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Aloha Green sells Oahu’s first legal medical marijuana


Hawaii News Digest, 10 August 2017, 04:10 hrs, UTC, Post #15411.

Source:

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/08/09/business/business-breaking/aloha-green-sells-oahus-first-legal-medical-marijuana/

Accessed on 10 August 2017, 04:10 hrs, UTC.

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Reporter:  Kristen Consillio.

Comment:

Aloha Green LLC became the state’s second licensed medical cannabis dispensary when it opened its doors Wednesday (09 August 2017) morning in Honolulu. According to reporter Kristen Consillio, around 40 customers were standing in line for the opening at 11 a.m. Hawaii Time.

Kaimuki resident John Ruiz IV said he was lucky to be the first in line:

“I feel spoiled. I was just lucky enough to be here at the right place at the right time (to be the) first person on Oahu,” said Ruiz, 27, who uses the drug for pain relief and insomnia. “It’s a great thing for the state. It’s a great way for the state to make money as well as serve the people. They need this for many reasons.”

Maui Grown Therapies in Kahului, Maui became the state’s first medical marijuana dispensary on Tuesday, 08 August 2017.

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Some urge sprinkler mandates across the U.S. after Marco Polo fire


Hawaii News Digest, 24 July 2017, 15:25 hrs, UTC, Post #15357.

Source:

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/07/23/breaking-news/some-urge-sprinkler-mandates-across-u-s-after-honolulu-fire/

Accessed on 24 July 2017, 15:25 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

Honolulu, San Francisco, Dallas, Chicago, and New York City have one thing in common when it comes to high-rise apartment buildings–each city has hundreds of multistory dwellings without fire suppression systems, such as sprinkler systems.

That omission proved fatal in the Marco Polo fire in Honolulu where three people died in the blaze. When the Marco Polo complex was built in 1971, sprinkler systems were required.  And now 46 years later, the “law of averages” has caught up with Honolulu.

The fire has renewed a call for mandatory fire suppression systems in tall buildings across the country.

According to “The Honolulu Star-Advertiser”, steps are being taken to correct this tragic building mistake:

“In the inferno’s aftermath, Honolulu’s fire chief said sprinklers would have contained the blaze to the unit where it started, possibly saving the lives of those who died in nearby apartments. Mayor Kirk Caldwell introduced a bill a few days later that would require all high-rises to have sprinklers, even older ones.”

“I don’t know what it’s going to take for apartment owners as well as associations to see the value of human life,” said Hawaii state Sen. Glenn Wakai, who plans to introduce legislation offering homeowners incentives to install sprinkler systems.

“The fire was not the first one at the 36-story Marco Polo building — and not the first time the question of installing sprinklers has come up. After a 2013 fire, the building’s association asked an engineering firm for cost estimates to replace the fire alarm system and install sprinklers.”

“The company concluded it would be about $8,000 per unit to install sprinklers, or about $4.5 million for the whole building. Sprinklers were never installed.”

“It’s a tough issue for these associations because they are grappling with a lot of different costs,” said Evan Fujimoto, president of the Building Industry Association of Hawaii. “When you’re dealing with an association, you might have 500 different people. How do you get people to agree on it?”

Just how much is a human life worth these days?

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Community organizations rally to aid Marco Polo residents affected by fire


Hawaii News Digest, 19 July 2017, 16:30 hrs, UTC, Post #15339.

Source:

http://khon2/2017/07/18/community-organizations-rally-to-aid-marco-polo-residents-affected-by-fire/

Accessed on 19 July 2017, 16:30 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

According to KHON 2, community groups such as the Hawaii Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army are helping residents of the fire-damaged Marco Polo Condominium adjust to the new reality of having no home.  Some residents of the apartment complex are staying  in a temporary Red Cross shelter at Iolani School until other accommodations can be found.

American Red Cross representative Tina Doty explains the process:

“So far we have had 15 families that we’ve helped through the case follow-up team since Friday, and we’ve been providing things like emergency assistance funds, personal hygiene kits, other types of toiletry items for them,” Doty said.

