Thursday, May 3, 2018

Gov. Ige seeks federal disaster declaration for flooding on Kauai and Oahu as Big Island put on volcano watch, sexual harassment in the Legislature, Roddenberry son building Maui home, new standards for Kakaako roads, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Ige signs disaster declaration request, Governor's Office photo
Gov. David Ige on Wednesday asked President Donald Trump to declare a major disaster for Hawaii following last month’s flooding and landslides that destroyed — or caused major damage — to more than 115 homes on Kauai and Oahu. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Seeks Federal Disaster Assistance For Flood-Ravaged Kauai. The state’s detailed assessment of damage includes destroyed homes and roads, lost tourism dollars and PTSD among residents. Civil Beat.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige has asked President Donald Trump to declare a major disaster for the state of Hawaii following severe flooding and landslides on Kauai and Oahu last month. Pacific Business News.

Gov. David Ige has asked President Donald Trump to declare a major disaster for the State of Hawaii as a result of severe flooding and landslides on Kauai and Oahu between April 13 and April 16, 2018. Big Island Now.

Gov. David Ige is asking President Trump to declare a major disaster for Hawaii following last month’s destructive flooding Kauai and Oahu. KHON2.

Some 532 homes were damaged or destroyed in the historic rains that swamped Oahu and Kauai last month, state officials said Wednesday. Hawaii News Now.

Damage to public property alone from last month’s flooding and landslides adds up to more than $19.7 million, and 532 homes on Oahu and Kauai were affected — 115 of them left with major damage or destroyed. Star-Advertiser.

Ige's full 25-page disaster declaration request can be found here.

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Why No One Wants To Blow The Whistle On Sexual Misconduct. People who experience sexual harassment at the Hawaii State Capitol fear the consequences if they complain. Civil Beat.

Roll Call: Here’s The Best And Worst Attendance Of Legislators This Session. A handful of lawmakers missed at least 10 days, but many had perfect attendance. Civil Beat.

Oxybenzone may soon become a thing of the past. Yesterday, Hawaii lawmakers approved a state-wide ban on the sale of sunscreen containing the chemical. Hawaii Public Radio.

Army installations across Hawaii will receive $2.6 billion in funding over a 32-year period to build and upgrade facilities, as part of he Army’s Hawaii Infrastructure Readiness Initiative. Pacific Business News.

Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee Rowena Akana said she plans to fight an ethics charge alleging violations linked to cash she accepted to help pay for legal fees and for using her trustee allowance to buy things such as home cable television services and a home security system. Star-Advertiser.

OHA trustee says she'll fight ethics charges 'to the death'. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii Public Schools to launch new online lunch payment system on May 7. KHON2.

Hokulea is back on dry land after getting damaged. The voyaging canoe ran aground as it made its way towards Kawaihae Harbor on the Big Island. The canoe's hull was damaged. KHON2.

Oahu

Eight private Kakaako roads subject to new standards law. A bill signed into law by Gov. David Ige on Tuesday aims to make the owners of the roads responsible for upgrading the thoroughfares to meet city standards — something that could prove to be very costly — or quit charging for parking. Star-Advertiser.

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation will be looking for its third director of planning, permitting and right of way since November 2016 following the resignation of Abbey Mayer. Star-Advertiser.

While dozens of homeless people swept out of Kakaako parks set up new campsites in mauka parts of Kakaako, social service outreach workers also moved two homeless Kakaako families into public housing. Star-Advertiser.

The state’s largest utility is proposing to plug two batteries — really big batteries — into Oahu’s electricity grid to increase development, efficiency and cost savings of renewable energy production plants. Star-Advertiser.

Efforts to improve the beach parks mean lifeguards are spending precious time — moving their gear. At some Oahu beaches, lifesaving beach equipment is being transported to and from lifeguard towers every day. Hawaii News Now.

Coral out-plantings thriving at Sand Island. In the filtered light streaming through the ocean at Sand Island, Hawaii’s newest garden is thriving on five pyramids attached to the substrate. Garden Island.

Hawaii Island

Hawaii County officials are advising lower Puna residents to be prepared to evacuate should a new eruption occur on Kilauea’s East Rift Zone. Tribune-Herald.

Underground Magma On The Move As Quakes Rattle Volcano. It may have already gone under the highway to the viewing area, and Hawaii County is making preparations for a possible eruption. Associated Press.

At least a couple of cracks formed in the roadways near Leilani Estates in Puna Wednesday, offering up the latest sign that Kilauea Volcano may be drawing closer to a new eruption. Star-Advertiser.

The Puna district on Hawaii's Big Island was placed under a volcano watch after a crater floor collapsed at Kilauea Volcano causing dozens of small earthquakes in the volcano’s east rift zone over the past several days, prompting federal, state and local authorities to prepare for a possible eruption. Pacific Business News.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park closed nearly 16,000 acres on Kilauea Volcano today as the possibility for a new eruption looms over the area and surrounding communities. Star-Advertiser.

VIDEO: New Flyover Reveals Deep Hole At Puu Oo As Lava Moves Downrift. Big Island Video News.

Swarms of earthquakes — as many as eight to 10 temblors per hour — continue to rattle Puna, and residents along Kilauea's east rift zone are being told to prepare for a possible eruption that could come with "very little warning" to evacuate. Hawaii News Now.

Residents in Lower Puna are being advised to stay informed with County and U.S. Geological Survey updates because of recent volcanic activity in the area. Hawaii Public Radio.

Hundreds of small earthquakes continue to rattle the Big Island, raising concerns of a possible eruption from Kilauea Volcano. Emergency officials are already preparing for possible evacuations. KHON2.

Hawaii Island hit with earthquakes again Wednesday.  Some residents are on alert after increased activity at Kilauea Volcano. KITV.

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Kohala Councilman Tim Richards said he will recuse himself from voting on a bill regulating vacation rentals until the Board of Ethics clears him of a potential conflict of interest. West Hawaii Today.

Another $6.8 million has been added to the tab for phase 2 of the Queen Kaahumanu Highway widening project. West Hawaii Today.

Friends of Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden is one step closer to securing the landmark garden and re-opening it to the public. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

The son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry plans to build a nearly 8,000-square-foot home with an infinity swimming pool and spa over the next couple years in Kaanapali. Maui News.

Kauai

A joint preliminary damage assessment released Wednesday found the April flooding caused nearly $11 million in damages on Kauai. Garden Island.

Disaster recovery on Kauai is making progress with the help of good Samaritans. Samaritan’s Purse, a North Carolina-based Christian relief organization, on Wednesday landed at Lihue Airport with supplies and disaster specialists on the organization’s DC-8 cargo plane that departed from Greensboro. Garden Island.