Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Ige calls off Mauna Kea emergency proclamation as hurricane duo Erick and Flossie head toward Hawaii, TMT construction given extra two years, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hurricane Erick 5 a.m. Wednesday NOAA
Hurricanes Erick, Flossie weaken as islands brace for rains and rough seas. With its center located about 615 miles southeast of Hilo and 830 miles east-southeast of Honolulu at 5 a.m. today, Erick is still a powerful Category 3 hurricane packing maximum sustained winds of 120 mph and moving west at 13 mph, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. Star-Advertiser.

5am update: Hurricane Erick to impact the state as early as Thursday as it continues to weaken. KHON2.

Hurricane Flossie has weakened slightly and is forecast to become a tropical storm later Wednesday. But forecasters say it could re-strengthen later in the week. Hawaii News Now.

Three Air Force Reserve “hurricane hunter” WC-130J aircraft took off Monday from Mississippi bound for Hawaii to provide weather support for Hurricanes Erick and Flossie. Star-Advertiser.

State and counties cancel Thursday’s monthly siren testing due to severe weather. The state and counties agreed to cancel the test to avoid public confusion due to the current severe weather conditions as residents may confuse the testing for a real emergency. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii’s monthly siren system test for August has been canceled. KHON2.


Ige calls off emergency order and extends construction deadline. Gov. David Ige on Tuesday rescinded the emergency proclamation for Mauna Kea, saying there are no immediate plans to move Thirty Meter Telescope construction equipment up the mountain due to approaching Hurricanes Flossie and Erick. Star-Advertiser.

The governor on Tuesday withdrew an emergency proclamation for Mauna Kea, and announced the state had given the Thirty Meter Telescope an additional two years to start construction under an existing permit. Hawaii News Now.

Ige Calls Off Mauna Kea Emergency Proclamation. The governor says a permit extension means construction does not have to begin until 2021. Civil Beat.

Governor Ige Withdraws Emergency Proclamation; TMT Construction Deadline Extended. Associated Press.

Governor Rescinds Emergency Proclamation on Mauna Kea. Big Island Now.

Governor Ige rescinds emergency proclamation for Mauna Kea. Governor David Ige held a press conference Tuesday afternoon where he said he has rescinded the emergency proclamation that he had issued on July 17 for Mauna Kea. KITV.


Activists on Mauna Kea say they will evacuate if weather turns perilous. With two hurricanes approaching Hawaii, the activists blocking construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope say they are prepared to evacuate their blocking positions on Mauna Kea Access Road if the weather danger becomes too great. Star-Advertiser.

TMT given more time. Gov. David Ige announced Tuesday that the deadline for the Thirty Meter Telescope to begin construction has been pushed back two years and that he is rescinding the emergency proclamation he issued two weeks ago. Tribune-Herald.

TMT Granted 2-Year Time Extension, Emergency Proclamation Rescinded. Big Island Video News.

TMT given until 2021 to begin construction atop Mauna Kea. Gov. David Ige today announced that the state has granted an extension of a key permit to the Thirty Meter Telescope. KHON2.

Do Negotiations Offer A Way Forward On Mauna Kea? The TMT conflict can seem irreconcilable. Mediation experts and others weigh in on possible strategies for getting people to the table and resolving these types of disputes. Civil Beat.


Debate performance crucial for Gabbard’s run. Tulsi Gabbard will be among 10 candidates taking the stage in Detroit, along with political heavyweights former Vice President Joe Biden and California Sen. Kamala Harris. Star-Advertiser.

Ige Appoints Clayton Hee To Parole Board. The former state senator was a longtime chairman of the Committee on Judiciary and Labor. Civil Beat.

New EIS Rules Take Effect in August. Gov. David Ige on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, signed new rules that will alter the Environmental Impact Statement process.  Big Island Now.

Tourism authority: Hawaii saw more than 5M visitors in the first half of the year. The number of tourists visiting the islands grew through the first half of the year compared to 2018, new Hawaii Tourism Authority figures show. Hawaii News Now.

