Thursday, July 5, 2018

Hawaii's sunscreen ban first in nation, 450 rescued from Honolulu 'floatilla,' former ILWU union boss indicted, volcano, earthquakes continue to rattle Big Island, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

copyright 2018 All Hawaii News all rights reserved
Rinsing off beach baby ©2018 All Hawaii News
Hawaii became the first state in the nation to ban sales of sunscreens containing chemicals deemed harmful to coral reefs after Gov. David Ige signed a bill into law Tuesday afternoon at the Capitol Rotunda in Honolulu. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Governor Starts The Clock On Sunscreen Ban. Gov. David Ige signs a bill that prohibits the sale of sunscreen containing oxybenzone and octinoxate in the islands, beginning in 2021. Civil Beat.

Gov. David Ige on Tuesday signed legislation that will ban the sale of sunscreens containing two chemicals thought to harm coral reefs. Associated Press.

34% of Hawaii’s coast at risk as climate change accelerates. A study by University of Hawaii researchers has found a third of the state’s shorelines are vulnerable to coastal hazards as the waves and storms that hit the islands become intensified by the growing impacts of sea level rise. Star-Advertiser.

Conditions of Hawaii's Beaches this Summer. The Conversation's Catherine Cruz spoke with Dolan Eversole, a coastal geologist with the University of Hawaii’s Sea Grant College, about managing our coastal resources as we face rising warming waters. Hawaii Public Radio.

=====

Congressional candidate Sherry Alu Campagna is upset Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has not agreed to debate her. Garden Island.

More women in Hawaii are running for office in 2018 than in the last election cycle two years ago, following a nationwide trend. Statewide, females make up 38 percent of candidates this year, compared to 32 percent in the prior election cycle. Civil Beat.

Former high-ranking union leader slapped with theft charges in new indictment. A federal grand jury has indicted Nate Lum, the former division director for the ILWU on theft charges. Hawaii News Now.

How Hawaii Is Trying To ‘Grow Our Own’ Pipeline of New Teachers. In an effort to address the state’s chronic teacher shortage, a new initiative offers scholarships and support to help long-term subs become licensed teachers. Civil Beat.

Governor to sign 'bill of rights' for Hawaii's foster youth. Current and former foster youth helped shape legislation that Gov. David Ige will sign into law on Thursday. Hawaii News Now.

Federal Disaster Survivor Assistance teams on Tuesday began going door-to-door on Oahu and Kauai trying to register uninsured or underinsured renters and homeowners who may qualify for federal assistance after suffering damage during April’s rains and flooding that triggered landslides and mudslides. Star-Advertiser.

Representatives from FEMA's Disaster Survivor Assistance teams will be going door-to-door to register homeowners and renters of the City and County of Honolulu and Kauai County who were uninsured or underinsured and suffered damage from the April severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides. KHON2.

Report: Hawaii still a long way off from 100 percent renewable energy. Hawaii law mandates that by 2045, 100 percent of energy in the state's electricity sector must be renewable. Hawaii News Now.

Oahu

Lifeguards have rescued about 450 July Fourth "floatilla" revelers in waters off Waikiki, a Honolulu Emergency Services Department spokeswoman said. Hawaii News Now.

Fourth of July floatilla considered calm, controlled despite more than 450 rescues. KHON2.

Hundreds of people rescued during the annual 4th of July flotilla in Waikiki, but compared to last year's event some say this one was tamer. KITV.

=====

More than 1,000 people use special Saturday DMV hours after computer outage. KHON2.

Hawaiian Electric prepares to launch first phase of community solar program. Customers participating in the program will receive a credit on their electric bill. Pacific Business News.

Honolulu’s controversial bike share program is expanding. BikeShare Hawaii plans to add about 40 new Biki docking stations to its existing 100 this year, displacing one to two parking stalls per station in some cases. Star-Advertiser.

$1.7 Million for Hawaii Ocean Research, Estuary Management. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will award a total of $1,748,582 to the University of Hawai‘i to fund its Sea Grant College Program and its management of the Heeia National Estuarine Research Reserve. Maui Now.

Hawaii Island

State Senate District 3 candidates share views during forum. For the first time in a decade, the state Senate seat for Hawaii Island’s 3rd District will be filled by a new face. West Hawaii Today.

Waimea Community Association is again collaborating with several community groups to co-host a candidate forum from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, in Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Taylor Commons, the upper campus cafeteria. Big Island Now.

Tourism bureau: It’s the best time to visit the Big Island. Tribune-Herald.

The Hawaii National Guard deactivated the Joint Task Force 50 partnership with the Guard and regular military forces that was formed to help with the lava emergency response in Hawaii County, said Guard spokesman Maj. Jeff Hickman on Tuesday in a statement. Tribune-Herald.

Air quality monitoring, condemnation, and access to isolated homes were some of the concerns on the minds of the residents of Puna, who were given a chance to directly question county officials for the second time at Tuesday’s eruption meeting in Pahoa. Big Island Video News.

The Village That Can’t Stop Shaking. Volcano Village’s residents and businesses are coping with frequent earthquakes and the closure of the nearby national park. Civil Beat.

People returned to subdivision buried by lava in 1990 — could it happen again? Star-Advertiser.

Kalapana vacation rental businesses may resume operations after volcano eruption. KHON2.

County still seeking site for Naalehu sewer plant. Maybe the 31st time will be the charm. West Hawaii Today.

During a special session held Friday in Hilo, the Hawaii County Council met with and approved the 11 nominees to serve on the Charter Commission. Big Island Video News.

Maui

A proposed charter amendment to reorganize the county’s executive branch by incorporating a professional managing director to run the county’s daily operations was deferred by a County Council committee Tuesday, which likely means it will not be on Nov. 6 general election ballot. Maui News.

Fireworks Likely Cause of Kihei Fire: Two Homes Destroyed, Four Others Damaged. Maui Now.

Fireworks possible cause of fire that destroyed two Maui homes. KHON2.

Old cane field fire burns at least 2,500 acres. Traffic slowed, precautionary evacuations called. Maui News.

Sales of lots in Maui heavy industrial park set to close. Subdivision improvements at the 86-acre Pulehunui Industrial Park on Maui, the island’s first and only subdivision with M3 heavy industrial zoning, have been completed, clearing the way for lots to be delivered to buyers, including Goodfellow Bros. Inc., Aloha Waste Systems and Truss Systems Hawaii. Pacific Business News.

Kauai

North Shore learning lessons. Following the massive rainfall and flooding on Kauai in April, many residents experienced a high degree of uncertainty as schools, businesses, and roads were closed, leaving many stranded or displaced. Garden Island.