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On Tap at the Hawaii Legislature: April 23

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A selective list of bills, resolutions, hearings, briefings, meetings and events for Wednesday at the state Capitol. Click here for more.

Conferences:

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Photo: Hawaii state Capitol. (Civil Beat)

—Chad Blair

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Happy Earth Day, Hawaii State Capitol!

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More than 270 middle school, high school and university students gathered at the State Capitol this morning for a community clean-energy rally hosted by Blue Planet Foundation.

According to Planet people, “They raised their voices and waved signs along Beretania Street, advocating for a clean energy future powered by local, renewable energy sources to end Hawaii’s dependency on fossil fuels.”

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Photo: Happy people in yellow shirts, with state Rep. Chris Lee and Blue Man Henk Rogers at center. (Blue Planet Foundation)

—Chad Blair

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Hawaii Human Services: ‘Nothing New’ to Report on Teen Stowaway

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The state Department of Human Services has this to say today about the teenage stowaway on that Hawaiian Airlines flight from San Jose, Calif., to Kahului:

At this time there is nothing new to report. The 15-year-old youth who stowed away Sunday night in the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines jet is resting comfortably at a local hospital.

Currently in the custody of the Hawaii Department of Human Services, Child Welfare Services officials continue to work with the appropriate agencies to ensure the youth’s safe return to his home in California.   

When more information is available for release, the DHS will send out an update.   

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Photo: Kahului Airport. (Forest and Kim Starr)

—Chad Blair

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Stowaway Teen Forces Review of Airport Security

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From The Associated Press:

A 15-year-old boy found his way onto an airport’s tarmac and climbed into a jetliner’s wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii — a misadventure that forced authorities to take a hard look at the security system that protects the nation’s airline fleet. Read more.

And here’s the latest in other neighbor isle gov’t, biz, culture and politics:

Boy, 15, ‘relatively very stable’

Stowaway may have been trying to head to Africa, not Hawaii

FAA: 105 stowaway attempts since 1947, 80 were fatal

Attorneys: 2491 backers ‘eco-terrorists’

Maui budget panel official plans to trim fat

Four streams will be flowing in settlement of Na Wai Eha

Apolo Ohno training to compete at Ironman

Nailing down hospitality on Kauai

Sustainable living bill advances

‘Solar Guy’ announces candidacy for state governor

NELHA seeks new lease in Puna

Kauai Council to decide on raising fees

Royal Parade carries on traditions of Merrie Monarch Festival

Bomb threat locked down Kauai High School

$305M released for Kahului Airport rental car facility

Military convoys between Kawaihae and PTA (April 22-25)

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Photo: Wheels of a Boeing 777. (Bill Abbott)

—Chad Blair

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Youth Rally at Capitol Today for ‘Secure, Sustainable Energy Future’

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Blue Planet Foundation is hosting a clean energy rally today — Earth Day — at the state Capitol from 10 a.m. until noon.

More than 300 students from Farrington High School, Waialua High and Intermediate, Nanakuli High and Intermediate, Leilehua HS, Hawaii Pacific University, Hongwanji Mission School, ‘Iolani School and Le Jardin Academy will be on hand to urge legislators “to make decisions that will ensure a clean energy future powered by local, renewable energy sources" to end Hawaii’s dependency on fossil fuels, according to a press release.

Speakers will include Blue Planet founder Henk Rogers, Senate Energy Committee Chair Mike Gabbard and House Energy & Environment Committee Chair Chris Lee. Artists Drew Toonz and Michal Abramovitz will collaborate with the students on a community clean energy mural.

Blue Planet Foundation is championing Senate Bill 2934, a measure to establish a community solar program

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Photo: Logo. (Blue Planet Foundation)

—Chad Blair

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Sen. Galuteria Holds Fundraiser During Session

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State Sen. Brickwood Galuteria, a Democrat, is holding a campaign fundraiser tonight at The Crown on Kapiolani Boulevard.

The suggested donation is $100.

Today is the 55th day of the 60-day Hawaii Legislature. I am running out of snarky things to say about lawmakers raising money while hearing from lobbyists about legislation.

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Photo: Cash call. (Tax Credits)

—Chad Blair

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On Tap at the Hawaii Legislature: April 22

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A selective list of bills, resolutions, hearings, briefings and events for Tuesday at the state Capitol. Click here for more.

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Photo: Hawaii state Capitol. (Civil Beat)

—Chad Blair

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Hawaii Governor Declares April 21st ‘Bruno Mars Day’

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KITV has the report. Excerpt:

Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a proclamation Monday honoring Hawaii-born pop star Bruno Mars.

