Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Bill encourages native tourism, feds seek ocean noise measures, lights off for seabirds on Kauai, new hepatitis A case in Honolulu restaurant worker, PUC kills solar array plan, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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A bill to help native peoples showcase their cultures in travel, recreational and tourism initiatives, and to give native peoples greater input into national tourism planning, has been approved by Congress. Star-Advertiser.

Fish Council Votes Against Ocean Protection Measure. The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Council was only of only two U.S. organizations to oppose a broad new conservation measure. Civil Beat.

30 by 30 is a new conservation target for the state. Governor David Ige wants to protect 30% of the island's critical watersheds, and effectively manage 30% of our near shore waters by the year 2030. KITV.

The federal government says a new strategy to address the issue of noise in the ocean will better protect the safety of marine mammals. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap on Tuesday. The agency says the roadmap will guide it in managing ocean noise and its effects on ocean life through the next 10 years. Associated Press.

With the release of a formal strategy on Tuesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is aiming to minimize the effects of ocean noise on marine life. Star-Advertiser.

Governor David Ige announced last week that he would like to double food production in Hawai’i by 2020, and subsequently extended that deadline to 2030.   The Chamber of Commerce of Hawai’i hosted a forum to address that issue. Hawaii Public Radio.

Oahu

Federal investigators appear to be closing in on Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his prosecutor wife, Katherine, in an ongoing public corruption investigation stemming from the 2013 theft of their mailbox. Civil Beat.

Critics say the mayor is missing chances to bring in new Honolulu police commissioners to push for reform at the Honolulu Police Department. Hawaii News Now.

The University of Hawaii’s flagship Manoa campus ranked No. 169 out of 310 public and private four-year institutions nationwide, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 Best Colleges rankings. Star-Advertiser.

Whole Foods has suspended buying fish from the Hawaii fish auction amid concerns over the labor practices of some fishing vessels. KHON2.

James Campbell High School in Ewa Beach in West Oahu, the largest high school in Hawaii, is set to get some relief from its overcrowding issues. The state Department of Education said a 27-class building estimated to cost between $37 million and $38 million is currently in the design phase and should be ready for bids by the end of this year, Pacific Business News has learned.

When it comes to improving Hawaii’s aging stock of prisons and jails, all sides agree on one thing: One way or another, the crumbling Oahu Community Correctional Center, a century-old jail in Kalihi, will have to be replaced. But the state may be getting ahead of itself in moving forward with a plan for a new OCCC. Civil Beat.

A food service worker at Harbor Restaurant at Pier 38 who was on the job as recently as Monday has come down with hepatitis A, according to the state Health Department. Star-Advertiser.

The recent opening of a contra-flow lane on Farrington Highway in Nanakuli is generating a mixed response: Some area residents are pleased that it eases the westbound afternoon commute, while others are frustrated and concerned about eastbound traffic congestion. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii

A new classroom building is being proposed at Kealakehe Elementary School in anticipation of increased enrollment at area schools. West Hawaii Today.

The state Public Utilities Commission halted the construction of 6.75 megawatts of solar power on Hawaii island by suspending the application of a needed transmission line on Friday. Star-Advertiser.

DNA proves wild pigs’ pedigree; Research finds ancestry of animals can be traced back to Polynesians. Tribune-Herald.

A group of Native Hawaiians, fishermen and divers made known earlier this week its intention to restock marine life at the recently established Kaupulehu Marine Reserve, where a 10-year no take period was implemented out to a depth of 20 fathoms, or 120 feet. West Hawaii Today.

The former Hilo Hattie building at Prince Kuhio Plaza is being torn down to make way for new commercial space. Tribune-Herald.

Maui

Current construction on locked gates that would restrict vehicle access to Kanaha Beach Park at night isn't sitting well with fishermen, who say the gates will deter night fishing at one of the most easily accessible fishing grounds on Maui's north shore. Maui News.

The Maui Department of Water Supply is recommending customers in the Central and South Maui areas to boil water before consumption due to possible contamination from flooding. Maui Now.

Kauai

Artificial lights are mesmerizing for many of Kauai’s endangered seabirds. Starting Thursday, experts are asking people to keep outside lighting to a minimum for their safety for the next few months. Garden Island.

Happy dogs, and owners, too. Users of the dog playground say maintenance, cleanliness has improved. Garden Island.