Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Erick now a Cat 3 hurricane, contradictory claims arise from Mauna Kea TMT impasse, Honolulu policeman recovering from gunshot, Ige shuffles staff, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim said Monday he doesn’t want the job to mediate the standoff on Mauna Kea, but will keep working to settle the matter without using physical force. Star-Advertiser.

Kim recaps TMT meeting, reiterates opposition to use of force. A Friday meeting between leaders of the Native Hawaiian community and Mayor Harry Kim regarding the Thirty Meter Telescope project was inconclusive, Kim said at a press conference today. Tribune-Herald.

Hawaiian Leaders Want To Meet Again On Telescope. Many of the leaders the Big Island mayor talked with Monday were from Oahu. Civil Beat.

Mayor Kim Trying To Find Way Out Of TMT Impasse With More Talk. The man tasked with trying to find a way out of an impasse over the construction of a giant telescope in Hawaii says he met with Native Hawaiian leaders Friday. Associated Press.

Mayor Harry Kim called a press conference on Monday to talk about recent meetings he has hosted in regards to the Thirty Meter Telescope project. Big Island Video News.

Mayor Harry Kim said Monday he’s hoping for a peaceful resolution to the TMT conflict without using violence. Hawaii News Now.

Mauna Kea Negotiations Remain at Stand-Still After Initial Talks. Big Island Now.

Project has legal right to start, TMT official says. A top official with the Thirty Meter Telescope said Monday that state officials need to find a way to allow construction of the next-generation telescope on Mauna Kea - and soon. Star-Advertiser.

Mauna Kea Protests Leave Observatory Workers Trapped In The Middle. Many telescope staffers are frustrated by not being able to work, but they understand where the protesters are coming from. Civil Beat.

Personal Opinions Crystallize as Hawaii Enters Week Three of TMT Standoff. Compromise may seem like a long shot for those on all sides of the Thirty-Meter Telescope debate. Hawaii Public Radio.

Global human rights group demands Ige put a stop TMT construction. The Hawaii chapter of Amnesty International took their stance straight to the state capitol Monday. KITV.


Erick becomes a major hurricane in Central Pacific. Packing maximum sustained winds of 115 mph as of 5 a.m. today, the center of Erick was located 920 miles east-southeast of Hilo and 1,135 miles east-southeast of Honolulu and headed west at 17 mph, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. Star-Advertiser.

Erick intensifies into a major hurricane far east-southeast of Hawaii. The system’s maximum sustained winds increased to 115 mph, making it a powerful Category 3 hurricane. Hawaii News Now.


Gov. David Ige has appointed Rona Suzuki as interim director of the state Department of Taxation. She replaces Linda Chu Takayama who will begin serving as the governor’s chief of staff on Aug. 1. Star-Advertiser.

Aloha Stadium Deal Panned By Watchdog Groups. HB 1586 has received the sixth annual Rusty Scalpel award from Common Cause Hawaii and the League of Women Voters of Hawaii. Civil Beat.

Federal Leaders Look To Improve Military Housing Conditions. The Department of Defense and congressional members of both parties are pushing for new regulations on the private companies that serve as landlords. Civil Beat.

FBI names new special agent in charge of Honolulu office. Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray has named Eli S. Miranda the new special agent in charge of the bureau's Honolulu Field Office. Hawaii News Now.


The Kealoha Corruption Case Cost These Two Investigators More Than Their Jobs. Former Honolulu Ethics Commission investigators Chuck Totto and Letha DeCaires speak out about the politics and questionable practices they say clouded one of the most important cases of their careers. Civil Beat.

Proposed HART Resolution Calls For Agency To Stay Alive. Rail board members are poised to approve a resolution pushing back against the proposal to dissolve HART years ahead of schedule. Civil Beat.

Caldwell: 'We Should Be Cautious Moving Forward' on HART Resolution. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says he is willing to listen to arguments on a resolution proposing to dissolve the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation. Hawaii Public Radio.

Fired HPD sergeant gets fine in plea deal. A Honolulu police sergeant who was charged with driving drunk and lying about being the driver was instead fined $500 for reckless driving in a plea deal. Star-Advertiser.

Police identify man accused of shooting officer in chest near Pokai Bay. Police said 47-year-old Tony Souza opened fire after a confrontation at the intersection of Pokai Bay Street and Alta Street. Hawaii News Now.

Armed robbery investigation leaves police officer with gun shot. A Honolulu police officer was shot and transported to the hospital in critical condition Monday afternoon. KHON2.

Man who pleaded guilty for role in bribery scheme sentenced. He admitted he took bribes from Oahu engineer Jim Lyons, in exchange for a nearly $8 million government contract. Hawaii News Now.

It’s taken years and millions of dollars, but this Waikiki park is finally taking shape. A groundbreaking ceremony took place on Monday for a long-awaited park project in central Waikiki. Hawaii News Now.

Request for Qualifications sought for Neal S. Blaisdell Center public-private partnership. The city is currently undertaking an estimated $772 million redevelopment of the 22-acre Blaisdell campus, which is under the control of the Department of Enterprise Services. KHON2.

Hawaii Island

DLNR officials, fisherman continue boat ramp talks. Representatives from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources met last week with Puna fishermen, lawmakers and community members to further discuss possible solutions to the landlocked Pohoiki boat ramp. Tribune-Herald.

50 units proposed for Alii Drive. The Leeward Planning Commission next month will consider two applications related to a proposed 50-unit residential community across from Pahoehoe Beach Park in Kailua-Kona with 26 of its units intended to be affordable housing. West Hawaii Today.

Critics Say County Ignores Animal Shelters’ High Kill Rates. Most of the animals brought to the Humane Society’s three facilities are euthanized. Their contract with the county doesn’t encourage saving lives. Civil Beat.


County Seeks Development of Mahinahina and Kahana Wells. The County of Maui, Department of Water Supply is proposing a West Maui Source Development Project, which involves the development of existing exploratory wells.  Maui Now.

55,000 Maui Jury Questionnaires to be Mailed. Juror questionnaires will be mailed out to 55,000 residents in Maui County starting on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. Maui Now.


KIUC takes ‘critical step’. Kauai Island Utility Cooperative is moving toward securing a long-term lease for use of two water diversions in the Wailua watershed. Garden Island.

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