Abercrombie proclaimed April 21, 2014 as Bruno Mars Day.  Click here to read the proclamation.

Mars debuted as a performer in Waikiki at the age of 4 as an Elvis impersonator. …

Mars’ final show of three concerts at the Neal Blaisdell Arena is set for Monday night.

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Photo: Bruno Mars. (Guise Archives)

—Chad Blair

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Website Launched to Fight Revenge Porn in Hawaii

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There are still links, colors, content and spacing to be worked out, but there is now a locally focused website focused on revenge porn.

End Revenge Porn Hawaii comes as the Hawaii Legislature is moving toward passing a bill that would make the posting of nude images and video without permission subject to jail time.

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Photo: Screen shot, April 21, 2014. (End Revenge Porn Hawaii)

—Chad Blair

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Update: Hawaiian Airlines Stowaway Under State Care

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The Hawaii Department of Human Services has an update this morning on the story that is making headlines everywhere:

A 16-year-old boy who stowed away Sunday in the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines jet that traveled from San Jose, Calif., to Maui has been released to the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services, Child Welfare Services Branch.

Officials have notified the boy’s family that he is safe.

The CWS Branch will enlist the help of all necessary agencies to ensure the child’s safe return to his home in California.

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Photo: Kahului Airport. (Forest and Kim Starr)

—Chad Blair

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FBI: Boy Survives Maui Flight In Wheel Well

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From The Maui News:

A 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose, Calif., to Maui on Sunday, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen, FBI and airline officials said. Read more.

And here’s the latest in other neighbor isle gov’t, biz, culture and politics:

Merrie Monarch Festival kicks off

Owner: Pit bulls killed 2 Hanamaulu pet dogs

Big Isle students gain confidence while debating current issues

Kapaa High senior Shiloh Begley accepted at West Point

Hapuna lifeguards get lifesaving tools

‘Construct-O-Mobile’ in the running for Japan trip

Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers opens Hilo office

Foundation to hold annual meeting at Old Lahaina Prison

DHHL picks new group to operate Molokai center

Delta Air settles Maui disabled man’s lawsuit

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Photo: Hawaiian Airlines. (Courtesy)

—Chad Blair

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On Tap at the Hawaii Legislature: April 21

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A selective list of bills, resolutions, hearings, briefings and events for Monday at the state Capitol. Click here for more.

Hearings:

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Photo: Hawaii state Capitol. (Civil Beat)

—Chad Blair

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Hawaii Tax Department Wants Help In Modernizing Computer System

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The Hawaii Department of Taxation has issued a request for proposal to overhaul its computer system and better manage the collection and accounting of state taxes. 

The project, according to DOTAX, will be “a complete replacement of the state’s current tax system focused on facilitating and accelerating online filing, payment, collections, status reporting, refunds, and analytics.” 

Tax Director Fred Pablo said in a press release last week, “Better management of our tax collections will transform how we work and enhance services we provide to the community.”

Contact DOTAX for more info on the RFP.

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Photo: During tax season, DOTAX handles 2.5 million returns annually.(DOTAX)

—Chad Blair

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Not-So-Fun Fact: 95 Out of 1,000 in Hawaii Have Asthma

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Does the vog bother you?

Chances are you’re not alone, says the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.

Ninety-five people out of 1,000 in Hawaii have asthma, and chances are good that you also know someone with high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

That’s the latest from DBEDT’s Fun Fact series; this edition is not so fun but informative nonetheless.

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—Chad Blair

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Big Isle Farmers Prepare to Export Sharwil Avocados

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From the Hawaii Tribune-Herald:

If all goes as planned, Tom Benton will be shipping Sharwil avocados to the mainland come November.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture in September eased rules prohibiting the export of the avocados to the mainland, allowing farmers here to ship the Sharwils to 32 cold weather states each winter, from November through March. Officials last fall said they hoped to start the sale of the savory fruit last year, but the rule-making and implementation plan process took too long, said Benton, president of the Hawaii Avocado Association. Read more.

And here’s the latest in other neighbor isle gov’t, biz, culture and politics:

Judge rules against Paia short-term rentals

Battle over wastewater in Wailua

Merrie Monarch Festival gets under way

Installation of artificial turf at Maui stadium delayed again

Advocates for abused and neglected children needed on Maui

Counties seeking bigger TAT cut; bill goes to committee Monday

Maui Prep student leads charge to ban cigarettes from parks, beaches

State is genetically engineered crop flash point

Finding Neverland: Kualapuu students perform school’s last musical

Maui Search and Rescue Emerges

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Photo: Avocado. (Will Merydith)

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