Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Drama but no arrests on Mauna Kea as protesters chain themselves to access road, Gabbard misses Congressional votes as she campaigns for president, Honolulu Council chairman endorses Kahele, ethics board studies mistakes in Kealoha oversight, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Opponents remain at base of Mauna Kea, ready for day 2 of TMT protests. This comes after a day of hours-long standoffs and negotiations between authorities and Native Hawaiians and other activists who oppose the construction of the giant telescope. Hawaii News Now.

Activists stop construction on first day of Thirty Meter Telescope work. The opposition to the Thirty Meter Telescope declared victory Monday on what was to have been Day 1 for construction of the landmark $1.4 billion project near the summit of Hawaii’s tallest mountain. Star-Advertiser.

Late Standoff Shows How Tenuous A 1st-Day ‘Truce’ Was On Mauna Kea. No one was arrested Monday as hundreds of people protested construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope. Civil Beat.

There was a break in the action on the Mauna Kea Access Road in the early afternoon today, after Thirty Meter Telescope opponents who were chained to the cattle guard relinquished their position and were not arrested. Big Island Video News.

Protests continue as officials build gate to close off Mauna Kea Access Road. KHON2.

TMT Day 1: Protests end peacefully, no arrests made. Safety was the reason behind not arresting demonstrators, including kupuna and a handful who tied themselves to a cattle gate, blocking vehicle access to the mountain. KITV.

Latest Developments As TMT Construction Preparations Begin on Mauna Kea. Protesters and law enforcement expect to be back at Mauna Kea tomorrow after the anticipated arrests of protesters aiming to stop construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope did not materialize. Hawaii Public Radio.

Following a daylong standoff between police and Thirty Meter Telescope protesters, both sides appeared to agree late Monday to a truce until daybreak today. Tribune-Herald.

Inside the 'protectors' camp: Night spent with protesters shows community-run effort. West Hawaii Today.

Both sides of the TMT debate make their point known with rallies across the state. Mauna Kea isn’t the only place where members of the community voiced their opinion on what was set to be day one of TMT construction. Hawaii News Now.

Sign wavers and halau hula gathered at State Capitol to protest start of TMT construction. On Oahu, hundreds of people gathered at the State Capitol to voice their concerns over the start of construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope. KHON2.

100+ gathered at State Capitol to voice concerns against TMT. Some feel it's their duty to protect the mountain. KITV.

Local support for TMT has been strong for years. About three-fourths of local residents have said they support the telescope in Honolulu Star- Advertiser polls conducted in 2016 and 2018. The polling also suggested growing support among Native Hawaiians, with 72% of those polled saying they supported the project in 2018. Star-Advertiser.

TMT Equipment Going Up “Later This Week”, Supporters Rally. Early Monday evening, Thirty Meter Telescope supporters waved signs along the highway in Hilo, marking the observatory’s first scheduled day of construction on Mauna Kea. Big Island Video News.

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Tulsi Gabbard Has Missed Nearly A Quarter Of House Votes This Year. Those include votes on Friday to fund national defense, curb Trump on Iran and compensate 9/11 victims. Civil Beat.

Kai Kahele Gets Anderson’s Backing In Congressional Bid. The Honolulu City Council chairman has endorsed the state senator challenging Tulsi Gabbard. Civil Beat.

Hawaii Medical Cannabis Patients Can Get Card Extensions. Eligible patients will soon be able to renew their cards for up to two years, according to the Department of Health. Civil Beat.

Dramatic drop hits Hawaii macadamia nut crop. Production of mac nuts statewide fell to a dramatic 37-year low this past season, according to a federal report released last week. Star-Advertiser.

Oahu

Ethics Commission Set To Examine Its Role In Kealoha Corruption Case. The oversight board stopped its former executive director and investigator from pursuing ethics investigations into the city police chief and his prosecutor wife. Civil Beat.

Behind The Verdict In The Kealoha Trial: An Interview With The Jury Foreman. There was no smoking gun just a “mountain of evidence” that led to the conspiracy conviction of the former Honolulu police chief, his prosecutor wife and two police officers. Civil Beat.

Katherine Kealoha gets new taxpayer-funded attorney. A federal judge has appointed attorney Gary Singh to represent the former deputy prosecutor after her previous defense attorney, Cynthia Kagiwada, asked to be taken off the case, citing an “irretrievable breakdown” in their relationship. Hawaii News Now.

Katherine Kealoha has a new attorney. Attorney Earle Partington, who also represented Kealoha during the so called mailbox trial, says a judge has appointed Gary Singh to represent Kealoha in her next two trials. KHON2.

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About as quickly as they were knocked over, most of the 27 vandalized gravestones at Kawaiahao Church cemetery have been restored, in large part because of the goodwill of the community. Star-Advertiser.

Volunteers To Fix Vandalized Gravestones at Honolulu Church. Hawaii Public Radio.

Upcoming residential development in Mililani faces hefty fines over erosion concerns. The state Health Department is seeking to fine a Mililani developer $2,000, alleging they’re not taking appropriate erosion control precautions. Hawaii News Now.

Ala Moana Park improvements start next month. The city will begin repaving, reconstructing and re-striping the full, 1-mile stretch of Ala Moana Park Drive starting next month. Star-Advertiser.

Oahu man nabbed in child enticement sting used cameras hidden in toy cars. An Oahu man was being held without bail on Monday after investigators conducting a child enticement sting apparently discovered a number of cameras in his home that were hidden inside of toy cars.  Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii Island

Public recommends additional sites as potential locations for new boat ramp. Sacred Heart Church in Pahoa was packed Saturday for a discussion about a small boat ramp in lower Puna. Tribune-Herald.

Puna Fishermen Pack Pohoiki Boat Ramp Meeting. Puna families and fisherman filled the Sacred Hearts Church building in Pahoa on Saturday, to speak in favor of reestablishing a boat ramp in the area of Pohoiki, and against any consideration of developing a new boat ramp at Kaakepa to the south. Big Island Video News.

Maui

Input Sought on Options for 50 Lots at Maui Lani. Public input will be sought on various options for 50 Maui Lani lots acquired by the County of Maui through a settlement with a developer in 2011. Maui Now.

Fire crews patrol perimeters, douse flare-ups. Embers could smolder a week, officials say. Maui News.

Kauai

New Study Shows The Big Kauai Flood Took A Toll On Fish And Coral After All. Fisherman celebrated the abundance of fish flocking near the shore after the flood, but scientists say the damage left some species unhealthier. Civil Beat.

County’s opioid lawsuit in federal court. Kauai County may soon join a federal class action lawsuit seeking tens of billions of dollars on behalf of millions of people affected by the national opioid crisis. Garden Island.

Council meeting Wednesday. The Kauai County Council is scheduled to meet 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Historic County Building. Garden Island.

Wai Koa Plantation for sale. Joan Porter is selling Wai Koa Plantation, the legacy property that’s home to Stone Dam and the Wai Koa Loop Trail. Garden Island.

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