State/In Brief

The Associated Press

Missouri subject of restoration project

A section of the USS Missouri is being repaired as part of a $3 million restoration project to address rust and other deterioration on the Pearl Harbor memorial ahead of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.

The 887-foot Missouri was the site of Japan’s unconditional surrender on Sept. 2, 1945, in Tokyo Bay.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Monday that the battleship will undergo repairs to its aft superstructure that are expected to be completed in August.

Last year, a $3.5 million renovation was done on the tallest portion of the superstructure.

Michael Carr, president and CEO of the USS Missouri Memorial Association, said rust is an ongoing issue for the historic ship.

About 12,000 square feet of steel will be sandblasted and painted, and some 8,000 pounds of steel will be replaced. Five hundred gallons of paint will be used.

“These parts of the ship have not been (sand) blasted and painted in 30 years since the ship was recommissioned in the 1980s, so it’s well past time to do it,” Carr said.

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OHA trustee allowances slashed

The $22,200 annual allowance each trustee of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs receives has been slashed.

The office’s board of trustees voted 8-0 last week to cut the allowance to $7,200 and place other limits on the funds, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday. Trustee Robert Lindsey was excused.

The approval follows a 2018 state auditor report that was highly critical of the allowances. Rules governing the allowances are broad and lead to questionable spending, the report said.

The allowances were intended for incidental expenses related to a trustee’s official duties consistent with the public agency’s mission of improving the conditions of Native Hawaiians.

Nine trustees are elected in public elections open to all Hawaii voters.

Trustees receive an annual salary of $58,560. The chairperson’s salary is $66,768.

The board voted to impose a moratorium on allowance spending following the audit. Thursday’s vote lifts the freeze. Trustees will have access to the pared down allowances beginning in July.

Trustees will be required to pay for expenses with their own money and then receive reimbursementl.