Monday, August 8, 2016

Hawaiian sovereignty struck as Thirty Meter Telescope argument, state's community colleges most affordable in the nation, Hawaii Democrats face big fine, Tulsi's hair and makeup tab, Honolulu church officials open Grace in Growlers bar, Waikiki sewage spill, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Cinder crunches underfoot, the only real sound aside from a soft whisper of breeze on this warm August day atop the Mauna Kea summit. The otherworldly quiet at 13,796 feet belies a continuing controversy below, as a multinational group seeks permission to build a $1.4 billion telescope just shy of the summit. West Hawaii Today.

Petitioners hoping to quash the Thirty Meter Telescope’s pursuit of a permit to build on Mauna Kea by casting doubt on the legality of the State of Hawaii suffered a blow Friday, with a short ruling from the hearing officer. Big Island Video News.

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Hearings officer Riki May Amano told participants in the contested case hearing for the Thirty Meter Telescope on Friday that she will not consider any challenges to the validity of the state of Hawaii during what are expected to be lengthy proceedings over the controversial project. Star-Advertiser.

Riki May Amano, hearings officer for the Thirty Meter Telescope contested case, waded through procedural questions and assertions of Hawaiian sovereignty during a hearing Friday in Hilo. Tribune-Herald.

The University of Hawaii’s community college system is the most affordable public two-year institution in the nation, according to a new report that analyzed what students and families earn and can therefore afford to pay for a postsecondary education in each state. Star-Advertiser.

The Hawaii State Judiciary’s website has been voted No. 1 in the National Association for Court Management’s Top 10 Court Technology Solutions Awards for 2016. Civil Beat.

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has spent $7,939 of her campaign cash on high-end hair and makeup stylists over the past year and a half — expenses that she’s classified as “media prep” on her campaign spending reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. Star-Advertiser.

State Democrats are bracing for what is expected to be the largest fine ever imposed on the Hawaii party by the Federal Elections Commission for a series of alleged violations of federal campaign regulations during the 2012 election cycle. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii’s seed industry is worth $151 million for the 2015-2016 season, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Civil Beat.

The Army’s new missile defense commander for the Asia-Pacific region said Friday his priorities are readiness, being able to respond to contingencies and working with partner countries in the region. Star-Advertiser.

In Hawaii, $100 Is Really $85.62. The state ranks 50th — that is, last — for the actual value of $100. Civil Beat.

Oahu

Oahu voters will be asked in November to consider 20 changes to the city Charter, the Honolulu Charter Commission decided last week. Star-Advertiser.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell doesn’t have much to say when confronted by his political opponents about the struggles of the Honolulu Ethics Commission and the departure of its executive director, Chuck Totto. Civil Beat.

Warning signs are still up at Magic Island two days after nearly 13,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the Ala Wai Canal. Yet despite the signs, some people say they unknowingly put themselves at risk. KHON2.

The private property at mouth of the Kaukonahua Stream is hidden by public view by a grove of trees. But drone video reveals a massive alleged illegal dump site hidden behind the greenery. Hawaii News Now.

Sometime around the beginning of 2015, Honolulu surpassed New York City to become the most expensive city in the United States in which to build things. Civil Beat.

Within the next two years, Saint Mark Lutheran School in Kaneohe will expand both its campus and curriculum with the addition of a new preschool learning center. Star-Advertiser.

Church leaders to open Grace in Growlers, Kailua’s first craft beer-tasting room. Pacific Business News.

A combination of a Fun Factory entertainment center and a Johnny Rockets restaurant, the first of its kind in Hawaii, may be coming to the new Ka Makana Alii mixed-use regional shopping center in Kapolei in West Oahu, Pacific Business News has learned.

Hawaii

UH-Hilo making a splash with aquaculture research projects. Tribune-Herald.

Oyster production paying off at Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center. Tribune-Herald.

Kohala Hospital’s Emergency Department relocation and renovation project has entered the inspection stage and is expected to be open by the end of the year. West Hawaii Today.

Canada might have high-profile names such as Justin Bieber visiting Hawaii, but tourism from the Great White North is stumbling. Tribune-Herald.

In a world increasingly inundated with video surveillance, courtesy of devices like traffic and police body cameras as well as cell phones, a growing trend among Hawaii cyclists is putting even more eyes on Big Island roadways. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

Feeling the burn: The last harvest also means an end to cane burning. The last harvest: The final chapter in the story of sugar on Maui. Maui News.

Ing defends his District 11 seat against a strong challenge from Tegarden. Maui News.

Stream flows in the Wailuku River, restored to 10 million gallons a day in 2014, will be purposefully reduced as work to improve upstream migration of river life begins next week. Maui News.

A health clinic that began in an apartment of less than 500 square feet is now a 6,800-square-foot, multiroom center that will give Lanai residents more health care options and save them a few trips off island. Maui News.

Kauai

Candidates are expected to file several campaign reports throughout the election cycle. Here are the results from the latest filing of financial disclosure reports. Garden Island.

During fiscal year 2015, Kauai residents and guests produced 81,500 pounds of total waste. The Kekaha landfill is expected to be at capacity in 10 years. Food waste is among the top three contributors to the landfill, among plastic and paper, according to a 2007 waste characterization study. Garden Island.

Kauai Humane Society by the numbers – and more. Executive director says progress is being made in key areas. Garden Island.

So far, 47 more plants have been added to the Red List of Threatened Species on Kauai, bringing the grand total to 138, and the number is climbing. Garden Island.