State agency: Health exchange owes us $4.5M – Hawaii News Now


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State agency: Health exchange owes us $4.5M Hawaii News Now HONOLULU (AP)Department of Human Services officials tell Hawaii lawmakers the agency may seek about $4.5 million from the Legislature next year to cover money owed by the state’s…

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Department of Human Services Director Patricia McManaman says she will ask the state legislature to allocate $4.5 million next year “to cover money owed by the state’s troubled health insurance exchange.”  Earlier, Tom Matsuda, the director of the Hawaii Health Connector, told lawmakers that the “Exchange needs about $4.7 million next year and up to $9 million the year after to be financially viable.”  Three guesses who will pay for this.  Aloha, Russ.

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Memorial fund established for victims of Lanai plane crash – Hawaii News Now


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Memorial fund established for victims of Lanai plane crash Hawaii News Now Donations are accepted at any Bank of Hawaii branch; checks should be made payable to “Maui County Remembers.” Online donations may be made through May 31, 2014 with any…

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Pulama Lanai has established a “Maui County Remembers” memorial fund to help families of those who died or were injured in the Lanai plane crash of 26 February 2014.  Donations will be accepted until 31 May 2014 at any branch of the Bank of Hawaii.  Aloha, Russ.

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County Council Finance Committee recommends purchase of Ka’u District land.


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The Kaunamano property is valued at $10.8 million.

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According to reporter Erin Miller, the Hawaii County Council’s Finance Committee is recommending that Hawaii County buy around 1,200 acres of Ka’u shoreline at Kaunamano for use as a public beach park.  Lehua Lopez-Mau, the former executive director of Na Ohana O Honuapo,  told council members that “Now is the time to purchase land for future use and future needs…we have a willing offer.”  If the County Council approves the purchase, the area surrounding Kaunamano will be the largest beach park in the state.  Aloha, Russ.

 

Source:  Stephens Media Hawaii.

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Permission may be given to disinter and identify those killed during Pearl Harbor Attack.


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Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command may get the nod to proceed with the identification process.

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Pentagon approval may be coming soon for the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command to disinter and identify approximately 400 “unknowns” killed aboard the USS Oklahoma during the 07 December 1941 Pearl Harbor Attack.  Most of those “unknowns” are now buried at the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl Crater.  The added responsibility for the agency follows harsh criticism of the Accounting Command for its wasteful spending, inefficient operations, and duplication of effort.  Perhaps some closure will come to those families who lost their sons and fathers on that day 73 years ago.  Aloha, Russ.

Source:  The Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

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Hilo charter school’s build plans hit permit snag – Hawaii News Now


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Hilo charter school’s build plans hit permit snag Hawaii News Now A lawyer for Connections New Century Public Charter School told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald he expects the county’s Windward Planning Commission to accept the recommendation and deny…

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Hilo attorney Ted Hong, who represents "The Connections New Century Charter School, tells reporter Colin Stewart that he expects the Windward Planning Commission to accept a hearing officer’s report and to deny a permit  for the school to build a facility on approximately 70 acres in upper Kaumana.  Hong says he will appeal that decision to the 3rd Circuit Court.  The hearing officer’s report concluded that a full build-out campus would need more water than the school could access.  Aloha, Russ.

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Kauai Fire Department seeks more overtime funds – Hawaii News Now


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Kauai Fire Department seeks more overtime funds
Hawaii News Now
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) – The Kauai Fire Department is seeking a 22 percent increase in overtime funds for the upcoming fiscal year.

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According to "The Garden Island" newspaper, the Kauai Fire Department spent more than $1.1 million in overtime expenses for fiscal year 2013.  Fire Department officials want $1.4 million to cover collective bargaining and training requirements.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii, Bali form sister state relationship – Colorado Springs Gazette


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Hawaii, Bali form sister state relationship
Colorado Springs Gazette
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii and the Indonesian province of Bali on Monday took a step toward forging closer ties by becoming sister states.

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Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie has signed documents establishing a "sister-state" relationship between Hawaii and the Indonesian province of Bali.  In signing the two documents, Abercrombie noted several parallels between the two tropical areas, including "their respective histories as independent kingdoms."  Formal relationships such as "sister-states" and "sister-cities" raise Hawaii’s international profile and stimulate Hawaii’s economy.  Aloha, Russ.

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