State roundup for January 29


Hawaiian reaches deal with pilots on new planes

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Airlines says it has reached a deal with its pilots union to operate new Airbus planes as part of a plan for expanded routes between the West Coast and the islands.

The airline said Monday its pilots have ratified an agreement between the company and the Air Line Pilots Association.

Hawaiian says it is working on a similar agreement with the union representing flight attendants.

The deals come as the airline makes plans to add 16 new A321neo jets between 2017 and 2020. The single-aisle planes each seat about 190 passengers.

The Honolulu-based airline plans to add 1,000 jobs in the expansion.

Hawaiian’s CEO Mark Dunkerley has said the planes could be used for new nonstop routes between western mainland U.S. cities and Kauai, Maui and the Big Island.

Environmental groups: Tax to save Hawaii’s water ANITA HOFSCHNEIDER,ASSOCIATED PRESS

HONOLULU (AP) — Environmental advocates are urging the Hawaii Legislature to help preserve Hawaii’s water by increasing taxes on high-end property sales.

The House Committee on Water and Land gave approval to a bill Monday that increases the conveyance tax on property worth $2 million or more and marks the funds for water protection and other natural resources.

State Department of Land and Natural Resources Director William Aila says the bill is the top priority for his department this session.

The Nature Conservancy, the Sierra Club, the Maui Invasive Species Committee and other environmental groups are pushing for the bill.

Opponents include the Chamber of Commerce and the Hawaii Association of Realtors.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie said during the State of the State address that he supports the initiative.

Young man dies in mo-ped crash

HONOLULU (AP) — A young man died over the weekend in a mo-ped crash in Honolulu.

Hawaii News Now (http://is.gd/GnTARq) reports that 17-year-old Francisco Hufana was killed late Saturday night when his mo-ped hit a vehicle that was turning left onto Kalihi Street from Machado Street.

The driver of the other vehicle was not injured but two passengers were treated for minor injuries.

Hufana was taken in extremely critical condition to the hospital, where he later died. Police say he was not wearing a helmet.

More than two dozen of Hufana’s friends gathered at the memorial for him Sunday.

Oahu still under flood watch

HONOLULU (AP) — The National Weather Service says heavy rains are diminishing in the islands, but Oahu remains under a flash flood watch.

The flash flood watch for Oahu and Kauai was issued until 6 p.m. Monday.

A cold front brought heavy rain to the islands this weekend. As the front moved through, various flood watches were downgraded to advisories. The National Weather Service warns that thundershowers are still possible on Oahu.

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