Thursday, August 9, 2018

Hawaii Supreme Court rules in favor of Thirty Meter Telescope in first of two key pending cases, state starts new psychiatric hospital, Hurricane Hector spares Hawaii, who owns aloha, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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File photo of Thirty Meter Telescope protester PC:Occupy Hilo
 Hawaii Supreme Court Ruling Is A Win For The Thirty Meter Telescope. The ruling prevents another contested case hearing, but a construction permit appeal is still pending before the court. Associated Press.

The state Supreme Court handed the Thirty Meter Telescope project a lifeline Wednesday by ruling that a contested case hearing is not required for a sublease with the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Tribune-Herald.

In a triumph for the Thirty Meter Telescope, the state Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously ruled against a TMT opponent who was seeking an additional contested case hearing for the stalled Mauna Kea project. Star-Advertiser.

The Hawaii Supreme Court has overturned a lower court decision to vacate the state’s consent to the sublease between the TMT International Observatory and the University of Hawaii, ruling that the appellant, E. Kalani Flores, was not entitled to a separate contested case hearing on the matter. Big Island Video News.

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Billionaires Boost Hawaii Republican Party’s Finances. Even though Democrats dominate the islands, the state GOP has more money than in recent years thanks to a few big donations. Civil Beat.

Women's Issues in Hawaii 2018: Evolution or Revolution? Hawaii Public Radio.

The Hawaii State Teachers Association has endorsed Lt. Gov. Doug Chin for U.S. Congress, saying Chin is a fighter for education and “someone who is going to work to improve the lives of our children and our workers.” Star-Advertiser.

Wednesday is last day of "Walk-In" voting for the Primary Elections in Hawaii, but for the first time the state's offering "Same Day" voter registration at the polls. KITV.

Hurricane Hector Skirts South Of Hawaii As It Weakens. Gusty winds on the Big Island but no landfall for the category 3 storm. Associated Press.

For Many Native Hawaiians, Owning ‘Aloha’ Is Not Very Aloha. There are more than 1,000 trademarks using the term, raising broader questions about protecting Native Hawaiian intellectual property. Civil Beat.

Hawaii’s medical marijuana industry has made slow but meaningful strides since pot dispensaries opened a year ago. Star-Advertiser.

EPA Administrator Addresses Red Hill, Hawaii Cesspools, Water Protection. The new Environmental Protection Agency Region IX Administrator, Mike Stoker, met with US Representative Tulsi Gabbard on Tuesday to discuss key concerns and environmental threats to Hawaii’s people. Maui Now.

New commander, changing focus at Marine Corps Forces Pacific. The Marine Corps is fashioning a 21st century version of island hopping with new strategies that include a greater distribution of forces and speedy repositioning around Pacific archipelagos in the event of a future conflict that would likely see the United States challenged at sea by long-range missiles. Star-Advertiser.

Oahu

GOP Candidate Challenges Citizenship Ruling. Sai Timoteo contends state officials have proceeded improperly, but they say they’ve done everything right. Civil Beat.

The state broke ground Wednesday on a new 144-bed psychiatric facility at the Hawaii State Hospital in Kaneohe. Star-Advertiser.

State breaks ground on new $140M (near escape-proof) State Hospital building. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii State Hospital in Kaneohe broke ground Wednesday on a new four-story, 144-bed forensic psychiatric facility. KHON2.

The developer of a “collegiate housing” tower in Moiliili had the 14-story apartment building blessed floor by floor Wednesday in anticipation of initial renters moving in Aug. 15. Star-Advertiser.

A special blessing took place Wednesday for a new student housing complex near Manoa. Hawaii News Now.

City attorneys are heading to the bargaining table to try and settle a civil lawsuit over a gambling case that failed twice in court and resulted in state judges scolding deputy prosecutors. Hawaii News Now.

Ailing banyan being removed was monument to Moiliili’s first Japanese settlers. A piece of history was lost Tuesday as city contractors began cutting down an ailing, century-old Chinese banyan tree at Moiliili Triangle Park. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Island

Mayor Harry Kim, the County Council and two members of the island’s state legislative delegation came closer to an understanding Wednesday about how to ask for money to rebuild island infrastructure in the wake of the volcanic eruption and destructive lava flow. West Hawaii Today.

Hawaii island Mayor Harry Kim is asking for a huge relief package totaling $500 million to $600 million to help his island recover from the months-long Kilauea Volcano eruption, but state lawmakers say they’ve been unable to learn so far how such a package would be financed, or how the money would be used. Star-Advertiser.

Local lawmakers are talking over the county’s heading into a possible special state legislative session that could be convened to address the volcanic eruption on the lower East Rift Zone of Kilauea. Big Island Video News.

The Hawaii County Council unanimously adopted the Hamakua Community Development Plan on Wednesday, despite some misgivings over a land use designation for Hakalau Point. Tribune-Herald.

All of the county’s absentee walk-in voting sites, including those at the Pahoa and Pahala community centers, will be open today now that the threat of Hurricane Hector has passed, according to the Office of Elections. Tribune-Herald.

Maui

Maui County Council Member Elle Cochran’s decision to give up her West Maui residency seat to run for mayor has left an open seat with three candidates vying to advance from Saturday’s primary to the Nov. 6 general election. Maui News.

Hotels, local businesses and Maui County have agreed to let Maui Electric Co. reduce its power on short notice to help keep the grid stable during periods of high demand. Maui News.

A record for Maui home prices has stood for 13 years, and last month it came close to being brushed aside. The record was set at $780,000 in May 2005 for the median sale price of single-family homes. Star-Advertiser.

Kauai

No Island Is Immune From The Opioid Scourge. Authorities routinely recover dirty syringes and other big-city drug paraphernalia. All manner of prescription painkillers are turning up. Civil Beat.

The Hawaii Foodbank is asking for emergency food and monetary donations. Garden Island.

A Hawaiian monk seal pup recently rescued on Kauai is in stable condition at Ke Kai Ola, The Marine Mammal Center’s hospital and visitor center in Kailua-Kona that is dedicated to the endangered marine mammal. Garden Island.