Monday, August 20, 2018

UH rules would restrict Mauna Kea access, Hawaii on alert as Hurricane Lane to shift northwest, officials tackle vacation rentals as resort home sales hit records, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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UH requests public input on Mauna Kea land management. The University of Hawaii is asking for public input on proposed administrative rules for public and commercial activities on land its manages on Maunakea. The current draft rules would prohibit camping, as well as construction or activities involving more than 10 people without a permit. Hawaii News Now.

Hurricane Lane expected to take northwest turn; forecasters warn of heavy rain, flooding. Star-Advertiser.

At 5 a.m. Monday, Lane maintained intensity from earlier in the day, packing sustained winds of 125 mph with higher gusts. The Central Pacific Hurricane Center said Lane was centered about 615 miles southeast of Hilo — or 825 miles southeast of Honolulu — and moving west at 14 mph. Hawaii News Now.

As Hurricane Lane continues its track through the Central Pacific basin, forecasters plan on flying into the eye of the storm to better determine its path — and whether or not it'll hit the Big Island. Hawaii News Now.

State forgoing millions in federal reimbursements. The state each year misses out on potentially tens of millions of dollars in federal reimbursements because it fails to aggressively pursue claims related to teaching Medicaid-insured special education students, according to a review of federal data and interviews with legislators and state officials. Star-Advertiser.

Uninsured affected in federal funding feud. Health care clinics that largely serve low-income, uninsured women and college students may have to cut services or absorb losses if Hawaii forgoes more than $2 million in annual federal funding for family planning services. Star-Advertiser.

Vacation rental bans firmly in place on Kauai and the Big Island. The shutdown of vacation rentals on Kauai and Hawaii island remains in effect, despite improvements to flood-damaged areas of the Garden Island and an easing of the lava flow on the Big Island. Star-Advertiser.

Resort home sales rise sharply. The market for vacation homes at Hawaii resorts rebounded last year to its highest level of sales in nearly a decade, according to a recent report. Star-Advertiser.

Should Hawaii Convert To Ranked Choice Voting? Maine and several U.S. cities allow voters to rate candidates in order of preference. Civil Beat.

Studying limu species in the deep. A team of researchers from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Bishop Museum and the Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife were awarded $792,021 by the National Science Foundation to describe the new species of limu, or marine algae, from Hawaii’s deep waters. Garden Island.

Oahu

How Caldwell’s Airbnb Bill Could Ease Honolulu’s Housing Crunch. The mayor would crack down on absentee owners who rent entire houses to tourists, but allow anyone to rent out a room in their home. Civil Beat.

Opposition to Honolulu's Biki in Makiki neighborhood. One Honolulu neighborhood is opposed to the popular bikeshare program Biki adding more docking points. KITV.

A bridge linking Waipio and Mililani had to shut down again on Sunday, this time for emergency work. The state has been working on the Kipapa Stream Bridge for more than a year now, but it just found a major problem in one of the supports. KHON2.

North Shore residents hold peaceful protest at Laniakea. Parking at Laniakea Beach on the North Shore was near impossible today. KHON2.

Hawaii Island

County nearing purchase of Waikapuna. The county is poised to acquire a large Ka‘u tract that one official calls the “poster child” of lands purchased for preservation. West Hawaii Today.

Big Island mayor pushes his limits amid disaster. Many people worry that leading Hawaii island through the volcanic eruption disaster that began in May could kill Mayor Harry Kim. Star-Advertiser.

The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory issued a new Volcanic Activity Notice on Friday, announcing that the Alert Level for Kilauea Volcano was being lowered from WARNING to WATCH. Big Island Video News.

Drought in West Hawaii increases risk of wildfires running rampant already. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

Not ready for prime time. Ohana candidates unlikely to gain council majority, pundits say. For Ohana Coalition-backed candidates to upset the current 5-4 majority of “establishment” members of the Maui County Council on Nov. 6, they’ll each need to get at least 23,000 votes, based on 2014 and 2016 general election ballot totals for winning council candidates. Maui News.

The Haiku Community Association and Paia Town Association are hosting a candidate’s night forum on Wed., Aug. 22, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Haiku Community Center. Maui Now.

Rooting out, cracking down on illegal short-term rentals. County reviews its options; firm hired to catch scofflaws. The county Planning Department hopes that a company that specializes in rooting out illegal short-term rentals will help them crack down on the problem over the coming months. Maui News.

Lawsuit: Did ADHD Treatment Lead To A Maui Boy’s Suicide? The malpractice suit is one of several filed nationwide in recent years alleging ADHD medication caused violent or suicidal behavior. Civil Beat.

Kauai

Monitoring the melon-heads. Melon-headed whales, rough-toothed dolphins and bottlenose dolphins have all crossed the path of the Cascadia Research Collective boat that’s currently cruising through Kauai’s western waters. Garden Island.

Hanalei Dolphin Restaurant still rebuilding. Four months after torrential rains caused flooding on Kauai’s North Shore, one business is still closed and renovating. Garden Island.