State roundup for March 8

Supreme Court pick gets OK

HONOLULU (AP) — The state Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee is rejecting a bar association’s “unqualified” rating of the governor’s pick for the Hawaii Supreme Court.

The Hawaii State Bar Association had concluded that Circuit Judge Michael Wilson isn’t qualified for the job. Despite that, the senate committee recommended Wilson’s confirmation as an associate justice on the high court.

But the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the confirmation hearing exposed questions about Wilson’s personal life. Wilson told senators he believes questions about his personal life led to the bar association’s negative rating.

The bar association doesn’t disclose reasons for its ratings.

The full senate will take the confirmation vote later this month.

Lihue runway to be extended

LIHUE, Kauai (AP) — A Lihue Airport runway needs to be extended to comply with Federal Aviation Administration rules.

One of the Kauai airport’s two runways ends just a few hundred feet from the Pacific Ocean, with no room for a necessary buffer.

“We’re going to go ahead and extend the runway on the opposite side to make sure we have the clearance,” state Department of Transportation Deputy Director Ford Fuchigami said.

The FAA requires a 1,000-foot surface for a “runway safety area” surrounding the runway.

Was man killed over beach mat?

HONOLULU (AP) — Police say a dispute over a beach mat may have led to a fatal stabbing at Maili Beach Park.

Frankie Feliciano was stabbed Sunday. Derrick Hernandez is being held on $1 million bail on a second-degree murder charge.

Court documents say a witness told police Hernandez became angry when he saw Feliciano sitting on a chair on Hernandez’s beach mat. The affidavit says that after the stabbing, Hernandez allegedly said the “guy is messing with my stuff.” Feliciano was taken to the hospital in critical condition with a 3- to 5-inch cut to his left temple. He died Monday afternoon.

Acting on a tip, police arrested Hernandez on Monday at a 7-Eleven in Waianae.


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