Monday, November 14, 2016

Still no warning signs for beach bacteria, charter school probe could overhaul agency, taxpayers to foot Honolulu police chief legal bill, anti-Trump march in Waikiki, arcade owner sues over gambling sweeps, Maui to build homes for workers, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Hawaii residents and visitors are unknowingly exposing themselves to serious health risks from chronically polluted waters in dozens of places around the islands that don’t post warning signs. Civil Beat.

An investigation into complaints lodged against the agency regulating Hawaii’s public charter schools could result in far-reaching sanctions including a halt to new campuses and removal of appointees to the Public Charter School Commission. Star-Advertiser.

The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council is wasting no time seeking financial compensation for those in the fishing industry who may claim they have been harmed by President Barack Obama’s expansion of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in late August. Civil Beat.

Oahu

More than 1,000 demonstrators marched through Waikiki on Sunday to express their opposition to a Donald Trump presidency and to advocate for a wide variety of progressive causes they worry will be trampled when the controversial president-elect takes office next year. Star-Advertiser.

In a protest that began in a Waikiki park and ended at a hotel that bears his name, hundreds of people rallied in opposition to President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday. Civil Beat.

Demonstrators hit the streets of Waikiki Sunday evening for a massive protest against President-elect Donald Trump. Hawaii News Now.

Taxpayers will fund private representation for Honolulu's police chief in four civil cases. Associated Press.

Improvements to Oahu crime mapping tool to be discussed by city, police. KHON2.

Hawaii’s housing inventory issue will be addressed Tuesday at the second-annual Houseless in Honolulu summit. Pacific Business News.

City officials are seeking input on a draft plan proposed for transit-oriented development in Halawa. The plan outlines a vision for potentially redeveloping about 150 acres around the Aloha Stadium rail station into mixed-use communities.Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell found broader support among voters across Oahu on his way to an easier-than-expected re-election victory over former U.S. Rep. and City Councilman Charles Djou on Tuesday. Star-Advertiser.

A new contender has entered the ownership fight over more than seven streets running through Kakaako close to where glass condominium towers are rising in Honolulu’s urban core. Star-Advertiser.

City finally taking action in Ewa’s Varona Village. Star-Advertiser.

In an effort to protect and manage a native forest and trail system on Oahu, the state has purchased 635 acres in Kalauao Valley from Bishop Museum, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources announced last week. Star-Advertiser.

$2.5M project aims to alter breakwater near Shangri La. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii

Another old hand is returning to county government. Charmaine Kamaka, who served as Parks and Recreation director under former Mayor Lorraine Inouye, is returning to that position under Mayor-elect Harry Kim. West Hawaii Today.

The Hawaii County Council will consider a resolution next week asking the state to strengthen its animal cruelty law. Introduced by Kohala Councilwoman Margaret Wille, the measure urges lawmakers in Honolulu to require owners to use a tether of at least five feet when restraining their dog. Tribune-Herald.

A Hilo arcade owner whose establishment has twice been the subject of police gambling raids is suing in an effort to stave off another potential search and seizure. Tribune-Herald.

As opioid use surges, experts urge cautious approach. Tribune-Herald.

Maui

The developer of the 304-acre Pulelehua working-class housing community in West Maui said Thursday that the project’s first phase will include the first apartment complex built on the west side in more than two decades. Maui News.

The developer of a proposed 304-acre housing community says the first phase of the project will include the first apartment complex in west Maui in more than two decades. Associated Press.

Council Member Don Couch filed an amended financial disclosure statement late last month, breaking out the rental income he and his wife received for a Waikapu home, in the wake of a review by the Ethics Board of a complaint. Maui News.

Despite being denied a special use permit in July, a zipline company that’s been operating illegally for six years is continuing to accept reservations at its property in Haiku. Maui News.

The company chosen to redevelop the Old Maui High School campus pledged Thursday night to work more with the community on its technological, educational and events center and is willing to delay the approval process for a bit to work with community members, who felt they needed more time to digest and analyze the project. Maui News.

Kauai

Fuel economy and emissions levels in new cars have surpassed Environmental Protection Agency standards for the past eight years running, and as a result the state is looking at new ways to generate revenue. Garden Island.

Belly full of plastic. New paper shows how much endangered seabirds dine on ocean debris. Garden Island.

The North Shore Shuttle, which has transported residents and visitors between Princeville and Ke‘e Beach over the last three months, will end today. Garden Island.

Coco Palms resort, featured in the 1961 Elvis Presley movie “Blue Hawaii” and destroyed in a 1992 hurricane is nearing the end of its demolition phase. Associated Press.