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Syringes Found at Soccer Fields Spurs Action

After Sen. Kai Kahele posted a picture of syringes found at Hilo Bayfront Soccer Fields on Facebook that he received from a friend, the County of Hawai‘i is taking action and Mayor Harry Kim is creating a task force to deal with the rising problem of needles being found throughout the island.

“A friend sent this to me yesterday, their kids had soccer practice in the afternoon…needles by the Hilo Bayfront Soccer Fields bathrooms,” said Sen. Kahele in a Facebook post.

The County of Hawai‘i is asking the public to report discarded syringes or needles to the Hawai‘i Police Department, while avoiding touching or handling the hazardous waste items.

An on-line form to report discarded syringes and needles has been created, to facilitate safe retrieval. The form is posted on the county’s website here.

The form is simple to fill out. People who find syringes or needles give the location and time of discovery. Information as to the person’s name and phone number is optional.

People who find syringes or needles may also call the police non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311 to report.

No one besides trained staff should touch or handle this hazardous waste, which could be drug-laced or infected.

The county is also developing a program involving the installation of “amnesty sharps disposal bins,” which are tamper-proof boxes for the disposal of syringes or needles.

The bins will be installed at public restrooms at parks and other facilities, similar to the receptacles found at airports in Hawai‘i where contraband fruit or meat can be disposed of without penalty.

For further information, call Leilani Maxera of the CHOW Project at (808) 852-3273.

‘No Outlet’ Restriction Trial Discontinued

The Hawai‘i Department of Transportation (HDOT) announces that it is discontinuing the trial “no outlet” restriction from 29th Avenue (also known as Poni Moi Avenue) onto Kea‘au-Pāhoa Road (Highway 130).

This restriction, which sought to improve the efficiency of the highway by limiting the side street connections, was put in place Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, and concluded Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

“After weighing the public feedback and the benefits of the ‘no outlet’ restriction at 29th Avenue we have decided to look at other options to improve the operations of Highway 130,” said HDOT Deputy Director for Highways Ed Sniffen. “Much mahalo to the Hawaiian Paradise Park residents for their cooperation and patience during this trial.”

The HDOT Highways Division, Hawaii District is currently exploring other options to increase efficiencies along Kea‘au-Pāhoa Road. More information on upcoming operational improvements will be made available at a later date.

Mayor Kim’s Testimony Urging Passage of Little Fire Ant Bill

Hawai‘i County Mayor Harry Kim submitted the following letter to Senator Mike Gabbard, Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Environment this afternoon Wednesday, March 7, 2018:

This testimony is in support of HB 2046, HD 1, but first I want to thank you for the time and energy that you and your colleagues have devoted to invasive species in general, and to little fire ants in particular.  A year ago, the Council of Mayors identified invasive species as a top priority that deserved everyone’s attention. Our best efforts at the county level are often inadequate to protect our islands from harmful pests, and limited resources make it imperative that the State, counties, Feds, and private sector work together in pursuing solutions to what often seem intractable problems.  This legislature really stood up last year, and hopefully will do even more this year.

The possible exception (so far) of the parakeet problem, it seems that Hawaii County has suffered a disproportionate share of the damage caused by invasive species, including Rapid ‘Ōhia Death, little fire ants, coqui frogs, coffee berry borer and probably others. However, all our islands, and all our constituents, are at risk. My primary request to you would be “Please don’t give up.” As a county,  we do not have the resources or expertise to fight these devastating invaders on our own. We need as much assistance from the State as you can offer.

Particularly with respect to little fire ants, it sometime seems that we have thrown in the towel. This must not happen—it is a horrific species that causes great pain in humans and has been reported to cause blindness in dogs, cats, pigs and horses. We have to make the effort to fight back, and HB 2046 HD 1 is a foot in the door, in the geographic area that may still be salvageable. Please provide as much funding as you can manage, broaden the initiative if you think it is appropriate, and let’s move forward.

While I would defer to others as to how precious dollars should be allocated, I strongly endorse the investment of funds in combating little fire ants, and therefore urge passage of HB 2046, HD 1.

Respectfully submitted,

Harry Kim, Mayor, County of Hawai‘i

HB 2046 Appropriates funds to the Department of Agriculture for outreach and education efforts in West Hawai‘i county regarding the detection and treatment of little fire ants.

