Thursday, September 12, 2019

Coral bleaching worries scientists, lawsuit threatened over rumors of Ige's TMT ties, CBD products impure, Honolulu cracks down on vacation rentals, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Coral bleaching appears off Maui as ocean heats up. State officials said signs of severe and widespread coral bleaching event, as earlier predicted, are already apparent along reefs off of Maui due to higher than average ocean temperatures. Star-Advertiser.

High Summer Temperatures Linked to Coral Bleaching. Researchers from the Department of Land and Natural Resources have observed a coral bleaching event that they link to Hawaii’s record breaking high temperatures this summer. Hawaii Public Radio.

Coral Bleaching Already Underway As Hawaii Waters Heat Up. Reefs off Maui Nui are showing impacts, the state reports, as a severe and widespread coral bleaching event is predicted to occur this year. Big Island Video News.

Coral bleaching already being seen in Hawaii waters. State scientists say they’re already beginning to see coral bleaching in Hawaii’s warmer-than-average waters. Hawaii News Now.

Coral Bleaching Event Has Begun in Hawaiian Waters. The severe and widespread coral bleaching event predicted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is already occurring along reefs across the state, according to a Sept. 11, 2019, press release from the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources. Big Island Now.

Bleached corals found. Corals in Hawaii have started bleaching, according to the Department of Land and Natural Resources, and local reports show concern for some of Kauai’s corals as well. Garden Island.

Predicted Coral Bleaching Already Appearing off Molokini and South Maui. The severe and widespread coral bleaching event predicted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is already occurring along reefs across the state, according to information compiled by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. Maui Now.


Top Hawaii Sheriff Officials Lacked Basic Training For Decades. Three years after news reports first surfaced questioning a lack of training, the state Department of Public Safety finally releases records confirming the lapse. Civil Beat.

HNN investigation finds bacteria, inaccurate potency in popular CBD products. HNN-commissioned tests of seven CBD products purchased in Hawaii stores found that the potency of cannabidiol in products wasn’t the same as what was on the label in every single case. Hawaii News Now.

UH Enrollment Drops 3 Percent. Fewer students means less revenue for the university system. Civil Beat.

State Meets on Resilience in Face of Disaster. Lieutenant Governor Josh Green hosted the inaugural meeting of the 2019 Hawaii Maritime Regional Resiliency Assessment Program at the Hawaii State Capital on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. Big Island Now.

Event Focuses on Preparedness for Catastrophic Incidents. Government officials convened on Tuesday to discuss how Hawaii can better prepare for and recover from catastrophic incidents that impact the state╩╗s ability to provide goods and services. Maui Now.

Hawaii Gears Up To Make Sure All Residents Are Counted In 2020 Census. The census will determine revenues for many programs, including those that serve Native Hawaiians. Civil Beat.


High profile attorney threatens to sue over ‘vicious’ TMT rumors. Attorney Michael Green is representing a couple that’s threatening to sue people who are spreading rumors that Gov. Ige has financial ties to the Thirty Meter Telescope. Hawaii News Now.

DLNR: Protest might be harming endangered plants. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources is investigating how the occupation of Maunakea Access Road might be harming a rare native Hawaiian plant and several other endangered species. Tribune-Herald.

Mayor Kim Has Been Mulling Mauna Kea Management Changes For Months. With the Thirty Meter Telescope project delayed by opposition, news reports say the mayor plans to recommend changes to the Mauna Kea management structure. It won't be the first time he has done so. Big Island Video News.

Trustee Asks OHA to put TMT Back on Agenda. Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee Dan Ahuna penned a letter to fellow trustees requesting the Thirty Meter Telescope project be added to the agenda so the OHA Board can “consider its position on the project.” Big Island Now.

Full interview with Hawaii Island Mayor Harry Kim about TMT and other issues related to Mauna Kea. KHON2.


Officials step up citations for illegal rentals. The number of violation notices issued by the city to operators for allegedly advertising unpermitted short-term rentals has risen to 37 with more anticipated in the coming weeks. Star-Advertiser.

