Thursday, August 2, 2012

Green sea turtle moves closer to dinner plate, fire sets back Oahu's First Wind, RIMPAC pau, Hawaii mayor's geothermal vetoes stand, documents outline Murdock-Ellison Lanai deal, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Federal officials will conduct a worldwide review to see whether Hawaii's green sea turtles should be classified as a population separate from other green sea turtles — an action that could result in removing Hawaii's turtles' protection as a "threatened species." Star-Advertiser.

A decision from researchers in Hawai`i could potentially change the protected status of green sea turtles around the world. Hawaii Public Radio.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fisheries Service announced Wednesday it will work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conduct a global status review of green turtles, which have been listed under the federal Endangered Species Act since 1978. KITV4.

Hawaiian sea turtles (leatherback, loggerhead and green) seem to have a target on their backs these days. Civil Beat.

On summer nights, female green sea turtles, or honu, make their way to the beach they were born on about 30 years before. Molokai Dispatch.

Mufi Hannemann, the former Honolulu mayor, may well pull off a win in the race for the Congrssional District 2 seat Civil Beat.

Tulsi Gabbard is trying to make political hay out of pay-to-play and leaving it to voters to find the connection to Mufi Hannemann, her main opponent in the 2nd Congressional District Democratic primary. Civil Beat.

Rim of the Pacific exercises went out with a bang. Ten amphibious assault vehicles launched from the USS Essex churned through the surf Wednesday and came ashore at Pyramid Rock Beach at Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay. Star-Advertiser.

The Gas Co. has changed its brand to HawaiiGas to better reflect its identity in Hawaii’s energy community, the company said Wednesday. Pacific Business News.

State roundup for August 2. Associated Press.

Oahu

Oahu's only large-scale wind farm was shut down indefinitely Wednesday after a stubborn fire destroyed the Kahuku facility's battery system that transfers power from 12 giant turbines to the electrical grid. Star-Advertiser.

The Pacific Resource Partnership, which supports the city's rail project, has spent more than $1 million since January on political advocacy with most of the money used to attempt to influence the mayoral election. Star-Advertiser.

The Pacific Resource Partnership poured nearly $900,000 into this year’s Honolulu mayoral race, much of it on negative advertising that targeted pro-rail candidate Ben Cayetano, according to spending figures disclosed today. Hawaii Reporter.

Honolulu mayoral candidate Ben Cayetano has raised $951,000 since the campaign began, compared to $875,000 for Kirk Caldwell and $662,000 for Peter Carlisle. Civil Beat.

What began as a fight over the Honolulu Rail became a raging battle over environmental regulation, which in turn became an all-out political war over land and power. Honolulu Weekly.

Two former Democratic legislators hope to fill the 19th House District seat held by longtime Republican legislator Barbara Marumoto, who is not seeking re-election. Star-Advertiser.

The Honolulu Police Department's new mobile command vehicle is 65-feet long and costs just over $1.5 million. Hawaii News Now.

Organizers announced Wednesday the farmers market will now be held at Waimea Valley and no longer on Sundays. KHON2.

A seal that would normally live in waters around the Aleutian Islands and California has shown up thousands of miles away on an Oahu beach, officials said Wednesday. Associated Press.

Hawaii

The Hawaii County Council failed to override Mayor Billy Kenoi’s vetoes of bills relating to geothermal energy. Tribune-Herald.

County Clerk Jamae Kawauchi on Wednesday assured Hawaii County voters the election is under control, even as the attorney for fired Elections Administrator Pat Nakamoto said his client should be reinstated immediately to ensure voting goes off without a hitch. West Hawaii Today.

With less than two weeks until the primary election, Hawaii County Clerk’s Office is sorting through between 50 and 60 duplicate voter registrations to ensure that this time the one person, one vote rule prevails. Tribune-Herald.

County Clerk Jamae Kawauchi told reporters today that a review of the Big Island’s voter registry turned up irregularities, but nothing that should have an impact on the upcoming primary election. Big Island Now.

Hawaii’s attorney general is fighting back against a recent decision by a Big Island judge that critics say weakens the power of the state to hold developers to their promises. Civil Beat.

Maui

The developer of the master-planned Olowalu Town project in West Maui says the area is bound for development whether or not the Maui County Council places the 600-acre project within the island's urban growth boundaries. Maui News.

Tree thieves have chain sawed to stumps about 25 milo trees at Kanaha Beach Park in the past three to four months, and county officials and tree experts suspect the logs are being used for wood carvings. Maui News.

Kauai

A bill proposing to ban all tobacco products in county parks almost turned into a resolution weeks ago, which would take away its enforcement component. Rather, the bill was sent back to committee and now has morphed into an anti-smoking bill. Garden Island.

As part of an ongoing community outreach effort, Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr. has announced the dates for his next round of community meetings to be held in August. Garden Island.

Lanai

When billionaire David Murdock sold much of the island of Lanai to fellow billionaire Larry Ellison earlier this year, public documents made it clear that Murdock retained the right to develop a controversial wind farm that has been proposed for the island. Civil Beat.

Although the sale price of Lanai, estimated at upwards of $500 million, has never been revealed, a sales agreement filed recently with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission offers new details of what former owner David Murdock is keeping in his possession. Pacific Business News.