Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Prison contractor has checkered past, climate change could bring intense hurricanes, candidate spending reports show mixed results, Honolulu rail contractor disputes city, Kauai family to preserve 21k acres, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Hawaii Prison Contractor Was Convicted Of Fraud And Bribery. Yet that hasn’t stopped a potential $1.3 million contract to design and rebuild OCCC from going to the New Jersey company. Civil Beat.

Protest Outside IUCN Draws Attention to US Military Environmental Impact. Hawaii Public Radio.

A new report released at the International Union of Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) World Conservation Congress indicates Hawaii is in for more frequent hurricane threats in the future. Hawaii News Now.

A new report released Monday in Honolulu makes clear that ocean warming “is affecting humans in direct ways and the impacts are already being felt,” according to a summary. Civil Beat.

Hawaiian Electric Co. plans to fully implement its demand-response programs, which include offering lower or higher prices during certain times of the day through time-of-use rates, by Dec. 1, 2017, the utility said this week. Pacific Business News.

State struggles to keep teachers, but some programs are working to buck the trend. Tribune-Herald.

Isle Reserve unit loath to relinquish patch. Star-Advertiser.

Oahu
Acrimony between rail transit officials and the project’s major contractor, Kiewit Infrastructure West, could explain why Kiewit declined to submit a bid for rail work past Aloha Stadium. Star-Advertiser.

Charles Djou raised three times more money than Kirk Caldwell in the last two weeks leading up to the Aug. 13 primary. That’s according to state Campaign Spending Commission reports filed Sept. 2. Civil Beat.

The public will be able to pay for parking with credit or debit cards at about one-fourth of Oahu’s metered street spaces by sometime next month under the second phase of a pilot Smart Meters project by the city Department of Transportation Services. Star-Advertiser.

Ala Wai flooding fears prompt cash prize for new solutions. KHON2.

A prize of up to $10,000 is up for grabs to students who can come up with a way to clean up one of the nation's most polluted waterways. An international design challenge was launched on Monday to rehabilitate the Ala Wai Watershed. Hawaii News Now.

About 200 competitive swimmers — and perhaps dozens more — had to be plucked from the ocean by rescue crews Monday as strong currents dogged the 47th annual Waikiki Roughwater Swim. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii

Money helps, but — especially in local politics — it’s not usually the determining factor in winning an election. West Hawaii Today.

Officers back on duty: Probes of shootings wind down; new law will create additional review of police-involved deaths. Tribune-Herald.

The draft environmental assessment for a planned East Hawaii Organics Facility has been published. Big Island Video News.

Maui

Public beach access points in increasingly urbanized West Maui can now be found online after a local organization spent the last two years gathering public records relating to shoreline development. Maui News.

The University of Hawaii Maui College has received two federal grants worth $3.7 million over the next five years, college Chancellor Lui Hokoana announced Aug. 29. Maui News.

Kauai

Public testimony and additional dwelling units will be discussed Wednesday during the Kauai County Council meeting. Garden Island.

The Robinson family of Kauai has stepped up to preserve about 21,000 acres of agricultural land it owns before the county selects prime private farmland for protection, but state agencies have raised concerns about a portion of the family’s plan. Star-Advertiser.

A Newell’s shearwater chick that apparently wandered away from its burrow in Kauai’s Hono o na Pali Natural Area Reserve in August is alive and well at the Save Our Shearwaters shelter. Star-Advertiser.