the school’s lease with the Haleiwa Jodo Mission, where the center is located. Kamehameha Schools says it decided not to renew the lease because of “structural and location challenges.”
The announcement notes that the 25 children who are registered for the Haleiwa site next school year have the option of attending one of five Kamehameha Schools-operated alternatives depending on the child’s grade level. Just two of the options are relatively close to Haleiwa: the Heeia Preschool (with seats available for 3 year olds only) and the Kahuku Preschool (for 4 year olds only). Other options include centers in Kahaluu and Kalihi, but the Haleiwa site’s closure means that there will be fewer spots overall.
If none of the alternatives work for affected families, the letter adds, preschool staff will work with them one-on-one to figure out a solution. Haleiwa center staff will be holding meetings with parents today and Thursday at 2:30 p.m.
The center is one of 30 Kamehameha Schools preschool centers serving some 20,000 children statewide. As with the K-12 schools, preference is given to kids of Hawaiian ancestry.
— Alia Wong
Workers will begin scraping old pavement off the surface of Meheula Parkway Tuesday in preparation for laying new asphalt next week, according to a press release from the Honolulu mayor’s office.
All of Meheula Parkway and Anania Drive, totaling 31 lane miles, is expected to be repaved by the end of the year at a cost of nearly $13.8 million.
The project is part of Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s plan to repave 300 miles of lanes a year for five years.
Photo: Waialae Avenue repaving project. (PF Bentley/Civil Beat)
— Sophie Cocke
From The Garden Island:
A former state representative and current chair of the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission is being investigated for illegally building and operating a Hanalei bed and breakfast for more than a decade.
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources alleges that Hermina ‘Mina’ Morita and her husband, Lance Laney, ran the vacation rental Taro Patch Hale without permission, and built the secluded North Shore vacation getaway in a state conservation district without the proper permits. Read more.
And here’s the latest in other neighbor isle gov’t, biz, culture and politics:
Photo: Mina Morita and Neil Abercrombie, 2011. (Abercrombie Administration)
A selective list of bills, resolutions, hearings, briefings and events for Monday at the state Capitol. Click here for more.
- House Bill 1889 Homeless person’s bill of rights. (1:30 p.m., Room 016)
- House Bill 2573 Making the ukulele the state instrument. (1:15 p.m., Room 414)
- House Bill 2051 Works of art for Dan Inouye and Patsy Mink. (1:15 p.m., Room 414)
- House Bill 1713 Money for healthy aging programs and services. (1:15 p.m., Room 016)
- House Bill 420 Requiring the Judicial Selection Commission to publicly disclose list of nominees. (10 a.m., Room 016)
- Senate Bill 2629 Prompt expenditures reports from lobbyists. (2 p.m., Room 325)
- Senate Bill 2211 A safe places pilot program for youth. (10 a.m., Room 329)
- House Bill 1652 A UH Hilo College of Pharmacy funding plan. (2:45 p.m., Room 414)
- House Bill 2618 An income tax credit for grid-connected energy storage property. (2:45 p.m., Room 225)
- Senate Bill 2656 Requires the PUC to look into modernizing Hawaii’s electricity grid. (8:30 a.m., Room 325)
- Senate Bill 632 Establish environmental courts. (8:30 a.m., Room 325)
- House Bill 1929 Defines the term "farmers’ market" and exempts food sold there from the GET. (2:45 p.m., Room 229)
- Senate Bill 2495 Says e-cigarettes are tobacco products. (8:30 a.m., Room 329)
- House Bill 2139 Sunshine law exemptions for some public meetings. (2:50 p.m., Room 224)
Photo: Hawaii state Capitol. (Civil Beat)
State Rep. Scott Nishimoto, a Democrat, is holding a campaign fundraiser tonight at Mandalay Restaurant.
The suggested donation is $50.
Tomorrow is the 29th day of the 2014 Hawaii Legislature. Yep.
Photo: Cash call. (Tax Credits)
Senate Bill 632, introduced by Sen. Gil Keith-Agaran, would establish environmental courts within circuit courts to hear all proceedings arising from certain environmental laws.
The legislature finds that environmental disputes are currently dealt with in a variety of courts. This organizational structure inadvertently promotes inconsistent application of the wide variety of environmental laws.
The legislature also finds that the continued maintenance and improvement of Hawaii’s environment require constant vigilance and continued stewardship to ensure its lasting beauty, cleanliness, and uniqueness and the stability of its natural systems, all of which enhance the mental and physical well-being of Hawaii’s people.
The Department of Land and Natural Resources and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs support SB 632. The Building Industry Association of Hawaii and Land Use Research Foundation of Hawaii do not.
The measure has a hearing Tuesday morning.
Photo: Gavel. (walknboston)
President Obama was grilled on his nerdiness, a Hawaii presidential library and his birth certificate by comedian Zach Galifianakis on the longtime Internet skit comedy, “Between Two Ferns,” which roasts celebrities in awkward situations.
Obama had a few barbs of his own, throwing back “The Hangover” star’s “3-inch vertical.”
Of course, the entire thing is a stunt to promote the Affordable Care Act. Open enrollment for coverage in 2014 ends March 31.
This is the president’s latest stunt to connect with millennials about government health insurance. Watch the entire clip below, including its surprise ending.
— Gene Park
On the eve of expected bad news about Hawaii’s economy, the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations released a sunny report on Monday about the state of Hawaii’s labor force.
The report said that the state expects 26,880 new jobs in Hawaii to be created between the first quarter of 2013 and the first quarter of 2015.
The construction industry will have the highest growth rate with 16.7 percent growth. A previous report released last month by the Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism details the expected growth of that industry.
House Finance Committee Chairwoman Sylvia Luke estimates that the state’s economic forecast, which will be released tomorrow, will drop from 3.3 percent to 2 or even 1 percent. If so, that means the state will have millions of dollars less than originally thought.
Photo: Construction worker builds a home in West Oahu. (PF Bentley/Civil Beat)
— Anita Hofschneider & Nathan Eagle