Thursday, October 3, 2019

Costs climb for Mauna Kea enforcement, worker drug use rises, Honolulu stalls wind power enforcement measure, Maui wildfire strands tourists, Ige extends Kauai disaster declaration, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Cost grows to $8.3M in policing Mauna Kea. The state and counties have spent at least $8.3 million on law enforcement costs related to the Thirty Meter Telescope standoff on Mauna Kea that began in mid-July. Star-Advertiser.

Price tag for the government’s response to the TMT protest: $7.8M and growing. State and county government agencies have now spent more than $7.8 million responding to the ongoing Thirty Meter Telescope protest at Mauna Kea. Hawaii News Now.

$8 million in taxpayer money spent on law enforcement and first-responders at TMT site. Costs are nearing $8 million in taxpayer money for law enforcement and first-responder at the site of the Thirty-Meter Telescope protests since the occupation of Mauna Kea Access Road began in July. KHON2.

Hawaii's Attorney General releases updated numbers of cost to keep law enforcement on Mauna Kea. Combined the state and Hawaii County has spent at least $7.8 million on law enforcement for Mauna Kea so far. KITV.

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New immunization requirements begin for Hawaii students. State health officials are requiring public school sixth graders to be immunized with a controversial vaccine before the start of the next school year or risk being excluded from enrolling in middle school. Star-Advertiser.

Test results show a spike in drug use among Hawaii workers. New numbers shows that more workers across Hawaii are using amphetamine and cocaine. Hawaii News Now.

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Tulsi Gabbard to join 11 others onstage for next Democratic debate, the most ever. The next Democratic presidential primary debate, on Oct. 15 in Westerville, Ohio, will feature a supersize lineup of a dozen candidates onstage at once, party officials said today. New York Times.

How Tulsi Gabbard Got Back On The National Debate Stage. A New Hampshire poll last month gave U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard the push she’d needed to get back on the Democratic National Committee’s debate stage. Civil Beat.

Dutch inventor says his system for catching plastic in Pacific is working. fter a series of setbacks, a system for catching plastic floating in the Pacific between California and Hawaii is now working, its Dutch inventor said Wednesday. Hawaii News Now.

Oahu

City Council stalls on a resolution to regulate turbine project. A Honolulu City Council committee on Wednesday held off action on a resolution sought by Kahuku residents that presses the Department of Planning and Permitting to more tightly regulate a wind farm project going up next to area schools. Star-Advertiser.

EPA preparing to remove elevated lead concentrations in various areas on Factory Street in Kalihi. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to remove the soil under Factory Street in Kalihi “to abate the potential imminent and substantial endangerment posed by lead contamination to this densely populated neighborhood,” and says it can begin the work as soon as Monday. Star-Advertiser.

Formerly Homeless Now In Charge Of $3.8M Grant To Help Kids Still On The Streets. A federal youth homelessness project in Honolulu is being guided by nine young people who know the issue first-hand. Civil Beat.

Next Ward Village tower wins approval. A go-ahead for another luxury condominium tower at Ward Village was issued Wednesday, but it came with a deadline to finish much of a central public plaza that critics contend should have been delivered sooner. Star-Advertiser.

Howard Hughes gains approval for their latest luxury highrise in Kakaako. The Hawaii Community Development Authority Wednesday approved Howard Hughes Corp.'s latest highrise in Kakaako. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii Island

Pizza the road repair pie: Big Island gets $5k Domino’s grant to fill potholes. Hawaii County is the only county in the state to get a “pizza” the road repair pie, as delivery giant Domino’s wraps up a 50-state pothole repair campaign to promote its pie dispatch service. West Hawaii Today.

Kupuna Soon Able to Apply for Hilo Housing. Applications for residency will be available this month for 92 units at a senior living community housing project in Hilo. Big Island Now.

After years of delays, Kuawa ball fields set to open. Nearly three years after it was initially supposed to open, work on the Kuawa Street park is finally complete. Tribune-Herald.

Historic Pepeekeo bridge slated for repairs. A bill that would allocate more than $1 million to repair a historic bridge in Pepeekeo passed its first reading Wednesday before the Hawaii County Council. Tribune-Herald.

A Popular Volcano Trail Is Rebuilt With A Lot Of Sweat Equity. Seven tons of gravel and two tons of large rocks had to be brought in by wheelbarrow to repair the famed Kilauea Iki trail in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Civil Beat.

Maui

Roads on Maui reopened, but wind-whipped brush fire continues to burn. A wind-whipped brush fire on Maui that triggered evacuations, forced road closures and stranded hundreds of cruise passengers on island is still burning early Thursday, county officials said. Hawaii News Now.

Brush fire burns 4,100 acres by Wednesday night; traffic finally moving on pali. finally moving on pali. Fueled by strong winds on “extremely steep” mountain slopes above Maalaea, a morning brush fire grew from 5 acres to 4,100 acres by 9 p.m. Wednesday, forcing a handful of evacuations, closing off major arteries in and out of Lahaina and impacting West Maui businesses and travel plans. Maui News.

Honoapi‘ilani OPEN, Intermittent Closures Possible Overnight Due to Fire. Maui Now.

Evacuations are underway as firefighters work to put out large brush fire in Maalaea. Maui firefighters are responding to an ongoing fire in Maalaea, Wednesday, October 2, around 9 a.m. KHON2.

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Beached whales appeared to be fighting infection. Researchers looking into cause behind sickness, strandings. Maui News.

Kauai

Ige extends disaster relief. Gov. David Ige issued a 10th supplementary emergency proclamation Wednesday, extending the emergency relief period for last year’s Kauai floods. Garden Island.

Former TVR owners sue county. The former owners of a vacation rental property in Haena are suing the County of Kauai over an emergency order restricting visitor access to North Shore neighborhoods following severe flooding in the area last April. Garden Island.

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