Monday, August 26, 2019

Hawaii Supreme Court rules state breached trust at Pohakuloa Training Area, hemp has too much THC, overtourism on Maui, more than 3k commute by plane, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Supreme Court: State Failed Trust Duties In Pohakuloa. The Hawaii Supreme Court ordered the state to come up with a plan to better manage the land. Civil Beat.

High court rules state breached trust duties at Pohakuloa Training Area. In a 5-0 vote, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled Friday the state hasn’t properly managed ceded lands at Pohakuloa leased to the Army for military training. Tribune-Herald.

Hawaii Supreme Court Rules State Breached Trust On Pohakuloa Lease. The court affirmed that the State "breached its constitutional trust duties by failing to reasonably monitor or inspect" the lands leased to the U.S. military. Big Island Video News.

Hawaii Supreme Court modifies requirements for Pohakuloa land. A state Circuit Court judge correctly ruled that the Department of Land and Natural Resources breached its trust duties to care for ceded lands at Pohakuloa Training Area on Hawaii island used by the military, the Hawaii Supreme Court determined Friday. Star-Advertiser.


Hawaii hemp growers are having to destroy their plants because of high THC levels. More than half of the hemp crops cultivated in Hawaii over the past year as part of the state’s industrial hemp pilot program have tested hot, meaning their levels of THC, the chemical that makes people high, were above the federal limit for hemp. Star-Advertiser.

Report: Nearly 3,000 Hawaii Residents Fly To Work. Hawaiian Airlines outlines its economic impact across the state in its 90th annual report. Civil Beat.

Hawaiian Airlines Generated $9.3B in Economic Benefits. Hawaiian Airlines generated the equivalent of $9.3 billion in economic benefit for the state of Hawaii and supported more than 60,000 jobs in 2018, according to an independent report conducted in recognition of the airline’s 90th year of service to the state and its people. Big Island Now.


Judge tosses TMT lawsuit. A Hilo judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit against the Thirty Meter Telescope that sought an injunction to block its construction because the project did not post a security bond. Tribune-Herald.

Kupuna protesters plead not guilty. About 200 people showed up Friday in Hilo to support nine people facing their initial court date for charges of obstructing Maunakea Access Road on July 17 to prevent construction vehicles and workers from scaling Maunakea to build the Thirty Meter Telescope. Tribune-Herald.

TMT, Opposition React To Mayor Kim’s Mauna Kea Meetings. Neither Thirty Meter Telescope representatives, or leadership in the TMT opposition movement, were invited to the mayor's second meeting, they say. Big Island Video News.

Despite years of legal battles and months of protests by Native Hawaiian opponents, the international coalition that wants to build the world’s largest telescope in Hawaii insists that the islands’ highest peak — Mauna Kea — is the best place for their $1.4 billion instrument. But just barely. Associated Press.

Anti-TMT protests affecting Big Island tourism industry. A convention of bird- watchers has canceled a planned meeting on Hawaii island because of uncertainty surrounding protests over building the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea. Star-Advertiser.


Short-term vacation rental rift creates a house divided. A fierce battle is brewing at Waikiki Lanais, where the Association of Apartment Owners just voted to add a hotel front desk to the property and spend at least $40,000 to hire an attorney to defend the right of some owners to continue renting their units short-term. Star-Advertiser.

Honolulu Officials Say Ala Wai Project Money In Jeopardy. While the City Council was warned the nearly $200 million could be lost to flood-control efforts elsewhere, there is actually a surplus of federal money for such projects. Civil Beat.

Councilwoman Tsuneyoshi To Biki: Pay Up For Public Space. The nonprofit Bikeshare Hawaii has gotten no-cost access to city parking spots and sidewalk space since 2017 to rent out 1,300 Biki bikes in downtown Honolulu, but their free ride could end soon. Civil Beat.

Work on Honolulu’s $3.2B airport modernization project hits the halfway mark. Spending on the $3.2 billion modernization effort underway across Hawaii’s airport system is at the halfway point, and most of the big-ticket capital improvement projects are slated to wrap up by December 2021. Star-Advertiser.

Kailua farmers market forced to relocate after DOE complaints. After more than six years, the Kailua Town Farmers Market has to find a new home. Hawaii News Now.

Waikiki Medical Marijuana Dispensary To Cater To Tourists. The latest medical cannabis retail facility is located in Waikiki and passed its final onsite inspection this month. Civil Beat.

EPA to remove extremely high levels of lead buried under deteriorating Kalihi road. The asphalt on Factory Street covers up extremely high levels of lead — buried by the government decades ago. Health officials rediscovered the forgotten site in 2017, warning inaction would put families in danger. Hawaii News Now.

Tens of thousands of university students heading back to classes -- and the roadways. An estimated 20,000 students will converge on U.H.-Manoa. Some of them started moving into dormitories over the past few days, but many more will be commuting from around the island. Hawaii News Now.

Florence Puana, Katherine Kealoha’s grandmother, turns 100. Puana, who turned 100 on Saturday, is the grandmother of former Deputy Prosecutor Katherine Kealoha. She provided key testimony in Kealoha’s federal conspiracy and obstruction trial. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Island

HVO settles in: Site selection, facility design could take years. The signing by President Donald Trump in June of a long-delayed disaster relief bill means Hawaiian Volcano Observatory can go about the business of finding a new site. Tribune-Herald.

New Kona prosecutor’s office delayed. The new Office of the Prosecuting Attorney at the West Hawaii Civic Center is months behind schedule. When work got underway on the $14 million project in May 2018, officials anticipated Isemoto Contracting Co. Ltd. would have the project completed April 8, 2019. West Hawaii Today.

Coastal management meetings planned. Big Island residents will have the chance this week to weigh in on an ocean resources management plan, as statewide “sharing sessions” wrap up with meetings in Kona and Hilo. West Hawaii Today.

Hilo bike-share program gets rolling. Three years after Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii, or PATH, launched a bike-share program in Kona, the program expanded to Hilo earlier this month. Tribune-Herald.


As impacts mount, some wonder whether ‘managed tourism’ is possible on Maui. The rise of social media, travel apps and vacation rental hosting sites has made it more difficult for tourists and residents to find secluded experiences on any island, especially Maui, where tourism arrivals rose from 1.8 million in 2009 to 2.9 million in 2018, a 54% gain that was the largest increase on any island. Star-Advertiser.

Maui County urged to settle closely-watched environmental case. In one of the most closely-watched environmental cases in the country, Maui County is preparing to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court this November that its wastewater wells in Lahaina are not harming the coastline. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaiian Home Lands Proposes Housing Project In Central Maui. An area near Waikapu, which has been eyed for housing for more than a decade, is poised to be developed as a Hawaiian homestead project. Maui News.

MCCC Struggles Over ʻExtreme’ Staff Shortage. Over the past two weeks, staffing shortages at the Maui Community Correctional Center prompted cancellations of weekend visits for inmates. Maui Now.

Maui County hotels top state’s counties in July. Maui County hotels in July led the state’s three other counties in revenue per available room, average daily rate and occupancy, according to a recent hotel report. Maui News.


Kamalani Playground closing for upgrades. The county Department of Parks and Recreation announced that Kamalani Playground at Lydgate Park will be closed starting Monday for the installation of safety upgrades. Garden Island.


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