Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Green stumps for governor, vacation rental cancellations irk Honolulu visitors, Supreme Court requires Hawaiian immersion language access, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Climate Change Is Making Hawaii’s Beaches More Dangerous. The effects of a rapidly warming planet have reshaped the work of lifeguards, emergency responders and health officials. Civil Beat.

Whales on the move. Hawaiian humpback whale activity is changing, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, including where the whales choose to eat and breed. Garden Island.

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Josh Green Raising Money For Governor’s Race. Hawaii’s lieutenant governor will hold a fundraiser in San Francisco Wednesday. Civil Beat.

Lt. Governor Josh Green raises money in CA for gubernatorial campaign. Lieutenant Governor Green traveled to the Golden State to raise funds for his campaign. KITV.

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Justices: ‘Reasonable’ access to Hawaiian language immersion a constitutional right. The state Supreme Court has ruled Hawaii’s constitution requires “reasonable access” to Hawaiian language immersion programs as a necessary component of restoring the language and ultimately the culture. Hawaii News Now.

Court Rules Hawaiian Immersion Access Is Constitutional Right. The 49-page decision from the Hawaii Supreme Court hinges on amendments made to the state Constitution in 1978 to revive Hawaiian language and culture. Civil Beat.

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New Police Standards Board Is Putting Itself On Hold. The board voted to ask the Legislature for more time, money and staff, a request lawmakers have already turned down. Civil Beat.

Heavy Rains Hurt This Year’s Mac Nut Harvest, Invasive Pest Threatens Future. This year’s harvest is estimated at more than 42 million dollars,  a 22 percent decline from the previous year. Hawaii Public Radio.

Oahu

Honolulu inflation mild despite China trade war. Inflation in Honolulu remained mild in recent months despite effects from the U.S.-Chinese trade war, which caused apparel costs in Honolulu to skyrocket. Star-Advertiser.

Proposals for the cost to ride the rail discussed, but public input still wanted. The first phase of Honolulu rail system is set to open next December, and the Honolulu Rate Commission wants to know how much a trip on the rail should cost. Hawaii News Now.

Rate Commission shooting for December finish. Members of the Honolulu Rate Commission are hoping to provide to the City Council a recommendation on proposed rates for the upcoming rail line, TheBus and other city transit services by the end of the year. Star-Advertiser.

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HPD Sergeant's estranged wife granted TRO after claims of harassment from officers. She says HPD officers blocked her vehicle into a parking lot and said they wanted to question her for violating custody orders. KITV.

Attorney for wife of HPD Sgt. Darren Cachola accuses him and HPD of harassment. More accusations against embattled HPD officer Darren Cachola. KHON2.

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Vacation rental cancellations send visitors scrambling for other accommodations. A city crackdown on illegal vacation rentals has nervous hosts cancelling reservations ― and visitors scrambling for a place to stay for their upcoming vacations. Hawaii News Now.

Some fear backlash against tourists could arise at Laniakea Beach. It can take as long as an hour for North Shore drivers to travel just 2 miles in front of Laniakea Beach, where a 10-year-old boy from California was hit by a vehicle Aug. 1 while crossing Kamehameha Highway to get to a popular spot to watch sea turtles. Star-Advertiser.

Kahuku wind farm to include 8 wind turbines as tall as 56-story buildings. With Hawaii focused on renewable energy, preparation work is underway for a new wind farm that will have the tallest turbines in the state. Hawaii News Now.

Having trouble signing up for free fall programs offered by the city? You’re not alone. Technical difficulties for a second day foiled a sign-up period for online registration for free classes at city parks. Hawaii News Now.

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Hundreds stung after man-of-wars invade Oahu beaches. Thousands of Portuguese man-of-wars invaded beaches across Windward and east Oahu on Tuesday, in what’s believed one of the largest influxes of the creatures in years. Hawaii News Now.

Thousands of Portuguese men-of-war spotted at Kailua, Waimanalo beaches. Honolulu Ocean Safety officials issued a warning of a large influx of Portuguese men-of-war at windward side beaches, including Makapuu, Waimanalo and Kailua beaches. Star-Advertiser.

16-year-old surfer escapes shark near Makaha Beach. KHON2.

Hawaii Island

Mauna Kea Telescope Decommissionings Discussed By Board. The Mauna Kea Management Board on Tuesday shared updates on the plans to remove Caltech Submillimeter Observatory from the summit-area, and possibly relocate Hoku Keʻa to Halepohaku. Big Island Video News.

Reactions to news agency poll on TMT support as polarized as issue itself. Many are quick to dismiss the findings of a recent poll conducted for Civil Beat by MRG Research, calling the results flawed, skewed and propaganda for a survey that shows significant support for TMT across the state. West Hawaii Today.

Areas of dense lava rock, extreme heat slow progress of Highway 132 restoration. As crews work to restore lava-covered portions of Highway 132 in Puna, their efforts are being slowed by areas of dense lava rock and pockets of extreme heat underneath. Tribune-Herald.

Maui

Housing inventory low, with less time on market. Prices for homes up 4%, down by same amount for condos. Maui News.

Akaku to Host Presentation on Wailuku Development. According to Akaku in a press release, funding has been set aside for improvements to the slowly declining area surrounding the courthouse and county offices. Maui Now.

1.41 tons of rubbish removed from roadways. The county Department of Public Works assisted community policing officers in a cleanup operation that resulted in the removal of 1.41 tons of trash along roads in Kahului, said Maui police spokesman Sgt. John Sang. Maui News.

Kauai

Kalena Park to be revitalized. A revitalization plan for the park is underway and officials from around the island met on Tuesday to discuss design concepts. Garden Island.

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