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Extra $10M from hotel tax funds health plans, eases rate hikes

Local News - Fri, 05/16/2014 - 04:59
The bump in hotel tax revenue that state lawmakers offered Hawaii's counties this legislative session was a glass-half-empty raise. Mayors wanted a return to a 44.8 percent share of the transient accommodations tax.

Corrections

Local News - Fri, 05/16/2014 - 04:59
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OHA executive defends letter to Kerry

Local News - Fri, 05/16/2014 - 04:59
Appearing with more than 100 supporters at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs offices Monday, OHA Chief Executive Officer Kama­na‘o­pono Crabbe didn't back down in his flap with OHA trustees over the letter he sent to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry asking for a legal opinion on whether the Hawaiian kingdom still exists as an independent nation under international law.

New plan targets taxes for hotels, pricey homes

Local News - Fri, 05/16/2014 - 04:59
While Mayor Kirk Caldwell has suggested increases in tax rates for pricey investment and hotel/resort properties, City Council Budget Chairwoman Ann Koba­ya­shi is proposing increasing the burdens on high-priced homes and lessening the hike on hotels and resorts.

Waitlist to open for families seeking housing vouchers

Local News - Fri, 05/16/2014 - 04:59
After nine years the city is opening up the waitlist on its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program from Thursday through May 21, the Department of Community Services announced Monday.

Speed possibly contributes to deaths of 2 Maui drivers in separate crashes

Local News - Fri, 05/16/2014 - 04:59
Speed appears to be a factor in two Maui crashes that killed the drivers Sunday night and Monday morning, police said.

4 defendants plead not guilty in sweepstakes machine case

Local News - Fri, 05/16/2014 - 04:59
The remaining four defendants in the racketeering and gambling case involving Products Direct Sweepstakes machines pleaded not guilty Monday morning in state court.

Oahu homeless count rises for the sixth year

Local News - Fri, 05/16/2014 - 04:59
The number of homeless people rose in January for the sixth consecutive year, according to the 2014 Point in Time survey the city is releasing Tuesday.

Finalist for UH's top job is targeted in petition

Local News - Fri, 05/16/2014 - 04:59
An online petition imploring the University of Hawaii Board of Regents to reject a retired Army officer in the running to be the next UH president had garnered more than 350 signatures by Monday evening.

Hit-run driver seeks Veterans Court

Local News - Fri, 05/16/2014 - 04:59
A motorist who pleaded guilty in a hit-and-run collision involving the death of a Hawaii Pacific University student in front of the school's Hawaii Loa campus says he is suffering from post-traumatic stress and wants to be sentenced in the state's Veterans Treatment Court.

Incidental Lives: Premature baby beats odds, blossoms into gifted woman

Local News - Fri, 05/16/2014 - 04:59
In the hours and days following the birth of her child, Luana Yee received a most unusually somber procession of callers. "People kept saying, ‘I'm so sorry,'" she recalls. "They gave their condolences."

911 Report

Local News - Fri, 05/16/2014 - 04:59
Kau resident is charged in Hilo stabbing • Honolulu man ID'd as Magic Island victim

Newswatch

Local News - Fri, 05/16/2014 - 04:59
Bail bond agent's license is suspended • Detectives investigate Puna blaze • Kansas man dies in incident off Kaanapali; and more

当局がビショップ博物館に200万ドルを提供

ローカルニュース - Thu, 05/15/2014 - 08:16
 ハワイ州のアバクロンビー知事とツツイ副知事は昨日、オアフ島のビショップ博物館を訪問し、博物館の設備投資費用として州からの補助金200万ドルを進呈した。 今回提供された200万ドルは、ビショップ博物館内にあるパウアヒホール、ジャブルカビル、ハレ・キニ・ビルのエネルギー効率改善プロジェクトに活用される予定で、建物内の空調設備の改修や窓の取替えなどが行われる見込みとなっている。
参考:KHON2

州内で挙式したカップルの7組に1組は同性婚

ローカルニュース - Thu, 05/15/2014 - 08:15
 ハワイ州保険局は、ハワイ州で同性同士の結婚を認める新法案が可決されてから6カ月の間に州内で挙式したカップルのうち、7組に1組が同性婚カップルであったと明らかにした。 当局では、昨年の12月2日から州内で挙式したカップルの数は9,640組で、そのうち同性婚カップルは1,417組だったほか、挙式した同性婚カップルの52%が州外居住者だったとしている。
参考:ハワイ・ニュース・ナウ

Lack of staff cancels inmates' Mother's Day visits

Local News - Thu, 05/15/2014 - 04:57
Inmates at Hawaii's women's prison weren't able to visit with their children on Mother's Day because not enough guards showed up for work.

Obituaries

Local News - Thu, 05/15/2014 - 04:57
Jane Margery Adams • Jerry Yoshio Asato • Juanita Damma Biazo • Sally Cariaga-Taneyo • Justiniano Lorenzo Castillo • Ronald Chun • Donald Marion Cook Sr. • Penny Lou Kyoko Endo • and more

Hee announces run for lieutenant governor

Local News - Thu, 05/15/2014 - 04:57
Former state Rep. Gil Riviere said Sunday that he will enter the Demo­cratic primary for the state Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Clayton Hee, who is running for lieutenant governor.

Many defy warnings at Sacred Falls disaster site

Local News - Thu, 05/15/2014 - 04:57
A rise in recent citations for people trespassing at Sacred Falls State Park prompted the Department of Land and Natural Resources to remind the public that the park is closed due to danger from falling rocks.