A presidential disaster or emergency declaration request is slated to be ready for the governor to submit to Washington in just over a week, Always Investigating has learned.
Expect more heavy rain, more often, and get ready for even worse from named storms and hurricanes. That's what experts warn, and they say our infrastructure needs to change to keep up.
With drowning prevention now top of mind, what's needed to improve lifeguard resources?
More effort is going on to track who, how, and why in order to curb the problem, but lack of resources and sensitivities about scaring tourists are holding back a full-throttle response.
A certified operator still made the mistake despite the FEMA stamp of approval, and despite software training the vendor told Always Investigating that users should have received.
Neither AlertSense nor HI-EMA are confirming vendor partnerships, citing security, but AlertSense did walk us through a standard system, one that has fail-safe after fail-safe built in.
The decade-long partnership ended last year when Hawaii stopped renewing its software and support contracts.
FEMA said not only is their permission and approval not needed for messages, but that it's been that way ever since the state applied to use the wireless emergency alert system about six years ago.
We dug deeper and found that's not the state's only airport tenant with a deal to delay payment in something called a deferral agreement.
Right now, the future of transit operations on Hawaii island is being laid out in a $500,000 master planning process, and lawmakers want to remind the public to weigh in with comments and concerns.
A cascade of tips and complaints about transit issues prompted Always Investigating to take a trip to Hilo.
Always Investigating checked with the attorney general, the military, and the police to find out exactly how the process works, and how often it has caught and stopped people who shouldn't legally acquire a firearm.