Friday, September 13, 2019

DLNR claims TMT protesters destroying endangered species, Augie T. mulls council bid, state cracks down on CBD, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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State warns of damage to endangered plants at TMT protest site. State conservation enforcement officers are investigating the destruction of four endangered Hawaiian vines in the Mauna Loa Forest Reserve near Puu Huluhulu, the site where protesters have been blocking Mauna Kea Access Road for the last two months. Star-Advertiser.

DLNR is concerned Mauna Kea demonstrations may be harming native plants. State wildlife officials are concerned about native plants and animals being harmed during the ongoing demonstrations at Mauna Kea. KHON2.

DLNR: Endangered vines destroyed at protest site. The state Department of Natural Resources reported Thursday that four endangered vines have been destroyed during the occupation of Pu‘u Huluhulu. Tribune-Herald.

State Raises Puuhuluhulu Impact Concerns, Kanaka Rangers Respond. The DLNR says it is investigating environmental impacts, while the Kanaka Rangers say they are closing the guided educational walks of the kipuka. Big Island Video News.

Officials Express Concern About Protestors’ Impact on Maunakea Environment. The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) is investigating the possible destruction of four, endangered Hawaiian ʻānunu vines in the Mauna Loa Forest Reserve, a Sept. 12, 2019, press release from the DLNR disclosed. Big Island Now.

DLNR: Mauna Kea protectors impacting endangered plants, animals. During a press conference on Thursday, the State Department of Land and Natural Resources announced claims demonstrators on the mountain are negatively impacting endangered plants and animals. KITV.

Ige hits back at Mauna Kea telescope protesters over flag ‘tactics’. Nearly a week after state crews used a saw to cut through the door of an illegal structure at a Mauna Kea protest camp, Governor Ige has accused activists of baiting law enforcement crews with the Hawaiian flag that had been affixed to the building. Hawaii News Now.


State officials cracking down on unregulated CBD products. Growing national concern over the safety of unregulated CBD is prompting state health officials to target retailers selling products appealing to children and marketed for vaping. Star-Advertiser.

Experts tell lawmakers: Localize Hawaii’s CBD industry to safeguard consumers. On Thursday, lawmakers were given an education on the benefits and dangers of the increasingly popular drug that’s now flooding the marketplace. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii Residents Report Low Rates of Food Insecurity, The Reality May Be Much Different. Fewer Americans are struggling with hunger than at any point since 2007, according to federal statistics. But local anti-hunger organizations say that data doesn’t tell the full story. Hawaii Public Radio.

State: Don’t buy rape kit. Hawaii’s attorney general added her voice to the growing number of state attorneys general speaking out against the MeToo rape evidence collection kit.  Tribune-Herald.

Report: Poor Kids Have Less Access To Sports In Hawaii. A lack of programs throughout the state contributes to inability to participate in high-quality sports experiences for many kids. Civil Beat.


Comedian Augie T. Eyes Honolulu City Council Run. Augie Tulba is raising cash in a possible bid for Ron Menor’s seat. Civil Beat.

Pay Hikes For Water Board Engineers Outpace Other City Officials. And check out what we’re paying Honolulu City Council members and other employees of the city’s legislative branch. Star-Advertiser.

Prosecutor’s, Public Defender’s offices team up to offer homeless services. A deputy prosecutor and a deputy public defender, normally adversaries in court, have joined forces with the growing number of police officers and outreach workers taking to the streets, sidewalks and parks to make personal contact and offer services directly to the homeless in tackling one of Oahu’s most intractable problems. Star-Advertiser.

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USDA Offers Disaster Assistance For Hawaii Farmers, Meetings Set. Disaster losses - including those from lava and VOG from the the Kīlauea eruption, as well as Hurricane Lane - will be eligible for assistance. Big Island Video News.

TMT traffic enforcement: 24 arrests, 2,237 tickets. The four-week-long campaign of enhanced traffic enforcement on Daniel K. Inouye Highway near the Thirty Meter Telescope protest and encampment site has netted 2,237 traffic citations and 24 arrests for 39 offenses, the Hawaii Police Department said Thursday. Tribune-Herald.

4 endangered Hawaiian monk seals admitted to Ke Kai Ola. Four endangered Hawaiian monk seals rescued from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are receiving care at Ke Kai Ola in Kailua-Kona. West Hawaii Today.

4 rescued monk seal pups thriving at Big Island’s Ke Kai Ola. our malnourished monk seal pups rescued from Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument are now doing well in the care of Ke Kai Ola, The Marine Mammal Center’s monk seal hospital in Kailua-Kona. Star-Advertiser.


Mayor begins county budget hearings for fiscal year 2020-21. Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino and his administration are presenting a series of community meetings this month and next month — beginning Monday — to receive public comments and suggestions on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2020-21. Maui News.

PUC OKs Hana Water System refund proposal. Hana Water Systems’ proposal to refund nearly $17,000 to customers who were overcharged for water services was approved Friday by the state Public Utilities Commission. Maui News.

Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center to Close for 12 Months Starting Oct. 1. Maui Now.


South Shore rezoning bill stalls. A bill that would restore zoning within specific areas of Kalaheo and Koloa has been deferred. Garden Island.

Ride the bus for free Sept. 20. The county Transportation Agency announced that all ride The Kauai Bus free on Friday, Sept. 20, Ride the Bus Day. Garden Island.


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