Monday, October 31, 2016

Hawaii may raise cargo fees 50%, state agency wants $23k for public records, fish sourcing at issue, volcano camping fee instituted, Honolulu mulls parking alternatives, Roundup ban proposed, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Beginning in November, overnight camping at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will come with a price. It was previously free. West Hawaii Today.

The state Department of Transportation wants to hike fees for unloading cargo at Hawaii ports by about 50 percent over two years in a move that would pay for harbor improvements and likely make most things local consumers buy more expensive. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Prison Officials Say It Will Cost $23,000 For Public Records. Eight months after we asked, the state wants big bucks for records pertaining to violence at an Arizona prison. Civil Beat.

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono plans to introduce legislation in January that will give foreign fishermen who work aboard Hawaii-based longline fishing vessels greater labor protections, including visas that will allow them to legally work in the country. Star-Advertiser.

Markets examine how fish are sourced in wake of report. Tribune-Herald.

Seven years after a favorable court ruling, the plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against the state and Department of Hawaiian Home Lands are still waiting for state documents they consider essential for calculating damages related to long waits for homesteads. Star-Advertiser.

Commentary: Why Teachers Won’t Miss Kathryn Matayoshi. A new superintendent needs to be much more proactive and transparent in supporting teachers. Civil Beat.

Oahu

Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Charles Djou faced off for the final time before the Nov. 8 general election. The two spoke at a candidate forum sponsored by the Chinese Community Action Coalition in Chinatown on Sunday. Hawaii News Now.

With Election Day less than two weeks away, the candidates for Honolulu Mayor addressed the Chinese-American community at a forum held in Chinatown. KITV.

Former Democratic state Rep. Marilyn Lee is attempting for a third time to win back the Mililani state House seat she once held from House Minority Leader Beth Fukumoto Chang, a moderate Republican who clashed repeatedly this year with activists in her own party. Star-Advertiser.

Once The ‘Wild West’ Of The City, Kakaako Is Trying To Settle Down. Popular with young professionals who see it as hip and up-and-coming, the neighborhood’s transition has come with growing pains. Civil Beat.

Hawaii Convention Center turns first-ever profit. Pacific Business News.

Waikiki parking is so tight that Cherise Musselman has spent two hours idling in her car before finding street parking. Star-Advertiser.

A new proposal before the Honolulu City Council aims to encourage people to leave their cars at home and bike to work instead. KHON2.

American Savings Bank has received approval from the Oahu Island Burial Council to resume construction of its new headquarters after work was halted eight months ago with the discovery of iwi kupuna, or ancient human remains, at the site near Downtown Honolulu. Pacific Business News.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced Friday his appointment of professional engineer and licensed general contractor Glenn M. Nohara to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) Board of Directors effective Oct. 28, 2016 through June 30, 2021. KITV.

Young Laysan albatrosses born on Oahu return to the island fairly often as youngsters, new research shows. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii

A sweeping health care change is coming to Hawaii County from the largest health insurance provider in the state. Tribune-Herald.

A bill to ban the county’s use of toxic herbicides will be considered again Tuesday after bogging down last week amid questions about suitable alternatives. West Hawaii Today.

A plan to conduct a field evaluation of rodenticide to control mice at Pohakuloa Training Area was presented to the Hawaii County’s Game Management Advisory Commission recently. Big Island Video News.

After the maile lei was untied and the hundreds of people had trickled into the new covered play courts at Pahoa District Park during its grand opening ceremony, one parent looked around at the three scoreboards, six basketball nets, one volleyball net, two sets of bleachers, and summed it up: “This is radical.” Tribune-Herald

Parks and Recreation Director Clayton Honma addressed the crowd at the grand opening celebration of the new Pahoa District Park on Saturday. Big Island Video News.

The mayor’s race is already over but Waiakea-area residents can still decide who represents them on the County Council. Tribune-Herald.

Maui

Maui Sunset condominium residents expressed concern after learning about the possibility of the county taking over maintenance of the entire adjacent Waipuilani Park, a portion of which has been maintained by the condo owners without charge to the county for decades. Maui News.

Wesley Lo ends 13 years at Maui Memorial Medical Center on Monday — 12 as chief executive officer. Maui News.

Maui health officials are driving along a scenic coastal highway with a giant water-gun spraying trees and brush with diluted detergent to kill mosquito larvae. They’re stepping up the fight against mosquito-borne diseases like the Zika virus, dengue fever and chikungunya. Associated Press.

Less than 10 days before the Nov. 8 general election, the candidates for Maui County Council’s South Maui residency seat — Don Couch and Kelly Takaya King — are making their closing arguments. Maui News.

Four community meetings have been set for next month on the Maui Island Water Use and Development Plan. Maui News.

Kauai

Enrollment in the A+ after-school program has decreased on Kauai since the state raised the monthly fee from $85 to $100, in the first of three price hikes. Garden Island.

The Board of Directors of the Kauai Humane Society has selected a new leader for the shelter following the retirement of Penny Cistaro. Scott Pisani will take the helm in early November. Garden Island.