KTA Beer Sampling & Customer Appreciation Day

KTA Puainako Store will host “Customer Appreciation Day” on Saturday, March 10.

KTA Super Stores is offering three events this week that are open to the public.

Beer tastings will be held at KTA Keauhou on Thursday, March 8, 2018, between 3 and 6 p.m. and at KTA Kailua-Kona on Friday, March 9, 2018, from 3 to 6 p.m.

Maui Brewing Company will be sampling their handcrafted beers at these locations during that time period. Samplers need to be 21 or older and ID is required.

KTA Super Stores also invites the public to its Customer Appreciation Day at the Puainako Store located at 50 E. Puainako St. on Saturday, March 10, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be food samples, balloons, games, prizes and more.

Free Concert: Tribute to Kamehameha III

The public is invited to free concert celebrating the 18th Annual Tribute to Kamehameha III, a celebration for Ka Lani Kauikeaouli at the place of his birth, Keauhou.

Help honor the life and legacy of a great lāhui leader who declared “He aupuni palapala—Mine is a kingdom of literacy” and whose support of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi continues to inspire us today.

The free ‘Aha Mele will be on Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 3 to 9 p.m. on the Hawai‘i Lawn at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay.

The concert features Emcees Jaz and Ka‘ea of KAPA Radio; ‘Ekolu Mea Nui, Kainani Kahaunaele, Hammah-Jang and others will perform.

There will be a vendor marketplace showcasing crafts, apparel and local artists.

A free shuttle is available from 2:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Keauhou Shopping Center. Mats and beach chairs welcomed. No coolers allowed.

Donations to Nā Kālai Wa‘a will be accepted.

Orchid Club Hosts Rat Lungworm Disease Presentation

Rat lungworm disease is carried by slugs and snails. Hawai‘i Department of Health photo.

Prevention and control of Rat Lungworm Disease is the topic of a presentation by Jason Dela Cruz of the Hawai‘i State Department of Health at the Wednesday, March 14, 2018, meeting of the Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club (KDOC).

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. A potluck starts off the meeting and guests are invited to participate at the Daifukuji Soto Mission Hall.

“Since a lot of our orchids are outside in the environment, we should be diligent in controlling conditions promoting the spread of the disease,” said Joyce Hancock, KDOC program chair.

The Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club is West Hawai‘i’s oldest orchidaceae organization, with a mission to learn and foster orchid culture and promote fellowship among orchid collectors. The club meets the second Wednesday of every month at the Daifukuji Soto Mission Hall on Highway 11 at Mile Marker 114, just north of Kainaliu.

For information, visit online or phone (808) 328-8375.

Bill Limiting Telescopes on Maunakea Passes Senate 25–0

Hawai‘i Senate Bill 3090 SD2 passed the Hawai‘i Senate in favor with a vote of 25–0 today, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, and now moves over to the Hawai‘i House of Representatives.

Senate Bill 3090 SD2:

Establishes the Maunakea Management Authority. Limits the number of telescopes that may be authorized on Maunakea.

Authorizes the renegotiation of leases, subleases, easements, permits, and licenses pertaining to Maunakea. Requires that revenue derived from activities on Maunakea be shared with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Excludes Maunakea lands from the definition of “public lands.” Provides for free access to Maunakea for traditional cultural purposes. Establishes police powers and provides for enforcement of laws on land under the jurisdiction of the Maunakea Management Authority. Appropriates funds. Effective 12/31/2033.

A statewide series of community presentations about the future of Maunakea begins tonight from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in Nānākuli at Ka Waihona O Ka Na‘auo, 89-195 Farrington Highway.

A meeting has been scheduled for the Big Island in Hilo with Sens. Kahele and and Rep. Chris Todd at Keaukaha Elementary School on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Death With Dignity Bill Passes Key Hurdle

Hawai‘i House lawmakers voted to legally permit medically aided death in Hawai‘i this afternoon, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, after an emotional floor debate in which lawmakers recalled their own family members who suffered before they died

Nine Democrats and three Republicans in the 51-member House opposed the bill.

House Bill 2739 would allow patients with less than six months to request prescriptions for lethal doses of medication.

The measure now goes to the state Senate, where it is expected to win approval.

House Health and Human Services Committee Chairman John Mizuno contends House Bill 2739 has the strongest safeguards to prevent abuse of any state. Five states and the District of Columbia have already legalized medical aid in dying, including California, Colorado, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.

