Tuesday, August 13, 2019

New endangered species rules worry Hawaii leaders, police dropped the ball on Mauna Kea arrests, Hawaiian Airlines adds Maui-Vegas route, Kona airport gets $40M boost, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Isle leaders blast new rules on endangered species. Hawaii flora and fauna, already under stress from climate change, will have fewer protections under new Trump administration rules that weaken the Endangered Species Act. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Is Home To More Than 400 Endangered Species. Now the Trump administration is weakening the federal law that protects them. Civil Beat.

Trump admin moves to weaken endangered species protections. The rule would also create an exemption to critical habitats that exist because of the results of the climate crisis such as sea level rise. KITV.

Schatz 'sick' over Trump administration plans to weaken Endangered Species act. Local politicians made sure their voice was heard after the news broke. KITV.

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Hawaii Democrats Elect New Party Chair. Kate Stanley will hold the interim position until May 2020. Civil Beat.

Kahele Promoted, Gabbard Leaves For Active Duty. State Sen. Kai Kahele is now a Lieutenant Colonel, while U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is off the campaign trail for two weeks of active duty training. Big Island Video News.

Hawaii Legislature’s Top-Paid Officials Never Run For Office. The latest installment of Civil Beat’s public salary database includes employees of the Senate, House and Legislative Reference Bureau. Civil Beat.

New Technology to Reduce Land Court Records Clog. The Bureau of Conveyances has just awarded a $1.3 million contract to West Central Indexing to implement a highly specialized Land Records Management System to increase accuracy and improve efficiencies in recording these documents. Big Island Now.

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Officers: Police plans to arrest TMT protesters, clear road abruptly fell through. Honolulu Police Sgt. James “Kimo” Smith’s version of events sheds light on one of the most emotional days of the conflict, and raises new questions about the government response in the wake of the arrests. Hawaii News Now.

Mauna Kea telescopes coming back to life. Though not exactly fully functional yet, the telescopes atop Mauna Kea are starting to conduct science for the first time in nearly four weeks. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Telescopes Employ Hundreds, Critics Say Astronomy Not Big Island Jobs Solution. Hawaii Public Radio.

Telescope confirms asteroid not a threat. Maunakea observatories returned to work last weekend and almost immediately discovered that the world will not end next year. Tribune-Herald.

Oahu

Extra Board Members Were Meant To Add Scrutiny On HART — But They Rarely Show Up. Only one Legislature-appointed member has attended a board meeting since February, making it hard for the Honolulu rail project to get routine business done. Civil Beat.

Rate Commission seeks testimony on bus and rail fares. The Honolulu Rate Commission will take public testimony on the future of mass transit fares at a meeting from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Mission Memorial Hearing Room. Star-Advertiser.

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How much time will the Kealohas spend in prison? The answer is not easy to figure out. Former deputy prosecutor Katherine Kealoha has already spent 45 days behind bars. Time that will be credited once she is sentenced for obstruction and conspiracy on Oct. 7. Hawaii News Now.

Honolulu officer who pleaded guilty in Kealoha corruption case fights to keep job. Honolulu Police Officer Danny Sellers. pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in the Kealoha’s public corruption case. Hawaii News Now.

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Honolulu Officials Say Bulky Trash Program Is Starting To Work. Honolulu officials say the city's bulky item pilot program is beginning to work despite ongoing complaints. Hawaii Public Radio.

Bulky item pickup program improving, Caldwell announces. Two months in, public participation in the city’s revised bulky item trash pickup system is growing, and the pilot project is on its way to being a success — despite some glitches along the way, Mayor Kirk Caldwell said Monday. Star-Advertiser.

To crack down on illegal dumpers, city wants your help.  The city’s controversial bulky item pickup pilot is in its third month, and officials say they’re now planning to ramp up efforts to catch illegal dumpers. Hawaii News Now.

Bulky item pilot pickup program seeing increase in appointments. KHON2.

Mayor’s office, Waimanalo Park renovation opponents disagree on park findings. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is planning to cut back on master plans for a renovation of Waimanalo Bay Beach Park. KHON2.

Hawaii Island

Ige releases $40.4M for airport improvements. Gov. David Ige has released $40.4 million for improvements to the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole, state Sen. Lorraine Inouye announced Monday. West Hawaii Today.

Holiday Inn to get signs. More than five years later, the Holiday Inn in Kailua-Kona is about to get its signs. West Hawaii Today.

Influx of permit applications alters Kona office hours. As part of an ongoing effort to address a backlog in the processing of applications and permits at the Planning Department’s West Hawaii office in Kailua-Kona, the department said Monday it will begin to limit service hours with the public on a temporary basis. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

Hawaiian Airlines to Launch New Maui to Las Vegas Flights in December. The airline will inaugurate its newest narrow-body Airbus A321neo aircraft on the route. Maui Now.

Hawaiian Air adds Maui to Las Vegas in new route. Hawaiian Airlines announced Monday that it’s launching direct service between Maui and Las Vegas in December on its Airbus 321neo, whose midrange capabilities have allowed the carrier to beef up service to smaller, secondary markets throughout the western United States. Star-Advertiser.

Affordable rental community in Kihei taking applications. Kaiwahine Village holds 120 units, amenities. Maui News.

Public Invited to Last Open House for Baldwin Beach Park Masterplan. The public is invited to view the final concept for the Baldwin Beach Park master plan on Aug. 22 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Paiia Community Center. Maui Now.

Kauai


Tax exemption amendment goes to council. Bill No. 2756, if approved, would allow family members to apply for real property tax exemptions based upon their own eligibility, as long as there is no living person on title. Garden Island.

Coral bleaching could be on the way. Another coral bleaching event could hit Hawaii in the next four months, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Coral Reef Watch. Garden Island.

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