Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Cargo fees could jump 55% over next three years, Tulsi to join Standing Rock protest, new Senate leaders announced, gearing up for Pearl Harbor's 75th, vandalism plagues Kakaako homeless project, Mayor-elect Kim completes Cabinet, candidates line up to fill Tsuji's House seat, sugar industry shutdown to close Maui electric plant, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Moana, courtesy Disney
Disney’s animated movie “Moana” debuted to critical acclaim and box office success over the Thanksgiving weekend, but some people in the South Pacific dislike how it depicts their culture. Associated Press.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, is expected to join as many as 2,000 veterans from across the country at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota to protest an oil pipeline that tribal leaders say threatens their water supply and cultural heritage sites. Civil Beat.

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard will join military veterans in North Dakota next week as they show support for protesters trying to block construction of an oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Tribune-Herald.

State fees imposed on goods unloaded at Hawaii harbors would increase by 55 percent over the next three years under a plan tentatively approved by the state Department of Transportation to provide additional cash for construction of a major new cargo terminal at the former Kapalama Military Reservation. Star-Advertiser.

Tourism from Japan to Hawaii is expected to hit visitor industry targets in 2016 as the removal of an airline surcharge cut costs for travelers. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Senate leaders Tuesday unveiled the chairs and vice chairs of the 15 committees that will shape what bills become laws next session, which starts in January. Civil Beat.

When Hawai‘i’s legislature convenes its next session in January, the state House of Representatives will have a new chair of the Agriculture Committee. Hawaii Public Radio.

A change in Hawaii law is giving adopted families a better chance in discovering their roots. Hawaii News Now.

A Jordanian-born Palestinian who was imprisoned in the United States for putting a bomb on a Hawaii-bound flight in 1982 has been relocated to the West African country of Mauritania. Associated Press.

Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor still intrigues 75 years later. Star-Advertiser.

Three of the heroes of Pearl Harbor took on the aura of stars as the survivors recounted some of their Dec. 7, 1941, experiences at the USS Arizona Memorial visitor center Tuesday and as the much-anticipated 75th anniversary of the landmark attack draws closer. Star-Advertiser.

Virtual reality tours to let visitors witness Pearl Harbor attack. Pacific Business News.

Oahu

Kakaako Waterfront Park had to be closed four hours early every day starting in October after vandals destroyed light poles to tap into electricity, and now the park’s water system may have been broken into — shutting off water to bathrooms, showers, fountains and the 12 families at the state’s new homeless shelter. Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu officials have yet to fully address allegations — including misuse of funds —involving Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve despite assurances from bureaucrats and a federal court order, according to the leaders of a nonprofit group that advocates for the preserve. Civil Beat.

Windward residents will be updated at an informational meeting Thursday night on the upcoming construction of an intermediate shaft at the Honolulu Board of Water Supply Kapaa Water Tank. Star-Advertiser.

City officials are gathering input on a proposal for a dog park and training facility at the Patsy T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park in Waipio. Star-Advertiser.

Some people would love to see the venerable Kaimuki venue reopen for live shows or classes and have even formed a Friends of Queen Theater organization. Civil Beat.

A California developer plans to build a 430-unit condominium high-rise tower in the growing Honolulu neighborhood of Kakaako, Pacific Business News has learned.

Hawaii
Democratic Party officials from state House District 2 will see at least a few familiar faces when they meet Saturday to select three nominees to replace the late Rep. Clift Tsuji. Tribune-Herald.

Less than a week before he takes office, Mayor-elect Harry Kim put the finishing touches on his Cabinet, pulling new blood into the departments of Planning and Environmental Management and naming an aide to Gov. David Ige as his right-hand man. West Hawaii Today.

On Tuesday, the County of Hawaii marked another step in its efforts to reduce homelessness on the Big Island with the blessing and grand opening of Hale Kikaha, a micro housing project in the Old Kona Industrial Area. West Hawaii Today.

A blessing and opening was held on Tuesday for the Hale Kīkaha micro unit housing project in Kona. Big Island Video News.

Assistant police chief Paul Kealoha steps away today after 31 years. West Hawaii Today.

Prominent business and community leader Barry T. Mizuno died Saturday following an illness. He was 68. Tribune-Herald.

Maui

Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. provided 1,265.5 megawatt hours of power to Maui Electric Co. in the third quarter, the second-to-last quarter that the sugar company will be providing electricity to Maui residents. Maui News.

Kauai

Questions about potential logging in the Lihue-Koloa Forest Reserve were just a few of the concerns raised Tuesday night about the plan to build a bridge over Keahua Stream. Garden Island.

KipuKai Kuali’i says he’ll run again for County Council seat. KipuKai Kuali’i plans for 2018 race. Garden Island.

The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative’s Board of Directors on Tuesday appointed director David Iha to complete the unexpired term of former director Dennis Esaki, who resigned in October. Garden Island.

The owner of a Kauai property that includes Kilauea Falls is suing one of his neighbors for allegedly entering the property and cutting down some trees to get a better view of the waterfall. Star-Advertiser.