Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Telescope battles on two islands, school bus driver shortage forces route cancellations, former Honolulu reporter snarled in Fox News Trump allies lawsuit, 'Fat Leonard' bribery case involves Hawaii's Seventh Fleet, gun range plan advances, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Haleakala protest screenshot from FB live, Barbara Heil Barry
How the world’s largest solar telescope rose on Maui while nearby protests derailed a larger scope. Science.

Several arrests were made early this morning as members of the group Kāko’o Haleakalā demonstrated overnight, attempting to block a convoy transporting large loads to the Daniel K Inouye Solar Telescope atop Haleakalā on Maui. Maui Now.

Several arrests were made early Wednesday as police cracked down on dozens of activists blocking the road leading to the summit of Haleakala in protest of construction of a four meter telescope. Hawaii News Now.

Dozens of protesters of all ages waved signs along Kula Highway Tuesday evening to voice their opposition toward building the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope. KITV.

The narrow winding road leading up to Haleakala National Park was scheduled to be closed to traffic for several hours late Tuesday during a planned delivery of materials to the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope site — where protesters opposed to the project were expected. Star-Advertiser.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources Chair today announced that it will implement a temporary closure of unencumbered lands on Haleakalā to protect public safety during the equipment convoy that starts today. Maui Now.

With materials for the controversial solar telescope on Haleakala still hours away, more than 80 protesters prepared to confront the delivery trucks on a grassy triangle outside King Kekaulike High School on Tuesday evening. Maui News.

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Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustees say they will sue the University of Hawaii and the state for alleged mismanagement at Mauna Kea. Hawaii News Now.

A Native Hawaiian fisherman is asking an environmental court to stop Hawaii officials from issuing commercial fishing licenses to those who aren’t legally admitted into the United States. Associated Press.

The Hawaii Medical Service Association is seeking to boost health insurance rates next year by an average 27.1 percent, while Kaiser Permanente is proposing a 19.9 percent rate hike, together affecting nearly 33,000 residents covered by the federal Affordable Care Act. Star-Advertiser.

Former Hawaii journalist Malia Zimmerman is at the center of a growing firestorm over a Fox News story about Democratic leaks and an unsolved killing. Hawaii News Now.

A lawsuit filed Tuesday lays out an explosive tale of Trump allies, the White House, Fox News and a former Hawaii journalist conspiring to push a false story about Democratic leaks and an unsolved killing to distract attention from the Russia investigation that has been swirling around the president. Associated Press.

New Hawaii Schools Chief’s First Priority: Listening. Christina Kishimoto plans on visiting all the islands in her first six months to talk with educators and students. Civil Beat.

The Hawaii Department of Education welcomed its new leader Tuesday, less than one week before the start of the new school year on Aug. 7. KHON2.

Christina Kishimoto began her new job Tuesday as superintendent of Hawaii public schools, promising state education leaders she will visit schools throughout the state in the coming months and work to fill vacant positions in her executive staff. Tribune-Herald.

The state said Tuesday it has installed air conditioning units in 796 classrooms in the islands, and hopes to reach 1,000 by the end of the month. Hawaii News Now.

Former Navy Officer Isn’t Rolling Over In The Fat Leonard Bribery Case. The widening criminal investigation into Malaysian defense contractor Leonard “Fat Leonard” Francis has already ensnared dozens of top naval officers, many from the Hawaii-based Seventh Fleet. Civil Beat.

Members of the United Public Workers union are voting this week on a tentative agreement for a new four-year contract that includes raises and bonuses for union members. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii personnel assisting in search for missing sailor in South China Sea. Star-Advertiser.

Oahu

Plans for an expansion of Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery won a key approval from a Honolulu City Council committee Tuesday. Star-Advertiser.

Kicked out of parks and off sidewalks, some 'innovative' homeless take to the water. Hawaii News Now.

The state Department of Public Safety has announced that eight inmates at a Hawaii correctional center have mumps. Associated Press.

Next spring, students at the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law will have a state-of-the-art building to advise their own clients. Civil Beat.

