Wednesday, March 29, 2017

University of Hawaii unveils longevity drug, Trump travel ban back in Honolulu court today, Marines digging up WWII remains, protestors camp at Kauai Coco Palms site, state taxpayers get low ROI, Kakaako development controversy, Maui hospital money may return to budget, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

longevity drug
David Watumull, Cardax Pres and CEO; Bradley Willcox, MD; Richard Allsopp, PhD. during news conference, courtesy University of Hawaii
A gene associated with longevity shifted into high gear in mice fed a diet rich in astaxanthin, a pigment and antioxidant, holding out promise of a possible anti-aging therapy for humans, University of Hawaii medical school researchers announced Tuesday. Star-Advertiser.

The University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine and Honolulu-based life sciences company Cardax Inc. have announced the results of an animal study evaluating the effectiveness of the naturally-occurring chemical astaxanthin that holds promise in anti-aging therapy. Pacific Business News.

courtesy University of Hawaii
University of Hawaii
Researchers at the University of Hawaii John A Burns School of Medicine believe they've cracked the code as to why some live longer than others. KITV.

University of Hawaii researchers are touting a potential breakthrough in the study of aging. UH researchers and a local business teamed up to find out if a natural compound could affect the so-called "longevity gene" in mice. Hawaii News Now.

University of Hawaii reports Astaxanthin can activate the FOX03 “Longevity Gene” in mammals. News Release .

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President Donald Trump’s reversal of President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan does not bode well for Hawaii’s burgeoning renewable energy industry. Pacific Business News.

A federal judge in Hawaii who temporarily blocked President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban planned to hear arguments Wednesday on whether to extend his order until the state’s lawsuit works its way through the courts. Associated Press.

Hawaii will be back in federal court Wednesday to argue against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban. Hawaii News Now.

A House bill that would eliminate the use of fossil fuel vehicles on Hawaii’s roadways by 2045 hit a speed bump in the Senate on Tuesday. The Senate Committee on Ways and Means deferred HB 1580, which would establish the 2045 target. Star-Advertiser.

Military and Veterans Affairs officials are digging up the remains of 94 unidentified Marines and sailors killed on a remote atoll in the Pacific during one of World War II’s bloodiest battles. Star-Advertiser.

State struggles to provide services to students with autism. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii is one of the worst states in the country for taxpayer return on investment, according to a new report by WalletHub. Pacific Business News.

Oahu

More than 100 concerned citizens have asked Gov. David Ige to reject a list of nominees sent to him by the City Council for filling two board seats on a state agency regulating development in Kakaako, following an unusual selection process last week. Star-Advertiser.

Several dozen people attended a public hearing held Tuesday on proposed changes to rules for producing affordable housing in Kakaako, but the state board contemplating the overhaul wasn’t there to listen. Star-Advertiser.

The state agency in charge of managing development in Kakaako held a public hearing Tuesday to take testimony on highly criticized proposed rule changes that seek to make housing in the urban district more affordable. There was just one problem: Not a single board member showed up. Civil Beat.

The state is proposing to change affordable and work force housing rules for Kaka’ako. Hawaii Public Radio.

Honolulu police, SWAT, fire fighters and paramedics responded to a barricade situation just before sunset Tuesday, to house on Paakai Street in Honakai Hale on Oahu's leeward coast. KITV.

A security guard at Honolulu International Airport fatally shot a family's dog on Tuesday evening, after the pet apparently got loose in an open area. Hawaii News Now.

Nesting native bird delays multimillion-dollar project in downtown Honolulu. KHON2.

Large-scale Hawaii sugar cane farming ceased in December after 181 years with the closure of a Maui plantation that once was among more than 150 in the islands. But deep in a Windward Oahu valley, a vestige of the industry remains deeply rooted. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii State Federal Credit Union, one of the largest credit unions in the state, is selling the former Acme Fender & Paint Shop property it purchased in 2014 in the Honolulu neighborhood of Kakaako that was supposed to be its flagship branch, Pacific Business News has learned.

Demand for the Waikiki Community Center’s preschool has grown so much that the nonprofit is closing its longtime thrift store next month to allow its keiki program to expand. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii


The Coast Guard is requiring boaters to keep their distance from the Kamokuna Kilauea lava ocean entry where lava flows into the sea. Tribune-Herald.

A significant segment of Kona coffee farmers and the largely immigrant population they employ are unnerved by recent reports of increased U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement activity on Hawaii Island. West Hawaii Today.

A national comparison of counties released early this morning reveals troubling news about Hawaii County’s teenagers and young adults. Seventeen percent of 16- to 24-year-olds in the county are not in school or employed, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which funded the report. Tribune-Herald.

The county Water Board gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a $54.2 million operating budget and $26.3 million capital improvement budget after a public hearing where no members of the public testified. West Hawaii Today.

Contracts for three different water well repair projects in North Kona were approved by the Hawaii County Board of Water Supply on Tuesday. Big Island Video News.

The 82-year-old owner of Ahualoa goat farm puts it up for sale. Tribune-Herald.

Maui

State lawmakers said Tuesday that funds for the future operation of three Maui County hospitals under Kaiser Permanente likely will be returned to the budget, after the House Finance Committee removed it earlier this month, concerning hospital officials. Maui News.

The most recent little fire ant infestation in Kapalua in November appears to be under control as the ant population has not spread to nearby areas, an official with the Maui Invasive Species Committee said Wednesday. Maui News.

A groundbreaking scientific data collection program to expand the measuring of water quality off 18 West Maui shoreline sites has been forged between the state Department of Health and Maui community groups involved in the protection of the island’s nearshore waters. Maui News.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources has issued a notice of animal control activities and temporary closures of Maui forest reserves and natural area reserves on six dates. Maui News.

Commentary: Plan to close golf course spells doom for Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa. Star-Advertiser.

Kauai

A group has taken up residence on the Coco Palms property, saying they are descendants of people who once called the area home. The  unexpected protesters are not expected to delay the project. The $175 million hotel is expected to open by the end of 2018. Garden Island.

The state is looking into another dumping ground for Kauai’s waste this week after numerous reports and complaints. The spotlight is on an unencumbered state parcel at Wainiha on Route 560 between mile marker 7 and Alamihi Road, and some are dubbing the area “The Wainiha Landfill.” Garden Island.

Kauai residents say the General Plan needs to address affordable housing and future growth. Garden Island.

Allan Smith, James Mayfield and Dee Crowell were installed Tuesday as directors for Kauai Island Utility Cooperative. Each will serve a three-year term and join six other board members governing Kauai’s energy cooperative. Garden Island.