Thursday, July 18, 2019

Ige declares state of emergency amid Hawaiian protests, 33 arrested, Kealoha civil suits could cost Honolulu $40M, Maui wildlife arson suspect arrested, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Ige issues emergency edict as number of TMT protesters balloons. Gov. David Ige issued an emergency proclamation on Wednesday afternoon as the number of people gathered at the base of Mauna Kea to protest the Thirty Meter Telescope swelled to roughly 1,000 and crews were blocked for the third day in a row from accessing the telescope construction site. Star-Advertiser.

Ige Issues Emergency Proclamation For Situation On Mauna Kea. Governor David Ige signed an emergency proclamation, saying it will give law enforcement the additional tools that they need on the mountain. Big Island Video News.

Mauna Kea under state of emergency as TMT protest stretches into 4th day. Thirty-three people were arrested on day three of the TMT protest. Hawaii News Now.

Governor Ige issues emergency proclamation in response to Mauna Kea events. Hundreds gathered Wednesday morning as it was anticipated that there would be movement on the third day of the standoff between state officials and kanaka maoli. KHON2.

Dozens of kupuna arrested on third consecutive day of TMT protest. Thirty-three opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope were arrested Wednesday on the Maunakea Access Road during an ongoing protest that prompted Gov. David Ige to sign an emergency proclamation. Tribune-Herald.

Gov. Ige signs emergency proclamation amid protests, arrests near TMT site. Despite the large presence in opposition to TMT construction, officials continued operations, with about a dozen large trucks toting construction equipment heading to Mauna Kea from a staging area in Waikoloa. Pacific Business News.

Full text of Gov. David Ige's emergency proclamation. Governor's Office.


Highway closed, 33 arrested as TMT protests ratchet up. Protesters forced the closure of the Daniel K. Inouye Highway on Hawaii island for more than three hours Wednesday and 33 kupuna, or Hawaiian elders, were arrested in a sit-in intended to block construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope. Star-Advertiser.

Another ‘Truce’ After A Day Of Arrests On Mauna Kea. After 33 kupuna were removed and cited, police in riot gear descended on the scene of the TMT protest. But they later backed off. Civil Beat.

Latest Developments On TMT Protests At Mauna Kea. State officials estimated 1,000 people gathered near the intersection of Daniel K. Inouye Highway and Mauna Kea Access Road Wednesday as the protests against the Thirty Meter Telescope ramped up following the arrests of over 30 native Hawaiian elders and others opposed to the observatory project. Hawaii Public Radio.

Kupuna Arrested, Saddle Road Closed – Mauna Kea Update. Big Island Video News.

Astronomers: ‘We’re sort of dead in the water’. The protests surrounding the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Maunakea and the closure of the Maunakea Access Road affects not only the future of astronomy, but its present, as well, according to astronomers who use the telescopes already in place on the mountain. Tribune-Herald.

OHA trustee arrested at TMT protest on Mauna Kea. Among those arrested was Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee Carmen Hulu Lindsey, who has represented Maui since January of 2012. KITV.

In wake of TMT arrests, scores gather to call for UH president’s resignation. Students, faculty, and staff at UH-Manoa who oppose the Thirty Meter Telescope held a rally Wednesday to call for President David Lassner’s resignation. Hawaii News Now.

UH faculty demand Lassner resign after 33 kupuna arrested on Mauna Kea. Tensions ran high after the state reported at least 33 kupuna were arrested by police on Mauna Kea early Wednesday morning. Emotions exploded on Oahu and triggered cultural practitioners to organize a rally at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. KITV.


Hawaii Governor Keeps His Official Visitor List Under Wraps. David Ige’s office says he does not keep track of his visitors, raising transparency concerns. Civil Beat.

Climate Change Proposals Headed For Second Round In Hawaii Legislature. State officials are fine-tuning proposals that aim to mitigate the effects of climate change in the state. Civil Beat.

Hawaiian Electric makes push toward renewable energy. The Hawaiian Electric Companies announced Wednesday its plans to put out requests for proposals for its largest and most ambitious push for renewable energy ever. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaiian Electric Company said they’re preparing to kickstart the largest-ever renewable energy push in the state as they close down coal and oil-fired power plants. Hawaii News Now.


Oahu activists demonstrate after TMT arrests. Oahu experienced a taste of Hawaii island’s Thirty Meter Telescope protest Wednesday as Native Hawaiian sympathizers demonstrated at the state Capitol courtyard, held a sit-in at Gov. David Ige’s office and slowed traffic on the H-1 Freeway and at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, among other actions. Star-Advertiser.

Ethics Commission, former director spar over handling of Kealoha probes. The Honolulu Ethics Commission met Wednesday to “set the record straight” about how it handled the Kealoha investigation. Hawaii News Now.

Former Ethics Commission leader rips members for lack of support. The former director of the Honolulu Ethics Commission told the panel’s members Wednesday that they violated the public’s trust by pulling him and his staff off from their investigations of ex-Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife, then-Deputy Prosecutor Katherine Kealoha. Star-Advertiser.

Defiant Ethics Commission Defends Decisions On Kealohas. The chair of the Honolulu Ethics Commission pushes back on criticism that the commission short-circuited a probe of the former police chief, his wife and other cops. Civil Beat.

Attorney: 4 Kealoha era lawsuits could cost city up to $40 million. The attorney for the man framed by the Kealohas in the so-called mailbox theft case said four civil rights violation lawsuits against the couple and HPD could cost the city up to $40 million. Hawaii News Now.

Canoe club: Homeless camp is putting young paddlers’ safety in jeopardy. Canoe clubs at Keehi Lagoon are growing more frustrated with a relatively small group of squatters they say are a danger to families who use the park. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii Island

Council members report gifts, trips. County Council members reported gifts ranging from a $100 Southwest Airlines card to a trip to Portugal in their most recent gift disclosures. West Hawaii Today.

Rat Lungworm Disease’s Silent Victims: Cats, Dogs, Centipedes, Toads, Coqui Frogs and Horses. So far this year six people have contracted rat lungworm disease. But researchers on the Big Island have also begun to study the presence of the infection in animals. Civil Beat.


Maui police arrest arson suspect in massive wildfire. Maui police on Monday arrested a 28-year-old man suspected of setting the 9,000-acre wildfire in South Maui, resulting in the evacuation of thousands of residents. Star-Advertiser.

Man arrested in connection with 9,000-acre wildfire. Holden Bingham was arrested Monday night in connection with a wildfire that burned 9,000 acres in Central Maui and north Kihei. Maui News.

Maui police arrested 28-year-old Holden Bingham on Monday on suspicion of arson in connection with a fire that sparked 9,000 acres on Maui last week. Maui Now.

Battling 9,000-acre blaze cost $400K. Mahi Pono lands suffer the bulk of damage with about 5,000 acres burned. Maui News.


In an emotional meeting Wednesday, Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami and new police chief Todd Raybuck called an impromptu “listening meeting” at the County Civic Center Rotunda, after recent protests over the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea. Garden Island.

Crosswalks to be added near Kekaha School. The council went over several agenda items including a resolution that would establish two crosswalks on Kekaha Road and repeal an existing crosswalk near Kekaha School. Garden Island.


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