Visitor Numbers To Hawaii Increase As Spending Drops. The latest figures are for the first half of 2019 and reflect recent tourism trends. Civil Beat.

Hawaiian Airlines’ second quarter exceeds expectations. Hawaiian Airlines, the state’s largest carrier, lost nearly $22 million of net income in the second quarter amid increasing competition, particularly from Southwest Airlines. Star-Advertiser.

American Savings Bank’s profit takes a hit. Lower interest rates and higher costs cut into the second-quarter profit of Hawaii’s third-largest bank. Star-Advertiser.


Surgeon General visits Honolulu, discusses health and homelessness with local politicians. He met with politicians and local health leaders and discussed opioids, the impact of vaping on keiki, CBD and cannabis, and homelessness. KITV.

The Honolulu Police Department Crime Reduction Officer who was hit twice by a single bullet — once in the hand and once in the upper chest — was in critical but stable condition Tuesday. Star-Advertiser.

Suspect in Monday’s shooting on parole for another attempted murder case. HPD says the man who shot an officer in Waianae Monday pointed his gun at a second officer, who then shot the suspect in the leg. KHON2.

Honolulu Police Chief Asking How Suspect In Officer's Shooting Got Gun. Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard raised questions on Tuesday about how a previously convicted criminal -- now the suspect in the shooting of a police officer -- got a hold of a handgun. Hawaii Public Radio.

New court-appointed attorney for Katherine Kealoha has potential conflict. The latest taxpayer-funded attorney appointed to represent Katherine Kealoha in her remaining two criminal trials has a potential conflict of interest in at least one of the cases. Hawaii News Now.

New Trial Dates Set For Kealoha Cases. The next trial is now set for January and the  KITV.
one for May, pushing back the cases by several months. Civil Beat.

A $500 Fine For HPD Officer Who Says He Was Targeted By Kealohas. Former HPD sergeant Albert Lee was fired after he was charged for driving under the influence and lying to investigators. Civil Beat.

Former HPD officer avoids jail time in DUI case. A former Honolulu police officer will get no jail time for crashing his vehicle into a HECO structure in 2016. Hawaii News Now.

No jail time sentence for former HPD officer accused of drunk driving. He was accused of driving drunk in 2016 and crashing his vehicle into a Hawaiian Electric Company structure in Hawaii Kai. KITV.

CEO of farmers market group sees a food self-sufficient future for Hawaii. The CEO of Oahu-based Farmlovers Markets is trying to change the way people purchase food in Hawaii. Hawaii News Now.

State agencies investigating dead fish in Kahala stream. A fishy odor wafted from the murky waters of Waialae Stream in Waialae Beach Park this morning, and no wonder: All up and down the banks, the decomposing bodies of dozens of fish floated amid leaf litter and trash. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Island

Coffee lawsuit brewing: Chemical tests show product not Kona, farmers say. Three Kona coffee farmers have turned to science to prove their case against major retailers and producers who they say are mislabeling their products as authentic Kona coffee. West Hawaii Today.

Isle tourism on the recovery track despite decline in first half of 2019. While Big Island tourism numbers increased in June, visitor arrivals and spending in the first half of 2019 were still down compared to the same period a year ago, according to preliminary statistics released Tuesday by the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Tribune-Herald.

Visitor numbers recovering: June arrivals up in West Hawaii. More visitors came to Hawaii Island last month than in June 2018, although the island’s year-to-date numbers have yet to catch up. West Hawaii Today.


Maui Councilmember Michael J. Molina transmitted a proposed resolution and bill to the Maui County Council, seeking the creation of a Paia-Haiku Advisory Committee to the Planning Commission. Maui Now.

Dust fencing going up for Kihei project. The first phase of the 27-acre, 388-unit project is scheduled to be completed by the first quarter of 2021. Maui News.


A potential new wastewater management system isn’t the only thing new at Aina Hookupu o Kilauea’s Community Agricultural Center. Garden Island.

Family sues after woman kills herself in KPD custody. The family of a woman who committed suicide in a jail cell by eating a metallic thermal blanket is suing the County of Kauai for negligence. Garden Island.


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