Under the procedures in the bill, patients would be required to submit two verbal requests a minimum of 20 days apart and one written request to their attending physicians for a prescription.

The written request would have to be signed by two witnesses who can attest the patient is of sound mind, and is acting voluntarily. One of the witnesses cannot be a relative and one witness cannot be someone who stands to inherit anything upon the patient’s death.

The bill also requires counseling from a psychiatrist, psychologist or clinical social worker after two physicians confirm the patient’s diagnosis, prognosis and competence.

3rd Annual Kickball Tournament Seeks Teams

Slideshow of the 2017 Hilo Kickball Tournament

The 3rd Annual Kickball Tournament presented by PARENTS (Providing Awareness Referrals Education Nurturing Therapy Support), will be held the weekend of April 21 and 22, 2018, at the Walter Victor Complex from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The tournament is a benefit to help kick child abuse out of Hawai‘i.

The entry fee is $300 per team until Tuesday, April 3, 2018. The entry fee between Wednesday, April 4, and Saturday, April 14, is $500.

Rally your team, grab your lawn chairs and kicking shoes, along with your family and friends and join the two-day event of double-elimniation kickball.

There will be food, music, entertainment, prizes and a keiki zone.

To find out more about how you can be a sponsor or to register a team, go online.

If you are interested in volunteer opportunities or would like to make a donation, call (808) 934-9552.

Zonta to Honor Hirono & Community Leader with Rose Award

The Zonta Club of Hilo will honor Sen. Mazie Hirono and community leader Irene Nagao with its biennial “Rose Award of Excellence” on Monday, March 26, 2018, at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Moku Ola Ballroom. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., dinner and program starts at 5:30 p.m.

The Zonta Rose Award of Excellence recognizes women who have made a significant impact on the lives of others through their employment, volunteer activities and associations. The award is part of Zonta International’s observance of International Women’s Day and Zonta Rose Day. Zonta’s mission is to empower women through service and advocacy.

“We are proud to celebrate Sen. Hirono’s work to improve the quality of life for humanity across the globe and Irene’s efforts here at home to help those who need a second or third chance at life,” said Julie Tulang, Zonta Hilo service chair. “Both women have gone above and beyond in service to the local and global community, and truly embody Zonta’s mission to empower women.”

Sen. Hirono has led a life of public service. From working to protect victims of domestic violence to extending protections for Filipino veterans of US military, Sen. Hirono is a fierce advocate for Hawaii, women, children and immigrants in Congress. Nagao, president of Going Home Hawai‘i, has convened public and private groups to support programs for youth as well as those experiencing traumatic loss or integrating back into the community from incarceration.

A limited number of tickets, which includes dinner, are available; $55 a person, or $550 for a sponsor table of eight. Purchase tickets at ZontaRose2018.eventbrite.com by Monday, March 12, 2018. For more information email info@zontahilo.org.

Clinic Set to Spay/Neuter 500–700 Cats; Volunteers Sought

Hui Pono Holoholona is seeking volunteers on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at the Eagles Lodge from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help with preparations for the upcoming Animal Balance Mash Clinic happening Wednesday through Sunday, March 21 through 25, 2018, in Hilo.

The intent of the clinic is to spay and/or neuter 500 to 700 cats for free.

On Thursday, March 8, volunteers will be cutting and folding surgical drapes, cutting sheets to cover humane traps, and much more.

The Hui is also volunteers to please donate towels and sheets. Volunteers can help out for an hour or two or all day, however they are asked to bring their own lunch.

To find out more information, call (808) 769-1128 or go online. The Eagles Lodge is located across from Kea’au Humane Society on Highway 130.

To find out more about the Animal Balance Program, click here.

Clinic Set to Spay/Neuter 500–700 Cats; Volunteers Sought

Hui Pono Holoholona is seeking volunteers on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at the Eagles Lodge from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help with preparations for the upcoming Animal Balance Mash Clinic happening Wednesday through Sunday, March 21 through 25, 2018, in Hilo.

The intent of the clinic is to spay and/or neuter 500 to 700 cats for free.

On Thursday, March 8, volunteers will be cutting and folding surgical drapes, cutting sheets to cover humane traps, and much more.

The Hui is also volunteers to please donate towels and sheets. Volunteers can help out for an hour or two or all day, however they are asked to bring their own lunch.

