City rail audit won’t look for fraud?
Hawaii misses the bitcoin boom
Report: Island With Highest Prices Has Smallest Proportion of Mainland Buyers
HNN: …There were some 2,576 home buyers on Maui last year. Of those 1,077 were from the mainland and 71 were from foreign countries.
On Oahu, 19 percent of buyers were from the mainland and 4 percent were from overseas, according to the state's 2016 Data Book.
(So the most expensive island has the smallest proportion of out-of-state buyers.)
On both the Kauai and the Big Island, about 37 percent of buyers were from the mainland…..
In 2015, a state report concluded that since 2008, 47 percent of homes on the Neighbor Island homes had been sold to out-of-state residents…..
read … 45 percent of Maui's homebuyers in 2016 were from out of state
Oral Arguments set for Morita vs Gorak
IM: …the Hawai`i Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for Hermina Morita vs Thomas Gorak. The hearing is scheduled for Thursday, December 7, 2017, at 8:45 a.m.
Morita is seeking the overturn a lower court ruling.
“On appeal, Morita raises as error the circuit court’s conclusions that (1) a vacancy occurred at the expiration of Champley’s term; (2) Governor Ige validly appointed Gorak to the PUC; and (3) she lacked standing to pursue declaratory relief.”…
read … Oral Arguments set for Morita vs Gorak
Feds Reach $10M Deal In Hawaii Birth Complications Suit
L360: The federal government has agreed to settle for $10 million a suit alleging that Tripler Army hospital failed to notice signs of sepsis in a woman who gave birth at the facility, leading to the removal of her gallbladder and an eventual kidney transplant, according to documents filed Thursday in Hawaii federal court….
read … Feds Reach $10M Deal In Hawaii Birth Complications Suit
Woman who waited 4 hours for rescue from condo fire dies
SA: An 81-year-old retired librarian, who had been trapped in her Marco Polo condo on the 32nd floor during the July 14 inferno, died 20 days later.
Marilyn Van Gieson, who lived in Unit 3216, six floors above the ignition point, waited four hours in her apartment for firefighters to carry her down, said her son, Michael.
Van Gieson was immediately taken to Straub Medical Center, where she remained until her death Aug. 3, her neighbor Ann Wright said….
read … Woman who waited 4 hours for rescue from condo fire dies
Anti-Sunscreen Hysteria Reaches NY Times
NYT: …for three decades, I’ve returned, year after year, to Big Island, swimming at the same bare-bones beach, which locals identify only by the number on a nearby highway mile marker. I measure my life by those trip…. (Blablabla. Ever notice how all these hysterics sound the same?)
At first I thought it was my imagination, but this summer there was no denying it: I felt, abruptly, like I was snorkeling through an underwater desert. Most of the coral had turned white, a sign that it was in danger of dying. Entire species of fish had vanished, and those that remained — like Hawaii’s tongue-twisting state fish, the humuhumunukunukuapua’a — were sparse….
According to the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, the fish population of what I have come to consider my reef had, depending on the areas surveyed, declined between 43 and 69 percent between the late 1970s and 2008. The state created a long-term “coral bleaching recovery plan” to prevent further damage and promote regrowth after specific events, like the spreading mass of warm water in the Pacific Ocean in 2014 that came to be known as “the Blob,” or the high ocean temperatures that killed 50 percent of coral on some reefs off Big Island in 2015. But there is something in addition to climate change that may be damaging reefs, something more immediately and individually controllable: sunscreen…..
KGI: Chemical ban was sought in Hawaii
Reality: According to Nature and Scientific American, that’s a bunch of hype.
read … Is Your Sunscreen Poisoning the Ocean?
DLNR still responding to concerns on Lehua rat eradication
KGI: …With the release of both federal and state environmental assessments and public comment periods associated with each; with three public informational meetings on Kauai; and with additional broad and personal outreach to constituents, stakeholders, lawmakers, and the media, there remain lingering questions that I’d like to answer. Mahalo to state Rep. Dee Morikawa and her constituents for asking these questions. A more detailed explanation, complete with citations to the science evaluated in the Environmental Assessment is online….
read … DLNR responds to concerns on Lehua rat eradication
Star-Adv: Trump Poisons Nation
SA: …uglier elements of racial aggression, the kind that was on display, illuminated by torches, on the University of Virginia campus during last week’s demonstration….
Reminiscent of the Third Reich and Ku Klux Klan night marches and rallies, the white supremacist, anti-Semitic chants and such expressions….
The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii last week held a ceremony to honor internees held during World War II at the Honouliuli Internment Camp….
that goal was to create a nation in which the trafficking of slaves could continue. The continuing presence of the statue sent a plain message: Despite the Emancipation Proclamation, the freed slaves would still be subjugated.
Slavery, and the years of Jim Crow laws mandating segregation, represent a blight on our nation’s honor. The full story of slavery, a violent practice that reverberates to this day…
the offensive racist rhetoric of the far-right groups demonstrating Aug. 12….
dismayed because President Donald Trump did not emphasize the injury of racist rants but insisted both sides shared the blame….
“As a Jew, as an American, as a human, words cannot express my disgust and disappointment,” he wrote. “This is not my President.”
Tough words. But the alt-right chants of “Jews will not replace us” rang even more harshly…..
(And Donald Trump made it possible for these labels to stick. That’s why Bill Clinton encouraged him to run for President. He is Democrats’ dream Republican leader.)
Meanwhile: Forgotten Honouliuli: Jack Burns, Police Spy
read … Racial hatred poisons nation
WaPo: How Employers Can Fire Trump Voters—a State-by State Guide
WaPo: …Some states have laws limited to signing election-related petitions, or giving campaign contributions: Arizona, D.C., Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oregon, Washington, and (the campaign contributions laws) Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Oregon; Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Wyoming, and Guam might also fit this category….
(Trump’s base is rounded up, now they have been cut off, and they will next be politically killed.)
ST: Battling demons in a community looking to Trump for change
read … How to Fire Trump Supporters