Tuesday, October 15, 2019

'Kapu Aloha' - opponents block Kahuku wind farm construction, Gabbard's Syria stance could be debate fodder tonight, university enrollment down, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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University of Hawaii enrollment dips 2% systemwide. Total enrollment at the 10-campus University of Hawaii system dipped by 2% this semester compared with last fall, with only Windward Community College notching an increase in its student body. Star-Advertiser.

UH Enrollment Down For 7th Year In Face Of Strong Job Market. Enrollment at University of Hawaiʻi campuses fell for the seventh year in a row, and UH is hoping a statewide media campaign can help reverse that trend.  Hawaii Public Radio.

Analysis: Hawaii has nation’s lowest rate of Millennial-owned businesses. Hawaii has the nation’s highest percentage of businesses owned by Baby Boomers, and the lowest percentage owed by Millennials, a new analysis finds. Hawaii News Now.

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Opponents of wind-energy project stall equipment delivery. Protesters gathered Monday night on a road in Kahuku to block an Oahu wind farm developer from delivering heavy equipment to begin construction in a scene reminiscent of the months-long telescope protests on the Big Island. Star-Advertiser.

No wind farm equipment transported to Kahuku as demonstrators block access. Officials say parts of the wind turbine were scheduled to be transported to Kahuku late Sunday night, but those against the wind farm project have blocked access at Kalaeloa and Kahuku. KHON2.

Kapu aloha protest strategy spreads, causing alarm. New protests aimed at the Kahuku windmill project and the Sherwood Forest park development may be alarming to some state leaders, but among some activists there is a sense that a grassroots momentum has been building as the nonviolent protest strategy known as kapu aloha spreads from one community to the next. Star-Advertiser.

Protests at other projects empowered by successful anti-TMT protest. Hawaii News Now.

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Gabbard’s stances on Syria could be fodder in presidential debate. Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard could face tough questions about her views on Syria during today’s presidential debate in light of President Donald Trump’s decision last week to pull troops out of northern Syria and abandon America’s longtime Kurdish allies to an attack by Turkish forces. Star-Advertiser.

State solar permits issued jumped in September. Over the first nine months this year across Hawaii’s four counties, there were 4,047 solar electric permits issued compared with 3,387, an overall increase in the state of 19%. Star-Advertiser.

Ige Names Three To Hawaii Land Board. The nominations require state Senate confirmation. Civil Beat.

Cannabis dispensaries must comply with vape cartridge ingredients law. Hawaii health officials said they will “strictly enforce” a law prohibiting medical marijuana dispensaries from selling vape cartridges made with outside ingredients. Star-Advertiser.

The U.S. Military Is Pouring Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars Into Tiny Wake Island. The historic World War II site is on the front lines again as part of an expanded U.S. missile defense system. Civil Beat.

Oahu

Honolulu City Officials Have Received Big Pay Raises In The Past Year. Civil Beat fills out its salary database with thousands of City and County of Honolulu workers, including those caught up in a federal probe. Civil Beat.

City Mulls Next Steps After Decision to Close Waimanalo Landfill in 2028. The state Land Use Commission last week gave the City and County of Honolulu until March 2, 2028 to close Waimanalo Gulch Landfill when the panel approved a special use permit allowing the solid waste facility to operate for now. Hawaii Public Radio.

Feds to oversee valuation of DHHL land where city built rail hub. The federal government is stepping in to make sure Native Hawaiian beneficiaries get their fair share after the city built rail’s operations hub on about 50 acres of DHHL land that the city does not yet have title to. KHON2.

Smart devices offered to help HECO manage EV charging. Hawaiian Electric Co. is partnering with Elemental Excelerator and Enel X to study how electric vehicle charging during different times of the day affect the power grid. Star-Advertiser.

Defense lawyer levels more accusations against deputy prosecutor. Defense lawyer Myles Breiner says the deputy prosecutor who admitted shoving him tried to have a relationship with a woman who was the complaining witness in two domestic violence cases he was prosecuting, drafted legal documents for her civil case while he was still working as a Maui deputy prosecutor, went to her home in the middle of the night while drunk and assaulted her adult son. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Island

Council panel to hear recycling update. Cutbacks to the county’s recycling program have raised concerns throughout the island, and a County Council panel is set to hear about alternatives when it meets today. West Hawaii Today.

Big Island down to one state Land Board member. Nominations announced Monday by Gov. David Ige will leave Hawaii Island with only one member on the state Board of Land and Natural Resources. Tribune-Herald.

Some Hawaii Island residents are disturbed by the amount of trash left behind after the Ironman in Kona. Event organizers say clean up could take a week. KITV.

Maui

Fall Parks & Recreation Permit Office Closure Schedule. The County of Maui Department of Parks & Recreation will have periodic permit office closures for the processing of countywide tri-annual permits this month and in early November. Maui Now.

Kihei Charter, Kekaulike top the county in Strive HI. Program measures schools in academics and other areas. Maui News.

Kauai

Council to discuss cemeteries. Kauai County committees are scheduled to meet 8:30 a.m Wednesday at the Historic County Building. Garden Island.

‘When in doubt, throw it out’. Your recycling could be ending up in the landfill if you’re not sorting it right when you drop it off, and a new sign on the Kauai Recycles green drop bins is now reminding the public: “when in doubt throw it out.” Garden Island.

Island’s Biggest Credit Union Grows Bigger In Effort To Remain Independent. Gather Federal Credit Union’s CEO estimates the number of credit unions in Hawaii has shrunk from nearly 100 to slightly more than 50 in the last decade. Civil Beat.

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