Thursday, September 5, 2019

Hawaii Marines, Air Force to lose $32M to Trump's border wall, Honolulu plastics ban advances, Maui injection well fight heading to Supreme Court, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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$32M in Hawaii military projects to be cut for U.S. border wall. A total of $32 million for security improvements to the back gate of Marine Corps Base Hawaii and an Air Force training facility at Hickam Field is being diverted for President Donald Trump’s border wall, the Pentagon said Wednesday. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii, Guam To Lose Millions In Military Funding For Trump’s Border Wall. The casualties include stronger security at Kaneohe Marine Corps Base and a new machine gun range on Guam. Civil Beat.

Millions For Local Military Projects Diverted For Border Wall. President Donald Trump defunded two of Hawaii’s military projects to pay for his administration's southern border wall, including one project deemed high priority by the U.S. Marine Corps.  Hawaii Public Radio.

$32M for Hawaii military projects to be cut as Trump seeks money for border wall. The president’s plan to cut $3.6 billion slated for military construction projects in order to spend the money on fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border includes $32 million in cuts to “high priority” projects at military bases in Hawaii, officials confirmed. Hawaii News Now.

Trump to Defund Hawaii Military Projects. Big Island Now.

Case criticizes Trump over border wall funding. Hawaii U-S Congressman Ed Case lashed out at President Donald Trump -- over funding for a "Border Wall". By diverting money from the military, Case believes it'll cripple our country's security. KITV.


Looming Recession Expected To Take A Bite Out Of State Revenues. A slew of tax legislation passed by the Legislature in 2019 was offset by tax breaks and will make little difference. Civil Beat.

Homeless Advocates Test Hawaii’s New Forced-Treatment Law. Some 30% of Hawaii’s homeless suffer from a serious mental illness. Civil Beat.

No bonus year for vehicle registrations. It was designed to be a super-easy service — but a computer glitch over Labor Day weekend means dozens of vehicle registrations — renewed at Safeway stores around the islands — have to be re-issued. KHON2.

Congressmen Ask Feds To Investigate Hawaii Tuna Money. A lack of adequate response from NOAA and Wespac have only raised more questions about how the money is managed. Civil Beat.


Council advances wide-ranging plastics ban. An Oahu-wide food establishment ban on single-use plastics — from takeout containers, utensils and straws to carry-out bags — won the second of three needed approvals from the Honolulu City Council Wednesday. Star-Advertiser.

Kealoha Cases Are Racking Up ‘Endless’ Taxpayer Legal Bills. The legal fees for one lawsuit alone break down to about 70 cents per Oahu resident. Civil Beat.

Honolulu Council OKs Funds To Shield Records Seized By Feds. Two council members who previously supported the funding voted no. Civil Beat.

Keith Kaneshiro not running for re-election amid federal probe, his attorney says. Embattled Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro will not campaign for re-election next year, ending a total of 16 years in that office. Hawaii News Now.


Bill calling for longer lifeguard hours advances. The Honolulu City Council on Wednesday gave preliminary approval to a bill that would require the city to keep lifeguards on the beach from sunrise to sunset, a policy that Council members and ocean services personnel said is long overdue. Star-Advertiser.

From dawn ’til dusk: City lifeguards push for plan ensuring extended hours. A proposal that would push the city to extend lifeguard hours is moving ahead at the Honolulu City Council, but critics worry about costs and recruitment. Hawaii News Now.


Kailua board to vote on banning helicopter flights over the town. The Kailua Neighborhood Board is expected to vote this evening on a resolution seeking a ban of tour helicopters over the beach town. Star-Advertiser.

New proposal would increase penalties to stop reservoir trespassing. Reservoirs and watersheds are the source of our drinking water, but for years people have been using some of the Oahu’s reservoirs for fun. KHON2.

Mysterious oily sludge in Halawa draws new attention ... and concern. A mysterious ooze that’s been bubbling up for decades in a Halawa parking lot is getting new attention from community leaders who are calling for its removal. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii Island

2018 Kilauea eruption: Interim recovery strategy moves ahead. The County Council Finance Committee on Tuesday voted to recommend for full council approval an interim recovery strategy crafted using input from public, private, nonprofit and community sectors. Tribune-Herald.

Highway 132 Delays Due To Lava Heat Detailed. Public Works Director David Yamamoto gave the Hawaii County Council an update on the effort to recover the lava-inundated Highway 132 in Puna. Big Island Video News.


Kona CDP protections made mandatory. At the request of South Kona/Ka‘u Councilwoman Maile David, the County Council on Wednesday unanimously amended the Kona Community Development Plan to change “should” to “shall,” making mandatory a section that previously read as a recommendation. West Hawaii Today.


Rezoning applications for proposed housing development withdrawn. A contentious proposal for a housing development in Puueo has halted after developers withdrew rezoning applications Tuesday. Tribune-Herald.

Olson Trust Withdraws Puueo Development Application. An application for a proposed development in Puʻueo has been withdrawn, suddenly ending a months-long debate over a rezoning that made its way through the Planning Commission to the Hawaii County Council. Big Island Video News.


Inouye sends second letter to officials urging action to end blockade of Maunakea. State Sen. Lorraine Inouye fired off a letter to Gov. David Ige and others — her second in a two-week span — urging something be done to end the blockade of Maunakea Access Road by activists protesting the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope. Tribune-Herald.

As TMT protest drags on, activists fear law enforcement action is imminent. A state senator from the Big Island says the governor and Hawaii County’s mayor should be ashamed for the situation on Mauna Kea. Hawaii News Now.


Two Sides Still At Odds Over Maui Water Case Bound For Supreme Court. As the legal dispute between Maui County and environmental groups barrels forward to the United States Supreme Court, people weighed in Tuesday at a Maui Council committee meeting on the case. Hawaii Public Radio.

Councilors hear injection well testimony into the night. Committee unable to get to decision-making. Maui News.


MPD provides masks to officers in wake of recent brush fires. Move comes in response to a complaint of safety, health hazards. Maui News.

Maui jail guards met with ‘Hurt Feelings’ form for ‘whiners’. Maui correctional officers were met with a stack of “Hurt Feelings Report” forms when they showed up for work this week at the Maui Community Correctional Center — a joke that isn’t going over well six months after a major riot broke out at the jail that left some guards afraid for their lives. Star-Advertiser.

Pacific Media Group announced the promotion of Sherri Hamamura Grimes as Vice President and General Manager of its Maui Radio Operations. Maui Now.


Approximately two dozen people showed up to the public hearing about proposed amendments pertaining to the rules and regulations governing boating activities at county beach parks on Tuesday morning. Garden Island.

Rice Street work on line. Drivers might be experiencing some frustration cruising along Rice Street right now but rest assured, it won’t last forever, county officials said. Garden Island.


NTSB releases report outlining events leading to a 2017 helicopter crash on Molokai. Federal Investigators say there were strong wind gusts the night a Mauna Loa helicopter crashed off Molokai nearly two years ago. Hawaii News Now.

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