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SA: … Lawmakers probing the cause of last month’s deadly Maui wildfire did not get many answers during today’s congressional hearing on the role the electrical grid played in the disaster.

Still, the president of Hawaiian Electric promised to gather and provide more details about exactly what happened on Aug. 8, including when the power stopped flowing through downed power lines in Lahaina and exactly when the decision was made to trigger a procedure designed to make sure that broken lines were not re-energized.

Shelee Kimura also said the utility doesn’t have the right or responsibility to clear dry brush or other vegetation on private property — even if it is in the right-of-way, directly underneath power lines — unless the plants or trees are tall enough to potentially contact the lines…. 

NPR: Hawaii's power companies face questions in congress on deadly Maui fire

KHON: Congress panel, survivors dissatisfied with answers on Maui fire | KHON2

CB: Congressional Committee Pushes HECO On How To Reduce Future Fire Risk - Honolulu Civil Beat

CS: Tokuda: People want answers about Maui fires

HNN: Lawmakers demand answers from HECO at tense Capitol Hill hearing 

AP: Hawaii officials testify in House hearing on Maui wildfire

YN: UPDATE 1-Hawaiian Electric CEO defends decision not to de-energize power lines (

read … Few answers in congressional hearing on Maui’s wildfire

Reps. Sonny Ganaden and Jeanne Kapela are a couple.

CB: … Reps. Sonny Ganaden and Jeanne Kapela are a couple.

Now, thanks to Rep. Amy Perruso’s recent Instagram post, we see that they are expecting, too — in mid-November, we hear.

The photo was from a baby shower held with the support of colleagues Della Au Belatti, Linda Ichiyama, Darius Kila and others.

Ganaden represents District 30, which includes Kalihi on Oahu, while Kapela represents District 5, which includes Keaau, Mountain View and Hawaiian Ocean View on the Big Island….

read more … Where do they really live?

Tourism Executives Campaign To Bring Needed Visitors To Maui

CB: … Tourism is vital to Maui’s economy. In a recent report titled “After the Maui Wildfires: The road ahead,” the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization quantified the economic significance of the fires and the closing of West Maui to tourists.

West Maui’s resorts, including Kaanapali and Kapalua, “supply more than 10,000 rooms in hotels, timeshares and vacation rentals, about half of the island’s total visitor accommodation capacity,” UHERO reported.

Immediately after the fires, visitors island-wide dropped by about 75%, impacting businesses across Maui.

Large resorts are hardly the only businesses affected, Kaanaana said. Small businesses, vendors, farms supplying produce – an ecosystem of small businesses – also have suffered, he said.

“It’s not just corporations,” he said. 

West Maui tourism to return in phases | Honolulu Star-Advertiser (

West Maui residents call on county council to put tourism second in Lahaina’s future (

Soon reopening of tourism spurs concerns in Lahaina | News, Sports, Jobs - Maui News

Controversy erupts in West Maui as timeshare owners arrive despite tourism delay

read more … Tourism Executives Campaign To Bring Needed Visitors To Maui

Saint Louis School to join settlement talks in sex assault case against 2 high-profile athletes

HNN: … Saint Louis School was the only holdout after Jayden De Laura and Kamoi Latu made an undisclosed financial deal with a woman who was under age when she said the players raped her on campus in October 2018.

The deal was tossed after the school told the court the settlement was not done in good faith.

The players are now at the college level and making thousands of dollars a month through the Name, Image and Likeness program.

Therefore, the school believes they should pay more than the previously agreed upon amount, which would have left the Saint Louis School to pay a bigger share of what the woman is asking for to close the case…

De Laura is the starting quarterback for the University of Arizona.

And during a hearing in July, it was revealed that he earned about $8,000 per month and received a free car through NIL deals.

Latu is the starting safety for the University of Wisconsin.

In that same July hearing it was said that he made more than $17,000 in the month of June alone….

read … Saint Louis School to join settlement talks in sex assault case against 2 high-profile athletes

Council’s Tulba seeks more film studios for Oahu

SA: … On Tuesday, Augie Tulba introduced Bill 59, which would, if adopted, provide greater real property tax incentives for eligible film studio facilities to locate on the island….

Bill 59 seeks to give real property tax incentives to “eligible film studios.” As drafted, the measure asks that studio owners construct or develop their new film facility with a minimum $100 million investment for “improvement costs,” and see that the facility is completed within five years of the dedication taking effect….

Bill 59 also highlights the launch of the Academy for Creative Media at the University of Hawaii’s West Oahu campus, which will give more opportunities to local students to enter the media world in coming years.

For Tulba, his measure would also give local residents good-paying jobs in the film and media industry without leaving the state….

Bill 59 is expected to be heard for its first reading at the full City Council meeting on Tuesday.

REALITY: Miske Mob Were All Union Drivers on Set of Hawaii 5-0

HNN: Hawaii screen writer calls WGA deal a ‘major victory’ (

read … Council’s Tulba seeks more film studios for Oahu

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