November 2017

November 17, 2017

Rail Board OKs Preliminary Step To Push Route Past Ala Moana Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Rail Board OKs Preliminary Step To Push Route Past Ala Moana

The manager of the Honolulu rail project says it needs to develop and secure an alternate route from Ala Moana Center in case it’s extended someday.

Hawaii Psychiatric Patient Is Surprised His Escape Worked AP

Hawaii Psychiatric Patient Is Surprised His Escape Worked

UPDATED: Randall Saito also says he faked mental illness to avoid criminal charges after he killed a woman in 1979.

Honolulu City Council Considers Regulating ‘Monster Homes’ Shafkat Anowar/Civil Beat

Honolulu City Council Considers Regulating ‘Monster Homes’

Neighbors complain about homes with 15 or more bedrooms, but they’re defended by a man who said they serve multigenerational households.

How Brian Schatz Is Becoming The Senate’s Chief Science Nerd Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

How Brian Schatz Is Becoming The Senate’s Chief Science Nerd

From data security to climate change, from net neutrality to telemedicine, the Hawaii senator is front and center on technology issues.

Hokulea’s Voyage To Hana Is A Homecoming For Young Captain Justyn Ay Chong/Polynesian Voyaging Society / ʻŌiwi TV

Hokulea’s Voyage To Hana Is A Homecoming For Young Captain

Hana native Nakua Konohia-Lind, 24, the youngest captain of the storied voyaging vessel, manned the helm as it sailed in to East Maui.

Chad Blair: A Trip Back To Hawaii Journalism In The ’60s

Chad Blair: A Trip Back To Hawaii Journalism In The ’60s

You can almost hear the typewriters clacking as you read this former Honolulu Advertiser reporter’s memoir.

November 16, 2017

Escaped State Hospital Patient Aimed To Show He Could Be Outside San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office

Escaped State Hospital Patient Aimed To Show He Could Be Outside

Randall Saito gave an interview to a San Francisco TV station after he was captured in Stockton.

Hawaiian Airlines CEO To Retire In March, Replacement Named Courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines CEO To Retire In March, Replacement Named

Mark Dunkerley has been one of the longest-tenured CEOs in the airline industry.

Caldwell Nominates Former TV Executive For Police Commission City and County of Honolulu

Caldwell Nominates Former TV Executive For Police Commission

Dick Grimm, who worked at three local stations, would be the mayor’s sixth appointment to the seven-member board.

Making Hawaii Student Testing More Meaningful Flickr: Alberto G.

Making Hawaii Student Testing More Meaningful

Educators need to talk about how to improve the testing experience for students, teachers and the school community.

Neal Milner: Here’s What It Really Takes To Survive In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Here’s What It Really Takes To Survive In Hawaii

Hate them if you must, but homelessness, vacation rentals and unlicensed care homes are natural responses to problems plaguing the islands.

Hawaii State Hospital Wasn’t Built For The Type Of Patients It Serves AP

Hawaii State Hospital Wasn’t Built For The Type Of Patients It Serves

Some lawmakers want tighter security at the psychiatric hospital, where seven patients have escaped since 2014, until new facilities are built.

Will Rail Go To Manoa And Waikiki After All? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Will Rail Go To Manoa And Waikiki After All?

The HART board may be resurrecting a route plan far more ambitious than the one submitted to federal transit officials.

Council Panel Votes To Prohibit Lying Down At Honolulu Bus Stops Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Council Panel Votes To Prohibit Lying Down At Honolulu Bus Stops

But the committee postponed action on a measure to extend the sit-lie ban to areas around schools and libraries.

November 15, 2017

New HPD Chief Shares Her Goals For A Department In Turmoil Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

New HPD Chief Shares Her Goals For A Department In Turmoil

Susan Ballard outlined what she wants to accomplish in the coming years in her first regular meeting with the Honolulu Police Commission.

Hawaii Acknowledges Failures After Escaped Killer Is Captured San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office

Hawaii Acknowledges Failures After Escaped Killer Is Captured

UPDATED: Seven State Hospital employees have been placed on unpaid leave as the case is investigated.

Health Beat: Old People Deserve To Have Choices Too Courtesy: Snowpeak/Flickr.com

Health Beat: Old People Deserve To Have Choices Too

Most of us will eventually give up at least some of our independence. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t still have options.

The Uncomfortable Truths About Health Care Flickr: rob_rob2001

The Uncomfortable Truths About Health Care

Legislation, not personal responsibility, is the major factor for turning the tide on unhealthy lifestyles.

November 14, 2017

New Council Proposal Cuts Back Fire Sprinkler Requirements Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

New Council Proposal Cuts Back Fire Sprinkler Requirements

Only about half as many high rises built before 1975 would have to be retrofitted under an amended version of the measure.

Officials Still Silent About How Killer Escaped From Hawaii State Hospital PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Officials Still Silent About How Killer Escaped From Hawaii State Hospital

The AG’s office issued a $500,000 warrant for the arrest of Randall Saito, calling him a “dangerous individual” who needs to be off the street.

Kealohas Get New Defense Attorneys In Federal Conspiracy Case Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Kealohas Get New Defense Attorneys In Federal Conspiracy Case

The couple could no longer afford to pay their long-time lawyers to defend them in one of the largest public corruption cases in Hawaii history.

City May Get Tougher On Tour Vans In Waimanalo Courtesy of Ted Ralston

City May Get Tougher On Tour Vans In Waimanalo

A bill to establish permit fees for commercial stops at Waimanalo Bay Beach Park would help pay for monitoring compliance.

Here’s Why Your Local TV News Is About To Get Even Worse Flickr: brizzle born and bred

Here’s Why Your Local TV News Is About To Get Even Worse

The FCC has decided local news stations no longer need to be accountable to their communities.

Nevada’s ‘Most Dangerous’ Inmates Move In With Hawaii Prisoners Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Nevada’s ‘Most Dangerous’ Inmates Move In With Hawaii Prisoners

The private Saguaro Correctional Center in Arizona says the new prisoners will be fenced off and separated from the 1,600 Hawaii inmates.

There Should Be No Secret Deal With Airbnb Cory Lum/Civil Beat

There Should Be No Secret Deal With Airbnb

Gov. David Ige should let the public see the details of his agreement with the vacation rental giant.