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Ex-officer’s assault case delayed | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


KEALAKEKUA — A death in the family of one witness stalled the trial of a former off-duty police officer two days before he was scheduled to go to trial.

Source: Ex-officer’s assault case delayed | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/ex-officer-s-assault-case-delayed).

Accessed on 27 September 2016, 18:40 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Graham Milldrum (“West Hawaii Today”).

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Comment:

The case of a former police officer allegedly involved in an assault case has been delayed because a key witness was unavailable due to a death in her family.

Chief Circuit Judge Ronald Ibarra was clearly unhappy that he had to reschedule the trial of John Smith, Jr. so close to the trial date.  Ibarra told reporter Graham Milldrum that the delay “is not beneficial for the state, for the defense, or for the public.”  Judge Ibarra noted that this was the third time the trial had to be continued.

Former Hawaii police officer John Smith, Jr. faces charges of second-degree assault and unlawful entry into a motor vehicle.  Smith allegedly attacked a handcuffed man while he was off-duty on 09 January 2014 in Ocean View.

A new trial has been scheduled for 18 October 2016.


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DOT weighs road use charge: Fee for miles driven would replace gas tax | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


KAILUA-KONA — The state might do away with gas taxes and replace them with a road use charge, depending on the results of a proposed statewide trial program.

Source: DOT weighs road use charge: Fee for miles driven would replace gas tax | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/dot-weighs-road-use-charge-fee-for-miles-driven-would-replace-gas-tax).

Accessed on 22 September 2016, 16:05 hrs, UTC.

Reporter: Graham Milldrum (“West Hawaii Today”).

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Comment:

According to reporter Graham Milldrum the state Department of Transportation is reconsidering how motorists are charged for the use of roads and highways in Hawaii.

Currently, motorists pay most road taxes at the gasoline pump.  DOT officials want to change the system by charging “motorists for the number of miles they drive as opposed to the amount of gas they buy at the pump.”

Milldrum says the new program is being considered “as a replacement for declining gas tax revenues and could operate by billing vehicle users based on the odometer readings recorded when a driver takes their vehicle in for safety check.”

DOT officials claim the new road tax system would “attempt to make payments more even throughout the state.”

Earlier this year, the Hawaii State Legislature rejected a proposed hike in the fuel tax, which would have cost motorists an additional $83 a year. Lawmakers also rejected an increase in vehicle registration fees and the vehicle weight tax.


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Opinions vary on proposed rule that would limit swimming with dolphins | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


WATERS OFF KAILUA-KONA — Heading north from Keauhou Bay on Thursday morning, Capt. Erika Swenson briefed the passengers on the rules of the Dolphin Discoveries cruise.

Source: Opinions vary on proposed rule that would limit swimming with dolphins | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/opinions-vary-proposed-rule-would-limit-swimming-dolphins).

Accessed on 27 August 2016, 03:35 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Graham Milldrum (“West Hawaii Today”).

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Comment:

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is proposed a rule that would protect the wild dolphin population by establishing a 50 yard buffer zone between humans and dolphins.

NOAA officials believe dolphins are facing “heavy and increasing pressures from people seeking a dolphin experience” which can cause “chronic disturbance to resting activities (and) can negatively affect the health and fitness of dolphins.”

According to “West Hawaii Today” reporter Graham Milldrum, that position “does not sit well with all tour operators.”  The new rule could hamper “every thing from fishing boats to cruise ships.” A Dolphin Discoveries official believes the rule “is an overreaction and an unnecessary attempt to break new ground.”

There will be two additional meetings on Hawaii Island to discuss the new NOAA rule.  The first meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m., 07 September 2016, at Konawaena High School.  The second meeting is set for 5:30 p.m., 08 September 2016 at Kealakehe High School.


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Class action status granted in Four Seasons Hualulai case | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Source: Class action status granted in Four Seasons Hualulai case | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/class-action-status-granted-four-seasons-hualalai-case).

Accessed on 20 August 2016, 22:55 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Graham Milldrum (“West Hawaii Today”).