To find out more information, call (808) 769-1128 or go online. The Eagles Lodge is located across from Kea’au Humane Society on Highway 130.

To find out more about the Animal Balance Program, click here.

3rd Annual Kickball Tournament Seeks Teams

The 3rd Annual Kickball Tournament presented by PARENTS (Providing Awareness Referrals Education Nurturing Therapy Support), will be held the weekend of April 21 and 22, 2018, at the Walter Victor Complex from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The tournament is a benefit to help kick child abuse out of Hawai‘i.

The entry fee is $300 per team until Tuesday, April 3, 2018. The entry fee from Wednesday, April 4 to Saturday, April 14, is $500.

Rally your team, grab your lawn chairs and kicking shoes, along with your family and friends and join the two-day event of double-elimniation kickball.

There will be food, music, entertainment, prizes and a keiki zone.

To find out more about how you can be a sponsor or to register a team, visit online.

If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, or would like to make a donation call (808) 934-9552.

Slideshow of the 2017 Hilo Kickball Tournament:

HPD Continues Investigation of Kamuela Toddler’s Death

Hawaiʻi Island police continue to investigate the death of a 3-year-old boy, which occurred in the South Kohala District.

On July 25, 2017, at 7:18 p.m., police and Hawaiʻi Fire Department personnel responded to a report of an unresponsive 3-year-old male toddler, identified as Fabian Garett-Garcia, who was within a Kamuela residence.

Life-saving measures were performed on the toddler, who was transported to the North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital by medic personnel.

He was pronounced deceased shortly after his arrival at the hospital.

Detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigation Section responded to the scene and continued the investigation.

On Feb. 22, 2018, detectives received the results of the autopsy performed on July 27, 2017.

The pathologist determined the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head and the manner of death is listed as undetermined.

The case remains classified as a coroner’s inquest; detectives continue to investigate the incident.

Police ask anyone with information regarding this investigation to contact Area II Criminal Investigation Section Detective Carrie Akina, via email at Carrie.Akina@hawaiicounty.gov or at (808) 326-4646, ext. 277.

Zonta to Honor Hirono & Community Leader with Rose Award

The Zonta Club of Hilo will honor Sen. Mazie Hirono and community leader Irene Nagao with its biennial “Rose Award of Excellence” on Monday, March 26, 2018, at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Moku Ola Ballroom. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., dinner and program starts at 5:30 p.m.

The Zonta Rose Award of Excellence recognizes women who have made a significant impact on the lives of others through their employment, volunteer activities and associations. The award is part of Zonta International’s observance of International Women’s Day and Zonta Rose Day. Zonta’s mission is to empower women through service and advocacy.

“We are proud to celebrate Sen. Hirono’s work to improve the quality of life for humanity across the globe and Irene’s efforts here at home to help those who need a second or third chance at life,” said Julie Tulang, Zonta Hilo service chair. “Both women have gone above and beyond in service to the local and global community, and truly embody Zonta’s mission to empower women.”

Sen. Hirono has led a life of public service. From working to protect victims of domestic violence to extending protections for Filipino veterans of US military, Sen. Hirono is a fierce advocate for Hawaii, women, children and immigrants in Congress. Nagao, president of Going Home Hawai‘i, has convened public and private groups to support programs for youth as well as those experiencing traumatic loss or integrating back into the community from incarceration.

A limited number of tickets, which includes dinner, are available; $55 a person, or $550 for a sponsor table of eight. Purchase tickets at ZontaRose2018.eventbrite.com by Monday, March 12, 2018. For more information email info@zontahilo.org.

HPD Searching for 87-Year-Old Woman

The Hawai’i Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 87-year-old Maryann Dowsett of Kamuela, Hawaiian Homes Subdivision.

Dowsett was last seen off of Ainahua Ala Nui Street in the Hawaiian Homes Subdivision Saturday, March 3, 3018, at about 11:30 a.m. She was last seen wearing beige jeans, cut off below the knees, white sweater with gray stripes and glitter. She was last wearing blue slip on sneakers. Dowsett frequents Waimea town.

Anyone with information on Dowsett’s whereabouts is asked to call the Hawai’i Police Department’s non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311.

USNS Mercy Stops in Hawai‘i

This afternoon, Saturday, March 3, 2018, Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Hawai‘i, while en route for Pacific Partnership 2018.