First fines may soon be issued under Honolulu’s strict vacation rental law. City officials say the Department of Planning and Permitting issued 37 notices of violation to vacation rental operators suspected of advertising illegal rentals. Hawaii News Now.

City sends out dozens of notices of violation to short-term rental operators. The City Department of Planning and Permitting has given out 37 notices of violation for short-term rental advertising. KHON2.


New conviction-eviction law for public housing. People convicted of serious crimes and allowed to remain in taxpayer-funded public housing projects — has been a source of frustration for taxpayers. KHON2.

Kahuku wind farm plan challenged again. A Hawaii environmental group hailed by Kahuku residents made a new bid to stop development of a third wind farm on Oahu’s North Shore on Wednesday. Star-Advertiser.

‘This Is Our Mauna Kea’: Oahu Wind Farm Opponents Say They’re Inspired By Big Island Protests. The movement on Mauna Kea is motivating others to assert collective power over land-use decisions, even at the last minute. Civil Beat.

Power unstable at Terminals 1 and 2 at Honolulu airport. Electrical power was unstable at Terminals 1 and 2 today at Daniel K. Inouye Airport, but did not affect any flights. Star-Advertiser.

New Aloha Stadium may be ready in 2023, firm says. Having the new Aloha Stadium ready for a 2023 football season opening is “eminently do-able, sensible and economical,” said the head of the company overseeing the project for the state. Star-Advertiser.

State scrapping Navatek, but boaters might be on the hook to cover costs. The state is finally dismantling and removing the Navatek II, a derelict catamaran, from the gateway of Waikiki where it has sat since May. Star-Advertiser.

Crews to begin removing Navatek II near the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor. Work to dispose of the large catamaran at the start of Waikiki is beginning. Hawaii News Now.

Greater Potential For Micromobility Transit In Honolulu Than Any Other U.S. City. A new report finds that Honolulu has more potential for micro-mobility than any other American city, primarily due to the prevalence of car trips measuring less than 3 miles. Hawaii Public Radio.

Lanai Lookout and the parking lot off of Kalanianaole Highway in East Oahu will be closed on Monday as crews film an episode of “Hawaii Five-0,” according to state transportation officials. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Island

Abandoned vehicle program on a roll. The Hawaii County Council is fixing a glitch in a law that allows the county to haul abandoned vehicles from county property, but not state or federal property. West Hawaii Today.

Highways Administrator Apologizes For Puna “Carmegeddon”. Ed Sniffen, the Hawaii Department of Transportation Highways Division administrator, took questions from the Hawaii County Council on the traffic mess that occurred in Puna a few weeks ago. Big Island Video News.

Waimea roadwork will trigger lane closures starting Monday. The commute to, from and through Waimea will be more difficult in the coming months. Tribune-Herald.


Factual report on fatal helicopter crash released. Debris recovered earlier this year. The fuselage of a Robinson Helicopter R44 that crashed in the ocean off Molokai two years ago, killing two aboard, was severely fragmented and partially embedded in the ocean floor, according to video from an underwater remotely-operated vehicle at the crash site. Maui News.

Plane That Ran off Runway in Kapalua Had Trouble Slowing Down, Report Finds. A Mokulele Airlines plane that swerved off a runway at Kapalua Airport last month had trouble decelerating, according to a preliminary report that the National Transportation Safety Board issued on Wednesday. Maui Now.

East Maui water improvements topic. Meetings to provide updates on East Maui water system improvements for area farmers will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 27 at Haiku Elementary School and 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 28 at Keanae Congregational Church. Maui News.


Council votes ‘no’ to pension overtime cap. A bill that would have placed a cap on the amount of overtime considered to be “compensation” for pension retirement benefits, won’t be included in the 2020 Hawaii State Association of Counties Legislative Package. Garden Island.

Partial lane closure in Kapaa. The public is advised that there will be a partial one-lane road closure on Kuhio Highway on the outermost northbound lane between Papaloa Road and Aleka Loop in Kapaa today from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., weather permitting.  Garden Island.

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