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Comment:

The battle between public and exclusive access at the Four Seasons Hualalai has been turned up a notch, with the plaintiff now able to pursue a class action lawsuit.

Opponents of the public access issue argue that the suit was “inappropriate” because “the  comparative scarcity of other owners who agree with the plaintiff’s position.”  Four Seasons attorney William K. Meheula III said  the plaintiffs “cannot  adequately protect the interests of the people in the Hualalai Clubs.”

The access issue was brought forward by property owner Christopher Zyda, who challenged recent price increases for people who are at the club and “want to use the Fours Seasons amenities.”  Zyda claimed that price increases were a “violation of their contract.”

The Four Seasons and other property owners at the resort contend that Zyda “is trying to use his home as a money-making opportunity.” Meheula said a recent survey showed that “the vast majority of the club members want exclusivity to preserve the private club nature.”


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Agreement sets Kona Village Resort to be rebuilt, operational by 2019 | Hawaii 24/7


Kamehameha Schools and Kennedy Wilson announced today they have reached final agreement on a ground lease of the Kona Village Resort property on Hawai‘i island.

Source: Agreement sets Kona Village Resort to be rebuilt, operational by 2019 | Hawaii 24/7 (http://www.hawaii247.com/2016/08/18/agreement-sets-kona-village-resort-to-be-rebuilt-operational-by-2019).

Accessed on 19 August 2016, 16:25 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

Kamehameha Schools, the owner of the property on which the tsunami-damaged hotel rests, has approved a “ground lease” that “allows Kennedy Wilson to immediately begin the process of restoring and enhancing the 81.4-acre property while maintaining a clear focus on retaining the original vision as a low density iconic destination.”

According to “West Hawaii Today” reporter Graham Milldrum, the arrangement with the Kamehameha Schools “allows for the rehabilitation of the 125 vacation bungalows, the property’s infrastructure as well as other operational improvements.”

The Kona Village Resort was built in 1965 and was damaged extensively by the March 2011 tsunami.


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Laubach sworn in as judge | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


WAIMEA — There’s a new figure in the black robe at the combined District/Family Court in Waimea.

Source: Laubach sworn in as judge | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/laubach-sworn-judge).

Accessed on 11 August 2016, 16:55 hrs, UTC.

Reporter: Graham Milldrum (“West Hawaii Today”).

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Comment:

On Wednesday afternoon, 10 August 2016, Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald made Hilo attorney M. Kanani Laubach the newest Hawaii Island District Court judge during a ceremony at the Waimea Courthouse.  Laubach will oversee cases in North and South Kohala and in Hamakua.

The transition to the formal black robe of office follows years of service as a prosecutor, defense counsel, volunteer work at community centers, and serving as vice president of the Hawaii County Bar Association.

Recktenwald appointed Laubach to the position in June and the state Senate approved the appointment several weeks later.  Recktenwald said Laubach praised her community service and “her willingness to use new technology” to pursue justice.  Laubach received many favorable letters of recommendation, citing her fearlessness, compassion, knowledge, and trustworthiness.


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Work remains to remove sunken tour boat | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


KAILUA-KONA — While much of the salvage operation to clean up the wrecked Spirit of Kona is completed, work still remains, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources reports.

Source: Work remains to remove sunken tour boat | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/work-remains-sunken-tour-boat).

Accessed on 10 August 2016, 15:55 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Graham Milldrum (“West Hawaii Today”).

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Comment:

The Spirit of Kona ran aground and sank on 24 July 2016 near Kukailimoku Point in Kailua-Kona during the passing of Tropical Storm Darby.  Apparently, the tour boat lost its mooring in Kailua Bay, ran aground on some rocks, and was shredded by ocean waves, leaving a trail of debris along the coastline.  The hull then drifted offshore and sank in about 20 feet/6.09 meters of water.

On Tuesday, 09 August 2016, the DLNR said the shoreline debris was removed with “about a quarter of the hull remain(ing) on the ocean floor.” Removal of the hull “is estimated to take another 10 to 12 days.”

DLNR officials add that the salvage company “is working with a local recycling company to remove the recovered hull debris to shoreside disposal at Honokohau Harbor.”


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