State briefs for August 28

Navy to detonate munitions recovered at Pearl Harbor

HONOLULU — Navy officials will destroy munitions recovered during recent dredging at Pearl Harbor in controlled detonations at Waipio Peninsula.

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A variety of projectiles and cartridges, fuses, flares, hand grenades, small arms ammunition and other military munitions are scheduled for detonation today.

The detonations will occur between 1 and 2 p.m. at a secured site on the peninsula. Officials say the public might hear a series of popping sounds, but there is no public risk involved with the procedure.

Naval Facilities Engineering Command says the munitions originate from events including the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the 1944 landing ship tank explosion, as well as possible past disposal practices,

This will be the second of three scheduled detonation procedures. The last is scheduled for Sept. 28.

Leader of Hawaii’s largest hospital system to retire

HONOLULU — The president and CEO of Hawaii’s largest hospital system has announced he is retiring in January 2020 after nearly 30 years on the job.

Art Ushijima said in a Wednesday statement that he is looking forward to spending time travelling with his wife Ruth after he retires from The Queen’s Health Systems.

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The 70-year-old says his most rewarding achievement has been working alongside the system’s top health care professionals to advance their shared vision for the state.

The Queen’s board of trustees has established a search committee and brought on talent consulting firm Korn Ferry to begin the process to select the next CEO.

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