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State briefs for Dec. 25

Agency falling short on payments to state for center

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Tourism Authority has fallen short on its payments to the state for the Hawaii Convention Center. The agency still owes 79 percent of the center’s original $350 million balance.

State Department of Budget and Finance Director Wesley Machida says the Hawaii Tourism Authority has made $490 million in principal and interest payments, but still owes $277 million on the center, which was first funded in 1999. Under the current debt repayment schedule the agency agreed to honor in 2011, the Hawaii Tourism Authority must reimburse the state $26.4 million annually for principal and interest payments.

Machida says the agency has paid the state only $20 million of its $26.4 million obligation for each of the past two fiscal years.

Water service restored for hundreds

HONOLULU (AP) — Hundreds of residents in the Ala Moana area have water service after a main break.

The Board of Water Supply says crews completed repairs Saturday around 7 p.m., more than 12 hours after the main break occurred.

According to the utility, the break happened beneath Makaloa Street between Kaheka and Poni streets.

The incident also led to Makaloa being closed to traffic the entire day.


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