Tag Archives: Honolulu

Update: Kealohas released on bond after pleading not guilty to federal charges


Hawaii News Digest, 21 October 2017, 0720 UTC, Post #15809.

Source:

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/10/20/breaking-news/ex-hpd-chief-wife-arrested-in-federal-public-corruption-case/

Reporters:  Rosemary Bernardo and Gordon Y.Y. Pang (“Honolulu Star-Advertiser”).

Accessed on 21 October 2017, 0720 UTC.

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Comment:

On Friday, 20 October 2017, shortly after noon, retired Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife, Katherine, pled not guilty to federal corruption charges and were released on a $100,000 unsecured bond.

Here’s the latest update on the widely expanding FBI investigation into the alleged corruption case from reporters Rosemary Bernardo and Gordon Y. K. Pang:

“A Honolulu Police Department spokeswoman said Sgt. Daniel Sellers, who was also arrested as part of the Kealoha investigation, will be placed on leave without pay pending the investigation. Sellers was released on $50,000 unsecured bond in federal court today after pleading not guilty. He is alleged to have given false testimony to the federal grand jury and the FBI about the Kealoha case. Sellers has 20 years of service with HPD and is currently assigned to the Windward Oahu district.”

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Private school fires teacher accused of misconduct with students


Hawaii News Digest, 18 October 2017, 0455 UTC, Post #15793.

Source:

http://m.hawaiinewsnow.com/db_352775/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=gFekRprx

Accessed on 18 October 2017, 0455 UTC.

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Comment:

It’s getting harder and harder to protect you school age children from sexual predators.  A recent case at Honolulu’s Sacred Hearts Academy illustrates illustrates this point.

According to “Hawaii News Now”, Honolulu’s Sacred Hearts Academy has fired a teacher accused of “inappropriate conduct” with students.  Sacred Hearts Head of School, Betty White, said “two students came forward to report the alleged misconduct, and the teacher was dismissed on the same day.”

This hasn’t been the first time a Sacred Hearts teacher got into “hot water” for misconduct.  Back in 2015, a veteran Sacred Hearts Academy teacher spent a year in prison for sexually assaulting a student.

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Fire investigation unable to determine cause of Marco Polo fatal fire


Hawaii News Digest, 17 October 2017, 0445 UTC, Post #15787.

Source:

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/10/16/breaking-news/live-video-city-officials-announce-narco-polo-fire-investigation-results/

Accessed on 17 October 2017, 0445 UTC.

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Comment:

At a formal news conference Monday afternoon (16 October 2017), investigators from the Honolulu Fire Department said they were unable to pinpoint the cause of the 14 July 2017 Marco Polo condominium fire “which left four people dead and caused more than $100 million in damage.”

Honolulu Fire Chief Manuel Neves and Honolulu Battalion Chief Jeff Hooker added that the cause of the fatal fire “is undetermined” because of “extensive damage” in unit 2602, where the fire first started.

According to Honolulu Fire Department officials, here is what we do know:

“The Honolulu Fire Department had previously identified that unit as the place of the fire’s origin, and had eliminated arson, cooking and use of a flammable liquid as factors in its cause. Neves reiterated that information today and added that investigators also eliminated a drug lab and drug paraphernalia as a cause. He said that smoking could not be eliminated as a possible cause.”

“The seven-alarm fire quickly spread throughout the 36-story building, killing three residents — Joann M. Kuwata, 71; Britt Reller, 54; and his 87-year-old mother, Jean Dilley — in two separate neighboring units on the 26th floor. Marilyn Van Gieson, an 81-year-old woman who was disabled and waited in her 32nd-floor condo for four hours for firefighters to rescue her, died 20 days later at Straub Medical Center.”

“HFD last month estimated the fire caused $107 million in damage with more than 80 of the 568 units affected, including 30 that were destroyed.”

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Kicked out of closed park, scores of homeless move to Kakaako sidewalks


Hawaii News Digest, 10 October 2017, 0455 UTC, Post #15742.

