Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Poll: Majority support Thirty Meter Telescope, Air China suspending Hawaii flights amid trade war, state Democratic chairwoman resigns, Honolulu to mull single-use plastics ban, Kauai judge to rule on vacation rental ban, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Civil Beat Poll: Strong Support For TMT But Little Love For Ige. Two-thirds of Hawaii voters polled want the telescope built on Mauna Kea. But Native Hawaiians and residents under 50 were more likely to oppose the project. Civil Beat.

Exploring the Native Hawaiian Belief in the Sacredness of Mauna Kea. According to some Hawaiians, Mauna Kea is the gateway to the heavens. Hawaii Public Radio.

Employees of existing telescopes say they’re ‘collateral 'damage’ in TMT conflict. For a fourth week, the existing telescopes atop Mauna Kea are sitting idle. Technicians say they can’t get reliable access to them. Hawaii News Now.

Local contractors lose revenue during Mauna Kea demonstrations. Local construction companies are seeing a slump in business since demonstrations began on Mauna Kea. According to Mauna Kea Observatories scheduled projects on the summit are on hold for now. KITV.


Air China to suspend Beijing-Hawaii flights amid escalating US-China trade war. The announcement came at a sensitive time in U.S.-China relations as the world’s two biggest economy are locked in a year-long trade war. KITV.

Tough Laws, Cultural Differences Give Hawaii A Low Rate Of Gun Violence. A recently passed “red flag law” is expected to help keep Hawaii’s per capita rates of gun deaths one of the lowest in the country. Civil Beat.

Caldwell, other mayors across the nation ask Senate for stricter gun safety legislation They're calling for stronger background checks for anyone buying a firearm. KITV.

Gov. Ige Extends Homelessness Disaster Emergency. Homelessness is still cause for a state of emergency in Hawaii, as declared again by Gov. David Ige on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. Big Island Now.

Tulsi Gabbard’s presidential campaign is interrupted by National Guard service. Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard will be in Indonesia for two weeks for National Guard training, ABC News reported, disrupting her campaign for the presidency at a time when Gabbard is struggling to make the third Democratic primary debates in September. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Democratic Party Chair Leaves To Run AARP. Kealii Lopez took over running the party last year, winning the election over the progressive’s choice. Civil Beat.

The US Military Wants To Coordinate Health Care Solutions In Pacific Islands. The Indo-Pacific Command is partnering with the University of Hawaii to improve health care outcomes in the Pacific islands. Civil Beat.


City Council bill aims to ban single-use plastics. Expect Oahu business organizations and environmental groups to once again battle it out over a proposal to rid food service establishments of single-use plastics — from takeout containers, utensils and straws to carry-out bags. Star-Advertiser.


Vacation rental citations coming, Mayor Caldwell says. City officials Tuesday said they will be issuing notices to violators of the new vac­ation rental law, despite saying Monday that no notices had been issued due to a pending lawsuit. Star-Advertiser.

'We Are Going To Be Enforcing,' Says Caldwell On Vacation Rental Law. The City and County of Honolulu will enforce its new vacation rental law, despite an ongoing legal challenge. Hawaii Public Radio.

City: Number of illegal vacation rentals has dropped sharply in wake of new law. Since the city approved a new law aimed at regulating short-term vacation rentals, the number of illegal rentals on Oahu has dropped sharply, city officials say. Hawaii News Now.

City cites problem in sending short-term rental notices of violation. The city is in the process of issuing notices of violation for those breaking the new vacation rental law. KHON2.

Hickam airman rebuffs flak for speaking Spanish in uniform. A 27-year-old Air Force senior airman’s shock at getting a rebuke for speaking Spanish in uniform in a Starbucks near Hickam and her subsequent stand against discrimination have gained some fervent support on social media. Star-Advertiser.

State to install 4 raised crosswalks on Farrington Highway in Waianae. The state will install four raised crosswalks on Farrington Highway near Waianae High to slow traffic in the area. Hawaii News Now.


Oahu home prices hit new highs. New median sale price high marks were set for single-family houses at $835,000 and for condominiums at $461,500, according to Honolulu Board of Realtors data released Tuesday. Star-Advertiser.

Median price of single-family home on Oahu shatters old record. Hawaii News Now.

Single-family home sales, prices rise in July. KHON2.

Hawaii Island

One Year After Eruption End, Residents Still Find Recovery Difficult. People from Leilani Estates and Kapoho shared their frustration during public testimony before the County Council on Tuesday. Big Island Video News.

Scientists say water in Halemaumau crater heated by volcano. Temperature readings taken during the weekend show that a growing pool of water in the crater, the former home of a popular lava lake, is about 158 degrees. Associated Press.


Meeting in Paia on Short-Term Rental Home Limits. The Planning and Sustainable Land Use Committee will meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Paiia Community Center regarding transient accommodations on Maui’s North Shore, Committee Chair Tamara Paltin announced. Maui Now.

UPW places ad that is critical of current hospital management. Maui Health System ‘surprised’ by union action, says its hospitals providing ‘excellent care. Maui News.

Maui businesses and agencies add up losses after recent wildfires. Maui’s recent wildfires are taxing county resources while also taking a toll on businesses and community groups that suffered serious damage. Hawaii News Now.


Judge to rule in TVR case. The Kauai County Planning Department may be on the verge of losing its legal battle against the owners of vacation rental homes who refused to stop operations after their permits were revoked two years ago. Garden Island.

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