PC: Damon Tucker

During the visit, Pacific Partnership personnel will work side-by-side with local medical professionals to promote the mission, conducting routine maintenance, and load additional supplies onto the ship.

USNS Mercy approaches the pier at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, March 3. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Katarzyna Kobiljak)

“Our team is excited to welcome more members of the Pacific Partnership mission on board as well as on loading additional mission supplies” said Capt. David Bretz, the mission commander. After this port call, we will meet up with our partner ship USNS Fall River in Guam and be one step closer to our first mission stops.”

PC: Damon Tucker

During Pacific Partnership, Mercy and Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport USNS Fall River (T-EPF 4), the U.S. ships participating in this year’s mission, will visit different Indo-Pacific nations, increasing the reach and scope of the mission’s participants and host nation counterparts to conduct technical expertise exchanges in medical, engineering, and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR). Additionally, key leader and community engagement events will allow for direct engagement with local citizens and enhanced relationships with partner nation military and government leadership.

PC: Damon Tucker

Pacific Partnership, now in its 13th iteration, is the largest annual multilateral HA/DR preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. The mission’s objective is to enhance regional coordination in areas such as medical readiness and preparedness for man-made and natural disasters.

Pacific Partnership 2018 consists of more than 500 U.S. military personnel stationed worldwide, working side-by-side with host nation counterparts to be better prepared for potential humanitarian aid and disaster response situations.

HPD Searching for Elderly Male

The Hawai’i Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating an elderly male who was last seen north of Waikoloa Elementary School on Kapunakane Place in Waikoloa. He was last seen at this location yesterday, Saturday, March 3, 2018, at about 4 p.m.

Danny Windsor

Danny Windsor age 77, is described as being 5-feet-9, 145 lbs, with salt and pepper short hair. He was last seen wearing a blue polo shirt, dark Levi jeans with slippers. Windsor is in need of treatment and medication.

Anyone with information on Windsor’s whereabouts is asked to call the Hawai’i Police Department’s non emergency number at (808) 935-3311.

Buddy Perry Soccer Fields Adds New Addition

Shipman Park in Kea‘au is known for people of all ages using the fields to play soccer.  Last year the fields at the park were named the “Buddy Perry Soccer Fields” in honor of the late Justin Masayoshi “Buddy” Perry, after members of the Nā Hoa O Puna Soccer Team petitioned the county to name the fields after Coach Buddy.

On Saturday, March 3, 2018, while the Nā Hoa O Puna U14 soccer team was playing a game, county workers installed a new monument underneath the original sign.

The sign reads:

JUSTIN MASAYOSHI “BUDDY” PERRY

“Coach Buddy” was a strict and loving soccer coach born on O‘ahu and raised on Maui.  He moved to Hilo to attend UH-Hilo in 1997.  When his first son was old enough to participate in sports, Coach Buddy became a volunteer coach for Puna AYSO.

Living in Puna there were not many options for competitive sports. So years later he Founded Nā Hoa O Puna Soccer Club.

Coach Buddy was diagnosed with ALS (AKA Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in 2009 but continued on with his tireless devotion to Nā Hoa O Puna Soccer Club.  His love and passion for the sport and the children made him stronger even though his health was deteriorating.

On Decemeber 13, 2015, he passed away peacefully at his home in Puna Leaving the youth of Puna with so much to be thankful for and many life lessons learned.

He was hard on his players knowing it would help them to better individuals on and off the field. As Coach Buddy would say, “Always play hard and never forget where you come from.”

Hawai‘i House Passes 131 Bills to Senate

Hawai’i State Legislature file photo.

The Hawai‘i House of Representatives passed 131 bills on third reading on Friday, March 2, 2018, moving them to the Senate for their consideration. The bills include housing, homelessness, education, health, the environment, public safety, governmental affairs, the environment and other important issues.

Here are some of the highlights:

Homelessness and Housing

HB2281 Establishes within the Department of Human Services an Ohana Zones program to provide housing to homeless individuals and families based on principles similar to Housing First and appropriates unspecified funds for the program.

HB2753 Establishes the Ohana Zone Pilot Program. Defines the intent of the pilot program, and sets preliminary milestones that shall be met by the Department of Human Services, Homeless Programs Office in establishing the pilot program.