“The Salvation Army is also working to help families affected by the fire with food donations from vendors including Aloha Harvest, Royal Kitchen, and Dunkin’ Donuts, as well as comfort bears and clothing vouchers.”

“However, the long-term goal, according to Doty, is to help residents find a permanent home.”

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Warning for beachgoers as jellyfish influx hits southern shores


Hawaii News Digest, 19 July 2017, 16:00 hrs, UTC, Post #15338,

Source:

http://khon2.com/2017/07/19/warning-for-beachgoers-as-jellyfish-influx-hits-south-shores

Accessed on 19 July 2017, 16:00 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

Jellyfish and their uncomfortable stings have returned to southern shores of the Hawaiian Islands.  Here’s the update from KHON 2:

“If Tuesday was any indication, it could be a busy day for lifeguards and Emergency Medical Services. Dozens of sightings were reported along the south shore,”

“The jellyfish influx usually lasts three to four days, and it’s usually starts right around nine days after the full moon.”

Be careful when you go to the beach.

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Condominium Fire Under Investigation


Hawaii News Digest, 18 July 2017, 15:25 hrs, UTC, Post #15334.

Source:   http://khon2.com/2017/07/17/questions-remain-as-recovery-efforts-investigations-continue-after-deadly-high-rise-fire/

Reporters:  Brigette Namata and Sara Mattison.

Accessed on 18 July, 2017, 15:25 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

The Honolulu Police Department and the Honolulu Fire Department, along with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, are investigation why three people perished “in what’s considered the worst high-rise building fire in Hawaii’s history.”

According to security officials, floors 25 through 29 are unusable because of ‘extensive fire damage” affecting 45 to 50 units.”

Structural engineer Steve Baldridge one issue must be answered first:

“One thing that needs to be investigated is how the fire spread from one unit to another,” Baldridge said. “Theoretically, in accordance to the code, even the code back then, there are fire separation walls in between each individual units.”

“The fire, which started in unit 2602, spread to the front and back of the building, which Baldridge says, is an indication that “something is wrong. Because you have two layers of fire resistance — a layer between the unit where fire started and the corridor, and a layer between the corridor and adjacent unit. The safest place in the building is supposed to be the corridor. That’s your fire exit.”

“The fire is still actively under investigation, so there are a lot of unknowns.”

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KHNL: 5-year-old dies, woman critically injured in McCully double stabbing


HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A 5-year-old boy died and a 29-year-old woman was critically injured following a stabbing Monday afternoon in McCully.Police have arrested a 26-year-old suspect on

Source: KHNL: 5-year-old dies, woman critically injured in McCully double stabbing (m.hawaiinewsnow.com/hawaiinewsnow/db_352775/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=Zsc1fqWy).

Accessed on 11 October 2016, 14:50 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

A double stabbing on Monday afternoon in the McCully district of Honolulu has left a 5-year-old boy dead and a 29-year-old woman in critical condition.

The stabbing occurred around 4:45 p.m. when Honolulu police were responding to a domestic argument in an apartment on Lime Street.  A followup call reported a stabbing at the same unit.

Police arrested a 26-year-old suspect and charged him with second-degree murder and first-degree murder.


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KHNL: HPD: 1 dead, 1 in critical condition after fall at Ala Moana Center


HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A 21-year-old man died and another is in critical condition after falling at the Ala Moana Center late Sunday, according to Honolulu police.Police said both men we

Source: KHNL: HPD: 1 dead, 1 in critical condition after fall at Ala Moana Center (m.hawaiinewsnow.com/hawaiinewsnow/db_330510/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=dP0j0tcu).

Accessed on 10 October 2016, 16:35 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

Honolulu Police said the two men were leaning against a metal railing “when it gave way…around 10 p.m.”

Emergency Medical Service personnel said the two men fell four stories from the collapsed railing near the Barnes and Noble Book Store.

Police don’t know why the two men were on the railing so late at night, since most shops at Ala Moana close after 7 p.m. on Sundays.


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