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State roundup for December 21

Ritz-Carlton condos planned

HONOLULU (AP) — A developer plans to build a luxury high-rise condominium hotel in Waikiki that will be branded and managed by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

PACREP LLC said Thursday construction will begin late next year and finish in 2016.

New York-based Guerin Glass Architects designed the 37-story tower to be built at the corner of Kuhio Avenue and Kalaimoku Street.

The company needs a permit and a City Council resolution allowing the tower to rise 350 feet, or 50 feet higher than the standard limit for the site.

The development will be called The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach.

Guardsman held in porn case

HONOLULU (AP) — Authorities say an Army National Guard member has been arrested on a warrant stemming from child pornography charges.

The U.S. Marshals Service says 47-year-old Darrin J. Taylor was arrested Wednesday morning at his home on Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam.

The service says an arrest warrant had been issued last month in Christian County, Mo., stemming from allegations of possession of child pornography. The allegation dates to 2010.

Biodiesel firm to supply airport

HONOLULU (AP) — Maui-based Pacific Biodiesel Technologies will supply recycled vegetable oil to Honolulu International Airport’s backup power facility under a deal with Hawaiian Electric Co.

The agreement announced Wednesday calls for Pacific Biodiesel to provide between 250,000 gallons and 1 million gallons of biodiesel to the airport’s emergency power facility each year.

Hawaiian Electric will normally use the facility to feed Oahu’s power grid.

But, if there’s a natural disaster, the facility will automatically separate itself from the grid and supply power directly to the airport. Hawaiian Electric says the facility will use a variety of fuels in this case.

The facility will be able to supply 65 percent of the airport’s energy needs.

The $20 million emergency power facility is expected to come online later this year. Construction began last year.


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