HB2472 Specifies that certain provisions of the Internal Revenue Code related to at-risk rules and deductions and to passive activity loss do not apply with respect to claims for the state low-income housing tax credit.

HB2703 (1) Allocates a portion of the conveyance tax revenues to the rental assistance revolving fund to be used to subsidize rents for persons who meet certain income requirements; (2) Increases the income tax credit for low-income household renters to an unspecified amount; and (3) Makes the state earned income tax credit refundable and changes the amount of the credit to an unspecified percentage of the federal earned income tax credit.

HB2744 Appropriates funds to provide additional rent supplement subsidies.

HB2745 Expands the rental assistance program by increasing the minimum percentage of affordable units a rental housing project is required to maintain for eligible tenants from 20% to 30%. Appropriates funds to support new rental assistance program contracts.

HB1727 Requires employers to provide a minimum amount of paid sick leave to employees to be used to care for themselves or a family member who is ill or needs medical care, or due to a public health emergency. Gives employers flexibility to offer paid sick leave to minimum wage and other employees or to pay minimum wage employees a salary that is more than the minimum wage.

Education

HB1720 Allows for a state income tax deduction for teacher supplies purchased for use in the classroom and for professional development courses; provided that the teacher obtains a written certification from the Department of Education.

Health

HB1911 Requires home care agencies to be licensed or certified. Authorizes the Department of Health to inspect home care agencies. Requires the Department of Health to establish a home care aid registry. Authorizes the Department of Health to establish procedures for the receipt, investigation, and resolution of complaints against home care agencies. Authorizes the Department of Health to enter a care facility when investigating a facility or home. Allows the Department of Health to establish a forum where state-licensed care facilities may post job vacancies. Imposes criminal penalty for the intentional operation of a community-based foster family home, adult foster family home, adult day care center, or home care agency without a license. Requires the Department of Health to establish a working group to discuss and provide feedback for the implementation of the job vacancy forum.

HB2611 Appropriates moneys for Department of Health to fund substance abuse treatment programs relating to persons with multiple chronic conditions, a centralized referral system, case management programs, and a peer mentoring or coaching program.

HB2208 Requires association health plan policies to comply with the laws of this State regardless of the association’s domicile. Enables certain voluntary associations, including employer associations that issue association health plans, to qualify for authorization to transact insurance in the State.

HB2128 Requires that health insurance policies include coverage for clinical victim support services for victims of sexual violence and abuse who suffer from mental disorders.

HB2729 Amends the reciprocity program and adds a visiting patient certifying fee. Extends expiration of a written certification to three years for chronic conditions. Permits retesting of a failed batch of medical cannabis or products. Permits dispensary licensees to distribute devices that provide safe pulmonary administration. Increases the maximum allowable tetrahydro cannibinol limit for multi-pack cannabis products and single containers of oil.

Public Safety

HB1614 Automatically imposes a restraining order upon parties filing for annulment, divorce, or separation to preserve the financial assets of the parties and their dependents and maintain the current island of residence and school of enrollment of a minor child of the parties.

HB2131 Creates a Hawaii Sexual Assault Response and Training Program to address the manner in which sexual assault evidence collection kits are processed and tracked, and to ensure that victims of sexual assault are informed of their rights under the law.

HB2200 Allows an employer to seek a temporary restraining order and injunction against further harassment of an employee or invitee who may be harassed at the employer’s premises or worksite, provided that the provisions do not apply to the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations or any of its employees with investigatory duties and responsibilities.

HB2169 Appropriates moneys for youth suicide early intervention, prevention, and education initiatives in Maui county.

Government

HB1656 Increases the amount of the fine that may be assessed against a noncandidate committee making only independent expenditures for campaign spending violations. Allows the Campaign Spending Commission to order that a fine assessed against a noncandidate committee, or any portion thereof, be paid from the personal funds of officers of the noncandidate committee.

HB2541 Enacts voting by mail uniformly across all counties for all elections commencing in 2020, and allows any election to be conducted by mail prior to the 2020 primary election.

HB1799 Allows only nonprofit corporations to be recipients of grants in aid appropriated by the Legislature under Chapter 42F, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

The Environment

HB 2728 Establishes a Clean Transportation Initiative to reduce and ultimately eliminate the use of fossil fuels in all public ground transportation by 2035.

Click here for a list of all bills passed by the House of Representative so far this session.