Source:

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/36557288/within-hours-of-kakaako-park-closure-nearby-sidewalks-overrun-with-squatters

Reporter: Allyson Blair (Hawaii News Now).

Accessed on 10 October 2017, 0455 UTC.

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Comment:

Homeless squatters evicted from the Kakaako Waterfront Park in Honolulu on Sunday have taken over the sidewalks near The Children’s Discovery Center in Kakaako.  Although 32 homeless persons found shelters or temporary housing, more homeless people replaced those who left the park.  Honolulu City officials believe that up to 180 homeless persons lived at the park, with some causing damage to buildings and facilities in the area.

According to reporter Allyson Blair, homeless persons turned the park into a major homeless village and constituted a public safety hazard:

“Safety concerns prompted the Hawaii Community Development Authority to close the park indefinitely. The announcement came last week following a string of dog attacks and the discovery squatters had been tapping into the electricity – exposing live wires.

Officials estimate the illegal campers have caused a minimum of $500,000 in damage.

Sheriff’s deputies stood guard at the entrances of the parks while crews spent the day removing truckloads of garbage. ”

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Kakaako Waterfront Park to close indefinitely as homeless population grows


Hawaii News Digest, 04 October 2017, 0440 UTC, Post #15710.

Source:

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/10/03/breaking-news/kakaako-waterfront-park-to-close-indefinitely-as-homeless-population-grows/

Reporter Dan Nakaso (Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Accessed on 04 October 2017, 0440 UTC.

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Comment:

Honolulu Park officials will close Kakaako Waterfront Park, beginning on Sunday, 08 October 2017, at 10 p.m.  According to reporter Dan Nakaso, park officials will shut down the park indefinitely because they can no longer guarantee the safety of park users.

Jesse Souki, the executive director of the Hawaii Community Development Authority, says an estimated 180 homeless people in “120 reinforced encampments” have caused nearly $500,000 damage to park facilities:

“They’ve broken into and exposed wires on about 30 poles…They’re breaking the metal plates that cover the wiring and splicing extension chords to run TVs and such things in their tents. We also have broken pipes with water leaking everywhere. The number of tents is killing the grass. We’ve had a couple of dog attacks and a couple of recent fires. It’s reached a point where we just can’t manage it.”

The federal government once called the homeless encampments at Kakaako Waterfront Park one of the largest homeless communities in the nation.

Opinion:

The homeless problem will only get worse as housing and rental prices increase.  Many working residents of Hawaii live from paycheck to paycheck and could become homeless if they lose their jobs.  The homeless problem is out of control.

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Honolulu Mayor signs bill to extend tax for rail


Hawaii News Digest, 08 September 2017, 0815 hrs, UTC, Post #15558.

Source:

http://khon2.com/2017/09/07/honolulu-mayor-signs-bill-to-extend-tax-for-rail/

Accessed on 08 September 2017, 0815 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has signed a bill to extend Oahu’s General Excise for another three years. Mayor Caldwell said the bill, combined with a state legislature-approved increase in the hotel room tax, would keep the Honolulu Light Rail Project solvent.

 

“I think it’s been difficult for the City and County of Honolulu. I’m sure it’s been difficult for HART too. But I think in life the things that are most worth fighting for are usually very difficult, and a lot of effort has to be put into anything that’s worth while and this project is very worth while,”

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Governor signs rail funding bill into law


Hawaii News Digest, 06 September 2017, 0520 hrs, UTC, Post #15548.

Source:

http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/news/state-wire/governor-signs-rail-funding-bill-law

Accessed on 06 September 2017, 0520 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

The debate over the Honolulu Light Rail system is over. On Tuesday, 05 September 2017, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed a bill to release additional funding for the financially-troubled project. In approving an increase in Oahu’s general excise tax and a boost to the hotel room tax, Ige said the rail project is an investment for our future and must be completed.

The $9.5 billion rail line is less than half way done and faces a budget deficit of around $3 billion.  The tax increases are expected to generate at least $2.4 billion for the light rail project.

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