Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Astronomers evacuate Mauna Kea as police presence builds, Ige seeks new energy chief, Honolulu rail hazard could cost extra $10M, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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All Observatory Staffers Evacuated As TMT Protest Continues. As hundreds of telescope opponents gather for a second day at the base of Mauna Kea, others descend on the office of Gov. David Ige. Civil Beat.

Mauna Kea Observatories Close, Personnel Withdrawn. The observatories at the summit of Mauna Kea are shutting down, and taking their personnel off the mountain, as the standoff over the planned Thirty Meter Telescope continues. Big Island Video News.

Maunakea Observatories Withdraws Personnel, Suspends Summit Activities. The Maunakea Observatories today announced the withdrawal of all personnel from their telescope facilities atop Maunakea on Hawaii Island amid safety concerns. Maui Now.

Observatory Personnel Withdraw From Mauna Kea. Big Island Now.

Scientists escorted off of Mauna Kea. Just around 4 p.m., a long caravan of vehicles packed with scientists were escorted off of Mauna Kea. They were being led by sheriffs. KHON2.


Talks between TMT opponents, law enforcement to resume after another day of no arrests. The directors of existing telescopes atop the mountain have evacuated their employees over safety concerns. Hawaii News Now.

Mauna Kea negotiations are largely unsuccessful as protesters brace for police intervention. Two days into the announced construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope, foes held their ground without arrest and claimed victory once again. Star-Advertiser.

Latest On Protest Against TMT Construction on Mauna Kea. State officials estimated about 200 protesters gathered near the intersection of Daniel K. Inouye Highway and Mauna Kea Access Road on Tuesday, day two of the protests against the Thirty Meter Telescope construction. Hawaii Public Radio.

Kupuna stand firm; Deal for no arrests eases tension between TMT protesters, law enforcement. A tense standoff between Thirty Meter Telescope protesters and law enforcement ended with jubilation after officers assured they would make no arrests Tuesday afternoon. Tribune-Herald.

Two days of 'roller coasting,' and no arrests have been made. They waited hours then heard the news that because of safety concerns, they would not be taken into custody. KITV.

Mauna Kea Update – Day Two. Day two of the scheduled construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope began quiet, but ended with a dramatic truce with police. Big Island Video News.

Construction of TMT poses conflict for those who want science to progress but also respect culture. KHON2.

Former Gov. Abecrombie: TMT opponents are being hypocritical by blocking project. He says while opponents have the right to protest and are entitled to be treated respectfully under law, he says the TMT also has a right to be on Mauna Kea under law. Hawaii News Now.

TMT says it’s not responsible to reimburse law enforcement. State officials say it’s too early to estimate how much it could cost law enforcement agencies to provide protection and help pave the way for construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope as protesters attempt to block the project. Star-Advertiser.

TMT files response to opponents’ TRO petition. TMT International Observatory on Monday filed a response to an application by opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope for a temporary restraining order to halt construction of the project. Tribune-Herald.

Scientists say possibilities of space observation from TMT would be out of this world. Dr. Adamson believes there is a deeper space the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope can discover. KITV.


Gabbard Lags Behind Presidential Race Frontrunners In Fundraising. The Hawaii congresswoman raised less money in the second quarter of 2019 than she did in the first part of the year. Civil Beat.

Gabbard’s presidential campaign fundraising numbers show quarterly dip. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s presidential campaign raised less than half the amount of money in the second quarter of this year as it did in the first, according to campaign finance records that were released earlier this week. Hawaii News Now.

Ige Seeking State Energy Chief. The state is taking job applications until the end of the month. Civil Beat.

State cultivating Hawaii's future farmers. Next month, another crop of Hawaii students will get a chance to experience running their own small farm, in the GoFarm Hawaii program. KITV.

Hawaii Struggles To Maintain Its Worn-Out Hiking Trails. “Honestly, we’re just trying to keep up with demand,” the state’s trails manager said. Civil Beat.

Humpback Whale Calls Heard In Mid-Ocean Basin. The results of the first leg of an autonomous humpback whale acoustic survey have been released. Maui Now.


A hazardous discovery could cost the rail authority $10 million. Rail construction near the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport stalled for about five months back in December after contaminants found in solvents were found in the groundwater, the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation said. Hawaii News Now.

Reopening of Arizona Memorial moves closer. Twelve new synthetic straps are anchoring the USS Arizona Memorial’s boat landing dock in place, and a contractor has 30 days to adjust the tension, leaving the National Park Service optimistic that the reopening of the iconic memorial to walk-on traffic is getting closer. Star-Advertiser.

Mayor is in capital to talk climate change. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is scheduled to testify before a Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis in Washington, D.C., this morning. Star-Advertiser.

The Hawaii Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on a community noise variance application for a project to install pavement markings and milled rumble strips at various locations on Oahu. KHON2.

Nanakuli residents are fed up over proposed landfill expansion. Officials with the PVT Integrated Solid Waste Management Facility in Nanakuli say it needs to expand its landfill because its current location is close to filling up. Hawaii News Now.

Hitting The Road To Stem Summer Hunger. On the Waianae coast, the state DOE deploys a food truck to distribute free, freshly packaged meals to kids in need. Civil Beat.


Historic Spalding House to be put up for sale. The Honolulu Museum of Art announced Tuesday that its board of trustees has decided to put the historic Spalding House in Makiki Heights up for sale. Star-Advertiser.

HoMA’s Spalding House to go on sale. KHON2.

A picturesque Makiki Heights home with ties to art is going up for sale. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii Island

In-depth look at 2018 eruption’s economic impact part of county’s recovery efforts. As the Big Island continues recovering from the 2018 eruption of Kilauea volcano, the county Department of Research and Development selected the Institute for Sustainable Development to do an in-depth assessment of the eruption’s economic impacts and draft an economic recovery plan. Tribune-Herald.

Hawaii County issues surveys to help shape future eruption recovery efforts. Hawaii County officials are asking for public input on last year’s Kilauea eruption response so that they can better shape how recovery efforts for future eruptive events are handled. Hawaii News Now.

Officials looking to limit, avoid transfer station closures attributed to ‘staff shortages’. With the closures of three West Hawaii transfer stations Tuesday that sent residents to Waimea and Kailua-Kona to dispose of their rubbish because of staff shortages, local officials say they’d like to see some solutions. West Hawaii Today.


Telescope protest draws county residents to protect Mauna Kea. Walter Ritte and Kaleikoa Kaeo, both from Maui County, chain themselves to cattle guard in roadway. Maui News.

Keopuolani Park Closed July 18-19 to Address Health and Safety. Maui Now.

Maui County is seeking public input on options for 50 Maui Lani lots that the county acquired through a settlement with a developer in 2011. Maui News.

Maui County condominium prices spike to decade high. The median sale price for Maui County condominiums spiked in June to $552,000, its highest mark in a decade. But inventory reaches all-time low. Maui News.


In Tuesday’s early afternoon heat, kupuna and kanaka gathered at the intersection of Ahukini and Kapule Highway, known as the airport corner. The group was rallying support to stop construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea, where hundreds are gathering in protest. Garden Island.

The Department of Parks and Recreation has implemented new rules for after-hours use of Weke Boat Ramp. Garden Island.

Confidential KPD records to be used in trial. Records related to an internal police investigation could be used to determine the credibility of officers set to testify in the upcoming trial of a man accused of killing a 19-year-old Kapaa woman in a hit-and-run accident two years ago. Garden Island.


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