Thursday, August 14, 2014

Judge to hear Hanabusa election postponement lawsuit today - read the lawsuit here, Honolulu rail bids 75% over budget, John Kerry pushes China cooperation, Abercrombie visits storm-ravaged Puna, Kauai pumps more money into GMO lawsuit, Larry Ellison stimulates inter-island shipping, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

copy of front page of lawsuit
Hanabusa election lawsuit
Download a copy of the Hanabusa complaint for an emergency temporary restraining order here (.pdf).

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa filed a motion Wednesday to stop Friday’s election on the Big Island until power is restored, roadblocks are removed and proper notification is given to voters in the two affected precincts. Civil Beat.

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to postpone the Friday makeup election for two Puna precincts. The lawsuit will be heard by 3rd Circuit Court Judge Greg Nakamura at 10:30 a.m. today in Hilo. It argues voting in precincts 04-01 and 04-02 is scheduled too soon since the recovery from Tropical Storm Iselle continues. Tribune-Herald.

Voters in storm-damaged Puna would be deprived of their constitutional right to vote if the state Office of Elections moves forward with a unique makeup election on Friday, U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa alleges in a legal challenge filed on Wednesday. Star-Advertiser.

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa filed for an emergency temporary restraining order Wednesday morning, asking a state judge on the Big Island to delay Friday’s make-up election in two precincts hard hit by Tropical Storm Iselle last week. Hawaii News Now.

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa of Hawaii is asking a court on the Big Island to delay a makeup election for more than 8,000 voters, saying they should have more time to recover from a tropical storm before casting ballots in a primary that includes her running for U.S. Senate. Associated Press.

Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa has requested a state court postpone Friday’s election in Puna rather than conclude the Primary Election. Hawaii Public Radio.

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa has officially filed a lawsuit against chief elections officer Scott Nago to stop Friday’s primary election on the Big Island. KHON2.

In Hawaii Visit, John Kerry Presents Vision for ‘Asia-Pacific Engagement. The Secretary of State says U.S. focused on sustainable growth, clean energy, regional cooperation and empowering people. Civil Beat.

The "great powers" relationship China is seeking with the United States "is not going to happen simply by (China) talking about it," Secretary of State John Kerry said at the East-West Center on Wednesday. Star-Advertiser.

Oahu

The lowest bid for the construction of the first nine westside stations for Honolulu's $5.16 billion rail project came in at $294.5 million Wednesday, nearly 75 percent higher than the amount the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation had budgeted for the stations. Pacific Business News.

Oahu homeowners who qualified for owner-occupant tax breaks by last Sept. 30 but did not get them will be eligible for a one-time tax compromise from the city under a plan approved by the Honolulu City Council Wednesday. Star-Advertiser.

The jury in the Christopher Deedy murder retrial completed 4 1⁄2 days of deliberation Wednesday without reaching a verdict. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii

As he made his first tour Wednesday of some of the storm-ravaged areas of lower Puna, Gov. Neil Abercrombie pledged to do “everything necessary” to secure federal funding for Hawaii Island families recovering from Tropical Storm Iselle. Tribune-Herald.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Wednesday toured neighborhoods damaged by Tropical Storm Iselle as county and state civil defense officials gathered information that could go into an application for a federal disaster declaration. Star-Advertiser.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s arrival on the Big Island on Wednesday to address the fallout from Tropical Storm Iselle added a layer of normalcy to what so far has been surreal political theater. Civil Beat.

More than 200 homes, too many utility poles to count and half of the state's papaya crop were damaged by Tropical Storm Iselle last week based on preliminary reports that provide an emerging big picture of devastation centered in Hawaii island's Puna and Kau regions. Star-Advertiser.

Hawai'i Island Mayor Billy Kenoi wants the residents of Puna to know there is an army of strategic and passionate people working around the clock to restore services in the areas hit hardest by Iselle. Hawaii News Now.

Hurricane/Tropical Storm Iselle last week provided more evidence of a link between vog from Kilauea and unusually powerful lightning first observed during Tropical Storm Flossie that rolled over Maui last July, according to a University of Hawaii researcher. Maui News.

Puna, a district on the island Big Island of Hawaii, is described by the Lonely Planet travel blog as “a new, eclectic population of mainland retirees, nouveau hippies, off-the-grid minimalists, funky artists, New Age seekers, Hawaiian sovereignty activists, organic farmers and the odd pakalolo (marijuana) grower.” Hawaii Reporter.

Maui

The Kula Forest Reserve and Polipoli State Park on Maui remain closed following Tropical Cyclone Iselle, while damage assessment continues. Maui Now.

Hawaiian Airlines today announced plans to launch non-stop service between San Francisco International Airport and Kahului Airport on Maui, starting Nov. 20, 2014. Maui Now.

Kauai

The Kauai County Council postponed a measure on Wednesday that would establish a new waste management program and create an incremental fee structure based on how much residents throw away. Garden Island.

The Kauai County Council authorized the Office of the County Attorney Wednesday to spend another $50,000 to defend the county’s law regulating pesticides and genetically modified organisms, Ordinance 960, in federal court. Garden Island.

Lanai

First billionaire Larry Ellison purchased most of Lanai, then he bought Island Air, and most recently he acquired Hotel Lanai. Now the fifth-richest person in the world — with a net worth of $48 billion according to Forbes magazine — is making his presence felt with Young Brothers Ltd., the state's largest interisland cargo shipper. Star-Advertiser.