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Report: Hawaii's Kahele to run for governor instead of reelection - Roll Call

60% Center coverage: 5 sources
Rep. Kai Kahele will run for governor of Hawaii instead of seeking reelection, according to a report by Punchbowl News. The Democrat is the second native Hawaiian to represent the state in Congress. He previously served in the state Senate, after he was appointed to fill the seat of his late father and then elected to a full term.See the Story
US & Canada · Hawaii

Kai Kahele Kicks Off Bid for Hawaii Governor

60% Center coverage: 5 sources
U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele announced Saturday morning in Hilo that he is running for Hawaii governor. He will face Lt. Gov. Josh Green and Vicky Cayetano, a businesswoman and former first lady. Former Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell quit the contest Wednesday, citing a lack of fundraising and momentum.See the Story
US & Canada · Hilo

Hilo man indicted on charge of sexual abuse of minor

100% Center coverage: 2 sources
A Hilo grand jury on July 22 returned a four-count indictment against Dustin K.B. Balai. The victim, identified only by her initials, was born in January 2015. According to the indictment, the offenses took place on July 14, 2021. The 28-year-old pleaded not guilty to the charges on Tuesday.See the Story
US & Canada · Oregon

Oregon man accused of sex assault at Airbnb

100% Center coverage: 1 sources
Christopher Sanburn, 34, is charged with two counts of sexual assault. The woman, 24, told police she did not give consent for Sanburn to have sex with her. Sanburn was charged with second-degree sexual assault, a Class B felony punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment upon conviction.See the Story
US & Canada · Hawaii

Higher water rates coming down the pipe

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Water customers should expect a double whammy on their bills starting Friday, when planned consumption and standby charge increases coincide with an increase in the fluctuating power purchase charge.See the Story
US & Canada · Hilo

Judge orders document in Ireland case to be unsealed

100% Center coverage: 1 sources
Hilo Circuit Judge Peter Kubota on Tuesday ordered that one of two documents apparently related to post-conviction DNA testing performed in the Dana Ireland murder case be unsealed and made public. The Hawaii Innocence Project believes three men were wrongfully convicted of Ireland's 1991 abduction, rape and murder. Ian Schweitzer is serving a life sentence with a minimum term of 130 years in prison.See the Story
US & Canada · Hawaii

N. Kona water restrictions could be eased this week

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North Kona water restrictions could be eased as early as the end of this week. Officials have located a motor for one of four water wells that are currently inoperable in the region. Four of the 14 North Kona wells malfunctioning at the same time, a problem itself. Three of those four wells are close to each other.See the Story
US & Canada · Kailua-Kona

Judge: No bail for man accused of murder

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Chito K. Asuncion appeared Monday afternoon in Kona District Court before Per Diem Judge Bruce Larson for a hearing on a state motion to hold the defendant without bail. The 24-year-old has been in police custody since his arrest on June 7 in lieu of $1.5 million bail. Prosecutors argued there is serious risk that Asuncions would flee or not appear as directed.See the Story
US & Canada · Hawaii

Puna Pono Alliance denied PGV appeal, PUC reconsideration

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The state Intermediate Court of Appeals on June 13 denied a pair of appeals seeking an updated environmental review for Puna Geothermal Venture. One of the appeals dismissed was brought by Puna Pono Alliance, Luana Jones, Shana Ritsema and Jon Olson; the other was by Sara Steiner. The lawsuits claimed the 1987 environmental impact statement for the geothermal power plant near Pahoa is inadequate and outdated.See the Story
US & Canada · Hawaii

Council kills one charter amendment, moves the rest along

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Hawaii County Council takes up six bills to consider putting on the Nov. 8 ballot. Measures require a super-majority of at least six affirmative votes on three separate readings. The council, on a 4-5 vote, rejected Bill 180, requiring the addition of a Department of Hawaiian Home Lands representative to the county Water Board. Bill 174 would create a new county department, a Building Department.See the Story
US & Canada · Hawaii

Paramedics wanted: County seeing uptick in calls for emergency medical services

100% Center coverage: 1 sources
The Hawaii Fire Department is searching for paramedics to fill the spots of those who have been promoted, retired or transferred to other positions within the department. With 16 ambulance units on the Big Island rotating over three shifts, HFD requires roughly 48 paramedics islandwide. To help train additional EMTs, Hawaii Community College recently announced a stand-alone program to receive an EMT certification.See the Story
US & Canada · Hawaii

Nurturing nene: Army program sees increase in Hawaiian goose population in Saddle region

100% Center coverage: 1 sources
Officials at the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge on Friday reported another successful nene breeding season. During the 2021-2022 breeding season (October to March), our management of habitat and invasive animals supported 16 nesting pairs of geese, and resulted in 8 goslings surviving to sub-adults capable of flight.See the Story

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