Monday, October 7, 2019

Attorney general subpoenas Hawaiian Airlines seeking TMT opponents, Maui launches aerial attack on ants, police body cameras coming to Big Island, senior housing for Honolulu, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Where Hawaii Legislators Stand On The Thirty Meter Telescope. A majority of lawmakers surveyed by Civil Beat support construction of the telescope — but with a lot of caveats and uncertainty about how to proceed. Civil Beat.

Hawaii attorney general subpoenas Hawaiian Airlines for names of people who donated their miles to TMT protest. State Attorney General Clare Connors issued a subpoena to Hawaiian Airlines last month seeking the names of people who donated their frequent-flyer miles to activists who wanted to travel to the Big Island to join the protests on Mauna Kea. Star-Advertiser.

Ethics Board to weigh in on TMT conflict question. When your son works for NASA, and your wife works for Subaru Telescope, does that mean you have a conflict of interest if your office prosecutes criminal cases arising from protests over constructing the Thirty Meter Telescope on Maunakea? West Hawaii Today.

Thousands take part in Aloha Unity march through Waikiki. The event is aimed at expressing opposition to the Thirty Meter Telescope project, but also show unity for Aloha Aina movements. Hawaii News Now.

Over 20,000 people at Saturday's Aloha Aina Rally. KITV.


Hawaii’s congressional delegation lacks consistency in holding town halls. Hundreds of informal town hall meetings with members of Congress play out across small towns and cities every year. They’re a chance for constituents to talk face to face with their representatives and, usually, ask unfiltered questions. Members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation sometimes dodge them, however, according to a Honolulu Star-Advertiser analysis of the delegation’s three-year track records. Star-Advertiser.

State officials aim to change water quality testings. Under federal law, the state is required to notify the public whenever bacteria levels exceed a specific threshold level. KHON2.

Bishop Museum wins grants to digitize research on species. The National Science Foundation has awarded two grants to the Bishop Museum — one for $1.3 million and another for $245,000 — to digitize its separate mollusk and insect collections, which could help identify living species of animals believed to be extinct. Star-Advertiser.


Honolulu officials unveil plans for affordable senior housing at former Aiea sugar mill site. The city is on the verge of signing a development agreement with a nonprofit organization that is designed to transform the former Aiea sugar mill site into an affordable rental housing complex for seniors. Star-Advertiser.

City provides update on senior housing development at site of former Aiea sugar mill. Hawaii News Now.

Honolulu’s Property Crime Problem: ‘Tourists Make Great Victims’. Violent crime is down but property crime is climbing, new FBI data shows. Civil Beat.

Kealohas: No Jury For Bank Fraud Trial. A hearing is set for next week to decide if just a judge will hear the case involving complicated financial issues. Civil Beat.

Kealohas want a judge, not a jury, to decide their fate in second criminal trial. Hawaii News Now.

Sunday ban on commercial activities in Maunalua Bay ignored by some tour operators, critics say. Although state law bars commercial activities on Maunalua Bay on Sundays, environmental watchdogs and some Hawaii Kai residents said some tour operators are thumbing their noses at the law. Hawaii News Now.

Group presents new vision for use of Pali Lanes. Imagine if the grounds and building of the Pali Lanes bowling alley in Kailua were completely renovated with a newly repainted, modern-style facade and grass area featuring a stage for hula performances. Star-Advertiser.

Kapilina Beach Homes finds no errors in billing amid complaints about surging utility costs. After residents in a gated Ewa Beach Community complained of unusually high electric bills the management company that runs Kapilina Beach Homes said it found no errors after reviewing billing statements. Hawaii News Now.


Several dead hammerhead sharks found during illegal net lay seizure. Officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement recovered an estimated 1,000 feet of unattended lay net within Kaneohe Bay on Sunday, Oct. 6. KHON2.

1000 feet of illegal lay net seized in Kaneohe Bay. KITV.

DLNR seeks owner of illegal lay net in Kaneohe Bay. Star-Advertiser.

Illegal lay net with trapped sharks in it seized from Kaneohe Bay. Hawaii News Now.

Hanauma Bay set to reopen Monday. The project to repair and repave the main roadway into Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is complete and is set to open Monday, October 7 at 6 a.m. KITV.

Oahu home sales increase, sales of condominiums drop. More single-family homes on Oahu sold at a lower median price last month compared with September 2018, while fewer condominiums sold at a higher price, according to data of home resales collected by the Honolulu Board of Realtors. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Island

Police ready to roll out body cameras. Police Chief Paul Ferreira hopes to have Hawaii Police Department officers outfitted with body-worn cameras early next year. West Hawaii Today.

Nearly 1 in 10 Big Island emergency warning sirens inoperable. When a tsunami is heading toward Hawaii Island shores, sirens blare a warning sound alerting residents and visitors to get to higher ground. But what if the siren never sounds? West Hawaii Today.

Bill Proposes To End Herbicide Use By Hawaii County. Kona councilwoman Rebecca Villegas has introduced Bill 101 to prohibit herbicide use in Hawaiʻi County parks, roads, bikeways, sidewalks, trails, drainage ways, and waterways. Big Island Video News.

Discovery begins, another plaintiff files in ‘lava bomb’ federal suit. Attorneys involved in a federal lawsuit regarding a “lava bomb” that tore through a lava tour boat and injured numerous passengers near Kapoho on July 16, 2018, started exchanging documents and witness lists Friday, according to a lawyer for several plaintiffs. Tribune-Herald.

DLNR: Game management plan still in the works. A spokesman of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife said in an email the agency is working to “update a game management plan” for Maunakea prepared and presented to them by a volunteer group of Big Island hunters in 2012. Tribune-Herald.

Report shows mixed results for Big Island school performance. While some Hawaii Island schools are making strides and improving in proficiency, others continue to struggle, according to 2018-19 Strive HI Performance System results released last week by the state Department of Education. Tribune-Herald.

2019 Ironman Championship Forecasts $30 Million In Economic Impact. More than 20,000 athletes, family, friends, volunteers and staff are gathering in Kona for the annual event. Big Island Video News.


Hawaii Scientists Launch Aerial Attack Against Invasive Ants. Hawaii scientists have used helicopters to launch an aerial attack against an invasive ant species in east Maui. Associated Press.

Pukalani has seven workforce housing units available. The deadline for applications for seven workforce housing units in the development in Pukalani is Oct. 19.  Maui News.


Kauai County’s Drivers License Division is looking to make the acquirement process more efficient. Kauai County’s Drivers License Division is piloting a take-a-number system starting Monday, Oct. 7, to make acquiring licenses and permits for drivers of motor vehicles and customers seeking State of Hawaii Identification Cards more efficient and comfortable. KHON2.

Kauai Drivers License Division piloting program to ease lines. KITV.

Hotel peeping Tom gets year in jail. A former janitor at the Kauai Marriott Resort &Beach Club will spend the next year in jail for secretly recording cell phone videos of his female coworkers using an employee bathroom. Garden Island.

Neighborhood centers closed for renovations. The county Department of Parks and Recreation announced that the Kalaheo and Kapaa neighborhood centers will be closed due to construction through March 31. Garden Island.

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