Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Mauna Kea police price tag tops $3M so far, Caldwell mulls gubernatorial run, Maui jail riot update, chasing nene on Kauai, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Drone captures hidden homeless camps that dot Oahu’s south shore. It’s not until you get a bird’s eye view of the situation that there’s a true understanding of just how entrenched the cliff side encampment has become. Hawaii News Now.

Trash and a homeless camp polluting a popular surf spot. Visitors come from around the world to see Oahu’s beautiful beaches. But heaps of trash and a homeless camp at Diamond Head Beach Park are an eyesore and residents want it cleaned up. KHON2.


Native Hawaiian homestead case to be heard by Hawaii Supreme Court. Attorneys for about 2,700 Native Hawaiians will appear before the state’s highest court today to argue that the government has failed in its duty to award homestead lots to Hawaiians. Star-Advertiser.

Gabbard on the outside looking in: A breakdown of her presidential campaign. KITV.

Hawaii Senate Staffer Richard Rapoza Dead At 60. He had held many positions with government agencies and public officials in Hawaii. Civil Beat.


Caldwell Considering Possible Run For Governor. The Honolulu mayor is looking at other races, too, including City Council and U.S. House. Civil Beat.

Decision on controversial Ala Wai flood plan delayed. Facing opposition from scores of residents, the Honolulu City Council delayed any decision on the controversial $345 million Ala Wai flood mitigation project. Star-Advertiser.

How One Honolulu Neighborhood Is Trying To Keep From Sliding Away. A new committee hopes to help residents get quicker action from city officials. Civil Beat.

Budget Shortfall Forces Kapiolani Community College To Cut Classes, Jobs. The college has seen a 25% decline in enrollment over the last decade and plans to eliminate 329 student employee positions in the coming year. Civil Beat.

Officers called into Nanakuli-Maili neighborhood meeting after heated PVT Integrated Solid Waste Management Facility debate. A lot of people had questions and concerns about the recently released environmental impact statement on that proposed move. KITV.

Complaints Of Unsafe, Unhealthy Housing Conditions Plague Hickam. In a recent survey of military families, the housing programs at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam run by for-profit landlords were among the most widely criticized in the nation. Civil Beat.

Hawaii Island

Hawaii County police have spent more than $3 million on overtime and fringe benefits so far in connection with the weeks of protests against the Thirty Meter Telescope, and that does not include overtime or other costs racked up by other law enforcement agencies. Star-Advertiser.

Mauna Kea Protest Has Cost Hawaii County Police $3 Million In OT. The county released new figures on Tuesday detailing the cost of policing the protestors. Civil Beat.

TMT standoff costs county $3.2M. Hawaii County has incurred $3.2 million so far in expenses related to ongoing standoff at Maunakea Access Road. Tribune-Herald.

Over $3.2 Million Spent On Mauna Kea, So Far. The state says it will cover the county's costs, "so long as HCPD remains committed to maintaining control of the pertinent roadways." Big Island Video News.

Tab for keeping police, other first responders at TMT protest at $3.5M. The tab for keeping police and other first responders at the Thirty Meter Telescope protest on Mauna Kea are now about $3.5 million, new figures show. Hawaii News Now.

$4 million and counting: The costs of state-county response to TMT protest site. KHON2.


County debt nears half a billion. The county’s current outstanding debt, including bonds, state revolving loans, bank notes and bonds reimbursable by the Department of Water Supply, now stands at $477.6 million, a 34.4% increase over the $355.4 million debt in 2008. West Hawaii Today.

Half Puna Eruption Survivors Who Were Told They Owe FEMA, Cleared. 35 applicants’ debts were cleared after they appealed FEMA’s possible recoupment decision. FEMA sent 69 letters in total. Big Island Video News.

‘Blood everywhere’: Woman in stable condition after apparent shark attack in Kealakekua Bay. West Hawaii Today.


Public safety director discloses findings on Maui jail riot. Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda briefed state legislators Tuesday on the findings of an internal investigation into a March riot at the Maui Community Correctional Center, reiterating much of what the public already was told in the days following the uprising, which caused more than $5 million in damage to the jail. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Prisons Director: Staff Shortages Are Driving Up OT Costs. Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda also says the final report on the Maui jail riot isn’t quite finished yet. Civil Beat.

DPS director: Final report on Maui jail riots not ready for lawmakers. Riots at the Maui community Correctional Center in March caused million of dollars in damage. Hawaii News Now.


Commercial beach activities might soon be taking Sundays and holidays off. Mayor wants residents to be able to enjoy the beaches, too. Maui News.

Investigation launched into whether Maui officer offered to throw trial for woman he arrested. Authorities have launched a criminal investigation into whether a Maui police officer offered to throw a drunk driving trial for a woman who says he inappropriately contacted her just hours after she was booked ― sending text messages and calling her ― and pressuring her repeatedly to visit his house. Hawaii News Now.


DLNR launches nene nesting prevention project on Kauai The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is launching a one year pilot project it hope will prevent nene from nesting near Lihue Airport. KITV.

Chasing nene away. Black and white herding dogs are part of a one-year pilot project on the property, the goal of which is to deter nene from hanging out on the Timbers/Hokuala property, which is adjacent to Lihue Airport. Garden Island.


Details of cheating in KPD emerge at trial. More details emerged Tuesday about officers who conspired to cheat on a Kauai Police Department test, as a policeman involved in the reported scheme took the stand in the negligent homicide trial of a Kapaa man accused of killing a young woman in a hit-and-run accident. Garden Island.

Real property taxes were due Tuesday. The first installment of real property taxes for the 2019-2020 tax year was due Tuesday. Garden Island.


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