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Annual Kanikapila Jam and Hoolaulea benefit WHEA students


Hawaii News Digest, 25 September 2017, 1545 UTC, Post #15656.

Source:

http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/annual-kanikapila-jam-and-hoolaulea-benefits-whea-students

Reporter:  Laura Ruminski (West Hawaii Today).

Accessed on 25 September 2017, 1545 UTC.

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Comment:

Students from The West Hawaii Explorations Academy (WHEA) held their annual Kanikapila Jam and Hoolaulea on Saturday, 23 September 2017, at the charter school’s campus at The Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) site in West Hawaii.

Money raised from the community event will be use for middle school field trips and educational supplies “for projects providing a richer experience for (WHEA) students.”

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Official: Hurricane Maria set Puerto Rico back decades


Hawaii News Digest, 25 September 2017, 1525 UTC, Post #15655.

Source:

http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/news/nation-world-news/official-hurricane-maria-set-puerto-rico-back-decades

Reporter:  Danica Colo (Associated Press).

Accessed on 25 September 2017, 1525 UTC.

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Comment:

Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jennifer Gonzales tells AP reporter Danica Colo that Hurricane Maria’s “devastation in Puerto Rico has set us back 20 to 30 years.”  With reservoirs near the breaking point, roads blocked, and power lines down, Puerto Rico faces months or even years of reconstruction.

According to reporter Colo, the federal government has increased its relief efforts to Puerto Rico and to many islands in the Caribbean area:

Large amounts of federal aid have begun moving into Puerto Rico, welcomed by local officials who praised the Trump administration’s response.

The opening of the island’s main port in the capital allowed 11 ships to bring in 1.6 million gallons of water, 23,000 cots, dozens of generators and food. Dozens more shipments are expected in upcoming days.

“The federal aid effort is racing to stem a growing humanitarian crisis in towns left without fresh water, fuel, electricity or phone service. Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is in charge of the relief effort, said they would take satellite phones to all of Puerto Rico’s towns and cities, more than half of which were cut off following Maria’s devastating crossing of Puerto Rico on Wednesday.”

Those wishing to help relief efforts in Puerto Rico are being encouraged to contact the American Red Cross.

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Puna pair wanted for robbery, warrants


Hawaii News Digest, 15 September 2017, 0615 hrs, UTC, Post #15591.

Source:

http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/puna-pair-wanted-robbery-warrants

Accessed on 15 September 2017, 0615 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

Hawaii Island police are looking for a 31-year-old Puna man and a 25-year-old Puna woman for auto theft and several outstanding warrants.

The search for Leroy Daniel Kekaula Castro III and Kandace Kehaulani Iaukea follows a report of a stolen 2011 Toyota pickup truck with license plate number HMF-880.  The suspects forced the driver of the pickup truck to surrender his vehicle on Ahuna Street in Hilo.  The driver was threatened with a machete before the suspects left the scene in the stolen vehicle.

People having leads in this case should call police at 935-3311.  Consider the couple armed and dangerous.

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Hawaii says it’s 1st state to go cashless for pot sales


Hawaii News Digest, 13 September 2017, 1500 hrs, UTC, Post #15584.

Source:

http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/hawaii-says-it-s-1st-state-to-go-cashless-pot-sales

Reporter:  Audrey McAvoy (The Associated Press).

According to AP reporter Audrey McAvoy, “all eight of Hawaii’s licensed marijuana dispensaries have agreed to go cashless by Oct. 1.”  The  move to digital transactions will be facilitated by a special app and unique debit cards which will help dispensaries “avoid robberies and other crimes targeting dispensaries.”

McAvoy says medical marijuana dispensaries prefer cash because banks are afraid that marijuana sales will “expose them to legal trouble from the U.S. government, which regulates banks and still bans marijuana.”

Under the cardless system,  registered medical marijuana patients will use their checking accounts to pay CanPay which sends the money to Safe Harbor.

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Kona bikeshare program rolls on


Hawaii News Digest, 11 September 2017, 1325 hrs, UTC, Post #15573.

Source:

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/kona-bikeshare-program-rolls-through-first-year

Reporter:  Max Dible (West Hawaii Today).

Accessed on 11 September 2017, 1325 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

An experimental bikeshare program in Kona continues to make progress, with possible expansion in the future.

People’s Advocacy for Trails Hawaii (PATH) executive director Tina Clothier says the $250,000 contract with Hawaii County will give her organization  “approval to maintain bike stations on county property long-term and secure all its special management area exemptions.”

Maintaining and possibly expanding the bikeshare program will be done through grants and community support.

Clothier says the success of the Kona bikeshare program may pave the way for similar programs in Hilo:

“Expansion to other communities likely would again involve the county, Clothier said, and PATH is currently feeling out the new administration under Mayor Harry Kim to get his thoughts on spreading bikesharing across the island.”

“Clothier added the first target for a sister program would be Hilo, which she explained is adding more bicycle infrastructure like bike lanes.”

“Bikeshare would fit perfectly with Hilo’s downtown mobility plan, she explained, and implementation of that plan would likely dictate the timing of attempts to bring the program to East Hawaii.”

“For now, Clothier believes bikeshare usage numbers in Kona justify spreading the program out. PATH projected about 3,000 users in it’s first year and outperformed those projections by about 20 percent.”

“It’s exactly what we expected,” she said. “Most of our usage has been from visitors, but we do have some residents who have signed up as members.”

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Volcano structure fire sends 3 to hospital


Hawaii News Digest, 11 September 2017, 0555 hrs, UTC, Post #15570.

Source:

http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/volcano-structure-fire-sends-3-hospital

Accessed on 11 September 2017, 0555 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

A Hawaii Island man suffered serious burns while he tried to extinguish a house fire that occurred Saturday evening, 09 September 2017, in the Volcano area.

When fire crews arrived at 11-3896 Nahelenani Street, they found the single-story dwelling covered by flames.

A man and two minor children managed to escape from the burning house.  The man, who suffered burns, was taken to the Hilo Medical Center in serious condition.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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As I see it: keep impaired from driving


Hawaii News Digest, 02 September 2017, 1555 hrs, UTC, Post #15528.

Source:

http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/opinion/columns/i-see-it-keep-impaired-drivers

Reporter:  Ken Obenski, forensic engineer.

Accessed on 02 September 2017, 1555 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

Forensic engineer Ken Obenski has an idea that may keep “impaired” drivers off the road before they kill someone.  Rather than test drivers for blood chemistry, Obenski says law enforcement should use “a robotic measure of impairment”, similar to the tests given to pilots before they board their aircraft.  The pilot completes an exercise on a simulator “that tests how they react to foreseeable problems.”  A tour bus company operates a similar program for its drivers before they take to the road.

Obenski says the robotic tester or simulator should be field portable and easy to use by law enforcement at roadblocks and DUI checkpoints.  The technology exists and could be incorporated into an officer’s cell phone or other handheld device.

Obenski believes such simulators would resolve questionable blood chemistry tests with a definite, provable set of standards:

“Again, too much for the field, but what is practicable is a portable device that tests impairment rather than blood chemistry. Such tests are possible with smart phones that can already judge slurred speech, reaction times, memory, coordination or unsteadiness, think videogames. Testing could even be built into cars. Can’t pass the test, car won’t start, or maybe won’t go over 14 mph. (We don’t want to strand people unnecessarily.) Unfortunately, like so many other things, establishment resists change if it encroaches on their comfort zone.”

“The important thing is to keep the impaired from driving, not to diagnose the possible source of impairment, or penalize people for something irrelevant.”

Interesting idea–what do you think?

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