Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hawaiian paradise eroding, Puna to get federal ag relief for Tropical Storm Iselle, lava within a mile of homes, Oahu sends mulch to incinerator, solar power backlog tops 4k, Maui mayor storms out of meeting amid trash gripes, Kauai council debates ag-research land tax, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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The look of paradise is changing: Rising seas mowing over reefs that were once able to slow and break the swells are starting to swallow Hawaii’s iconic white beaches. Civil Beat.

Red Cross urges climate change preparedness. The disaster relief organization is calling on governments and international organizations at the Conference on Small Island Developing States to take concrete actions to reduce climate-change related disaster risks. Hawaii Independent.

The Hawaii Civil Rights Commission is holding a research organization and its CEO liable for religious and sexual harassment and discrimination of a former executive director. Associated Press.

Oahu

About 4,400 rooftop solar applications on Oahu are waiting to be approved by Hawaiian Electric Co. while the utility and solar companies blame each other for the stall in photovoltaic installations. Star-Advertiser.

Hoopili Decisions Loom: ‘Prime Farmland’ May Give Way in West Oahu. While tractors roll along in the shadows of rail pillars, a huge housing development awaits Supreme Court and City Council action. Civil Beat.

Mulch to be incinerated in attempt to eradicate coconut rhinoceros beetle. KHON2.

After the state installed concrete barriers at Laniakea Beach last December, a new wooden barrier has appeared literally overnight along the beach. But both the city and the state said they have nothing to do with it. Hawaii News Now.

After years of complaints and thousands of dollars in fines, City and County of Honolulu councilmembers are moving forward on a plan to clean up a neglected house in Kaimuki. But some fear the proposed solution may go too far. KHON2.

Hale Kula Elementary School's librarian beat out 91 other public and private school librarians nationwide to be named School Librarian of the Year by School Library Journal. Star-Advertiser.

Since the University of Hawaii Shidler College of Business began admitting freshmen its undergraduate program three years ago, the college has seen interest from new students increase each year. Pacific Business News.

Hawaii

FEMA said no but the USDA says yes to a disaster declaration for the Big Island in the wake of Tropical Storm Iselle. The U.S. Agriculture Department's Farm Service Agency has declared a "primary natural disaster" for Hawaii County, triggering the availability of emergency loans for some qualifying farmers. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii County Civil Defense could elevate the lava threat level for Puna residents to a warning from a watch Thursday. Star-Advertiser.

State and county officials on Wednesday visited with residents within the 40-or-so households in Kaohe Homesteads in advance of a possible evacuation because of encroaching lava. Tribune-Herald.

Hawaii County Civil Defense crews are making the rounds in Puna. They're warning people to make their exit plans, in case the lava reaches their homes. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii County is moving forward on the final phase of converting 10,000 street lights to energy-saving light-emitting diode, or LED, lights. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

Mayor Alan Arakawa stormed out of a Maui County Council Budget and Finance Committee meeting Tuesday afternoon while council members discussed recent cutbacks in landfill hours and trash pickup services. Maui News.

The Maui County Council Budget and Finance Committee recommended passage of a resolution Tuesday that would allow the county to move forward with its proposal to buy about 4 acres in Alexander & Baldwin's Maui Business Park II in Kahului. Maui News.

Maui Memorial Medical Center (MMMC), the only acute care hospital on the island, with approximately 200 beds, has financial difficulties again. It has problems as part of the Hawai'i Health Systems Corporation (HHSC). It has problems with collective bargaining. And it has problems with getting adequate funds from the state Legislature. Maui Weekly.

A national meeting to address coral reef issues will be held on Maui next week. Maui Now.

Seventeen individuals were added to the Maui Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team during the program’s fourth graduation ceremony, held on Friday. Maui Now.

Kauai

After circulating several amendments, and following a spirited discussion, a Kauai County Council committee on Wednesday deferred for another two weeks a bill that seeks to tax crop-research land separate from other agricultural land. Garden Island.

A small but outspoken group was on hand for the Lihue Community Plan meeting Wednesday at the War Memorial Convention Hall. Garden Island.

Molokai

Molokai residents can learn how to transform scrap lumber into a powerful soil amendment at a Biochar Production Workshop on Friday, Sept. 5. Molokai Dispatch.