On Wednesday, Servco Pacific Inc. Chairman and CEO Mark Fukunaga and Hawaii Gov. David Ige will be among the officials scheduled to break ground on the company's hydrogen station, the first such station to be built on Oahu. Pacific Business News.

Damage from the July 14 high-rise fire at the Marco Polo condominium project has been estimated to exceed $100 million in one of the most destructive fires in Honolulu’s recent history, a Honolulu Fire Department spokesman said Tuesday. Star-Advertiser.

Damage from the seven-alarm fire that killed three people and injured five at the Marco Polo Apartments high-rise in Honolulu last month exceeded an estimated $100 million, one of the most destructive fires in modern history in Hawaii, officials said. Pacific Business News.

The Marco Polo high-rise fire that killed three people July 14 and caused at least $100 million in damage was not intentionally set, but investigators continue to search for the cause, the Honolulu Fire Department said Tuesday. Star-Advertiser.

The Honolulu Fire Department has released new details as it continues to investigate a 7-alarm fire that killed three people in the Marco Polo high-rise on July 14. KHON2.

Hawaii Island

A study of locations for one or more shooting ranges was advanced Tuesday by a County Council panel that voted unanimously to endorse the concept and support a working group to create a report. West Hawaii Today.

The Hawaii Electric Light Company held a public meetings Monday night on its plans to upgrade the Big Island power grid. Big Island Video News.

First homeless sweep of Old Airport Park cleanup begins. West Hawaii Today.

Mayor Harry Kim has made it a priority to clean up a West Hawaii Park where many homeless have been living illegally. Hawaii Public Radio.

The state has issued a gag order in a case involving the death of a 3-year-old Hawaii island boy in foster care. KHON2.

The sale of Mauna Lani Bay Hotel &Bungalows and other assets closed Tuesday, with DiamondHead Land officially taking ownership of the properties. West Hawaii Today.

The new owners of the Mauna Lani hotel and golf courses on Hawaii island rehired all employees when the deal closed Tuesday and said they plan to invest between $70 million and $90 million upgrading the resort. Star-Advertiser.

A joint venture between an affiliate of California-based real estate company ProspectHill Group and longtime Hawaii hotel executive Pat Fitzgerald has closed on its acquisition of the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows on Hawaii’s Big Island from a subsidiary of Japan-based Tokyu Corp. Pacific Business News.

Brightly colored and uniquely designed license plates featuring Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Haleakala National Park hit the Big Island on Tuesday. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

School bus riders at Lahainaluna High, Baldwin High and Iao Intermediate schools will be riding the Maui Bus instead of their regular yellow buses when school starts next week due to a “crisis” shortage of bus drivers for a new transportation provider, the state Department of Education said. Maui News.

As a new school bus vendor on Maui struggles to find credentialed drivers before the school year begins Monday, the Department of Education says it will halt bus routes for nearly 400 students and issue bus passes for use on the island’s public transportation. Star-Advertiser.

The Hawaii State Department of Education today announced route modifications to school bus service for students at Maui High, Lahainaluna High, Baldwin High and ʻĪao Intermediate. Maui Now.

The Hawaii Department of Education is taking drastic action due to a shortage of school bus drivers on Maui. KHON2.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources opened up the gates across Iao Valley Road to allow participants in the Iao Valley 10K to run to the Iao Valley State Monument, which has been closed since massive floods in September. Maui News.

The Maui Department of Fire and Public Safety welcomed New Deputy Fire Chief, Lionel Montalvo to the post during a swearing-in and badge pinning ceremony on Friday. Maui Now.

Kauai

While it’s certain that the upcoming school year for public schools on Kauai begins next week, what’s still up in the air is how each student who rides a school bus will get to class on time. Garden Island.

Work on restoration of the Ae Kamali‘i Preschool started as the mercury teased the 90-degree mark Monday at the facility on Kress Street adjacent to Lihue Christian Church. Garden Island.

Two meetings are slated next week on a project designed for safe access to the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge. Garden Island.

Wailua condo association wants to clean heiau. Condo association looks to clean up heiau blanketed by weeds, grass, trees. Garden Island.