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Flags to be lowered in honor of victims of Las Vegas mass shooting


Hawaii News Digest, 03 October 2017, 0515 UTC, Post #15704.

Source:

http://damontucker.com/2017/10/02/flags-to-be-lowered-in-honor-of-victims-of-las-vegas-mass-shooting/

Reporter:  Damon Tucker

Accessed on 03 December 2017, 0515 UTC.

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Comment:

President Donald Trump has ordered all United States flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of those killed in Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.  Hawaii Governor David Ige has directed all U.S. and Hawaii State flags to be flown at half-staff from Monday, 02 October 2017 to sunset Friday, 06 October 2017.

Governor Ige says Hawaii feels a special attachment to Las Vegas because many Hawaii residents now work and live there.

“I am shocked and terribly saddened by the news of an unbelievable act of mass murder in Las Vegas. We call it The Ninth Island because we have so many family and friends living there, and most of us have visited the city for entertainment or business purposes. Today, we grieve with those who have lost loved ones and pray for the injured…”

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Hawaii joins multi-state probe into opioid epidemic


Hawaii News Digest, 19 September 2017, 2050 UTC, Post #15619.

Source:

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/09/19/breaking-news/hawaii-joins-multi-state-probe-into-opioid-epidemic

Accessed on 19 September 2017, 2050 UTC.

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Comment:

The facts are sobering.  The reality is even worse.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioids were responsible for 33,091 deaths in 2015, with 169 of those killed by opioids living in Hawaii.

Hawaii has joined a group of states seeking documentation and data from the makers and distributors of these addictive prescription opioids.

Hawaii State Attorney General Douglas Chin said Hawaii wants to get all the facts so it can prevent needless deaths:

“Under Gov. David Ige’s leadership, my office and the state health department are determined to educate the public here and enforce laws to prevent the spread of opioid abuse in Hawaii,”

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JAL’s first flight to Kona from Japan since 2010 greeted with fanfare


Hawaii News Digest, 16 September 2017, 1510 hrs, UTC, Post #15598.

Source:

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/jal-s-first-flight-kona-japan-2010-greeted-fanfare

Accessed on 16 September 2017, 1510 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

The return of a Japan Airlines flight to the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport Friday morning marked the return of the Japanese carrier after a seven-year absence.

Hawaii Governor David Ige welcomed the 199 passengers onboard and said “the people, places, and culture of Hawaii is what draws the visitors from Japan and they have been terrific visitors and guests here in our islands.”

Ige added that efforts will continue to bring more flights and visitors to Hawaii Island:

“When I’ve traveled to Japan and when the CEOs of all of the foreign airlines come to Hawaii or when I’ve had the opportunity to meet with them, they all see tremendous opportunity in travel to the neighbor islands,” Ige said. “You know, we’ve been promoting more travel to the neighbor islands for the guests who come to Hawaii because we believe it diversifies our economy.”

“The governor added that Hawaii is at a point where the majority of visitors are now repeat visitors who have visited the islands before and are choosing to return.”

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Hemp 101: Farmers learn about growing industry during convention in Hilo | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Farmers from throughout the state gained insight into Hawaii’s newest crop as the annual Hawaii Farmers Union United Convention kicked off Friday at OK Farms in Hilo.

Source: Hemp 101: Farmers learn about growing industry during convention in Hilo | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/hemp-101-farmers-learn-about-growing-industry-during-convention-hilo).

Accessed on 15 October 2016, 15:44 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Ivy Ashe.

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Comment:

According to reporter Ivy Ashe, about 60 people attended the meeting at OK Farms in Hilo to hear speakers from Vermont and Colorado discuss “the ins and outs of growing and processing industrial hemp.”

The industrial hemp industry is slowly expanding on the U.S. mainland and offers a profitable cash crop for local farmers. Federal rules and regulations have been sufficiently relaxed to allow states to create their own growing programs.  In July 2016, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed a bill permitting Hawaii farmers to raise industrial hemp for agricultural research purposes.

Industrial hemp can be used for biofuels, insulation, and textiles.  Hemp seeds are also a good source of protein for animals and humans.


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Emergency 911 service can now receive text messages | Hawaii 24/7


Gov. David Ige announced Thursday (Oct 13) that Hawaiʻi has launched an enhanced 911 service allowing residents to report an emergency to 911 as a text message.

Source: Emergency 911 service can now receive text messages | Hawaii 24/7 (http://www.hawaii247.com/2016/10/14/emegency-911-service-can-now-receive-text-messages).

Accessed on 15 October 2016, 15:10 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

According to Thursday’s (13 October 2016) press release, text-to-911 can support plain text Short Messaging Services (SMS) only and is limited to 160 characters per text.  Videos, emojis, and photos can’t be processed at this time.  Callers mush have active wireless service, including a text or data plan.  The device’s location service (GPS) must be turned on.


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Ige mum on land transfer; Mauna Kea board expresses frustration over proposal to shift acreage to DLNR | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


If Gov. David Ige wants the Office of Mauna Kea Management to give up more than 10,000 acres, he’s going to have to talk to the agency first.

Source: Ige mum on land transfer; Mauna Kea board expresses frustration over proposal to shift acreage to DLNR | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/ige-mum-on-land-transfer-mauna-kea-board-expresses-frustration-over-proposal-to-shift-acreage-to-dlnr).

Accessed on 05 October 2016, 14:45 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

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Comment:

Part of Hawaii Governor David Ige’s plan to reduce the number of telescopes on Mauna Kea was the transfer of more than 10,000 acres of land managed by the Office of Mauna Kea Management to the Department of Land and Natural Resources.  That proposed transfer isn’t sitting well with the board of directors, who want to meet with the governor before the actual land transfer takes place.  Land management on the Mauna Kea summit has been in limbo since the start of a second contested case hearing for the Thirty Meter Telescope.

Critics of the governor’s 10-point plan are questioning whether DLNR can do a better job protecting the cultural and natural resources of the mountain.  Currently, the University of Hawaii leases 11,288 acres of the mountain from the state as part of the Mauna Kea Science Reserve.

According to reporter Tom Callis, “It remains unclear if the 10-point plan, which also calls for the removal of three telescopes by the time the controversial TMT is built, will still be implemented if construction of the $1.4 billion project ever resumes.”


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Governor to request disaster declaration as Iao Stream damage surpasses $15 million | KHON2


Flooding caused at least $15 million in damage to public property alone, and that number could rise as officials continue to assess the area.

Source: Governor to request disaster declaration as Iao Stream damage surpasses $15 million | KHON2 (http://www.khon2.com/2016/09/22/governor-to-rquest-presidential-disaster-declaration-for-iao-stream-damage/).

Accessed on 23 September 2016, 15:25 hrs, UTC.]

Reporter:  Brigette Namata.

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Comment:

Following a helicopter tour of storm-damaged Iao Valley on Maui, Hawaii Governor David Ige said he would ask for a presidential disaster declaration for an estimated $15 million damage done by heavy rains and flooding.

More than 20 homes were damaged by the storm and major portions of the road serving the area were swept away.  Officials said that costly recovery efforts “will take months” adding that “the storm damage was an eye opener for Ige, who surveyed the area Tuesday.”

The original path of the Iao Stream may have to be restored in order to protect homes and rebuild the road into the area.  Kepaniwai Park and Iao Valley State Park remain closed because of extensive damage.


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