Tuesday, July 5, 2016

New law requires schools to generate own electricity, prison negotiations extended, how Hawaiian Electric shaped a state, Honolulu bike-share struggling, Lahaina Bypass contract awarded, Kauai affordable housing bills to be mulled,more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Within the next two decades Hawaii public schools will need to produce as much renewable energy as they consume under legislation signed into law last week by Gov. David Ige. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Extends Negotiation On New Private-Prison Contract. The Hawaii Department of Public Safety has signed a short-term deal with Corrections Corporation of America, the largest for-profit prison company in the country, to extend an existing contract letting the state house up to 1,926 Hawaii prisoners in Arizona. Civil Beat.

How One Company Turned ‘Darkness Into Day’ From its beginning in 1891, Hawaiian Electric Co. has been deeply entwined with the economic, political and social history of Hawaii. Civil Beat.

Could Native Hawaiian independence movements gain momentum following the so-called Brexit vote that has convulsed the European Union? Civil Beat.

Hawaii’s medical marijuana dispensaries could generate between $12 million and $38 million in revenue in their first year of operations and as much as $80.5 million in 2018. Star-Advertiser.

State officials say they have yet to inspect Hawaii’s eight licensed medical marijuana businesses, making it unlikely that the dispensaries will open by July 15, the earliest date legislators had allowed them to begin selling their products. Associated Press.

Hawaii No. 6 For Patriotism. The WalletHub study measures metrics like military numbers, voting patterns and civic education. Civil Beat.

Oahu

Honolulu’s long-anticipated bike-share system, which had originally been pegged to launch in 2015 and then pushed to 2016, no longer has an official start date. Nonetheless, its organizers say they’re making progress. Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu’s last attempt at a city-sanctioned tent city — between 1990 and 1993 — ended in failure after a night of “wilding” that included an attempted murder and a trail of crime scenes. Star-Advertiser.

Community leaders hope rededicating the hula mound at Kapolei Regional Park on Saturday and erecting a sign there at a later date will raise public awareness about the area’s cultural significance.Star-Advertiser.

Douglas Emmett Inc., the owner of one of the largest office complexes in Downtown Honolulu, is embarking on a multimillion-dollar effort to build nearly 500 more units at the Moanalua Hillside Apartments in Honolulu, Pacific Business News has learned.

A laboratory explosion at the University of Hawaii that resulted in a researcher losing her arm was likely caused by static electricity, according to an independent investigation. Associated Press.

Hawaii

Members of the Hawaii County Band would officially get the status they’ve held unofficially for a decade, under a charter amendment making its way to the Nov. 8 ballot. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

Maui’s future as a destination was shaped by Elmer Cravalho. By going after high-end visitors instead of volume, infrastructure was less strained and Maui escaped many of the challenges of Waikiki. Maui News.

The Hawaii Department of Transportation awards the $38.6 million Design-Build contract for the Lahaina Bypass 1B-2 phase, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration – Central Federal Lands Highway Division, to Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company, Inc. Maui Watch.

Kauai

The Kauai County Council will be considering measures to combat the housing crisis on Kauai on Wednesday. Two bills, one regarding the the Lihue Planning District and one seeking to provide a tax benefit for residents who use their homes for long-term affordable housing, are slated for second reading. Garden Island.

Friends of Mahaulepu is hosting a meeting at the Koloa Neighborhood Center from 4-9 p.m. July 14 to discuss the draft environmental impact statement recently released by Hawaii Dairy Farms. Garden Island.

The state of Hawaii has secured a $763,000 grant to complete a Supply Chain Map for the state’s defense contracting community, but representatives from Kauai’s naval base aren’t expecting changes to their bottom line. Garden Island.